Ifugao Museum in Kiangan

Ifugao Museum Kiangan Artifacts Philippine Veterans Administration Office Shrine Collection Display PVAO Compound War Memorial Shrine Ifugao Museum is located in Kiangan, Ifugao Province. This museum showcases priceless Ifugao artifacts and ancient traditions. It stands on the historic PVAO compound facing the war memorial shrine. A highlight of the museum is the stone hagabi or bench made by Owen Tomlinson, the first American Military Governor of Ifugao. It is displayed in front of the Ifugao Museum. Kiangan Museum was previously administered by PANAMIN until it was officially turned-over to the National Museum on May 30, 1984. The museum is a two-story concrete building that stands on the historic Philippine Veterans Administration Office (PVAO) compound facing the War Memorial Shrine. The shrine symbolizes the victory of the Allied Forces against the Japanese invasion forces during World War II. The people of Kiangan still practice the Hudhud chant, a 40-episode epic that was declared National Cultural Treasure on November 14, 2001. It was included in UNESCO’s list of Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity・on May 18, 2001.

Among the Museum’s collections on display are Ifugao carvings on wood; household items like spoons, bowls and dishes; ritual paraphernalia; Wooden granary idols (binulloll) in various positions; Baskets of different forms and sizes; Metal weapons such as spears and shields; Musical instruments: wooden and bamboo clappers, bamboo nose and mouth flutes, brass gongs, wooden drums covered with animal hide; Personal adornments: brass earrings and bracelets, armlets, neck ornaments, belts made of shells. Ifugao clothing.

The museum is under the supervision of the National Museum of the Philippines. It is 32 meters away facing the shrine and 300 meters away from the Municipal Hall. The Ifugao Museum is 8 hours away from Manila via Cabanatuan City, Solano, Bayombong, and Lagawe. Museum hours: Mondays-Fridays / 9:00 am- 4:00 pm; Saturdays, Sundays and holidays by appointment.

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