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This is the repository of antique guns, cannons, tanks and other World War II relics, including captured items, ammunition, medals and weaponry used by the New People's Army. As a special feature, the museum displays a tunnel with several exits. The setting of the museum is the headquarters of the Philippine Army itself, Fort Bonifacio. Of particular interest is the Museum's base relief by local artist Paul. A. R. Quia which depicts the army's history from the Commonwealth days to the present. There is also a library on the premises.
Museum at De La Salle University-Manila is well-known in the art fraternity for its wide collection of works in modern art. Most of these came from a hefty donation by the heirs of Willi and Doreen Fernandez. Today more than 10 National Artist have their works on display at the museum. Offering a roof to established and upcoming artists to showcase their works and with a string of exhibitions and art shows behind it, this University museum has become a hub for prominent artists.
Located within the Bangko Sentral (Central Bank) complex, the Met Museum features permanent exhibits of the bank's gold and ancient pottery collections. The Gold Gallery displays ornaments from the 10th to 14th century; the Pottery Gallery showcases exquisite ceramic pieces from 220 BC to 1400 AD. There are also changing exhibitions on the upper level. Other facilities include a library, the Metcafe, the Metshop and the Metbookshop. Admission: Adults PHP80; Senior citizens and people with disabilities: PHP65.
Located within the Government Service Insurance System building, GSIS Museo ng Sining was established in April 1996 and since then has been promoting brilliant artwork by Filipino artists and painters. The museum and gallery is a hub for all art lovers and features over 300 artworks in its collection. It encourages new talent and hence you will see many temporary exhibitions by talented local artists. Workshops, lectures, and other local activities are hosted here as well.
The CCP (short for Cultural Center of the Philippines) Contemporary Art Museum of The Philippines are aimed at promoting a representative view of Philippine society and culture, and as such they display a broad spectrum of exhibits ranging from traditional musical instruments to avant-garde bamboo installations. Visiting the museum is an eye-opener, and in addition it gives you access to the CCP Library and whole departments devoted to film, music, dance and literature. At the gift shop you can purchase audio and video materials on Philippines arts and culture.
Made of materials derived from coconut, this unique building has a certain notoriety. It was reportedly built at the command of Imelda Marcos as a palace for Pope John Paul II on one of his visits to Manila. This pontiff, however, declined the offer and chose to stay at the Papal Nunciature instead. The Coconut Palace is now a museum, with its seven bedrooms displaying different regional styles of home interior design and furnishing. The living area may be booked for parties and functions.
Founded in 1960, this museum contains an eminent collection of Filipino modern art plus old maps, rare books, invaluable letters of Dr. Jose Rizal and Chinese Ming Dynasty porcelain. The museum is a real treasure-trove of history and art. Among the modern works is Anita Magsaysay Ho's In the Market Place, which set a record price for a Southeast Asian painting at a Christie's auction in Singapore.
Imelda Marcos' infamous shoes are gone (the 1500 pairs have been moved to the Marikina Shoe Museum) but there is still plenty to interest the visitor at this museum. Housed in the Kalayaan Building an annex of the palace proper the museum displays memorabilia related to the country's past 13 presidents from Emilio Aguinaldo to Joseph Estrada along with a collection of photos of old Manila and what is perhaps the musuem's main attraction:an 1898 painting by Filipino master Juan Luna.