Category Archives: Museums and galleries

What is a Ghost Tour? Read This Before You Go

If you’ve read about ghost tours before you may think that it is simply a glorified ghost hunt or an opportunity for the locals to make some money from visitors. But, if you try out a good ghost tour, such as the rocks walking tour, you’ll realize there’s a lot more to it than this.

The Ghost Tour

A ghost tour is a well-organized event that leaves at a designated time from a designated spot. You’ll then be taken on a walking tour of the designated area. The route will be the same every time although different guides may have different extra pieces of information.

As you walk you’ll learn about the history of the area, the ghosts that are said to haunt the town, and you may even get to see some evidence of this.

Some tours, but not all, will actually include a section when you get to try out the latest ghost hunting equipment. You may be unimpressed by the results or completely spooked, that will depend on your level of belief.

But, whatever you believe, you will learn an array of interesting facts about the area. You should also have a lot of fun on the tour.

Levels Of Tour

It’s important to be aware that there are different levels of the tour. The most basic option is the family-friendly tour or the beginner’s tour. This is the least spooky and great to introduce yourself and your children to the world of ghosts. The tour will be designed not to have intense shocks but still to be informative.

The higher level of ghost tours will definitely increase the atmosphere of the paranormal, you’ll probably feel the hairs on the back of your neck going up.  Your choice will depend on your paranormal beliefs and experiences.

Sunset

The majority of ghost tours happen as the sun is setting. This increases the atmosphere of the tour which makes it more believable or scarier.

Of course, because the tour happens as the sun starts to set, the temperature will drop, you should bring a coat or other warm garments to make sure your attention is on the tour not on the fact you’re shaking. (and it’s not ghost related).

Bring An Open Mind

It’s best to go on a ghost tour with an open mind. Even if you’re not a believer it’s a good idea to suspend that disbelief and just see what happens. When using the ghost hunting equipment you may be surprised by how the results affect you.

It’s also worth noting that a ghost tour will give you a unique perspective on the area. It’s a fun experience on vacation but it can be a real eye-opener if you do it where you live. Chance are you’ll be very surprised by what you learn about your own town or city.

In short, a ghost tour should be seen as a bit of fun with the potential to learn about the area and even develop a better understanding of ghosts. That makes it worth trying.

Van Gogh Alive: The Experience

Do you love arts? Are you a fan of Vincent Van Gogh’s artworks?

Get ready to encounter the life and works of Vincent Van Gogh, arguably one of history’s greatest artists with works like “The Starry Night”, “Cafe Terrace at Night”, and a number of self-portraits, as the world’s most visited multi-sensory experience comes to Manila in Van Gogh Alive.

Image credit: @ManilaBulletinLifestyle

Witness the 4th floor of One Bonifacio High Street in BGC be turned into a Van Gogh haven through multichannel motion graphics, cinema quality surround sound, and up to forty high-definition projectors (courtesy of SENSORY4™), and be immersed into the painter’s over 3,000 works as classical music scores play throughout your visit.

Van Gogh Alive: The Experience will be from Oct. 26 to Dec. 8. Visit Bonifacio Global City’s website and social media platforms for more information.

Source: Manila Bulletin Lifestyle

February is National Arts Month

February is National Arts Month! What is the best way to observe the occasion? Participate in art contests in school and universities where you are presently enrolled in, or in workplaces where art-related activities are encouraged. If you are a parent with young kids, you can bring them to museums and art galleries to expose them to the beauty and importance of art. Art educates and broadens young minds. It teaches them to be creative and express themselves in various ways.

Rue is one of my favorite characters in the movie Hunger Games. Traditional drawing by Naomi.

In support of the occasion, here is a list of museums that people can visit:

  • Ayala Museum – This is located in Makati, Philippines. It is cleverly situated in between two malls that will allow people who suddenly gain an interest in looking at museums while shopping.
  • Bahay Tsinoy – This is a museum made specifically to show how Filipino – Chinese live in the Philippines. It shows an unfathomable mix of the Chinese and Filipino culture infused together.
  • GSIS Museo ng Sining – From the name itself, it is a museum dedicated to the arts. Filipinos enjoy art a lot but do not have the time to check out galleries. This is a place wherein people can reflect on art works made by artists.
  • National Museum – This museum holds just about anything that is related to Philippine culture and how their ancestors lived. From containers to tombs, this is the museum that is truly popular in the Philippines.
  • Planetarium – Learn more about how the solar system works through an amazing display of lights.
  • Museo Pambata – Kids will surely enjoy learning about history when they visit this type of museum. Equipped with items that children will surely like, they will surely remember the things that they will see inside the museum.

From the list of museums that has been posted above, you can always choose a few to visit.

Meantime, you can check out the Intramuros Sites and Museums Admission Fees below:

The National Museum of the Philippines is located at the P. Burgos Drive, Rizal Park, Manila. It is open from Tuesdays-Sundays, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. #nationalartsmonth