PH opens 1st exhibit in Kenya museum

Published June 20, 2022, 8:57 PM

by Joseph Pedrajas

The Philippine Embassy in Kenya has opened the country’s first-ever art exhibition at the Kenyan national museum to give locals an idea about the similarities of the Philippines with the African country despite their geographical distance.

Ambassador Marie Charlotte Tang opened on June 17 the Philippine exhibition at the Nairobi National Museum entitled “Perfected by Tradition: Philippine Weaves” that showcases the country’s textile tradition.

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Tang said the exhibit provided the around 50 guests “a glimpse into the lives, social structures, beliefs and values of the Filipino people.”

“Philippine weaves are a tapestry of different colors, textures and materials. Every detail of a traditional textile is a product of craftsmanship and has a story to tell,” she said.

The museum’s acting Director-General Stanvas Onga’llo said in his message that the museum is honored to host the Philippine exhibition that celebrates humanity through both history and art, and that he hopes that this would be the beginning of more partnerships between Kenya and the Philippines.

According to the Department of Foreign Affairs, the country’s participation was organized in close collaboration with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) and the Nairobi National Museum to mark the Philippine National Heritage Month and the 124th Anniversary of Philippine Independence Day. It will run from June 17 to July 17, 2022.