Philippine's archaeological heritage on show

The Ayala Museum in Makati, Philippines is showcasing over a thousand years of Philippine material culture and history of contact with other cultures in a special permanent exhibition showcasing gold, ceramics and textiles.

An exhibition to die for
Cebu Daily News, 15 May 2008

Ayala Museum dubs it the exhibition you have all been waiting for a thousand years to see: a triad of the best of Philippine pre-colonial and colonial wealth and tradition that has ever been showcased in the country. Opened last May 1, the special permanent collection of gold, ceramics and textile – the best ever assembled in the country – does not fail to impress. This is the exhibition to end all exhibitions and I thank the people at Ayala Museum for giving me a personalized tour that I shall never forget.

Over a thousand gold pieces, 550 Chinese and Southeast Asian ceramic wares, and the finest pieces of 19th century costumes now adorn the fourth floor of the museum, waiting for eyes to feast on the wealth of our ancestors and the fruits of their trading with Chinese and Arab merchants.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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