Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia led the ribbon-cutting ceremony to launch the exhibition entitled “Ginto, A Golden Heritage from our Filipino Ancestors”
02 March 2020 – The Philippines has been said to sit on mountains of gold. Five hundred years ago, the Spanish explorers who landed in the Philippines in the 16th century noted that “pieces of gold, the size of walnuts and eggs are found in the island”. Because of the abundant gold resources, our Filipino ancestors became master goldsmiths creating jewelries and ornaments that are works of art.
The Filipino community in Oslo gets a rare glimpse of these exquisite ornaments through the featured pictorial exhibit at the Philippine Embassy in Norway, entitled "Ginto, A Golden Heritage from our Filipino Ancestors". The Philippine National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) commissioned the exhibition, which has travelled throughout the Philippines under the auspices of the Sentro Rizal. On 02 March 2020, Ambassador Jocelyn Batoon-Garcia opened the exhibition with members of the Jesus is Lord Church in Oslo, led by Ms. Carmen Aquilizan and Ms. Helen Grace Go.
The featured ancient ornaments are reproductions of those crafted by our Filipino ancestors from 700 to 1,200 years ago. The originals form part of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Pre-Hispanic Gold Collection. The illustrations that depict how these exquisite gold pieces were used are from the Boxer Codex, a manuscript written in 1590 with colored drawings of ethnic groups in the Philippines at the time of their initial contact with the Spaniards. In the Philippines, the 10th to 14th centuries were years of political, economic, and social progress, when primary artistic and scientific development occurred. Unearthed gold ornaments manifest a rich material culture during almost 30 years before Spanish colonizers reached the islands.
The Exhibit is the Embassy’s contribution to the Countdown to 500: A 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines (QCP 2021), celebrating the 500 years of the Victory at Mactan, and the Philippine part in the first circumnavigation of the world.
The "Ginto, A Golden Heritage from our Filipino Ancestors" exhibit is conducted in collaboration with the NCCA and the Department of Foreign Affairs - Office of Strategic Communications and Research, Cultural Diplomacy Division. END