Museo Orlina Experience in Tagaytay City, Philippines. #ArtPH

Stunned with how Mr. Orlina conceptualized and executed his work of art to finish his masterpieces 

I was very excited when I got a text message from a great friend, Mr. Toots Tolentino, that there will be an exclusive tour for Museo Orlina in Tagaytay. I never heard about the existence of Mr. Orlina having a museum in the place that's why I am ecstatic and very much looking forward to the event. Here are my takeways from Museo Orlina Tour.

The Glass.

Mr. Orlina welcomes everyone on how he make his art and why he continues to sculpt using glass as primary material.

Glass is an inorganic solid material that is usually transparent or translucent as well as hard, brittle, and impervious to the natural elements. The dual nature of glass - both it's beauty and fragility, makes it vulnerable to breakage and added the level of difficulty to sculpt it. This material is the main focus of Mr Orlina's work of art for the longest time.

Art of Glass Sculpting.

Glass sculptures from different collections.

Glass art sculpture dates back hundred years ago as pieces from Egyptian Civilization has been found and recovered.  From years and years, many artists uses different techniques to achieve a masterclass work of art. From sandblasting, cutting, grinding to polishing and engraving Mr. Orlina find his way to perfect each phase. From a one man team, he has now his craftsmen who helped him carry the tasks of each process. 

Light and Life Through the Glass.

Mr. Ramon Orlina explaining the method he used and a brief about this piece.

Mr. Orlina has a special perception with glass that's why he chooses this material as the main subject of his masterpieces. In his latest collection, Clear Impressions, he uses optical glass to play with light and its optical properties. I was really amazed to see a lot of angles that Mr. Orlina explained one by one while he's touring us.

Clear Impressions.

Optical glass is mostly used for industrial purposes such as home appliance, electronics, optics, automotive and aviation industries. Mr. Orlina expanded its use to glass art. This is not the first time he uses this kind of glass as his material. During the Toyumara Sculpture Biennale in Japan, his masterpiece "Silvery Moon" won the Special Prize, the "Mr. F. Prize". This year, he created a 23 head turning pieces as part of a collection called "Clear Impressions'. This will be exhibited at Reflections Gallery in Museo Orlina, Tagaytay City from November 30, 2015 to January 16, 2016.

Modern Eve

The Man Behind the Artwork.

If art is innovation, then Ramon Orlina is an artist par excellence. For the last three decades, Orlina has been transfiguring glass into art. He was the first to carve figures out of blocks of glass using the cold method, cutting, grinding, and polishing his work with improvised tools and instruments - a feat at that time yet unreplicated even in highly industrialized countries. That he was self-taught, with hardly any predecessor, mentor, or influence to emulate, makes his achievement all the more outstanding.

Selfie with the genius Mr. Orlina.
Orlina’s reputation extends to art circles and patrons in Asia, Europe and the United States. In 2000, he won the First Prize in the Sculpture Category of the II International Biennale of Basketball in the Fine Arts, Madrid, Spain. His masterpieces place him, in international appraisals of the art, among the gurus Dale Chihuly of the United States and Bertil Vallien of Sweden.

He has been conferred two prestigious ASEAN Awards in the field of Visual Arts and recently in 2006 he was bestowed The Outstanding Filipino (TOFIL) Award for having led a life of excellence in the field of Arts and having contributed immensely to public welfare and national development. -

I would like to personally thank Mr. and Mrs. Orlina for a warm welcome. I felt I was really part of the family with the treatment and all. Museo Orlina is a MUST whenever you're in Tagaytay City. A breath of fresh air within the green environment of "Baguio of the South". Museo Orlina is located at Hollywood Subdivision Rd., Brgy. Tolentino East, Hollywood Subd., Tagaytay City and is open from Tuesdays to Sundays 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM (Closed on Mondays, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Day). You may visit for more details.

Get ready to be amazed.

Until the next museum tour! :)

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