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Bahay Tsinoy, Manila

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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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  • If you are in Intramuros, I suggest visiting this museum. It will tell you the story of Chinese people in the Philippines. Exhibits have good English explanations. It is good for history lovers.  more »
  • Right in the middle of a historical place called Intramuros in Manila. This museum is dedicated to the Chinese heritage in the Philippines. Great full scale exhibits of Chinese beginnings in the Phili...  more »
  • We entered this museum in a nice light rainy day, so it was our shelter from the rain. Tickets then start watching many statues and wallpaper for the common history among both countries. Third floor i...  more »
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  • 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
  • Really worth the visit, whether you have Chinese heritage or not.
  • Stumbled into this museum while visiting intramuros. Normally, I wouldn't care to drop by a museum like this but I ended up finding it a little bit interesting. Historical museum celebrating Chinese Filipinos with lifelike mannequins and dioramas. We were the only ones in here at the time, so it was a nice air-conditioned break from the outside world.
  • Great display, comfy surroundings, very educational

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