Hidden Gem: The Lopez Memorial Museum and Library
Founded in 1960, The Lopez Museum has an informative and personal guided tour, as befits its intimate size in the mid-century-modern Benpres Building in the Ortigas CBD. There is an element of surprise in each gallery, as works by young artists are mixed with the museum’s own collection of older, established artists and National Artists—you’ll never know what awaits you.
In the current exhibition Grounded, sculptures and installations by Goldie Poblador, Josephine Turalba, and Toym Imao share space with paintings by Federico Alcuaz, Roberto Chabet, and Pacita Abad. This museum has an impressive number of works by old masters such as Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, historical documents and Filipiniana books. The galleries open to the library, where students and writers are welcome to research in.
Must see: Juan Luna’s Espana y Filipinas
Entrance fees: Adults, P100; students, P80-P60
Museum hours: Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Address: G/F, Benpres Bldg., Exchange Rd. cor. Meralco Ave., Ortigas Center, Pasig City