The resource center located on the fifth floor of the National Museum of Anthropology, is the fruit of a partnership between the National Museum of the Philippines and GBF, with the goal of providing universal access to the knowledge that may be gained from the study approximately 1,000 stoneware and earthenware ceramics from the National Ethnographic Collection.
Transforming our nation’s learners through culture and education
GBF hopes to inculcate a stronger sense of identity, belongingness, and connection among Filipino learners. This ambition entails the two-pronged task of building a venue to preserve our tangible heritage and providing a platform to propagate our intangible heritage.
Named after the late Gokongwei matriarch, the collaboration between GBF and NMP provides a research facility that will encourage students, educators, and researchers to learn more about the way of life of early Filipinos. The minds behind the project are dedicated in following the best practices in collections management and documentation with the goal of providing universal access to the vast amount of knowledge stored in these vessels.
There is also an accompanying book entitled “From Kiln to Kin: The Philippine Ceramic Heritage,” which will feature the full catalog of collections found inside the resource center. It will extensively discuss the ceramic history of the Philippines and its significance with our ethnolinguistic traditions and culture.
For more information on Elizabeth Y. Gokongwei Ethnographic Stoneware Resource Center, please visit https://www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph/stoneware360/HTML5/stoneware360.html