Travelogue: Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo

Monday, July 06, 2015

Photos by Pao Salandanan
When I first heard of Pinto Art Museum from my friends and seeing their artsy-fartsy snaps on instagram, I thought "hmmm, it's another boring  place somewhere". But with the amount of flood posts and constant fuzz, I got curious so I convinced Pao to celebrate our 5th year anniversary in Antipolo. We both love to travel, discover new places and take photographs so I think it's the best plan for both of us.

Upon arrival, we took no time wasted. The place is very unique and peaceful. There are only few people inside when we visited because it was on a weekday so we had the place all to ourselves.
The place was originally a residential property and was later converted into a museum. So basically it isn't the typical "formal" museum where in you enter into one building and hop from to room to see the exhibits. In Pinto Art Museum, exhibits will greet you everywhere - in the lawn, in the garden, stairs, or even on the path-walks! It was unique and very refreshing. The experience is more enjoyable with this kind of set-up and you will realize that museums are aren't boring after all.
The structures with-in the museum are of white washed painted walls and smooth curvy edges which actually reminds me of Mediterranean inspired architecture of Santorini Greece. The place is very charming which is why its not a surprise if you will see few pre-nup sesh and pictorial happening around the place.
With the lush greens and overlooking cityscape of Antipolo and Marikina city, this place is a perfect escape from the concrete jungle. It is the best place to reflect and unwind, away from the chaotic city buzz. 
Everything in this place is so picturesque. Other than the exhibits itself, you will also be fascinated by the antique doors in different materials and styles, aged windows in every sizes, and many quirky and artsy things that is incorporated in every corner. You will find something interesting even on the unused bed that seemed to be thrashed away by its owner. I actually cant decide which way to look and which door to enter because I am literally jumping and galloping in every direction.
If you are already fascinated by the exhibits outside, wait until you see MORE of the inside. The first gallery we went into exhibits original sculptures made of wires and melted steels (not so sure, correct me if i'm wrong). 
The following galleries were also of sculptures and paintings in different medium and sizes hanging on the walls. I also love the idea of having these exhibits being displayed on different ground levels. It makes the experience more interesting and enjoyable. As a matter of fact, it cuts the "boring"-ness of the almost empty spaces. I believe the space planning and arrangement of this place is very effective and is well designed.
In between the rooms and galleries, you will find beautiful pocket gardens which leads to another gallery. We found this garden in the midst of the museum which I think was originally a courtyard. There, you will find a cafe which unfortunately wasn't operating when we went there. I heard it is operated by Bizu so I guess they serve good food though I am not so sure if they too have affordable prices. 
The courtyard garden leads to this beautiful archway which opens to another area of more exhibits. This part mostly contains abstract pieces which I actually do not understand since I am Architecture student and not really an artist "artist". Nonetheless, the pieces of arts on display are undeniably creative and crafty. You will see the amount of work and sweat they put into it through every stroke, twist, and turn as you examine it closely.
After the abstract room, we were surprised to see another courtyard outside overlooking these beautiful and wide arched windows. There are also paintings and few antique photographs which I guessed as the photos of the ancestors of this very house. There are even antique chests or "baul" displayed. 
The transitions from gallery to gallery is a breathe of fresh air. The pocket gardens and courtyards are filled with refreshing greens. Everything in this place is so picture perfect. Every angle, every hole, every corner is photo-genic! As a matter of fact, some of these photos were taken using my Xperia phone. It is impossible to take bad photos in Pinto Art Museum. REALLY! 
The succeeding galleries we went into exhibits more paintings which are uniquely placed on the walls. The reason behind? We have no idea. But if you want to learn about it, I heard they have a guided tour on schedule (refer to the info at the end of this article). 
Pinto Art Museum offers a lot more hidden nooks to explore which I regret we haven't really explored that much because we have to head back to manila before it's dark as well as, before we join the afternoon traffic rush. When we went there, some places are still on construction so I guess it's another reason to come visit again one of these days. 
Before we finally bade goodbye, we grabbed some pizza and coffee at their open-air cafe right near the mini chapel (it's a different one from the cafe at the courtyard). The pizza tastes okay for me, though I think the serving is quite too small for it's price. I think its about 200-300 Pesos (forgot the exact price) for this small and very very thin crusted pizza! The crust is as thin as a cracker! I swear! I am not so sure if I enjoyed every bite.
And oh! be prepared to see these cuties around. They looked so adorable although, don't trust leaving your food with them HAHA! So I guess that's all for our Pinto Art Museum adventure. I will leave you with few facts you need to know before you come and visit Pinto Art Museum.

What do you need to know before going to Pinto Art Museum?
Pinto Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
Pinto Art Museum is CLOSED on MONDAYS.
Pinto Art Museum is open during holidays (except holidays on Mondays)
Parking is at the street right across the museum.
No food or pets are allowed.
Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the museum.
No flash photography.
Children can visit Pinto Art Museum as long as they are accompanied by an adult within the premises at all times.
Friendly reminder: Don't forget to bring a bottle of insect repellent coz during our visit, there were a LOT of mosquitoes! (-.-)
How much is the Entrance fee?
P180 for regular ticket
P150 for senior citizens and PWD with valid IDs
P100 for children and students with valid school IDs
Free for children below 3 years old
There’s an entrance fee of P20 for road users for non-residents of Grand Heights.  
Guided Tour Schedule: 09:00 am – 11:00 am; 12:00 nn – 02:00 pm; 02:00 pm – 04:00 pm; 04:30 pm – 06:00 pm
Is Photo-shoots allowed in Pinto Art Museum?
Photo-shoot rates:
P7,500 (upper garden, lower garden and indigenous art museum only),
P15,000 (upper and lower gardens, indigenous art museum and new museum wing indoor).
Inclusive of: 5 hours shoot (in excess P750/hour), 5 pax (in excess P300 per head); comes with preparation room
How to get to Pinto Art Museum?
Going to Antipolo, we took the train from LRT line 2 - Araneta Cubao Station and alighted at the last station in Santolan. From there, we rode the jeepney going to Antipolo proper and took a tricycle ride going to the Museum. The museum itself is situated in a secluded area so walking is not recommendable.
How much would it cost?
Commuting from Cubao to Antipolo (according to our itinerary)
Train: Cubao to Santolan Station : 12Php/head
Jeepney : Santolan to Antipolo : 15Php/head (may vary)
Tricycle : Antipolo proper to Pinto Art Museum : 15Php/head
Commuting from Antipolo to Cubao may vary depending on which route you would like to take. Other options aside from jeepneys is, you may take an FX for 40 pesos going straight to Cubao from Antipolo town proper.
Total: 80-100 Php per head for a back and forth fare.

I hope this article be of great help. Until our next adventure!

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