The National Museum of the Philippines is planning to build a new museum near the Tabon cave complex in the municipality of Quezon, southern part of Palawan. Tagged as the cradle of Philippine Civilization, the new site will be called “Tawa-Tawa Museum” named after one of the caves in the Lipuun point.
According to National Museum Cultural Properties Regulation Division Chief Raquel Flores, the site will be near the Tabon Cave and will open a road to which visitors no longer need to ride a boat going to the cave.
“Yung sa Tawa-Tawa talagang enhancement yun ng pagbabantay ng ating Tabon cave in relation paminsan-minsan inaasikaso rin natin ang concern ng ating tourism, to be able to protect primarily our national treasure,” Flores said.
The planning for the creation of Tawa-Tawa museum already started but was put on hold due to the pandemic. The budget cost for the plan is not yet determined since the team assigned to it are about to reconvene soon. This project involved Department of Tourism and Department of Public Works and Highways.
“Nasa 50% pa lang syang tapos in terms of structure, medyo naputol sya because of this pandemic, but that is already in the can,” Flores added.
Tabon Cave is where the National Cultural Treasure “Manunggul Jar” was found by American anthropologist Dr. Robert Fox, that also discovered the skull cap of Tabon man believe to be the earliest known humans in the Philippines.
Tawa-Tawa Museum will be the second museum under the National Museum of the Philippines that is located in Quezon, the existing Tabon Museum is at J. P Laurel street in the town proper of Quezon town, this is still remain close to the public as of this writing.
Flores assures the public that once the plan was completed, the preservation of Tabon cave will remain their top priority.
“Kung kami ang tatanugin ‘pag nag declare kami hangga’t maari ayaw namin pasukan ng tao para hindi masira, you can imagine how fragile this properties are, kaya lang synonymous to project to progress, kaya ‘pag dineclare mo siyempre Pride of Palawan, so ipapakita mo,” Flores said in closing.