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Bahay Tsinoy, Manila

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The Bahay Tsinoy is a museum located in Intramuros, Manila, capital of the Philippines. Housed within the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center building, the museum documents the history, lives and contributions of the Chinese in the Philippine life and history.OverviewThe museum was designed by Eva Penamora in collaboration with the late architect Honrado Fernandez in 1996, and completed and inaugurated in 1999. Kaisa Para sa Kaunlaran, Inc., a non-profit organization co-founded by Teresita Ang-See, envisioned the project to provide another venue for advocating patriotism to the Philippines and promoting cultural identity and understanding between the local Chinese and Filipino communities, after the acclaimed bi-lingual children's educational television program Pinpin in the early 1990s.Funding for the land and building structure was advanced by Angelo King Foundation and eventually raised through generous contributions from different levels of Filipino-Chinese community, from tai-pans to average wage-earners.The museum is divided into the following sections: Early contacts The Parian Colonial culture Emergence of the Chinese community In defense of freedom Life in the 1800s National leaders of Chinese descent Gallery of rare prints and photographs Martyr's hall Ceramics collection Rare Philippine shell collection Tsinoys in nation-building (inaugurated in 2004) The museum is fully air-conditioned and housed within the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center building, which also houses the office of Kaisa Para sa Kaunlaran, Inc., Chinbin See Memorial Library, the Await Keng Theater Auditorium, the Benito Cu Uy Gam Hall, and the Pao Shi Tien and Madame Limpe seminar rooms, which all constitute the Kaisa Heritage Center.
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  • The museum presents quite an informative history about little known facts about the Chinese in the Philippines, showing how they have contributed economically, politically and genetically to Manila. I...  more »
  • Lovely museum located in Intramuros that depicts history of Chinese filipinos. Great use of wax figures. If in area also check out nearby Casa Manila museum  more »
  • Kaisa was established to promote awareness of the Chinese History in the Philippines and the trading also the culture of from early Chinese to present  more »
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  • This place is great! The wax figures looks very real. If you're a tourist and you wanted to see a short glimpse of filipino culture, this place should be on your list.
  • A good option for locals. It has... a unique perspective
  • Cool fun place for Filipinos and Chinese people
  • Overall the museum was good for contemplating Filipino-Chinese history. My only gripe was the less than stellar air-conditioning and some lights are flickering. Generally the only problem was the lighting; it's not conducive to taking pictures
  • Thorough and well-presented history of Chinese immigrants to the Philippines. Displays are nice, well-labeled, entrance is cheap. Take note the place is closed on Mondays

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