Filipino Precolonial Jewelry

“Please look out for UOD earrings…”  a dear lady friend of Old Cebu and Old Iloilo lineages requested.

I remembered the Great Collection of Formidable Mother…



  1. Joanie Moran Sarmiento said,

    October 28, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    what a great blog you have put together!
    all your write ups on art, philippine history and people are a delight to read.
    thank you for sharing your comments, knowledge and experiences on line.

  2. Jules said,

    August 31, 2009 at 1:18 am

    A doting mum of this
    Marcos-era cabinet figure
    invited me over to her son’s
    inconspicuous abode
    in the City of the Stars
    (they are literally next-door-neighbours)
    and saw in the living room
    vast personal collection of his own Rizaliana.
    Not to mention too of the Oils
    by Luna and Hidalgo…
    Lo and behold!
    There’s more at the basement
    he has extensive collections of
    unique antique Santos which literally can
    fill up a brand-new Cathedral,
    and the big-as-a-Church’s-wooden-door
    once opens will invite guests to his
    mini-Spanish plaza in the backyard


  3. zippo said,

    August 28, 2009 at 8:55 am

    Larry, I brought my 2 kids to see the Central Bank collection — my eldest 10 years ago when she was 7 and my 5 year old just last summer. The craftsmanship of our pre-colonial goldsmiths never cease to amaze me. Those belts!

    Speaking of museums, I brought my 5 year old to see the GSIS collection last Wednesday (they have an ongoing Toribio Herrera retrospective). The kid was quite taken by those large Baldemor paintings which looked like psychedelic Dr. Seuss pictures. “Dad, can we take this home and put this in my room?”

    What shocked me though was that the “Amorsolo Room” was converted into a bodega but with the Amorsolos still hanging on the wall!!! And to make matters worse, the door was just left ajar with just anybody free to go in!!! The Amorsolos like “Ang Tindahan”, “Las Lavanderas,” and, one of my favorites, “Ang Oracion” were still hanging but paintings by artists like Manansala and Ocampo were just strewn on the floor or rested against the walls of the room were the Amorsolos were hanging!!! I swear, I didn’t have to have the guile of Thomas Crown to steal those paintings right there and then!!!

    What is even more shocking is that the “Luna Room” (thrice as big as the “Amorsolo Room-cum-bodega”) only contained one painting (the famous/infamous “Parisian Life”).

    On the plus side, there was a classical guitar trio playing. They apparently have classical group playing music everyday. I asked them how many people visited the museum that day. They answered, “Pang lima, anim, at pito ho kayo (you’re the 5th, 6th, and 7th — we were with my kid’s yaya).” Granted that it was a weekday, but that was at 4:15 in the afternoon….


  4. larry leviste said,

    August 27, 2009 at 10:03 am

    IN THE BASEMENT of the Metropolitan Museum on Dewey Blvd. is an incredible GOLD collection dating back 2,000 years.

  5. zippo said,

    August 25, 2009 at 9:38 am

    Anyone seen the Central Bank “Kayamanan” Book on Philippine Pre-Colonial and Colonial Jewelry?


  6. l*ding said,

    August 24, 2009 at 2:18 am

    well if you go to the MET in Manhattan, they keep a collection of pre colonial gold jewelry set by Filipino tribes. The design is classic, im sure it will still be in vogue today.

  7. talagang tsismoso said,

    August 23, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    A long time a ago i was able to see the extraordinary Arturo de Santos Collection exhibit at the CCP.during the Marcos regime and at his home in Forbespark as i recall a noted Archeologist Tom Harrisson looked at the Dr Arturo de Santos collection (part of which was acquired by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas) as well, and observed that “…the range of Philippine gold jewelry…includes many pieces of a complexity and finesse that is beyond anything attempted in Borneo” in so far as what had been found at that time one Mindoro cuff formerly in the Arturo de Santos collection and now in the Yap collection. According to the late collector, this cuff was alleged to have been excavated in Mindoro. The figure’s pose is very similar to that of the figure on a coin of the Kalachuri king Gangayadeva (1015-40 AD) of Tripuri, northern India The swirled flanges on the shoulders signify the aura of kingship and divinity. In the 18th-19th century

  8. zippo said,

    August 23, 2009 at 5:03 am

    Again, we need Tito Boy Villegas in this discussion thread.

    Z 🙂

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