Ayala Museum

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We visited the Ayala Museum last December 26. We started on the fourth floor. There, we watched a short clip about the history of gold. The narrator told us about the process of sifting out gold, called “panning“, and that gold was a sign of status, wealth, and power. They softened gold by heating it, then pounded it into strips and embedded designs on them.

Once the clip was over, we walked around, looking at gold pieces. We saw jewelry on display, like necklaces, rings, ear ornaments and golden beads. We also saw crowns and golden statues, beautifully and precisely carved and modeled.

There were paragraphs written on walls, telling us about native Filipinos worshipping the statues, also using golden beads on clothing as decoration or simply stringing them around their necks. There were also golden coins, used as currency.

Once we were done, we headed down a flight of stairs to the third floor. There we were mt by handcrafted pottery. There were jars of every shape, size and color. Passages told us of the use of jars as food and water storage, or for the burial of a beloved one’s ashes. Other than that, we also saw cups, bowls, and plates.

I was amazed at how bright the colors still are. They were mostly blue and white, and sometimes black. The names and information of the people who donated those artifacts are printed on the wall along with their photos.

We left the third floor and proceeded onto the second floor. There, we found lots of paintings that were donated by collectors or lent from the artists themselves. There is a painting of a woman with child, some paintings with landscapes on them, one with a barrio on it, and another with men on it.

On the last floor, the museum displayed dioramas depicting the entire history of the Philippines. It also displayed ships at the center, and some important Filipinos’ heights on the wall.

Some of the dioramas featured Filipino natives hunting, planting, trading, and living in caves. Others showed how the Spanish, Japanese, and the Americans occupied the Philippines. Still others showed battle scenes like the Battle of Mactan, in which Magellan fell at the hand of Lapu-Lapu. There was Jose Rizal, the Filipino hero, writing his two famous books, and him getting shot down by a firing squad. There was Francisco Dagohoy, who was angry at a priest for not giving his own brother a proper Christian funeral. One showed Emilio Aguinaldo getting ambushed, and Aguinaldo plotting to kill Andres Bonifacio. Another portrayed the ripping of the cedulas, or the papers that bound the Filipinos to the Spanish government.

The dioramas were wonderfully made, down to the last detail. I liked the vibrant colors, every single piece painted brilliantly. But I liked the ships best of all. The details are amazing. The ships were properly carved and painted. Some featured wooden people cleaning and manning the ship. Others had little people talking to each other. Some ships had only one mast. Others have two or three. The ships were used for trading or wars.

All in all, I was glad we had gone to the Ayala Museum. I had seen and learned plenty. The museum is very informative and illustrative. I hope we could return in the future.

Thank you for reading! 😀

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