Interesting Curio Finds at the Sarusar Shop

Toilet Paper Holder

Along the unique vibrant culture of the Filipinos, most especially the people of Ilocos Norte, novelties such as this ethnic toilet paper holder and lamp made out of katukong (Ilocano hat created from a piece of large tabungao or white squash) are worth a reason to visit the Sarusar Shop of the Museo Iloco Norte.

I’ve already posted a feature on the museum before (here) It is with pride that I say it is among the well-maintained museums in the country, according to a foreign book I’ve read. We have to congratulate the Gameng Foundation for lovingly taking care of this cultural heritage.

Toilet Paper HolderKatukong Lamp
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A peek into the Museo Centro, the first green building in Ilocos

The Museo Centro, the first green building in the North, a contemporary inclusion in the  historical Museo Ilocos Norte compound, was broken-in for Panagrubuatan 2011, a Museo Tribal event featuring a painting and photo exhibit and tribal dances from the highland towns in the province.

The structure, made with recycled materials like reclaimed wood and bricks, is set to house posh establishments like pastry and coffee shops in the near future.

The new building gets spruced up for the pre-New Year event late last month.

Patrons of the arts, Governor Imee Marcos and neurosurgeon Dr. Joven Cuanang of Sitio Remedios in Currimao and Pinto Gallery in Rizal, in the ribbon cutting ceremony.

The Governor with distinguished guests.

Gorgeous in a red jersey dress, Manang Imee beams in the company of Bishop Sergio Utleg and Mrs. Araceli Drake, Director of  the Museo Ilocos Norte.

The green building gets all lighted up.

A stunning fusion of the old and the new.

Adams Mayor Eric Bawingan proudly checks out photos of his town.

Co-blogger Edwin Antonio, a member of The Ilocano Photogragraphic Society aka TIPS, with his photo shot in Adams.

One of the sold paintings that evening, an awesome painting of an Ilocano OFW.

I was eying this one, but  firstly, I don’t have a beautiful house, secondly and lastly, I don’t have money for a painting.

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Fresh from a photography session in Sarrat, at the Sta, Monica Church, these kids were about to leave our house when I saw them upon getting off a tricycle from the the Museo Centro. I wanted to let them appreciate the arts and culture thing, so I went back with them in tow

Remember Ivon Domingo, the young photographer? I asked Atty. Nesty Corpuz if he could grant us a photo-op, in lieu of his daughter, smart and lovely anac to Batac broadcast journalist Niña Corpuz-Rodriguez of ABS-CBN. Omg, Ivon not only posed with sir Nesty, she also received a flattering comment from Niña herself, on FB!! Oh, life! (Thanks, sir Nesty and Niña!)

Ericke reunites with IZEM owner/photographer,  Mr. Lito Villamarin, after about 15 years. Ericke’s cute portrait was used for IZEM’s window display for a time.

Posing with a portrait of Lola Ingga Acupan of Lola Ingga’s Tapuey in Adams. She’s one of the most photographed personas up north. She’s also a good friend.

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