Book Museum and Ethnology Center
127 Dao Street, Marikina Heights, Marikina City
One of the smallest book in the world can be found in Marikina! And in this age of eBooks, it is no longer a ludicrous probability that real books will all end up in a museum. It is sad that the probability of real books (where you can actually touch and feel the pages) being replaced by the more convenient eBook is becoming more of a reality. In fact, it is now becoming more difficult to find real chess books. If you are asked, what do you think is better - an eBook or a real book? Perhaps, it is just a matter of preference. One hard argument for preferring the latter is you can put thousands of eBooks in a single gadget like a cellphone which in turn you can simply put in your pocket. The font and its size can be adjusted depending on your comfort. If you desire to search for the meaning of a particular word, all you have to do is press that word when reading an eBook.
I admired every display in this Book Museum Cum Ethnology Center. The collection showcased not only books but other artifacts from a diverse Philippine culture. The marble sculpture of a foot that greets you in this two storey with other adjacent structures being built during our visit is a symbol of the owner's rare achievement of traveling to almost all countries in the world.
Aside from the smallest book, what should not be missed here is the unique Maranao Chess Set (male and female) described as "a form of recreation for those belonging in the upper class". I wonder why there is a different set of chessboard for male and female? Anyway, this shows that different regions in the country has its own way of depicting chess pieces like in Maranao and in Ifugao.