Public Advisory: Essilor Philippines Warns Public on Eye Refraction Scam

I must admit, I was also victimized by a scam before.  

Whenever I hear stories about people being victimized by scam, I also feel sad for them.  I do not want to judge them as being stupid or foolish for being a prey to these scammers. This is a hard lesson learned for each and every one.  Some people will say, "Walang manloloko kung walang magpapaloko," but for me fooling people is a work of the devil.

Anyway, Essilor is one of the leading brands in improving our eyesight, and I feel blessed to be able to test their lenses (see blog posts here and here).  Essilor is the world’s leading ophthalmic optics company and the makers of Crizal®, Transitions® and Varilux®.  

However, there are unscrupulous individuals who go around the country claiming to be eye doctors and collecting money for eye refraction posing as Essilor employees.  I also wear eyeglasses so when I heard about this latest scam, I am alarmed.   Eye care is one of the important things that we should not take for granted.

Essilor Philippines posted a warning in response to numerous complaints that they have received and heard.  There were some people who were approached by these pseudo eye doctors for eye refraction in exchange for a fee, and were given and Essilor order form as proof of purchase.  Unfortunately, no eyeglasses were said to have been provided during or after these transactions.

At present, Essilor Philippines is currently investigating these complaints and will exercise all legal actions against those deemed guilty of the above-mentioned offense.

The public is advised that Essilor Philippines does not in any way solicit money for vision screening outside of its accredited vendors, clinics, and licensed eye care professionals. Consumers who require eye refraction are advised to visit accredited optical shops, eye clinics and deal only with licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists. The company also conducts vision screenings in select communities for free. Essilor does not sell its products directly to consumers, but through accredited optical shops, eye clinics, and licensed optometrists and ophthalmologists.

Essilor Philippines requests the public to beware of this scam and to report any suspicious transactions and individuals engaged in this fraudulent act at

About Essilor
The world’s leading ophthalmic optics company, Essilor designs, manufactures and markets a wide range of lenses to improve and protect eyesight. Its corporate mission is to enable everyone around the world to access lenses that meet his or her unique visual requirements. To support this vision, the Company allocates over €160 million to research and development every year, in a commitment to continuously bring new, more effective products to market. Essilor’s flagship brands are Varilux®, Crizal®,TransitionsTM,  Xperio® and OptifogTM.
It also develops and markets equipment, instruments and services for eyecare professionals.
Essilor reported consolidated revenue of €4.9 billion in 2012 and employs around 50,700 people in some 100 countries. It operates 19 plants, a total of 390 prescription laboratories and edging facilities, as well as several research and development centers around the world.
Essilor was classified by Forbes magazine as being among the world’s 30 most innovative companies.

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The Book Museum cum Ethnology Center in Marikina City: A Must- Visit Place for Learning

Kib and I love books.  I really wanted to raise Kib with love for reading that is why I bought a lot of books for him since he was two years old.  I am also thankful for friends who have also contributed on our small library at home (read more about it here).

Apart from our love for books, Kib and I also like going to new places.  When I heard about the opening of a book museum in Marikina, I was so excited about it.  It is just near our place.  I do not need to battle the traffic just to get there.

The Book Museum cum Ethnology Center in Marikina City just opened early this year.  It is owned by Atty. Dominador D. Buhain who also owns Rex Group of Companies.  It is pretty obvious that he loves books because he owns a printing company, hehehe.  He also loves traveling, as he is one of the most-travelled persons around the globe (to date he has travelled to 211 countries and islands).  

In the Book Museum, you can see all the printed materials Atty. Buhain collected from all of his travels.  The Museum has also a collection of all his favorite books and the books printed by Rex Publishing House.  Apart from that, there are rare books from his collection too.

I am not telling anything about the things that we've seen during our visit at The Book Museum cum Ethnology Center as I do not want to spoil the fun and I would really encourage you to visit this place so that you will learn more about the exhibit.

Take a look at the photos that I took during the visit:

Since this is a special event, we were really given an up close and personal look at the rare collection.  On regular days, only the books from Atty. Buhain's trip and other references are allowed to be touched and read by visitors.

The Ethnology Center, on the other hand, is divided into two groups: Northern Philippines and Southern Philippines.  The Ethnology Center highlights well-preserved and precious artifacts from Northern and Southern parts of the Philippines.  The Northern Philippines room showcases artifacts from the Cordilleras.  The Southern Philippines building houses the artifacts from Visayas and Mindanao regions.  Atty. Buhain started collecting artifacts in the 1960s during his business and leisure visits in these areas.  His collections were given authenticity by the experts like Professor Ike Picpican (curator of St. Louis Baguio Museum).

Here are the photos I have taken on the Ethnology Center:

I asked the museum manager if Atty. Buhain loans his collection to other museums.  She said that Atty. Buhain never loaned any of these and they were only shown in public during the events Rex Group of Companies organized.  This is the first time that Atty. Buhain shared his collection to the people by putting up a museum.

Kib and I had really fun during our trip at The Book Museum cum Ethnology Center.  The museum staff were also amazed on Kib's curiosity on the exhibits there.  He even said that Johannes Guttenberg printed the first Bible, ahihihi.  For sure, Kib and I will be back here together with our other homeschooling friends :)

The Book Museum cum Ethnology Center is really one place to learn more about books, travel, and our very rich culture.  

Oh, wait, I almost forgot to mention, The Book Museum cum Ethnology Center has tied up with two establishments near them.  The Book Museum decided to partner with these two establishments because they also promote the love for reading.

Get 10% discount on Greg and Sally Tree Garden Cafe and Bubba Lab (Marikina Heights branch) and Bubba Lab (Graceland Plaza branch) OR get 10% off on Book Museum access fee when you dine in first at Greg and Sally or Bubba Lab.  Greg and Sally is a tea tree garden restaurant in the heart of Marikina City while Bubba Lab lets you experience the laboratory theme making you feel like you are dining in a chemist's lab!  This promo is from March 19-June 19.  You need to present receipt to be able to enjoy the discount.

Some of the photos I took during our lunch treat at Greg and Sally's

We had our afternoon snacks at Bubba Lab

The Book Museum cum Ethnology Center can be found at 127 Dao St., Marikina Heights, Marikina City.  You need to call/book at least three days in advance before going there.  Entrance fee is Php100 for students and adults and Php80 for senior citizens.  You may contact them at 570-4449 or email for reservations.  You may also visit their Facebook page for more info.