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Bahay Tsinoy, Manila

Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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4.2/5 based on 65 reviews on the web
The Bahay Tsinoy is a museum located in the Intramuros section of Manila. 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.The 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 90's.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 taipans 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 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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  • Learn the life of Filipino- Chinese way back then. The place showcased the influential people, food, things of Filipino- Chinese. 
  • It was raining but still there was a man outside the museum handing out leaflets. I went back later and discovered this treasure of a museum. The Chinese community in Manila is prosperous but insecure...  read more »
  • Hard to beat this immersive museum. It's a must-see again & again every time I visit this part of the world. A reminder to the museum to update some information such as adding the date of death of som...  read more »
  • Been here and the place does say a lot about the humble start of chinoys here in our country and how some of them contributed in the ww2 effort in liberating d country
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