Motag Living Museum is the first-ever interactive museum in the Philippines located in Montag, Aklan. It is far from the usual museum inside a building where static exhibits are displayed as the exhibits here are interactive and takes its visitors back in time when the island was known for its peaceful farming communities.
The museum was formed to keep the heritage and the native’s tradition and culture alive. It aims to re-introduce the teachings of our Filipino ancestors to the younger generation. Moreover, this museum has helped the local community boost their profile, liveliness, and pride in their culture. Plus, it is a chance for them to sell their handcrafted products.
At the entrance of the Motag Living Museum, a “Bahay Kubo” or nipa hut will be the first to greet the tourists. It has an old-time well and comfort room. Before, the fetching of water from the well is the children’s duty as a way of helping their parents.
Not far from the hut is another of its kind. It shelters one of the oldest women in the community who rolls tobacco into fat cigars; in the local language, the cigarette is called “dobea.” With her help, visitors get the chance to see how tobaccos are done.
Besides cigars, the locals make mats out of coconut leaves, which can be used as roofs, windbreakers, or wall fixtures for cottages. This process is called “pagsusulidap.” The elders also do traditional rice milling. Tourists can try these activities to completely experience what it is like to live in a simple community.
Furthermore, the women weave all sorts of things as well, like bags, baskets, toys, necklaces, and crowns, all made from the leaves of a native palm tree called “buli.” Both adults and kids are taught how to craft these goods. Other than trying out the activities, visitors can also help out by purchasing any souvenirs or products in the museum. The money collected will be given to the citizens.