Before taking our trip to Cebu our driver made a stop at the National Museum (in Manila). The national museum is made up of two portions and is FREE. The first portion is the natural and cultural history of the Philippines & the other building is the art section along with some of the history of when the the Philippines belonged to the United States after defeating Spain in the Spanish-American War. Here’s a look into some of the interesting things that we saw inside.
The Natural/Cultural History portion of the National
The Anchor from the San Diego Shipwreck
A helmet found on the San Diego shipwreck
Pressed plants from the Philippines
Jars found on the San Diego Shipwreck
A church inside the natural history building of the National Museum
These heads are from the tops of jars representing the people whose remains were held inside of them. They were discovered in Ayub Cave in 1991 and brought to the Museum of Natural History.
These jars date from 5 B.C.E. to 370 C.E. and have rarely been found in other sites Southeast Asian or Filipino sites.
the next section of the museum was dedicated to textiles and clothing of indigenous peoples and they’re very beautiful.
A photo of traditional tattoo practices.
The Art portion of the National Museum:
Liberty Granting Independence to Filipinos by Guillermo E. Tolentino
A Tragic Lesson (The fall of Bataan) by Gene Cabrera
A Plea for Freedom from Fear by Fermin Gomez
Man and Rooster by Vincent Silva Manansala
Manok by Vinvent Silva Manansala
A close up
The fact that they were once part of the U.S. is something neither Stacey or I knew.
Studies of San Sebastian by Romulo Galicano
Memorabilia of Emilio Aguilar Cruz
Sarimanok by Abdulmari Asia Imao
This is a very small portion of the interesting things that we saw in the National Museum. I would very highly recommend visiting, even if it was a museum that had a small entrance fee, luckily for all backpackers / travelers this museum is FREE. Be sure to take advantage of a great site.
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