The Sta Cruz Convent Museum
After the Eucharistic Congress held in Sta Cruz Parish Church in Tanza, I discovered that they also have a convent museum which is open for everyone so me and my buddies grabbed the opportunity to take a peek. The Sta Cruz Convent was recently renovated and the museum was formally inaugurated last year. It features an overwhelming amount of historical memorabilia, antique furniture and life-size images depicted the historical “Oath in Tanza”
A historical marker indicating one of the most significant event in the history of Cavite. The Sta Cruz Convent also known as the Convent of Tanza, is a two story auxillary building of the centuries old municipal parish church in Brgy Poblacion 1 The museum was situated on the upper floor of the convent. Here’s a welcoming message situated on the corner of the stair landing.
The wooden staircase towards the convent museum. This huge canvass will also welcome you. It depicts the historical “Tejeros Convention”. It was the meeting held between the Magdiwang and Magdalo factions of the Katipunan at San Francisco de Malabon (Now General Trias Cavite)A huge poster showcasing the information regarding to the declaration of the newly inaugurated Sta Cruz Convent Museum as a historical landmark. Antique living room furniture.
A porcelain chandelier As I entered the first room, I noticed this well preserved brick wall. The white paint indicates the newly cemented areas but they kept some parts of the walls uncovered to show those old bricks from the centuries old church/convent.
An old shelf containing new books about the rich history of Cavite. This wall features various artists who had a major contribution in different field of arts and are also well-known Caviteños including Josefino Cenizal (a Filipino composer), Jose Joya (an abstract artist, National Artist), Justo P Torres Jr (Lawyer) and more.
A picture of the late Mars Ravelo (Comic Artist) who is also a proud Caviteño. He is also dubbed as the King of Philippine Comics (more like the Filipino counterpart of Stan Lee. Past Government officials and notable personalities in the field of Culture, Arts and Letters.
Sea shells and antique jars. Newspaper and magazine clippings about the new convent museum.
Check out this cool antique porcelain telephone Antique displays and decors.
Old cabinet. I’m going to have a special post about this antique furniture so stay tune. A long corridor that connects you to other rooms of the convent.
As you enter the most historical room of the convent, you’ll witness these bust sculptures too. If you’ll go back to my post about the Aguinaldo Shrine, you’ll noticed a small diorama showcasing the historical Oath in Tanza. This event took place in this exact same room and they got life-size figures to depict this important event in the Philippine history. The diorama in Aguinaldo Shrine depicting the Oath In Tanza.
Retelling of the epic Battle of Pasong Santol. The historical marker inside the convent.
Miniature version of the Sta Cruz Parish Church Mini replica of the St Peter Catholic Church in Vatican.
Different flags of Philippine Revolution displayed on the ceiling. The black flag used by General Mariano Llanera who fought in the provinces of Bulacan, Tarlac, Pampanga, and Nueva Ecija.
An antique lamp The project implementers
The view of the church from the convent’s indoor balcony. Antique tables Canvas painting of the church.
11 thoughts on “The Sta Cruz Convent Museum”
This museum is a great site for students’ outbound education. Seeing figures based on real size on the actual place where it happened makes them realize what happened in the past more (and not just mere memorization of history).
Thanks for sharing this fabulous museum and the antiques sure look interesting and unique. I was attracted to the porcelain chandelier which looked like my mum’s dining set bowls! Muahahaha
Looking forward to your antique furniture post. Later on you will know why I have interests in Antiques.
wow…the place is so well preserved.
Good idea to expose bit of wall there to show how the old bricks was like
As a child, I never liked museum. Now as an adult, I dare not bring my kids to one as they’ll be running all over the place >_< But pictures of museums attracts me. Maybe I just dont like BEING in there.
Sometimes, we have to visit this kind of museum all over the Philippines and in other countries too. Historical places are the most-valued things we discover about the place. Cavite has a lot of such historical places.
The last painting is amazing.
I could stay inside a museum all day.
awww I remember this Sta Cruz which looks very awesome from the outside which you shared in another posts some days ago.. it is so well preserved and I actually like the idea that some parts of the wall were left unpainted intentionally to let visitors see its original structure.. and it doesn’t look odd at all, I would say it’s cool and actually blends well..
there is just so many things to see and to admire in there, probably one could spend half a day lingering inside huh?? look at those antiques, they are indeed very beautiful.. and the life-size figures are impressive too, lastly not forgetting the other exhibits which give very good information about the history of the place.. nice share!! 🙂
Hopefully, a lot of people will see the importance of visiting museums. I just couldn’t believe why in my high school days, we never had any trips to the museums so that history could be remembered better. Love the wall!
This museum is an all around attraction it is a heritage site connected to the Katipunan and it has artifacts and also honors famous and influential people.
Love going to museums.
I used to read comics and stories by Mars Arevalo.
The telephone is not antique though. It’s just a replica of a 1930’s phone.