National Museum Tour with my dear Aoisoba
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April 25th, 2009 – by: planisphere
Months before Aoisoba (my favorite blue shrimp)'s arrival, we already planned on joining this trip. I gave her My Silva's contact details, and Nina has made all the necessary reservations. The tour started at 10 AM, and I was at the gate by 9:30 AM. Then Nina and ate Prime came, and by 10 AM, we started with the tour with a glimpse of the Ifugao hut, a Filipino house which is unique to the Highlanders of the North.
We were only four when the tour started but after visiting one gallery, about 20 people joined in. The trip was quite a huge group. I think, Mr. Silva was able to handle the crowd very well. With his antics and trivias, I really enjoyed the tour to the National Museum. I think I wrote it on my previous blogs that the Philippine Museum is not just in one building, there are two buildings but they are just next to each other. (http://www.travbuddy.com/travel-blogs/18312/Last-Stop-Philippine-National-Museum-Manila-6)
There are three items that I really want to take picture of:
1. The Spolarium. The painting that catalyzed the Philippine revolution against the Spanish during the late 1900's. This is a painting by Filipino artist Juan Luna. The painting was submitted by Luna to the Exposición Nacional de Bellas Artes in 1884, where it garnered a gold medal.
2. The Manunggul Jar - A secondary burial jar, this was found in the Manunggul caves in Palawan. The jar is dated from about 2800 years before the present day. This jar has become one of the icons of the Philippines, well along side with Jeepneys and other things.
3. “The Mother's Revenge” - is a clay sculpture created by Jose Rizal in Dapitan, 1894. It is in the collection of the Colegio Medico Farmaceutico. Rizal was inspired to create the sculpture by an incident that occurred while he was in Dapitan, where he was deported and set up a school, in 1894. Some of his students secretly went to Dapitan in a boat from Talisay and a puppy of Rizal's dog Syria tried to follow them and was eaten by a crocodile. Rizal scolded the boys, telling them that if they had not gone to town without his permission the puppy would not have died and its mother would have been spared the sorrow of losing an offspring. He further stressed the moral of the incident by making a statuette showing the mother dog killing the crocodile, to avenge her lost puppy.
I always love visiting this place. I feel at home here. :)
After the tour, it was but rightful thing to do is to eat to Jollibee for our late lunch. Yahoo! :)
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