Kaisa Angelo King Heritage Center Building in the historical Intramuros hosts three storey museum: A Museum of Chinese in Phlippine Life. The brainchild of late anthropologist Prof. Chinben See, and made possible by Kaisa Para sa Kaunlaran Inc. It is conveniently located at Anda cor. Cabildo St., just a block away from Manila Cathedral. Open from Tuesdays to Sundays 1-5 PM. The entrance fee is P 100.
These dioramas are based on actual prints and photographs.
The museum is a repository of everything Chinese in the aspect of Philippine life. Life-sized dioramas are used in order to depict the life of Chinese in the Philippines. These dioramas underscore the intimate relationship between Filipinos and Chinese as partners in trade and commerce, even before Magellan discovered the Philippines. Further, the museum also houses overwhelming century old ceramics dating back in the 10th century,ancient Chinese documents and fine art galleries.
Before 7-11 stores, the Chinese merchants were already selling their goods 24-7 in the olden times.
When you plan to explore the cobblestone streets of Intramuros, stop by at Chinese museum. Take a guided tour of the Chinese culture and heritage. The tour lasts about 30 minutes. Those who want to go on their own pace can get a brochure and have your own “self- guiding”. With or without Chinese ancestry, it is educating to know the roots of Filipino-Chinese friendship, and it’s amazing how it flourished through time.