When’s the last time you had your fill of PH museums?
The Philippines’ National Heritage Month is celebrated every year in May. Unfortunately, that was a challenging month for our country’s pandemic response. But who’s to say we can’t soon visit places that relive our consciousness for our heritage? As we aim to travel more locally to revive the country’s tourism, take time to add these national establishments to your travel itinerary.
With more Filipinos getting doses of the vaccine daily, the excitement to travel again heightens. The Covid-19 pandemic has taken so much from us, and for some, one of them is the ability to travel. To be in a new place; to be able to escape from the bustles of one’s daily life.
On the upside, we’re getting closer to bounce back and reach those #TravelGoals once more. And what’s best for everyone (specially the economy) is domestic travel!
That’s right, traveling in your own home. Engaging in new adventures, may they be familiar or not. You don’t just learn more about yourself or the people you travel with. It’s also a chance to bring to light the consciousness and love for the richness of our cultural heritage.
And because we know there are too many places to visit, we’ve shortlisted a few that might serve your best interests, and the country’s culture as well.
National Museum of Natural History
It’s a six-floor structure that’s easily of one of the best PH museums. It exhibits the country’s rich natural resources, so be prepared to learn about our mangroves, marine realms, forests, mountains, and a whole lot more.
Quick tip: The museum has the displays arranged per ecosystem and it is advisable to start from the top (mountains, forests) and make your way to the bottom or the ground floor (marine biodiversity, underwater realm).
Up in the north is the country’s first ethnographic museum – Museo Kordilyera. This museum is dedicated to shine light into the preservation and enrichment of the indigenous cultures of the Cordillera Administrative Region and its neighboring areas.
If you’re tired of the same spots whenever in Baguio, be sure to include Museo Kordilyera for a change, and an important one in fact. It’s conveniently located inside the University of the Philippines Baguio. We appreciate the efforts of the museum to bring the actual artifacts of the various cultures displayed for everyone’s learning.
City Museum of Cagayan de Oro
What once was a water tower, is now home to Cagayan de Oro’s history. In 2008, the city decided to convert the water tower that withstood various challenges into a structure that would tell the story of CDO’s history.
It’s a three-story establishment that contains photographs and other memorabilia of the city’s historical events. One of the most interesting artifacts inside the museum? An old Ostrich egg. What it’s about you ask, well you have to go there to discover for yourself.
Museum of Three Cultures
Another one of our superb PH museums from Cagayan de Oro. The Museum of Three Cultures is a cultural museum containing artifacts from the Manobo and Higaonan traditions.
You will be surprised to see the preservation of the ceramics, photographs, and most especially the furnishings from the homes of Sultans.
Balay Kabilin: Bohol Heritage House and Museum
Last but not least, a gem from Tagbilaran, Bohol and also considered as the center for Boholano cultural heritage.
This 70-year-old post war heritage house is a hub for all things about Bohol culture. The ground floor is considered as the presentation hall for folk traditions. On the other hand, the Center for Boholano Studies is located at the second floor.
While we all miss traveling, once we’re back on the road, we shouldn’t let pass the opportunity to rediscover what being a Filipino means. We have thousands of islands to explore and being able to learn about them deeper can fulfill some of our deepest yearnings.
By visiting PH museums, we take part and celebrate our cultural heritage, so we hope this list helps!