The Museo Kordilyera of the University of the Philippines Baguio (UPB) is an ethnographic museum dedicated to the preservation and enrichment of the indigenous cultures of the Cordillera Administrative Region and its neighboring areas in Northern Luzon. The major indigenous societies – The Bontok, Ibaloy, Ifugao, Isneg, Kalinga and Kankana-ey and the smaller ethnolinguistic group native to the region provide the University rich ground for research in the various opportunities for significant social interventions. In view of this, the University of the Philippines Baguio has identified Cordillera and indigenous studies as its niche. The Museo Kordilyera accentuates this niche at the same time that it reinforces the role of the University as a leading arts and science institution in Northern Luzon.
As a museum dedicated to regional culture, the Museo Kordilyera serves as a repository of the tangible and intangible heritage of the Cordillera. Distinguished by its integral connection to the work of the faculty from various disciplines, the museum is a vital learning resource center, a “living museum” and a venue for disseminating the research output of the faculty.
As an ethnographic museum, the Museo is focused on the collection, preservation, and display of objects associated with the unique societies and cultures of the Cordillera region. It has an essential connection to anthropology, particularly the mode of anthropological research and discourse known as ethnography, characterized by detailed and holistic knowledge procedure through extended fieldwork and immersion in the culture of local communities.
The museum is part of a developing cultural hub at UP Baguio. The physical structure includes space for themed exhibition and collateral activities; a collection and curatorial space for artifacts and research materials; a reception hall for orientation purposes; an audiovisual room and a museum shop. The museum also has an official website (https://museokordilyera.upb.edu.ph) which includes a 3D virtual museum featuring its current exhibition, Handwoven Tales: The Warp and Weft of Cordillera Textiles.
Mission and Objectives
Overall, the mission of the Museo Kordilyera is to cultivate an understanding of and respect for the identity and culture of the indigenous peoples of the Cordillera and Northern Luzon as an integral part of an evolving Filipino culture.
In particular, in relation to the principal function of museums, it seeks to collect, maintain, and preserve Cordillera material culture, and relevant objects through various means of preservation and conservation.
In relation to the UP Baguio community, it seeks to provide both students and faculty supplementary learning resources that can reinforce the teaching and learning processes and a special space where scholarly and creative work can be featured and displayed.
Open to students, academics, and researchers from other institutions and agencies, the museum shall provide assistance to the larger public, whenever necessary, in accordance with its policies and guidelines. It shall maintain links with external communities through extension services and involvement in cooperative or joint ventures with other museums, scholars, and other agencies.
Museo Kordilyera, University of the Philippines Baguio, UP Drive, Baguio City, 2600
Dr. Jennifer C. Josef – Director
Clifford E. Gregorio, Jr. – Administrative Assistant II
Avegail P. Dominguez – Senior Museum Aide
Aldous Tracy F. Rubio – Junior Research Assistant