UP Baguio, 30 Gov. Pack Rd., Baguio, Benguet
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Ever since Museo Kordilyera of UP Baguio opened last January 31, I have been wanting to go to Baguio so I could visit the museum which is designed by Architect Aris Go and the 90 Design Studio team.
P30 for non-UP students with valid ID
P60 for adults
20% discount for Senior Citizens and PWDs with valid ID
Free admission to current UP students, faculty and admin staff
When I visited last June, they had three exhibits: (1) the "Batok: Body as an Archive by Dr. Salvador-Amores". This one was pretty close to my heart as I my first tattoo is a Batok from Buscalan. I was able to see the designs, and the tools used in different parts of the region. Basically for men in the Kalinga tribe, the tattoos represent bravery. The more kills the male warriors earn, the more tattoos he is rewarded with. (I currently have three tattoos, but it doesn't mean I'm brave enough to love again. Charot!) The women, on the other hand, wear tattoos as a symbol of visual beauty.
(2) Retrospective works of the late anthropologist Jules de Raedt who was a former Anthropology professor in UPB.
(3) Photographs by Professor Roland Rabang, "The Indigenous, In Flux: Reconfiguring the Ethnographic Photograph".
Although small, the museum provided such a beautiful view of the identity and culture of the indigenous people from Cordillera and North Luzon. Being in love with the rich culture of Cordillera for the past years, I was like a kid in a candy store, being able to see such a great showcase of heritage at Museo Kordilyera. The museum also has temporary exhibition spaces for local artisans, an audio visual room, a small shop and cafe.
Planning to come back here again soon and hoping that they put up an exhibit of traditional Igorot dances and rituals.
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