IRRI Riceworld Museum – Los Baños

Riceworld Museum is closed from June 1st 2019 for a long overdue renovation that will give visitors a forward-looking immersive IRRI experience. The Outfield Post Tours are likewise suspended for the time being.


Museo ni Cipra – Alaminos

Maharlika highway is a long stretch connecting towns in the provinces of Batangas, Laguna and Quezon. Tucked in the small town of Alaminos, Laguna, is Museo ni Cipra. A museum, especially in these parts is an oddity. People typically seek out hot springs in Los Baños or weekend recreation resort areas.

The sign is round and unobtrusive, and easy to miss. If you are into the arts, your eyes will zoom in on the sign that reads Museo ni Cipra. It is located in the gated community of Acropolis South right off the highway.


Museum of Natural History – Los Baños

The Museum of Natural History was established on September 30, 1976 by the University of the Philippines.

This museum consists of preserved biological and zoological specimens, wood samples; by-products of microorganism, and also thousands of living plants/trees maintained in a separate location. This museum also serves as a reference for science and a center for documentation, research, and information. It has a diverse collection of more than 200,000 preserved Philippine animals, plants, cultures of living microorganisms, and other biota that showcase the country’s rich biodiversity.

It houses most of the priceless collections of birds and small mammals of the late Dr. Dioscoro Rabor, and has in its hortorium a diverse collection of living plants.

A multi-colored diorama of Philippine flora and fauna and video presentations on biodiversity are special museum features. Exhibits feature, among others, the Philippine eagle, tamaraw, tarsier; snails in Mt. Makiling and Laguna de Bay; Philippine plants, forests, shells; Philippine cobras, marine turtles and mammals; and a Philippine map made of 4,012 locusts and lahar from Mt. Pinatubo.

For 40 years now, the UPLB Museum of Natural History serves as a center for research and documentation of Philippine biodiversity. Albeit meager funds, UPLB MNH continues to lead in the biodiversity research activities in the country and implementation of its mandate on preserving and promoting its valuable resources – its hundreds of thousands of holdings of precious biological specimens, preserved records of its life forms, of the Philippines’ natural heritage.


Bahay Laguna – Magdalena

Bahay Laguna is a community museum in Barangay Bungkol, Magdalena.  It showcases memorabilia of the late governor Felicisimo T. San Luis and specialty crafts and products of Laguna towns such as Paete’s woodcarvings and Alaminos’s bottled preserved fruits.  

 The late governor’s claim to fame is his 36 years of progressive service to improve the welfare of Laguna province from 1955 to 1992. For this he was known as the “Living Legend of Laguna.”*  Former president Fidel V. Ramos even proclaimed a “Day of Laguna” (Araw ng Laguna, December 18) to honor his life and works.


Dalena Museum – Pakil

Located across Pakil’s Centuries-Old Church of San Pedro de Alcantara is the ancestral home of painter and illustrator Danny Dalena

Danilo Echavaria Dalena graduated with a fine arts degree from the University of Santo Tomas. He became known for raising the standards of editorial art in the Philippines during the early 1970s with his political cartoons and illustrations for the Free Press and Asia-Philippine Reader.


Pila Museum – Pila

The Pila Museum was built to support the preservation of the town’s cultural heritage. It showcases artifacts like jars, plates, jugs, and old appliances that date way back from the pre-spanish era.


AERA Museum – San Pablo City

Part of day tour package of Villa Escudero Plantation & Resort included admission to the resort’s AERA Memorial Museum which houses the priceless collections of Arsenio and Rosario (nee Adap) Escudero.  Begun on June 29, 1923, it is run by the AERA (acronym of the founders’ names) Memorial Foundation.  It is housed in an exact replica of the beautiful San Francisco Church of Intramuros.  The original church was destroyed by heavy American artillery bombardment on February 3, 1945 during the liberation of Manila and the site is now occupied by Mapua Institute of Technology. 

The museum’s collection of religious art is its main attraction.   A wooden bas-relief of the Nuestra Senora de Augustia, donated by my late uncle and National Artist, Arch. Leandro V. Locsin, is located by the massive  ornate door made in 1768.  By the way, cameras and videocams are not allowed.   A kamagongSto. Entierro (glass bier of the Dead Christ, circa 1856) carriage fashioned by noted sculptor, Isabelo Tampingco, was formerly from the Sta. Cruz Church of Manila.  It is adorned with 24 batikuling (a local aromatic softwood) cherubs and was donated by Dona Maria Luisa Quiogue (of the funeral parlor chain).


Coca Cola Pavilion – Sta. Rosa City

The fascinating exhibits of Coca-Cola memorabilia (there’s a vintage soda fountain!) in this museum and theater complex will give you a massive dose of nostalgia.