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  • [LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Jewel Igorot Museum and the Maid-to-Millionaire Story

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  • [LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Jewel Igorot Restaurant: Non-Igorots Should Eat Here!

  • [TV Apperance] ▬ My 2nd Apperance on Teledyaryo Ylocos (News Program)

  • [LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Bahong Flower Farm: The Rose Capital of the Philippines

  • [LA TRINIDAD] ▬ 5 Interdependent Worlds in Strawberry Farm

  • [BAGUIO] ▬ Ilocano Food Reigns at Kalapaw Restaurant

  • [BAGUIO] ▬ Night Market at Harrison Road: What to See and Expect?

  • [BAGUIO] ▬ VIP Treatment Vacation the Azalea Way

  • [TV APPEARANCE] ▬ My Blogs Featured in News Program Teledyaryo Ylocos

0 [La Trinidad] ▬ Jewel Igorot Museum and the Maid-to-Millionaire Story

"Greatness does not only come from huge quantities and fat funds. My conviction is something is already great when you are able to put up that something from scratch with a purpose to educate and inspire."

[LA TRINIDAD, BENGUET, PHILIPPINES] ▬ Sometimes there is luck. Sometimes it's pure hard work. However, hard work and luck can go together. You can see the fruits of luck and hard work in this building I'm going to feature. The museum here is a testament of love for her heritage and the people who became a big part in her journey called life.

JEWEL IGOROT MUSEUM

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ A WOMAN IS TAKING A PHOTO OF THE ARTIFACTS


Bulol: The Rice-God of the Mountains ▬


#LATRINIDAD


BULOL IS A CARVED HUMAN FIGURINE. ON EVERY other step of the stair leading us to the JEWEL IGOROT RESTAURANT

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Jewel Igorot Restaurant: Non-Igorots Should Eat Here!


TEASER ► Say anything you want to say and this cool restaurant along the main road in La Trinidad will still find its way to become superior.

, sculptures of bulol are displayed. You know, Igorots are so clung into their traditional beliefs. The modern world already had its way in their lives as mountain dwellers but the past made it sure to still exist in the future.

These sculptures have become a symbol of the Cordilleras. They believe that a certain kind of anito incorporate itself here when worshiped.

JEWEL IGOROT MUSEUM

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ BULOL WOOD CARVING

JEWEL IGOROT MUSEUM

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ A CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE IS DISPLAYED ON THE NEXT STEP OF THE STAIR

JEWEL IGOROT MUSEUM

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ BULOL BESIDE A MODERN SCULPTURE

JEWEL IGOROT MUSEUM

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ A PIECE OF MODERN ART FORM


▬ A Maid-Turned-Millionaire: The OFW Story and the Museum ▬


THE OWNER OF THE JEWEL IGOROT BUILDING as a whole is a woman named Daisy. I wasn't able to meet her but learning her story is already more than enough to stir my faith to humanity.

Each crew member in her restaurant is an Igorot who all take pride of their culture and identity as a group. Each of them knows the history and story of the place where they are working.

Daisy is an ordinary Filipina from Mankayan town, also in Benguet, who worked in Hong Kong for 10 years as a domestic helper. Her boss is a Portuguese businessman in Hong Kong. But because of her dedication to work armed with the motivation to help her family back in the Philippines, something good was in store for her. Her amo (employer) made a last will and testament transferring all his wealth to her when he dies. Wow! 

Her employer eventually died due to heart attack.

JEWEL IGOROT MUSEUM

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ THE 4-STOREY JEWEL IGOROT BUILDING


She went back to the Philippines. From the wealth she inherited from her employer, she was able to construct a 4-storey building in La Trinidad. She leases the other rooms. Some parts of the 4th floor is her home.

The little museum is also at the fourth floor. The fourth floor is a spacious area with a long dining table, hanging spheres from the ceiling and elegant wood benches. Her collections are placed in one corner. In fact, she also took the collections of her employer: antique spoons, forks, glasses and plates. Everything was displayed here. Some of the delicate pieces are kept in the other parts of the building. This museum is both dedicated to her cultural bloodline and her former employer she now considers as foster parent.

JEWEL IGOROT MUSEUM

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ FOURTH FLOOR OF THE LEFT WING

JEWEL IGOROT MUSEUM

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ STYLISH WOOD BENCHES

JEWEL IGOROT MUSEUM

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ ANTIQUE WARES

JEWEL IGOROT MUSEUM

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ CORDILLERAN ARTIFACTS

JEWEL IGOROT MUSEUM

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ WELL-PRESERVED BULLHEAD


The Jewel Igorot Museum is not the fancy, lavish and grand museum you might be thinking. It's a humble home to some Cordilleran arts & artifacts and the legacy of her foster parents. What makes this museum great is the desire of the owner to showcase her heritage to all visitors. She is a proud Igorot woman and her love for her cultural inheritance and of her foster parents is very evident here.

Seeing her as a well-off woman, she once said in a TV interview aired on TV Patrol #BAGUIO

#BAGUIO


: "Don't totally rely on luck. You also need to work hard."

Greatness does not only come from huge quantities and fat funds. My conviction is something is already great when you are able to put up that something from scratch with a purpose to educate and inspire. For me, this little humble museum is great! It's the things that you learn and inspire you that matter—not the size, not the quantity. I will always give merit for the substance however small or simple would that be. ▬ to be continued...

INDEX: INSIDE THIS BLOG SERIES

AZALEA RESIDENCES HOTEL BAGUIO

[UP NEXT] ▬ MY 'AMAZING RACE' BAGUIO EXPERIENCE


► BLOG SERIES: AZALEA SUMMER GETAWAY

Up Next: So we visited around 10 destinations in Baguio for a span of 3 hours! How's that? And why we have to do it?

Part 1

[BAGUIO] ▬ VIP Treatment Vacation the Azalea Way


TEASER ► Inside the room, I felt like I'm a VIP again. This is probably one of the best rooms in Azalea. I felt privileged. This staycation kicks ass.

| Part 2

[BAGUIO] ▬ Ilocano Food Reigns at Kalapaw Restaurant


TEASER ► This restaurant highlights the Ilocos heritage and culture in spite of the fact that it's located in Baguio City.

| Part 3

[BAGUIO] ▬ Night Market at Harrison Road: What to See and Expect?


TEASER ► The foot traffic is huge. Merchants shout to encourage passersby to purchase their products. But some are just hawkers.

| Part 4

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ 5 Interdependent Worlds in Strawberry Farm


TEASERI know they need something that's why they need to do something. You see great hope in their eyes.

| Part 5

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Bahong Flower Farm: Rose Capital of the Philippines


TEASER ► ...they will transform into beautiful, fully-bloomed flowers and that will be the end of their life because they will be cut and head straight to the flower shop.

| Part 6

[LA TRINIDAD] ▬ Jewel Igorot Restaurant: Non-Igorots Should Eat Here!


TEASER ► Say anything you want to say and this cool restaurant along the main road in La Trinidad will still find its way to become superior.

| Part 7 | Part 8

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► FOOTNOTES, DISCLAIMERS, ACKNOWLEDGMENT, ETC

[1] This experience was made possible through Azalea Residences Hotel in Baguio City. I was invited to experience the Azalea hospitality.

[2] All maps I used on this post are the works of Eugene Alvin Villar and Mike Gonzalez published on Wikipedia. Source: 1 | 2 | 3

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