A walk through PH cul­ture

The Philippine Star - - TRAVEL & TOURISM -

Many young Filipinos are now dis­cov­er­ing and re­vis­it­ing many of the Philippine­s’ best va­ca­tion spots, im­mers­ing them­selves in the coun­try’s unique his­tory through fes­ti­vals, fash­ion and food.

Pre­sent­ing the best that the Philippine­s has to of­fer and so much more is Lak­bay Museo. A project of The Mil­len­nial Con­cept Fac­tory headed by Lawrence Li Tan, Lak­bay Museo of­fers a chance for peo­ple to travel across the Philippine­s and know more about the coun­try’s his­tory and cul­ture all in one space.

Lak­bay Museo presents a show­case of unique ex­pe­ri­ences, from tast­ing re­gional cui­sine, seeing tra­di­tional tex­tiles, to stand­ing across many of the prom­i­nent tourist spots in the Philippine­s.

The In­sta­gram-wor­thy ex­hibits present an artis­tic take on the colorful fab­ric of our coun­try. Aside from real food and real hand-made prod­ucts, Lak­bay Museo fea­tures the mas­ter­ful work of lo­cal artists who have cre­ated thou­sands of re­al­is­tic repli­cas of the var­i­ous mar­ket pro­duce farm­ers and fish­er­men pro­vide to build our na­tion’s ev­ery­day lives – a mul­ti­tude of fish species and a va­ri­ety of veg­eta­bles and fruits lov­ingly crafted.

Lak­bay Museo is an in­ter­ac­tive ex­pe­ri­ence, with peo­ple who rep­re­sent many of the re­gions to talk to and en­ter­tain you as you go around. A pup­pet show ed­u­cates chil­dren on Philip­pine her­itage, and dance troupes per­form on the big stage. In to­tal, Lak­bay Museo presents over 11 Philip­pine land­mark des­ti­na­tions and hun­dreds of ar­ti­facts cov­er­ing rice and cof­fee vari­ants, mar­ket pro­duce and food sta­ples that rep­re­sent the unique va­ri­ety of the Filipino peo­ple.

Lak­bay Museo fea­tures tra­di­tional cloth­ing woven by ac­tual eth­nic and indige­nous groups across the coun­try.

Over 120 man­nequins wear­ing au­then­tic Filipino fash­ion from these groups are dis­played. Orig­i­nal tapestries and fab­rics are also on show.

Over 600 re­gional dishes were gathered to show­case

more than just the usual adobo, tinola or sini­gang that we are used to. Look­ing for ba­goong? More than one va­ri­ety is avail­able. What about suka? Different lev­els of sour­ness can be had from var­i­ous re­gions, giv­ing you a literal taste that is so dis­tinct for each area of the coun­try.

Don’t be sur­prised when Lak­bay Museo staff ran­domly burst into dance with fa­mil­iar and not-so-fa­mil­iar moves from many Filipino fi­es­tas and cel­e­bra­tions. The same goes for mem­o­rable mu­sic pieces and art­works that young peo­ple can rec­og­nize.

Lak­bay Museo was built on the foundation of en­vi­ron­ment con­ser­va­tion. Nearly all of the ex­hibits were con­structed us­ing 4,560 old and used rub­ber slip­pers and scrap ma­te­ri­als, 328 old rub­ber tires, 453 old car mats and a va­ri­ety of re­cy­clable ma­te­ri­als. The mu­seum also pro­vides job op­por­tu­ni­ties to out of school youths, non­pro­fes­sion­als, lo­cal artists, dis­abled per­sons and se­nior cit­i­zens.

In partnershi­p with the DTI OTOP, this Philip­pine mil­len­nial mu­seum con­cept is pro­vid­ing 189 mi­cro, small and medium en­ter­prise in the coun­try mar­ket ac­cess for their prod­ucts.

School ad­min­is­tra­tors and ed­u­ca­tors will be de­lighted to know that Lak­bay Museo fol­lows an ed­u­ca­tional cur­ricu­lum spe­cific to the different grade lev­els or age groups and pro­vides in­ter­ac­tive ac­tiv­i­ties that fit their needs and sub­jects.

Lak­bay Museo is lo­cated at level 1, S Mai­son, next to Con­rad Manila, Mall of Asia com­plex, Pasay City.

A dis­play de­picts the Panag­benga Fes­ti­val of Baguio.

Lak­bay Museo’s replica of Al­bay’s Mayon Vol­cano (top) and an un­der the sea scene in the Visayas (above).

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