Motag Living Museum in Boracay, Philippines

Motag Living Museum in Boracay, Philippines


Motag Living Museum in Boracay, Philippines It’s “living,” because it’s the first interactive museum in the Philippines, a time machine which transposes you to another era when the island was known more for its quiet farming communities. It “lives,” because forgotten traditions and vestiges of a fading culture are brought back to life by those who still remember. Lola Nemia Flores welcomes us to the the Motag Living Museum, located at Bgy. Motag in Malay, Aklan, a 30-minute ride from Caticlan. Dressed in patadyong, a warmly-checked dress typical of farming attire, Nemia reminds us what the island was known for years before: a main producer of dried and salted fish, tobacco, rice, and kopra. The kopra trade died out, she says, because of the real estate boom. “They were not able to plant more [coconut] trees in replacement for those lost because of commercialization,” she recalls. A livelihood based on farming, and of course, tourism, is what remains. The museum, built around one hectare of land, is less a display of artifacts than a home of a hospitable host eager to please. The “hosts” also double as performers: Malay Municipal Councilor Nenette Aguirre-Graf, who conceptualized the museum along with project manager Louise Henwood, says the museum takes cues from theater, as well as from living museums in South Korea and the Open Air Museum Ballenberg in Brienz, Switzerland. The museum employs mostly the elderly, thus giving them both a source of income and a means to express their knowledge and culture. Farmer costumes complete and enhance the performance of the hospitable guides. “Once naka-costume sila, you feel their sense of pride,” says Graf. The pride, as one enters the museum, stems from a collective sense of heritage as remembered by those who lived it. Like us and Join us at Xtreme Collections for more fun and knowledge.

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