Baguio Chronicle: Century Bulol at Cordillera Gallery (Bencab Museum)


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Cordillera Gallery at Bencab Museum is a haven of bulol in their varied forms. I am only familiar with the Rice Guardian having carried one in 2005. It was carved by Iggy Rodriguez for our performance Fetad! Ang Pagbawi sa Payaw (People’s War: Taking Back our Land) at the Hongkong Rice Festival and the International People’s Action against the WTO.

While I was really amazed to see a lot of bulol at the museum and appreciate the site as an anthropological contribution, I also can’t help but reflect on the effect of uprooting the bulol from mountain communities. More than being specimens of animism and indigenous craftsmanship, I believe the bulol is part of the land-based culture of our indigenous brothers and sisters in Northern Philippines. Apparently, land is life and the bulol is on guard. So must its people.

Looking at them in the eyes, I felt they would be happier to stay barefoot with their people, their rice and their animals than being imprisoned in concrete walls.

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