The exhibition navigates around the curatorial concept Embracing Diversity, Cotabato Unity
A preview in 3D cinematic animation lays the traditional framework of peace among Cotabato's diversity, even as it has become a land wreaked havoc by the spoils of war.
Lord of the Pulangi
The paramount sovereign, Sultan Muhammad Dipatuan Kudarat, opened Cotabato to the trade winds of the world.
Idsangakuan: Face of Diversity
Central to the understanding of Cotabato is the material universe of its diverse peoples against the backdrop of the water world that characterizes the Cotabato landscape.
An essential part of Moro tradition was gifting arriving guests from their array of indigenous brasswares, many of which have survived the ages, now part of the museum's collection as a testimony of characteristic reciprocity of the Cotabato peoples.
Kadumaan: Peoples’ Connectivities
No matter the war that ravages lives, a cultural DNA among its people continues to erase any disconnect between them, a remarkable facet of Cotabato culture.
Bataluan nu dili Kadsasabuta: Trials of Misunderstanding
The museum aims to provide a new understanding, and encourages a study of the roots of conflict in its wartime moments, from the lens of its own storytellers.
Pakapaginakgay: Handum sa Cotabato: Yearning for Cotabato
The yearning for Cotabato is not only a hankering, but are tangible demonstrations of peace that take place in the grassroots, at times a source of amazement because these are Cotabato demeanors hardly known to the outside world.
Peace is celebrated because cultural diversity is a cause for celebration, more so when barriers are broken, concordances achieved. The museum presents the festival moments of the Cotabato people accompanied by a high resolution LED floor canvas of the real Kalivungan Festival.
The museum exhibition is both immersive and participatory; at the finale, the viewer is confronted with the question of committing to the work of peace.