While exploring Mines View Park and keeping myself busy buying some pasalubong, i saw a group of people encouraging others to visit their museum and it is for Free. The museum known as the Cordillera World is just located behind that famous Mines View Park 3d stand and just beside the Mines View Park Tourism Office. Since I still have bunch of time, i decided to give it a visit!
The Cordillera World will showcase Igorot Made Products (and most of them are for sale too)Cordillera World Museum is located on the second floor of the building and I really love what they did with these Roof-like branches.The first thing as you noticed are these words carved in each step. Upon doing my own researched I found out that these words “Makayo Hito, Kalajo, Umali Kayo, Kalay-yo and Umay Kayo” are five different local dialects which means “Welcome”.The entrance is indeed free. I was asked to signed their log book before taking photos and there is also a portion there that will ask you to offer some donations! You will be amazed on how detailed the items are. They showcase random items from figurines to kitchen wares. Carabao-inspired wall decorsI’m not sure about this. All i know is that this decor is about 2 ft high depicting a man holding some kind of bowl. This must be some sort of an outdoor decor.There is a huge bowl inside where you can throw coins and make a wish.Another huge figurine but this time with an Igorot costumeAnother set of figurines and statuesBarrel man figurines and Wooden penis Ashtray. I don’t know what is the cultural significance of these figurines depicting men’s genitals but this is a common sight in Baguio souvenir shops. More hanging decors hereAn interesting mix of culture hereExploring the Cordillera World Museum is really a nice experience for me. This place will allow you to know more about the products and handicrafts of the people from the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mt. Province and even the Chartered City of Baguio. Cordillera World by the way is a project initiated by Mr Roland Cayat not just to showcase the rich heritage of the original settlers of the mountainous region of northern Luzon but also to help the out-of-school youths to go back to school or to finance and support their young families. This is through the voluntary donations given by those who visit the Museum! So basically, this is not just a quick trip but also a visit for a cause!
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