It was a wonderland of sights, sounds, and tastes from around the Philippines – the empanada and longganisa from Ilocos, the Pahiyas Festival from Quezon, Mayon Volcano from Albay, Masskara Festival from Bacolod, the ornate Sto. Nino Shrine and Heritage Museum from Leyte, the sagayan (a war dance) from Maguindanao, an elaborate Maranao feast on a giant golden plate, and more.
Staff in colorful indigenous attire welcomed us guests, and would later perform a medley of traditional dances.
This wonderland is Lakbay Museo, an interactive travel and culinary museum at S Maison Mall in Conrad Manila, near SM Mall of Asia. The museum takes you from Luzon to Mindanao through 14 different exhibits, and lets you wear indigenous textiles too!
Aside from exhibits of tourist attractions like Mayon Volcano and heritage sites, Lakbay Museo also has giant versions of the country’s culinary pride, like mangoes, empanada, and more. There are also food art and sculptures that look real!
Lakbay Museo also has a collection of indigenous textiles from around the Philippines, as well as collections of different food items like Cordillera rice and coffee.
The museum also has a social and environmental advocacy – most of its staff are out-of-school youth, with some seniors and persons with disabilities. The exhibits are also made from mostly recycled materials like car tires and mats, rubber slippers, and more. Lakbay Museo has also partnered with micro, small, and medium enterprises and sells their local products at the museum’s souvenir shop at the end of the tour.
Set to open July 12 this year, Lakbay Museo has an entrance fee of P699 if you book online, and can even be discounted to P599 if you book using a promo code on the Lakbay Museo website up to July 2. The experience lasts for two hours. Every hour, staff in indigenous attire perform traditional dances, so you definitely won’t miss it!
The entrance fee comes with 12 tokens or chips which you can use to buy traditional food inside the museum like arroz caldo, ginataang munggo, halo-halo, puto, fishballs, and more.
Below are more photos showing the Lakbay Museo experience, from the entrance to the exit.
What you need to know before a Lakbay Museo visit:
- Wear comfortable clothes, especially if you will be taking the slide at the museum entrance and also playing inside in the giant rice bowl!
- Book online and ahead of time. Online fee (P699) is also cheaper by P100 compared to walk-in fee. But for the cheapest rate, book the early bird rate using the promo code BEEPBEEP100 when you buy tickets at the Lakbay Museo website.
- Museum opens July 12. So refer to the above bullet and book ahead of time!
- The museum experience lasts two hours. Maximize each stop!
- Get your camera or phone ready! Almost each spot is perfect for photos.