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HNU Museum Hosts Mangyan Exhibit

The Photographic Museum and Archive of Boholano Life and Culture of Holy Name University, in partnership with the Mangyan Heritage Center (MHC), is currently hosting an exhibit entitled: The Mangyans of Mindoro: Myth and Meaning. This is a project undertaken in partnership with the Provincial Government of Bohol through the Center for Culture and Arts Development (CCAD). Hon. Ester Corazon Galbreath, Chairperson of the Committee on Tourism of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and City Vice Mayor Jose Antonio Veloso also supported the exhibit.

This is actually a traveling exhibit organized by the MHC, a non-stock non-profit organization established with the primary aim of preserving and promoting the rich Mangyan heritage. The exhibit consists of photos with informative texts, artifacts and crafts, audio-video documentary and actual demonstration on cotton spinning, cloth-weaving and beadwork by two Mangyan volunteer staff. The exhibit premiered at the Ayala Museum in Metro Manila and since then, it traveled to other known institutions like the University of Santo Tomas, Far Eastern University, Assumption College, International School-Manila, and GSIS Museum of Art. The exhibit is fresh from a successful stint from the University of San Carlos in Cebu City.

It was launched through a simple opening rites on Tuesday, November 20, 3:00 PM at the HNU Museum. It was opened to the public from November 21, 2007 to January 12, 2008. Dr. Antoon Postma, renowned anthropologist and expert on Mangyan culture graced the exhibit opening and also gave lectures on Mangyan culture on November 21 and 22 to teachers and cultural workers and HNU students, respectively.

Hon. Amalia R. Tirol, , Mrs. Enriqueta B. Butalid, Head of the Center for Culture and Arts Development (CCAD)-Office of the Governor, and Fr. Ernesto M. Lagura, SVD, President of Holy Name University, spearheaded the ribbon cutting ceremonies. Vice Mayor Veloso send his Chief of Staff, Ms. Mitzi Ibaya, in his behalf.

The exhibit is open to students, educators, and the general public with a general admission fee of P 20.00. Students can avail of a discounted fee of P 10.00 upon presentation of proper identification.

Holy Name University is inviting schools to bring their students to the exhibit to learn more about the culture and heritage of a truly authentic indigenous people. For inquiries and reservations for individual or group bookings, please contact the HNU Museum or the Office of Cultural Affairs and Development (OCAD) via 411.3432, 411.3764 and 501.9817, local 114 and 134, respectively. /HNU Museum/

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