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A world of books and precious artifacts from the Philippines

 

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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.

Book Museum

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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.

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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.

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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’m speechless!)

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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!

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The Lord’s Prayer (3.3 mm x 3.3 mm)
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.

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40  pcs. William Shakespeare’s miniature book  from Frankfurt, Germany

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).

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Some of my fave books in miniature edition 🙂
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The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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Smallest tablet from Sichuan Province, China
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Smallest wood carved Last Supper; First edition of Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

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 .

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To travel or to read? Both please!:)
Books give you somewhere to go when you have to stay where you are, and you can be someone else when you get there.

Northern Philippines

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.

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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.

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Traditional clothes

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.

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Traditional Ceremonial Head Gears
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Cordillera Shields “Kalasay”
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The Sun God of Cordillera

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?)

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Sagada’s Traditional Hanging Coffin

Southern Philippines

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.

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Love at first sight!
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Gold Tiara
 

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Fabulous stairs hihi

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.

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Zamboanga Vinta
My fave item inside is this “sosyal” coconut grater hehe! It’s so cute!

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Coconut Grater
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Maranao House

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!

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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.

The Book Museum Cum Ethnology Center

127 Dao St. Marikina Heights, Marikina City

Sunday to Saturday (9:00Am-5:00PM)

(+632) 570 4449

adb.bookmuseum@yahoo.com

Entrance fee: Php 100.00/person

Note: Picture taking is not allowed inside the museum and ethnology center.

How to get there:
 From Cubao
? Head to Cubao Gateway Shuttle/FX terminal (near Mc Donalds)
? Ride Parang/SSS FX, tell the driver to drop you off at Concepcion Church
? Beside the church, ride the  blue tricycle
? Tell the driver that you’re going to The Book Museum at Dao St.

 

29 Comments

  1. That is so amazing and so much more than books! I love books, I’m most at home in a bookstore or library. What an amazing trip through history. You are so lucky to have it.

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  2. I love this book museum! I would be in heaven for hours in here or maybe days! I think the smallest books are so interesting and unique. I mean, who would even think about making one of those?! It just seems like there would be so much to look at and to read all over. Fun place to visit!

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  3. That museum looks amazing! I love books and would love to explore that museum. I speak French fluently, so I would especially like to see The (little) Little Prince! I very much hope to visit the Philippines and see treasures like these someday soon.

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  4. Such a well travelled man and so generous to share his collections. I bet his parents brought him well and truly instillef in him the love for reading and travelling. The miniture books are so cute and precious I hope those borrowing them to take a look or read would take care of them. I will surely bring there my boys who are also book lovers. The place is quite familiar as I grew up in Marikina and my school then is just nearby.

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        1. Wow cool!Perfect for family bonding, by the way kindly connect with them thru FB so you can catch the schedule of their tour guide;) You may also want to check my previous posts where we had lunch and snacks during our visit to the museum;)

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  5. Hey this is so nice. It is from blogs that I am finding out new places especially in areas I don’t go to such as Marikina. I like the idea of a book museum and it was set up nicely except for that bookcase with stickers.

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  6. Gasp! I’m a bookworm so this place makes me so giddy! I had no idea this place even existed! I can’t wait to visit the next time I’m in Manila.:) just a question though- I saw that in some of the pictures, you’re actually touching some of the books in his collection. Are you allowed to read/browse through all the books?

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  7. Oh my God! Now I’m itching to go there. I love books and just being in a bookstore makes me giddy. What more if it is a book museum? With all the historical facts plus the chance to read them. Ooh. Can’t wait to set foot in there. Thank you so much for sharing!

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