There are many more Museums in the Philippines than you may at first reliase. Over the next few weeks we will give you an overview for all of you culteral visitors out there.
Archdiocesan Museum of Manila
The history of the Catholic Church in the Philippines is tied up with the country’s history. The artistic and historic collection of the church are rich in historical and cultural heritage of the Filipinos. Hence, the church greatly encourages the preservation, restoration, fruition and development of this legacy!
On June 28, 1988, the Pontifical Commission for the Conservation of the Patrimony of Art and History of the Church was created by the Apostolic Constitution under the approval of the Holy Father John Paul II. This commission is entrusted with the custody, protection and conservation of the entire church’s artistic and historic heritage.
In response to this call, the Episcopal Commission on Cultural Heritage in the Philippines was also created. It serves as the Archdiocese’ coordinating body with the Pontifical Commission to assure the realization of its goals and objectives.
The Manila Archdiocesan Commission for the Cultural Heritage of the Church (MACC) was created to serve as the church’s cultural heritage watchdog at the Archdiocese of Manila. It serves as a coordinating body dedicated to the conservation and preservation of the rich heritage of religious art of the Archdiocese, including a complete inventory of all its religious and historical artifacts at the different churches all over the diocese.
Armed Forces of the Philippines Museum
The museum of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) provides you with an overview of the Philippine army and its different parts – and how it all fits together. You will be able to see arms and weapons and get an idea of the history of the AFP. Before and after visiting the museam, you will have to drive through the Camp Aguinaldo (AFP headquarters) which migh also present to you a unique experience – or have you been to a military headquarters before?
Ayala Museum at Makati
Envisioned in the 1950s by the late artist, Fernando Zobel de Ayala y Montojo, the Ayala Museum became a reality in 1967 as a project of the Ayala Foundation, Inc. (then known as the Filipinas Foundation, Inc.). The museum’s first home was in the Insular Life Building on Ayala Avenue in Makati. In 1974, the first Ayala Museum building on Makati Avenue, designed by the late National Artist for Architecture, Leandro V. Locsin, was inaugurated. The museum’s current building on the corner of De La Rosa Street was formally dedicated on September 28, 2004. It was Ayala’s gift to the Filipino people in celebration of the Ayala Corporation’s 170th anniversary. Led by Leandro Y. Locsin, Jr, the museum was designed by the architectural firm Leandro V. Locsin and Partners.
Forming the core of the museum’s historical collections are sixty handcrafted dioramas that chronicle the rich tapestry of Philippine history. Ayala Museum also features a one-of-a-kind boat gallery showcasing miniatures of some of the watercrafts that contributed to the development of Philippine maritime trade and colonial economy. Archaeological and ethnographic objects from the country’s northern and southern cultural communities complement the historical collection. The fine arts collection features important works by three painters considered pioneers in Philippine art–Juan Luna (1857-1899), Fernando Amorsolo (1882-1972), and Fernando Zobel (1924-1984). Genre paintings from the 19th century Philippines are represented. This period reflect some of Europe’s liberal ideas that gave rise to secular themes in Philippine art and popularized new modes of expressions.