The Spirit of Bethlehem, Part II

The Spirit of Bethlehem in Marikina City has over 500 Belen that compose the private collection of Gigi Abaya-Carlos. Most of the Belen are from the Philippines, but a respectable number is from outside the Philippines. The previous entry is about Belen made in the Philippines, but this one is about Belen from all over the world. With this post, let me be one of the first to greet you, Maligayang Pasko! (Merry Christmas!)

Thank you, Me-Ann, for taking my photo. 🙂

Belen from Bethlehem. Material: Olive Wood

Belen from Bethlehem. Material: Olive Wood

Belen from Bethlehem, Bolivia and Philippines. Material: Olive Wood, Wood and Resin, respectively.

Belen from Bethlehem, Bolivia and Philippines. Material: Olive Wood, Wood and Resin, respectively.

Belen from Switzerland. Material: Glass

Belen from Switzerland. Material: Glass

Belen from Africa. Material: Wood

Belen from Africa. Material: Wood

Belen from Israel. Material: Resin

Belen from Israel. Material: Resin

Belen from Italy. Material: Rubber

Belen from Italy. Material: Rubber

Belen from Philippines and Italy. Material: Tin and Resin, respectively.

Belen from Philippines and Italy. Material: Tin and Resin, respectively.

A collaboration between Philippines and Africa. The house is made of clay and the figures are made of wood.

A collaboration between Philippines and Africa. The house is made of clay and the figures are made of wood.

Belen from Philippines and Germany. Material: Resin and Resin with Silver, respectively.

Belen from Philippines and Germany. Material: Resin and Resin with Silver, respectively.

Belen from Spain. Material: Ceramic

Belen from Spain. Material: Ceramic

Belen from Taiwan, Guatemala and United States of America. Material: Wood and Paper, Fabric and Wood, respectively.

Belen from Taiwan, Guatemala and United States of America. Material: Wood and Paper, Fabric and Wood, respectively.

Belen from USA and Germany. Material: Ceramic and Wood, respectively.

Belen from USA and Germany. Material: Ceramic and Wood, respectively.

Belen from USA, China and Philippines

Belen from USA, China and Philippines

 A shelf filled with miniature Belen

A shelf filled with miniature Belen

The miniature Belen in the middle of the shelf

The miniature Belen in the middle of the shelf

The miniature Belen to the bottom left

The miniature Belen to the bottom left

The miniature Belen to the bottom right

The miniature Belen to the bottom right

Another shelf with miniature Belen

Another shelf with miniature Belen

A miniature Belen whose origin and material I do not know. It is cute, so it made the cut.

A miniature Belen whose origin and material I do not know. It is cute, so it made the cut.

Part of The Spirit of Bethlehem’s display

Part of The Spirit of Bethlehem’s display

Right in the entrance of The Spirit of Bethlehem, there is a Christmas tree made of Capiz shells cascading from the ceiling.

Right in the entrance of The Spirit of Bethlehem, there is a Christmas tree made of Capiz shells cascading from the ceiling.

Design of one of the Capiz shells

Design of one of the Capiz shells

Of course, I had to pose with the Christmas tree.

Of course, I had to pose with the Christmas tree.

A place for photo opportunities outside The Spirit of Bethlehem.

A place for photo opportunities outside The Spirit of Bethlehem.

For Belen from the Philippines, please read The Spirit of Bethlehem – Part I.

To read about the neighbor of The Spirit of Bethlehem, please proceed to Museum of Miniatures. 

 

Where: The Spirit of Bethlehem is on the 2nd Level, E-com Building, Riverbanks Center, Barangka, Marikina City. One must use the stairs or elevator at the E-com Annex to get to The Spirit of Bethlehem.

When: The Spirit of Bethlehem is open for public viewing from Friday to Sunday, from 8am to 5pm. It is open to walk-ins and group tours. From Monday to Thursday, The Spirit of Bethlehem is closed to walk-ins but open to group tours of at least 50 people, with at least three days notice. It can accommodate group tours for holiday schedule as well, three days notice is also required for that.

 How much: The entrance fee for The Spirit of Bethlehem is P75.00 (US $1.75) per person (which also includes entrance to Museum of Miniatures). 20% discount is given to Senior citizens with ID cards. Teachers with ID cards are free.

How: I do not know how I got there. 🙂 I just relied on the help of nice strangers from Marikina. J I think one can take a jeep bound for Marikina-Bayan from Gateway (Aurora Boulevard) or from Katipunan LRT Station. The walk from the entrance of Riverbanks to E-com Building is quite long. Buy a drink at the start of the walk.

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