I just discovered another hidden jewel in Tagaytay and it’s located just right at the Tagaytay end of the Sta. Rosa – Tagaytay Road
Owned and managed by the renowned Master Glass Sculptor of the Philippines – Mr. Ramon Orlina. The museum in its very essence is a celebration of his artistry and also a tribute to the arts in general.
Before Orlina, glass was largely appreciated only for its utilitarian functions. He saw beyond the humble origin of glass and from it a new form of art was born, one that has bedazzled the art industry and various art collectors all over the world.
MUSEO ORLINA opened its doors to the public in 2013 and I was there two Sundays ago to check out the place together with other blogger friends and acquaintances.
The first thing that came to mind after seeing the museum was – ART HEAVEN, ART HAVEN!
Imagine a place of art surrounded by the serene beauty of Taal. The calming environment magnificently complementing all the art pieces inside its three-story building – which is by itself is also an artwork-in-progress. Mr. Orlina’s biggest masterpiece!
Now all the levels of MUSEO ORLINA is named after the master sculptor’s children.
Level 1 is named after Orlina’s eldest daughter. It contains the Reception Lobby and the Reflections Gallery, a choice space devoted to changing exhibitions, reflecting the vitality and dynamism of contemporary Philippine art. For example, aside from featuring some of Orlina’s popular pieces for his “Clear Impressions” exhibition, it now also houses for a limited time some of the works of Isabelo Tampinco.
The Reflections Gallery spills onto the LOWER LEVEL that opens up through a doorway to the Sculpture Garden.
Here are some of the clear glass sculptures located at a small gallery room before the doorway to the Sculpture Garden:
Level 2 is named after Orlina’s second daughter and contains two galleries. One gallery exhibits the early pieces that paved distinct directions to the immense potentiality of glass. The other gallery exhibits his more recent works, a veritable treasure trove of unrivalled Orlina masterpieces.
Level 3 is named after her youngest daughter. The gallery in this level showcases a mixture of Orlina’s classic pieces and more adventurous medium of expressions.
Named after his only son, the Roofdeck is the icing on this big old artistic cake. After a hearty tour around all the levels, reward yourself with a hot cup of coffee and a fantastic view of Taal lake and Taal volcano.
The Sculpture Garden is MUSEO ORLINA’s outdoor gallery. It features solid sculptural forms nestled on their own earthbound haven. It also has an amphitheater where the museum features theatrical, dance and other musical presentations.
The carport below the amphitheater stage contains two other magnificent work of arts – Vintage Automobiles that served as modern canvas for artists Ramon Orlina, BenCab and Elmer Borlongan.
When going to Tagaytay for a visit, I suggest you spend the afternoon part of your trip at MUSEO ORLINA!
- MUSEO ORLINA is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 10:00am to 6:00pm.
- Admission Fee is 100 Pesos per Head. Students and Senior Citizens – 80 Pesos.
Here’s a quick peek:
MUSEO ORLINA is located at Hollywood Subd. Rd., Bgy Tolentino East, Hollywood Subd., Tagaytay. It’s a 45-minute drive from Manila via SLEX and Sta. Rosa – Tagaytay Road. Landmark is the Tagaytay Econo Hotel of Tagaytay Ridge Road.
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