Issue of September 10, 2017
     
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Tribute to builders marks Baguio Museum rehab plans
by Hanna C. Lacsamana

HONORING BAGUIO PIONEERS -- International indie filmmaker Kidlat Tahimik thanked all those who worked behind the establishment of a totem pole honoring the people who have worked closely for the Baguio Museum and for a better Baguio. The faces of the late Leonora P. Agustin, Virginia O. De Guia, Cecile C. Afable, and Geralda M. Hamada were carved in the Benguet pine, situated at the Baguio Museum, along with the faces of Mayor Mauricio Domogan and former mayors Reinaldo Bautista Jr., Bernardo Vergara and the late Braulio Yaranon. -- Harley Palangchao

Totem poles in honor of past and present city leaders and citizens who contributed in the early beginnings of the Baguio Museum as repository of Baguio and Cordillera artifacts and culture were unveiled on Friday, signaling the start of a five-year undertaking for its rehabilitation and modernization.

The poles, designed by museum resident carver Ernesto Dul-ang in collaboration with Wigan Nauyac, have been placed in the front side of the museum in honor of Leonora San Agustin, Virginia de Guia, Cecile Afable, and Geralda Hamada and Baguio mayors Mauricio Domogan, Bernardo Vergara, Braulio Yaranon, and Reinaldo Bautista for greatly contributing to the museum’s development, reconstruction, and sustainability.

Families of the honorees witnessed the unveiling together with museum officials led by Chairman Nicolas Tabora, representatives from the National Commission on Culture and the Arts and the United Architects of the Philippines Summer Capital Chapter, and city officials. 

The tribute is part of the Baguio Museum Trilogy Plus, which included the sangbo or blessing of the enhanced Cordillera Gallery of the museum, the opening of the “Nostalgia: Mapping Baguio City’s heritage buildings and structures” exhibit, and the plus, which is the opening of Jandy Carvajal’s “Mediatrix” solo exhibit celebrating the nativity of Mother Mary on Sept. 8.

The enhancement of the Cordillera Gallery using an NCCA grant from 2016-2017 focused on the improvement of the mummy display through a glass sarcophagus and two new display shelves for the artifacts.

Another phase shall start until 2020 using a grant given to the Baguio Museum from the U.S. government.


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