Written by the Web Team
National Museum, the country’s official repository of natural history and ethnography, launches an exhibit on Philippine rice cultivation and culture at the Antonio and Aurora Tambunting Hall, Museum of the Filipino People, Dec. 17.
Hazel V. Antonio, National Year of Rice (NYR 2013) campaign director, said the exhibit aims to create more appreciation on rice, its connection with other ecosystems, and how the changing climate affects rice production.
“The exhibit is the National Museum’s contribution to the National Year of Rice. It will also be launched in other regions so more Filipinos will understand that rice is not only a food but it also has deep connection with the environment and in our lives,” she said.
With the theme, Rice, biodiversity, and climate change, the exhibit will highlight, among others, rice farming practices, plants and insects in the field, farmers` way of life, and the importance of rice conservation. Sen. Loren B. Legarda leads the opening program.
Earlier this year, the Philippine Rice Research Institute in partnership with the Bonifacio Art Foundation unveiled the NYR2013 exhibit at the Mind Museum.
The rice section at The Mind Museum features a giant inverted rice bowl, information on rice conservation, NYR advocacy videos, and seven dioramas showing the growth stages of the rice plant.