The Manila Symphony Orchestra is one of the first orchestras established in Asia and one of the most active orchestras in the Philippines.
Manila is home to a number of museums showcasing the Philippines' rich culture and history.
National Museum of the Philippines
Address: Padre Burgos Drive, Manila
Tel: (632) 527-1215
Admission: Ranging from PHP 50 to PHP 150. Free admission on Sundays. Rates can be found here.
Hours: Tues-Sun 10am - 5pm
The National Museum of the Philippines houses various painting, sculptures and artifacts dating as far back as the 17th century. It also holds artworks by famous national artists including Fernando Amorsolo, Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo and Guillermo Tolentino. It is home to the masterpiece artwork of Juan Luna known as "Spoliarium".
The Metropolitan Museum of Manila houses modern and contemporary art. It also holds a collection of pre-historic gold and pottery and other colonial Hispanic art.
This museum has an exhibit on Philippine history dioramas as well as a collection of various archaeological artifacts, gold objects, ship models and indigenous textiles. They also host other exhibits, talks and workshops. Ayala Museum is also home to the Filipinas Heritage Library, a modern library with volumes of resources on Philippine art, culture and history.
Address: Roxas Boulevard cor. South Drive, Manila
Tel: (632) 523-1797
Admission: PHP 250
Hours: Tues-Sat 8am-5pm, Sun 1pm-5pm
This museum is an interactive museum not only for kids but also for kids-at-heart.