As promised, here is Part 2 of my NHCP visit.
Just like the exterior that I blogged about here, the interiors of the building were also commendable. The leaf ornaments in the railings somehow reminded me of the Art Deco Period during the 1900s. The design was boxy and somewhat symmetrical.
We went upstairs and saw this huge painting (If I'm not mistaken, the medium used is oil.) and small exhibit.
I think both are tributes to the past presidents and heroes of the Philippines. Honestly, I only identified a few of them. Jose Rizal, being the National hero was painted at the center.
This part of the exhibit is dedicated to the past and present women who made a mark in Philippine History. Some of them were Cory Aquino, former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Pilar Hidalgo-Lim (the First Woman who graduated in UP with honors), Rosa Sevilla Alvero (First Woman Head of a Non-Sectarian School for Women), Honoria Acosta Sison ( First Woman Physician), Maria Paz Mendoza-Guazon (First Woman Doctor educated in the Philippines), Tecia San Andres-Ziga (First Woman Bar Top Notcher) and many more. These women inspired me to pursue my dreams even in the midst of failing.
A sculpture of Andres Bonifacio
I always take the opportunity of looking at the ceiling since most public buildings have the most interesting lights. The building was built during 1989 so most probably the design was influenced by American Architecture/ Art Deco. The organic theme of Art Deco seems to reflect in these ceiling fixtures.
This large lantern glass panels cut with unusual shapes and intricate detailing made the ceiling look classic.
This one seems to be inspired by lilies and leaves.
Historical buildings such as this are worth maintaining and further beautifying. I'd like to go back here in the future and see wonderful additions to what it already has now.