The National Museum of the Philippines or NMP is a government agency museum that includes research and conservation programs within the museum and throughout the archipelago. The museum houses four buildings in Manila; the National Museum of Fine Arts (NMFA), the National Museum of Anthropology (NMA), the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) the National Planetarium (NP) that are repositories of the natural and cultural history of Filipinos and our environment. The collection ranges from thousands of years ago to the present.
National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA)
The National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), Philippines is the overall policy making body, coordinating, and grants giving agency for the preservation, development and promotion of Philippine arts and culture; an executing agency for the policies it formulates; and task to administering the National Endowment Fund for Culture and the Arts (NEFCA) — fund exclusively for the implementation of culture and arts programs and projects.
The government’s support for cultural development is particularly highlighted by the passage of R.A. 7356 that created the NCCA. The coordination among the cultural agencies was strengthened by the virtue of Executive Order No. 80, which placed the Cultural Center of the Philippines, the National Historical Institute (now, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines), the National Museum of the Philippines, The National Library (now, The National Library of the Philippines), and the Records, Management, and Archives Office (now, the National Archives of the Philippines) under the NCCA umbrella. Further, through Republic Act No. 9155, administratively attached the earlier aforementioned five cultural agencies to the NCCA, including now the Komisyon sa Wikang Filipino (Commission on the Filipino Language).
Intramuros Virtual Tours
Since you cannot fly to visit the Philippines, we are bringing the Philippines to you! Starting with Manila, we invite you to walk the cobbled streets of this old city and experience the colonial history of the country.
Intramuros, which literally means “within walls”, was built in the 16th century as the capital of Spain’s new colony, the Philippines. Today, Intramuros continues to host landmark structures that drive the national historic consciousness of Filipinos. Intramuros Virtual Tours was launched in line with the Intramuros Administration’s “Travel From Home” campaign and in partnership with the Department of Tourism in the Philippines. This month of July, visit Baluarte de San Diego and Casa Manila from the comfort of your own home.
Walk inside the Baluarte de San Diego located within the vast walls of Intramuros and learn more about the history of the Philippines and the transformation of this former military fortification to a charming and nostalgic garden.
Visit Casa Manila inside Plaza San Luis, a cultural-commercial complex in Intramuros. Casa Manila is a remarkable house that takes you back in time to the 1800s and showcases the beautiful and practical designs of a Philippine colonial home.