The Book Museum cum Ethnology Center

by 9:53:00 AM

Did you know that the first book museum in Asia can be found in Marikina City? 

Located at  127 Dao Street, Marikina City, The Book Museum cum Ethnology Center is the first Book Museum in Asia. The museum is the cradle of Atty. Dominador Buhain’s collection of limited edition books and published materials that he collected while traveling the Philippines and the other 200 countries that he visited. Along with his collection of printed materials that served as his memoirs, are artifacts that can be found in the Northern and Southern part of the Philippines. 

How to get there:

By UV Express
From Cubao

* Ride a UV Express ( Cubao- SSS Village ) at Gateway Terminal. Fare costs Php 35.

* Alight at Meralco Bayan-Bayanan

* Ride a tricycle going to the Book Museum cum Ethnology Center

By Jeepney
From Marcos Highway

* Ride a Jeepney going to Marikina ( Marikina- SM Fairview). Fare costs Php 8.00

* Bayan-Bayanan Intersection or in Immaculate Conception Parish- Marikina

* Ride a tricycle going to the Book Museum cum Ethnology Center

The Book Museum cum Ethnology Center is currently divided into different section- the location of the Totems, the Book Museum, the Ethnology Center, Museum Annex and James Dean Cafe.


The main entrance of the museum is composed of totems that greatly influenced Atty Buhain and us, Filipinos.

Totems that show the people and the culture that influence the collector along with the mural that depicts the history of Print Industry in the Philippines.

Totems depicting the folklore in the Philippines such as aswang and duwende; the culture of Cordillera Valley, the First Books published by Rex Publishing and Atty. Buhain’s parents and his life story stand tall at the entrance of the museum.

The totem that shows the culture of Cordillera Valley.

 A mural depicting the History of Print Industry in the Philippines and the machine used by Rex Publishing also welcomes the visitors that will explore the museum

The machine used by Rex Publishing in publishing their first set of books. 

Book Museum

As a traveler and wide reader, Atty. Buhain collects print materials, books, journals, postcards and brochures in every country that he visits and this serves as his memoirs. As years pass by and the more he visits different regions in the Philippines and abroad, his collection grew and this gave birth to the First Book Museum in Asia.

Atty. Buhain's wide collection of books.

The Book Museum consists of all the print materials that Atty. Buhain collected. The print materials are neatly arranged on glass cabinets with the corresponding country where Atty. Buhain gathered his memoirs.

Books and printed materials that Atty. Buhain gathered from different parts of the globe.

Along with his wide collection of printed materials are his collection of miniature items such as The Smallest Book in The World, Le Petit Paroissien De L’enfance or a small Prayer Book, The smallest Tablet in China and Miniature Collection of Shakespeare's works.

Miniature Prayer Book with five engraved scenes from the New Testament.

China's Smallest Tablet 

The miniature collection of Shakespeare's Literary Works 

The smallest book in the world.

His collections also include the smallest wood-carved Crucifix and The Last Supper.

The smallest wood-carved crucifix that Atty. Buhain purchased in Germany.

The Book Museum also cradles the Longest Book that contains the artwork that shows the life of Confucius.

The longest book in the museum depicts the life of Confucius.

Ethnology Center

Northern Philippines

Cordillera is Atty Buhain’s favorite province in the Philippines and as his favorite go-to-place, his wide variety of artifacts collection and wares are coming from Cordillera. This part of Ethnology Center showcases the rich culture and heritage of Cordillera Valley.

Among his collections are Indigenous Filipino wares such as bolo, wooden bowls, spoons, dippers, stone and wooden markers, copper pots and stonewares.

The headgears and wooden wares used by tribes in Cordillera Valley.

Lime Container

Wood carved spoons.

Headgears used by different tribes in Cordillera during ceremonies or special events are also displayed in the museum along with wooden mortars and other traditional rice harvesting tools.

Cordillera clothing and ornaments were also displayed in the museum.

Garments used by tribes situated in Cordillera Valley.

Garments and wooden mode of transportation used in Cordillera.

