Butuan Branch Museum
Ethnographic materials from the Higaonon, Tiruray, Mamanua and Bukidnon ethnolinguistic groups: musical instruments, agricultural tools, baskets, textiles, and personal adornments. Coffins that contain 14th E5th century materials of pottery shards and human skulls. Other excavated materials: whetstones, mortar, adze and tablet; wooden paddles; ceramic wares Body ornaments and implements made of gold, silver, lead, copper and bronze.
Highlights of the Exhibit
Pakhal na habol (right) is a traditional hand woven abaca used by the Higaonon as a sleeping blanket. It has vertical stripes of alternating color combination of dark brown and beige. The brown color is dye while beige is the natural color of abaca.
Ivory Seal (replica) circa 10th century A.D. is carved from animal tusk. The design was written in ancient Javanese script and was translated by a paleographer as But-wan. It was used to identify the place of origin of goods or communications.
The Golden Tara of Agusan (replica) is the image identified to be of Indian origin. The specimen was recovered from the left bank of Wawa River, after a storm and flood in 1917. This discovery corroborates the laksoyearly Indo-Philippine Contact. The Agusan Image, with an Indian imprint, is a Buddhist image of the Sailendra period of Sri-Vijaya history (900-950 A.D.). The sculpture belongs to the Indo-Buddhist-Javanese art of this period. The original 21-carat gold figurine is presently kept at the gem room of the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History in U.S.A.
Laksoy is a popular local wine that is extracted from the sap of the nipa palm and is stored in a pottery vessel (banga) for at least two days to ferment. Longer fermentation will turn the wine into vinegar.
Category/Type of Museum: Ethnographic, Archaeological
Location, Museum Hours & Contact No.
National Museum Butuan Branch, Doongan, Butuan Region XIII
By air. There are regular flights from Manila and Cebu. Philippine Airlines has daily flights to Manila and Air Philippines flies three times a week to Cebu. Butuan can also be reached by plane through Cagayan de Oro City which is 180 kms from Butuan and a four hour ride by bus. Another alternative is to fly to Davao City, a distance of about 220 kms from Butuan City and a six-hour trip by air-con bus.
By sea. Butuan has boat connections with various Visayan ports and Manila. WG & A has trips in the area. Most ships go to the port of Nasipit which is 18 kms west of Butuan City.
Mondays-Fridays / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm;
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays by appointment
ASBMD, National Museum Central Office; 527-4192