The Museum of Philippine Social History or “Museo ng Kasaysayan ng Panlipunan ng Pilipinas” is one of the most iconic and historic sites to visit in Angeles City, Pampanga.
This museum gives visitors a view of Filipino’s social history in the past and at present as it presents the culture of Filipinos then and now.
It is popularly known as the “Pamintuan Mansion” where it is housed.
Pampanga’s old-rich couple Mariano Pamintuan and Valentina Torres constructed the mansion in 1890 as a wedding gift to their son, Florentino.
Before this mansion was acquired by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines in June 2010 and stand as a museum, it has been a witness of several historic events in the Philippines.
It used to serve as the headquarters of key Philippine historic figures General Antonio Luna in April 1899 and General MacArthur in November 1899.
The site also served as the seat of the Philippine republic in May 1899.
Former president Emilio Aguinaldo held the celebration of the first anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence.
It even served as the station occupied by Japanese Kamikaze pilots during the World War II, Club House of the United Services Organization, Inc. between 1946 to 1947, and a hotel in 1949, among others.
In 1964, the Pamintuan kin, however, sold the mansion to Pedro Tablante, who decided to lease the property to the government.
After the lease in 1981, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas used the mansion as its regional office from 1993 to 2009.
At present, Museum of Philippine Social History houses several galleries showcasing the Filipino culture such as local fashion, Philippine culinary, architecture, Filipino games, music, and Philippine mythological creatures, among others.
Galleries also present the history of the Pamintuan mansion to present.
It also displays the Philippine textiles, accessories and weaving tools, `19th-century old furniture, traditional Filipino kitchen, various utensils, every day market scenes, contemporary food and scale models of traditional Filipino houses.
Tourists can also enjoy audio-visual room where you can watch an educational video that introduces the museum, gallery, public programs. The same room serves as lecture rooms.
The museum also provides visitors electronic tablets that inform tourists about the Philippine history, Filipino houses, furniture and music in its e-learning room.
What makes the Museum of Philippine Social History also special is its grandiose structure. It was mainly built by steel and expensive materials that are personalized with intricate details to depict Pamintuan family’s wealth. It also houses antique pieces.
The two-storey museum was deemed as the highest structure in Angeles City and you can even view Mt. Arayat as well as the rest of the city from its rooftop area.