CCP Museum of Philippine Culture
If you are within the vicinity of the Cultural Center of the Philippines Complex or you’re in the area to see a theater or art show and have some time to spare, a good place worth spending it in is the Museum of Philippine Culture.
Located at the fourth floor of CCP Main Building, the small museum, referred to as Museo ng Kalinangang Pilipino in the vernacular, houses life-size tableaux of various aspects of Filipino life, culture, ceremonies, and beliefs. The place and the displays are old, but guests in groups will appreciate the guided tour. Visitors may also borrow a guide from the front desk.
The museum is also the home of the CCP collection of Asian traditional musical instruments. The highlight of the collection is an entire set of gamelan or traditional Indonesian percussion instruments, such as saron demung, slentem, gender barung, and gong. Visitors can even try to play these instruments for themselves. Other featured musical instruments are from Thailand, China, Korea, and the Philippines; most of which were acquired during the time of the late National Artist Lucrecia Kasilag as CCP President.
The Museum of Philippine Culture charges an entrance fee of P20 for students and P30 for non-students. CCP also features transient exhibitions with free admission rates. Schedules of exhibitions for the quarter are available at the entrance and at the ticket booth. Regular rate is P30 and Student Rate is P20. For more information, visit culturalcenter.gov.ph.
Article and photos by Mina Loyola