Places of Memory, Places of the Heart: Plazas in the Philippines by Paulo Alcazaren at The M

City planner and landscape architect Paulo Alcazaren highlights 16 plazas across the Philippines in celebration of their role as the beating heart of many a town and city

Images The M Manila and Paulo Alcazaren

Places of Memory, Places of the Heart: Plazas in the Philippines
Co-production of Metropolitan Museum of Manila (The M) and
Filipino Heritage Festival, Inc. (FHFI). Supported by the National
Commission for Culture and the Arts with partners Security Bank
Corporation, Businessworld, and DDB Group Philippines

3F South Gallery A, Metropolitan Museum of Manila
4 May 2023 – 3 June 2023


Lingayen Plaza, Pangasinan

Editor’s note: What follows is an edited press release from the Metropolitan Museum of Manila

In his work as a city planner and landscape architect, Paulo Alcazaren has spent the past 15 years traveling all over the country and taking the opportunity to record the heritage of plazas, their landscapes, and their remaining structures of note. This documentation forms the backbone of The M’s latest exhibition in collaboration with the Filipino Heritage Festival Inc., with support from the National Commission for Culture and the Arts called Places of Memory, Places of the Heart: Plazas in the Philippines.

Paulo Alcazaren
City of Zamboanga, Zamboanga del Sur

Plazas in the Philippines have been central to communal celebrations and other social and political events in over 1,600 towns and cities for hundreds of years. However, it has fallen prey to the pressures of population and economic growth, as well as the attendant consequences of urban densification and commercial real-estate development.

Paulo Alcazaren
Bacolod City Plaza, Negros Occidental

The exhibition narrates our contemporary understanding of Urban Heritage in the Philippines harking to this year’s National Heritage Month theme: Heritage: Change and Continuity. Set in an installation that represents the modern-day equivalent of the plaza for many Filipino urban dwellers – the basketball court – the exhibition will showcase a selection of 16 plazas from around the country, featured to show their contexts alongside archival images, interactive artworks, photo collages of Rizal Monuments that form part of the built environment of plazas, and a selection of artworks from The M’s own collection, highlighting the history and trajectory of town and city plazas in the Philippines.

Check The M’s social media profiles for public programs related to this exhibition: @MetMuseumManila #PlazasinthePH #UrbanHeritage #NHM2023 •

The exhibition is free and open to the public. Pre-registration should be made at least a day before the visit. Pre-register your visit here, and click here to read the visitor guidelines

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