Celebrate Philippines


It was more than a decade ago when I was in Philippines for a trade mission. I had the opportunity to stay in Manila and Cebu. I had deep impressions of the beautiful island of Cebu, the tasty mangoes, the spanish culture and the melodious songs. 
Although I was  affected by the monsoon storm and flooding, it helped me to see the other side of life <Living in a well-sheltered country like Singapore, it is no wonder that we are touched by the strength of others who have to live through natural calamity>.  I saw kids walking with water level up to their waists, houses which were half covered by flood in the outskirt of Manila and yet they were still having cheerful spirits <Shame on us and how protected are our kids back in Singapore.>
Almost everywhere I went, I ordered mango juice and I even purchased a basket of mangoes back to Singapore. 


At the Asian Civilisations Museum in Singapore, one gets to know the culture and civilisations of the different parts  of Asia. One can enjoy the ancient and valuable display pieces/artefacts, rich in Asian’s cultural and historical values, at the galleries here …… and the best thing is without having to step out of Singapore.


Asian Civilisations Museum, resting along the peaceful river bank of Singapoer River, at Empress Place

Asian Civilisations Museum, resting along the peaceful river bank of Singapore River, at Empress Place


As the Asian Civilisations Museum was featuring the special programme on “Celebrate Philippines” ….yes! with free admissions to galleries, goodie bags, free ice cream, cooking demonstrations of Filipino’s delicacies, and free exciting performances and fun for the family….on last weekend (unfortunately special performances only for two days), we naturally made our way there with my mom!  It was an eye-opener as we got closer to the exquisite displays in the galleries and the kids definitely were not bored as they were kept occupied by the dances and Filipino martial arts performance. My mom was awed by the religious artefacts.




The special exhibition on “Land of the Morning: The Philippines and its People” is still on at the Museum till 10 Jan 2010. For more details about the museum and the special exhibitions, you may visit http://www.acm.org.sg.


We had an educational trip for both ourselves, the kids and my mom and it was definitely a half day well-spent:)


Costumes Display…..

Squeezing for a photoshot in Filipino traditional costumes

Squeezing for a photoshot in Filipino traditional costumes

<We were not allowed photography in the Philippines Exhibition Hall and hence these are exhibits from the main galleries>







and more…..but I can’t upload all or this post will be crowded with photos.
Performances and freebies…..

Spanish Bolera Dances

Spanish Bolera Dances


Cooking Demonstrations

Cooking Demonstrations

iWow! Such a long queue! For? Free Ice Cream of course!
Wow! Such a long queue! For? Free ice-cream of course!


Brendan enjoying his ice-cream from Philippines. I must say the jackfruit and mango ice-creams tasted really good! There are mango and jackfruit pieces in them!

Brendan enjoying his ice-cream from Philippines. I must say the jackfruit and mango ice-creams tasted really good! There are mango and jackfruit pieces in them!

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11 Responses to “Celebrate Philippines”

  • VanillaSeven says:

    This will be exciting! Thanks for the info Denesa. I might have a visit this weekend :)

  • Denesa says:

    Hi VanillaSeven, do note that the special performances like dance and martial arts (as part of Celebrate Philippines) were available only last weekend. However the special exhibitions is still on (but they do not allow photography inside that particular gallery) and do check out the museum website for admission fees. However, the main galleries display many other artefacts and historical pieces that make the place worth visiting:)

  • yoon see says:

    Thanks for the insightful sharing Denesa, although I can’t be there but I already got some taste of it….
    Long queue for ice cream but with patience you got it through again.
    Brendan was so lucky to have some…He..He..

  • wow///i’m so proud to know that a foreigner like you can appreciate our culture. it means a lot to me!

    i hope i can visit Singapore soon.

  • Ing says:

    Wow, it sure looks fun! Isaac’s school just brought them there for an excursion yesterday! So, I’m really glad to read this and see all the photos here, as I had no idea what they did or saw there. Thanks for sharing. :)

  • Angeline says:

    The costumes are GORGEOUS!
    And you guys definitely have a la-la good time eh?
    And to end it with that Yummy ice-cream? AAAaaawwww….

  • wenn says:

    interesting info..

  • Denesa says:

    Well, such a coincident Ing! I hope Isaac has enjoyed himself:)

  • Denesa says:

    It is always interesting to learn more about other’s culture. Looking forward to your visit to Singapore:)

  • Denesa says:

    Hi Yoon See and Angeline, it is worth the queue to taste the ice cream, supposedly to be from foreign land.

  • Denesa says:

    Thanks Wenn….

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