Ganduyan Museum
Ganduyan Museum
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Jamo_gwapo
Nueva Vizcaya Province, Philippines87 contributions
Apr 2014 • Family
I wasn't able to do much in Sagada since I went there with my dad and his older sisters, basically a more mature company. So no caving, no trekking and nothing too tiring for my cute aunts.

I didnt expect too much from this trip since you've never gone to Sagada if you haven't done the cave exploration. Heck even my mother has done it. And my dad too on his earlier trip. I would have, if there was a guide available then but I heard from Inog-ay (guide of my aunts' group) that most of them were clearing some area to make a new attraction of some sort for tourists. Keep adding new attractions so tourists wont be bored with the usual.

Needless to say, I just enjoyed the weather, some home cooked food by my aunties and some beer and rice wine. And good old lemon pie, with hot lemon tea.

Then I stumbled upon Ganduyan Museum. It's a small and very unassumning place in the middle of town. I didnt expect it to be the highlight of my stay in Sagada. But it was. I was lost in town looking for my group of cute aunts when I happened to see some shoes left at the entrance to the museum. I went in and climbed to the second floor thinking it was my cute aunties company but saw a group of germans laughing instead and in front of them was Malid-om (the man in charge) explaining the bits and pieces before them. He welcomed me and asked me to join them. They were probably done with about a third of the room's contents. I stayed on, laughed and smiled, wondered and contemplated and I was just grateful I stepped inside. I brought my Dad the next day for a complete tour.

Malid-om was the son of the curator. He was a local artist. And he loved the place. And you can see it in his eyes, in his laughter and in his animated way of going through the artifacts in the museum. Sure it wasn't easy to run a museum NOT funded by the national government. Sure there were a lot of offers by the big names in the capital to buy Ganduyan out. But Malid-om and his mom chose to keep it. And when you get the chance to drop by this litte nook in the middle of Sagada town in Mountain Province, you will understand what passion for culture and arts is about. You will understand how that passion equates to love for stuff that matter to a person. That's the icing on the cake. Since on top of that, you actually learn so much about the history and life of the people in the northern mountains.

It actually makes one wonder, what if the Spaniards and Americans never came to the Philippines?
Written May 14, 2014
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maddie f
Cambridge, UK74 contributions
May 2015 • Family
This museum has a lot to offer. It maybe a small one but it is so rich in history. The curator has also made it fun and really good experience. I have learned a lot in just short time.
Written June 14, 2015
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Dan
Quezon City, Philippines41 contributions
Mar 2013
This small museum contains artifacts and items used by Igorots in their daily lives. The owner, guide, and curator Ms. Christine Aben gives an excellent tour, giving everyone a better perspective of the items in display. With her impeccable English, she gives a detailed explanation of each item, giving the visitor not just a wealth of information not just about each and every artifact, but also knowledge of interesting aspects of Igorot culture. Being an Igorot herself, Ms. Aben is like a walking encyclopedia of Igorot culture. A must visit for everyone.
Written March 31, 2013
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JojoS1952
Sydney, Australia11 contributions
Feb 2013 • Friends
A small private museum, very interesting & educational. It is owned & operated by I would say quite learned but a bit eccentric lady who knows the history of the town. There are a number of artifacts that she describes very well. She speaks very fluent English. Don't miss this experience!
I don't remember paying a fixed fee just a donation.
Written October 23, 2013
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irenevff
Bulacan Province, Philippines3,979 contributions
Dec 2017 • Family
going to museums in every place i visit is a personal requirement. and by far, ganduyan is the smallest, most intimate, and most educational museum i have ever been to. the curator who forgot to tell his name was so impressive in narrating the story behind each item in the place, even emphasizing that “igorot,” a word refering to their tribe, is a term not offensive to them since it literally means “mountain dweller”.

ganduyan is a very simple museum that occupies a floor area of around 60 sq m and yet the richness of the place culture-wise can give any mammoth museum a run for its money. too bad it’s not being supported by the local government that’s why it depends heavily on the kindness of the tourists who donate whatever amount to sustain the operations of the place.

and oh, taking pictures inside is forbidden.
Written December 31, 2017
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rlrrivera
Manila, Philippines121 contributions
Apr 2017 • Friends
What I like about this experience is the lecture given by the manager on their exhibits and the Igorot culture. You will learn a lot as it is given by a local who knows what he is talking about. The museum also needs our help so a small donation will go a long way.
Written May 3, 2017
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raine_storm2002
Manila, Philippines22 contributions
Apr 2015 • Couples
The owner was very informative, we learned a lot in our short visit. There was not much by way of artifacts but the collection was well-curated.
Written May 4, 2015
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monkey_on_a_bus
Honolulu, HI48 contributions
May 2014 • Solo
This is one of the best provincial museums I've been to in the Philippines. It is very small and won't overwhelm you visually, but the family that runs the museum is extremely knowledgeable and take the time to explain in depth each display. If you really want to appreciate the local culture and traditions then you need to stop here for 30 minutes. It's located right next to the bus station, and admission is free if I remember correctly. They do ask for a donation to the museum after they have explained everything. Highly recommended.
Written September 3, 2014
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Ammonite2014
Manila, Philippines7 contributions
Mar 2014 • Friends
Along the market area and souvenir shops is an ordinary, old-looking house, the Ganduyan Museum of Sagada. The entrance is a dimly-lit threshold leading to an old time polished, wooden stairway, where slippers and shoes are placed aside before making one's ascent. Sitting on the wooden floor, our group was entertained by the son's curator in English.
There is no doubt the artifacts were patiently and intelligently collected and preserved by the curator who is a cancer survivor. One could not imagine how much this humble museum could open one's eyes to the rich culture, tradition and respect for nature of the mountain people of Sagada and its neighbors. Unfortunately, taking photos inside were not allowed.
I love Sagada, and I invite you to visit this place! There are a lot more that this town can offer.
Written March 22, 2014
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NeverIn1Place
Pasig, Philippines50 contributions
Mar 2013 • Friends
We were greeted by a girl when we got there. She told us to take off our shoes before going upstairs. The place was like a second floor of a regular house. There, was a grandma who would lead the tour around the area. She speaks fluent English and would tell the history of the artifacts there in that language.

By the way, STRICTLY NO TAKING PICTURES. Anyway, there's a sign there just before you get to the second floor that says it.
Written April 4, 2013
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