ANG PUNO. Similar with how some places in our country got their names, Angono also stems from its local legend. It is said that when a group Spanish soldiers first came to Angono they found a village ruled by Datu Biga who lived on a hilltop. The villagers referred to their datu as Ang Puno or Ang Nuno. Reporting back to their superiors, the soldiers announced that they had just been to Angono.
Perhaps inspired by this legend, a museum that is located at the 2nd and 3rd floors of famous local restaurant in Angono was named Ang Nuno Gallery.
A GALLERY OF FOLK ART. A tour of this museum actually begins at the restaurant on the ground floor. Balaw-Balaw Specialty Restaurant has been featured in several food and travel shows because aside from serving sautéed ants and crickets, cow butt and testicles in sizzling plate, wood worms and frog cooked adobo style and other equally exotic dishes, it also showcases Filipino heritage through the colorful papier mache, antiques, and artworks by local artists and craftsmen.
PERDIGON VOCALAN. Climbing up the spiral staircase we were led to a repository of Philippine treasures. Displayed are hundreds of paintings and wooden sculptures inspired by Filipino traditions and legends, all created by Angono folk artist Perdigon Vocalan.
Influenced by National Artist Carlos Botong Francisco, Vocalan’s artworks capture Angono’s rich cultural heritage and folklore.
TIME-HONORED KITCHENWARE. Along with the artworks is an impressive collection of antiques and religious objects reflecting the eclectic taste of the artist who built this museum. It ranges from Time-honored Kitchenware like the tapayan hanging over a dining table to a huge, intricately carved wooden door.
RELIGIOUS STATUES. Scattered around the museum are a collection of religious statues including a complete tableau of the Last Supper. We found interesting religious antique pieces like the Santo Entierro and heads of life-sized santos without their corpus.
MINIATURE HIGATES. In addition to being a museum, Ang Nuno Gallery also houses the workshop on the 3rd floor where the colorful mask of the higantes and papier mache dolls are made. While the huge masks were designed for the Higantes Festival, the miniature higantes are made as perfect souvenirs to those who want to bring with them a great example of Filipino folk art.