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“A heritage for the chinese-filipinos” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Bahay Tsinoy

Bahay Tsinoy
Ranked #36 of 128 things to do in Manila
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Manila, Philippines
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68 reviews
39 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“A heritage for the chinese-filipinos”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2014

It's a landmark that any Filipino with chinese ancestry should visit, to know the culture and roots of .their forefathers, so that he/she can relate to their children and succeeding generation their ancestors.

Visited December 2013
2 Thank rolenghc
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Luzon, Philippines
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2014

If you're a tourist walking inside the Walled City of Intramuros and can't seem to find Bahay Tsinoy, it's because the name isn't on the marquee - the sign says Kaisa Angelo King Heritage Museum, named after its benefactor who'll you get to know, along with other Filipino-Chinese tycoons on the 3rd floor.

Bahay Tsinoy is a well-curated and well-kept museum about the Chinese community in the Philippines. Though it may well be more aptly located in nearby Binondo (Manila's Chinatown), it's location inside Intramuros makes it convenient for tourists and those interested in Philippine History to string together visits to nearby Fort Santiago, San Agustin Museum, Casa Manila and a bit outside the walls, the Museum of the Filipino People, for a whole picture of Philippine history.

The exhibits are a very informative - from the early trades with Pre-Hispanic kingdoms to its economic and artistic influence during Spanish Colonial times to Filipino mestizos' crucial role in the Philippine Revolution to the current economic domination of Pinoy taipans.

The life-sized mannequins about Chinese life during the Spanish Colonial era are well-rendered and will easily give you a picture of how life was back then. There's also a curious exhibit on how a Filipino born Chinese helped in the birth of modern People's Republic.

The only negative about Bahay Tsinoy is that some exhibits, especially those of influential Filipino Chinese, are not updated. Former President Cory Aquino's biography obviously isn't since the date of her death almost 4 years ago wasn't there yet.

Still, it's a must visit for every tourist and local, whether they have Chinese blood or not. It's the best 100 pesos you'll ever spend (60 pesos if you're a student with a valid ID).

Visited February 2014
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2013

It has interesting displays and helps inform you about the Chinese community's history. So many bits and pieces of interesting information heretofore probably unknown to the ordinary citizen. Very educational and enlightening just as it is entertaining.

Visited July 2013
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“Interesting history..”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

and also the merging of two people, two cultures, three if you count the Portuguese, an interesting place to look through, the Tsinoy living in the present in the Philipines have every right to be proud of their heritage

Visited November 2013
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Marikina City, Rizal, Philippines
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“Rich in History”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2013

A must see for Filipinos.. its nice to learn the history of filipino-chinese and their rich culture and traditions... lessons learn in the museum cannot be read in books.

Visited January 2013
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