Architect Paulo AlcazarenPaulo Alcazaren treated the audience to photographs of old Manila, Philippine pavilions in World’s Fairs and art deco and neoclassical structures as he discussed the lost art and architecture of the Philippines in BURIED.
Remnants of these structures are still around today, hidden amongst bright signage and newly erected concrete. Those that survived the razing and bombings during the Battle of Manila in 1945 ended up being demolished. Metal beams and braces and heaps of rubble sit on what used to be innovative buildings boasting of Filipino architectural and artistic prowess.
Glimpses of paintings that hung on the walls and murals that brightened up theater lobbies can be found in the library collection. Studies of Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo’s Per Pacem et Libertatem, whose original hung in the Ayuntamiento, are on display in the museum’s exhibition Drawing the Lines. Red-washed drafts of figures in Juan Luna’s lost painting, People and Kings, can also be found in the collection. The museum aims to preserve and relate these pieces to continue the visual narrative of the nation.
BURIED was copresented by Energy Development Corporation and First Philippine Holdings Corporation and sponsored in part by Gourmet Farms Inc. (Story/Photos by: Thea Garing and Yna Musico)