To visit the National Museum of Natural Arts is a must

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” – Soren Kierkegaard 

I am that kind of soul who jerks when I hear the word “museum”, it meant beautiful things for me, it meant that I am allowed to take a peek of what was back in time, it meant travelling for me, it meant the feeling of a dancing soul.

If I have the opportunity to visit those I wanted and I can, I will. So when we get the chance to stay somewhere in Manila, our itinerary included the museums.

We visited the “National Museum of Natural Arts” one weekend. The six – leveled building recently opened officially to the public last May of 2018. It used to be the “Agriculture and Commerce building” before it became the seat of the “Department of Tourism”.

It boasts a Neo-classical facade including its’ over-all interiors, a type of architecture that focuses on simpler lines, huge columns and blank walls generating grandiose. A far cry of Rococo style which it preceded.

I found this artwork symbolizing classical facades of museums, and surprisingly it’s created by a kid.
Photo source: https://www.metmuseum.org/blogs
I just have this thing with doors. #thisthingwithdoors

The Designer of the building was a Filipino Architect: Antonio Toledo during the late 1930s. While the renovation was taken cared of Dominic Galicia Architects from the year 2015 to 2018.

It surprised us that upon arrival, there’s a long queue (people of all ages), and mostly are students. Another thing that was a surprise is that the entrance is free. I wondered where will they get the budget to maintain it, though it made me admire the government since this kind of perk enables more visitors to appreciate the museum and what it has to offer.

I noticed too that there are no leaflets or maps that were provided as a guide, so we were a bit lost as to where to go first. Like you can roam around the whole area as you please. There are usherettes stationed in some areas but not in all areas to guide you. We used the ramps to go the next level.

Ramps are with these pretty windows.

Enjoy the rich collection of the country’s flora and fauna, artifacts which some can only be found in the Philippines.
I specifically targeted the hundreds of butterfly species kept intact, there’s a room filled with different species of trees which we weren’t able to visit because it was almost 5pm when we reached that floor, different kinds of minerals were also showcased, there is also a replica of the world’s largest crocodile (in captivity) popularly known as “Lolong”. I think he is one of the major attractions of this museum.

All that is gold does not glitter. ~ J.R.R. Tolkien

It’ll also bring you to the depths of the sea. =)

I’m in front of the submarine’s hull, though it isn’t yellow. =p
Navigation area inside the submarine.
“Apat na sikat” (An old meme that means “The Famous Four” =)

There are too many corners that are “Instagrammable”. =)

Staircases – one of my most favorite subjects.

Personally, what initially lured me is the white canopy with geometric designs that connects to the tube-like elevator that I later learned they called the “Tree of life”.

Giving natural light beautifully.

Find time to visit, it is literally a learning and rewarding experience. It is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm from Tuesday to Sunday and closes during Mondays.

The National Museum of Natural Arts along with the National Museum of Fine Arts, the National Museum of Anthropology, and the National Planetarium which is known as the National Museum Complex located in Rizal Park, Roxas Blvd., Malate, Manila.

A special corner is dedicated to our National Hero: Dr. Jose Rizal.

Jen’s tenacious to see the rest, she’s wanting to see the Spoliarium by Juan Luna. It is somewhere in the National Museum of Fine Arts. While I, itching to have a photo on the collections of Juan Luna and Felix Hidalgo mounted on pink walls. =) Maybe one of these days. =)

PS: The restrooms are immaculate too. =)

MANILArt 2014

MANILArt 2014..

“ART washes from the soul the dusts of everyday life.”

It’s Friday night and one of my best buddies slept over at home to spend the weekend with me for some activities. She lined up a few such as having a Swedish massage and eating out at BGC (Bonifacio Global City) on top of my pre-sched visit to an Art Fair and attend a birthday party. We were able to divide four activities from Saturday to Sunday wishing weekends will be more than two days the very least.

Squeezing in midnight snack to bond on our favorite quick-service restaurant a few blocks away from home. Our all time favorite twister fries only happens on the last quarter of every year and we don’t want to miss it.

Come Sunday, we headed to this fair called MANILArt which I have calendared since last year. It used to be my world and I want to again experience what’s it like being around Bohemians once again. A rhapsody of everything fair.

billboard
Yey! =)

indi
Discover Peru…the Incas…

pieta
BFF’s favorite… Pieta..

