Tour around tourist spots of Manila: National Museum
Renante MinaTuesday, August 27, 2013 12 comments

     Because of LPA (Low Pressure Area), for the last minute before the departure, I decided not to go with them in going to Mindoro for a safety concern. I don’t want to risk myself in danger and according to PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) the status of the sea is very rough. Because it is a long weekend and I don't have any scheduled travel I felt the boredom fortunately I saw the post of Jun - Lakwatserong Opis Worker on Fb, he will go to Manila and visit its tourist spots so without any hesitation I messaged him and joined him with his tour around Manila. Good thing is he is willing to guide me.

     Spontaneous tour around Manila. At 10:00AM the time of our meet-up at LRT Central station. we opted the first of our destination was the Museum of the Filipino People building because it is Sunday the National Museum is free admission. The guidelines of the visitors are not permitted inside the Museum are smoking, food and drink, touching the museum objects, flash photography, commercial photography, videography, tripods, large bags and carriers, wrapped packages, umbrellas and pen and art materials. The National Museum Gallery is open from 10:00AM to 5:00PM Tuesdays to Sundays and close on Mondays.

Museum of the Filipino People

Replica of Cargo ship San Diego

     The San Diego carried a large number of defensive weapons these included breastplates, leather doublets, shields and protective helmets they are made of copper called morions also carried offensive weapons for hand to hand combat like swords and daggers it also carried long distance firing. The quality of the swords reflected on the social status of the wielded them.

     Nearly four centuries after the San Diego had sunk, divers unearthed hundreds of the different materials from the wreck sites the objects covered with corals and sediments turned to be remains of porcelain, stoneware, earthenware, metals coins and jewelry.

     Among the recovered items were objects typically found in battleship: Spanish helmets, japaneese swords and Purtuguese canons but some artefacts were unusual for a warship luxury items such a jewelry blue and white porcelain, fine ceramics and glass.

Blue and white ewer with floral design
Lena shoal Palawan late 15th Century

Ewer Chingpai white ware
Kalayaan palawaan late 12th Century



     Buckles are divided into 3 classes – not clearly to be distinguished one from another buckles from closing, with a tongue or a pin buckles to support object with a ring to which a hanger is connected and shoe buckles. The Buckles is frequently decorated to watch the hangers.

     Japanese mercenaries on the San Diego armed with two swords, a long one called a Katana and a short a wakizashi they sometimes also carried a dagger or “tanto”

     Sword handle - tang is inserted in the rectangular orifice and the hilt protected the hand. The connection between the hilt and the pommel was designed to balance the weight of the blade.

Butuan boat

     This is called the plank built, edge pegged technique which is still used by present day Filipino boat builders including the Sama and Ivatans. To construct the Butuan boat, large trees were cut and curved into planks. The planks were arranged edge to edge and fastened using wooden pins or dowels which are driven into holes on the edge of each plank. On the inner side of the boat the plank arranged at regular intervals with raised rectangular protrusions or lugs from thesame plank, through which holes were diagonally.

Skullcap Fossilized scalp of Tabon woman

Weaving machine of Bontoc

Weaving machine

National Art Gallery

Spoliarium by Juan Luna

     The painting features a glimpse of Roman history centered on the bloody carnage brought by gladiatorial matches. Spoliarium is a Latin word referring to the basement of the Roman Colosseum where the fallen and dying gladiators are dumped and devoid of their worldly possessions.

     At the center of Luna’s painting are fallen gladiators being dragged by Roman soldiers. On the left, spectators ardently await their chance to strip off the combatants of their metal helmets and other armory. In contrast with the charged emotions featured on the left, the right side meanwhile presents a somber mood. An old man carries a torch perhaps searching for his son while a woman weeps the death of her loved one.

     The Spoliarium is the most valuable oil-on-canvas painting by Juan Luna, a Filipino educated at the Academia de Dibujo y Pintura (Philippines) and at the Academia de San Fernando in Madrid, Spain. With a size of 4.22 meters x 7.675 meters, it is the largest painting in the Philippines. A historical painting, it was made by Luna in 1884 as an entry to the prestigious Exposicion de Bellas Artes (Madrid Art Exposition, May 1884) and eventually won for him the First Gold Medal. Source: National Museum

Woman vendor by Malang

Shot glasses for acrylic paint - Mauro “Malang” Santos

     After mixing his peculiarly saturated colors, Malang found shot glasses as ideal containers in which to dip his brush before applying paint on his canvases. He used wooden base especially fabricated to hold shot glasses in place.

Paint box for outdoors - Romulo Galicano 

     As one of the founders of Dimasalang group of painters that promoted impressionist and figurative styles. Galicano espoused painting outdoors and depicting scenes captured from real life observations.

Pallete plywood by Fernando Amorsolo

Guillermo E. Tolentino Sculptures

     Sperm Whale / Physeter catodon - A sperm whale occurs in all oceans the largest is 18 meters long and weighs over 53,000 kilos.

Sundays FREE admission
Registration Fees

Individual (up to 50 individuals)
Adult (60 yrs old and above with ID) – 150.00
Student (with ID) – 120.00
Children (4years old and below) - Free

GROUP (more than 50 individuals)
Adult – 120.00
Senior Citizen – 120.00
Student (including children with ID) – 40.00

Please make your reservation at the Museum Education Divisision on Mondays to Fridays from 8:30AM – 4:30PM only

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All the information's in this article are taken from National Museum

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Billy Palatino said...

Huwaw! hehe!!

Sayang di ako nkasama sa inyo! Next time! Invite mo uli ako..hehehe! Nice post!

Nga pala during sunday national Museum is free. No entrnace fee to pay.

Joy said...

Marami palang pueding puntahan sa Manila. Nice to see these old things and to know the history:)

LakwatserongOpisWorker said...

No Problem Manong. hehehehe!

gelaikuting said...

Tagal ko na Manila, dko pa ako nakakapunta dito. Kainggit! Will visit this soon. Thanks for sharing... excited ako makita ang spolarium :)

Manong Unyol said...

OO sir mas ok na sunday pumunta libre hehehehe

Manong Unyol said...

true ma'am first tiem ko din nakita yan ma'am lalo na yung spolarium

Manong Unyol said...

thanks sir :)

Manong Unyol said...

parehas tau lahat ay first time hahaha puntahan mo narin yan sa sunday libre kapag sunday hehehe :P

blissfulguro said...

i love museums! buti naman diyan kayo napadpad :)

gelaikuting said...

oo nga nabasa ko nga... puntahan ko nga pag off ko Sunday...

Manong Unyol said...

eto kc yung malapit at first time puntahan hehehe saka libre sayang naman di pa mapuntahan :)

Mark Joshua Santos said...

That looks an awesome place. I'm gonna try to visit it. I'm pretty sure me and my friends are going to love it. Try visiting Art Museum in Manila, you'll love it too. Anyway, Thanks for sharing!