Members of the Rose Borromeo Spanish Dance Company performing yesterday

Good morning everyone. I hope you all had a great weekend and can start the new week with refreshed energy (hard sometimes I know).

We had an interesting and busy weekend. Yesterday we visited the Asian Civilization Museum to enjoy the Celebrate Philippines special exhibition and performances. I was blown away by the great organisation and enthusiasm of the volunteers and staff at the museum. The kids loved the free ice cream, and the long queue was evidence that everyone else did as well.

It was a great opportunity to enjoy the Museum facilities as it was free entry to all galleries. My kids were not in the mood for walking through the whole museum (we have been a few times before) unfortunately but I did wander through the lovely exhibition Land of the Morning; The Philippines and its People, which is open until January, 2010.

There is some stunning religious art, paintings, textiles, tribal artifacts, jewelry, silverware and gold as well as contemporary artworks exhibited. The exhibition is not too big as to overwhelm children and gives a very interesting background on the colonialisation of the Philippines and the way the Philippine culture has been transformed because of it.

There were some lovely performances, and I was there to support the dancers from the Rose Borromeo Spanish Dance Company. They performed some beautiful Algerias and Bolero dances and it was a great crowd watching. There was also traditional bamboo tinikling dancing and sweet singing from the Filipino Coral Group. There are more than 50,000 Filipinos living and working in Singapore, and their culture is vibrant and diverse.

Land Of the Morning: The Philippines and its People

Asian Civilisation Museum
1 Empress Place
Tel: 6332 7798
Open until 10.01.10

Adults: SG$8
children/concession: SG$4


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