Right behind the National Museum of Fine Arts is the National Museum of Anthropology. This one houses a lot of artifacts from the Galleon trade, flora and fauna pieces and Filipino handicrafts.
First off is the weaving industry in the Philippines. The map above shows that it is a widely practiced form of art that has been a way of life for some of our countrymen.
Examples of weaved pieces
Even our National House, the Bahay Kubo (Nipa Hut), has used some form of weaving.
I remember this when we were children.
Next stop was the Baybayin, the ancient and traditional script of the Philippines. Before we were colonized, we already had our own way of writing.
These are evident in artifacts that were gathered from various places in the country. This one has inscriptions around it (not easily visible, though)
Sometimes they write on metal pieces
Or copper plates
So I found out that the National Museum’s symbol was also part of the Baybayin alphabet.
I love medallions. It reminds me of sailormoon and witchcraft.
Some of the writing instruments that they used back then.
And here you go, the alphabet. I love how they made this. It’s like a hidden message, only visible when there’s a light outside.
Traditional Filipino outfit
There’s a section that is dedicated to one of my favorite things in the world : RICE
See how important it is to us, Filipinos? Any meal wouldn’t be complete without rice in it.
The various types of rice – and I thought they were all the same.
More rice photos
Grasshoppers and Butterflies. There is a lot of stuffed animals in the exhibit, but I found it freaky if I take photos of them.
A miniature copy of the Galleon