The Museum at De La Salle University-Manila is a university-art museum with a collection of Philippine modern art generously donated by the heirs of Wili and Doreen Fernandez. Prominent artists, ten of them National Artist for Visual Arts, have works in The Museum, namely, Fernando Amorsolo, Ang Kiukok, Carlos "Botong" Francisco, Jose Joya, Cesar Legaspi, Arturo Luz, Vicente Manansala, J. Elizalde Navarro, H.R. Ocampo, Bencab, Anita Magsaysay-Ho, Manuel Rodriguez, Sr., Mauro Malang, among others.
The extensive compendium of art was borne out of the couple's passion for art which motivated them to build an enviable private collection known as the Wili and Doreen Fernandez Art Collection. The collection boasts of rare drawings of "Botong" Francisco, Manansala, Amorsolo and Bencab. There are also sculptures by Arturo Luz, Solomon Saprid and Eduardo Castrillo. The art collection is displayed in a program of rotating exhibitions to showcase all artworks in the collection - based on various themes, artists, or artistic style. Artists, not from the collection, are also invited to exhibit their artworks at the hallway gallery of The Museum.
The Museum supports the University's objective to raise the cultural and artistic consciousness of the members of the community.
The couple, Wili and Doreen Fernandez, share a great passion for art which motivated them to build the art collection. Wili and Doreen were respected for their expertise in their chosen industries.
Wili Fernandez was an interior designer and was among the founding members of the Philippine Institute of Interior Design. He was also an acclaimed world-class interior designer known for his innate aesthetic sense and impeccable taste for good design.
Doreen Gamboa-Fernandez was a teacher, journalist, writer and historian specializing in literary, theater, and culinary history. She was a renowned food critic and best known for her sharp and insightful writings in her column in the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
The Museum at De La Salle University-Manila
2401 Taft Avenue
1004 Manila, Philippines
Rizalina "Lalyn" D. Buncab
Phone: 524-4611 local 368