Want to see something different in Tagaytay City? I suggest you visit the Puzzle Mansion in Barangay Asisan, maybe you can find a new hobby or discover a different perspective there.
The Puzzle Mansion houses the works of Georgina Gil-Lacuna, the Guinness world record holder for the largest collection of jigsaw puzzles. Mrs. Lacuna’s Collections come in different forms, from the simplest to the hardest. According to our guide, Mrs. Lacuna loves paintings and as a substitute for the expensive masterpieces, she then focused on these Jigsaw Puzzles with the image of those paintings.
PIECE BY PIECE
We attended a wedding last July and to enjoy the remaining time in Tagaytay, we decided to visit the Puzzle Mansion. Jigsaw puzzles were part of my childhood. So we were very excited to visit the place. Since we were young we were exposed to them. It is my father’s hobby. As we grow old, we witnessed different puzzles patiently being assembled by him. From known paintings, landscape sceneries, to famous actors. Occasionally, we helped him on some pieces. The pieces come in similar shapes but every piece is unique and it will not fit if it does not belong there. We felt the joy of putting a piece in its rightful place and even more when the whole puzzle was completed.
Before the museum, the place was also a bed and breakfast. The owner later added her collections to be part of the gallery. The area is huge. There’s a pool for the bed and breakfast, the puzzle mansion and a store where they sell different kinds of puzzles from the common 2-D to the 3-Dimensional.
We were amazed by what we saw there. We only knew that jigsaw puzzles only come in rectangular form and the pieces come in known common shapes, but we also saw jigsaw puzzles having the shapes of animals and stuff. The pieces are also different from what we knew, there are more elaborate designs. Aside from Jigsaw Puzzles, the mansion also includes 3D Puzzles, Wooden Puzzles and Landmark Puzzles.
On the second floor is where her largest collections are. Before entering the store, 2 of the largest puzzles in the world before can be seen hanging beside the door. Wildlife (Educa, 33600 Pieces) and a color palette of pop artist Keith Haring (Ravensburger, 32000 Pieces). Seeing those 2 makes you wonder how many hours does it have to take to finish it or will you have the patience to even finish a quarter of it?!
Behind those 2 Puzzles is where the store is located. The Puzzle Mansion was given a license to be a distributor for known brands of Jigsaw Puzzles. So if you want to try one or start a new hobby. Buy one and challenge yourself.
PATIENCE IS REALLY A VIRTUE
Based on our experience, completing a jigsaw puzzle really needs a lot of patience. Cheers to those who have a lot of them, especially to my father. This may be hard but I believe that doing this will be beneficial– it will help in increasing your focus and even relieve your stress. The simple joy of completing one may even add to your happiness. Just like being heartbroken, if you want to move on, you will need a lot of patience to be happy again. So Start picking up those pieces and be whole again! XD
For other museums, also check out my guide for Pinto Art Museum, Mind Museum and the National Museum of the Philippines.
- From Petron Gas Station along Mahogany Avenue, take a jeepney going to Alfonso. Drop at Radar.
- Take a tricycle going to Puzzle Mansion. (Fare = P35)
- Contact Number: 0905-225-0229 (Globe)
- Facebook Page: PuzzleMansion
- The guide will take a photo of you at the entrance of the Puzzle Mansion and at the end of the tour, they will offer a printed copy of your photo in puzzle form for 400 Pesos.
- Entrance Fee is 100 Pesos/Head both Adult and Children
- They are open from Mondays to Sundays — Monday to Friday: 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM; Saturday and Sunday: 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM
- A parking lot is available for those bringing their own vehicle.