Metropolitan Museum’s latest exhibit is all about Philippine colonial churches

Jace Amodo
PUBLISHED May 16, 2018 03:04 pm
Photos from the Metropolitan Museum of Manila

(Inside Manila) We’re only halfway through the month of May but there seems to be no shortage of programs that celebrate National Heritage Month. For its part, the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (MET) and the Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. (FHFI), together with the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), present a photography exhibition that features Philippine colonial churches

UP FRONT: Encountering the Sacred consists of photos taken by members of FUNtastic Philippines, a group of photography enthusiasts established in 2012. The photos aim to promote the built heritage around the Philippines by capturing churches recognized as a National Cultural Treasure, a National Historic Landmark, an Important Cultural Property, or a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Argao Church in Cebu. Photo by Chelli/MET

Sta. Barbara Church in Iloilo. Photo by Godwin Hernaez/MET

Rather than being confronted with nostalgic impressions when presenting old buildings, the exhibition instead looks to engage a discourse on heritage churches beyond the facade imagery. From the significance of built native designs demonstrating the brilliance of Filipino proficiency through intricacies in function, to the present condition of the architecture following efforts in rehabilitation and numerous interventions, the exhibit encourages us to contemplate on the underlying issues within these sacred structures.

UP FRONT: Encountering the Sacred is on view until June 9 at the White Cube Gallery. Apart from the photography exhibition, the Fascination with Filipiniana: The Vargas Museum Collection and In the Wake of War and the Modern: Manila, 1941 to 1961 exhibits are on view at the ground floor galleries of the MET until July 21. – with the Metropolitan Museum of Manila

The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila, and is open Mondays to Saturdays, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, visit or follow MET on Facebook.



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