A stop by The Silahis Center

Silahis Arts and Artifacts

After the DOT-Globe “It’s More Fun in the Philippines and Pinoy Homecoming convergence program press con/launch, I used my extra time in Intramuros to relax and fully internalize the culture of tourism at the The Silahis Center showroom of the Silahis Arts and Artifacts Inc. Little did I know that the place would satisfy my curiosity as a non-Manila resident. Practically revisiting cultural heritage. I enjoyed passing an eye over the large selection of finely crafted traditional and primitive Filipino arts and crafts, Asian ceramics, artworks, indigenous fabrics, maps, old and new books about the Philippines, Asia and Pacific, among various others.

Not only for tourists, the museum-like store is also for locals who are into homegrown decor.

Philippine arts and craftsFilipno basketsSarimanok

Sarimanok, (artipisyal na ibon) is a totem bird of the Maranao people. The legendary bird has become a ubiquitous symbol of Maranao art and a symbol of good fortune.

Traditional Filipino arts and craftsIkat weave

Various ikat weaves.

Philippine seashellsFilipino home furnishingsFilipino dining setsFilipino bamboo flutes

Filipino musical instruments. Above is a display of bamboo flutes and below is a metallophone known as sarunay in Muslim communities.

Sarunay, Muslim musical instrument

The Silahis Center Gen. Luna St., Intramuros, Manila

Photographed by Blauearth © Blauearth™ All Rights Reserved 2009-2012

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