Part of our Tagaytay trip last January is our museum tour and I believe that I mentioned in my Tagaytay blog post that I will write a separate post about it, but since so many things have gone in my way, I almost forgot about it and just last week while I was browsing old files on my laptop I remembered that I have few backlogs and one of them is my post about Museo Orlina. I could be very forgetful and I know it has been months, but it’s not actually bad to still post it right?
Creating an itinerary for our Tagaytay trip was fun and I actually assured that we will visit one of the town’s famous museums. When I intentionally looked for famous museums in Tagaytay, Google gave me Museo Orlina. But what is Museo Orlina all about?
“Museo Orlina is the showcase of the artistry of internationally acclaimed Ramon Orlina, pioneer and foremost practitioner of glass sculpture in the country. Before Orlina, glass was largely appreciated only for its utilitarian function: as drinking vessels, window glass panes or automotive windshields. A visionary, Orlina saw beyond the humble origin of this industrial glass residue. The result is an exultant body of works that, through the decades, have dazzled the art scene and prized by numerous collectors. Triumphantly, Orlina has transformed the medium by elevating it to the dignity and respectability of art.” 
Ron and I rode a jeepney from Olivarez to Museo Orlina. When we arrived there, my first impression of the place was that the museum basically looks like a modern house. We paid 200Php for the entrance fee (100Php per head), watched a video about its history, and then started touring. The museum is a 4-storey building; each named after Ramon Orlina’s children. Level 1 is the eldest, Naesa; level 2 is Ningning; level 3 is Anna; and the roof deck is Michael, the youngest.
Here are the photos we took around the museum. Note: video taking is not allowed inside and it sucks that I was not able to take videos for the vlog I made for our entire trip.
Initially, I was planning to post the photos by what floor they are located, but I got lost with the arrangement of my photos. Sucks, right? 🙁
Remembering all the museums and art galleries I’ve visited, all of them consist of paintings on frames, wood and clay sculptures, paper arts, and other vintage and historical stuff. Museo Orlina is different and I was quite stunned how each piece has made. Like, seriously, how? Lol. (Actually, the video that was played in the lobby before we start touring gave us an idea on how Ramon Orlina created each piece; I just didn’t watch it because I was too excited to take photos, hahaha.) I love how modern the place was and how it feels like more of a mansion than a museum. Instead of giving me the feeling like I’m walking through the past (the feeling I get every time I visit museums). Museo Orlina gave me a sense like it was brand new. I actually don’t know how to say it, but the place is very comforting.
Aside from the 4-storey building, there was also a hidden basement where Ramon Orlina displays his two memorable vintage cars – one of which was signed by BenCab. How cool is it to find something like this in this place. (We couldn’t actually find it without the help of the Manong who works there because the door to the basement was like hidden from everyone else, it’s like Narnia! Hahaha.)
To sum up our Museo Orlina experience, I would highly suggest it to everyone who will go to Tagaytay or who are already in Tagaytay to pay a visit to this museum – worth the price, the ambiance is relaxing, and the place is not crowded especially if you guys are getting tired of how populated Tagaytay’s famous tourists spots are.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are mine unless otherwise stated.