IA#4: National Museum

Painting: Spoliarium Painted by: Juan Luna Year painted: 1884

Message: As I enter the room, where the beautiful painting named the Spoliarium is located, I felt a strong aura. An aura of pain and suffering. It shows one of the magnificent and tragic history in the Philippines. A true Philippine art of Juan Luna and he based it on Romans. I based it on the movie, “Heneral Luna”, the Romans represented as the Filipinos. The painting’s message is clear. People kill each other because of greed. Why do we need to kill our own comrades if we could be helping one another to defeat the enemy?

Painting: El Asesinato del Governor Bustmante (The Assassination of Governor Bustmante) / La Iglesia contra el Estado (The Church Against the state) Painted by: Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo Year painted: Circa 1898–1904, Paris

Message: La Iglesia contra el Estado, also known as El Asesinato del Governor Bustmante, was oil painted on canvass by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo. The painting is about the war between the people of the church and the soldiers. The art of not understanding one another’s culture.

Painting: Sunset in Intramuros Painted by: Frederico Aguilar-Alcuaz Year painted: 1979

Message: The painting, Sunset in Intramuros, caught my attention the most. This is a true masterpiece! I want to stare it for a long time. The colors used for the sky was really unique.

Painting: A Tragic Lesson (The Fall of Bataan) Painted by: Gene Cabrera Year painted: 1957

Message: The painting “A Tragic Lesson” and also called “The Fall of Bataan” has a tragic story about people dying because of war. For me, the painting’s message is like all the innocent people’s soul still lingers on Earth up until now. They are walking in Bataan.

Painting: The Black Nazarene of Quiapo Painted by: Ricarte M. Puruganan Year: 1937

Message: This portrait shows the Feast of the Black Nazarene at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or known as Quiapo Church. This is one of the remarkable events in Manila and most of the Catholic Filipinos especially in Manila. I love the way National Museum included this paintings because it is part of the Philippine Culture and faith of the Filipinos. Yes, people are violating one another but it shows the people’s want.

Painting: Nipa Hut on Slits Painted by: Romeo V. Tabuena Year Painted: 1921

Message: This portrait shows a nipa hut. Nipa hut is one of the home of the Filipinos in our country most especially in the provinces. You wouldn’t feel the hot climate when you’re inside the nipa hut and feel the wonderful fresh air of your place. It’s wonderful that the national museum included it especially it is part of Philippine culture and living. The way that the artist painted it is awesome. The color used is unique too!

Item: Rosary

Message: This is one of my favorite at the National Museum because I was amazed the way they found this kind of item from the Spanish times and it is unique especially today! The Crucifix is mounted on two gold rods while its beads are made of ivory.It is prohibited to made materials from ivory today.

Painting: Portrait of a Lady (Mi Novia/Portrait of Paz Parado de Tavera) Painted by: Juan Luna

Message: As I heard from my friend, there’s a mystery behind this painting. This lady in the portrait is not Paz Parado de Tavera. Paz was Juan Luna’s wife. He killed his wife, Paz, and their daughter, Bibi. In the art world of the Philippines, this is the unluckiest painting. It’s better to show the true side than to show the fake side.

My Selfie in the museum