Everytime I open a book, I feel like I am inside a different world. I feel like sinking in. I travel and even time travel. Books give me wisdom; it makes me learn a lot of things. History, health, guides and even the oldest culture. It makes me fantasize and dream of a beautiful and fairy tale like happy ending.
“That’s the thing about books. They let you travel without moving your feet.”
― Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake
I felt like escaping the real world and living in a book paradise when I was at the Book Museum cum Ethnology Center. The museum is a collection of books and artifacts acquired by Atty. Dominador Buhain thru his adventures to over 221 countries and islands. Atty. Buhain is the President of REX Group of Companies. Familiar? REX Group of Companies owns REX Book Store, Inc which has published over 6,000 books from elementary to collegiate levels. Despite of his achievements on business, Atty. Buhain makes sure to enjoy. He is the 29th most travelled person in Asia as awarded by Most Travelled People Organization (2010).
The Book Museum cum Ethnology Center
The Book Museum cum Ethnology Center is located on a 900 square meter lot in Marikina Heights. The tour is part of Bloggers’ Day Event at Book Museum for bloggers to get to experience Book+Food, a collaboration of the museum, Greg and Sally Restaurant and Bubba Lab Tea.
Upon entering the gate of the museum, you will see two distinct things- The big books and Juanito and Jovita Fontalera’s monuments and the wide facade.
A big golden door will welcome you also It has 3 D’s etched using Baybayin which symbolizes the names Danda (his daughter), Dominador and Don Timothy (his son).
A Taste of Books
I was in awe when we already went inside the museum. Books are displayed in big book shelves which are group per country and island. We were told that Atty. Dominador make sure to gather books, paraphernalias and magazines from the different countries he visited. All of the books are open for reading. You can stay the whole day, slump on chairs and read everything you want. You can also do research here (additional fee applies.)
There are also special and limited edition book collections on the second floor of the museum. You can find the smallest book in the world, first edition of Harry Potter and Goblet of Fire, smallest tablet and a lot more.
A Taste of Culture
The Ethnology Center is a place holding different well preserved artifacts Atty. Dominador obtained while travelling in the Northern and Southern part of the Philippines. Amongst his favorites are the articles he got from the Cordillera region. The curator Professor Ike Picpican helped on giving authenticity on the displays.
There are a lot of artifacts in the 2 buildings holding the Ethnology Center. Some are not allowed to be taken a photo.
Tabayag Lime Containers of Cordillera are being kept inside this case. These are containers of lime powder which are essential for the betel nut chewing practice. Tabayag displayed are made of bones and feet of animals, skin and even organs.
At the back of the museum is another facade that shows things to highlight Marikina. There is also a statue of Marikit. (see the Legend of Marikina)
By the way, I also saw a big printing press. I thought it’s one of Rex Book Store’s old printing press but guess what? It is actually a confiscated printing machine being used on illegal printing before.
In this world dominated by technology, being in a book museum is like a “breathe of fresh air.” I admire Atty. Buhain for putting up a place like this that reminds people of books and preserves culture. I think this should be the place students should visit on their educational field trips.
Have a taste of books and culture at Book Museum cum Ethnology Center.
Get 10% discount at Book Museum cum Ethnology Center when you dine at Greg and Sally and Bubba Lab Tea. This is part of the Book + Food campaign. Promo runs until June 19, 2016.
Visit Book Museum cum Ethnology Center at 127 Dao St. Marikina Heights, Marikina City
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