“Our Philippine baskets represent [our] soul. It is a way for us to patronize our culture, a way for us to preserve and promote authentic Philippine culture,” Ms. Riza Matibag Muyot stressed as she delivered her message during the opening program of “Lalagyan: Philippine Basket Exhibit from the Collection of Ms. Riza Matibag Muyot,” October 25 at the College Learning Resource Center (CLRC).
Ms. Muyot, TV host popularly known as “Ninang Riza” on UNTV’s Good Morning Kuya, Shambala Living Museum managing director, and arts enthusiast shared with the DLSL community her basket collection to help promote and preserve indigenous culture and arts.
Baskets of all shapes and sizes are on display for a month at the CLRC Discussion Room, 1st Floor. Ethnic Philippine baskets such as the topil (individual worker’s lunch box), kulikug (basket for roasted unripe green rice), taaf (rice sifter con rain cover), and a lot more can be found there. The origin of such baskets range from those in the Cordilleras, Palawan, and Bulacan. Philippine baskets are made of bamboo and rattan, often a combination of two. Construction methods such as plaiting and twining result to a wide range of forms and sizes.
The guest of honor was Atty. Albert Muyot, husband of Ms. Muyot, DLSL alumnus from High School Batch 77 and Department of Education Undersecretary. Guests from Grupo Sining Batangueno, Batangas Provincial Tourism and Cultural Affairs Office, DLSL alumni, and Grade 8 students were also present.