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Mesa altar

Mesa altar
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Carved mesa altar or altar table, narra and balayong, possible early 19th century, Ilocos Norte. Photographed in the actual place of origin. Sold.

There is something about acquiring a piece in situ, away from an air conditioned confine where such a piece becomes divorced from its original environment. One is able to understand the story, style and development of a piece better within the context of the community it is extracted from.
Date: 2012-10-29 01:44:13



mesa altar altar table Philippine heritage furniture Philippine antiques Philippine antique furniture Ilocos Norte Ilocos region narra balayong antigo Spanish colonial Philippines lumang bahay 19th century Philippines

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Comments

That is exactly the argument being used against Jerry Acuzar in his drive to accumulate Philippine ancestral houses in Bagac divorced from their context of the community in which they were built! And in many ways, I can see the point.
Apo Lakay 2012-10-29 12:00:05
[http://www.flickr.com/photos/apolakay] There's a valid point in those arguments. You learn a lot of things when you experience something in its original surroundings. Transplanting a crumbling house might be a good way to save it, but a better way would be to utilize the money in restoring the house right where it is. Not only does it help reinforce the story of the community, but it also imbues a sense of pride and a renewed identity in the community, too.
ioculus 2012-10-29 19:55:24
Just imagine if the old houses in Vigan were brought to Acuzar's fantasyland in Bataan. There would be no Heritage Village to see!
sementeryo.ph 2012-10-30 08:26:26
What if the houses are left derelict... there would be no Heritage Village to see. Remember, Vigan may have a concentration of Heritage Houses, but not all Heritage Houses are in Vigan. All are scattered throughout the islands. And many of them -- including the house of Jose Rizal's mother -- are falling apart and/or facing the wrecking ball. In many ways it is better to transplant and save rather than retain to wrack and ruin. That way you at least save a small part of what remains.
Apo Lakay 2012-10-30 08:57:40
For all the criticism he gets, Mr. Acuzar has also been lauded for rescuing these houses because even if plans are made to try to save these structures right where they are, it is usually a slow and tedious process and often gets hampered by lack of funds.
ioculus 2012-11-01 01:16:17
any mesa altars?
jgp88 2015-08-18 12:44:18

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