Arts Appreciation 1st Semester, S.Y. 2018 – 2019 BAUTISTA, Lemuel Glenn C. BSN 110 - GED0106-Sec16 November 28, 2018 Prof. James Owen Saguinsin Treasury of religious art pieces museum visit — REFLEXIVITY PAPER October 27, 2018 — My blockmates and I went to the San Agustin Museum which adjacent to the San Agustin Church— known as the Philippine’s oldest church. We went to the church and museum that was located at General Luna St., Intramuros, Manila. The price range of the ticket was around one hundred sixty (160) pesos as far as I remember for students. Since we are students of our beloved Professor JOGS, we are given a discounted price. Before going to the location, we struggled finding the place and we searched for it. Astonishing and impressive informations were found and some of this are the following: ● According to Primer.com (2014), the church was built in 1571 but was instantly destroyed by a fire twice. The current building was reconstructed in 1587. In 1973, the monastery was converted into the museum. The hallways are lined with large paintings of saints, approximately 2 meters in height, and the rooms —which used to be the sleeping quarters of the friars, have various statues and other art pieces on display. ● The museum was located in the center of Intramuros. The San Agustin Museum has for over four decades served as the country’s premier ecclesiastical museum. The museum is housed in the Augustinians’ former monastery, right beside the famed San Agustin Church. First built in the late 16th century, the museum building has undergone numerous renovations over the years, including extensive restoration after World War II left it in near ruin, and a more recent renovation (Inquirer.net, 2017). San Agustin Museum. It is a glimpse into the past— a snapshot of what it must have been like so many centuries ago. Even walking down the long hallways sent a shiver down my spine knowing how many people from different eras, and centuries have passed the same way. Upon entering, I noticed the majestic views and structure of the walls. I also have seen the items, objects, artifacts, and such while roaming around the museum. To begin with, it was my first time to see religious images, things, artifacts — a lot of them which are old, valuable, worth displaying, and such— inside a museum space not inside a religious space (e.g churches, chapel) where it should be located and found. I usually see those objects that is commonly utilized inside the church. Also, those items have an impact for religious people like me. We tend to have mindset that those things that are found and commonly used in the church are God’s instrument for the world— in spreading the word of God. Herewith, after realizing it is located in a museum, I found it strange but also at the same time amazed. I see those things displayed as a product of artwork with a shade of being sacred due to the fact that it is still a consecrated item. Being exhibited has a great impact for people’s perception. Many religious viewers may feel more comfortable seeing the sacred objects of their own faith tradition inside a church not in a museum. Furthermore, I think the place would be secured and be sacred because of those objects exhibited. With that kind of ambiance and location, there are a lot of effects and impacts on the images exhibited that are put inside a museum space and are removed from a religious space. Even me as a religious person has changed some of my perspective about this. Here are some of my opinion to its effects: 1. As for me, it will now be seen— the objects, symbols, images, and items-- as a work of art.As for me, it will now be seen— the objects, symbols, images, and items-- as a work of art. They will be still appreciated but due to the fact that it is exhibited, it will only be seen and realized as a preserved object that will be a supporting figure and facts for the Philippine History— as well as to preserve the story of the Augustinians friars. as well as to preserve the story of the Augustinians friars. 2. As they are seen as artworks, they serve as reminder for people that their religion exists for how many years. 3. The work of art will be an attraction instead of being hid inside the churches. Based on what I heard, it has a “wow” factor to tourists while being there. 4. My perception is it is still sacred and a reminder for people— just like any figurines, items, objects and such found in our houses. The museum reminded me of some religious items— paintings, artifacts, and such— that are found in my grandma’s house — in the province of Isabela. Since it is an artwork, I think most of the iconic images or items are re-created and sold to the market. Consequently, the images are re-created because of its purpose and value to remind the people— especially those who inclined with art or religious people. With this kind of activity, my prior knowledge about things were somehow changed. This was the first time, for me, to critique and appreciate this kind of artworks. This made me think critically through analyzing the whole visit experiences.