Museo Kordilyera opens at UPB

AN ETHNOGRAPHIC museum, opened at the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB). Museo Kordilyera, had its soft opening, June 23 with three inaugural exhibits on its opening salvo.

The first exhibit displays the traditional tattooing methods in the Cordilleras, “Batok: Tattoos as an Archive”. The second exhibit, “Jules de Raedt: Life Works, Lived Worlds” showcases the anthropological artifacts that were used in the fieldwork conducted by Dr. Jules De Raedt, a former Anthropology professor in UPB, among the Buaya people of Kalinga.

While the last exhibit, displayed photographs dubbed as “The Indigenous, In Flux: Reconfiguring the Ethnographic Photograph,” which featured the visual documentation of Sagada and its people by Professor Roland Rabang. Dr. Analyn Salvador-Amores, Assistant Professor of Social Anthropology, in her welcome remarks said “the Museo Kordilyera’s mission is to cultivate an understanding of and respect for the identity and culture of the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera and Northern Luzon as an integral part of the evolving Filipino culture.” Amores added museum will be an avenue for the “collection, preservation, and display of objects associated with specific societies and cultures.”

The museum aims to serve as a venue where local artisans and cultural bearers from region as well as other ethno-linguistic groups can show their knowledge and skill. The space will also highlight themed exhibitions, symposia, lecture series and cultural performances. Amores said with the opening of Museo Kordilyera, the role of UP Baguio as a premiere arts and science institution in Northern Luzon will be recognized. A team behind the launching of Museo Kordilyera includes UP Baguio Chancellor Raymundo Rovillos, UP President Alfredo Pascual, Professor Boots Herrera, the director and curator of the Ateneo Art Gallery; Dannie Alvarez from Yuchengco Museum; Peter Natividad from Lopez Museum; and Architect Aris Go, the designer of the University Museum.

Curators of the museum are Professor Emeritus Delfin Tolentino and Professor Vicki Diaz together with Cristina Villanueva, Jhoan Medrano and Professor Rabang. The museum will have its official opening on September and will be open to the public. (Mia Noreen O. Dosal/UP Baguio Intern)