History, culture at Museo Dabawenyo-A A +A
Thursday, March 13, 2014
IF there's one place where anything about Davao City can be learned in a day, from history to culture, it will be the Museo Dabawenyo.
Most of the artifacts and displays at the museum lend themselves as mirrors what Davao was before, during, and after the colonizers landed in the city.
Buddy Mark Salonga, center educator and tour guide, said it was the late Nanay Soling Duterte, the mother of City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, who first initiated to put in place the Museo Dabawenyo so that locals, or even the tourists, can have a glimpse to the thriving cultures of Davao.
The museum was finally opened in 2008.
The museum is divided into four galleries, namely: Lumadnong Dabawenyo and Duh'wow, which are both on the first floor while on the second floor are The Nanay Soling Duterte Hall and the Bahaghari Space Changing Contemporary Exhibits.
Visitors can glean the history and culture of the Davao's 10 recognized tribes and Muslims in the Lumadnong Dabawenyo.
There, the traditional attires and crafts are displayed, along with the snippets of culture and the way the royal clans and soldiers lived which have been immortalized through their artilleries and ornaments that dated back several decades ago.
All of these displays are coming either from the tribes or from different groups who sent their antiques under the museum's care.
"Most of these artifacts and crafts are from these IPs given by their deputy mayors... These things we asked from them that represent who they are," he said.
A huge geographic map of Davao is also in place, which indicates where each of the indigenous tribe lives in. They are Ata, Matigsalug, Ovu-Manuvo, Klata-Djangan, Tagabawa, Tausog, Maguindanao, Maranao, Kagan, and Sama.
However, Salonga said Davao has more than 10 tribes. Six others are not yet recognized, but they co-exist with other tribes up until this time.
In the city, 5 percent of the population is indigenous people, 10 percent are muslims, and 85 percent are Christian settlers.
The Duhwow gallery displays what Davao was during the Spanish, Japanese, and American times, and how it earned liberty from those colonizers.
Vintage bombs during the World War 2 plus a vintage Swedish anchor were also on display.
The numerous awards and recognitions earned by the city for its ordinances also grace the gallery.
Visitors are also welcomed by a tri-people painting by Banjo Satorre Jr. that depicts the city's lumads, Muslims, and Christian inhabitants, on their way up to the second floor.
Visitors can also see the vintage porcelains from Chinese merchants, donated by City Administrator Melchor Quitain and some by Davao Chinese community.
In the Nanay Soling Duterte Hall, one can learn more of the city's history. Do you know who the last governor of the undivided Davao was? He's no less than Vicente Duterte, the late father of Mayor Duterte. This and more can be learned at the Museo Dabawenyo.
Meanwhile, the Bahaghari gallery contains the art exhibits of the local artists.
"Mag-open lang (Bahaghari) if may mga artists na gusto magexhibit ng kanilang arts," he said.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 14, 2014.