KIANGAN, Ifugao (PIA) - - The National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) - Cordillera Regional Museum, in collaboration with the Gender and Development Focal Point System sponsored a one-day "Tuknul ya Kuttilap" (traditional basketry and embroidery) at the Kiangan Shrine here.
NMP - Ifugao Supervising Administrative Officer Eulalie Dulnuan said the activity which was attended by participants from various sectors, was part of the NMP activity “Binodbodan ken Pinilian: Shared Textile Traditions among the Cordillera People” It featured lecture and demonstration on the traditional basketry and embroidery creations.
“It’s part of the mandate of the National Museum to be an educational institution, scientific institution, and a cultural center. We would like to come across as a vibrant institution where you can have trainings, research, and at the same time cultural activities and events,” said Dulnuan.
She explained that preservation and transmission of knowledge are two ways on how heritage will continue.
“We protect it by displaying it in the museum and at the same time, by making sure that the knowledge is transmitted to the future generation just like what we are doing right now for this Tuknul ya Kuttilap,” she said.
“We would like to foster sustainability for all these activities that we are doing. To really know our identity, we have to dig more and not just be proud of it but to really live it.” she added.
She disclosed that more students, teachers, and women will be trained on traditional embroidery and basketry as a way to preserve intangible cultural heritage with Maribelle Bongtiwon and Orlando Babbayung as subject experts.
The activity was in line with the National Heritage Month observance this May with the theme, "Pamanang Lokal: Binhi ng Kultura".(JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao)