Bahay Tsinoy

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Bahay Tsinoy
Kaisa Angelo King Heritage Center
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Chinese-Filipino House
General information
Status active
Type Mansion
Architectural style American Colonial
Location Intramuros
Address 32 Anda Cor. Cabido Sts., Intramuros, Manila, Luzon, Philippines
Town or city Manila
Construction started 1996
Inaugurated 1999
Owner Kaisa Para sa Kaunlaran, Inc.
Technical details
Floor count 3
Design and construction
Architect Eva Penamora
An exhibit inside the museum

The Bahay Tsinoy (lit. Chinese-Filipino House) is a museum located in Intramuros, Manila. Housed within the Kaisa-Angelo King Heritage Center building, the museum documents the history, lives and contributions of the 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. 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 90's.

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 taipans to average wage-earners.

The museum is divided into the following sections:

  • 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.

See also[edit]



  • 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