National Museum of the Philippines, Part I (The National Art Gallery)


“El objeto del arte es quitar el polvo a la vida diaria de nuestras almas.” -Pablo Picasso

       The façade and galleries on the third floor are under renovation, and Gallery I is not open to the public when Virg, Jed and I visit The National Art Gallery one rainy Sunday morning. This fact does not dampen our spirits as we register with the help of the friendly receptionists. I will post the photos of the artworks as I see them in the course of our tour, not according to the gallery number.

Lobby of The National Art Gallery

Legazpi and the Founding of Manila by Napoleon Abueva

The Hall of the Masters

       The old House of Representatives Session Hall was converted into The Hall of the Masters, a space duly reserved only for Juan Luna’s and Félix Resurrección-Hidalgo’s masterpieces. Upon entering the hall, visitors are greeted by Guillermo Tolentino’s Diwata.

Spoliarium by Juan Luna y Novicio(Oil on canvas)

A closer look at the Spoliarium

How expansive is the Spoliarium? It measures 422 cm by 767.5 cm.

El Asesinato del Gobernador Bustamante by Félix Resurrección-Hidalgo

Diwata by Guillermo Tolentino (Reinforced concrete)

Guillermo Tolentino Hall

The artistic genius Guillermo E. Tolentino

Bust of Lapu-Lapu, the first Filipino hero

Bust of José Rizal, the renaissance Filipino

Busts of former Philippine presidents Elpidio Quirino, Ramon Magsaysay and Ferdinand Marcos

Manuel Quezón, president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines

       The room next to the sculptures made by Guillermo Tolentino contains works made by various artists.

Carabaos in Pink by Romeo Tabuena (Oil on plywood)

Nipa Hut – Madonna and Child by Romeo Tabuena (Oil on plywood) and Man with a Hoe by Juvenal Sanso (Oil on lawanit board)

Portrait of Ching Ben Lee and Madame So Boan Ty by Federico Alcuaz (Oil on canvas)

Sculpture of a goddess

Gallery IX (The Great Modernists of Philippine Art)

Towards the Graveyard by Ang Kiukok (Oil on canvas)

Triptych and Hills of Nikko by Jose Joya (Oil on canvas)

Naiad by Jose Joya (Oil on wood)

Hernando R. Ocampo’s Ang Pulubi (Oil on canvas) and Homage to Tandang Sora (Acrylic on canvas)

Self (Acrylic on canvas) and Imaginary Portrait of Isabel (Oil on canvas) by Benedicto Cabrera

First Mass at Limasawa by Carlos V. Francisco (Oil on canvas)

Introduction of the First Christian Image by Carlos V. Francisco (Oil on wood)

Planting of the First Cross by Vicente S. Manansala (Oil on canvas)

Patuloyang Buhay and Burial by Vicente S. Manansala (Oil on canvas)

Old Woman with Mortar by Diosdado Lorenzo (Oil on wood)

Modern Maria Clara by Victorio Edades (Oil on canvas)

Gallery for Japanese War Art Pieces

Rape and Massacre in Ermita by Diosdado Lorenzo (Oil on canvas)

The Leyte Landing by Romeo Tabuena (Oil on board) and Landing of the Liberation Forces at Lingayen by Eduardo Perrenoud (Oil on board)

Death March by Dominador Castañeda (Oil on canvas)

Graveyard Scene by Carlos Valino (Oil on canvas)

Bataan Death Marcher by Gene Cabrera (Metal and wood)

Gallery X(Museum Foundation of the Philippines Hall)

       This gallery is devoted to the series of paintings made by Carlos V. Francisco for the Philippine General Hospital. The huge paintings show the history and development of medicine in the Philippines.

The Progress of Medicine in the Philippines by Carlos V. Francisco

The first of the eight-series work by Francisco

Gallery II (FCCP Hall)

       Gallery II houses the Basi Revolt series done by Esteban Villanueva.

Four of the many paintings done by Esteban Villanueva (Oil on canvas)

       Visiting the museum is an educational experience I thoroughly enjoy. Philippine history is played right before my eyes, with the help of vivid visuals lovingly made by the skillful hands of the Filipino masters.

       The National Art Gallery is along P. Burgos Street, Ermita, Manila. It is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00am to 5:00pm. It is closed on Mondays and public holidays. Regular admission price for adult is P150 (US $3.46), senior citizen with ID, P120 (US $2.77), student with ID, P50 (US $1.15) and children below four years old get in for free. Entrance is free to all visitors on Sundays. Gallery tours are available, just contact Museum Education at (02) 527-0278 or at (02) 527-1215.

For more information, please visit www.nationalmuseum.gov.ph.

4 thoughts on “National Museum of the Philippines, Part I (The National Art Gallery)

  1. The National Art Gallery in the National Museum of the Philippines really catches my heart and touches my sense of heroism and nationalism. This gallery has been showcasing the wonderful talents of our fellow Filipinos and the colorful and deep Filipino history. I really enjoyed the pictures depicting who and how the Filipinos are of years ago. May those treasures of our country be kept for the viewing of the next generations to come!

    After viewing this blog, I recommend myself to personally see the museum myself….. and I can’t wait to see the second part of the tour! Thanks!

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