TBJ TRAVELS: Pinto Art Museum
Ever since, Antipolo has had the reputation of being home to artists such as painters, potters, and sculptors due to its lush, mountainous setting that's proximal to the city, making it the perfect place that exists between work and inspiration. Antipolo has recently gained reputation as one of the rising vacation destinations up north as wanderers and travelers are charmed by the allure of its resorts tucked between mountains, must- try restaurants nestled in trees, colorful town festivals, delicacies, Luljetta, and Pinto Art Museum, the new destination for art and nature lovers alike.
Let me take you around!
Before we proceed, here are the ticket prices:
P180- regular rate
P100- students and children
P150- senior citizens and PWD
Children below 3 years old- Free
Also known as Silangan Gardens, Pinto Art Museum is a space bustling with art sheltered inside Mediterranean- inspired gazebos, villas, and buildings.
One of the private rooms in one of the Residencias; it's a Spanish- style comedor; I was able to access it because I saw someone I know who's friends with one of the owners of Pinto and he toured me in one of the villas.
There are three restaurants in the compound; one is Cafe Tan-Aw overlooking the garden and pool; during lunch time, it's close because it's al fresco and just too hot for any person to enjoy a good meal in on a really sunny day.
Seats at Cafe Tan-Aw; I bet it's nice to have cocktails and beer in here during sunset!
Next is Pinto Cafe, which has a branch right by the entrance and a few meters into the lower galleries. They have Deep Fried Twinkies OMG and of course, I had one!
Chapel- the chapel is really small; it's just a room without seats and could fit about 15 people while standing up; you're seeing here the lone altar in the chapel.
Sculpture housed in one of the main villas by the entrance.
Museum of Indigenous Art- right behind Cafe Tan-Aw, trek downwards a little and you'll get to this museum where sculptures and textiles that defined an ancient Filipino culture are displayed in all their glory.
Go a little further behind the pool and you will see a winding grand, stone staircase that leads to the rest of the compound, into the 6 galleries. Here's something to pick your brain. ;p
Everywhere you go, the corners are all photo- worthy!
The paintings depict daily Filipino life, and problems and triumphs of our society as well as the painters' deep thoughts about it.
The beauty of Pinto Art Museum is viewing is not linear unlike city museums as the paintings and sculptures are scattered all throughout the place; it encourages walking, nature appreciation, and helps you relax and unwind. Also, you can take photos without any security guard reprimanding you.
Right near the galleries, you will see The Pinto Academy, a school dedicated to Healing and Wholeness; it's interested me a lot as I am into this sort of thing; haven't had the chance to go around the academy as a fashion show was taking place the time me and my BF were there.
Here's the view of the entire academy and this is the fashion show; you can also book this place for pre-nup shoots, video and film shoots, and other events such as this.
The souvenir shop is by the entrance; stop by for art materials.
Museum etiquette and other tips to keep in mind before you visit:
1. Do not deface the paintings and destroy the sculptures; please be civilized museum goers.
2. Do not litter.
3. Don't bring food from the outside as courtesy to the restaurant operators.
4. Give others a turn to take pictures of a certain spot/piece of art.
5. Don't be irritatingly noisy.
6. Don't sit, rest your foot on, and put your stuff on installations.
7. Supervise children and don't give them pens or anything that might deface or ruin any of the art objects.
8. No changing of clothes inside the museum; there are bathrooms for that (museum rule).
9. No smoking inside the museum (museum rule).
10. No pets allowed.
11. Wear light clothes and comfortable footwear.
12. No flash photography, please.
Pinto Art Museum is a great destination that's not far from the city center to take a breather from work, to bring your family and friends to, try and see something new, and to take balikbayan relatives/foreign visitors to. I'd love to go back again and absorb the paintings more.
Pinto Art Museum is located at 1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights Subdivision, Antipolo, Rizal. Opens from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM and from Tuesday to Sunday.
Have you been to this place already?
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