Monday, June 6, 2011

...the Philippine artifact

PHL artifacts now a permanent collection of Spain museum

Philippine items and artifacts are now part of the permanent collection of the prestigious Barcelona Ethnology Museum ("Museu Etnològic" in Catalan), one of the largest in Spain and the whole of Europe.

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Monday the Philippine artifacts will be included among items from Catalonia and all regions of the world in the collection.

"The Philippine items, consisting of artifacts, tools and crafts from the Ifugao and other northern Philippine groups, were part of a larger Philippine exposition called 'FILIPINES: Un segle després, una doble mirada' (Catalan for 'The Philippines: A Century Later, Another Glance') which was opened in 1998 to mark the Philippine Centennial," the DFA said in a news release posted on its website.

The DFA noted this was in time for the Philippine Cultural Heritage Month of May as well as the coming celebration of Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day on June 30.

The DFA also said Philippine Consul General Eduardo de Vega recently visited the Museum to discuss the possibility of the reopening of an exposition centered on the Philippines.

In a guided tour of the existing collection in the museum, Museum director Josep Fornés and conservator Dolors Soriano Marín explained to de Vega that except for particular exhibitions with specific themes, the over 70,000 items in the museum are displayed "under equal footing" ("plano de igualdad").

"This means that items from one part of the world may share the same area as items from a completely different part of the world, instead of being categorized according to the country's region or current level of economic development," the DFA said.

The DFA added this was intended to highlight the message of the commonality of all humanity.

De Vega saluted this concept, and it was agreed that, together with the collaboration of the Filipino community in Barcelona, a future exposition of Philippine items should once again be planned for the museum.

"This would help educate children of Filipino migrants of the glory of their parents' native cultures, and to highlight the current deep ties of friendship and cooperation between the peoples of the Philippines and Catalonia and the rest of Spain," the DFA said. - VVP, GMA News

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