Fongwan to ask for studies on Europe mummies-A A +A
Thursday, May 22, 2014
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- If mummies in Europe are proven to be from here, Governor Nestor Fongwan wants to bring them home.
"If they are really mummies from Benguet, then they must be returned," the governor said.
Weeks ago, Engr. Orlando Abinion of the National Museum revealed there are two mummies in Europe suspected to be from the province.
Fongwan said further studies must be made to be certain the mummies are from the province before any move is taken.
Abinion said photographs of the mummies indicate they are Cordilleran because of its seated position and tattoos.
The mummies are in the hands of a private collector.
Abinion is a Chemical engineer by profession and completed the course on Conservation of Cultural Property. He is currently affiliated with National Museum, National Commission for Culture and the Arts as a conservation consultant.
Fongwan is pushing for further studies on the mummy’s origin.
"We need to gather all data first," he iterated.
In his talk, Abinion outlined the journey of the legendary Apo Anno, since it was stolen and how it was brought back to Benguet.
The return of Apo Anno was a joint effort of Abinon through the National Museum, the Department of Tourism and the Provincial Government.
The return of the mummy was able to unify the Ibaloy, Kankana-ey and the Kalanguya of the Province.
Apo Anno was an Igorot mighty hunter and was believed to have died at the age of 250 years according to the elders. His body was mummified and was interred in a cave along the Nabalicong tributary, at the mouth of Agno River. For centuries, Apo Anno was idolized as a cult hero and revered as a cult God.
Unfortunately, his mummy disappeared from its resting place beginning the saga of the lost mummy the province retrieved years ago.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on May 23, 2014.