VISITING THE NATIONAL MUSEUM

The National Museum of the Philippines celebrates the Museums and Galleries month! In line with this, the museum opens its doors for free to everyone for the whole month of October!

I visited the National Art Gallery and the Museum of the Filipino People yesterday (Sunday). The Planetarium is also open but since I only had three hours to spare, I just visited the other two flagship museums. I went there at 2 in the afternoon and the museum is only open until 5 PM.

In this blog, I am going to share you some photos of interesting masterpieces that can be found at the museum. Are you ready for a quick tour? If you are, let’s get it started!

Let us first visit the Museum of the Filipino People.

It is located in Ermita, Manila, and is just actually within the grounds of Rizal Park.

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After all the reconstructions that were made and even in its modernized look, the facade of the building still exudes that kind of beauty.

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The Museum of the Filipino People is one of the flagship museums in Manila. The building has 4 levels and the hallways will lead you from one gallery to another. The museum will take you back in time when our ancestors used to live in caves and use metals and stones as tools in cooking and warfare.

Here are some interesting items displayed in the gallery:

CYMERA_20141019_231637Isolated set of ancient keys

CYMERA_20141019_231616Model of a Spanish battleship that clashed with  the Dutch ship Mauritius on December 14, 1600 just off Manila Bay where it sank.

Here’s a closer look:

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And here are other interesting stuff:

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Rusty stuff, I know. But let me help you understand what they are. Well, they are sword’s holders made up of stones and metals that were used by the Spanish conquerors. 

Here are some preserved animals and insects displayed in the gallery:

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A team of grasshoppers!

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Yellow-bellied Sea Snake, 1766.

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Swallowtail Butterfly, 1965.

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Draco Quadrasi Boettger, 1893. This flying lizard looks creepy.

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Gekko Linnaeus, 1758.

Collection of ancient porcelains and ceramics of different influences.

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A typical chinese table.

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This rosary with ivory beads and an inverted cross was recovered from the Spanish battleship.

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Hazelnuts.

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One of those cannons displayed. Wow! Take a look at its specific details!

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This is a spoon made from a shell. I find this so cute. Haha! Our ancestors were so resourceful!

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I wonder who wore this necklace so many years ago.

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This part of a prehistoric boat dated to 1250 AD can be found at the second floor of the museum. This was originally recovered from Butuan City.

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Earthenware pots resembling human figures were found in Ayub Cave, in Pinol, Maitum, Saranggani Province. The jars used for secondary burial were dated to the Metal Age about 5 BC. – 225 A.D. CYMERA_20141019_225940

A wooden casket (for kids I guess).

When it comes to music, our ancestors also have these huge instruments that they used in churches or temples for wedding, death, and other kind of ceremonies and celebrations. These were of various influences.

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Here’s a magnificent collection of various swords and other weapons for warfare.

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Ancient cannon.

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Beautiful carvings on a huge wood.

Here is a gallery of photographs showcasing our very own rich culture.

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This is my favorite rice cake by the way! Haha!

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More preserved animals:

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Waah! A giant spider crab! The sight of it makes me cringe!

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Sarus Crane, 1896.

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A part of the Monreal Stone. This artifact contain scripts that are believed to be a variation of the Baybayin, the ancient native script documented and used by Spanish friars to popularize religious teachings among early Filipinos.

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Weaving looms. My Aunt used to own one in Legazpi City. I remembered her when I saw these!

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A trip in a museum will never be complete without a shot of a spiral staircase.

So there! You’ve got a glimpse of what the Museum of the Filipino People is all about. Now, let’s go to the National Art Gallery which is just a couple of steps away.

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Very nice doorknobs. eh? National Museum!

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This is the scene that is going to welcome you as you enter its doors.

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This beautiful sculpture of an angel will also struck you in awe!

As for me, this is the main highlight of the Art Gallery! Oh yeah. The ground floor of the museum displays the amazing work of Juan Luna called the Spoliarium. The said painting depicts the death of gladiators. And hey, this masterpiece won the very first gold medal in Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1884 in Madrid.

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You will really feel the emotions that this painting is trying to convey – the pain, the suffering, the anger. Juan Luna is the best! He makes me proud to be a Filipino.

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I would have just sat on this bench and stare at Juan Luna’s Spoliarium. Oh, if only I have all the time in the world!

Here are more displays!

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Dead Child by Simon Flores

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Portrait of a Lady by Juan Luna.

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Rice Field by Fernando Amorsolo, 1954.

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Tindahan by Fernando Amorsolo, 1964.

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El Ermitano by Jose Rizal, 1893.

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Mother’s Revenge by Jose Rizal, 1894.

So our National Hero, Jose Rizal, is also a good sculptor!

The uppermost floor is solely dedicated for Venus, a beautiful sculpture of a woman by Guillermo Tolentino in 1951.

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Visiting the National Museum is surely a treat for my eyes and my mind. Imagine seeing the actual masterpieces that I just used to see in history books before! Surreal.

The National Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10 AM to 5 PM. Cameras are allowed but using flashes isn’t. Again, admission is free for the entire month of October! Go and give yourself a treat!

Note: This is not a paid blog post. I just appreciate our very own culture and arts; and I want to share my experience with you through my blog. And oops! For comments, corrections, and credits to the masterpieces (since I have not named them all), please feel free to leave them on the comment box below and I will surely get back to you soon!

Well, I hope you enjoyed our tour! Till next time!

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