Japan World Heritage Goes Round the Philippines

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The traveling exhibition panels and materials are a lucky lot. Most of them have all gone round the world (as in the case of the Asian Cartoon Exhibition and others) and of course, here in the Philippines.

Tomorrow, we bring the Japan World Heritage Sites series to the Baguio-Mt. Provinces Museum and I’m happy to note that this would be its 16th local exhibition.

It first opened at the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Intramuros, Manila – May 22 to June 30, 2006.

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Capitol University, Cagayan de Oro City – July 25-31, 2006

Iligan Capitol College, Iligan City – August 4-15, 2006

Mindanao Kokusai Daigaku (MKD), Davao City – August 16, 2006

Butuan City Library, Butuan City – September 2 – 15, 2006

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University of Talamban -San Carlos, Cebu City – September 19-30, 2006

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West Visayas State University, Iloilo City – October 3 -13, 2006

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Leyte Normal University, Tacloban City – October 16-31, 2006

Museo Iloilo, Iloilo City – November 8-24, 2008

BIT International College, Bohol – December 4-15, 2006

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Yuchengco Museum, Makati City – August 10- September 30, 2006

National College of Science and Technology, Cavite City – September 21 – October 19, 2006

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Quezon City Memorial Circle, Quezon City- October 26- November 12, 2006

Lyceum of the Philippines University,  Intramuros, Manila – December 8-15, 2006

Eco-Products International Fair 2009, SMX Convention Center, Pasay City – March 19-22, 2009

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If you notice, it made most of its rounds in 2006 as we then commemorated 50th anniversary of Philippines-Japan Friendship. There have been displays after 2006 (which I haven’t taken note of — yet), but this year it’s being revived and incorporated into a new installation by artist/ curator Chit Ramirez.

The installation in Baguio will be similar in concept to the SMX set-up but larger in scale — double–  and all on Japan World Heritage Sites. Rather than a conventional hanging display, the photos will be set up on multilevel stands which will be viewed as one walks across elevated wooden planks, which are assembled into some kind of meditative zen garden.

We’ve gotten some queer comments when we brought it to the SMX, as some visitors were expecting a massive exhibit like those beside our area, and were even asking what product the Japan Foundation was selling. (We’re selling the idea of cultural heritage appreciation, by the way.) But most visitors, got it right away, and that was pretty cool.

The Baguio exhibit, however, is not entirely on Japan, but all the other cultures which have contributed to the city, as Baguio looks back into it’s colorful past as a melting pot. Hope you can catch it. 🙂

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