Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Manila, Philippines: National Museum

2018 February: 

In celebration of holidays for this month, our family have visited National Museum, not knowing that the previously private space of the Old Senate Session Hall is now available for public viewing.  The following is an excerpt from the museum's post:

2012 October: National Museum, Manila

This month, National Museum is celebrating the Museums & Galleries Month and they are offering the visitors free admission for the whole month of October.

In the first place, ‘thank you’ to the government for giving a chance to the Filipinos to see the pride of our National Artists for free.  A chance for us to promote the culture, the history and the arts of our country.  

Spanish Jars - Approximately 70 of these round bottomed elongated jars were recovered from the wreck.  Generally used to store olives and oil, these may have been reused to hold wine.

Dragon Jars - Manufactured in Southern China, these jars demonstrate the admirable creativity of 16th century Chinese potters.  Note the liveliness of the relief and the prominence of the ears.  The decoration vividly depicts one of the oldest of Chinese myths.

The Pandanan Shipwreck - In 1993, scuba divers from a pearl farm discovered large ceramic jars off the coast of Pandanan Ialand in Palawan.  Underwater archaeologists revealed the presence of a Southeast Asian trading vessels loaded with tradeware ceramics, dating to the 15th century.

How were the Butuan Boats Made?
To construct the Butuan boat, large trees were cut and carved into planks. The planks were arranged edge-to-edge and fastened using wooded pins or dowels which are driven into holes on the edge of each plank.

1978: Pot hunters in search of the famous Chinese ceramic buried in the city, revealed several pieces of wood – certainly of no value to the collectors.  However the “worthless” timber turned into a major boon for the study of Philippines Prehistory providing proof of the ancient boat-building technology of the Filipinos… When news of the discovery reached the National Museum. A team was sent to excavate the water –logged materials.  Eight boats were  discovered, three being excavated with dates of 320, 1250 and 990 AD.

Fruits are seen in a variety of shapes.  It may be rounded, angular, scaly and to a more complicated winged-type.  Can they fly?  No, the “wings” protect the fruit as they drop slowly from the tree top.

Ideopsis juventa manillana Moore 1883
Family: Donaidae
Distribution: Throughout the Philippines

A bit disappointed comparing to other museums in Asia,
Museum of the Filipino People
-Some of the exhibits are more of a school project than a world class display of the culture
-Full glass covered porcelains are seen with dusts

National Museum
-Air-conditioner at 18 degrees Celsius feels like 24-26 degrees Celsius inside the gallery
-Assistants are bit not accommodating (e.g. Since they offered free admission, expect that a lot of people would visit.  Since they don’t allow to carry bags inside the gallery, they should be easily accommodating all the bags of the visitors – the person is very slow in getting the bags saying that “Ma’am, eh madami na kasi pong bags dito, may sasakyan po ba kayo, iwan nyo na lang dun.  (there are already a lot of bags here, can you left it inside your car.)” Then, they will get your bag, seeing that there are still available slots.)
-They said in the registration area that SLRs are not allowed inside the gallery.  How come they are just let those people (right in front the assistants) having SLRs taking photo of the Spolarium and even inside the galleries.  (Please, if you set the rules, make sure you follow them!)

Baroque Style (Bohol)

My favorite painting during that visit...

Don’t want to bring any harm, but this should be an awakening how our facilities are not of the standards of what the other museums in Asia have.  Mind Museum is of modern type so can’t be compared to our old museum.  But the Art Museum of UST Main Building has better maintenance and has good art pieces that we have here in Museum of the Filipino People.  

It’s hard not to compare, but if you have been to Museo de Macau or National Palace Museum in Taipei, you’ll see how unfortunate the facilities we have here from what is expected of a national museum.  

We say, “it’s more fun in the Philippines”, let us be more friendly in talking to the visitors and guests.  We have things to improve and let us start it from ourselves.  Let us bring justice to the pride of our national artists and be proud of what Filipino can do.

National Museum of the Philippines 
Padre Burgos Drive, City of Manila, Philippines
Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 am to 5 pm

Parking: You can take Finance Road to park near Museum of the Filipino People or take Padre Burgos Road to park in front of National Museum.  These are two different buildings separated by Finance Road.

*Italics are text/caption from Museum of the Filipino People & National Museum

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