Yesterday was Ayala Museum’s free admission inclusive of all galleries, activities and performances. Mounting it’s campaign for “Inspire Everyday” for second time and another catch, the organizers gave graciously tickets to those who followed its “Be Kind”. From 9a.m to 6p.m everyone are free to enter the museum to enjoy its permanent exhibitions on Philippine historical events, Pre-Hispanic gold from our country, Indigenous Philippine textiles, Asian trade ceramics and Fernando Zobel paintings, that have been inspired visitors for generations. As well as the Beautiful Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan, a traveling exhibition brought by The Japan Foundation Manila which showcase the traditional crafts of areas struck by the 2011 earthquake and tsunami; From Citadel to City: Juan Luna paintings and 19th century prints from the BPI Collection, showing the parallels of the development of Juan Luna’s art to social realism and the rise of the city of Manila as seen in the works on display; and Felix Laureano: First Filipino Photographer which exhibits the work of the Panay-born pioneer. We’ve been so curious about seeing what’s inside the place since we essentially pass by it whenever we hang out in Makati and figured that twas a good chance since its quite expensive for regular day pass. I went to this event with my chum, MJ. We waited for the long line outside too, since they’re massive people who wants to grab the opportunity. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to bring my camera upon reading the guidelines posted in Ayala Museum facebook page that they won’t allow guest who have professional camera – DSLR. Crap! but upon entering the place, everyone has their own camera. Oh well, anyway we enjoy capturing the artsy using our cellular phone camera.
The Handicrafts of Tohoku, Japan.
Since twas getting more crowded in the first floor, we decided to go upstairs wherein we are so fascinated with the Diorama Experience which is the permanent Philippine History from pre-historic to 1986 People Power revolution. There are some facts that have not tackle inside the classroom. I took a photo and write it down to my notebook ((just in case)).
Ayala Museum’s collection of finely crafted ship models.
Too bad I wasn’t able to meet the painter and illustrator Ms. Valerie Chua, upon browsing some instagram photos, her post cards and illustrations are beautiful. As well as with Ms. Armi Millare, Up Dharma Down vocalist, the showcase of Mr. Jason Magbanua’s short film wedding or events.
Photo op with contemporary visual artist Mr. Leeroy New
By the way, we weren’t allowed to take photos in the 3rd and 4th floor. Afterall its a free admission, so we have to obey them with the guidelines they’ve posted.
Third floor is allotted for the Pioneers of Philippine Art from the late 19th to 20th century works of Amorsolo and Zobel.
Fernando Amorsolo is one of the most famous Filipino national artists. He uses impressionistic techniques and shimmering sunlight on pastoral landscape while Fernando Zobel is a non-objective modernist painter. In 1960s he retired from his family business and moved in Spain to pursue the life of a full-time artist.
Fourth floor Gallery is for Gold of Ancestor which exhibits gold objects such as earrings, necklace, rings, plaques and many golden artifacts that existed in the Philippines before colonization of the 16th century.
Before leaving the premise, we saw these photographs nearby the exit.
Then, we decided to visit the Ayala Museum’s ArtistSpace that is step into fascinating realm of award winning artist Mr. Max Balabat’s Avenida Karnabal.
We weren’t able to took artsy photos inside since ArtistSpace is also invaded.
I think I can’t shrink all the information that I’ve acquire inside the museum. I might suggest that add it to your list to visit which will also help to nourish the knowledge we have gain in academics. Immerse yourself on our culture.
Thank you for reading!