Opening on February 26, 2015 as part of the National Arts Month, the exhibit Encounters: World heritage baroque churches of the Philippines & new world baroque – A photography exhibit by Ferrante Ferranti (Rencontres : Patrimoine mondial des églises baroques des Philippines et du nouveau monde baroque) and the corresponding catalogue goes beyond the romantic quest but comes face-to-face with important issues and conflicts – both historic and contemporary, terrifying to confront but absolutely necessary.
The exhibition of 98 large-scale photographs of the exceptional heritage of the Philippines by photograher Ferrante Ferranti will be staged at the National Museum’s Old Senate Session Hall.
The exhibition and corresponding exhibit catalogue tells the story of baroque churches in the Philippines woven in the colonial world. It features full color photographs of baroque churches in the Philippines by the baroque expert Ferrante Ferranti. It highlights the four declared Baroque churches and the some churches proposed as part of the extension, but recentlydamaged by the 2013 typhoon and earthquake (Guiuan and Loboc). The exhibit also includes photos from other Baroque churches in Latin America and India.
This exhibit has particular resonance in the aftermath of the Bohol earthquake and Typhoon Haiyan’s impact on National Cultural Treasures and Important Cultural Properties such as the baroque churches.The disasters have also had an impact on the withdrawal of nominations on some of the sites as these are damaged beyond repair, such as in Bohol and in Eastern Samar. It is thus immensely relevant in raising awareness about climate change and the need to protect heritage, important topics which will be addressed at the Paris COP, in 2015 (International climate change conference).
The exhibit is the first achievement of the administrative agreement for the cultural cooperation of the Ministry of Culture and Communication of France and the NCCA which was signed during the visit of President Aquino in Paris in September 2014. Encounters is a follow up for the exhibit Philippines, Archipel des échanges, about pre-hispanic Philippines, inaugurated by Prime Minister Ayrault and Vice President Binay at the Musee du Quai Branly, Paris in April 2013.
The exhibit is presented by the National Museum, Alliance Française de Manille, and Embassy of France to the Philippines with the support of the NCCA, Department of Tourism,Tourism Promotions Board, Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, and the Department of Foreign Affairs.
26 February – 26 April 2015
National Museum of the Philippines
Old Senate Session Hall, Padre Burgos Avenue, Manila
Schedule: Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM
For more information:
Alliance Française de Manille: Eliz Agabin, at 895-7585 / 895-7441 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
French Embassy: Camille Conde, at 857 6916 or email email@example.com
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