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Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo | steppanyaki

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.

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Facade of the Pinto Art Museum
Ring the bell when you enter. That's the boyfie standing under the welcome arch.
Ring the bell when you enter. That’s the boyfie standing under the welcome arch.

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.

Watch your step if you're climbing up to the second floor galleries.
Watch your step if you’re climbing up to the second floor galleries.

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.

Cozy window nook :)
Cozy window nook. Yes, that’s an actual bed outside. ­čÖé

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.

The large windows let plenty of light in, adding natural drama to the hallways.
The large windows let plenty of light in, adding natural drama to the hallways.

 

Visual displays

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.

This mix of religious and strange sculptures were the first things that greeted us.
This mix of religious and strange sculptures were the first things that greeted us.
Really love these hexagonal frames. If I had a restaurant, I'd use these to mark the men's and ladies' rooms.
Really love these hexagonal frames. If I had a restaurant, I’d use these to mark the men’s and ladies’ rooms.
Make a wish!
Make a wish!
Pinto Art Museum also has a chapel where you can light a candle and say a short prayer.
Pinto Art Museum also has a chapel where you can light a candle and say a short prayer.
A charming image of the traditional ox-hauled carts selling woven wares.
A charming image of the traditional ox-hauled carts selling woven wares.
There are plenty of cafes throughout the vicinity in case you get hungry.
There are plenty of cafes throughout the vicinity in case you get hungry.
This massive mural was a collaborative work of several artists.
This massive mural was a collaborative work of several artists.
Here's a panoramic view of one of the galleries.
Here’s a panoramic view of one of the galleries.
Looks like one of those photos that make it to a berlin-artparasites Facebook post.
Looks like one of those photos that make it to a berlin-artparasites Facebook post.
Lots of people that day!
Lots of people that day!
There's a dining table where people can chill out and chat. That second floor has a bed that we weren't sure was meant for resting or part of an art installation.
There’s a dining table where people can chill out and chat. That second floor has a bed that we weren’t sure was meant for resting or part of an art installation.
This artist actually x-rayed images of saints, crucifixes and what have you. The result? Spooky but also quite cool.
This artist actually x-rayed images of saints, crucifixes and what have you. The result? Spooky but also quite cool.
We snuck into one of the rooms and we were pleasantly surprised to discover this zen-like setup with rocks and water dripping and calming music playing.
We snuck into one of the rooms and we were pleasantly surprised to discover this zen-like setup with rocks and water dripping and calming music playing.

 

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┬áthat 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┬ámy 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.