During the second day of the APEC holiday in the Philippines, my boyfriend and I decided to go on a trip to Antipolo.
I had never been to the Pinto Art Museum, despite Antipolo being a stone’s throw away and many friends in the area. That day was finally my chance.
It was a really hot day, and good thing I had worn a sleeveless blouse that time. We arrived at around 3 pm and noticed the many visitors that day.
Tickets cost P180 each and come with a photocopied layout of the compound. Maybe because the map had been photocopied too many times, most of the text were already hard to decipher. But it can still be useful if it’s your first time in Pinto, because you can still see where the different galleries are set up.
Design / layout
Pinto is not designed like your typical art museum, primarily because the exhibits aren’t housed in one building. Also because the entire place isn’t air-conditioned. It’s a mix of installations, sculptures, and your not-so-average paintings scattered throughout the Mykonos-like structures.
The white buildings can be a majestic sight on clear, sunny days, punctuated by the greenery and the stairs running along its sides. We noticed that a lot of couples were having their photos taken on these staircases. The whole place is rather picturesque, probably why Pinto already has packages for prenuptial shoots.
I also appreciated and really liked how they had several couches, benches scattered throughout the vicinity which not only allows visitors to rest but also creates a relaxed, laid-back vibe.
I had a bit of a hard time walking around since I was only wearing sandals. Because you’ll be passing through a lot of gravelly paths, I highly suggest you wear rubber shoes or sneakers when you visit.
I had no idea the visual displays would be that eclectic. They ranged from traditional portraits, somewhat animistic-looking statues, X-rays, to chairs with wings.
The good and the bad
The great thing about Pinto is that it’s not so far from Manila, it’s chock-full of art eye candy (hence, making it selfie-worthy too), and it even has its own cafe in case you get hungry during your tour.
A drawback is that it might not be for your more elderly friends and loved ones, as climbing is required to check out other paintings. Also, climbing stairs should be approached with caution, especially if you’ve got kids with you.
Check out my posts too on Chi’s Burgers Company and Monte Cafe, also in Antipolo!
Pinto Art Museum is located at Sierra Madre Street, Grand Heights Subdivision, Antipolo City, and is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 9 am to 6 pm. For more information, visit their Facebook page.