i took A to the national museum for a date

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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…

juan luna’s spoliariumpaglabas 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.

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6 Comments

  1. Gulat ako na meron pang pumupunta doon. My impression is that that place couldn’t even invite flies.

    What a pity. We should inspire cultural awareness more than just building all these obnoxious malls.

    trip lang talaga, really. peole think that museums are for geeks. yes, you learn a lot pero it also is entertaining (to an extent). i dunno. museums make you a well-rounded person with what you see, absorb, and learn. movies and malls simply make you rounder. 😀

    and i really agree with you on cultural awareness. lalo na ngayong mukhang nawawalan na ng identity ang pinoy. kung ano na lang ang popular sa US, gagayahin na lang din. hay pilipinas…

  2. hmmm… yes open yun except pag holidays yata… well one time dumating din sa point na i do wanted to bring a date there… kaso hindi rin nagmaterialize. (Just imagine getting laid in a museum) hahaha… Historic! just kiddin’! but I did also had the same feeling when i saw that infamous Juan Luna mural the “spolarium”… well this i do hope na mas maging culturally aware na mga tao sa pinas… na may mga hidden wonders pa tayo sa old nat’l museum… Punta ako dun the next time that I would visit Manila… “,)

  3. “SPOLARIUM” ang sining na ito ay isa sa mga nagmitsa upang pukawin at gisingin ang mga natutulog nating isipan at damdamin…Tiningala ng maraming nasyon dahil sa aking kagandahan at kabuluhan nito…Mula noon at hanggang ngaun ipinagmamalaki ng lahing kayumanggi..Wag sana nating alisin sa puso’t isipan natin na ang “SPOLARIUM” ay isa sa naging dahilan upang makamtan natin ang ating kalayaan…

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