I’m a parent who is always on the lookout for worthwhile places to bring my kids to on Sundays. We don’t like to go to the mall often because there really is not much to do there but eat, shop and walk.
I bring my kids to outdoor places where they can play freely (and for free). I’d like my kids to have a little bit of culture too, so we bring them to museums every so often.
Now here’s an interesting place on the ground floor of the Benpres Building along Exchange Road in Pasig – the Lopez Memorial Museum.
The Lopez Memorial Museum began 50 years ago with founder Eugenio H. Lopez Sr.’s collection of Juan Lunas and Felix Hidalgos.
Today, the Lopez Memorial Museum boasts of an impressive collection, not only of artwork modern and classic alike, but also of books and historical artifacts.
The galleries at the Museum showcase the work of legendary modern Filipino artists – Fernando Amorsolo, Botong Francisco, Vicente Manansala, Cesar Legaspi, Ang Kiukok, and other luminaries of the local arts world.
The Museum also has a notable library with over 16,000 Filipiniana titles. Historical literary pieces that go back to the 1500s (‘De Moluccis Insulis’ by Maximilianus Transylvanus, which has the first printed account of Magellan’s expedition to the Philippines), old copies of periodicals such as Aguinaldo’s ‘La Republica Filipina’, and an extensive collection from the Spanish and American times make the library an interesting stop for some brain stimulation.
The Lopez Museum celebrates its 50th anniversary on February 18 and has lined up several events to highlight this special year:
- February 18: Launch of the coffee table book ‘Unfolding Half a Century: The Lopez Memorial Museum’ at the Rockwell Tent in Makati.
- February 19 -25: An interesting exhibit entitled ‘Threads: The Museum as Site for the Weaving of Tales’ at the Rockwell Powerplant Mall will feature the visual and performance arts by contemporary Filipino artists Jean Marie Syjuco, Ann Wizer, Myra Beltran, Jef Carnay, Ann Tiukinhoy Pamintuan, Leo Abaya and Kiri Dalena.
- February 12 – September 18: The Lopez Museum will run the exhibit ‘After the Fact’, showing recollections from past exhibits as well as the future direction of the Museum.
The Lopez Museum was conceived to inspire Filipinos into deeper sense of national pride. And it seems to be doing its job well.
Confirm your attendance to the Unfolding book launch and opening of Threads exhibit through Facebook. While you’re at it, become a fan of the Lopez Museum and Library Facebook page to be updated of events and exhibit schedules.