Saturday, June 30, 2007



posted by Señor Enrique at 7:21 AM


Blogger Gita Asuncion said...

i havent visited this. anong museum hours, senorE? youre lucky you got to take photos inside.
im having second thoughts about visiting though.... ;-)

June 30, 2007 8:43 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow, I'm fascinated with the museum. The interior is awesome.


June 30, 2007 10:48 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where are Imelda's shoes? Aren't they on exhibit here?

I'd love to visit this museum, Eric! :) And these are lovely photos! I particularly like the last one! That's Cory's portrait below! :)

June 30, 2007 11:31 AM  

Blogger cacofonix said...

The top photo adequately captures the romance of the era by which the actual palace was built. The play of light and shadows, especially those cast across the pavement by the leaves of the tree's downward sloping branches, brings out the charm of the building's architecture - giving the whole scene a magical ambience. Overall, the photo speaks of the volume of history attached to the's my favorite in this set...:).

June 30, 2007 12:32 PM  

Blogger TOW Blog said...

hi eric, nice shots, specially if you used the IXUS. ganda ng light effect!

how surprising that many of us have never been to the museum. thanks for sharing!


June 30, 2007 12:38 PM  

Blogger pusa said...

señor gleng gleng.... honga bakit maraming nd pa nakakapunta jan? open for public ba yan museum? and hong asan un mga shoes? =)

June 30, 2007 1:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

impressive shots, Eric! is the museum open to the public? i certainly would love to visit there someday.

June 30, 2007 2:21 PM  

Blogger NOYPETES said...

Saludo to your lightplay on the room and images! Na-aamoy ko yung kahoy ng sahig! I hope this is open to the public now. They used to let group tours in the museum with very strict rules to follow (PSG's paranoia with the public?)The public have every right to enjoy every single museum in the metropolis...for free or accept donations from those who can shell out a few pesos for museum maintenance or tips for the museum docents..You could just imagine the feeling of a young kid from the poor side of town awed by the magnificence of the museum ambience and display.

July 01, 2007 12:13 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

mas gus2 ko ung png 3rd na pic.hmmmnn cguro pg-nkaupo ka doon felling royalty ka..heheheh...nahhh..again ganda na nman ng mga pics. mo senor!!!

July 01, 2007 3:17 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

"The public have every right to enjoy every single museum in the metropolis...for free..."


I am in the opinion that we cannot just give dole-outs even for institutions as museums (well, maybe in some instances). For most part, museums charge very little and the highest local rate that I know in Manila for a museum entrance fee is P100.00 which is really not much (not even for a
Jollibee chicken joy) and people (even those who are well-endowed) are put-off and even ask for discounts (!) when they go there in their shiny new jaguars. You must understand that not all museums are funded, believe it or not, even the Ayala Musuem which everybody thinks is the richest museum in the country have to scour for funds to mount exhibitions. The Palace Museum is a government-run museum and unfortunately, it also has to share the pie with other agencies and given that arts and culture always plays second fiddle to povert get my drift. Oh, and museums also do have to pay for salaries, utilities, conservation pay up and your admission will go a long way in supporting these institutions.

July 01, 2007 6:23 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very nice shots and angle and the light capture is very good. I could say this kasi it's not the first time I've seen shots from here. Before when I was layouting a magazine featuring this museum, di ko nagustuhan yung mga shots nya, nahirapan tuloy ako i layout. But this set is quite good.

July 01, 2007 3:00 PM  

Blogger Photowalker said...

They have tours!!!? I was shocked When I saw this post. They wouldn't even let us take pictures of the palace from the ferry.

How were you able to shoot the palace?

BTW, nice shots. I love the first picture.

July 01, 2007 9:02 PM  

Blogger NOYPETES said...

"I get your drift!"

Thank you Mr. Lee for your insight on the operation and maintenance budget of our local museums.

My impression of these big corporation's, as well as the public museums in Manila is that they are either tax shelters for the private corporations that is in the bracket of their public relations and cultural contribution budget.

Just wishing to share our culture and treasured past through our museum displays with our youths of lang po.

July 02, 2007 1:28 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Gita!

At this time, there are some renovations/improvements being done in the museum. As soon as completed, according to its curator, the museum hours will be announced, including the process of acquiring security clearance.

There is also a walking tour of Manila's San Miguel area which includes fine dining merienda at La Cocina given by Ivan Mandy. Once Malacanang Museum is included in this tour, I will announce it way before so you can make appropriate plans for it.

July 02, 2007 6:51 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

It is indeed a fascinating museum, Kyels. You may want to check it out when you return to Manila :)

July 02, 2007 6:52 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

You MUST visit this museum, Rhoda! You, I know, will most appreciate it :)

The shoes were disposed off to several ukay-ukays in Bambang ... hahaha!

July 02, 2007 6:54 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thank you very much, Cacofonix! What a fine way you articulate your critique.

