Representing the Bangsamoro in an Exhibition of Ethnography at the National Museum of the Philippines

  • Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador
  • Cyril A. Santos
Part of the Heritage Studies in the Muslim World book series (HSMW)


Curating a permanent exhibition on the Muslim groups from Mindanao, Southern Philippines entitled Faith, Tradition and Place: Bangsamoro Art from the National Ethnographic Collection (opened October 2014), presented interesting and complex challenges involving issues of identification and representation, especially relating to use of the collective label ‘Bangsamoro’. The socio-political situation in 2014 greatly impacted the selection, organisation and display of the objects, held by the National Ethnographic Collection, managed by the National Museum of the Philippines in Manila. This chapter outlines the cultural complexity of the Bangsamoro and discusses the curatorial processes and negotiations behind the exhibition, concluding with a critical self-assessment.


Bangsamoro Mindanao Southern Philippines Islamic collections Reflexive curatorship National Museum of the Philippines 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ana Maria Theresa P. Labrador
    • 1
  • Cyril A. Santos
    • 1
  1. 1.National Museum of the PhilippinesManilaPhilippines

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