Escolta museum marks Battle of Manila anniversary with FREE Admission this February

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The First United Building in Escolta survived the war and natural calamities, now houses a community museum offering a month-long free entrance. Photo credits to blueprint.onemega.com

The First United Building Community Museum, located in Escolta in the heart of Manila, is waiving the admission fee for the whole month of February 2020 to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Manila.

The Escolta Facebook page announced the good news on January 31. “In memory of the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Manila, we are offering FREE ADMISSION for the whole month of February at the First United Building Community Museum,” the page said in its post.

The museum opened in 2015 as a tribute of Syliantengs, the owner of the art deco building, to the heritage of Escolta and for their patriarch Sy Lian Teng.

The museum houses collections, souvenirs and memorabilia from early 20th century Manila during the glory days of Escolta when it was the premier center of trade and commerce, up to post-World War II.

The First United Building Community Museum is located at building’s Mezzanine Level and is open from Monday to Saturday, 8 A.M. to 8 P.M.

The First United Building was first named the Perez Samanillo Building. It was designed by Andres Luna de San Pedro, the son of renowned Filipino painter Juan Luna.

The building was completed in 1928 and survived the Battle of Manila in the mid-1940s.

The First United Building Community Museum is located at building’s Mezzanine Level and is open from Monday to Saturday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. From Escolta Facebook.

Last year, the newly opened Museo de Intramuros offered free admission for 6 months.

Other heritage museums inside the historic walled city of Intramuros are also offering free entrance from time to time, during special occasions. Intramuros also offers night tours.

The National Museum of the Philippines, located outside the walled city, offers free entrance to visitors all year round.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the people of Manila and the management of the First United Building Community Museum in Escolta for keeping their heritage alive!

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