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Gift ideas from the Lopez Memorial Museum

Continuing its tradition of promoting Philippine arts and letters, the Lopez Memorial Museum includes collectible books and quality reproduction prints from its collection among its all-occasion gift suggestions.
The collectible books on Philippine art and art history are: Inscapes: The Art of Agnes Arellano by art critic and historian Alice Guillermo who offers a biography of Arellano and discusses her seminal works (P2,800); The Power and the Glory: The Story of the Manila Chronicle (1945-1998) by historian Raul Rodrigo who has distilled the fruits of interviews with Chronicle editors, reporters and executives, and two years of writing and research for his 500-page opus on “the best newspaper the Philippines ever had” (P3,000); and the The Amorsolo Retrospective catalogue with essays on the exhibitions mounted in seven museums (softbound P1,800 and hardbound P2,500).
The prints include a special folio of twelve high-quality reproduction prints from the illustrious botanist-priest Fr. Manuel Blanco, O.S.A. masterwork: the Flora de Filipinas, segun el Sistema Sexual de Linneo published in 1845. The twelve botanical plates measuring 13¼ inches by 18 inches are perfect artworks for the home or the office. They can only be bought from the Lopez Memorial Museum (P3,100).
Among the other items that you can buy exclusively from the Lopez Memorial Museum is a handy notebook (P150), 4 inches by 6 inches designed by artist Eric Ambata. Inspired by prints from the library collection’s Flora de Filipinas and the 18th century Langlume print Costumes des Malais de l’ile de Luzon it depicts a fantasy garden scene with fairies dressed in traditional Filipino garb.
Another Flora de Filipina inspired product is the floral gift tags (P100) designed by Ricky Francisco. Four designs make up each set, with two tags for each design. The gift tags are packaged in a specially designed marbled paper box.
The Lopez Memorial Museum is at the ground floor of Benpres Building, Exchange Road Pasig City. Museum days and hours are Mondays to Saturdays, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., except Sundays and holidays. For more information, call 631-2417 or email

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