Metropolitan Museum of Manila

We were tasked to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Manila, so I got excited because I was told that there were many great and striking artworks displayed.

Configuring Prints

There were four works from the Configuring prints that struck me the most.

The first one is the “Ribsun” by Flora Mauleon. I find this piece of art the prettiest among the artworks I have seen. Even if it’s abstract, I think the it’s a pair of ribs made into a sun, hence the name “Ribsun.”

Second artwork is called “Ani-aninag” by Imelda Cajipe-Endaya. It is an abstract painting, but for me it shows that there is this abstarct form blocking his vision of a concrete thing.

The third artwork is called “The Watcher” by Norman Montifar. This artwork is the most interesting because it shows me that Filipinos think very differently from one another, and this got me thinking “what are the inspirations for the artists in painting these things.”

Last artwork from the Configuring prints would be the “Mariveles” by Fernando Zobel. This artwork shows the moon during a very cloudy night, behind the mountains.

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas having it’s on art collection shows me that art is for everyone, and not only for National museums. You are also allowed to have artworks of your own. Everyone is allowed to have and witness art. Art is for all.

Philippine Contemporary

The Philippine Contemporary exhibit, for me, has better artworks than the Configuring Prints exhibit because it the Philippine Contemporary exhibit shows the transformation of Philippine art from the past up to now. Here are some artworks that showed me this:

  1. “Itak sa Puso ni Mang Juan” by Antipas Delotavo

This artwork shows the ideology of Capitalism. In the painting, we can see that the Coca-Cola logo has a dagger pointed towards Mang Juan, and this shows that Western companies are trying to force themselves into the Philippines (Mang Juan).

2. “Manggagata” by Jose Blanco

This artwork shows the simplicity of Filipino life back then, as compared to now.

3. “Beggars” by Vicente Manansala

This artwork shows the problem of poverty in the Philippines, and how it’s growing and growing.

4. “Spider-boy” by Elmer Bolongan

This painting shows a child trying to hitch a ride on a SUV. For me, the painting portrays Filipino children and their idea of fun. It shows how Filipino kids use anything and everything just to have fun.

5. “Basketbol” by Emmanuel Garibay

This painting shows people playing basketball with a crowd watching them. This shows the country’s love for basketball and that it’s played even when the basketball court is not suitable. Filipinos would just play for the fun of it and also to get better.


The Metropolitan Museum of Manila, for me, had artworks that came to my liking. It was a whole lot stricter than the National Museum, so taking pictures are not allowed. You can take pictures, but you’re gonna have to sneak. Overall, my museum visit was a fun and unforgettable experience.

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