Bahay Pukyutan opens at Museo Pambata

The Museo Pambata Foundation Inc. has opened its Bahay Pukyutan Playground, featuring living and learning spaces for children and adults that emphasize the connection and importance of the environment and the natural world.

During its blessing on 24 June, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and Vice Mayor Dr. Honey Lacuna graced the event and the Museo Pambata’s president, Bambi Mañosa-Tanjutco, toured the guests around the new playground space.

“We are happy that there’s another place in Museo Pambata for kids to explore and hone their physical and social skills. We believe that this new interactive space will shape the future children of Manila and create a better learning environment for them,” Mañosa-Tanjutco said. “Once the restrictions ease, we will welcome everyone to Museo Pambata and share the new spaces we created for them to explore.”

Museo Pambata president Bambi Mañosa-Tanjutco, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, Vice Mayor Dr. Honey Lacuna, and Museo Pambata chair and founder Dr. Nina Lim-Yuson at the turnover of the 450th year of Manila commemorative stamp and coin. / PHOTOGRAPHS COURTESY OF MUSEO PAMBATA

In 2020, Museo Pambata started working on the outdoor spaces of the museum. Its design was inspired by National Artist for Architecture Francisco “Bobby” T. Mañosa, who made an original wooden structure in the old Parks and Wildlife Bureau in Quezon City now called the Ninoy Aquino Parks and Wildlife. Patterned after the geometry of the honeycomb, the interconnected hexagonal shapes of the Bahay Pukyutan provide a multi-level play space.

The 450th year commemorative stamp and coin were also turned over to Museo Pambata. Postcards were also signed by Moreno which are addressed to the future kids of Manila and were dropped inside the Museo Pambata’s vintage mailbox.

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