Museum of the Filipino People


San Diego Exhibit
Start with the exhibit gallery on the ground floor showing the wreck site and eleven of the recovered cannons.

Five Centuries of Maritime Trade Before the Arrival of the West
CENTURIES AGO BEFORE THE COMING OF THE SPANIARDS .... merchant vessels were already sailing through Southeast Asia bringing trade and commerce to the Philippine Islands.

The Origin (Pinagmulan)
The gallery presents information on the origins of the Philippine Islands and the Filipino nation. The exhibition focuses on the four periods of Philippine pre-history : Paleolithic; Neolithic; Metal; and Ceramic Age.

Archaeological Treasures (Kaban ng Lahi)
The Archaeological Treasures Gallery portrays secondary burial jar collections as well as samples of other utilitarian vessels unearthed from different cave sites in the Philippines. It also features the importance of burial practices associated with the death of early Filipinos in the southern Philippines and other parts of the country. One of these practices is the secondary burial of the dead person which involves treatment and re-burial of the bones after the corpse had decomposed. The process include cleaning, painting or treating of the bones known as “bone washingE The practice of secondary burial always involved a ritual ceremony.

The Filipinos and Their Rich Cultural Heritage (Kinahinatnan)
This ethnographic exhibit focuses on the Philippines as aland of diversity, crossroads, and a tapestry of cultures. The gallery showcases some regions that have been influenced by migration over the millennia, while others have developed in relative isolation, locked in by the roughness of the terrain and adapting to their distinct environment. These cultural influences, adaptations and response to the environment led to the emergence of major ethnolinguistic groups with many sub-groups. Having a common prehistory and background, all ethnic groups in the Philippines speak languages that belong to the Austronesian family. It is the variety with adaptive techniques and cultural diversity throughout the archipelago that make the Philippines unique.

This page was last modified Monday, February 10, 2014
National Museum of the Philippines
Padre Burgos Drive, City of Manila, Philippines