First, I want to thank Ayala Land and Nuffnang for choosing me to be on the Asilo Tagaytay “press” team. It was my first Nuffnang event, and it was truly memorable. It felt great to be in the company of other bloggers–at least hindi na awkward na picture ako nang picture! But seriously, I had so much fun with these bloggers! I learned so many things from them, especially because I’m the youngest (that is, MomsterTeacher is the youngest blog). They were also very nice, despite the celebrity status that many of them have achieved in the blogosphere.
Although I’ve been to Tagaytay many times already, the bloggers’ Tagaytay “field trip” still took me to places I’ve never been in before. Most memorable of them all is probably the Puzzle Mansion.
The Puzzle Mansion is a relatively new tourist destination in Tagaytay City. It was hard to miss, because the road was full of its ads.
I must admit that I was very disinterested about it at first. I mean, what was so interesting with puzzle collections, right? You go to malls and voila, boring jigsaw puzzles abound.
But I was wrong.
As soon as we were introduced to puzzle collector and Guinness Book of World Records Holder for Largest Collection of Jigsaw Puzzles in any Size, Shape or Form, Ms. Gina Gil Lacuna (who refers to herself as Lola Guinness, ;)), I knew I’d be anything but get bored.
Armed with a portable lapel and a wearing a bright red lipstick, Lola Guinness led us to her puzzles collection. She told us a little something about herself first:she said that she first got hooked with puzzles when she was 35 years old, and now she already has 1,028 puzzles (the previous record holder had only about 200+)! And mind you, her puzzles were not the chipipay ones we are used to seeing. We are talking about 3D, 4D, and painting replicas that I have no doubt cost a fortune!
But more amazing than the intricate puzzles Ms. Lacuna completed and has on display is her bubbly personality. She beams with pride, makes candidly humorous remarks, speaks in a husky yet booming voice, and narrates with gusto! She’s the antithesis of the stereotypical boring museum guide! If at first I was disinterested, I later was hanging on to her every word.
When we visited The Puzzle Mansion, Ms. Lacuna was doing her most challenging puzzle yet–a puzzle with 32,000 pieces!
So though I am not really the type who would line up just to have a photo with even Piolo Pascual, I lined up to have my photo taken with Lola Guinness!
The Puzzle Mansion by the way is cozily tucked in Purok 4, Cuadra St. Barangay Asisan, Tagaytay City. Aside from the musuem, it also offers bed and breakfast, and can accommodate meetings and special events.
For inquiries and reservations, contact 02 661 0019 and 0905 225 0229. When you visit it, best to make sure Lola Guinness is your tour guide 😉
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