My friends and I had the chance lately to check out the National Museum of Region 13 or Caraga Region located in Butuan City, Agusan del Norte. This was actually my second visit to the museum as I had walked through its doors several years back during a trip in Butuan.
There are several interesting archaeological specimens and artifacts in the museum. These include pottery and jewelry among others which shows the trading history between the then Kingdom of Butuan between other countries like China, Cambodia, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, India and even Persia. The trading relations existed as far back as 1000 AD between the Kingdom of Butuan and China.
I must mention here that one of the best archaeological finds in Butuan and the region are the balangay boats. There were also gold specimen dug out in the region but some of the best ones are now housed at the Ayala Museum in Makati. The Caraga Museum has a replica of the Golden Tara which was found in Esperanza, Agusan sometime in 1918. This is a 21-carat golden figurine of a Hindu female deity. The original figurine is now housed at the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, Illinois.
I would love to see the museum undergo some renovation But all in all, revisiting the stories and objects on display at the museum somehow reconnected my present world to that of the past. That one afternoon made me appreciate once again what had taken place in history and where we are today.