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#337 Lopez Museum

The Lopez Museum is a Philippine art and history museum and library located in Pasig City, Philippines. Founded on 13 February 1960 by Eugenio Lopez  in honor of his parents, Lopez built the museum to provide scholars and students access to his personal collection of rare Filipiniana books, manuscripts, maps, archaeological artifacts and fine art.

 Lopez was known to many as a leading industrialist of post-World War II Philippines. With resources that came from sugar production, he pioneered in diverse fields of business including transportation (bus, taxicab and air transport operations), mass media (ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation and The Manila Chronicle), energy (MERALCO) becoming one of the first Filipino successes in business in a then largely American dominated economy.

A staunch nationalist, Eugenio Lopez believed that by preserving and promoting the Filipino heritage, his countrymen would eventually develop sense of national pride and enable the country to develop a unified spirit ultimately resulting in ensuring a strengthening of a collective national soul in the succeeding generations.

The Lopez Museum’s Library  consists of over 19,000 Filipiniana titles by about 12,000 authors and preserves  an invaluable collection of Philippine incunabula, rare books, manuscripts, dictionaries, literary works in Western and vernacular languages, religious tracts, periodicals, newspapers, coffee table volumes, academic treatises, contemporary writing, maps, archival photographs, cartoons and microfilms.  The museum is housed at the ground floor of the Benpres Building, Exchange Road corner Meralco Avenue, Pasig City (Excerpted from Wikipedia).

Mabuhay ang Lopez Museum!

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#4 Spolarium

A victim of several bungled restorations,  the ‘Spolarium’ by Juan Luna is a reminder of the creative powers of the Filipino. This painting measuring 4.22 by 7.67 meters won the First Medal Award in Madrid, Spain during the Exposition of 1884.

Juan Luna’s detractors tried to downplay the achievement (a first by Filipino artists during the Spanish colonial era) by insisting that the award was one of a dozen granted during the event. Whatever the truth (or untruth) behind such ‘award controversies,’ the scandals that dogged the Spolarium  do not detract from Luna’s achievement.

Permanently exhibited at the National Museum in Manila, future museum conservators, hopefully, will not make the same mistake as their predecessors who commissioned restorers armed with thinner and paint. 

Despite the awful restoration which today’s experts are still attempting to undo, viewing the painting in its actuality remains a impressive experience, a testament to Luna’s creative art.

Long live Philippine art!

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