A collector in Bago City, Negros Occidental opens her house for those who would like to see her collection.
Poinsettia Dormido is the owner of the mug collection. It started in 1989 when she received her first mug given by her husband as pasalubong. According to Poinsettia, her husband used to work as a seafarer for an interisland shipping company. From that point on, he would continue buying her interesting mugs every time he would come home.
The mug collection of Poinsettia has more than 1,300++ pieces. Her collection grew larger through the years with the help from her family friends. It is a mix of mugs that she brought herself as well as gifts from family and friends. Also, when her daughter, nieces and nephews come and visit, they usually make sure to give a mug or two to add to her collection.
She also has mugs that came from a number of countries. As far as Poinsettia can remember, she has mugs from Cambodia, Dubai, Germany, Hong Kong, Japan, London, Malaysia, Singapore, United States and Vietnam. Half of her mugs that came from abroad are from her daughter that serves as keepsakes from her travels. The other half are from friends who work and live abroad.
Her mugs are not just for display purposes. She uses it too! She uses the mug that go with her mood for the day. Like when she misses her nanay, she would use a mug with her photo on it. If she wants to feel like she’s on a holiday, she would use mugs that were given from abroad.
Poinsettia regularly cleans her mugs since it tends to accumulate more dust because its displayed in an open area. The most expensive mugs she has are the Starbucks mugs ranging from Php400 to Php1500 each depending on the style and country it were brought from. Her cheapest is only Php20 where she finds at local bargain stores and that makes her happy because the cheaper the mugs are, the more she can buy at once.
Poinsettia’s message to those who want to start their own mug collection: “When you want to start a collection, it does not need to be very expensive. Some of the mugs from my collection are worth Php20 each and I love them just the same as the more expensive ones. What matters is that they bring you happiness.”
The House of Mugs is located at Barangay Balingasag, Bago City, Negros Occidental.
For inquiries, you can contact the House of Mugs through their Facebook page.
(photos courtesy of Poinsettia Dormido|House of Mugs)
How to Go There
From Manila, you can fly to Bacolod (Php2500++, round trip, 45 minutes). From Bacolod-Silay Airport, you can take a shuttle (Php75-100 per head), or a cab (minimum of Php400) and ask to be dropped off at your destination.
From Bacolod, you can ride a bus/PUVs going to Bago City at the south terminal.