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Twin celebrations

Two celebrations are happening one after the other at the Baguio Museum in celebration of friendship days.

The first one is in celebration of Philippine-American friendship, which is culminating on July 30. We had U.S. Embassy Deputy Chief of Mission Michael S. Klecheski’s “Talk on RP-US Relations” and the “Influence of the Americans in the Art and Architecture of Baguio.” The occasion invited architects from the United Architects of the Philippines-Baguio, Summer Capital, and Cordillera chapters; and faculty and students from the Saint Louis University, University of Baguio, and University of the Cordilleras, who helped the Baguio Museum in the development of the Baguio City central business district historical scale models.

Baguio artists extraordinaire, who made Baguio an art haven even before it was proclaimed a creative city, distinguished members of the media, and some non-government organizations were also invited to the event.

Klecheski was accompanied by his wife Eloisa, U.S. Embassy Acting Public Affairs Counselor Matt Keener, U.S. Embassy Consul General Russel Brown, John Hill, and Floribel Aureus.

The event was also the occasion for the ritual and blessing of the Ifugao hut by madmad Vicky Macay. The hut, owned by the Philippine Information Agency-CAR then located across The Mansion, was transferred to the Baguio Museum, its new home, courtesy of Philippine Information Agency-CAR Director Helen Tibaldo.

According to Ike Picpican, one of the culture bearers of the Baguio Museum, “the performance of a ritual before and after a significant event is to invite divine intervention of the spirit world to bless the occasion and bring good luck and success. The spirit pantheon includes the highest kabunian, the gods and goddesses, the spirit of the ancestors, and the spirit of nature.”

The Baguio Museum’s vision is to be the art, culture, and heritage hub of the city. Its mission is slightly different from other museums. Its goal is towards promoting the historical development of Baguio as well as that of the Cordilleras. Founded in 1977 to be the window of Cordillera culture and heritage, it has changed its name from Baguio Mountain Provinces Museum to Baguio Museum. It is the only museum that showcases the unique history of Baguio as developed by the Americans in the early 1900s.

At present, it serves the needs of the community and its visitors. Baguio people relearned their historical past by visiting the Baguio Museum. Third generation artists are given the opportunity to showcase their art and talent with the free use of its exhibit venue. We also have the Cordillera floor to showcase the ethno-linguistic collections of the Cordilleras. The two other floors are used for exhibits, capability training, seminars, and lectures. There is now more opportunity to do selfies with the museum’s new dap-ay and Ifugao hut.

The next celebration will be about Philippine-Japan friendship, to be commemorated on Aug. 5 with the opening of the 9th Tanabata Festival. The theme for Philippine-Japan Friendship Month 2018 or the 9th Baguio Tanabata Festival 2018 is “Sengoku Tanabata of Amakusa Shiro’s rebellion: Biggest cultural battle in Japanese history.”

Three exhibits will be opened on Aug. 5 at 2 p.m. at the museum, namely the JICA “Change around us” exhibit, the Kumamoto/Amakusa tourism poster exhibit at the NCCA Gallery, and the Sengoku Tanabata of Amakusa Shiro’s rebellion exhibit at the 4th floor or the Alternative Gallery. The public is invited.

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