Metropolitan Museum (MET) | Things to do in City of Manila-Metro Manila
|Open:||Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5:30pm|
|Address:||Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, City of Manila, Metro Manila|
BSP Money Museum isn’t just about money; it’s about shared memories preserved in the artform of barter exchange, coins, and banknotes. BSP Money Museum showcases the evolution of currency alongside Philippine economy and history. The exhibits are arranged chronologically from the Pre-Hispanic Period, Spanish Period, and Revolutionary Period, up to the American Regime, Japanese Occupation, and the present Republic. The highlights of the museum include fashionable barter shells, gold pebbles (piloncitos), gold barter rings, vintage circus-designed paper money, envelop-sized banknotes, and the silver dos mundos. The last is considered to be one of the most beautiful and rarest coin in the world. Founded in 1999, the Money Museum is owned and operated by the Central Bank of the Philippines, or Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
CCP Complex is an 88-hectare playground for sports, culture, and art junkies. Dominating the complex is the National Theater building, or the Tanghalang Pambansa. Designed by National Artist Leandro Locsin, the National Theater hosts activities across various fields of art, such as architecture, film, theater, visual arts, dance, music, literature, and new media. The National Theater is home to two permanent galleries, the Juan Luna Gallery (free) and the Diwa Gallery (P50 regular, P25 student). The galleries showcases the Philippines' traditional visual arts, and Southeast Asia's indigenous weapons, ornaments, sacred objects, and handmade musical instruments. Also housed in this building, the CCP Library and Archive (free admission, ID required) is a delightful treasure chest of books, audio, and video, on music, theater, film, literature, drama, ballet, scriptwriting, language, and humanities-related studies. Established in 1966, CCP Complex was built with the vision, “a Filipino national culture evolving with and for the people”.
Standing on the site of the former Manila Carnival Grounds, the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (then known as Rizal Memorial Field was constructed in 1927 and was inaugurated in time for the 1934 Far Eastern Championship Games. The land was donated by the Vito Cruz family and the initial sports facilities - the track and football stadium, the baseball stadium, the tennis stadium, and the swimming stadium. It was recently renovated for the 30th SEA Games to occupy different sporting events.
Things to do nearby
“Katsuri,” a timely drama about friendship and survival based on the John Steinbeck classic “Of Mice and Men.”
This production is adapted and directed by the indefatigable wife-husband tandem of writer Bibeth Orteza and director Carlos Siguion Reyna. This anticipated drama is top-billed by Jonathan Tadioan (Toto) and Marco Viaña (George), two of the most seasoned members of TP’s Actors’ Company (AC).
Written in part Hiligaynon, “Katsuri” tells the harrowing fight for the survival of the Sakada (sugar plantation) workers in Negros, and how it tends to destroy lives and the people's spirits, including families and friendships.
Written by Dr. Nicanor Tiongson, Mabining Mandirigma “is a steampunk musical foregrounding the intellectual heroism of Apolinario Mabini, who in the second phase of Philippine revolution, displayed an uncommon vision, a warrior’s spirit, and a principled character, as he struggled against all odds to enjoin his countrymen to go beyond considerations of class, clan, economic gain, and personal ambition, so they could think and act as citizens of one nation.
Where to stay
Hotel Jen Manila by Shangri-La is conveniently located along Roxas Boulevard, overlooking the picturesque Manila Bay and its radiant sunsets. The hotel is adjacent to the capital’s premier conference and exhibition centres, a 5-minute walk to the Central Bank of the Philippines, several embassies and the Mall of Asia. The business district of Makati and the Ninoy Aquino International Airport is also just a 20-minute drive away.
Armada Hotel Manila offers a warm, deluxe hotel experience with 96 comfortable rooms and suites, state-of-the-art facilities and great comfort in the bay area. The centrally located hotel in Manila features a premier restaurant serving sumptuous international cuisine and Filipino specialties; complete amenities and efficient service; as well as ideal spaces for meetings, conferences and intimate social functions. Situated within the heart of culturally rich district of Malate, Armada Hotel Manila is accessible to several shopping malls, convention centers, and domestic and international airport terminals.
Located at the heart of the Philippines’ capital city, Century Park Hotel Manila takes pride in being your warm home in the urban jungle. With 6 function rooms and a business center, this Manila hotel Philippines provides you with what you need for your corporate and special events.Century Park Hotel Manila understands the need for balance between business and leisure. With choices of conveniences from the rooms to its facilities, this hotel also proves to be a place for a relaxing city vacation. Tickle the taste buds with delicious cuisines from five restaurants, buff up at the gym, or unwind by the poolside for that treat after a long day.
Getting there and around
Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, City of Manila, Metro ManilaGet directions