The adult in me has a whole different preference. I understand now why I couldn’t get my younger self to enjoy museums. They are simply not made for people with colorful imagination, rather for people who need it. In my case, my adult brain longs to be fed with something original, creative, and artistic and so I went to Museo Orlina in Tagaytay.
January 2, 2020 — My days have been quite dull. Since the holiday season started, I felt the need to change the scenery once in a while but often I fail to move my ass out of the house. It’s the second day of the new year when I finally took a step outside to see something new. What is there that I can appreciate and at the same time, will not take so much energy? I almost booked a day tour at a resort, but thank God my friend Renee and I opted for the museum.
Just a day after the new year and the world is back to its normal pace. The malls are crowded with visitors catching the last-minute sale or the final showing week of a Christmas movie, the roads are filled with people in a rush to reach their destinations.
An hour trip to Tagaytay felt quick. My friend and I were discussing life and the quirky turn of events when the bus conductor signaled us that we’re approaching our drop-off point, Olivarez Rotunda. We disembarked then rode a white bukyo tricycle to Museo Orlina.
One can see glass almost everywhere. They’re in forms of windows, mirrors, gadgets, eyewear, accessories, dinnerware, soda bottles — name it. To me, Museo Orlina also represents a shift in the public’s perception of glassworks. It challenges its audience to look at the ordinary glass and see the beauty in its varying textures, hues, depth, and kinds.
Museo Orlina, as its website says, is the showcase of the artistry of Ramon G. Orlina who is the pioneer and foremost practitioner of glass sculpture in the Philippines. His museum contains a collection of glass sculptures, metal artworks and paintings of different artists as well as a garden, roof deck and coffee shop.
The museum is comprised of 4-floor levels. The first level is called Naesa, the second is Ningning which is followed by the third level named Anna, and Michael, the roof deck. All the levels were named after his children.
Few of Orlina’s recurring themes are birds, religious figures, and the most dominant of all, the anatomy of a woman. Some of the works here were made way back in 1993.
Naesa (first level)
This level is dedicated to exhibiting other artist’s works. It previously featured Czech Glass Artist Jiří Pačinek in 2017 and Mischa’s “Resindipity” exhibit in 2016 among others.
Ningning (second level)
Anna (third level)
Michael (roof deck)
Garden and amphitheater
Guide to Museo Orlina Tagaytay
Visit in the morning to avoid possible crowds. Check out their Facebook page for the latest announcements and updates.
Before starting the museum tour, guests are required to watch a 2-minute video about Ramon Orlina and his works.
The museum may also used as a function hall for events.
PHP 130.00 per head
Senior citizens and students with ID:
PHP 100.00 per head
How to get there
- From Manila, ride a bus going to Tagaytay. Alight at Olivarez Rotunda.
- Once at Olivarez Rotunda, ride a jeepney going to People’s Park. Ask the driver to drop you off at Kaye’s Grill or Museo Orlina. Fare is at a minimum.
- If you want to ride the bukyo tricycle instead of the jeepney, we were charged Php 50 per head going to Museo Orlina. It’s about 3-5 minutes trip from FORA Mall in Olivarez Tagaytay where we hailed the tricycle.
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where to go in tagaytay
Address: Hollywood Subdivision Rd., Brgy. Tolentino East, Hollywood Subd., Tagaytay City
Operating hours: 10am – 6pm
Contact number: +63 995 735 4462