March 15, 2021

Museo Orlina in Tagaytay: Showcasing Glass Artistry in the Country

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  • Updated as of March 15, 2021

    Long before glass sculptures were popular in the Philippines, glass was only appreciated as a utilitarian function. Today, glass transformed the sculpting medium into a dazzling art that showcases the immense potential of it.

    Discover art, life, and nature come together at Museo Orlina, a five-level glass museum that showcases the artistry of the internationally acclaimed and pioneer of glass sculptures in the country—Mr. Ramon Orlina.

    Upon entering the museum, you will immediately be greeted by the reception lobby and museum shop located at Level 2 called Ningning.

    Ningning gallery contains two galleries, one that exhibits the early pieces and the other, with more of his recent works.

    Ningning gallery

    The Lower level is the Reflections gallery where the interactive touch screen display system is located. Here, guests may browse and view a selection of Orlina’s images, files, videos, documents, and other data.

    It also opens up a doorway to the sculpture garden. Level 1 or Naesa, on the other hand, is the devoted space for changing exhibitions.

    Level 1 or Naesa for changing exhibits

    Level 3 is Anna, named after the youngest of Orlina’s daughters. Here, guests may find Orlina’s photographs and some of his preliminary models. 

    Level 3 or Anna gallery

    The last floor opens up to the roof deck where guests can enjoy a nice view of the Taal volcano.

    The entrance for adults is Php 130; for students, senior citizens and PWD, Php 100. Still photography for personal use is permitted but flash, monopods, tripods, stabilizers, drones and other similar devices are not allowed in the museum unless with prior approval from the museum.

    No photographs or videotapes may be reproduced, distributed or sold without permission from the museum. Outside food and drinks, as well as pets, are not allowed in the museum.

    However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the museum is prioritizing those who are booking online.

    Interesting parties may do so by visiting this link.

    Also read: 5 Must-Visit Open-Air Museums in the PH

    How to get here:

    • By car: From Makati take the SLEX and take the Binan exit. From Binan exit, take the Nuvali Rd and continue to Laguna Blvd then turn right to Santa Rosa – Tagaytay Rd., continue straight till Tagaytay Calamba Rd. Museo Orlina is located at Hollywood Subd., opposite of Santa Rosa Tagaytay Rd., near Lapid’s Freshly Popped Chicharon. 
    • By public transport: From the Ayala triangle, take the Erjohn and Almark bus bound to Tagaytay and then get off at Olivarez Plaza. From there, there are several tricycles that you can hail going to Museo Orlina. The fare usually starts at Php 30.

    General Information:

    Address: Museo Orlina, Hollywood Subd. Rd. Brgy Tolentino East, Tagaytay City
    Business Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Tues to Sun)
    Contact number: 0995-735-4462 / 046-413-2581

    This first appeared in Philippine Primer’s Japanese and English Magazine December issue.
    Written by: Denisse Tenorio

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