A place for art… & DPs.
DISCLAIMER: SO, SO, SO MANY PHOTOGRAPHS OF US.
What we expected to be some sort of road trip turned out to be only a 50 minute drive from QC. Quite a bummer for us, but great travel time for all of you guys wanting to visit. Located in San Roque, Antipolo, getting to Pinto art museum is quite simple: turn on your GPS & you should be able to find your way easy (duh!). No, seriously, there aren’t any complicated turns or one-way streets. The only significant decision you need to make is whether you take the Marcos Highway or the Ortigas Extension route (FYI, we used the former on a Sunday morning). For those taking public transport, commute instructions are readily available online.
If you did drive, there is a 20 peso fee to enter the village where Pinto is. I’m guessing this is an arranged fee between the two, perhaps for the amount of cars street parked that the museum brings in. If you don’t want to fork out 20, try telling the guard you’re just there to visit someone. Hey, it might work, cheapskate.
Random site snaps
Once you’ve taken your pre-museum selfies & paid the fee of 180/pax, enter & hope that your phone/camera battery is strong enough to take on the beating it will get. You’ll be surprised by how big the place is once inside. There are 3 Pinto cafe dining areas, a chapel, a swimming pool, 2 gardens, several patches of greens & pavements, 6 divided galleries filled with awesome works of art, & lots (& lots!) of photogenic spots for you & your friends to capture those oh so nice DPs! I myself had to skip shooting some areas as i hadn’t yet bought a spare battery for my M43 body when we went (the very nice Pen EP-5 which I’ll be doing a review of, sometime in the future).
Indigenous gallery snaps
Depending on your plan of attack, it might take you more than 1 to 2 hours to stroll around the museum. And that estimate still can be way off as it will depend whether your main goal is to appreciate art or do a photowalk. We came in wanting to do both, but as this blog has shamefully showed you so far, the experience became more of the latter. There’s just so much stuff for your lenses to take in that several times during our trip, we had to concede to just revisit some picture worthy spots later on after we’re done exploring the entire place. In fact, there were several couples having their prenuptial shoots when we went.
Just some of our DP worthy & social media shareable haul
So judging the place if you checked out our personal pictures above (if you were able to stomach all of them that is!), it’s not your usual cramped, deck & halls museum. Sure there are portions in which Pinto is just what it is, a gallery, but there’s somehow an air of relaxation that makes you feel loose. The greens & gardens gives you a nature-trip feel yet even the exhibit rooms felt breezy (not that FB kind) & lounge-like, creating a very comfortable atmosphere. This isn’t your usual gradeschool fieldtrip. (With no one shitting themselves /hopefully/ & no stale smell of Humpy Dumpy, Yum!)
More gallery & art snaps
Yes, Pinto has more contemporary artworks on display. As you’ll see from the photos, this isn’t really where art meets history type of gallery (not at all a bad thing, but something worth mentioning). Being a former art student myself, i was actually able to spot some very familiar works that i’m pretty sure i’ve seen before in the Beato Angelico gallery (and yes, meow.) There were even a few installation artworks, the most interesting of which is “Forest”, a huge sparsely lit room filled with bamboos, rocks, & water wells. Navigating through the very dark space with the accompanying ambient nature sounds was a bit too eerie for me (again, meow), but was a very nice immersive piece to experience.
More gallery & art snaps
Unfortunately, we weren’t able to try the food at Pinto Cafe as we already had made plans to eat outside that day. The very small menu had very interesting (& a bit pricey) offerings, ranging from duck pasta, lamb entree & molten chocolate cake. If you do visit Pinto & have the budget for it, i’d suggest you eat there as i’ve heard it’s catered by Bizu.
More social media shareable haul (you can skip you know!)
After 2-3 hours of wandering around the entire place & as you can judge by my trigger happiness, my camera did indeed die on me. I’m sure another battery would’ve let me take more snaps, yet it maybe would’ve lessen the art experience. And even though we did more photowalk-ing the place, the artworks & shamefully, ourselves, the overall experience was still truly a noteworthy one. So it really is a toss-up between what you want to do more when you visit, and i guess there lies the real value of what the place offers: Pinto Art Museum is more than an art gallery.
- It can be a road trip (not for us)
- It can be a photowalk place
- It can be a foodie visit
- It can be a relaxation spot
- It can be a nature trip
- It is an art museum.
- And yes, It can be where you get your next DP. (We did)
Entrance: php180/pax; Village entrance/parking fee: php20; Cafe: approx. php600/2pax; Address: 1 Sierra Madre St. Grand Heights, Antipolo City, Rizal; FB: Pinto Art Museum
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