Museyo Kutawato formally opens

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Museyo Kutawato, the state-of-the-art museum of North Cotabato, was formally opened Thursday, April 19.

Gracing the event are Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus G. Dureza, National Historical Commission of the Philippines Director Ludovico Badoy, MILF Chair Mohaguer Iqbal, Most Reverend Jose Collin M. Bagaforo, DD, TUCP Party List Rep Raymund D. Mendoza, 2nd District of Cotabato Rep. Nancy A. Catamco, 3rd Dist of Cot Rep Jose “Ping” Tejada, and DILG RD Abdullah V. Matalam. Dr. Juan Antonio Montalvan, Museyo Kutawato Curator/Consutant, the Provincial Advisory Council (PAC), Local Chief Executives, and other sector also witnessed the significant event.

The state-of-the-art museum standing tall at the Provincial Capitol grounds, Amas, Kidapawan City is now the repository of historical artifacts that portrays the history, rich and diverse cultures of the Tri-People – Lumads, Muslims and Christians.

The museum also symbolizes unity and peace among Cotabatenos. Interfaith Doxology, cultural presentation, and the unveiling of Commemorative Steele and cutting of ribbon led by Gov Emmylou “Lala” J. Talino-Mendoza highlighted the opening day.

One can never miss this edifice as it is the most modern building in the province with its green glass and metal frames.

Inside, the museum contains artifacts ranging from house items to agricultural tools to even war materiels that has become part of the daily life of the people of Cotabato since time immemorial.

The museum is a two-storey building with a lobby, reception area, offices, storage room, laboratory, audio-visual room, and art gallery areas.

With a curatorial theme “Embracing Diversity, Cotabato Unity”, Museyo Kutawato embodies unity among the people of the province composed of indigenous (lumads), Muslims, and Christians.

The museum showcases the rich culture and traditions of the tri-people as well as the struggles the people endure for peace and unity.

It was in 2014 when the provincial government under Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza first conceptualized the museum.

A curatorial team was created who invited
former Museum Association of the Philippines President Dr. Antonio Julian Montalvan as consultant.

Since then, Gov. Taliño-Mendoza kept track of their plan to have the first state-of-the-art museum in the province if not the whole Mindanao.

At present, there are an estimated 308 artifacts entrusted by its owners to the Museyo Kutawato for the people to see and fully understand the history of the province.

One of the highlights of the said museum is the diorama of the landscape of the province enclosed in a thick glass wherein visitors could step on it and have their selfies.

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