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“Selfless Dedication”

Culion Museum and Archives
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Culion
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Reviewed December 8, 2014

It was a Sunday so we didnt expect we can visit the museum since it is closed on Sundays.. BUT.. our kind hosts were able to make arrangements and VOILA!!... it was opened especially for us!! :)

I am personally grateful for this chance to finally see what's inside this building because since we were assigned to Culion's medical mission in 2009, I have been googling on this historical island which served as the Leper colony and was amazed of these people who bravely and selflessly took care of these people..

It is located inside the compound of the town’s hospital and sanitarium, the Culion Museum and Archives houses the most detailed and significant information about the establishment of the leprosarium in the island in 1906 up to the development of the cure, the multi-drug therapy, in the 1980s. It is a memorial honoring the brave men and women — physicians, nurses, pharmacists, priests, pastors, and technicians — who “had answered the call of duty and had served the leprosy patients with utmost love, dedication, and care.” We also learned from our guide that the grandfather of our host, was part of the team who took care of these people as the Nurse in Charge.

I was also brokenhearted from the pictures of the Balala Nusery where babies were separated from their parents with leprosy. These babies stayed in the community but were visited by their parents once a week, but only through a glass window.

Thank netteprince
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Reviewed May 10, 2012

Who expected to find a fascinating little museum on a tidy island village dedicated to leprosy. Well worth the excursion.

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Reviewed August 11, 2011

I hired a large banca from Chindonan Resort with one other guest, the latter electing to simply walk about Culion Island.

Upon arrival at the latter I walked the short distance from the pier to the tourism office where five staff were mucking around.

I paid a rather steep (for Philippines) 250 pesos with the English-speaking male guide accompanying me 'up the High Street' so to speak, including passing the former barangay boundary where the lepers were separated from the general island population.

The museum (in a 1930-built concrete building) is in part of what is now Culion Hospital. The guide had to arrange for a young lady to find a key (the first one failed to work) and turn on the lights in the two storey museum.

The museum is great. It neatly and gradually shows the history of leprosy (largely in Philippines, not elsewhere), the Manila residents who were made to come to Culion (what a long trip by sea that must have been), medical equipment in use, press clipopings, beautifully bound records (sometimes used for family history research) and what was most gratifying to me, the work of so many selfless Catholic priests and nuns who cared in a spiritual and sometimes a material sense for the otherwise unloved lepers.

It was sad to see the faces of children wracked by leprosy, but pleasing that by 1998 this disease of disfigurement was eradicated or so the information said (this was news to me).

It was cool inside the museum and surprisingly plesant, temperature-widse, though overcast, outside. the townsfolk were all pleasant: there were no stray dogs. Shops were quite neat whiile there was a lady selling mangoes and other fruit outside the hospital.

We travelled on a tricycle (20 pesos) back to the tourism office where the guide wanted another 200 pesos: I gave him 100 (perhaps not my most selfless act in life).

This was actually a most interesting tour despite the unplesantness of the subject.

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