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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

GALLERIA TAAL: An Ancestral House and Camera Museum Wrapped into one

WARNING: a photo-overload post.

The title says it all.No it's a Robinson's Mall Brach, GALLERIA TAAL may look like one of the many heritage houses in the sleepy town of Taal Batangas but inside is a camera museum. A house literally full of old cameras of all brands.Olympus,Canon, Leica,my favorite Nikon and even ones I haven't heard of my entire life ----say,Graflex,Sanderson etc.

GALLERIA TAAL is considered the 1st Camera Museum in the Philippines owned by Manny Inumerable.According to our guide, these cameras are a personal collection of Mr. Inumerable himself.It's a Vintage Camera Wonderland!

Let the photos speak for it.

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GALLERIA TAAL:1st Camera Museum in the Philippines
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The Nikon FA Gold

This camera was made in 1984 in celebration of Nikon being declared as the European Camera of the Year.Only 2000 pieces of this 24k gold plated camera were made.

The body is covered with lizard skin,has a matching gold plated lens and is encased in a nice wooden box.It is now highly sought by camera collectors around the world because of its beauty and rarity.


ABOUT THE ANCESTRAL HOUSE

The history of this house is not very clear but according to relatives, it was probably built by the Ilagan family around 1870’s. It is composed of two houses: the early house which is at the back portion of the house with a tiled roof and the later house which is in front of the main street and roofed with GI sheets. The houses was probably built about thirty to fifty years apart. The family of Domingo Ilagan and Maria Martinez lived here during these times.Read more here: http://taalgalleria.com/about
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with blogger http://www.lovemindanao.com/

Galleria Taal is situated along Agoncillo St. which is the main street in Taal Town and about 500 meter from the Basilica of St. Martin de Tours,  leading  down to Lemery, Batangas.  Very near the Galleria Taal, are other museums such as the Apacible Museum and Agoncillo Museums.

A must for not just for photo enthusiasts.


This post is part of my Taal Heritage Tour Series.
Read related posts here: More on this next time :)

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GALLERIA TAAL
Open everyday from 10am to 6pm
Entrance Fee: 50php

11 comments:

  1. haha swakto sainyong mga photographer yan haha
    buti na lang nauso ang innovation
    kundin ganyang camera mga dala nu sa lugar na yan ahha

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  3. So cool! Didn't know there was something like this in Taal. I'm from Lipa City, Batangas and can easily drive to Taal on a random weekend - will definitely check this out! Thanks for sharing! :)

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