Celebrate your Holidays at Riverbanks Center, Marikina

Dec 14, 2014 //
It's just 11 days before Christmas. If you're planning for a place to visit this Holiday season visit Marikina and check out these places that awaits you.
  • The Spirit of Bethlehem (Private Belen Collection)
    - A private collection of over 500 belens/nativity sets/posters/paintings and sculptures from all over the world. It boasts of numerous pieces from here and abroad, collected thru decades of devotion to the Infant Jesus, by its owner Gigi Abaya-Carlos. Among those on display is her very first belen set bought in 1952 at Catholic Trade School in Tayuman.

    About 80% of these Belens are proudly Philippines made.

    Admission fees:
    General Admission: P75/head (with Museum of Miniatures)
    Senior citizens with ID: 20% discount on regular fee
    Teachers with ID: FREE

    Fully air-conditioned area
    Maximum staying hours inside is 1.5 hrs
  • Museum of Miniatures
    - After seeing all the Belens, one is awed by the collection of tiny but real-looking replicas of things you would find in all the different rooms of a European mansion. It is a collection of shadows boxes filled with Lilliputian pieces of 1:1 scale.The miniatures are part of the collection of the late Aleli Vengua, a passionate artist who handcrafted most of the pieces herself. A lot of the materials used were scrap from items in our day to day living, be it plastic, wood, aluminum, fabric, and glass.
Each room is designed with so much detail and attention that one will never want to look away.

  • Joey Velasco Gallery
    - Right next to The Spirit of Bethlehem is the Joey Velacso Gallery, now home to the spiritually moving art pieces and legacy of the late Joey Velasco. The artist was only 43 years old when he passed away because of a life-threatening kidney disease. Best known for his works “Hapag ng Pag-asa”, or “Table of Hope”, which depicts the Last Supper with Jesus and street children instead of the disciples, Velasco has stirred the hearts of many with his paintings.
    Those who have seen his paintings will certainly attest that it is not just a gallery. Though there is an appreciation of art, it is more of a place of reflection. It is a “living museum” where art reflects the spiritual dimension of day to day living and sparks social awareness. According to Ms. Queeny Velasco, wife of the late painter/writer, it is a museum of “faith and patriotism”.
    The gallery is being supported by the Joey Velasco Foundation (JVF) whose current priority is to give support to the Hapag Kids and their families of Hapag Village in Amparo, Caloocan City. JVF created livelihood projects for them, gives training to enhance their skills and other activities for the value formation of the community. 
Admission fees
General Admission: P100/head
Senior citizens with ID: 20% discount on regular fee
Teachers with ID: FREE
  • Philippine Science Centrum
Philippine Science Centrum (PSC) is a premier hands-on science center museum in the country recognized by the Department of Education, Department of Science and Technology and the Department of Tourism as an ideal venue for educational field trip destination where visitors are encouraged to touch, twist, play, hear, see the interactive exhibits displayed. PSC is open to pre-school to college students, families and the general public.

PSC showcases over hundred hands-on exhibits in eleven (11) exciting galleries (Lights, Bodyworks, Mathematics, Electricity & Magnetism, Water, Vision and Perception, Infectious Diseases, Earth Science, Space, Kids’ World and Mechanics) and various educational activities, outreach programs and trainings complementing the Department of Education ‘s K to 12 education curriculum  and its goal of upgrading the level of science education in the country. 
Other services offered: rental of exhibits for school and corporate events, venue for birthday parties, trainings and seminars and science-related events. The 2,500 sq meters facility can comfortably accommodate 3,000 visitors in a day or 500 visitors in any given timeslot.

General Admission: P130/head (except Kid’s world area)

For holiday schedules and reservations, please call:
Spirit of Bethlehem, Museum of Miniatures & Joey Velasco Gallery: 570-0701 to 06 loc. 334
Philippine Science Centrum 570-0701 to 06 loc. 334

They are also open for walk-ins and group tours of atleast 50 people with at least 3 days notice.

E-com Building Riverbanks Center,
Barangka, Marikina City

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  1. wow! this is great, We went to Marikina every weekends but never noticed this. Thanks for this. Will bring my family here next weekend,