A Delightful Visit to Museo Orlina in Tagaytay City



I can no longer remember where I first saw an Orlina glass sculpture several years ago but I was fascinated since then and became an avid admirer of his works of art. So it was with delight and excitement that I accepted an invitation to visit the Museo Orlina last weekend.

with Mr. Ramon and Mrs. Lay Ann Orlina 
Ramon Orlina graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from the University of Sto. Tomas in 1965. After working as a licensed architect for 10 years, he ventured into the field of Fine Arts in July 1975 and started work on industrial glass.

the museum with a beautiful view and wonderful natural lighting
Now, 40 years and many awards later, he is known for a significant body of works, many of which can be enjoyed by art enthusiasts at his private art museum located in Tagaytay City.

the very ornate and awesome Pintado 07
one in a series that consists of female torsos
ornamented with tattoo designs such as those found
in a number of ethnic groups in the country
Pamaypay ng Maynila

I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the place. Museo Orlina is beautifully situated on land overlooking the famous Taal Lake, making the visit doubly wonderful. 

Anna-06 and Dream Lady
Do enjoy the photos I'm sharing in this post including some of the top pieces that really caught my attention as well as other fascinating works of arts that are a must-see in person. I encourage you to drop by the museum to better appreciate each piece.

Orlina Jewelry and Rich Harvest in Banawe
glass sculptures in different colors
Please also read my other blog post about Orlina’s latest collection dubbed Clear Impressions as this amazing body of work deserves a separate write up.

Mi Mundo Series

(from left) President Corazon Aquino,
a torso sculpture inspired by the leaning body of Ms. Pilita Corales, Asia's Queen of Songs,
and actor Piolo Pascual  
Aside from his works, Orlina also displays works of other artists such as Isabelo Tampinco and Francis Apiles (I love his Pieta!).

Francis Apiles' Pieta
Isabelo Tampinco's works
Behind the building outside, there's a sculpture garden and amphitheater where solid sculptural forms nestle on their own earthbound haven. A stage was also set up for theatrical, dance, and musical presentations to round off the whole artistic experience at the museum.

sculpture garden and amphitheater 
the "Sabel" beetle and the colorful two-door Volvo
Below the amphitheater's stage is a garage that houses vehicles that became canvasses for Orlina, National Artist BenCab and Elmer Borlongan. On the road, these cars are literally transformed into virtual kinetic rolling sculptures.

Museo Orlina overlooking Taal Lake
with the stainless steel relief sculpture called "Bull's Eye" on the facade still being finished

with Triumphant Harmony and a great view behind me
Museo Orlina is located just across the end of the road to Tagaytay coming from the Sta. Rosa exit. It is very easy to find. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 10AM to 6PM. Admission fees are P100 for adults and professionals, and P80 for students and senior citizens. For more information and inquiries, call (046) 413.2581 or (0906) 434.0862.


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