If it wasn’t for Rex’s Mom, I won’t be able to visit the National Museum of the Philippines. I know, it sounds crazy, especially considering I live in Manila for over 8 years now. *face-palm*
The museum is conveniently located at Padre Burgos Street in Manila. You can easily find this gigantic -white-building which is anchoring Rizal Park (Luneta Park). They are open from Tuesdays to Sundays (10am to 5pm) and charges Php150 for adults, Php120 for group tour adults and Senior Citizens, and Php50 for students – Php40 for group tour students. The entrance rates will allow you to visit the National Art Gallery, the Museum of the Filipino People, and the exhibitions at the National Planetarium.
Without further ado, check out some photos from our visit. Excuse my mobile phone camera’s not-so-good quality photos.
Our first stop was at the National Art Gallery. This gigantic painting is the highlight of the museum’s permanent collection, and this is the first work of art that greets you upon entry into the museum. This is Juan Luna’s most valuable oil-on-canvas painting, “The Spoliarium”. I felt truly honored to have finally seen one of the National Cultural Treasures of our country.
Our second and last stop was at the Museum of the Filipino People. Inside, there is a dizzying choice of galleries and exhibits; (1) San Diego Exhibit – showing the wreck site and eleven of the recovered cannons, (2) Five Centuries of Maritime Trade Before the Arrival of the West, (3) The Origin (Pinagmulan) which focuses on the four periods of Philippine pre-history, (4) Archaeological Treasures Gallery (Kaban ng Lahi) which portrays secondary burial jar collections as well as samples of the utilitarian vessels unearthed from different cave sites in the Philippines, and lastly (5) The Filipinos and Their Rich Cultural Heritage (Kinahinatnan) which focuses on the Philippines as a land of diversity, crossroads, and a tapestry of cultures.