The MET Museum

By: Austin Sangalang

Visiting different Philippine museums would mean another classroom to learn through a form of visuals. As I visited MET museum another piece of history I had learned again.

Walking in “TAPAS”

In collaboration with the embassy of Spain in the Philippines and as orginized by the Metropolitan Museum of Manila and AC/E Acción Cultural Española they presented “TAPAS. Spanish Design for Food”. The showcase was desined by the designer and architect named Juli Capella. They show case the paella pan, traditional wineskins and flasks, the bota, botijo and porrón. And they separate it through:

1. “Ang Kusina”

This is where they show what are the things that can be seen inside the kitchen.

2. “Ang Mesa”

Here, it shows intricate designs and details of a Spanish dining.

3. “Ang Pagkain”

What strucks me in “Ang Pagkain” is the different kinds of meat that they showcase and the history of the lollipop “Chupa Chups”

The Insight

As we all know Spanish colonial borough to us big influence to their culture and traditions. As I saw the “Tapas” I realize that our tradition as Filipino blossoms through what colonial countries would influence. And now we would not eat without any utensils and if eat to the different restaurant some of the set-ups are from the Spanish tradition. As for the choices of the foods, I realized that there would always be a twist of the Spanish tradition.

Seeing the Bodegones

Here we saw different paintings that depics the life of Filipinos that they work hard so that they could eat as a family.

A Little Insight:

As for today we could see this paintings in a common house of Filipinos where they usually put this art works in their dinning area. One of the reasons why common Filipinos would place this to their dining area is that to remind them that food that they are eating is not an easy harvest.

Here are the some art works they have:

Looking at the Philippine Contemporary

(No photos can be shown because we’re not allowed to take any)

The Experince:

They show the cartography that documents different mobies that depict the situations from the past and art works that tells the experince of people back then. Not just art works from the past they also collaborated with contemporary artist that showcase artworks that reflects the future of human kind. And as for my opinion, artist draw visuals to be able to give us second though that we should be able to correct the past and forget and learn from the past. The futuristic art works would depict that we need to be open to whats new and be easily adaptive to what the future will instilled to us.

The Gold and Pottery

(The Gold and Pottery is under renovation but I conducted research)

My Insight:

Our nation is very reach. As for the trade using the “barter system” they are using gold as means of their exchange. Not only that, gold symbolizes also the wealth they have and their social class. Gold is part of our history that cannot be taken off. A part of history that highlights the tradition and culture and even the history.

The link of my research

The Philippine National Museum and The MET Museum

Philippine National museum focuses only to the art history. They features visuals like paintings and sculptures that depics our history. They focus on the emotions that build within the hearts of Filipinos from the history. They showcase broad range of history and art.

MET museum has specific idea in bringing history. They showcase a visual classroom that depict the history of our tradition in dining and tradition in arts and film.

Both are different in their own ways but they have a one goal and that is to show to all of us what the past instilled to us and what the present will give to us