Saturday, March 26, 2016

Bloggers' Day Out: Treasures of National Museum

It felt so wrong when I had the time to kill in a tea house, or surf on the internet, yet, I have not been to National Museum -  until a co-blogger, Louise Banta, invited us for a bloggers’ day out. In celebration of National Women’s Month, National Museum offers free entrance fee for the whole month of March. Without second thought, I grabbed the chance to meet people with the same passion as mine, and at the same time, explore the beauty of this museum.

National Museum, a cultural heritage of the Filipino people and the natural history of the Philippines – where, works of art, specimens, and cultural and historical artifacts representative are being showcased, is the one of top destinations for primary level educational trips. It is the great place to feed, not only your eyes, but also your mind with the rich culture and history of our country. 

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Since other bloggers were not available last Sunday, it was only the three of us, Louise of louisechelleblog and Arrianne of Travelhabeat. It was our first meeting, and we had quite enough time to know each other.  I have to mention that they were so nice and humble!




Grand Staircase
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Credits to Louise
This is the grand staircase of the old Senate. It is known for pre-nuptial shoots because of the elegant spiral staircase and vintage feel. 


San Nicolas de Tolentino's Altar 
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San nicolas de tolentino
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 The altar of San Nicolas de Tolentino church in Bohol, which is Louise’s favorite, next to Spolarium. The church was damaged and reconstructed, thus, the old altar was sent there. The detailed old wood carvings made us feel like, we were in an old cathedral. 


Arrianne and Louise

Juan Luna's Artwork

unfinished painting of Juan Luna

Juan Luna’s last and unfinished painting, which he was working on before he died due to heart attack. 


cursed painting of Juan Luna

This is Maria de la Paz Pardo de Tavera, Juan Luna’s wife, just one of her portraits painted by the obsessed Luna. This painting is known to be cursed, possessed by Paz, and whoever owns it will have an extreme bad luck. Imee Marcos, daughter of the Imelda and Ferdinand Marcos, bought the painting which they believe the cause of her miscarriage, while on the Ora-Plata exhibit, it was named to Imelda, and then their family was dominated by EDSA revolution. 

parisian life

The Parisian Life is the last major artwork of Luna in Paris. Different from the dark color of the academic palette, he used lighter colors and mood in this piece. A scene in a coffee shop in Paris with a lady - a prostitute and three men in their European Garbs, they were Juan Luna himself, Jose Rizal and Ariston Bautista Lin.  

Spolarium

So, this is the famous Spolarium, Juan Luna’s greatest artwork, far from what I have seen on my elementary textbooks. I did not expect the floor to ceiling framed painting. Juan Luna took eight months to finish this oil on a canvas painting. Someone told us, no one can afford to buy this because it costs like buying the whole country. 

Benedicto Cabrera a.k.a BenCab
Sabel by BenCab
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 This is “Sabel”, commonly mistaken as a Chinese national, but the fact is, she was a beggar wrapped with a plastic all over her body. One of the oil on a canvas paintings of Benedicto Cabrera, also known as BenCab- a National Artist for Visual Arts. He met Sabel in a  busy street of Manila, and he made her the subject of his artworks.    

Sabel by BenCab
Sabel made up of resin, just one of the many figures of her.


Scupture

While we were looking at the sculptures, we have noticed that they have something in common – their eyes and hands are missing. Until we asked a staff and said, these were made of Ivory, and were already stolen before placing these in the museum.

Old Senate Plenary Hall



It is located at the heart of Manila- few minute walk from SM Manila and Intramuros,  thus, if you have time to visit these places, I believe that you don’t have an excuse not to visit the National Museum. 

The museum is huge indeed, and 3 hours was not enough for us to visit the other building, where the artifacts and other historical pieces are placed. We have still an hour before the cut-off time, but we were tired and hungry, thus, we have decided to go somewhere else to eat. I will definitely come back for that. 

Tips
Wear comfortable outfit, especially shoes. 
Bring extra purse for your important belongings, such as your cellphone, wallet and camera. Huge bags are not allowed inside, although, counter is available for that.
They say that it is between United Nation and Central Station LRT stations. I got off from Central station, and I walked more or less 10 minutes. In that case, I suggest to take the side of UN station.
Earlier the better. As what I have said, the museum is huge, and it takes time to explore and appreciate everything. 
You may ask the assigned staff per gallery to know more about the artworks. 
Most importantly, enjoy! 

You may check the National Museum's site, here.
Thank you for reading!

Here are the blog posts of Louise and Arrianne: 


#BloggersDayOut at the National Museum

10 Not-To-Be-Missed National Museum Art Works



20 comments:

  1. Sadly, I would only visit places like this during educational field trips. And once you've seen everything, you will feel proud about your ancestors for being so adaptive and imaginative. They are also very talented. How I wish places like this be preserved for the next generation to see.

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  2. Wow! Thank you for this post. We will have to remember the national museum for our next trip to Manila when the kids are a bit older and need a lesson in history.

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    1. It's good to know that. At least, they'll get to try that experience.

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  3. I saw a similar post in Louisechelle's blog. I was just a newbie in the group so I was shy to join. Looking forward to joining the next meetup though :)

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    1. gosh. Don't be shy sis. They're so nice. You must join us next time, ha. We're planning to have a bloggers' day out every month.

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  4. Finally! I had the answer on who Sabel really is. I've been seeing sabel as the most used inspiration for bencab's artwork and i was intrigued on who she really is. Thanks for the answer! Haha Looks like you had fun on your visit. :)

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    1. Seriously? Jeez. I didn;t know any Bencab's work until this. It's nice to know I shared something. :)

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  5. Very informative post. I have been to Manila lots of time but never really got a chance to visit museums. Hopefully I could go the next time I visit! :D

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  6. You're right, one day is not enough to visit the two buildings. My fam and I visited each building a day, anyway entrance to Museum during the museum month is also free. What I enjoyed most are the paintings! - Sonnie

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  7. Peng!!! This is such a lovely post :) I really had a great time with you girls - it feels like we've known one another for quite some time already :) Hope we will get to our next bloggers' day out. Looking forward to see you again soon :) Here's to more gala and events!

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    1. Thanks Arrianne!! hihi Yaaas, I had a great time too and I felt exactly the same. Yaaas, see you soon. I miss you. hihi

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  8. I love how detailed your post is. Things like this have only recently become of interest to me, but unfortunately it's not something I can enjoy often with my toddlers in tow

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    1. Thank you. :) Oh, maybe when they can understand things already, it's good to take them to places like this.

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  9. Oh I know Arriane, invite me next time too :) I went to national museum last year when it was month long free entrance. I think people, i mean every filipino should visit our NM to to have a better understanding of our culture and history. The plenary hall is my favorite part :)

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    1. You should join our Bloggers' day out next time ha. Yes, I super agree with that.

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  10. Beautiful photographs!! and hope you had a great time!!😊 Looks like you had lots of fun!!😊

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  11. I want to visit this place but Im too far :( btw i love your shots!!

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  12. Super inggit!!! I wanted to join you girls but nagka conflict sa sched. The last time I visited National Museum was during our school field trip back in elementary. I'm 39 years old now so.... that was loooong ago.

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  13. I envy you. I was not able to join this bloggers day out. i could have seen these wonders. anyway, thanks for providing pics. atleast i saw some. hehehe.


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  14. Very happy to meet you and be a part of your first National Museum visit. Hopefully, we could visit the other building next time. I'm looking forward to meeting you again Melanee :)

    Spolarium, the Side Altar and now, Sabel are my favorites from National Museum. It's a must see there. :)

    Louise

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