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Ifugao man honors father with dog-carved coffin and horse-shaped tomb


Ifugao, Philippines – A son of a hunter in Hungduan, Ifugao honored his dead father in a unique way that likewise features the province’s cultural heritage – woodcarving.


Gifted with skills and creativity, it has become a practice of the people in the province to carve wooden coffins in different figures. One of the community members shared a glimpse of crafted hand-carved carabao coffin that can be traced back in the 1950s.

The hunter Binwag Duyapat Butihling who lived from March 24, 1937 to Dec. 29, 2022, was known by his family as a dog and horse lover.


This gave his son Luis the idea of making an animal-shaped coffin and tomb as a tribute to his father.


Luis asked for the help of Santos Buccahan Bayucca, a native of Uhaj, Banaue for the woodcarving of the dog-shaped coffin and horse-shaped tomb to reflect his father’s love for said animal.


Out of “lawaan” woods, the artist carved the coffin in eight days while it took him 10 days to finish carving the tomb.


The hunter was laid to rest on Monday, Jan. 09, 2023.


“Ama Binwag has lived a happy and fulfilled life. Rest in peace, Ama,” said his relative.

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