02/19/17

A Museum For Filipino Seafarers

The Philippines has been considered as the “manning capital of the world” for the maritime industry. That should not come as a surprise as Filipinos comprise the majority of the world’s 1.5 million strong maritime personnel at more than 25%, largest for any nationality. The hard work, the loneliness being at sea for months, and the other sacrifices our Filipino seafarers have made for their families and to the country cannot be stressed hard enough.

Sadly, their contributions seem to be overlooked as the general public do not seem to have an idea as to what the Filipino seafarers go through in their job at sea. Come to think of it, the maritime industry has not been given that much appreciation either. Which is why it is nice to hear that there are place the public can visit to appreciate the contributions of the Filipino seafarers in the maritime industry, which is the where the Urban Roamer is headed for in this entry. Continue reading

08/1/16

Makati’s Cultural Soul: A Visit To The Ayala Museum

Whenever we hear about Makati and the Makati Central Business District (CBD), we usually associate it with the tall buildings, the swanky hotels, and the classy shopping malls. But in the midst of this modern center of commerce lies a cultural soul of the business district that has managed to thrive to be a landmark in its own right and helped make this part of the metropolis more than just a business hub but a cultural hub as well. Of course, we are talking about the Ayala Museum, one the most well-known museums in the metropolis and the country as a whole.

And as Ayala Museum marks its 50th birthday in 2017, the Urban Roamer invites you to roam this museum as we learn the history and the heritage preserved in this storied structure. Continue reading

11/29/15

Meet the New Quezon Memorial Shrine Museum (Plus Some Exclusive Shrine Photos!)

It’s been a long while since the Urban Roamer visited the Quezon Memorial Shrine Museum. And since then, there have been so many big changes there. And I do mean big in a manner that you won’t recognize the museum anymore if your last visit was at least last year.

You see the museum underwent a total renovation and makeover of sorts for about a year. The result: a new and improved look of the Quezon Memorial Shrine Museum, now officially known as Museo ni Manuel Quezon which was unveiled just last August 19 this year, in time for the birth anniversary of Pres. Manuel Quezon.

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11/26/15

QCX: Appreciating Quezon City Anew

The Urban Roamer has long been a supporter of efforts to showcase and educate local history and culture, sharing the belief that one would be able to better appreciate national history and culture through learning and understanding local history and culture.

While other provinces, cities, and towns have made laudable efforts to promote the learning of local history and culture, sadly not much attention has been given in promoting the history and culture of Metropolitan Manila, to be specific that of the cities and town comprising this region. Something that can be attributed to the fact that such local identities are obscured by national identity being the capital of the country.

Nevertheless, there are bright spots to see in this situation, notable among them is the effort of the Quezon City Government to build a place where everyone can learn more about the city through its newly-opened museum, the QCX.

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11/4/15

For The Kid At Heart: A Visit To Yexel’s Toy Museum

Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, we all have this love and appreciation for toys.  It’s inexplicable but there’s something about them that makes us giddy inside as the little child in us comes to life.

And if you want to go to a place where you can experience being a kid again, one place the Urban Roamer would recommend for you to check out is Yexel’s Toy Museum and see a wide array of toys and other items on display.

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