IA#10: Museum Visit: Ayala Museum

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Earlier this morning, July 6, I went to the Ayala Museum alone because I really got curious why articles shared on Facebook put going to museums alone in their solo bucketlist. Another reason is this. I have to post an essay about the meanings behind the exhibits there. 😅

So, upon going to the entrance, the attendant asked me to visit the exhibits on the fourth floor first and work my way down to the ground floor. The first exhibit that welcomed me was the Gold of Ancestors. Taking photos aren’t allowed except on the second floor.

Gold of Ancestors

(Why We Make Art: State, Society, and Religion)

“In precolonial Philippine societies, one’s life began and ended with gold: small pieces of gold were placed in a bag with an infant’s umbilical cord after childbirth; prestigious gold ornaments were worn during life-crisis ceremonies and important events; golden treasures and heirloom porcelain were interred with the elite to ensure a successful journey to the afterlife.”

Golds declare people’s rank in the society since only elite people and their deities use it. It was used as sashes, necklaces, pectorals, diadems, earrings, rings, bracelets, and anklets. Even corpses wear it as they have funerary masks made from gold.


Art and the Order of Nature

(Why We Make Art: Self, Society, and Religion)

“Before the written word, knowledge was transmitted orally or through signs and symbols. They constitute a visual language that’s still visible in many traditional arts today, symbols that are derived from the order in nature. Signs and symbols are found in nature and serve as guides or directions for contemplating a higher order of existence. Many of these are embedded in the textiles and other objects crafted by traditional communities (e.g. Bagobo, Maranao, Maguindanao, and T'boli) . The crossing of the warp and weft is an important symbol of integration, of the meeting of the material and the spiritual realms and the reenactment of the creation of the universe.”

Art designs on the textile the early people created was used in order to communicate with other people. Examples of these are:

  1. The circle as symbol of unity (One)
  2. Duality as the vesica piscis (Two)
  3. The triangle and the integration of heaven and earth (Three)
  4. The geometry of weaving (Heaven for the headwear, man for the bodywear, and earth for the footwear)
  5. The hexagon and the six fold pattern of creation

The Diorama Experience

(Why We Make Art: Self, Survival, State, Society)

The Diorama Experience visually narrates Philippine History from ancient to contemporary times.

It showed how the early people in the Philippines use stone as their gear for survival by making flake tools.

It also portrays how they create a Manunggul Jar because of the Filipino belief in the afterlife.

They even made the world’s famous Banaue Rice Terraces in order for them to plant for food.

Art was also used for religion when the Spanish people introduced to them the Catholicism.

It also shows that art, with the use of clothing, shows what role they play in the society.

Art was also used to protest people’s stand for their freedom (basing it from the People Power).


Overall, we make art because it’s part of our lives. Whatever we do, there is, at some point, an art connected to it; whether it’s for self, survival, society, state, and religion.

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