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Draped in Silk
JULY happenings at Yuchengco Museum
Draped in Silk: The Journey of the Manton de Manila
First Impressions: Early Views of the Philippines
First Impressions Lecture Series
From our Books & Gifts Corner: Portraits of a Tangled Relationship
Draped in Silk: The Journey of the Manton de Manila
3/F Cone Room, Bridgeway Foyer, and 4/F galleries
Until December 29

The museum’s major exhibit for 2009, Draped in Silk, narrates the story of a 16th century precious cargo, of Chinese silk embroidery, and of a maritime trade between Asia and Europe.

The Philippines, then a Spanish colony, was a port of call for galleons that sailed to and from Mexico. One of the many coveted merchandise brought by these ships were embroidered silk shawls from China, which were to become known as the manton de Manila. The dainty and bright embroidery of these shawls captured the imagination of Spaniards from all walks of life, and was adapted as part of their fashion and costumes.

Draped in Silk explores the many anecdotes surrounding these captivating shawls, including the Manila-Acapulco galleon trade and the manton's influences on Philippine embroidery traditions. In contrast, 19 artists and designers from various creative fields showcase contemporary works inspired by the manton—from illustrations, fine prints, paintings, and photographs to couture, installations, and décor.

Detail of a traditional manton de Manila

First Impressions: Early Views of the Philippines
3/F Bridgeway Gallery
Until July 30

First Impressions showcases the work of Spanish and Philippine cartographers who drafted the first known maps of the Philippines. In addition to the rare 16th to 18th century maps on view, also on exhibit are antiquarian books, stock certificates, and prints pertaining to voyages, geography, and life in the Philippines.

First Impressions: Early Views of the Philippines is presented by the Philippine Map Collectors Society (PHIMCOS), in cooperation with the Embassy of Spain and the Yuchengco Museum, in celebration of Philippine-Spanish Friendship Day.

First Impressions Lecture Series
G/F Masters Gallery
July 4, 11, 18, and 25
3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

Why do maps fascinate us? The appeal of antique maps comes from the unique synthesis of geography, exploration, trade, history, culture, science, and art. Antique maps captivate us not only because they are coveted instruments of power or works of beauty, but because they are archives of knowledge and signposts of creative imagination.

To complement your experience of First Impressions, PHIMCOS is offering a series of Saturday lectures at the museum this July. With four weekly lectures to enjoy, topics and speakers are as follows:

  • July 4 - "Early Maps of the Philippines" by Leovino Ma. Garcia
  • July 11 - "The Galleon Trade" by Benito Legarda, Jr.
  • July 18 - "Intramuros in 1717" by Jaime Laya
  • July 25 - "Fr. Pedro Murillo Velarde: His Life and Works" by Alberto Montilla

Lecture is free with museum admission. For details, call Elma Abrina at 889-1234 or e-mail [email protected].

From our Books & Gifts Corner:
Portraits of a Tangled Relationship

Portraits of a Tangled Relationship: The Philippines and the United States

By Jose Ma. Cariño, Jose Dalisay, Jr., Sonia Ner, et al.

78.7 cm x 76.2 cm, 248 pages, Hardbound
Published by Ars Mundi Philippinae

PhP 3,000

Portraits of a Tangled Relationship tells the history of the engagement and entanglement of both nations since the Americans occupied the country in 1898. More than 60 years after the Philippines ceased being a US colony, the relationship continues to be described as “special” by both, and the book sifts through the layers that make up this historically and emotionally charged description.

Told as a narrative, timeline, and gallery, Portraits of a Tangled Relationship reveals another vivid way of looking more than 100 years of Philippine-American relations. Laden with photographs, caricatures, and illustrations, the book conveys the story of a complex and intriguing relationship with a perpetually changing cast of characters.

Visit our Books & Gifts Corner at the museum lobby or call us at 889-1234 for more titles.

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