U.S. Embassy in the Philippines CDA Heather Variava (middle) joins Manila Bulletin Brand and Marketing Manager Mark Dy, Ayala Museum Senior Director Mariles Gustilo, Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan, and Filipinas Heritage Library Senior Manager John Labella at the ribbon cutting of the “Liberation: War and Hope” exhibit at the Ayala Museum.
Manila, July 20, 2022—On July 15, the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines and Ayala Foundation’s Filipinas Heritage Library launched “Liberation: War and Hope,” an exhibit illustrating the strength of the U.S.-Philippine alliance in rebuilding and recovery after World War II.
U.S. Embassy in the Philippines Chargé d’Affaires (CDA) ad interim Heather Variava joined Ayala Foundation President Ruel Maranan, Ayala Museum Senior Director Mariles Gustilo, and distinguished historian and curator Dr. Ricardo Jose at the exhibit launch at the Ayala Museum in Makati City. In her remarks, CDA Variava highlighted the unbreakable bond formed between Filipinos and Americans during the war and reaffirmed the continued promise of the U.S.-Philippine relationship as enduring friends, partners, and allies.
This exhibit is the much-anticipated opening display of the Ayala Museum as it once again welcomes the public after two years of renovation. Made possible through a U.S. Embassy grant extended to the Filipinas Heritage Library in 2019 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II, “Liberation: War and Hope” walks the path of the Philippines as it moved to a sense of normalcy, independence, and hope, after centuries of oppression, struggle, and rebuilding with the help of the Americans in the aftermath of World War II.
“Liberation: War and Hope” is located at the 2nd floor gallery of the Ayala Museum Complex. The exhibit is free to all visitors and runs from July 15 to September 25.