Walking Through Memory Lane at CU Museum of Three Cultures

Wednesday, December 23, 2015


Before classes ended for this year, I had to do a short visit to one of Cagayan de Oro’s museums: Capitol University’s Museum of Three CulturesIt's one of those school requirements that doesn’t feel much of a requirement or school project. It was fun visiting museums and learning more about my city. It’s true what they say that one way of getting to know a place is not only through their food and tourist spots but also their museums. 








The Museum of Three Cultures is divided into different sections: the Kasaysayan Exhibit Room, Posaka M’ranaoRawari, and Memorabilia. The first one you’ll enter is the Kasaysayan Exhibit Room. Various pre-historic artifacts and photos of old Cagayan are featured there. There were different kinds of baskets and tools used by the early occupants of the place. 
What fascinated me the most was the collection of old photographs of Cagayan de Oro before and after it became a city. There were photos of prominent people dressed in outfits that I only saw in Filipino period movies and reenactment of past events during Buwan ng Wika every August. There was this photo of a family taken outside their nipa house and my friends and I were fascinated at the baro’t saya that the women wore. We wondered about how teenage girls go out and do their version of squad goals back then haha :)


More photographs of Old CDO
Left: An old photo of the Archbishop's House
Right: I was very impressed by this old photo of Glory Theater in the then Calle Del Mar (Now NOVO in Velez Street). ART DECO REALNESS!

In another room called Posaka Mranao, it features different Maranao kitchen wares, jewelries, musical instruments, and swords to name a few. It is the centerpiece of the museum. These objects were passed down from generations to generations. Okir Art can also be seen in this room. 









The museum’s collection of gold and brass bangles, betel nut cases, and the seven swords called Danganan was really cool. The Danganan is a ceremonial sword used to enthrone a sultan. Also, this huge sultan bed is fascinating! It’s where a sultan, his wife, and their kids sleep in. 


The third section of the museum is called Rawari. It’s a Lumad name for a river that flows from Matigsalug to Manobo territories in Bukidnon. The section features different artworks from both Lumad and local artists.




I recognized one of the painters who wrote Saway in his/her painting. I had an immersion with my batch a few years ago in Lantapan, Bukidnon and a painter named Saway was prominent in their place. I didn’t get the chance to meet him/her that’s why I’m not sure if he/she is a girl or boy haha :) The paintings are amazing. Some of it portray local legends and others portray their way of life. 
Unfortunately, I don’t have decent photos of the last section of the museum which is the MemorabiliaThe room features different framed certificates, plaques, and pictures of Madam Laureana San Pedro Rosales, the owner of Capitol University. It showcases her contribution in the field of education. 

To be honest, I’ve visited this museum a couple of times before since I’m a high school alumna of the school. Walking through these rooms was such a huge task. I didn’t get to value my city’s history, until my recent visit. It was only now that I realized the colorful character the city has through the artworks, photographs, and artifacts.
So much has changed in the past years. Cagayan de Oro is becoming more urbanized as time passes by, which is why it’s good to visit historical sites and museums. It’s one way to educate ourselves beyond the four corners of a classroom or the internet. Doing so would also make us fully appreciate how the city was before what it is now. 
The museum is open Tuesdays through Fridays, 9am to 5:30pm. It is located inside Capitol University in Corrales Extension. To know more about the museum and their schedule, visit this site here and their Facebook page.

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