Bayanihan at The Ayala Museum
If there's something we haven't done, it's visiting Ayala Museum. It's not that I don't want to go... it's just that given our busy schedules, every time we decide to actually do it, something happens.
Bobby has shared with us so much stories of him frequenting this museum growing up. And knowing me daw, maeenjoy ko talaga. I'm the typical tita who just loves all things lokal. To add, Ayala Museum has been in my bucketlist of museums that I want to visit with my boys. Apart from the knowledge I'll gain the very moment I walk in, I know that exposing my son (and future children) to these places will instill the love [both Bobby & I have] for the Philippines in him.
Ayala Museum came to life in 1967 when it was formally established as the project of the Filipinas Foundation - an initiative spearheaded by the Zobel's. It's a breathing space amidst the hustle and bustle of Metropolitan Manila. Located in Makati, it houses art pieces and historical collections that reflect the heart and soul of the Philippines.
Among the museum’s highlights is its collection of archeological artifacts, notably the Gold of Ancestors: Pre-Colonial Treasures in the Philippines, which serve as a testament to the Filipinos’ rich ancestry and inherent craftsmanship. They also have an impressive selection of trade ceramics from Southeast Asia and China from the Roberto T. Villanueva collection that are on display in the exhibition A Millennium of Contact, signifying the history of the country’s flourishing economic relationship with its neighbors. Art and the Order of Nature in Indigenous Philippine Textiles provides a new way of seeing this traditional craft. The textile collection was generously donated by Mercedes Zobel.
Ayala Museum regularly calendars various programs on history, contemporary art, music and design, including temporary exhibitions, lectures, artist/curator’s talks, workshops and performances.
In fact, after a successful run of G.A.M.E. (Greenbelt Ayala Museum Experience) last year, they welcome the weekend hosting another inspiring initiative ~ very timely as Independence Day is just around the corner.
A Day of Art & Culture
This June 10, Greenbelt invites the children of Hero Foundation, a non-profit organization that aims to help the families of fallen soldiers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines, to a day of arts & culture at the Ayala Museum. In addition, they will also be giving 50% of the day’s museum admission to the whole organization.
This event is also open to all kids (ages 0-12). Come visit Ayala Museum for free by donating a toy, which will be given to the kids of Hero (Help Educate and Rear Orphans) Foundation.
There's so much to look forward to this Sunday. Imagine, Hobbes & Landes, Color Me Mine, Elait! Ice Cream and other concessionaires will be there to keep children entertained and satisfied. In addition, museum-goers will delight in the Bayanihan Hopping Spirit House, an art installation by Alwin Reamillo.
The collapsible bamboo-framed hut on stilts is emblematic of the revered Filipino value, bayanihan. The practice of bayanihan dates back centuries when townspeople would help carry a neighbor’s bahay kubo when moving to a new site. Reamillo’s Bayanihan Hopping Spirit House has made its own travels, from Sydney, in the Land Down Under, to Manila, where it currently resides at the Ayala Museum Plaza.
Paying tribute to our fallen heroes, Ayala Malls aims to nurture a deep appreciation and sense of pride among its young visitors with a day of fun-filled activities and surprises.
“This year’s G.A.M.E., BAYANIhan, is particularly inspiring and innovative as it provides a collaborative experience to the art-going public, while honoring our fallen heroes and their families,” says Mina Domingo, Greenbelt General Manager.
Whenever visiting the country, this museum is surely one of the best places to lose yourself in amazing contemporary art and uplift your spirit through the Philippines’ inspiring history.