Attention museum lovers and history buffs: The newly renovated Manila Clock Tower is the next tourist attraction in the Philippines you need to visit! The recent opening of its in-house museum makes for an interesting trip to Old Manila as we celebrate National Museums and Galleries Month this October. Read on to find out more about this classic icon!
Apart from its facade freshly painted in white and gold, it features exhibits commemorating the Battle of Manila. Additionally, it showcases the works of well-renowned visual artists like Rene Robles, Sherwin Pau Gonzales, and Nante Carandang.
The new Manila Clock Tower gets a new modern makeover
Last 29 Jun 2022, former Manila Mayor Isko Moreno formally declared the Manila Clock Tower the newest premier tourist attraction in the Philippines. According to Moreno, plans to renovate and enhance the clock tower took place as early as 1996 but only followed through after 25 years. Now, with its modern look and multi-sensory museum of historical events, the local government of Manila City is looking forward to seeing more tourists frequent the area.
Serving more than its purpose
Back in 1930, architect Antonio Toledo designed the iconic historical site which exhibits a neoclassical style. Eventually, it was destroyed during the bombing of Manila City during World War II and was later rebuilt in 1946. According to Moreno, the Old Post Office and Clock Tower in Washington, D.C. in the United States inspired the concept of refurbishing the Manila Clock Tower.
In its earlier years, the Manila Clock Tower served as a mere timepiece and landmark for Filipinos to establish their destination. With its recent renovation, it features more than its main function and showcases a deeply-rooted sense of Philippine heritage. Moreno adds that he hopes this premier landmark remains to symbolise resilience and hope among Filipinos.
That’s not even the best part! Soon, coffee lovers can enjoy fresh brews as the clock tower will open a cafe on the third floor. What’s not to love? You’ve got everything in one place: overlooking views of Manila, stunning artworks, and rich history and culture.
The new Manila Clock Tower Museum opens to the public
On 25 Oct 2022, Manila Mayor Maria Sheilah “Honey” Lacuna-Pangan officially welcomed the public to the country’s first-ever Clock Tower Museum. The opening of the museum kicked off with the unveiling of the city mayors’ portraits and coffee table books at the Bulwagang Rodriguez, Manila City Hall.
Aside from its multi-sensory exhibitions, the museum also showcases various award-winning works from Tawid Gallery and intricate woodwork pieces from furniture maker Agi Pagkatipunan. Here, visitors can also find stainless steel sculptural art pieces by visual olympian and monumentalist Joe Datuin.
Here are few more snapshots of the newly opened:
So, what do you think about the Manila Clock Tower’s modern look? If you’ve already visited this newly inaugurated landmark in the Philippines, we would love to hear about your experience, too. Be sure to let us know on our official Facebook page. Happy National Museums and Galleries Month!
Featured image credit: Department of Tourism, Culture, and Arts of Manila | Official Facebook Page