oh yes i did!
ewan ko ba. ayaw ko na sa mall. not really, i just thought sawang sawa na ako sa siksikan ng mga tao sa mall. sa mga pelikulang madalas eh wala namang kuwentang panoorin. ayaw ko namang magpaka-bobo sa mga entertaining movies. weekend, i know, but i wanted this date to be more than the usual (asus! eh bakit sa luneta pa kayo nagpunta?!).
typical (read: baduy) na ang dates sa luneta. libreng pasyalan with overpriced food. ang mali lang kasi eh late ako nakadating sa kanila at kulang ang budget at preparation for the trip. plus whenever we go out, we see the benefits of having a car. even if it’s a Kia Pride! basically anything that has four wheels, runs on gas, has a place to put food and stuff in and won’t let us get too sweaty under the sun or too wet in the rain. at higit sa lahat, yung makakapag-tipid sa aming paglalakad.
kasi naman, the national museum has a number of galleries inside five floors of the old congress building (four lang actually. 5th floor was closed for renovation). going through all of them, i’m sure eh sasakit din paa niyo. first 2 floors and the first few galleries, we would fix our eyes to paintings and other artworks for about 5 minutes each. and then nung nakakaramdam na ng pagod, dumadaan na lang kami! ahaha… which was a pity, really. there’s so much to see, learn, and experience inside the national museum. pero syempre, picture taking is a no-no. ang sarap nga sitahin ng ibang nandun noon eh. haaay…
paglabas namen, naisip ko na may na-miss kaming isang importanteng painting. the spoliarium by Juan Luna. i remember seeing huge painting during one of our trips in HS or elementary. namangha ako sa laki pa lang ng painting. then when you stand back, you really do feel everything happening inside the painting. when you stand closer and look around, you become part of the scene. ewan ko, that’s what i felt when i was there. i felt like i could very well be one of those people dragging the dead. i was inside the picture. i felt uncomfortably pleased to be inside and experience the power of that painting. sayang lang talaga at di ko siya nabalikan at nalaman kung ganun pa din ang reaksyon ko sa kaniya after all these years.
at, oo nga pala, libre ba talaga pumasok sa national museum? outside the main entrance, may nakapaskil na admission rate. P100.00 for adults, P30.00 sa students, P80.00 sa senior citizens. pero hindi kami siningil! which was weird… i hope di kami habulin or ma-ban sa national museum.