This New Museum's Design Was Inspired By Fishermen's Baklad

Museo ng Muntinlupa opens on March 1.

( Metro Manila may be best known for its sprawling business districts and tall skyscrapers today, but it's important to remember that even this bustling industrial city traces its roots back to fishing and agriculture. Its coastal communities would often use traps called the baklada contraption made of bamboo and netsin order to catch fish. Today, the Museo ng Muntinlupa stands along the banks of the Laguna de Bai shoreline, its design and structure similar to that of the baklad, and it's set to open its doors to the public on March 1.

The museum's logo also reflects the five-story building's unique facade. City Architect's Office / Facebook
The museum's design was inspired by the baklad, a traditional fishing trap made of bamboo poles and nets.  City Architect's Office / Facebook

According to a report by Alabang Bulletin, the new museum will showcase the history and culture of Muntinlupa, from the pre-colonial era to the present, to highlight the city's rich heritage. It will also provide areas for contemporary artists and temporary exhibits.

Envisioned as more than just a typical musum, the Museo ng Muntinlupa infuses history with interactive elements and communal spaces.

According to the Muntinlupa City Government website, the first floor will hold interactive galleries and spaces for guests to dine. The museum's main gallery would be located on the second floor, along with its exhibits on community culture and tradition. The third floor will house an interactive Science Center, while a multi-pupose hall on the fourth floor serving as a space for contemporary artists and exhibits. Indoor cultural shows, orientations, and other audio-video presentations will be held at the fifth floor, where a 216-seater theater is located.

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The museum's inauguration falls on the city's 24th founding anniversary.

The Museo ng Muntinlupa is at Laguerta Street, Barangay Tunasan, Muntinlupa City. For more information, visit the Muntinlupa City Government website.

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