Anting-Anting, The Secret Soul of the Filipino

Anting-Anting, The Secret Soul of the Filipino

Anting-Anting are something that many people in the West will not be familiar with. Yet, their designs and purpose have a connection to faith and superstition right across the world. These talismans are worn by their owners to protect them from danger. They often come in the form of crosses or other religious iconography and have great significance to the wearer. The idea is that those large amulets will protect soldiers in the line of fire, policemen in the line of duty and all kinds of other wearers. The mixture of Catholic and traditional culture is familiar, yet at the same time unique to the Philippines. 

A new exhibition at the Paris Musée du Quai Branly looks to uncover the secrets of these interesting pieces.

These talismans are important cultural artefacts, religious symbols and – in some cases – pieces of art in their own right. There is beauty in both the craftsmanship of the bronze and wood and in the story of the wearer. That is what makes this new exhibition so interesting. Anting-Anting, The Secret Soul of the Filipino, brings together a series of these items in one exhibition so Paris residents can see the detail and beauty that goes into their creation. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the culture of the Filipino people and compare the designs of these important talismans. 

Come and see these beautiful artefacts while you have the chance. 

Anting-Anting, The Secret Soul of the Filipino takes place at the Paris Musée du Quai Branly during their spring season. It is a great opportunity to learn something about a culture not often represented in the exhibitions and artwork of major French institutions. The show begins on the 12 of March and continues until the 26th of May. Don’t miss out on this unique educational experience!



Floy Quintos, script writer, Musée du quai Branly


Useful information :


Atelier Martine Aublet

Musée du quai Branly

37 Quai Branly,

75007 Paris, France



From 12 March 2019 until 26 May 2019


Opening Hours

Closed on Monday

Tuesday, Wednesday, Sunday: 11:00 am-07:00 pm

Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 11:00 am-09:00 pm



Permanent Collections

Full rate: 10€

Reduce rate: 7€


Twin ticket

Full rate: 12€

Reduce rate: 9€

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