We wanted to give the kids one last hurrah before they went back to school. We scheduled a trip to the Museum of the Filipino People and to the Manila Ocean Park for today. We don’t go to the city of Manila often because of the traffic jams. So we tried to maximize our trip by squeezing as much as we can in one go.
Our first stop was the Museum of the Filipino People. This museum is located across the street from the National Museum of the Philippines. It contains the anthropologic and archeologic displays. One of the highlights of the museum is the exhibit of the San Diego wreck. The kids had studied the galleon trade in their Araling Panlipunan classes and were excited to see the relics of an actual galleon.
It’s amazing that they were able to salvage so much from the wreck. There were cannons, ammunition, swords, helmets, numerous pots, eating utensils, cooking implements, jewelry and personal effects. I was trying to imagine what it was like to be on a ship during those times, to be in open water for months, with no form of communication once you were at sea.
There were many interesting exhibits all over the museum. It proved to be a very educational trip for our family. I am grateful that pieces of our history have been preserved and made accessible to all of us.
Admission fee to the Museum of the Filipino People is P150 for adults and P50 for students. This includes same-day admission to the National Museum of the Philippines.