Ramillete In Spanish, the term means “bunch” or “cluster”. A ramillete de flores means “bouquet of flowers”. In the Philippines, a ramillete has been associated with a type of ornamentation found in old Catholic altars flanking sacred images or ecclesiastical objects. These ornaments replicate flowers and are sometimes topped with candlestick holders. Regalado Trota Jose, … Read more

Butuan Ivory Seal

Butuan Ivory Seal (Selyong Garing ng Butuan) This was recovered in a prehistoric shell midden site dated back from the 10th to 13th centuries A.D. by pothunters in Ambangan, Libertad, Butuan City in the 1970s. According to Dr. Antoon Postma, the inscription is an ancient Javanese or stylized Kawi script referring to “But-ban” (Bautista 1990). … Read more


  Bilingan (Gold Panning Vessel) Gold mining and gold panning (“mamiling” in local language) played an important role in the lives of the early and present Butuanons and Manobos. This is an example of a gold panning vessel made of hardwood commonly known as “bilingan” by Butuanons. “Bilingan” is used for gold panning or extracting … Read more

Tangal Tree

Tangal Tree Tangal (Ceriops tagal (Perr.) C.B. Rob.) is a native plant found in Bohol. Tangal comes from the Rhizophoraceae family called the Yellow Mangrove and this mangrove species is found in Malaysia, Micronesia, and the Philippines. Its local names are Tungog, Tangal-lalaki, Pakat, and Tagasa. The tangal is a small tree growing up to … Read more