The Music Museum is turning 30 on August 8, 2018.

Starting August 8, 2017, we will take you back in time to when the Music Museum was born. We will tell you big and little stories about how it began, what went on onstage and out of it, who were its brightest stars, what were its highs and lows and why we know “the music lives and the show goes on.”

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The Music Museum will celebrate its 30th birthday on August 8, 2018. The Music Museum was the idea of Kuh Ledesma, its founder, who envisioned a place where artists could sing, dance, act and strut their stuff without having to worry about bookings, difficult schedules, and big-little details like sound and equipment rentals. It was a real gift to the entertainment industry then. It still is.
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Kuh Ledesma mesmerizes at the opening of Music Museum Kuh Ledesma mesmerizes at the opening of Music Museum

The original Music Museum building spreads its wings in this part of Greenhills.
The Music Museum came to be because its founder, Kuh Ledesma, wanted a readily accessible venue where artists and performers could perform when they wanted to. Local performing artists grew in number after the first EDSA People Power Revolution but there were not enough places for them to perform in. Usual venues then like hotels were not always available, had stiff requirements and unpredictable schedules. The Music Museum – a bold idea at that time – provided the platform that would showcase and give birth to a wealth of Filipino talent in music and other performing arts.

Celebrities galore attended the opening of the Music Museum on August 8, 1988. Those who cut the ribbon were former Foreign Affairs Secretary and Senator Raul S. Manglapus, the Superstar, Ms. Nora Aunor and Pop Diva founder Kuh Ledesma.
DFA Secretary and ex-Senator Raul Manglapus, a jazz musician outside of the Senate Hall, and Superstar Nora Aunor cut the inaugural ribbon at the Music Museum opening. Kuh Ledesma greeted Raul Manglapus

When the Music Museum had its Grand Opening on August 8, 1988, it had over a thousand guests and there was non-stop entertainment from 8:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Musicians, singers, artists and bands all performed for free!
1. IKing Araneta, Maritess Revilla and Orly Mercado. 2. Bong Quitana with Boy Abunda and Veana Fores. 3. Director Peque Gallaga and Kuh Ledesma. 4. Lisa Macuja with Jim Paredes and Keno 5. Kuh Ledesma and Precy Florentino with Meryl Graham

The Music Museum experience is like being in a cozy home where artists entertain their guests in a big living room. It’s like watching people perform at a big party. That’s why it’s the only theater in town where guests can order food and drinks during a performance so they can dine, sip cocktails and feel right at home while being entertained.

On May 28, 1992 the Music Museum was destroyed by fire. It looked like it was the end because it was literally burned to the ground. But artists and performers besieged its new owner, Precy Florentino, to put it up again. Two years later, on September 14, 1994, the new Music Museum was inaugurated. Like a phoenix the Music Museum had risen from its ashes.

A lot of precious memorabilia was displayed in the old Music Museum and formed part of its distinctive decor. A glass sculpture by famous sculptor Impy Pilapil, a clever mural done by young students from the UP College of Fine Arts, a witty group portrait of Philippine presidents from Emilio Aguinaldo to Cory Aquino, as well as precious keepsakes and testaments to performances and achievements of stars who donated them were housed in the Music Museum. When it was gutted by fire in 1992, all that went up in smoke. The current MM memorabilia collection, however, is equally impressive.
3. John Lesaca's first violin.
4. A collection of gramophones.

1. A mural of Philippine presidents -- Marcos, Roxas, Laurel, Osme&‌ntilde;a, Quezon, Macapagal, Quirino, Magsaysay, Garcia, Aguinaldo, and Aquino -- adorns the main lobby. 2. Artwork Sculpture by Impy Pilapil "Enter My Dream".

The rough floor plan for the new Music Museum (that was put up in 1994) and Shoppesville Plus was drawn by Music Museum Group president Precy Florentino herself on a simple napkin.
Precy Florentino welcomes everyone to the new Music Museum.
The new stage had its own ribbon cutting ceremony: L-R - Monique Wilson, Janet Basco, Jose Mari Chan and Jamie Rivera do the honors.

The old Music Museum (before it burned down) had a restaurant where weddings and parties were held. It was a ritzy dinner place where guests could refresh themselves and indulge in cozy conversation. It was also the perfect post-performance go-to place for a nightcap.
1. The Music Museum’s Mezzanine was a ritzy dining space where guests could refresh and indulge in cozy conversations. 2. Wedding receptions were not strange events at The Music Museum. Jet Montelibano of Music and Magic – Kuh Ledesma’s original band – got married to Edith Gomez in 1989 and celebrated there.