Gensan City Museum Team investigates Davao City, Davao Oriental museums


June 7, 2017 - The Technical Working Group on the General Santos City Museum, led by Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles, along with its partners from the University of Santo Tomas Graduate School-Center for the Conservation of Cultural Property and Environment in the Tropics (UST GS-CCCPET) headed by Associate Professor Eric Zerrudo, examined a total of five museums in Davao City and Davao Oriental to determine how the museums are designed.

          In the morning of last Friday (June 2), the team reached the Mt. Hamiguitan Natural Science Museum, in San Isidro, Davao Oriental. The museum, which overlooks the Davao Gulf, is situated beside the mountain, a 2014 UNESCO World Heritage site. It highlighted the rich minerals beneath the lush pygmy forest which is home to an abundance of flora and fauna. In accommodating guests, the museum featured a Mt. Hamiguitan trekking simulation throughout the museum tour for them to understand the ecology of the mountain while getting the experience of a mountain climber.

          In the afternoon, the team visited the renowned Subangan Museum in Mati City, Davao Oriental. Being a provincial museum, it featured the wall-sized images of not only Mt. Hamiguitan but also the white beaches in Dahican and the Saoquegue and Langyawan caves. The main attraction of the museum, which was the basis of the architectural design of the building, is the skeletal display of Davor, a 53-ft. sperm whale, which was found in 2010 deceased on the shores of Governor Generoso and San Isidro.

          The team then visited three museums in Davao City on June 3.

          The first is Davao Museum, a privately-funded museum that showcased the lives and memorabilia of talented Davao families that contributed to Philippine art and literature like the Basas, Locsins, Edadeses, Bajos, and the Ayalas, and the ancient and traditional mementos of the different IP tribes in Davao.

          The second museum the team studied is Museo Dabawenyo, Davao City LGU’s city museum that told the story of its history from the 11 indigenous tribes which still exist today, the Spanish era and the battle of Datu Bago and Jose Oyanguren, to the Japanese occupation of Davao City, which was given the moniker “Little Tokyo”. The city museum also featured the large Chinese community of the city and the political history of Davao City and the Davao Region.

          The last museum of the investigation was D’ Bone Collector Museum, privately owned by Darrel Dean Blatchley, an American bone collecting hobbyist who started collecting animal bones since 7 years old. The museum housed almost 800 skeletons of different fauna: felines, canines, bovines, equines, reptiles, birds, dolphins, turtles, and a 41-foot sperm whale. The assisting tour guide emphasized that all specimens of the museum are donated and that the museum has not killed any animal for its collection.

          The team plans on integrating the data retrieved from the benchmarking activity with the current pool of data collected during the recently-concluded cultural mapping activities.

- Hezekiah Kit Canlas

Photo by: Bryan Tuasic/VMO

The Mt. Hamiguitan Natural Science Museum is located in the Municipality of San Isidro, Davao Oriental.

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Pitcher plants can be found hanging in various parts of Mount Hamiguitan.

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The museum presents flora and fauna that reside in the mountain in an interactive way.

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This miniature model displays how the pygmy trees have beautifully clothed the mountain.

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This picture set showcases only some of the colorful plants and animals of the mountain.

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The Subangan Museum's color, pink, is inspired by the events of Typhoon Pablo that ravaged Davao Oriental - the color meaning "moving forward".

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Davor, named after the province of Davao Oriental, is a 53-foot sperm whale which was found on the beaches of the Municipalities of Governor Generoso and San Isidro, Davao Oriental.

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This hallway is filled with stories and items from Davao Oriental's history of the Lumads and the Christianization of the province.

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The beaches of the coast municipalities are the next stops after a day's trip up Mount Hamiguitan.

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The province is considered one of the biggest producers of coconut and coconut products in Mindanao.

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Davao Museum, a privately-funded museum, is located in the Insular Village, Buhangin, Davao City.

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The Ayalas, who have contributed to the art and literature scene of the Philippines, are a pride of Davao City.

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The minimalist design of the gallery creates a clearer focus on the exhibits.

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A traditional Mangyan jewelry exhibit is displayed on the 2nd floor of the Davao Museum.

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Museo Dabawenyo is located near the Davao City Hall and the Davao City Sangguniang Panlungsod.

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The Museo Dabawenyo building was formerly the region's Court of First Instance.

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The art piece, which has a design that can only be appreciated by looking at the piece on a photo, is made up of spiky durian husks.

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The Museo Dabawenyo is the only one from all five museums that did not allow photos to be taken inside the gallery, and thus this group picture after the tour.

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Upon entering the D' Bone Collector Museum, this tiger skeleton seems to pounce its guests.

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Land mammal skeletons largely occupy the second floor, including this set of various dog breeds.

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Inside this skull set is the owner's very first collected piece. Find the small wooden-framed deer head.

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The tour guide explained that all specimens in the museum, including these turtles, are donated and that they do not kill animals for their collection.

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The museum also has a collection of alligator and crocodile teeth aside from this shark and manta ray teeth set.

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This long 41-foot sperm whale, accompanied by sea cows, hangs from the ceiling of the 3rd floor of the museum.


This post was written by Hezekiah

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