"Turn right to go left," said Hudson Hornet to Lightning McQueen from the movie Cars. So I turned right instead of left, towards the museum of the San Agustin Church. Many times I have seen this church and many times I have captured its marvelous antiquity, but never I did enter its museum. Not until 3:00 PM of the 23rd of January 2011.
The ticket costs 50 pesos, at least for a college student like me. Other admissions cost 100 pesos for the adults, 80 pesos for the oldies, 45 pesos for the high school students, and 40 pesos for the kids. Reasonable enough for a few hours of historical look back in time.
A huge bell would say welcome as you enter the museum. The bell was taken from the other (destoyed) bell tower of the San Agustin Church.
I entered first a room that contains the golds, silvers and saints. Taking pictures inside this room is prohibited (sorry but I couldn't help it - please never do the same).
Pachelbel's Canon in D was being played on a wedding ceremony at the church, adding a classic atmosphere while you stroll around the corridors of the museum.
When I got out of the crypt, a food stall awaits me. But no, I was not hungry yet.
The next room I entered contains jars, porcelains and other china-wares. I was overwhelmed by the number of jars in the room. The details on the porcelain-wares are just fantastic.
A gallery of sketches and paintings of Philippine churches as well as photos of Augustinian friars is found on the next room. Some documents are being displayed too.
The last room contains a dining table, paintings and scaled model of the San Agustin Church and Museum.
When I reached the ground floor, I heard a familiar voice. It was the voice of the brave man who stood up against the church regarding the Reproductive Health Bill. He is Sir Carlos Celdran, the famed tour guide in Intramuros who became phenomenal when he shouted "Damaso" at the Manila Cathedral.
The Casa Manila was the final stop of his walk tour, he made his final bow. We replied a loud applause. He also gave everyone a poster souvenir.
It was a great experience, great stories, and I really had a great time with Carlos Celdran's "Walk This Way." A big smile was drawn in my face, it stayed there until Carlos charged everyone, he was charging 1000 pesos for adults and 800+ for kids. My heart then pounded so fast, I started to sweat. I don't have cash with me. So I asked a man there,"where's the restroom?"
I stayed at the restroom for about 3 minutes, then went out and made an escape through the back door of Casa Manila. Bigla ako nakahinga ng maluwag. My Sunday tour was over.
It was exactly 6:00 PM, I proceeded to my original destination and bought the Bristol board.