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  • Museo Pambata Explores Singapore

    Let your child experience the beauty and heritage of Singapore right here in Manila.
    by Julian Vorpal .
  • Explore Singapore

    Singapore brings to mind many things – Hainanese Chicken Rice, Sentosa Island, The Midnight Safari, Universal Studios, Radish Cake, The Singapore Flyer and a curious scarcity of chewing gum. This shining gem of a country with rich and myriad ethnicities showcase an amalgamated heritage of Chinese, Malaysian and Indian culture that sets it apart from its other Southeast Asian neighbors. To celebrate and share its heritage, the Singapore Philatelic Museum has entered a venture with Museo Pambata to display its traveling exhibition – Explore Singapore! – Colors of Heritage.

    This exhibit, which officially launched on September 5, 2012, will run until August 2013 and will highlight aspects of Singaporean history and everyday life for children of all ages. Visitors will have the opportunity to interact with the various costumes, props and artifacts on display.  Here are some of the highlights:

    Journey Through Singapore With Stamps – The Singapore Philatelic Museum’s forte is, of course, stamps. This section of the exhibit features key historic sites and famous attractions in Singapore that are reproduced in miniature through their stamps. The latest series of Singaporean stamps is also on display here.

    The People – Here’s a glimpse into the stories of the earliest immigrants of Singapore, those who are responsible for its multicultural background, their purpose and their ultimate contributions. Authentic traditional costumes of Chinese, Malay and Indian origins are presented here, such as saris and cheongsams.

    Festivals – Holidays and holy days such as Christmas, Chinese New Year, Hari Raya Puasa and Deepavali are given a more tangible form through an interactive cabinet display. Customary artifacts, food and images can be viewed here, along with detailed explanations for their function and significance. Visitors can admire examples of these artifacts here, such as Malay sandals, Deepavali clay lamps and Chinese dumplings.    

    Food – Though Singaporeans come from three very different nations, they all share a common fondness for eating. After all, who hasn’t heard of Singapore’s famous street hawkers and their tasty delicacies? This facet of the exhibit gives greater depth into the origins of iconic dishes such as Satay, Hainanese Chicken Rice and Ice Kacang, as well as their ingredients, preparation methods and cultural importance.

    Vanishing Trades – With technological advances and shifting attitudes towards business and industry, this part of the exhibit aims to expose visitors to Singaporean traditional crafts that are now slowly dying away in popularity. Among the items shown here are items that represent aspects of clog making, spice manufacture and a Chinese apothecary.

    A Year Long Calendar of Activities – By far, the most significant aspect of the exhibit is a twelve month program of assorted events connected to the subjects of Singaporean culture and aspects of philately. The various activities include flag making, dragon puppet crafting, stamp collecting, postcard making, letter writing, games, toys, cooking demos and food tastings. Workshops about stamp collecting, dance, storytelling and the preparation and purpose of Singaporean celebrations are also included. For details, visit the Museo Pambata website link at the end of this article.


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