The National Museum of The Philippines is now inviting everyone to explore their galleries that will showcase our rich history and culture this month of May in celebration of the National Heritage Month and what really makes it more exciting is that the admission is FREE. Visiting the National Museum has always been on my bucket list so I finally have a good reason to visit the place not just because it’s free but also because of their special activities including the special retrospective exhibition of BenCaB’S masterpiece dubbed as the Appropriated Souls which will only last until May 29.
Me in front of the National Museum! You can clearly see the long queue of people behind me. National Museum is a government institution in the Philippines and serves as an educational, scientific and cultural institution in preserving the various permanent national collections featuring the ethnographic, anthropological, archaeological and visual artistry of the Philippines.The facade of the National Museum adorned with stylized Corinthian columns. The building itself is already a masterpiece. Interestingly, The building was originally designed as the public library by Ralph Harrington Doane, the American consulting architect of the Bureau of Public Works, and his assistant Antonio Toledo. Construction began in 1918 but was suspended several times because of lack of funds. When it was decided that the building should be used by the Legislature, the revisions of the plans was entrusted to Juan Arellano, then supervising architect of the Bureau. The building was inaugurated on 16 July 1926, and by then had cost four million pesos. Upon its completion, the second, third, and fourth floors were occupied by the Senate and House of Representatives while the ground floor was occupied by the National Library. In mid-1996, the Senate of the Philippines moved out of the building. In 2003, renovation started to transform it into the National Art Gallery of the National Museum.The NM doorknobs. NM obviously stands for National Museum.
The Spoliarium – The first masterpiece that will welcome you is the huge and famous art made by Juan Luna Y Novicio, The Spoliarium. It is arguably the most internationally renowned piece of modern Filipino art. It was so huge that it measures four meters in height and seven meters in width. The painting basically depicts the bodies of dead gladiators being dragged from a Roman arena.Me in front of the famous and historical painting! Opposite to the Spoliarium is another huge painting by Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, the El Asesinato del Gobernador Bustamante (The Assassination of Governor Bustamante) which is also known as The Church Against the State. This stunning concrete sculpture dubbed as Diwata will also welcome you as you enter The Old House of Representatives Session Hall. This 3 meter high sculpture of a winged lady is created by Guillermo Tolentino.