One of my professors said that learninghistory would make us interested in every place that we visit. Every place has somehistorical importance – something happens at acertain place at a period of time. It just matterswhenever remnants to this past are beingrecovered, helping reshape our ideas of history.What makes my visit to Ayala differentis that I'm not going for leisure or businessreasons. I went there to visit the AyalaMuseum, one of the country's repositories of Philippine art and heritage. At first glance, it looks small compare to, let's say, the National Museum. ButI guess I was there for a surprise.At the entrance on Greenbelt mall one on the walls proudly shout, “This is the exhibit you waiteda thousand years to experience.” together with pictures of gold bracelets and vintage clothing. That
be exciting.For just P75 (with an additional of P50 to tour the fourth floor gallery), I was able to immersemyself with all the things the museum has in store. To tour the exhibition, one must start with the topfloor, going downwards – somehow different than usual museum set-ups.
Fourth Floor: Crossroads of Civilizations
Crossroads of Civilizations
is the “centerpiece” of the Ayala Museum'sexhibitions. It contains precious artifacts recovered from different sites all acrossthe country. The exhibitions, which are divided into three, are living testaments onhow our trade with other nations has been influential in shaping the Filipino.
“Gold of Ancestors” is a collection of more than a thousand gold artifacts,mostly dating before the 16
century. The detail and the art seen in the jewelry are striking evidence on how ingenious our ancestors were.
“A Millennium of Contact” is a record of how trade between the country andour neighbors flourished. The wide variety of ceramics recovered (most fromChina and other South-East Asian countries), and how they are unique witheach other, becomes a benchmark on the different stages the trade has gonethrough.
“Embroidered Multiples”, on the other hand, are a collection of clothingFilipinos wore during the Spanish era. It reminds me of those historical films.The detail seen in the work shows the hard work Filipinos gave to make thema “work of art.”
Third Floor: Pioneers of Filipino Art
Pioneers of Filipino Art
tries to chronicle 100 years inPhilippine history through the paintings of the so-called “trio” of