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Revisiting the Past at the National Museum of the

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A July 2006 trip to Manila by writeonthespot

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Quote: How ironic it is for me to visit other places and tour their museums but fail to even step inside our National Museum. Finally I did and I found myself becoming a tourist in my own native land.

Revisiting the Past at the National Museum of the

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The Philippines is known for its hospitable and warm-hearted people. Its culture and traditions are already a mix of Spanish, Mexican, Chinese, American, Arab and Malay influence. To better understand and appreciate the Filipino culture, you will find more of its history when you visit its National Museum. The National Museum of the Republic of the Philippines was established in 1901. The building where it is currently housed was designed by Daniel Burnham, an American architect, in 1918. The main building, more popularly known as the Old Congress Building, is where the arts, natural sciences, and other divisions are seen while the former Finance Building, called the National Museum of the...Read More

Museum of the Filipino People

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Attraction | "Museum Grounds"

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The National Museum Consultant who toured us was telling us how the museum grounds look on weekends when they open it to the public. Kids who are in the building would all stick their faces on the window panes overlooking the museum grounds and their expressions show how amazed they are to see a very neat garden. The Museum boasts of their grounds, with a small nipa hut in one side and plants and grasses all over. No single candy wrapper or paper can be found in the Museum grounds as they try to maintain it as clean as possible. And indeed, when we looked down the green and lush grounds, we couldn’t help but marvel at the natural beauty of such tidy environment. The ground has b...Read More

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Museum of the Filipino People
Agrifina Circle, Rizal Park
Manila, Philippines

National Museum of the Philippines

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Attraction | "Uniquely Filipino Room"

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The Anthropology Gallery of the Philippines’ National Museum is interesting. The exhibits were divided, not by the regional boundaries of the country, but through communities of the ancient Filipino people. The artifacts were classified to those living near the seas or rivers, those living in mountains and hills, and those in the plains or valleys. Near the entrance of the room is a large Philippine map with the tribes and languages per area. Then bamboo floors mark the beginning of the exhibit. The tools and the gadgets used in every community – fishing nets, hunting equipment, and farming tools were displayed. In the part of the mountain people, there was one wall which displays the ani...Read More

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National Museum of the Philippines
P. Burgos Avenue
Manila, Philippines 1000
63 2 527 0278

National Museum of the Philippines

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Attraction | "Digging the Past - Archaeological Finds"

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In my childhood, I had always wanted to take up unique careers – astronaut, pilot, and what have you, including being an archaeologist. A magazine on the Mt. Vesuvius eruption caught my interest on this. So, when I entered the Archaeology gallery of the National Museum of the Philippines, it was like stepping into my dreams. The first thing that welcomed me at the gallery was dinosaur bones that were displayed on the wall. At the far end of the room is a small stage-like area that depicted pre-historic Philippines. There were columns covered with different kinds of tiny, dainty shells. At the next room is the remnants of the balangay or the boats used by Chinese and Malays who came to t...Read More

National Museum of the Philippines
P. Burgos Avenue
Manila, Philippines 1000
63 2 527 0278

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The tour guide told us a story wherein two Filipinos bagged the first and second prize at a Madrid painting competition. Giving a toast for the winners, the national hero, Jose Rizal, said that if Filipinos can win over its colonizers through arts, then they can definitely do the same in politics. Such statement was so controversial it sparked the Filipino movement in the 19th century that led to a revolt that gave birth to the Philippine Republic. The paintings and sculptures of Filipino National Artists gave life to the simple living of its natives as well as the struggles and sufferings it endured under foreign rule. The room that housed the Filipino paintings and sculptures is well-ligh...Read More
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Some of the Filipino clothing that are on exhibit are still used in a few remaining tribes in the country. Intricate capiz shells are woven in wonderful designs. The clothes are uniquely Asian and somehow resemble the dresses of Indonesian and Thai culture. With the decline on the use of Filipino dresses, one particular tribe sent their youth to the National Museum. The teens asked the curator if they could touch and feel the clothes. They sketched copies of the dresses and studied them for almost a day. They said that their elders wanted them to revisit their traditional clothes so they can bring them back and never lose the heritage forever. It was a heartwarming story. And...Read More