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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

a visit to the national museum

The National Museum of the Philippines (Filipino: Pambansang Museo ng Pilipinas)
is  the official repository established in 1901 as a natural history museum of
the Philippines. its located next to Rizal Park and near Intramuros in Manila.

the National Museum housed the national arts gallery,  found in the old congress
building. The building was originally intended as a Public Library before.
On July 16, 1926, the building was formally inaugurated. During the World War
II, the building was heavily damaged. it was rebuilt after the war.

destroyed during  wwar2

During the Martial Law era, the Legislative Building was closed down. Today,
the building holds the country's National Art Gallery, natural sciences and other
support divisions.

Last sunday, Me and my friends visited the National Museum and its my third
time to do this. and I admit, I still cannot memorize from what gallery is this painting

National Museum 1
National Museum 2
National Museum 3

Museum of the Filipino People is a component museum of the National Museum
of the Philippines that houses the anthropology and archaeology divisions.
located in the Agrifina Circle, Rizal Park, Manila adjacent to the main National
Museum building which houses the National Art Gallery.

With the rapid construction of new condos, malls, and town centers in Manila,
youngsters tend to prefer a visit to the supermalls  for a movie (with a  budget
of 150) than a visit to a museum with the same budget. the museum roughly
earns 500k annually, vs. the mall with more than a Million pesos income daily.
around 3-4 hundred visitors a day. (during museum events)

Im guilty of visiting every single newly opened supermall in town, and present
during christmas sale to discover that I bought crappy items that survive
just 3 visits to the laundry shop.

just this year, 2014, when I started appreciating Philippine history, Ive tried
visiting this big structure called the National Museum.
Not only has this building withstood the test of time, it has also been quietly
serving its purpose: to preserve and proudly showcase some of the most
valued artifacts that represent the cultural heritage of the Filipinos.

what you will see in this structure that you wont see in your favorite supermall?

1. collection of more than a thousand fine art pieces spanning from the 18th century up to the
21st century, a collection of archeological pieces like the 3k year-old
Manunggul Burial Jar and a 337k of specimens from birds to corals
and a lot more natural history pieces.  (source the net)

2. there is no widescreen or imax, but they have the Spolarium.
the National Museum’s Spoliarium will not disappoint you by its size. It is, the
largest painting in the Philippines. by the way, to those kids who dont know what
this painting is.

have you seen the movie the gladiator?
the Spoliarium is where the injured or dead gladiators are taken after performing.
in the painting, injured gladiators are dragged in by the Romans, spectators cheer
them on to the left, a moody old man and a crying woman on the right. Add in the
massive size of the painting and you’ll quickly see the brutality in this painting.

A primary role of museums is to engage and educate the community.  Museum
exhibits inspire interest in an area of study, item, time period, or an idea– but there’s
more going on in museums in regard to education than one might think.
Schools must learn to make kids appreciate museums at an early age, than going
to TOYKINGDOM and annoy parents to buy the latest  bootleg disney FROZEN

Museums provide a great excuse to spend time with friends, girlfriends and family in
a positive  way. Personal connections can be made with museums and also with
family members during visits. A day at the museum often translates to a day spent with
loved ones.

National Museum is free on Sundays, however, When a museum does NOT
offer free admission, look into your heart. All museums need financial support in
order to keep their doors open. the government have not educated the young public
into appreciating  and visiting museums more often.   (you would spend around 3 hour
for the National Museum alone)

pls. visit the museum more often.
this is your LOVERBOY DENNIS signing out.

Entrance fee for adults is 150. Senior citizens get a discounted price of 120 while 
students only have to pay 50.

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