IA#4: Museum Visit 1

Not having a date on Valentine’s Day is not bad at all; me and my friends got to explore the National Museum of the Philippines.

To say the least, I don’t really find it fun spending time in a museum. I don’t think I appreciate arts as much as other people do. However, there are some pieces of arts that make me interested and curious.

It was my first time to visit the National Museum of the Philippines but not my first time being in a museum. The entire place was fine but for me, it is still a bit substandard and needs more improvement in terms of physical facilities, security, and protection to arts. It will also be good to add or show more pieces of artworks. From what we have seen, I have a few favorites:

Pasig River Terminal, 1980s, Guadalupe Makati City

This miniature really caught my attention. At a distance, I thought it was a beach resort so I hurriedly checked it out. To my surprise, it is the Pasig River Terminal. The miniature looks good but the real one is not that beautiful so it made me think about how it could have been if the place is properly taken care of.

Tinikling by Fernando Cueto Amorsolo, 1950.

I like this oil canvas depicting people dancing Tinikling. In the painting, there are people surrounding a man and a woman dancing Tinikling in a farm. For me it says that these people, or us Filipinos, find time to enjoy and relax even while at work despite how hard it may be. It is not a bad thing though.

Sa Ugoy ng Duyan by Agustin Goy, 2002.

In this painting we can see a woman pulling her child’s duyan (hammock) while she is on the floor looking exhausted. I think it is trying to tell us all how much our mothers love us. They are willing to sacrifice everything they have if that is what will make us feel better.

Las Lavanderas by Fernando Cueto Amorsolo, 1964.

This painting by Fernando Amorsolo shows two women doing laundry in a body of water. The lady facing front seems like she just bathed in the water as well. For me this art is trying to say how simple life used to be but also showing inequality because only women are doing the chore.

Sunset by Fernando Cueto Amorsolo, 1959.

In this painting we can see a woman with a child looking at a foreign-looking boat during the sunset. It’s like the woman and the child on the shore are afraid of what can happen next during the night where there won’t be no light and there might be a potential danger.

A portrait of Fransisco Mañosa.

This portrait of an architect, Fransisco Mañosa, is formed out of several pictures properly placed together. I think it only says that what a person did or experienced in the past is what makes him who he is today.

Pag- ibig BLISS Housing, Ministry of Human Settlements, 1979| Guadalupe, Makati.

This is a miniature of what I believe is a housing project. Nothing much of a hidden meaning in it but I liked it because it looks almost similar to some of today’s condominiums although it was built in 1979.

Magtanim ay di Biro by Agustin Goy, 1980s.

In this painting, there are 5 men that are planting. The one in blue however, is standing and looking at something at a distance. I think it’s like trying to say that some people don’t get contented to what they are doing and seek other opportunities for a better living.

These arts might be trying to convey meanings that are different to how I understand it. The ones who made those are the only ones who can really tell what those are.

Overall, I enjoyed this activity and it is something I’d do the least if it wasn’t for an activity. It was like an opportunity that I get to visit our very own museum.

Note: Pictures have been enhanced for better photo quality purposes.

Facade of the museum.
In a hallway of the museum.