The Book Museum Cum Ethnology Center is situated on a 900 square meters lot in Marikina Heights. Owned by Atty. Dominador D. Buhain, a man who already travelled 221 countries and islands so far and still not stopping, there’s 104 more left to consider him as one of the most travelled persons in the world
Out of his fascination with books, old stuffs and love for traveling he selflessly share his collections into the public by putting up his own museum.
At the middle of the pathway are the statues of his parents on top of best-selling law books then and now by the Rex of Group of Companies, the no. 1 Law Bookstore in the country. By the way, they owned it! Maybe that’s why he love books! The facade of the Book Museum is a mural hand painted by visual artist Leo Aguinaldo. Every part has its own story to tell regarding the origin of publishing and printing.
Awarded by Most Travelled People Organization in 2010 as the “29th Most Travelled Person in Asia”, Atty. Dominador bought books, magazines or any reading materials as his souvenir for traveling.
It’s like you’re inside a library because all the books are open for reading. Yes! You can stay there all day, sit wherever you want and have fun reading his collections.A 2-storey spacious building, well these are just a portion of his collections.
I bet your one day visit will not be enough if you want to explore all his collection, flipping through the pages of each book makes you feel you have travelled with Atty. Buhain too!
The most interesting part he also collects miniature books that you can only see inside his museum. He got the smallest book in world The Lord’s Prayer in seven languages.
Miniature edition of famous books William Shakespeare, 7 Habits of Effective People, The Little Prince and a whole lot more. We’re lucky that we got the chance to hold these items to check on how small they really are. yey! (Visitors are not allowed to touch them).
Reading may not be a good replacement for traveling. Sometimes we can’t easily go to places that we want to, we can’t afford to travel but I’m sure we can read books that can take us to different places for free .
Books give you somewhere to go when you have to stay where you are, and you can be someone else when you get there.
Aside from books, Atty. Buhain managed to have rare collections from the Northern part of the Philippines. This only shows how he explored our country well and of course value our culture.
Exploring the northern part of our country was something hubby and I both look forward to. We can’t wait to see the beautiful landscapes of the Cordillera region, connect with the different tribal communities that I know until now the way of living of these people didn’t change.
Known for their skills in weaving clothes, making baskets, building weapons from woods or feathers have or anything that they need without the use of any technology was something that I adore in this region.
I’m thankful that in few hours of my time inside, I learned a lot from this region which makes me more eager to visit them so soon! (2017?)
Explore the colorful world of Mindanao from their traditional houses are usually made of nipa with bamboo wood for wallings and floor, clothes decorated with gold coins and buttons worn by their datus.
Boats are used for inter-island transportation of people and goods. Catchy assorted vertical colors that represents the colorful culture and history of the Muslim community.
My fave item inside is this “sosyal” coconut grater hehe! It’s so cute!
I’m glad that we have museum like this in our country which promotes reading and appreciation of our culture. A must visit place when you’re in Marikina!
By the way, you can get a 10% discount on Greg & Sally Tree Garden Cafe and Bubba Lab Marikina Heights, Bubba Lab – Graceland Plaza or get 10% discount on The Book Museum access fee when you dine first in Greg & Sally or Bubba Lab as part of the Books + Food Combo.
Promo runs until June 19, 2016.
127 Dao St. Marikina Heights, Marikina City
Sunday to Saturday (9:00Am-5:00PM)
(+632) 570 4449
Entrance fee: Php 100.00/person
Note: Picture taking is not allowed inside the museum and ethnology center.