When you just want to rejuvenate after a week of arduous days in the office, surely you needed a break and yes, I definitely needed one. Having mentioned in my previous blogs that going out hasn’t been my thing and yet here I was, taking a tour, I wanted to try something new to regain my ‘A’ game other than sleeping all day. Why not, right?
I’d like to begin this blog by showcasing the experience I had on the place. It was last Saturday when I decided to visit an exhibit in Barangka Marikina City, located at the 2nd level of E-com Building in Riverbanks Center called The Spirit of Bethlehem and Museum of Miniatures. I would consider it (for me) a hidden exhibit. Why? Because there are no directions or any signs of a museum ahead (none at all) I had a bit of a hard time looking for it, (I don’t know maybe the fact that I do not usually go out made me a not-so street wise person) so to be able to get to my destination, I needed to approach a guard just to save my time and to prevent myself from getting lost because I was new to the place. Thanks, Grab car!
What I actually loved about my tour last Saturday was that the time that my feet stepped on the entrance I could already feel the serenity of the place. The white and golden brown paint on the walls contribute a good ambiance to the entirety of the place. It depicts the look of a typical museum. There are several collections inside as expected, I was able to enjoy scrutinizing every pieces of sculptures/figurines that they have included, there are also little information accompanied in each pieces. I thank myself for being such an early bird because aside from being the first one to arrive on this museum, I was also able to tour on the place peacefully.
The Spirit of Bethlehem is said to be a private collection of over 500 belens/nativity sets/posters/paintings and sculptures from all over the world, collected thru decades of devotion to the Infant Jesus, by the owner, Gigi Abaya-Carlos. I find it amazing because there are nativity sets that have been bought on the 1900s and yet you won’t see any damages from it. I assume they really did well on preserving such collections.
As you can see these pieces of the holy family is originated from Bethlehem and the other, from Italy.
This one is not your typical Christmas tree. The holes that you can see served as the home of every little nativity sets. The lighting on the inside made it solemnly magical.
On the other hand, Museum of Miniatures is just a step away from The Spirit of Bethlehem; it’s a two in one museum, as I may call it. The miniatures featured on it are part of the collection of the late Aleli Vengua who passionately handcrafted most of the pieces herself. It is said that the materials used on every pieces are mostly from scrap items such as plastic, wood, aluminum, fabric, and glass. Just look how amazing these tiny chairs are.
Some of the miniatures are also intricately designed that would make it harder to imagine it was only Aleli Vengua alone who created it. I wonder how many years it took her to finish a miniature of a living room.
and look at my close-up photograph of Vengua’s miniature of a Christmassy living room.
Some of these frames hold the articles regarding the making of the incredible small world of Aleli Vengua.
Oh look, the first admission ticket on Aleli Vengua’s Museum of Miniatures. It’ll only cost you P5.00 for adults and P2.50 for kids back then and look how huge it is, 8.5 by 11, I guess? Incredible!
To this end, I would say The Spirit of Bethlehem and the Museum of Miniatures is a good recommendation, in fact, I would highly-recommend this place for people who wish to unwind and relax like me, people who has been seeking an inspiration for paintings, sculptures, interior design are also advisable to visit the place because why not? Check it out so would know why. The general admission for both The Spirit of Bethlehem and Museum of Miniatures are only P75.00 per head. There will be 20% discount for senior citizens, just show your ID. Now with teachers with ID and children either with the height below 4ft. or younger than 6 yrs. old (with proof, of course) will take a tour on the museum for FREE but this one is not applicable to children’s group tour/field trip. The museum is open from Friday to Sunday only, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM but if you have an appointment with the place or you’ve booked an event (recommended for a group of 30 persons or more) on the said museum, Monday to Thursday schedule will be available.
I’ve been totally in awe by the sight of the featured collections. All of it was just so amazingly created.
Credits to the owner of the photograph used as my featured photo.