Philippines, Bahai Zinia, or Sino-Philippine House
Bahai Tsinoy, or Sino-Filippinsky House – is a museum located in the territory of the old Manila region Intramuros. Here you can get acquainted with documents telling about the history, life and contribution of Chinese immigrants in the history of the Philippine Islands. The building itself, which houses the museum, also has historical value – in addition to the museum it houses a library, a small theater studio and an audience.
The museum was designed by Eva Penamora in collaboration with architect Onrado Fernandez in 1996 and was solemnly opened three years later. The main tasks of the museum were and remain to support and promote the original culture of the Filipino people and to study the links between the Chinese and Filipino communities.
Interestingly, the pinpin bilingual children’s educational television show, which ran on Filipino TV in the early 1990s, served as a peculiar initiator of the creation of such a museum. Funds for the purchase of land and construction of the building were collected on a voluntary basis – most of the money was donated by members of the Sino-Philippine community.
The museum expositions are divided into several thematic sections. Here you can learn about the first contacts of two peoples, about their life during the Spanish colonial period, about the emergence of a full-fledged Chinese community and the famous uprising of the 17th century Chinese. Of particular interest are the collections of ceramics and rare Filipino shells, as well as a collection of drawings and photographs related to the life of the Chinese-Philippine community.