Saturday, November 16, 2019

Orlina Museum, Tagaytay City

Ramon Orlina is famous for his glass sculptures. Also an architect, he hails from Taal, Batangas and decided to turn his vacation house in Tagaytay into a museum featuring his masterpieces as well as artists like National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (Bencab), Lor Calma, Ann Pamintuan among others. 

The museum also houses an amphitheater (a sculpture garden, nestled outdoors with the fresh air of Tagaytay) where poetry readings and plays are sometimes staged. To reach the museum, you need to take a steep turn down from the main road. There is no specific parking so just park on the small road in front of the museum. 

The 4 story building has many galleries with each level named after his children. It has an elevator for senior citizens, and air conditioning so you can explore his pieces in a cool atmosphere. Some of his works feature the nude female form in various colors, glimmering in exquisite glass sculptures, so be warned. Besides, this is art and we are all adults here. LOL

Notice the baby inside the womb

"Quattromondial" to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the University
of Santo Tomas, his alma mater. This 10 meter high sculpture combining
cast bronze with carved green glass was completed in 2011.

The Taal lake and volcano luking in the background

View of the museum from the garden 

Amphitheater/ Sculpture garden

Bencab handpainted this Volkwagen Beetle entitled
"Sabel sa Beetle" Sabel is Bencab's main inspiration in most of
his paintings. She was inspired by Sabel, a scavenger who was
searching for garbage near his home in Tondo, Manila

Orlina handpainted this Volvo entitled "Homage to Mondrian"

Piet Mondrian (one of Orlina's favorite artists) is a Dutch painter,
regarded as one of the greatest artists of the 20th century

Museo Orlina
Hollywood Subd. Road
Hollywood Subdivision,
Tagaytay City
Entrance fee: 130 pesos
Opening hours: 10 A.M - 6 P.M
Tuesdays to Saturdays

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