Friday, 1 August 2014

Araw ng Kalayaan

Philippines Independence Day
12 June 


To be honest this is a public holiday that I didn't even know existed until last week. To be honest who could blame me? coming from the UK, living in Singapore for just over a year I have really only concentrated on finding out about my new home with a few delves into our holiday destinations. 

Last Monday though saw myself and my friend at our regular Monday morning lectures at the Asian Civilisation Museum held by the Friends of the Museum. If you've never been it's a great start to the week, nothing to high brow and we usually learn something and it's free too - always a good thing in my book. You can find more about this here   http://www.fom.sg/event_mml.html  I would also highly recommend anyone becoming a friend of the museum. For just S$60 a year you will gain free entry for you and one other to the all the National Heritage Boards museums at great bargain with so many museums, changes of exhibitions and a great place to take family and fiends when they come to stay. To find out all you need about joining just look here. http://www.fom.sg 
Although the lectures are taking a summer break now until 22 September when they'll be back and held at the National Museum. 22 SEPTEMBER!!! WHAT AM I GOING TO DO UNTIL THEN! 
Don't worry I've plenty planned!

Anyway I digress what's this got to do with the Philippines Independence Day, Araw ng kalayaan? Well the lecture this Monday was entitled Indak at Habi (The Philippines through dance and fabric) I'm not writing a post on this in itself but I am including a few photos my friend took of the different costumes. It has had the effect though to make me find out about their Independence Day. For myself I preferred the tribal outfits that were on display. Currently I'm reading about the Batak sculpture from a region in Indonesia, looks like I may have some new areas to read about when that is finished - from Indonesia to the Philippines :)

2014 sees the country mark 116 years since they gained independence from Spain on 12 June 1898 and is a public holiday in the Philippines.
More information can be found here  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Independence_Day_(Philippines) 

With so many Filipinos working in Singapore I hope some will get to celebrate...