On the other hand, Kalingga Tattoo Needle or the ones used by tribes in making exquisite body tattoo along with Ifugao Artistic Carabao Hat and  Head Hunter’s Trophies exhibited in the museum never fails to amuse its visitors.

Needles used in creating the famous Kalingga Tattoo.

Headgear made of real Carabao skull.

Head hunter's trophy

Southern Philippines

Southern Philippines is composed of collections from tribes in Mindanao. The rich and vibrant culture of Mindanao is shown on the wares exhibited in this part of the museum.

Traditional B'laan house.

Weapons used by tribes such as the Mangyans and Tausug were displayed in this section.  Along with the weapons are the body ornaments used by different tribes in the Muslim Region such as earings used by Bagobos and T’boli.

Body ornaments used by different tribes in Mindanao

A chess set owned by one of the Sultan in Mindanao


Musical instruments used by folks in different areas of Mindanao can be also seen in Atty Buhain’s collection.

Museum Annex

The newest annex of the Book Museum is composed of another interesting collection of Atty Buhain. The wing cradles the wares and ornaments made of stone that were found in Gigantes Island.

Artifacts found in Gigantes Island

One of the carved stone found in Gigantes Island.

On the second level of the annex, lies the headgear collection of Atty. Buhain. Famous headgears of the countries that Atty. Buhain visited are neatly arranged on this level. Along with the headgears are his collection of slingshots and other body ornaments.

Filipino  Headgear Collection of Atty. Buhain

Replica of the Ancient Greek Helmet. 
Atty. Buhain's Headgear collection. 

Some of the Headgear collection at the Museum Annex.

Headgear collection from around the world.

Body ornaments made of shell

The wing also has a totem dedicated to the Filipino Comediane and Villain.

James Dean Cafe

Atty. Buhain is a proud James Dean fan and to comemorate his idol, they created a cafe that serves as the late actor’s memoir.

James Dean and his car.

Upon entering the cafe, the life-sized James Dean statue along with his car and movie posters greets the visitors of the cafe. 

Photos and posters of the late James Dean

The cafe has a typical American Diner theme and ambiance. The dishes on the menu of James Dean Cafe was named after his movies. 

Hot Chocolate

The Cafe’s specialty includes burgers, sandwiches, milkshake, hotdog buns, dessert like banana split and brownies and locally sourced coffee such as Civet Alamid, Kalinga, Sagada and Batangas Barako Coffee.



The Book Museum and Ethnology Center is open from  Monday to Sunday, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM while James Dean Cafe is open from Monday to Sunday 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Museum Entrance Fee costs Php 300 per person inclusive of a Museum Docent, access to the Book Museum, Southern and Northern Ethnology Centers, Museum Annex, The World Map Lounge, and a Php 100 food voucher that can be used at James Dean Cafe.

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Pick One Piece of Trash and Save One Life #TravelResponsibly

by 5:59:00 PM
Did you know that May is Ocean Month? According to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, DENR, the month of May signifies the Ocean Month.

Then-President Fidel V. Ramos signed Proclamation No. 75 in 1995, the former mandates the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Agriculture through the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (DA-BFAR) to spearhead the activities of MOO (Month of the Ocean) in collaboration with the different sectors of the society.

This year marks the 16th year of  Proclamation No. 75  in our country and the month-long celebration of Ocean Month aims to highlight the importance and significance of conservation, protection, and sustainable management of Philippine coastal and marine resources.

According to DENR, this year’s theme for Ocean Month is “STAND UP, SAVE OUR REEFS.” The theme emphasizes the cause and effect relationship of our actions towards the environment and the ecosystem services and the bounty that the oceans provide to create a flourishing community.

In line with the Ocean Month, Eco Hotel Philippines is launching a campaign called #travelresponsibly.

Eco Hotel Philippines is a company that is passionate about conservation, preservation, and protection of our environment. As a green service hotel, Eco Hotels ensures that Eco-friendly processes are implemented from construction to day-to-day operations. This is aligned with its advocacy of minimizing its impact on the environment while imparting practices of sustainability to their staff and guests.

