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“Sagada Before the Tourists” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ganduyan Museum

Ganduyan Museum
Ranked #9 of 20 things to do in Sagada
Certificate of Excellence
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Manila, Philippines
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63 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Sagada Before the Tourists”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

The museum is one of the three must-see museums in the Cordillera loop in the northern Philippines; the others being the museums in Bontoc and in Banaue. Get to know about the culture of the people of Sagada in this lovely museum filled with interesting and valuable artifcats from heirloom beads to spirit baskets to planting tools and antique textiles. The owner, whose private collection is on display, tells you interesting stories about the items.

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English first
Pasig, Philippines
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Feels like going back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2013

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.

Visited March 2013
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Quezon City, Philippines
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39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“seems nondescript, but contains a wealth of information”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 31, 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.

Visited March 2013
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manila,philippines
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6 reviews
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“"it's all about facts and their culture"”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

The Ganduyan museum is just beside our inn so we visited it a day after we arrived in Sagada.There were lots of old pots,bags,clothings,jars ,beaded jewelries,head dresses,working tools,etc. around the room.Those were personal collection of the owner and I noticed that each of these artifacts has it's own story:)
The owner was patient in repeating and telling the stories of these artifacts to the group of visitors and she was also good in putting humor in each of the stories:)
There is an entrance fee of Php25 and remember that you must take off your foot wear

Visited February 2013
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Mandaluyong, Philippines
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“The Museum Curator would rather speak English than Tagalog”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 2, 2013

The exhibits are average, But then, you won't see those anywhere in Manila. Too bad it is prohibited to take any photos of it. The admission is cheap too, Only P25.00. The museum is manned by an old soft-speaking lady that would rather speak English than Tagalog, but she still understands Tagalog. Her English is good anyway.

Visited February 2013
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