The GAMABA Museum, located on the fourth floor of Tesoro’s Handicraft Shop on A. Mabini in Ermita, Manilla, is not a formal museum in the strict sense of the word but a one-room display that honors the life and achievements of the National Living Artists Awardees of the Philippines (Gawad sa Manlilikha ng Bayan or Gamaba).
Visitors to the GAMABA information hall can learn the life and art of traditional artists such as master blacksmith Eduardo Mutuc and Bagobo master weavers Lang Dulay, Salinta Monon and Haja Amina Appi. The display also provides information on the history of T’boli tinalak, or Hanunuo Mangyan script – including the ambahan poetry by apprentices of the late Ginaw Bilog while reading about authentic use of Maguindanaon kutyapi lutes and Yakan gongs by musical geniuses Samaon Sulaiman and Uwang Ahadas.
The Tesoros shop sells tribal handicraft downstairs with the proceeds going directly to apprentice a new generation of traditional artists. The GAMABA Museum is open on Mondays to Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tesoro Building is located at 1325 A. Mabini Street, Ermita, Manila (Excerpted from: CeldranTours Blogspots).
Long live native Philippine craftsmen!