The artifact that I had chosen to discuss are the Gold displayed in Ayala Museum, primarily the Surigao treasures as well as the ones accounted by Antonio Pigafetta which would impeccably describe the Philippine Pre-Hispanic society.
I chose this artifact to prove that the Philippines was a country rich of natural resources prior to the Spanish era. It proves that luxury items such as gold were not brought by invading powers but rather was already a significant part of Philippine Pre-Hispanic Society. The fact that the tribal leaders whom Pigafetta encountered as accounted in his chronicles wore gold as their accessories and as well as a social status.
It proves that the Philippine Pre-Hispanic Society was not that barbaric, as it had already established social hierarchy and civilization as proven by the accounts of Pigafetta.
Furthermore, in order to grasp the importance of theses artifacts in our History, we need to be informed of its source, which is the accounts made by the Italian explorer, Antonio Pigafetta during the Magellan Voyage.
The Italian scholar described the clothing of the natives, with most of they had encountered wore many bracelets and rings of gold on their arms, with a wrapper of linen round their head. While on the other hand, the leader of the said natives Pigafetta recounted had his face painted with golden rings suspended to his ears. This further corroborated that indeed the Philippines has a rich source of gold way back the Spanish Colonization
Overall, the account made by the Italian scholar Antonio Pigafetta had provided more light on the earlier culture of the Pre-Spanish Philippines with the accentuation on the naturally warmth of the Filipinos and the nonpareil gallantry and mere intrepidity in terms of protecting its culture and tradition with Lapu-Lapu as the paradigm of dauntlessness in the midst of a warfare.