A couple of days before Christmas, my orgmates and I decided to pay a visit to the much celebrated Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo. Aside from its array of art pieces from various artists all over the country, the museum has also gained its popularity because of its spacious architecture, relaxing ambiance, and its ‘photo shoot friendly’ feel.
Unlike most museums, Pinto offers a huge space for its visitors to roam around. Inside, you’ll find various art in forms of structure, paintings, installations, furniture, and even landscape. If you happen to plan a visit to the museum, make sure that you are wearing something comfortable, or else you won’t really get to appreciate everything. There would be a lot of stair climbing and walking involved on your visit.
A peek of what the museum has to offer
Although the entrance looks nothing but humble, the place is actually around 1.2 hectare of land, housing more than 300 pieces of art. Everywhere you look is unbelievably picturesque — from the paintings, to the structure of each art gallery. The facade of each building is painted in white a la Santorini, and is filled with open windows, which basically results to the place’s perfect lighting. If you are looking for a place to take your latest profile photo, well, congrats, you’ve come to the right place, my friend.
I told you it was selfie friendly.
Since it was an unplanned visit and we only had a few hours to spare, we weren’t able to see everything that there is to see in Pinto. Although we’ve pretty much covered 70% of the place, we still weren’t able to check out the one with the sinking church and the famous “we are the kids your parents warned about” sign. I also wasn’t able to bring my camera which is a huge bummer, so I ended up taking snapshots with my old but handy iphone 4 (which pretty much explains the resolution of the pics).
A really interesting piece at the main gallery.
Aside from the artworks, the rooftops are also worth the visit. There, you’ll be able to witness some really nice cloud formations while you relax or even lie down on a bed. Yep, you got that right — they actually have nice, white beds scattered around the place, where visitors are free to do whatever they want… except for profanity, of course. They also have garden chairs and benches where you can lounge around.
Danna, Gela, Brylle, and I taking our selfie on the garden bed!
Since the place is well known for the wonderful photos, the museum’s management has also opened up opportunities for those who might want to conduct proper photo shoots in the vicinity. Price ranges from PHP5,000 up, depending on the place that you’d like to occupy. Don’t worry though, they won’t really charge you if you’re just fooling around and having fun with a DSLR. If you’re about to bring in equipment and lights, then that’s the only time that you’d have to take a permit from their team.
One of the nice garden sets where you can hang around with friends and talk.
If going around the museum tires and hungers you, there is actually a cafe inside where you can enjoy a nice and creamy halo halo. However, the cafe only serves food from Bizu, which can be quite pricey. Food may range up to PHP 400+ if you’re ordering a full meal. I’m not sure if it’s allowed to bring in food and have a picnic inside, but just in case, you can always take a trike going back to the Bayan, and have a nice dinner at Cafe Cristina, or the fast food chains available nearby.
Spacious and beautiful, isn’t it?
The place sounds nice and all, but I know most of you are pretty skeptical to visit because it sounds far. Antipolo might feel like a million miles away if you’ve practically spent your years staying in the midst of the Metro Manila crowd, but honestly, it’s just an hour ride away. You’d have to take various modes of transportation though, but it is relatively easy and not as secluded as you think.
Obligatory selfie with the paintings. Not.
How to go to Pinto Art Museum (via commute):
- Take a jeepney or FX going to Antipolo. If you’re coming anywhere from Manila, you may go down in Cubao or Shaw Boulevard and take the vehicles bound to Antipolo or Teresa. Ask the driver to drop you off at Ynares Center.
- Take a tricycle (fare is at Php 40.00) going to Pinto Art Museum.
1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights, Antipolo
Tuesday – Sunday; 9 AM – 6 PM
Php 150.00 – Regular Pass
Php 120.00 – Senior Citizen and PWD (with ID)
Php 75.00 – Student (with ID)