Kiangan Branch Museum


Brief History

The Kiangan Museum is an ethnic museum which serves as a showcase of priceless Ifugao artifacts and ancient traditions. It stands on the historic PVAO compound facing the war memorial shrine. Kiangan Museum was previously administered by PANAMIN until it was officially turned-over to the National Museum on May 30, 1984.

The museum is a two-story concrete building that stands on the historic Philippine Veterans Administration Office (PVAO) compound facing the War Memorial Shrine. The shrine symbolizes the victory of the Allied Forces against the Japanese invasion forces during World War II. The people of Kiangan still practice the Hudhud chant, a 40-episode epic that was declared National Cultural Treasure on November 14, 2001. It was included in UNESCO’s list of ‘Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of HumanityEon May 18, 2001.


Ifugao carvings on wood; household items like spoons, bowls and dishes; ritual paraphernalia.
Wooden granary idols (binulloll) in various positions.
Baskets of different forms and sizes.
Metal weapons such as spears and shields.
Musical instruments: wooden and bamboo clappers, bamboo nose and mouth flutes, brass gongs, wooden drums covered with animal hide.
Personal adornments: brass earrings and bracelets, armlets, neck ornaments, belts made of shells. Ifugao clothing.

Highlights of the Exhibit

Hagabi made of stone. ‘HagabiEis a bench that is only used among the rich Ifugao. Usually carved out of a single tree trunk, it is a symbol of wealth and prestige. Owen C. Tomlinson, first Military Governor of Ifugao (1911-1915), made this unusual stone ‘hagabiEto coincide with the inauguration of the sub-provincial stone building which he also ordered built. The Secretary of Interior, Dean C. Worcester, was the guest of honor who wore the complete Ifugao traditional attire during the occasion in compliance with native custom. The hagabi feast was performed out of respect for the Ifugao customs and traditions. Suchbulol respect for tradition was the foundation of the AmericansEpeacekeeping efforts in Ifugao.

Binullol, the granary idol, is the most significant wooden carving of the Ifugao. It is carved from ‘narraE ‘ipilE or molave trees and cut in the form of a human figure. Binullol sit or stand in a base which is sometimes divided into two horizontal sections by artistic incisions.

Category/Type of Museum: Ethnographic

Location, Museum Hours & Contact No.

National Museum, Kiangan Branch, Kiangan, Ifugao
Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)

By land. Trip from Manila is approximately 8 hours via Cabanatuan City, Solano, Bayombong and Lagawe.

Mondays-Fridays / 9:00 am - 4:00 pm;
Saturdays, Sundays and holidays by appointment

Contact Information:
ASBMD, National Museum Central Office; 527-4192


This page was last modified Monday, February 10, 2014
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