Some of my college batchmates hold their own exhibits through the years and I only get to see them from our group chats. I have always been an spectator online. Now, I can’t wait to see one. In living color. I was welcomed by this Buddha.

buddha
Hi Buddha!

moi
The child in me…

2 moms
Two moms!

abstract
Abstract…

child
Mommy! Please not too high! =)

art in my heart
Art in my heart…

wine
Glass art…

wine fountain
I hope I am a wine drinker…

Their names are no longer familiar to me. They are the young artists of today with a common passion as what I have been with more than 20 years ago.

glass art
Teal! =)

moi 2
Glass everywhere…

glass art 2
Crystal tree…

glass art 3
“Light cure”…

And I must say, It felt the same. And as Art itself evolves. They still awed me, inspired me, and quenched my thirst to absorb how endless art can be expressed ceaselessly by different individuals with varying views and imaginations of how life and beauty conives and finally translate it to a canvas, or a paper, or Strathmore perhaps.

black beauty
Black beauty…

butterflies
My favorite subject will always be there…Butterflies…

cards
Game?

silhouette
Silhouette Art…

city
Moon…

cubism
Cubism…

cubism 2
And another…

hollywood style
Hollywood?

huge
I wish one in our hallway…

Some of which reminded me of known artists too. As it is being said that Art can always be recycled. Copied. Transcribed. Not as exact. We get ideas from all around us, and we twist it, we tweak it, enhance it, we play with colors and different mediums until it is all ours and become personalized. We then own it. It is how Art is conveyed. I am looking forward to more exhibits and ManilArt next year.

detals
Intricate detail…

diwata
Fairy…

fairy
Fairy here.

moi 3
Fairy there…

jayne
My soul sis will like this…

jayne n me
We…

warrior
There’s a warrior in me…

monalisa
The original was seen by 2 of my friends just this month… ❤

multi framed
Corporate..

panoramic
Panoramic…

blings
Blings…

shoes are made of
What are shoes made of?

surrealist
Surrealism…

sad
Why are you sad?

realism
My finale… 2 mediums in one presentation…. – Surrealism…

Secretly, I have gathered ideas what’s gonna happen when it’s my time to launch my very first book. My close friends giving out leaflets and tokens as to what to expect from my book with the warmest greetings they could give to our guests. I see cocktails too. =)

Now that’s what we call Creative Visualization. I’m so excited! (–,) ❤ ❤ ❤

The Mind Museum – Amusing minds…

The Mind Museum – Amusing minds… 

“The painter has the universe in his mind and hands.” 
~Leonardo da Vinci~

If there’s a prize for the Filipino children of this generation. I must say its’ the museums kept intact in the Philippines like The Mind Museum.

It is classic and at the same time uber modern mix of art and science intricately rolled up into one, as if the other can’t do without the other. Moreso, a museum that makes us enjoy the best of both worlds.

The first time I went there, I was reminded of Enchanted Kingdom. There’s a wristband as pass with stickers that’s not as hard to peel off like those in Enchanted Kingdom. There’s an inviting souvenir shop acting like magnets attracting you to visit and bring home something as literally a souvenir.

I can’t recall if there’s a turnstile and upon venturing inside, it was truly awesome. For kids who are the hungriest to discover things that are still new to them, this place is like a beauty, dropping jaws, and shrieks of different kinds you will hear the whole time of your exploration. It is definitely a “Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” thing.

Observing the other guests, especially the kids (and the ones who are kids at heart) I see them having fun the whole time.

I’m no so sure, how long this museum was constructed. Though, I am so sure, each work of art were carefully planned and executed – to painstakingly come up with this amusing chance for us to re-discover things that have been tackled when we were still in school is truly colossal. Museums nowadays are evolving. I am anticipating more modern stuff to come for the new generation to surmise and and expect in anticipation. By that time, ours is going to be part of the past already.

Creativity is a word that you can always yoke with this museum. The signage’s, the presentations, the series (or maybe I haven’t seen foreign museums yet though I see them in Google too) the concept and design is orderly and mindfully brought into being.

If I may, I am suggesting to all parents to encourage their kids into visiting the past, the present and their tomorrows by visiting museums such as this. It’s an experience they will really flip over and remember with a smile. It will stimulate their senses, help them be smarter in class and be able to correlate related subjects and be able to expound on a specific subject since they’ve seen the “What, How and Where” (and when) that were showcased in “The Mind Museum”. It is definitely gratifying. Come and see and let their senses(all of it) be awaken.

Please take a peep:

1
Art BGC 2013…

2
Camwhoring!

3
Hypnotizing..

4
Butterflies!

5
Big fish!

6
..did they really look like that?

7
Huge!

8
The human brain..

9
Deoxyribonucleic acid..

10
Mind power..

11
My favorite..listened to my heart..

12
Philippines flora and fauna…

13
Sir Neil..

14
Baby astro..

15
Cute!!!!

16
I remember this is our first car. The Volkswagen..

17
Series..

18
I enjoyed this!

19
BOOOOKKKSSSS!!!!!

20
love this!

21
Vintage lanterns..My papa kept one just like that blue one..(which I painted violet!)

22
My zone!(–,)

23
Kaleidoscope!

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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder..

25
A vintage press..

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Jurassic mode..

If I am to post all of my photos, they’re more than a hundred. Please visit for a more personal encounter. There’ll be no regrets!