|Puzzle Mansion - Tagaytay|
I've seen the owner of Puzzle Mansion being interviewed on TV a few years back but it's only this year that I was able to visit the Puzzle Mansion. Puzzle Mansion is owned by the late Georgina Gil-Lacuna (she died of heart attack in 2014), holder of Guinness World Record's largest collection of jigsaw puzzles. To date, Puzzle Mansion has more than 1,500 collections of jigsaw puzzles of various sizes and shapes and themes from religion, classic arts, landscapes, architecture, places and many others.
|Gina Gil-Lacuna's Guinness World Records certificate|
In the photo above is the certificate from Guinness World Records certifying that Georgina Gil-Lacuna has the largest collections of jigsaw puzzles consisting of 1,028 different puzzle sets. It was awarded in 29 November 2012 and this record has not been broken up to this time. Though not certified, Puzzle Mansion also holds the biggest puzzle in the world consisting of 33,600 puzzle pieces though it's not clear to me who worked on/finished the puzzle. But according to one of the staff manning the mansion, Lacuna intends to break her own record in Guinness. Unfortunately, her demise prevented her from doing so.
|Wildlife: world's biggest puzzle consisting of 33,600 puzzle pieces|
How to Get to Puzzle Mansion
Google maps is our usual company during our road trips. I will search the place at the start of our trip, start traveling and follow the route provided. That's how we were able to reach the Puzzle Mansion, though we almost missed the road leading to it because it's kinda narrow. Anyway, if you're traveling by car from Manila, here's how it goes:
- Drive through the South Luzon Expressway
- Turn right and exit at Sta. Rosa exit
- Continue driving straight ahead passing through Silang-Tagaytay road until you reach Tagaytay Rotonda.
- At Tagaytay Rotonda, exit/follow the Tagaytay-Nasugbo road; after around 6-7 kilometers (you'll pass by Sky Ranch halfway through) and after Bag of Beans, drive slow and look out for a narrow road with Puzzle Mansion signage; turn right on that street and drive through until you reach the Puzzle Mansion.
For those commuting from Manila, here's how you'll get to Puzzle Mansion:
- Take Nasugbu-bound (via Tagaytay) buses from Cubao, Buendia Taft or Pasay. Tell the conductor or driver that you're going to the Puzzle Mansion and to drop you off at Maglabe Drive. The road is on your right, after passing through Sky Ranch and Bag of Beans.
- From that corner, take a tricycle and tell the driver to bring you to the Puzzle Mansion.
Puzzle Mansion Bed and Breakfast
|Reception Area, at the back is the Mansion's Cafeteria|
|the bed and breakfast facility|
Puzzle Mansion is also a bed and breakfast place. It has 11 rooms that can accommodate up to 4 persons comfortably, this according to the mansion's staff. The Mansion's accommodation rate ranges from 4,000 Php to 6,000 Php per room. It has its own pool (not in photo, forgot to take one) where guests can take a swim. For more info on their bed and breakfast offering, please check their FB page.
|Puzzle Mansion's garden - flowering plants are sold here, too.|
|Puzzle Mansion Museum, view from the garden|
|a wishing well, also in the garden|
Puzzle Mansion Museum in Photos
I admire people who are into puzzles. I find them gifted and visually talented (which I'm not); super duper patient, too (solving several thousands-piece puzzle needs tons of patience, I'm sure). Seeing more than 1,500 finished jigsaw puzzles is really amazing but kind of puzzling, for me. Thinking of solving and finishing a thousand-piece puzzle is in itself a puzzle for me, much more if several thousand pieces. I wonder how they were able to acquire so much patience to solve complex jigsaw puzzles. (I'm no patient person; I easily get bored, sometimes even with my work hehe.)
By the way, according to the staffs, before her demise and whenever she's in the Mansion, Gina Gil-Lacuna herself welcomes and tours her guests around, some of which are dignitaries from other countries. It's sad to know that the owner of these great collections already passed away. She could have toured us around and she could have given me some tips on how to be patient, a virtue I guess, each and everyone of us should have.
Anyway, here are some of the photos I took while exploring the Puzzle Mansion. Enjoy the (virtual) tour. :)
|hundreds and hundreds of framed jigsaw puzzles, majority of which done by Gina Gil-Lacuna herself.|
|more framed puzzles of different sizes...|
|and many more ones, amazing!|
|The Pope and some religious stuff, in jigsaw puzzle format|
|The White House - 1,000-piece puzzle completed in 12 hours, whoa!|
if I'm the one to do this, I'm not sure if I can finish this at all hehe
|beautiful piece, looks like a painting...|
|another one that looks like a painting from afar|
|3D puzzle collections|
|up-close: Florence Cathedral in 3D puzzle|
|up-close: St. Basil's Cathedral in 3D puzzle|
|real vases? nah, they're puzzle sets too|
The second floor of the museum houses the three largest puzzle sets in the world. Gina Gil-Lacuna herself finished the second largest called DOUBLE RETROSPECT, a jigsaw puzzle based on a work by 80's American pop artist Keith Haring. The largest one (third photo from above) is called WILDLIFE and was designed by digital artist Adrian Chesterman for Educa.
The second floor also houses its souvenir shop where guests can buy puzzle sets of different sizes, some of which are the same puzzle sets on display at the museum. It's also where you can have your souvenir digital photo be converted into a puzzle for a minimum price of 500 Php.
|world's third biggest puzzle|
didn't get the name of this one :(
|Double Retrospect: world's second biggest puzzle|
|souvenir shop: puzzles to take home to and get addicted, too :P|
|more puzzles for sale at the souvenir shop|
|coconut cream pie, variation of buco pie common in Tagaytay; a must-try!|
rich and creamy but with no 'umay' factor; not too sweet, too.
~ oo00oo ~
The Puzzle Mansion
Barangay Asisan, Tagaytay City
Visiting Hours: 8:00AM - 7:00PM
Entrance Fee: 100/person, young and old
Parking Fee: Free
Date of Visit: November 30, 2016