There’s more to Tagaytay than meets the eye. We start with an iconic scenery that everyone came to see then there’s glass art of the finest quality at the Museo Orlina. The country’s second summer capital is home to Internationally-acclaimed glass sculptor Ramon Orlina and his works of art. Opened in December 2013, Museo Orlina is a private museum that houses gallery spaces, a garden amphitheater, a resaurant and café. Permanently exhibited on the second and third floors are Ramon Orlina’s sculptures most of which are made from glass carved into reflective and thought-provoking figures. One of his well known creations is the Quattromondial monument located in University of Santo Tomas.
Ramon Orlina, a licensed Architect and graduate of the University of Santo Tomas College of Architecture and Fine Arts, ventured into the fie
ld of Fine Arts in July 1975 after practicing as an architect for 10 years. Now celebrating his 40th year as an artist, he unveils 23 pieces of sculptures carved out of entirely clear optical glass as opposed to his signature green glass or the many seductive hues in crystal glass that he is known for, such as amber, azure, lavender, and pink.
Optical glass is mostly used for industrial purposes such has home appliance, electronics, optics, automotive and aviation industries. And now Orlina has expanded its use to glass art. He first used optical glass in 1999 for his entry in the Toyamura Sculpture in Japan, the “Silvery Moon” which was declared the winner of the Special Prize, “Mr. F. Prize”. Sixteen years later, Orlina brings again to the art scene 23 mesmerizing pieces of this rarely seen material in a show luminously billed “Clear Impressions” at the Reflections Gallery in Museo Orlina which opened November 30, 2015.