MANILA -- Apart from the upcoming Panagbenga festival, here's another reason to visit Baguio this February.
On Tuesday, the University of the Philippines Baguio officially launched the first enthnographic museum in the North with traditional Igorot dances and rituals.
The Museo Kordilyera features some of the most treasured material cultures of the region.
It houses collections lent by the BenCab Museum, Diocese of Baguio Museum and Archives, Saint Louis University Museum, and the UP Baguio Library and Archives.
Some displays even came all the way from the Field Museum of Chicago, Illinois, the Museum of Anthropology University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and the University of Pennsylvania Archives.
According to Dr. Analyn Salvador-Amores, the museum’s director and a professor of Social Anthropology in UP Baguio, the scholarly works of the university's faculty will soon be featured at Museo Kordilyera so that it may "serve as a repository of the tangible and intangible heritage of the Cordillera."
The museum currently has three inaugural exhibits: "Batok: Body as an Archive: by Dr. Salvador-Amores, retrospective works of the late anthropologist Jules de Raedt, and selected ethnographic photographs of Roland Rabang.
The museum shall also serve as a venue for symposiums, lecture series, and cultural performances.