A Walk Through Arts

By Kariopes

I really like going to museums. It just gives me this quiet solitude where you can just stare at the colors, lines and materials used in each artwork. As such today, I and Bekka decided to take a walk at the National Museum of the Philippines.

We arrived at the main registration hall of the museum about an hour past lunchtime, after a dangerous jaywalk on the streets of Manila. But with the help of kuya ice cream cart, we made it safely. There was a security check for COVID-19. I was afraid that because of the hot weather and our little walking trip going there, my temperature would be high and be refused entrance. So with the temperature gun on my forehead, holding my breath, and a great sigh, I passed. I felt like coughing after but controlled myself. Anyways, we registered and went our way to fill our eyes with the different arts currently in-house at the museum.

In the main hall was a beautiful angel figurine that caught my attention. I didn’t have time to see who made it because there was a small crowd taking their pictures with it, maybe for another time. I just had the chance to take a picture. 

And then the murals, two big paintings of two of our National Artists, Felix Hidalgo’s The Church Against the State (see above) and Juan Luna’s Spolarium. Unfortunately, my picture of Luna’s was bad, so apologies for I don’t have a picture to share. Both paintings are a wonderment, and the realism of the figures and actions are stunning, I think. I like the tug of war on both paintings. 

After the main hall, we veered to the left corridor. Here I noticed the many resin sculptures. The one that I liked is Isabelo Tampinco. I find his sculptures very European. 

We then entered a roomful of dark, gorey, full of destruction paintings of World War II. Different artists renditions, or depictions, of the ravages of war torn Philippines. I could just see the terror and how scared my grandparents might have felt since this was during their time. 

There are many more corridors, rooms and floors full of artworks by new modern and old world artists. It is an overwhelming place and a feast on my eyes. A half day in the National Museum wouldn’t suffice. It is like a walk through our heritage, our past in the form of Philippine Arts that I highly recommend seeing first hand.

Note: The National Museum is located at P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila. It is open Tuesdays to Sundays, 10AM – 5PM, and is free to the public.

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