August 25, 2022

Touring Around Museo Iloilo

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  • In art, human abstractions are objectified or concretized at the sensory level through the rearrangement of human perceptual impressions into clear, intelligible images. Works of art are entities of a special kind, they are sensuous embodiments of the creator’s thoughts and values about certain aspects of reality.

    The primary purpose of creating a work of art is the objectification or concretization of those abstractions in the form of perceptually available concrete entities which makes it possible to contemplate or experience those abstractions in concrete reality.

    The existence of the Museo Iloilo is anchored on the basic philosophy that the Filipino nation is kept unified by a deep sense of pride in its own identity, cultural heritage, and nature patrimony. Museums exist so present and future generations can look back and appreciate the yesteryears, especially those that had an impact on their lives.

    Established on May 28, 1971, Museo Iloilo is a cultural center with well-preserved artifacts, canvases, fabrics, chiseled molds, relics, and paintings of a history worth revisiting. Their logo is inspired by the golden masked skull found and preserved from Oton, San Antonio in Iloilo City.

    All throughout the Spanish, American, and Japanese occupations, many individuals sacrificed their lives in the name of freedom. Touring the museum itself will allow guests to relive their experience and see the historic and preserved treasures housed within the walls of the said museum that includes the following:

    • Coffins taken from the hanging coffins
    • Preserved golden masked skull of an individual with a high rank (datu/sultan)
    • old pictures of Iloilo and the famous Oton Church
    • items from the WWII (weapons, bombs, missiles, radio transmitter, battle trophies,  etc)
    • relics of male saints
    • life-sized relic of a bald dead Christ
    • clothes and medals of known generals
    • Statues of Ati group and weaving process in Ilo-ilo
    • Chinese ware
    • Higantes pottery

    Museo Iloilo is a house of Philippine treasures; an educational, scientific and cultural institution that acquires, documents, preserves, exhibits, and nurtures scholarly study and public appreciation of works of art, specimens, and cultural and historical artifacts symbolic of our unique cultural heritage of the Filipino people.

    Guests who would want to have a tour in the said place are welcomed. Entrance fee would be priced as follows:

    • Adults – Php 50
    • Students – Php 20 (but should provide a valid school ID)
    • Senior Citizens – Php 40

    Museo Iloilo
    Address: Iloilo Cultural Research Foundation Inc., Bonifacio Drive, Ilo-ilo City
    Facebook page:
    Business Hours: Open Daily from 9 am to 5 PM
    Tel No.: 033-337-2986

    This also appears on Philippine Primer Japanese Magazine December issue (Vol. 117).
    Written By: Patricia Antoinette M. Nacianceno

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