Afternoon at the museum

I HAD lunch at UP Diliman today.

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Diliman was my home for five years, and it will always feel that way. The years I had spent here were life-changing.

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I walked past Gonzales Hall, also known as the UP Main Library. Seated on the steps were students killing time, chatting, and smoking, as if they had nothing else to do and time had stood still.

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I entered Bulwagan ng Dangal for the first time. It's a museum that now occupies what used to be the Filipiniana section of the Main Library at the basement. I forgot my ID at home, but I probably looked like a legitimate UP student—thick glasses, maroon shirt bearing the UP Law logo, shorts, and tsinelas—because I was allowed to enter without any hassle.

Bust of Sen. Edgardo Angara in gold cast bronze by Abdulmari Asia Imao.

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Study for Homage to Vasarely by José Tanig Joya, Jr. (1967).

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Sculpture of former UP President Emerlinda R. Roman in coconut wood by National Artist Napoleon Abueva (2005).

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Iconic sculpture of the Ikot jeep on display.

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Photos of buildings in campus.

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A metallic sculpture that looked like tin cans stacked on top of each other.

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Breath of Pestilence by Anton del Castillo. The oil painting was on a canvas of gold leaf and red oxide.

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Vision of a Boddhisatva by Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi (1999). Former Philippine president Joseph Estrada is playing video games while a suffering mother and her children look on.

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This is what you do when you sing UP Naming Mahal. Right Write by Juan Sahid Imao (2012).

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Sixteen panels of Pablo Baen-Santos's International Refugees (1989). A stunning piece of visual art!

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Dumating Na by Jonahmar Salvosa (2000).

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Blackhole Squared by Junyee (2008).

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A bust of Filipino novelist F. Sionil José by Julie Lluch (2012).

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Inay, Ineng, Kalayaan Ay Inyo Rin on mixed media by Imelda Cajipe-Endaya (1985).

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Benjamin Cabangis's untitled piece (1996).

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Believer's Key by Jes Evangelista (a friend from church).

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I capped my Diliman visit with these: second-hand books on sale at the AS Walk.

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I hadn't planned the museum tour at all. I just wanted to have lunch and hang out at the Vargas Museum Café with a good book. But my day ended well. Praise God for the time to unwind.

2 thoughts on “Afternoon at the museum”

  1. Hi!

    I am currently drafting my essay about 90s art work situated at the Bulwagan ng Dangal. I couldn't take my own photos because i did not have my camera with me. I googled the photos i got directed to your blog. Now i'm reading your other blog posts as well. Thanks a bunch! :) don't worry, i won't steal you photos! I just have to look at them one more time for formal analysis. :)

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