Nat'l Museum assistance sought for Kabayan mummies
by MC Acmo and Lito Dar
Baguio City (27 February) -- The famous Kabayan Mummies are in danger of being affected by environmental factors.
Kabayan Mayor Faustimo Aquisan in a Kapihan forum last week disclosed that the mummies have moulds or white moisture which could hasten the decay of the preserved corpses. He said they have already informed the National Museum which is in charge of the preservation of the mummies.
"We don't have the capability or the chemicals that can use to address the problem, so we already called the National Museum's attention regarding the problem and within this week or by early next week we will again follow up our request," Aquisan said.
Aquisan also informed that they are now strictly regulating the visits to the mummy caves of Kabayan and that they are already enforcing a "no touch/holding" and viewing only rule.
Trekking to the mummy caves is one of the tourist attractions of Kabayan, Benguet. Aside from the boost it gives to the tourism of the municipality it also gives employment to locals who works as tourist guides.
Kabayan also offers other beautiful tourist attractions. It shall hold its Timbac-Tbayoc Quest on March 13 to 14 to awe visitor with a visit to their caves, mountain lakes and the beautiful Amburayan river.
In related development, the municipal government of Kabayan in partnership with the Department of Tourism (DOT-CAR) is continuously giving seminars to local tourist guides.
According to DOT Regional Director Pura Molintas, their office is again set to conduct a special training for mountain guides for Kabayan, Benguet, not only to make their services efficient but also to help in the preservation of the eco-cultural riches of the municipality. (PIA) [top]