Unknown to my fellow co-op leaders in Caraga Region, Philippines, the underlying reason why I insisted that the Federation Ownership Meeting be held at Bislig City, Surigao del Sur, Philippines was to see for myself the kid friendly attractions found in the city, among them, the International Doll House. I decided to bring with me my head office managers and unit heads to the said event for the much needed respite from job-related hustles and bustles inherent to the stiffly competitive financial intermediation business. With us also were my wife and youngest son Edrian together with his close friend Yugi, who happens to be the son of my Admin and Finance Manager.
Truly, I sensed the eyes of the two kids twinkling in excitement when my good friend Almar Autida announced during the sumptuous breakfast that his family tendered in honor of the SOEMCO delegates at their residence situated in the urban barangay of Mangagoy of the said city that we will be heading to the International Doll House.
After travelling for less than five minutes from the Autida residence, we reached Purok 6, Barangay Cumawas of the same city and stopped at a road signage welcoming visitors and guests to the Ocean View Park. Truly, this gate with the Philippine and Swiss Flags hovering in tandem had caught my attention . . .
Excited we were to climb upstairs, but the urge to have a pose for posterity was simply irresistible . . .
Upon conquering the two hundred plus steps uphill, the sprawling International Doll House greeted our eyes. . .
After exchanging pleasantries with the Swiss owner named Werner Welliman and his Filipina spouse Ruelaine, we were ushered to the best attraction that the Ocean View Park Restaurant can offer. Candidly, the sight of a collection of dolls from all over the world neatly stacked in glass shelves had stunned me most.
As to my query on which of the dolls that the tourist-visitors like most, Werner pointed to these . . .
But, these are crowd favorites too. . .
If an adult like me was shocked and awed with such an amazing array of doll collections, how much more for a 9-year old kid witnessing such toys comprising of small figures representing humans, mostly babies…
And, of course, the doll house sightseeing visit would not be complete without the group picture taking together with the Swiss owner Werner and my friend Almar . . .
Feeling overjoyed, my thumbs-up pose together with my wife on our descent from the International Doll House had never escaped the camera lens of one of my staff . . .
International Doll House Visit- Final Thoughts
Tourists generally prefer to visit natural attractions over man-made ones for the obvious reason that God’s creations are more wonderful than those being crafted by the hands of man. But, the International Doll House is an exception to the rule. The passion of spouses Werner and Ruelaner for dolls that drove them to collect such costly small human figures from all over the world is simply amazing. More importantly, the Ocean View Park overlooking Bislig Bay that hosts the International Doll House is quietly adorable that each and every first time visitor like me would surely vow for a return visit in the near future.