The National Museum of the Philippines announces the appointment by its Board of Trustees of Mr. Jorell M. Legaspi as Deputy Director-General for Museums of the National Museum of the Philippines, with his assumption of the position effective today, March 18, 2022.Cultural management, brand strategy and community engagement have been at the core of Mr. Legaspi’s work for nearly twenty years. The son of overseas Filipino workers from Bulacan, Legaspi was born in the United Arab Emirates and spent his formative years across Qatar, Nigeria, and the Philippines. Having traversed multiple cultural environments in his youth, his profound appreciation for world heritage paved the way for an exciting international career. Mr. Legaspi’s arts management practice began at the Alliance Française de Manille in Makati, where he served as Cultural and Public Relations Officer from 2003 to 2005. He returned to Qatar, where most of his childhood was spent, working for over a decade in the Arab state’s emerging cultural and creative industries. He expanded his professional scope in both government and private sectors, specializing in brand communications, publishing and museums development. In 2010, Mr. Legaspi joined Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art, the first museum in the Arabian Gulf dedicated to modern and contemporary art of the Arab world and its diaspora. As head of creative communications, he led the formation of the museum’s public image and identity before and after its inauguration; one of the milestones of Qatar Museums Authority’s foray into the global art scene at the time. In late 2013, he transferred to the Museum of Islamic Art, another flagship state museum which focuses on antiquities, art and archives from Islamic civilizations. As head of publications he established and managed editorial and design aspects of curatorial and interpretive strategies and publications. In 2016, Mr. Legaspi helped in developing the Public Knowledge art projects of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Later that year, he participated in the Curatorial Intensive in Manila, an incubation program organized by New York City-based Independent Curators International in cooperation with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the Office of Senator Loren Legarda. Mr. Legaspi completed his Master of Arts degree in Museum and Gallery Practice from University College London-Qatar, with distinction. His MA thesis sparked his homecoming to the Philippines where he examined the role of artist-run initiatives on creative placemaking and urban revitalization in Escolta, Manila. He also has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcast Communication, graduating cum laude from the University of the Philippines-Diliman. Prior to joining the National Museum of the Philippines, Mr. Legaspi was working as an independent content, public programs and publications strategist for the City Government of Taguig, Art d’Égypte in Cairo, and Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Culture. He is also an arts management lecturer, having previously taught at De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde’s School of Design and Arts, and currently at the SoFA Design Institute Senior High School.After undergoing a selection process, Mr. Legaspi was appointed by the Board of Trustees to the vacant position of Deputy Director-General for Museums on March 14, 2022. He assumed and entered in the position on March 18, 2022.The National Museum of the Philippines warmly welcomes Mr. Jorell Legaspi and expresses its full support to him as its new Deputy Director-General for Museums.
Source: National Museum of the Philippines