Eco Hotels Philippines aim at implement eco-tourism principles, the protection of the environment and its eco system, preservation of the natural and cultural heritage; to benefit the immediate community where it stands; by educating and giving employment to the locals and effectively convey the message to our guests that each one can be a part of the same mission to protect their environment.

#TravelResponsibly campaign is composed of activities that will persevere our desire to save Mother Earth by traveling responsibly.

The campaign aims to educate our nation particularly the younger generation, travelers, and tourists. An activity "pick one save one,” which educates travelers that a piece of trash can save one life; could be a human being, an animal, or even the lives of plants and trees will spearhead the campaign.

 "Pick one, save one" campaign is a clean-up drive that will be done in different properties of Eco Hotels in the Philippines- Bohol, Palawan, and Siargao. The #travelresponsibly campaign is also for their local properties in Makati, Tagaytay, and Mataasnakahoy, Batangas through a series of tours with their fellow #ecowarriors.

This June, Eco Hotels Philippines properties will serve as a “refilling station” for shampoo, conditioner, and bath gels. The said items were made according to their strict compliance: ingredients should be Eco-friendly and hypoallergenic.

Come and support Eco Hotels Philippines and be an #ecowarrior as well!

For partnerships with Eco Hotels Philippines, you may email them at marketing@ecohotels.com.ph.

For more details about  #travelresponsibly campaign  and Eco Hotels Philippines, follow them at Facebook.com/ecohotelph and IG: ecohotelph.

Puratos My Bakery App Turns 1 with Improved and Convenient App for Bakers and Chefs

by 10:12:00 PM
Launched on June 1, 2017, Puratos My Bakery App,  the 1st app in the baking industry, turns one this 2018. 

Puratos My Bakery App was conceptualized early 2015 with the aim of providing quality baking products and convenience to home bakers, pastry chefs, and artisans. In 2017, My Bakery App was launched and helped 3,000 bakers and chefs. 

Puratos My Bakery App enables domestic artisans, home bakers, online baking sellers and small bakery owners to know more details about Puratos products such as the product's description, packaging size, and appearance. It also shows the product's usage rates, recipes, and price. Aside from that, informative videos, helpful blogs, new trends in the baking industry and recipes are uploaded in the app, but, what's best in Puratos My Bakery App is its feature to order from the app and with same day delivery. Orders placed from the app from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon is considered same day delivery with fixed delivery charges. Bakers can also locate the nearest Puratos retail outlet by using Puratos My Bakery App.

Puratos My Bakery App celebrated its 1st Birthday by introducing their improved version of the app last May 4, 2018, in Empire Bar at Venice. 

What to expect with My Bakery App Version 2?

Flexible Delivery and Pick Up Option

Puratos My Bakery App enables the users to choose their desired delivery schedule. Users can choose from Standard Delivery or delivery in three (3) working days and Express or same day delivery.

On the other hand, for those who prefer to pick up their orders online, they can choose the date when to get the goods that they ordered. 

Promo Code and Online Payment

Version 2 of Puratos My Bakery App consists of online payment for faster and convenient transactions. Aside from that, frequent users of the app can avail discounts by using Puratos My Bakery App.

Convenience at your Fingertips

Puratos My Bakery App version 2 is made more user-friendly for Purstos online customers. Recipes that can help bakers and artisans can be viewed in the app 24/7.

Locate Puratos Dealers Near You

A GPS-automated function is now available with Puratos My Bakery App version 2 to help bakers detect the location of local retailers within their area faster and more convenient.

Along with the launching of My Bakery App Version 2 is a cake decorating demo conducted by  Chef Rey Ann Tolentino and Gian Pau Lopez. 

The demo showcased Chef Tolentino and Lopez’ techniques in decorating cakes and the benefits of using Puratos products.

To know more about Puratos and My Bakery App, visit the following website and social media accounts:




Puratos My Bakery App is available on Google Play and AppStore.

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