Historic Tanduay headquarters now home to the country’s first Museum of Philippine Economic History

Philippine Economic History Museum in Iloilo City
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Museum of Philippine Economic History

Iloilo City, Philippines — The historical 19th century Elizalde trading house in Iloilo city, which saw the humble beginning of Tanduay Distillery, now houses another heritage landmark showcasing the robust economic history of the country through the years.

Museum of Philippine Economic History in Iloilo City
Museum of Philippine Economic History in Iloilo City

Formerly owned by the Ynchausti family which operated the industrial firm Ynchausti y Compania, the building was donated by the Commission on Audit (COA) to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) which, in turn, reconstructed and then built The Museum of Philippine Economic History.

Old Wooden Boat at the Museum of Philippine Economic History in Iloilo City
Old Wooden Boat at the Museum of Philippine Economic History in Iloilo City

The two-storey and 13-gallery property in J.M. Basa Street is envisioned to educate tourists and locals alike about the trade and commerce system that shaped Philippine society as we know it today. Displayed here are important artifacts from the galleon trade, abaca products (vital crop to the Philippine export industry) produced in different regions, and burial jars that reflects our ancestors’ religious beliefs.

Philippine Economic History Museum in Iloilo City
Philippine Economic History Museum in Iloilo City
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There are also specific portions of the gallery depicting life during the pre-colonial and Spanish occupational rule of the Philippines. One corner is dedicated to intricate body ornaments and ethnic clothing worn by many cultural tribes. On the other, it shows looms used by the oldest weavers of Miagao in Iloilo as it was the primary livelihood during the Spanish era.

A Collection of Philippine handwoven clothes
A Collection of Philippine handwoven clothes

The old San Miguel beer bottles from the Ynchausti clan and molino de sangre, which was a very important tool during the peak of Western Visayas region’s sugar industry, can also be found here.

Diorama of Cigar Making in the Philippines
Diorama of Cigar Making in the Philippines
Collection of Antique Philippine Pottery / Ceramics
Collection of Antique Philippine Pottery / Ceramics

The Museum of Philippine Economic History is the 25th museum opened by the institution and the third to open in Iloilo City in less than a year, alongside the Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art located at the Iloilo Business Park and the Western Visayas Regional Museum (formerly Iloilo Rehabilitation Center). These three institutions serve as an interesting hotspot to revisit history and discover the remnants of our country’s colorful past.

Manila Travel Writers and Online Content Creators in Iloilo City
Manila Travel Writers and Online Content Creators in Iloilo City

Museum of Philippine Economic History
Location: JM Basa St, Iloilo City Proper, Iloilo City, Iloilo
Hours: Open from Tuesday to Sunday, from 8am to 4pm. Closed on Mondays.
Telephone number: (033) 327 5335
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/mpehofficial/

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