via Philippine News Agency, 23 November 2021: An Ifugao axe bound for Australia was intercepted and will be repatriated to the Philippines.
The Australian government has returned a recovered mid-20th century axe used for woodcarving and hunting in the Ifugao communities in northern Luzon, the Philippine Embassy in Australia said Tuesday.
Acting First Assistant Secretary Greg Cox of the Australian Office for the Arts turned over the cultural artifact to Ambassador Ma. Hellen de la Vega in a ceremony in Canberra last November 19.
The Embassy said the Igorot axe was intercepted in June last year by the Australian Border Force (ABF) upon entry into Australia from the United States.
The ABF alerted the Cultural Property section of the Office for the Arts, which then undertook the investigation.