June 14, 2017 – Mindanao State University-General Santos City (MSU-Gensan) recently opened its new museum last June 7, showcasing the locality’s history and diverse culture.
The Mindanao State University-General Santos City Museum of Cultural History and the Arts is a cultural heritage and art museum. It displays various traditional household objects and clothing from the Maguindanao, B’laan, and T’boli tribes of the pre-settlement era. Personal mementos of early Christian settlers led by the National Land Settlement Administration head General Paulino Santos under the Manuel Quezon administration are also displayed there.
B’laan performers from Malungon, Sarangani Province danced to ethnic tunes at the opening of the program backed up by singers and musicians from MSU-Gensan’s official cultural arts performing group, the Kabpapagariya Ensemble. Also, there were B’laan weavers demonstrating how traditional cloth-weaving is performed. A photo essay exhibit with pictures of the university’s early years was placed near the event venue.
Atty. Abdurrahman Canacan, chancellor of MSU-Gensan, thanked everyone who came at the event. In his opening speech, he expressed that the school’s “modest museum” is an important tool in the non-formal educational component in the child’s learning process. He also adds that the university, the local government, and other key stakeholders are aimed at complementing the contents of the museum with other museums in the city, especially the upcoming city museum project.
The festive opening of the museum was graced by guests from different sectors of the city, including representatives from the pioneer descendants, the religious sector, the National Museum represented by Mr. Leo Batoon, and local government represented by Vice Mayor Shirlyn Bañas-Nograles who led the ribbon-cutting which signaled that the museum was officially open.
During her speech, she underscored the importance of museums in a society, and that one of the “ingredients of a city’s growth is [the] strong collaboration between the academe, the private [sector], and the local government.”
The vice mayor is strongly advocating for the creation of our own city’s museum. Vice Mayor Bañas-Nograles is currently the chairperson of the Technical Working Group on the General Santos City Museum.
The museum was the result of the concerted efforts of the MSU-Gensan administration, the National Commission for Culture and the Arts, and the Local Government of General Santos City.
- Hezekiah Kit Canlas