Metropolitan Museum of Manila


TAPAS: Spanish Design for Food & Bodegones Kitchen Pictures

I was still smiling even if I wasn’t facing the camera!

Food of a country says a lot about the culture the country possesses. It can tell many things about the folks of the nation such as the way and manner of how they eat, sit and dine, what food they prefer, how the food is made and how it is preferred to be made and served, and what types of food go together to blend the taste in tongues. In comparison to Filipinos, we honestly love to eat! But the difference is, we have more fun eating than they do. Just kidding! It’s honestly so fun eating with hands and eating on banana leaves! It makes the dining experience better, laid back and closer! But through this exhibit, I witnessed how much the Filipino has changed in dining, in cooking and in eating. Filipinos have adapted the Western food culture in many ways. Also, there were so many different kinds of pots that I spotted immediately! Filipinos love “Dutch ovens” or pot pans. We love to cook sinigang, adobo, nilaga and other soup dishes in this type of cooking pan! There were also spices and different ways to get the juices of certain ingredients that Filipinos now use today. I saw the things I loved to eat such as the lollipop “Chupa Chups”, food on sticks, churros and many more! The Philippines has adapted many things from the Spanish and from this exhibit, I was able to see how Filipinos evolved. As for the Bodegones exhibit, it represented the Filipino food and fruit in its essence. I saw that, in our culture, Filipinos loved fruits and sea food! Most especially fish! It made me feel like I really needed to be healthy despite all the stands I saw in the Tapas exhibition.

POSE FOR PAN (someone make me paella)
“gusto ko ham”
“ayan na”
Do they sell these here? My mom would be really happy.
It’s all about the pots you got!
“blogger lang ang peg ko”
“nagugutom na ako grabe”

Philippine Contemporary

For me, I appreciate contemporary art more for the sole reason that it is contemporary and I am able to relate to it more as it has been made at this age and time. I somehow felt at home and felt at ease with the paintings I saw.

Conversations with Bacon by Annie Cabigting

I would like to have a conversation with bacon too. In my opinion, this work tells me so much about animal slaughter and animal rights. A man trying to converse with an animal and understand it.

Nativity by Ramon Estrella

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I was unable to retrieve any photo of this but let me try my best to describe the painting. It was the scene of child Jesus born into the world with St. Joseph and Mother Mary in the picture. To me, I felt the importance of Christmas once again and I was reminded of how beautiful one life can bring into the world. This painting truly warmed my heart and eased my soul.

Mabini Art Project by Alfredo and Maria Isabel Aquizalan

A frame made out of many different frames. I adored this work of art so much solely for its creativity, irony and the paintings and photos it contained. It was there to be admired and to have fun with. The paintings in each frame had the sea, the beach, the sunset painted onto it. It had the a beautiful palette and blending. I loved it so much I really wanted to take it home piece by piece.

Graduation by Ricarte Paruganan
Pitong Gatang by Nestor Leynes

These two artworks were both very Filipino for me. I had the feeling of both old and new Filipino culture and society. I felt the weight of parents’ pressure and the weight of how hard life is especially for the less fortunate. I felt very melancholic while looking at these paintings. It made me feel very serious about life.


When I first stepped through the doors of the Met Museum, I looked around and thought to myself, “This museum is much smaller than the National Museum.” It held a less strict atmosphere than the previous museum assignment. I didn’t feel uptight nor did I feel like I had to conform myself into rules or regulations. I didn’t have that need to inform myself on facts, dates, people, and times of history. I felt like myself. I felt like I was free to feel anything about the Met Museum. I lounged around the Tapas exhibit and really enjoyed myself. I could do anything and let myself be entertained by what I was looking at. I was so intrigued by the Spanish designs because to be honest, seeing those works made my stomach happy and made my mind drift into good memories. I remembered my family, Filipino food, celebrations, occasions, less formal events and many more countless dining moments that I kept in my memory box — and they all made me feel happy inside. The similar feeling happened when I went up to the second floor of the Met. I walked by and studied the works of different artists. I was free to let my mind wonder and come up with conclusions as to why this painting had been made or why it was made in a certain way. I felt free in my mind and in my heart as I watched some paintings come to life inside my head. They gave me certain feelings and made me realize many things about myself and about my life and life in general. I then somehow understood why art was important in our daily lives or maybe even just once in a while. It made me want to visit more museums and made me want to watch more paintings and see more works. I enjoyed it so much because I enjoyed myself. This museum felt like a real treat to my soul. #foodforthesoul I knew I was making these connections between the works and myself. It felt wonderful to feel and experience such a thing. I definitely loved this requirement and i’m actually enjoying museums now! I used to think it was boring and it was so shallow of me to think so. Didn’t know it would turn out this way. :)

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