IA#4: Museum Visit 1

A visit to the National Museum of the Philippines.

National Museum of the Philippines has numerous artworks — from paintings up to sculptures. There are plenty of beautiful artworks inside but the succeeding photos will show the artworks that caught my attention.


Young Girl with Doll by Juan Luna Y Novicio. Circa 1890. Oil on panel.

A doll is something that a young girl plays with but also something that she takes care of. The doll is something that is with you if you have no one — no one to talk to.


Solitude by Isabelo Tampinco Y Lacandola. Circa 1800–1900. Polychrome concrete.

Whenever you are alone, you reflect about your life. What or how it happened, what you want & how will you accomplish it. Reflecting can probably give you a headache or pain but if you’ll think clearly, you can get the answer that you need.


Congratulations to the Liberal Democrats by Pablo Baens Santos. 1986. Oil on canvas.

The painting shows that the Liberal Democrats are celebrating because we finally get the democracy that we deserve. The smiles of the Liberal Democrats are “abot tenga” (as what Filipinos would call it).


Nude Study by Agustin Goy. 1995. Plaster.

I think that the unclothed woman is sleeping peacefully. Being unclothed means that she is open and/or free.


Bato at lumot by Agustin Goy. 1978. Watercolor on paper.

When the stones are being showered or poured by water, it can grow moss. I think that the stones represent us, the water is the hardships or failures we experience, and the moss is the knowledge that we get. (This watercolor painting looks like a 3D picture in person, its amazing).


Tanaga from Kalibo, Aklan. Foot loom for piña fibers. Courtesy of La Herminia Piña Weaving Industry and the Godofredo Ramos Foundation.

The Filipinos are into different kind of hobbies. An example of which is Piña Weaving. Weaving may seem to look easy as we look at it but I came to realize that weaving requires patience and mindfulness. Every detail must be careful done. The Aklan Weavers are absolutely people whom we should look up to.


Various Swatches of Indigenous Materials used in Mañosa Projects. Courtesy of: Tadeco, HM Trading, Jun Allanigue, Ed Yrezabal, Carlo Cordaro, Johanna Lacson.

This part shows the different textures, colors, and materials that can be used to create the architectural miniatures. Just like this:

This is a miniature of the Pasig River Terminal (1980s) in Guadalupe, Makati City. I think that it looks amazing because every edge and/or curve were done flawlessly. It also feels like you’re seeing the old Pasig River Terminal in person.


Retablo (Side Altar) by Unknown Artist. Church of San Nicolas de Tolentino. Dimiao, Bohol. Circa 18th century. Wood.

The side altar looks old already but the patterns can be seen clearly. The making of the side altar probably took time because it has a lot of curves. Carving wood isn’t something that can be done overnight. I think that the artist took how many months or maybe years in accomplishing this finish product.


Pictures inside and outside National Museum
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