It was a lovely saturday morning, a little bit cloudy but not too gloomy. We were looking for a good place not too far from Manila to spend the day. After a few searches we came across the Pinto Art Museum, we’ve thought of going here last month but didn’t push through, so this time we decided to go there. One of the best thing about living in the city that you are already familiar with, you can go anywhere using the public transportation and spend less.
Pinto Art Museum
Pinto Art Museum is part of Silangan Gardens located in 1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights, Antipolo, Rizal with a lot area of 1.3 hectare. It consists of Museum shop, Galleries, Gardens, Chapel, Cafes and Theaters managed by El Refugio Arts and Sciences Foundation Inc. The Museum has a collection of paintings, sculptures, contemporary and indigenous art pieces of some known and unknown artists.
Museum Hours: Tuesday to Sunday (9am to 6pm)
We paid an entrance fee of 200.00 each and we were handed with a copy of the rules and policies of the Art Museum as well as its map before we get in. Upon entering the premises we were asked to leave our backpacks as it might hit the displays inside the galleries. I brought a small sling bag with me to put our valuables. Unlike any other museums, dslr cameras are allowed here with no special permits needed.
When we walked a little from the entrance it felt like we were lost in time, swallowed into another dimension and it was too beautiful for words. Every corner and walls with white-washed paints of Pinto Art Museum is a perfect spot for an Instagram-worthy picture.
Displays are not only inside the galleries. They also have sculpture gardens and roof decks with amazing displays too.
Great thing about its galleries are it is open to natural light that emphasizes how amazing the displays are. I will not be posting all our pictures inside the galleries to not spoil your experience and respect the art works. We recommend you to go there and see for yourself how wonderful each pieces are. But here’s a sneak peek.
Other than the paintings, sculptures and art pieces you can also find a Forest inside. An installation of Bamboo trees in a one room near Gallery 5. The room is dark and the only light is coming from the areas where water and rocks are placed. It was very quiet and actually relaxing thus you can only hear drops of water echoing on the whole room.
The Museum of Indigenous Art was opened February 2015 that houses a collection of indigenous sculpture, textile and jewelry. It is an ongoing project that accumulates, documents and exhibits works from different indigenous peoples of the Philippines as well as select communities from Southeast Asia. The building is designed by Antonio Leano and the collection is curated in collaboration with cultural experts Ramon Villegas and Dave Barradas – Pinto Art Museum Facebook Page.
There are also sofa or benches set up inside the galleries mostly in the window areas or just below the painting where you can relax or take a picture.
Where to eat
We had our lunch at the Cafe Pinto near the Gallery 2 and they also have one near the entrance. Each serving is already good for 2 persons and the price ranges from Php 200.00 – 400.00 ($4.34 – 8.70). We ordered the Mediterranean pasta, California Maki, Strawberry fizz and Virgin lychee mojito which cost approximately Php 800.00 ($17.39). I love the virgin lychee mojito as I find it perfect for the meal on the other hand, the sweetness of the strawberry fizz did not complement the food. A thumbs up to their service because they attend to us as soon as we got in and served an ice cold water.
How did we get there?
- From Pasay we take the MRT3 Taft station and alight in Cubao station
- From Cubao station we take the LRT2 and alight in Santolan station
- Outside the Santolan station, we take a jeepney to Antipolo (there will be a lot of conductor that calls for passenger)
- Informed the conductor to drop us off in Ynares Center
- We take a tricycle and tell the driver that we are going to Pinto Art Museum
Our Budget each is Php 416.00 ($9.00)
- Mrt Taft – Cubao Php 20.00 ($0.50)
- Lrt Cubao – Santolan Php 15.00 ($0.25)
- Jeepney from Santolan – Ynares Center Php 23.00 ($0.50)
- Tricycle to Pinto Art Museum(PAM) Php 50.00 ($1)
- Pinto Art Museum Entrance Php 200.00 ($4.50)
- Tricycle from Pinto Art Museum Php 50.00 ($1)
- Jeepney to Lrt Santolan Php 23.00 ($0.50)
- Lrt Santolan – Cubao Php 15.00 ($0.25)
- Mrt Cubao – Taft Php 20.00 ($0.50)
Tips and Reminders
- Bring only small bags, backpacks are not allowed inside the museum.
- Respect the museum’s Rules and Policies. If caught, the management has the rights to remove you from the premises.
- Be courteous to others especially when taking pictures. There are also others waiting for their turn even though there is no line.
- Observe silence even outside the galleries because remember that you are in a museum.
- Noticed most of the people are just taking selfies, please take time to read and give the attention that the artworks deserves.
- On weekends, be there at opening time because most people come in the afternoon.
We were able to roam around the museum for two hours but we decided to take another look at the displays. It was a good decision to spend our saturday in Pinto Art Museum. There are still two buildings under construction and we hope to visit it again when all are built.
You may also check out Pinto Art Museum Official Facebook Page for updates.
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