On May 31, 2023, the National Museum Bohol officially launched its newest exhibition, “PAGLAWIG: The Boholano Way of Life.” The exhibition presents artifacts and ecofacts recovered by the National Museum of the Philippines (NMP) in the 1980s in the municipalities of Anda, Mabini, Candijay, and Guindulman. These sites provided evidence of the utilization of stones, shells, and bones as tools and ornaments by early Boholanos. PAGLAWIG also provides an overview of the traditional Boholano crafts such as boat-building, fishing, farming, metalsmithing and jewelry-making, basket and raffia weaving, and the production of asin tibuok (artisanal sea salt).

The inauguration program began with a welcoming speech from the Director for Visayas National Museums Atty. Ma. Cecilia Tirol, followed by a brief overview of the newly-installed exhibition by NMP Deputy Director-General for Museums Jorell Legaspi. Afterwards, messages were given by Tagbilaran City Mayor Jane Censoria Cajes-Yap, Provincial Administrator Asteria C. Caberte (on behalf of Bohol Governor Erico Aristotle C. Aumentado), and Atty. Abel Damalerio (on behalf of Bohol 1st. District Representative Edgar M. Chatto). The program ended after National Museum Director-General Jeremy Barns gave his closing remarks. Other attendees to the program include NMP Deputy Director-General for Administration Atty. Ma. Rosenne Flores-Avila, NMP Research, Collections, and Conservation Management Division Chief Anne Rosette G. Crelencia, personnel of the NM Bohol Area Museum, guests from the Bohol Provincial Library, and staff from the Bohol Provincial and Local Governments, among others.

The PAGLAWIG: The Boholano Way of Life exhibition is now OPEN TO THE PUBLIC at the NM Bohol Area Museum in Tagbilaran City! Open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9AM to 5PM. Admission is FREE!


Special thanks to the Provincial Government of Bohol- Information and Media Office and Crispy Miranda for some of the photos.