Bahay Tsinoy

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Kaisa Heritage Center
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Building details
Alternative namesBahay Tsinoy
Kaisa Heritage Center Building
General information
Architectural styleAmerican Colonial
Address32 Anda Cor. Cabido Sts.
Town or cityManila
Current tenantsKaisa Heritage Center
OwnerKaisa Para sa Kaunlaran, Inc.
Technical details
Floor count3
Design and construction
ArchitectEva Penamora
Honrado Fernandez
An exhibit inside the museum

The Bahay Tsinoy (lit. Chinese-Filipino House) is a building in Intramuros, Manila, Philippines which houses the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center, a museum documents the history, lives and contributions of the ethnic Chinese in the Philippine life and history.[1]


The museum was designed by Eva Penamora in collaboration with the late architect Honrado Fernandez in 1996, and completed and inaugurated in 1999.[citation needed] Kaisa Para sa Kaunlaran, Inc., a non-profit organization co-founded by Teresita Ang-See, envisioned the project to provide another venue for advocating patriotism to the Philippines and promoting cultural identity and understanding between the local Chinese and Filipino communities, after the acclaimed bi-lingual children's educational television program Pinpin in the early 1990s.

Funding for the land and building structure was advanced by Angelo King Foundation and eventually raised through generous contributions from different levels of Filipino-Chinese community, from tai-pans to average wage-earners.[citation needed]

The museum is divided into the following sections:[citation needed]

  • Early contacts
  • The Parian
  • Colonial culture
  • Emergence of the Chinese community
  • In defense of freedom
  • Life in the 1800s
  • National leaders of Chinese descent
  • Gallery of rare prints and photographs
  • Martyr's hall
  • Ceramics collection
  • Rare Philippine shell collection
  • Tsinoys in nation-building (inaugurated in 2004)

The museum is fully air-conditioned and housed within the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center building, which also houses the office of Kaisa Para sa Kaunlaran, Inc., Chinbin See Memorial Library, the Await Keng Theater Auditorium, the Benito Cu Uy Gam Hall, and the Pao Shi Tien and Madame Limpe seminar rooms, which all constitute the Kaisa Heritage Center.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "KAISA Heritage Center". Philippines.


  • Lenzi, Iola (2004). Museums of Southeast Asia. Singapore: Archipelago Press. p. 200 pages. ISBN 981-4068-96-9.

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Coordinates: 14°35′27″N 120°58′30″E / 14.59083°N 120.97500°E / 14.59083; 120.97500