Friday 24 August 2012

Sights: National Museum-National Art Gallery & Luneta Park

I can still remember the very first time I visited the National Art Gallery in National Museum, I had goosebumps when I saw the huge painting of Juan Luna's Spoliarium. I've seen the iconic painting in books, posters, ads and even on call cards but I've never imagine it to be that big.

I had the chance to visit the Art Gallery again and this time around I made sure that I brought my camera. Since the gallery was under renovation when we visited, the entrance was free of charge. The 1st area we explored is the hall of the masters where Juan Luna and Felix Hidalgo's paintings were displayed.

Hall of Masters

As soon as you enter the hall, the very first thing you would see is the Spoliarium. It gave me the same feeling I had before and I couldn't help but stare at the painting.

Juan Luna's Spoliarium

Right across the Spolarium was a huge painting by Hidalgo entitled The Assasination of Gen. Bustamante and his Son.

Hidalgo's The Assassination of  Gen.Bustamante and His Son

Another famous painting of Hidalgo is 'Governor Damarinas'.

Hidalgo's Governor Dasmarinas

The next hall was the Hall of the National Artist for Visual Arts. In here, the works of the country's National Artists are displayed.

Jose Joya

Benedicto 'BenCab' Cabrera

Fernando Amorsolo's Painting of Pres. Manuel Quezon

Ang Kiukok

Napoleon Abueva's Scultpture - Mother and Child

Vicente Manansala's Planting of the First Cross

Carlos 'Botong' Francisco's First Mass at Limasawa

The Beloved Land Hall featured a wooden sculpture at the middle of the hall which was entitle Tau Tao.

Tau Tao

Also in the hall was a familiar looking object that was printed on the old 1000 peso bill, The Manuggul Burial Jar.

The Manunngul Burial Jar

In one of the halls there were different skeletal remains and preserved animals found in the country.


Sperm Whale

Sawa or Python

Different Cattles

In the last hall we visited, we saw another famous painting of Fernando Amorsolo and Jose Rizal's terra cota sculpture.

Amorsolo's Burning of Sto.Domingo Church

Rizal's Sculpture of Gov. Ricardo Carnicero

Due to the undergoing renovation, there were a lot of artworks that I didn't get to see. Hopefully when it fully opens again on October 2012 I would see more of our country's beloved  treasures.

National Museum
Address: Padre Burgos Drive, Manila

After visiting the National Museum, we made our way to Luneta Park. It has been ages since I last visited Luneta and looking around I saw a lot of attractions has closed down or is under going renovation.The  Japanese, Chinese garden and Orchidarium are under going renovations and no one even knows if it will be ever opened again. One would think that visiting Luneta nowadays would be a waste of time. But to my surprise, I thoroughly enjoyed my visit there. Luneta has come up with a spectacle that's so worthy of visiting and checking out, the Light, Fountain and Sound Show.

The Philippine map on the pond was taken out as tubes and hoses has been installed instead. It was still pretty early when we reached the fountain area and people where gathered around, enjoying the breeze as the sun slowly sets.


As the surrounding got darker, music started to blare out the speakers. Fireballs spew out from the tubes as the fountains started to spin and shoot out water from their spouts.

Dancing Fountain

As nightfall came about, the colorful lights lit up and the wonderful spectacle even got better.

In one area, the spherical water fountains changes colors.

Different types of music were played, from OPM songs to hip pop tunes. The show would last for a good couple of hours. I'm not sure how often the fountain show was held, we were there on a weekend and as we were told, the show starts at 7pm and it ends at 10pm. Try to walk around the fountain as each area offers a different perspective.

The Light, Fountain and Sound Show in Luneta

Kids of all Ages Enjoying the Show

The Light, Fountain and Sound Show
Address: Luneta Park
Fee: Free of Charge

1 comment:

  1. Hi Scott! It's nice to hear that you consider art as one of the most important things in your life. It is indeed hard to explain why one can get so fascinated and engrossed with art works. As they say Art is Relative, others would view a painting as only a picture but to some and like yourself, I guess it is more than just a picture. This artworks or paintings brings about certain emotions and feelings that is hard to describe. That's the beauty of art.

    Regrading, I don't like the idea how it works. It is nice to have a print of your favorite painting but don't you feel that printing and making copies of the original works would be some kind of an insult to the painter? Wouldn't mass producing this beautiful pieces be considered as forgeries?

    Thanks for sharing Georges Braque's artwork, his style is really interesting, it's like geometrical skews. Really nice!!!