Last time I studied Science through the Mind Museum (See entry here:A Day Inside Mind Museum ). This time, I took up History, Philippine History to be exact. ♥
Remember when I visited Jana Benitez's exhibit in Ayala Museum? (Check it here: Life Force by Jana Benitez) I also visited the museum's Diorama Experience which takes up the entire second floor. The exhibit itself was completed in 1971. Carved by highly skilled woodcarving craftsmen from Paete, Laguna (a province known for their excellent woodcarving artistry), the exhibits uses miniature statues, infrastructures, and scenery which are then encased in glass showcases to depict the major events in Philippine history. The exhibit also comes with an Audio Diorama Guide available in iPods which can be rented.
Please take note that these are some of the displays I liked best and NOT the entire exhibit.
Upon reaching the second floor, there's a mini display of our cultural heritage from different provinces of the Philippines and The Maritime Vessel Exhibit which displays the different boats that traveled the Philippine Sea. These various boats were used for maritime trade and warfare.
The Diorama is like a maze since several wall panels houses the displays. But don't worry, the displays are numbered so you know exactly where to go next. The first few dioramas show the of the prehistoric and pre-Spanish colonization. Few examples are the "Taong Tabon" and the "Tabon" caves as well as the how the "payew" which is now known as the "Banawe Rice Terraces" was built, and the barter trade system with neighbouring countries.
|Left-side - down: Prehistoric Living|
Right-side - down: Taong Tabon, Payew, Barter Trade System
|Top Left: Arrival of Spaniards|
Top Right: First Catholic Mass
Bottom Left: The Mactan Battle
Bottom Right: Blood Compact
|Top Left: Malacañang Palace|
Top Right: Tondo
Bottom Left: Escolta
Bottom Right: Construction of University of Santo Tomas
|Top Left: The Cry of Balintawak|
Top Right: Rizal and the Firing Squad
Bottom Left: The Flag Raising At Kawit, Cavite
Bottom Right: The Malolos Congress
|Top Left: The Return of General Douglas MacArthur|
Bottom Left: The Philippine Flag Raising
Top Right: Manila is declared an Open City
Middle Right: The Bataan Death March
Bottom Right: Inauguration of President Manuel L. Quezon
I enjoyed zigzagging through the halls like a grade school girl on a field trip. I was amazed by the detailed and intricate wood carvings and the depictions of these events. I relearned Philippine History and discovered other important events.
If you're a museum-lover or a history-buff, I recommend that you drop by the Ayala Museum and pay The Diorama Experience a visit.
For more info, visit their website: www.ayalamuseum.org
Til the next post,