Explore Singapore, Colours and Heritage exhibit opening

Museo Pambata , Roxas Boulevard cor. South Drive, Manila-Philippines

facade of Museo Pambata

  It was cloudy day , When i arrived at around past 8:00 am at the Museo Pambata lobby . Museo Pambata is the country’s first fully dedicated museum for children . I have went several times to this museum and being a member of Heritage Conservation Society ( office is located at the back-side of the museum ) always makes me feel like the place is like a second home. I was greeted by the friendly receptionists and staffs of the museum .

Museo Pambata reception committee members

I am one of the privilege “few” member of the philatelic community in the country to get an exclusive invitation to the event. As a writer , blogger , travel guide and collector ,  The exhibit  plays an important role  that is closes  in my heart which is “philately ” or stamp collecting .

lion dancers delighted visitors and guests to the museum

group of school children and teachers were delighted by lion dancers performance

Dr. Nina Lim-Yuson CEO and president of Museo Pambata address the crowd

Dr. Nina Lim-Yuson, President & CEO of Museo Pambata said, “Museo Pambata is honored to have been chosen by the Singapore Philatelic Museum for this exhibit, “Explore Singapore!”. SPM and MP have much in common, not only in the close relationship that we have forged with their professional staff, but also with both museums’ target audience, which is young children. SPM has many attractive and excellent exhibits, but one of our favorites is their Singapore Heritage Room. How fortunate that this room was replicated in our museum, and now our Filipino kids can learn about and pretend they are in Singapore! Thank you SPM and Mabuhay to our partnership.”

Dr. Nina Lim-Yuson received a token gift from his excellency Ambassador Mr. V.P. Hirubalan of Singapore to the Philippines

Mayor Alfredo S. Lim

group picture of the organizers  Dr. Nina Lim-Yuson -CEO and president of Museo Pambata , Mayor Alfredo S. Lim- chairperson of Museo Pambata  ( 4th from the left), Singapore Philatelic Museum General Manager Tresnawati Prihadi and Ambassador V.P. Hirubalan

Mayor Alfredo S. Lim together with Honorable V. P. Hirubalan and Mrs. Hirubalan

Mr. Robert Tan- President of Philippine Philatelic Federation and Dr. Nina Lim-Yuson -CEO and president of  Museo Pambata

members of the Quezon Philatelic Society led by their President Mr. Stanley Siu ( standing 6th from the left standing beside Mayor Alfredo S. Lim )

The exhibit is divided into 6 themes:

sample of traditional costumes from Singapore 

The People of Singapore : authentic traditional costumes of Chinese , Indians, Malays , Indonesians and Peranakans  are exhibited . Early photographs of the immigrants and their way of life .

Replica of authentic commercial district are re-created.

Ketupat– a traditional boiled rice skillfully wrapped in coconut leaves,  empty ketupat made of colorful ribbons are commonly used to decorate homes during festive season.

Festivals: Christmas, Chinese New Year, Easter ,  Hari Raya Puasa, Pongal  and Deepavali are given a more tangible form through an interactive cabinet display. People can see the items on display from nativity scenes, pottery , shoes , pictures, eater eggs among others.

Food: Singapore is known for its food culture,  street hawkers and their tasty delicacies.  This  exhibit gives greater depth into the origins of iconic dishes such as Wonton noodles, Kway Chop , Satay, Hainanese Chicken Rice ,  Ice Kacang ,Katong laksa , Bak Chang , Rojak among others.

replica of Chinese traditional drug store in Singapore 

Vanishing Trade:  With the rapid modernization and industrialization of the country most of the traditional arts, crafts , agriculture are slowly vanishing in popularity. Among the items shown here are items that represent aspects of clog making, spice manufacture and a Chinese apothecary.

traditional kites

Traditional Kites : Different  kites  designs ranging  from dragon, butterflies  , dragon flies  are hung on the ceiling of Museo Pambata . Kite flying is believed to have been brought to Singapore by the Chinese settlers and have been popular with the kids and even adults.

Journey Through Singapore With Stamps ( Tourism ) :  In cooperation with   Singapore Philatelic Museum which  features various key historic sites and famous attractions in Singapore that are featured in their local stamps.

presentation folder of Garden by the Bay stamps

Spanning 101 hectares, Gardens by the Bay is an integral part of a strategy by the Singapore government to transform Singapore from a ‘Garden City’ to a ‘City in a Garden’. The stated aim is to raise the quality of life by enhancing greenery and flora in the city.


Singapore’s development into a garden city started four decades ago with the establishment of greening program. This was initiated with the launch of the Tree planting campaign in 1963.

Some of the newest issue included 2012 Olympic stamps and first  day cover , Flora and Fauna , Historical places.   Singapore stamps are highly collectible and sought after by stamp collectors from all over the world.

Singapore Post issued a set of four stamps to commemorate Games of the XXX Olympiad London 2012. The Olympic stamps features Table Tennis – 1st Local, Swimming – S$0.65, Sailing – S$1.10 and Badminton – S$2.00.

Singapore -Philippines joint issue of bridge in 2009 ( 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations)

Date of Issue: 28 August 2009
Denominations: 1st local, 65¢, 80¢ & $1. 10
Stamp Size: 40.8mm x 29.85mm
Miniature Sheet: 120mm x 75mm
Perforation: 13
Paper: Unwatermarked
Printing Process: Offset Lithography
Printer: Secura (Singapore) Pte Ltd Sheet Content: 10 stamps per sheet
Designer: Victorino Z. Serevo
Graphic Designer: Chan Willie

After the ceremonies, guests and vips were treated to an array of Singapore dishes .  I would like to personally thank all the staffs and curator of Museo Pambata. The roving exhibit which will run until August 2013 .

Admission Hours

8 AM to 5 PM (Tuesdays to Saturdays)
1 PM to 5 PM (Sunday)

Admission Fees
Php 100 (for children and adults)
Museum workers and teachers – FREE

Manila residents with valid IDs – FREE on Tuesdays and 50% discount on other days.

The museum is closed on Mondays and selected official holidays.

 Land-line : 523-1797 to 98 and 536-0595


Embassy of the Republic of Singapore – Manila


Ministry of information , Communication  and the Arts : www.mica.gov.sg/

Museo Pambata : http://www.museopambata.org/

National Heritage Board : www.nhb.gov.sg/

Singapore Philatelic Museum : http://www.spm.org.sg/

Singapore Post: http://www.singpost.com/

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