Showing posts with label museums. Show all posts
Showing posts with label museums. Show all posts

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Revisiting Pinto Museum in Antipolo

We had a chance to again visit Pinto Art Museum, which is near our home (and probably the reason we don't go there so often). There have been a lot of improvements and additions to the place including more eating options. There is also construction work ongoing for what is going to be a building for accommodations. Pinto is said to be soon to become a 'bed & breakfast' and that is something I think a lot of people are looking forward to - a cozy, artsy hotel in Antipolo that's quite near Metro Manila. Following are photos I took while going around Pinto. I didn't provide captions for the photo as I will leave my readers to become curious enough about the place that they would want to come to Antipolo for Pinto and the city's other attractions.

Our daughter loved the place and was expressing her wonder (wow!) about a lot of stuff she saw. It helped that Pinto has an expansive garden with lots of different plants and flowers. There is certainly a certain ambiance to the museum and its gardens that makes people want to either go around or perhaps just sit down, relax and take in the good vibes you can get from the place.

Antipolo is a closer destination to Metro Manilans wanting to have that short break from the urban jungle. There are a lot of small hotels and some resorts in the capital city of Rizal province, which is a highly urbanized city. I think Antipolo has great potential to grow more in terms of tourism. The city already receives a steady flow of visitors due to its being a pilgrimage city (Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage) and it wouldn't hurt to have more places of interest (e.g., restaurants, museums, galleries, resorts, etc.) to establish themselves in the city.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

National Museum of the Philippines - National Art Gallery, Part 3

This is a much delayed Part 3 to the series of posts on the National Museum. The first two parts were written last December 26, 2013 and January 21, 2014. I had actually chosen a few photos for this short article and wanted to focus on a few sculptures by national artists and a national hero. Somehow, the draft got lost with other drafts I had started about other topics I had wanted to write about. So as the saying goes, "Better late than never!"

Also on display at the National Museum are various sculptures featuring artists such as Guillermo Tolentino, Isabelo Tampinco and Jose Rizal himself, our multi-talented national hero. Following are a few of their works that are on exhibit.

"Oyang Dapitana" - sculptures by (L-R) Guillermo Tolentino, Jose Rizal and Isabelo Tampinco
The label for the exhibit indicated the artist who created each
"Mother's Revenge" by Jose Rizal
Bust of Dr. Jose Rizal, national hero
"St. Paul the Hermit" by Jose Rizal

Then there are the door handles to many of the rooms at the museum. These seemingly utilitarian pieces turned out to be the work of national artist Napoleon Abueva. Each metal handle bears his name and indicates that each were made in 2004.

Door handles by National Artist Napoleon Abueva
The National Museum is open 6 days weekly and is free on Sundays (though I would suggest visitors donating money they could spare to help in the upkeep of the museum). I think Filipinos should take advantage of this for them to be able to appreciate our rich history through various artwork such as paintings and sculptures on display at the museum. We often wonder how in other countries they are able to preserve artwork and much of their heritage when we have so far very limited effort for preserving and even exhibiting ours. I would like to think that a lot has changed with that outlook and there are efforts to come up with good museums with the National Museum in the forefront of these initiatives.


Tuesday, January 21, 2014

National Museum of the Philippines - National Art Gallery, Part 2

The National Museum also features a wealth of religious works from all over the Philippines. Icons and images such as statues and paintings reflect our Roman Catholic heritage, one we got via Spanish conquest. Most of the Philippine islands were under the Spanish for almost 400 years and various icons and images arrived from Europe and Mexico or were made by local artists and craftsmen. Many of these can still be found in old churches including those that have been declared or recognized as national treasures and even UN World Heritage Sites. Others have been stolen as they are coveted by antique collectors, never to be seen again in public. I think museums such as the National Museum should be repositories for such works due in part to their historical and heritage value.

An antique retablo on display at the museum together with other religious works
A depiction of St. Michael Archangel as a Castillian knight vanquishing Moors. That's another  retablo in the background.
Antique statues of various saints include the patrons and/or founders of the major orders - St. Francis of Assisi, St. Dominic, St. Augustine, and St. Ignatius of Loyola
Another view of the collection of religious works at the National Museum
A old painting (oil on wood?) depicting the scene at the crucifixion of Christ
A view from the other end of the room showing other icons. I recall the one on display in this room were mostly made of wood and not the more precious (in terms of monetary value) ivory images.

At the time of our visit, the museum had on display a set of paintings on loan from the City of Vigan in Ilocos Sur. The paintings show scenes depicting the events leading to and concluding the Basi Revolt of 1807.
These paintings are part of a collection depicting scenes about the Basi Revolt in 1807. Note the prominence of a comet in the paintings - an ominous sign throughout history.
Another painting showing the events of the 1807 Basi Revolt with Ilocanos bearing their striped banner.
Spanish forces (officers on horse) meet the revolutionaries. Spanish forces were actually comprised of a few Spaniards (usually only officers) but with a significant force from other provinces under them like the Tagalogs and Kapampangans. It's the divide and conquer approach to subjugating regions that express discontent. Note again the prominence of  the comet in the painting.
More on the museum's collections in a future post!

Thursday, December 26, 2013

National Museum of the Philippines - National Art Gallery, Part 1

I have been procrastinating on writing about the National Museum. We were there last August when we decided to explore the museum and its galleries after attending the wedding of a niece the day before. I was principal sponsor in the wedding that was held in the afternoon and had a dinner reception afterwards. We decided to stay at our favorite hotel in the area, Sofitel, also to celebrate a new chapter in our lives as we had broken ground for our future home.

It's been a long while since we've been to one of the National Museum's buildings. In my case, the last time was in 2001, when my wife (then my girlfriend) and I went to the Museum of the Filipino People, which features the more contemporary Philippine artists as well as exhibits on culture around the country. That museum is housed in the former Department of Finance Building near the Rizal Park (Luneta). Our recent trip was at the National Museum building itself, which used to house the Senate of the Philippines, and which now hosts the National Art Gallery. The National Gallery has many exhibits featuring Filipino masters such as Juan Luna, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, Fernando Amorsolo, Fabian dela Rosa, and Guillermo Tolentino, among others. Following are a few photos for this series on the National Art Gallery including three of the most prominent works in the collection.

Front of the National Museum Building along Padre Burgos Avenue in Manila
The halls that used to host the Senate of the Republic of the Philippines. These halls bore witness to many illustrious as well as controversial if not notorious figures in Philippine history and politics.
"The Assassination of Governor Bustamante" by Felix Resureccion Hidalgo.
The gigantic "Spoliarium" by Juan Luna is an awesome sight to behold.
"The Parisian Life" by Juan Luna features, in the background, Jose Rizal, Ariston Bautista, and Luna himself.