The striking glass and metal sculptures of nationally beloved and internationally acclaimed Filipino artist Ramon Orlina grace public spaces across Asia, from Singapore’s National Stadium to the main campus of Manila’s historic University of Santo Tomas. However, for those wanting to really get to grips with his fluid crystalline creations there is but one destination – his very own Museo Orlina in Tagaytay, which showcases works spanning his 35-year career and changing exhibitions by notable local creatives, all topped with a sceney rooftop café.
Set against the stunning backdrop of Taal Lake, the artwork pops as soon as you enter the modernist four-storey converted townhouse with a pair of mosaic doors crafted by Orlina in the early eighties, and primary-coloured balustrades that offset the simple white and glass aesthetic of each exhibition space. Start in the ground floor Reflection Gallery, which showcases rotating exhibitions by new Asian artists, before you ascend to the upper levels that host an extensive selection of jewel-bright abstract and figurative Orlina originals alongside cast bronze statues, metal furniture, elaborate lighting and carved crystal jewellery – all made by the man himself. Eyes getting as glassy as the artwork? Recharge at the lofty Green Bean Coffeeshop before you take a turn around the sprawling sculpture garden. We’ll raise a glass to that!
Hollywood St / Tagaytay City / +63 4 6413 2581 / 10am-6pm Tue-Sun / orlina.com