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    Posted April 29, 2012 by
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    The National Museum of the Philippines

    Serving as the receptacle of precious Filipino artifacts, both Filipinos and tourists visiting our shores who are interested to get a snapshot of the Philippine's rich history should pay a visit to the National Museum located in Manila's historic district.

    Some Interesting Features of the National Museum:

    - The Spolarium: The 19th century hero Juan Luna's painting which conveys nationalistic theme of freedom against Spanish colonization, won prominent awards in Europe, and arguably the most important and prominent painting accomplished by a Filipino.

    - Manunggul Jar: A Neolithic burial jar crafted by Ancient Filipinos used to store boens of the deceased. It's cover, featuring a boat with two journeymen thought to resemble the soul's trek to the afterlife, verifies the Ancient Filipinos' belief in life after death. It is truly a national treausure! (In fact, it is featured in the 1,000.00 Peso bill)

    - The Old Session Hall of Congress: currently being restored, this grand hall features busts, statues, and ornate sculptures plastered on its walls and ceiling. Visiting the session hall makes one feel the grandeur and splendor of old Philippine politics (a tumultuous time where Filipinos where politically fighting for independence). The old greats of Philippine politics like Quezon, Osmena, Roxas, Diokno, (and even Marcos), frequented this hall.
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