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Beyond Tobacco: Tabacalera, A bridge between the Philippines and Spain

Posted by ayalamuseum on April 3, 2014

Perhaps the most important company in the Philippines at the end of the nineteenth century and until mid-twentieth century  and certainly the main tobacco company in the country, the Compañía General de Tabacos de Filipinas, more popularly known as Tabacalera, is still a stranger to many of us. However, having existed for more than a […]

Biyaya ng Lupa: Amorsolo’s Landscapes of Abundance

Posted by ayalamuseum on April 3, 2014

Fernando Amorsolo reached his creative peak as a painter during the American colonial period. This was a time of prosperity and abundance in the Philippine countryside, resulting from the country’s blooming export trade to the American market. By 1935, America was importing 83 percent of agricultural exports from the Philippines. Rice (palay) was the country’s […]