How come you don't post any entries on your site? I'm sure you're a wonderful writer!

July 02, 2007 6:56 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I used my Nikon, Minotte, because I knew I'd only be limited to available light.

My pleasure!

July 02, 2007 6:58 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Pusa and Belle!

Please check my response to Gita :)

This is a wonderful museum to visit, indeed! Talk about power.

July 02, 2007 6:59 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thanks, Pete!

The security is just as tight these days, which many people may find daunting, but visiting this museum is really worth the effort. I was simply amazed, to tell you honestly.

Yes, everyone, especially our young people from indigent areas ought to be given access to this museum. Our teachers should also include it for their field trips. I bet the students will greatly appreciate and remember the experience!

July 02, 2007 7:03 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Traje,

Actually that is Marco's executive office which is like the Oval Office in the White House. The chair and desk were the same furniture Marcos used when he publicly announced martial law. I think Ramos also used this office.

Thank you!

July 02, 2007 7:05 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

I had an opportunity to talk with several museum and foundation staff members, Mr. Lee, and almost always they voice out the daunting task of generating extra funding to help defray their basic operating expenses.

We all should visit our museums and contribute/help out in any way we can because the exhibits we get to enjoy in these venues are highly educational and do provide us with a stronger sense of heritage and culture.

Actually, I had mentioned my willingness to help photograph some of their exhibits when they're up for printing a catalog to be sold to visitors.

Thank you for sharing your insight with us!

July 02, 2007 7:19 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Thank you very much, Ferdz. I actually had a tough time because the camera was hand held throughout; I didn't bring in a tripod because the PSG might disallow it.

I wish I can go back and take more of my time photographing with a tripod :)

July 02, 2007 7:22 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

There are certain perimeters, Photowalker, in which photographing is strictly forbidden due to security reasons.

Yes, there are tours available (see my response to Gita's on top) and everyone must adhere to these rules lest you get thrown out and blacklisted by the PSG.

Nonetheless, it's a must-to-visit museum!

July 02, 2007 7:25 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

"My impression of these big corporation's, as well as the public museums in Manila is that they are either tax shelters for the private corporations that is in the bracket of their public relations and cultural contribution budget."

I had the same thought before, Pete, since this was a common ploy in the States among the extremely wealthy establishments and families. However, here in the Philippines, most of our museums are in dire need of additional funding to meet their basic expenses. In fact, the National Museum has to close during the summer to save on electricity costs. Also, the main National Museum in the old Congress Building, although now ready to open, still is drumming up for corporate sponsorship for operating cost funds.

Nonetheless, I agree with you that our youths need access to our museums. Personally, my blogging about our local museums, I hope, will generate added interest for our blog friends to visit them with their families and friends. Such a spike in visits could also yield additional income from entrance fees and etc.

July 02, 2007 7:32 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I haven't been to this museum. Thanks for taking us inside.

Who's the model for that naked sculpture? :)

July 02, 2007 1:10 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

great images, senor enrique. i remember (vaguely though) visiting that museum way back elementary or highschool during one of those school field trips. the museum looks so grand!

July 03, 2007 1:52 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Oftentimes, Irene, I get so preoccupied with photographing the wonderful exhibits that I overlook studying and knowing more about each item.

So, to answer your question, I have no idea who created the sculpture and who the model was.

I had suggested to the museum staff, however, that a booklet ought to be published and sold by the museum to its visitors to take home with them and learn more about the exhibits.

July 03, 2007 7:33 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Hi Nell ... this was my very first time to visit the museum and I was simply amazed by the exhibits. I do plan to go back and learn more about them.

July 03, 2007 7:35 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hola Señor Enrique. Seeing the pictures you took of the Malacañang Museum brought back memories of the days that I worked in that place. Taking snapshots is considered taboo when I was there so we just had to rely on our memories in relishing the many treasures therein. Thank you for sharing the pictures.

July 09, 2007 12:55 AM  

Blogger Señor Enrique said...

Buenas, Anonymous!

You should have left your name so I could ask the staff if they remembered you when I go back there. They're actually a friendly bunch!

Perhaps, an exhibits' catalog to be sold to the visitors will soon be available. Personally, I cannot remember all the wonderful items in the musuem.

Thanks for dropping by!

July 09, 2007 6:19 AM  

Blogger Victoria Rose said...

Wish to visit Malacanang again. Thanks to the Marcoses. Like Kuh Ledema's song says, "Ako ay pilipino taas noo kahit kanino..."
Michael Jackson also sang the song,
"Am going back to the Philippines, where my love is waiting, am going back to the Philippines to see my loved ones again..."
Our best regards to PGMA.
God bless the Philippines...
Victor and Sally Brubacker

February 10, 2009 6:42 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

i love malacanan museum!!! my experience in going there is very awesome...antique books of past president and there antique things, makes me glad..there is no exact word can totally express, how good to visit it...

June 01, 2011 2:20 PM  

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