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“Fascinating review of Chinese & Filipino History”
Review of Bahay Tsinoy

Bahay Tsinoy
Ranked #38 of 141 things to do in Manila
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Reviewed 8 May 2013

While in the Intramuros section of Manila, if you have the time, you must see the Tsinoy Museum (Chinese & Pinoy). It gives you a valuable window into the beginning history and subsequent growth of the 2 cultures, plus the American and Spanish influence over the years. You will better understand the Philippines and appreciate its people more when you spend the better part of a day with their ancestors. For 150 pesos you gain valuable and powerful insights into this culture. This will help you travel, live, work and enjoy the people here a little easier.

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Reviewed 4 March 2013

Spent a few hours wandering around this little museum on my day trip to Intramuros. It was very interesting to read about the history of the Chinese in the Philippines. It was very cheap to enter (P100) and I saw only 3 other people the whole time I was there. A few exhibits are a bit dated (shakey VHS videos on loops) etc, but seems to add to the charm of the place. Interesting, pleasant. Hardly a ground breaking museum, but does what it says on the tin. Have recommended a few people go there and they've enjoyed it.

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Reviewed 20 February 2013

This little building is a hidden gem in the heart of Intramuros, a museum little known outside the Filipino-Chinese community, and rarely visited by non-Chinese schools. As a result it's almost always empty, perhaps emblemic of how valued Filipino-Chinese members of the community are valued. In relation to this, I refuse to call the museum "Balay Tsinoy" as tsinoy is an extremely derogatory term for the Filipino-Chinese!

This museum traces the heritage of Filipino-Chinese community from the first migrants to the intermarriages and the colonial period and the present. Particularly painful to read about were the abuses by the Spaniards, burning down the Chinese community settlement in Manila repetitively over the course of their reign. The Chinese and Filipino-Chinese may appear to be well-off now, but the museum shows just how much these groups of people suffered during the colonial periods. Sensitive museum-goers should beware the Japanese invasion section. All Filipinos know, or should know, of the grave abuses the Japanese forces inflicted on the Filipino people. Javellana's book "Without Seeing the Dawn" is a particularly good read, for anyone interested— but note that that book is historically accurate, and includes Japanese acts such as driving a bayonet into a pregnant Filipino woman's stomach from between her legs, killing her and her unborn child, a common practice by the Japanese armed forces in the Philippines. That dark part of Philippine history is included in this museum, and be warned, the Chinese suffered a no less brutal treatment. There are no graphic images, but reading the text and looking at the surviving artifacts illustrates the horrors of that period for the mature and historically-aware mind.

The museum can be appreciated by young and old alike, and truly deserves more recognition than what it has now.

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Reviewed 21 January 2013

Ive been there twice and always learn something new about Chinese in Philippines, it's very interesting to know the history and how everything happened the way it is. Facilities are nice and new, you can watch short movies there and see figures of Chinese and Filipinos.

1  Thank maybetomorrowwecan
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Reviewed 6 December 2012

I liekd this palce sicne the building itself is among the prettiest heritage structures in Intramuros. The Bahay Tsinoy traces the heritage of Tsinoys (Chinese who emigrated to Philippines and married locals) and their contributions to the country. You can easily spend 2-3 hours here if you are a history buff, and about 30 minutes if you are not!

I have added photos and trivia about this place on my blog - http://expattraveller.blogspot.com/ - Do have a look at it and let me know how yo feel about it

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