Oh, a museum visit.
Wait, before you go and wave it off why not try to see it in a different light, other than a school field trip spot?
Have you ever been in a museum other than for the said reason? No? Then this can be the time to enjoy a trip to the museum and probably learn a thing or two.
All you have to do is express a slight interest in them.
Take a look, it will be worth your while.
Upon entry into the museum. This is the first painting that will greet you.
This is the Spoliarium (often misspelled Spolarium) is a painting by the Filipino artist Juan Luna. It took eight months to finish this award winning masterpiece on a greatly huge canvas depicting dying gladiators. This painting was submitted by Luna to the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1884 in Madrid, where it garnered the first gold medal (out of three).
Its metal inscription
look up the Spoliarium it has a great deal of story and history. And that is just the first!
Walking along I came across a lot of paintings, I will share to you those that caught my eye.
This is a series of paintings by Carlos V. Francisco or also known as Botong Francisco. He is known for his murals. These were specially commissioned for the entrance hall of the Philippine General Hospital in 1953. Declared a National Cultural Treasure, these extraordinary works were displayed on loan to the National Museum by the University of the Philippines for restoration and preservation.
These are oil-on-canvas panels, depicting the history and development of medicine in the country. ( pre-colonial period, the Spanish colonial period, the American Occupation era, and the modern era of the 1950s.)
Then to the next room.
This Painting was done by Ang Kiukok (洪救國), his style is really distinct. He merges cubism, surrealism and expressionism. What makes him very interesting to me is because He studied art at University of Santo Tomas. (which is also my school!) and he has Chinese roots just like me!
Are you familiar with Vicente S. Manansala?
He developed transparent cubism, wherein the “delicate tones, shapes, and patterns of figure and environment are masterfully superimposed”. In this artwork Calesa, He used watercolors as his artistic media.
If you live in the Philippines, I am sure you know our national hero Jose P. Rizal.
Did you know he is also a skilled artist?
here is another sculpture by Rizal
Here is a short story behind this sculpture: Rizal was inspired to create the sculpture by an incident that occurred while he was exiled in Dapitan and set up a school, in 1894. Some of his students secretly went to Dapitan in a boat from Talisay and a puppy of Rizal’s dog Syria tried to follow them and was eaten by a crocodile. Rizal scolded the boys, telling them that if they had not gone to town without his permission the puppy would not have died and its mother would have been spared the sorrow of losing an offspring. He further stressed the moral of the incident by making a statuette showing the mother dog killing the crocodile, to avenge her lost puppy. He called this “The Mother’s Revenge.”
(source of this story: http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=The_Mother’s_Revenge)
And here is a architectural drawing of our national hero.
Multi-talented huh? Can write, draw, sculpt, be a doctor, teacher and hero! Amazing!
let us now move along…
Rustic and earthy. Feeding the Chickens By Simon Flores. I love the simplicity of the scene.
Located in the next room was the sculptures. While I am not really fond of sculptures, I find this impeccable.
Paying a closer look to the National Museum’s door handles.
I found out that they are by Napoleón Abueva. (My friends, He is the “Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture”.)
Then went on to see the zoology division of the museum. It was dark and filled with animal skeletons.
Their main exhibit was this skeleton of a sperm whale. I find it weird that they are named that way… but, it is actually because sperm whales contain about 3 tons of “spermaceti” oil (waxy liquid) in its head. This whale is the largest of the toothed whales.
Before the museum was a museum, It was the Congress of the Philippines. Look.
This is what it looks like now.
The museum building is actually very ornamented.
I have never given much thought to this old building, but I must say it is very rich in history.
and so, I proceed with another painting that I find very eye catching.
This is Sabel by Ben Cab (Benedicto Cabrera).
Here is another piece by Vicente Manansala, this time his artistic medium is oil.
Upstairs I found this window. I had to take this photo. This is the pre-spanish language of the Philippines.
The Baybayin. I was thought that these characters are called the Alibata, but that tag was incorrect. It is Baybayin which means “to spell”.
Then I walked along a lot of preserved and bottled fish/taxidermy animals, that i thought looks creepy, so I will spare you the sight and not post them here.
After the museum visit, I went to grab coffee, and a bite of cake at the nearby mall.
All were going well till I saw two dresses that I really wanted to have. And it is on sale.
What is a girl to do?! You guessed right. I got them both. Luckily they still have it in my size, or for the lack of better term I managed to squeeze myself into the dresses! lols.
The other is a red number.
How apt right? I have wearable souvenirs of my museum trip.
I enjoyed going to the museum, it was a refreshing change (against my usual tendencies to go malling).
Give it a try, who knows you might also find it enjoyable.
P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila. Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
*I paid 150php for entrance. All my reviews, opinions, and other stuff expressed here are my own and based on my own experience. This is not a sponsored post, paid for this (from) my own pocket(s).