Hello fellow cheapskates! Did you know that you can get in for free at the National Museum this month?
All I can remember from the last time I’ve been to the National Museum is seeing a lot of broken jars and clay pots. Today I learned that the National Museum actually has two buildings, the National Art Gallery (which is currently being renovated) and the Museum of the Filipino People (where the broken jars and the clay pots were at.)
I was hoping to see the old Senate session hall but it was closed today. Below is a photo of the newly renovated National Art Gallery entrance and it looks promising. Good job on the renovation!
My five favorite exhibits in the National Museum.
1. Vicente S. Manansala’s Planting of the First Cross. The colors are so vibrant I can’t believe that this was painted in 1965. I want to go back to the National Museum and stare at it some more.
2. Fernando Amorsolo’s Portrait of Mrs. Banks. She’s so pretty you’d want an autograph.
3. Jose Joya’s Hills of Nikko. According to the National Museum’s site, “The painting is actually an allegory to human imperfections. The earth colors symbolize the weaknesses and limitations of humanity while the hues of greens and blues represent life and hope. The white background represents the snow that starts to envelop the mound. In the process, the entire imperfection will be covered thus presenting the cycle of life.” That’s beautiful, this guy’s deep.
4. Juan de Cuellar’s plant drawings. I have a gardening phase.
5. Who doesn’t like dioramas?