Wednesday, January 26, 2011


We went to Palawan last January 21 to 25, 2011. Part of our Palawan trip was to visit Tabon Cave since it is the nearest tourist spot in Rizal, Palawan; where we stayed for couple of days. Before we went there, we secured a permit from the National Museum in Quezon, Palawan. We went inside and saw the replica of Manunggul Jar, one of the finest Philippine masterpieces. The original Manunggul jar is housed at the Museum of the Filipino People, located in the Agrifina Circle, Rizal Park, Manila.

Manunggul jar is a second burial jar found in Manunggul cave of Lipuun (Quezon, Palawan). It was found by Dr. Robert B. Fox and Miguel Santiago in 1962. It featured a vessel carrying two human figures in sitting position, with the one behind steering the boat and the other waiting to reach the afterlife. The Manunggul jar is an important archaeological artifact providing clues about prehistoric society in the Philippines. It proves early Filipinos' concept of death and their belief in an afterlife and that there were means to communicate with their dead relatives. At present, this Filipino tradition is still practiced by many indigenous groups.

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