“You might as well ask an artist to explain his art or ask a poet to explain his poem. It defeats the purpose. The meaning is only clear through the search.”
― Rick Riordan
Some of us, see art as boring or some see and tend to ignore it. But, Art in various ways gives color into our life not just literally but meaningfully. It lightens our moods, expresses our thoughts and for me, removes the boredom in life. It makes things fun. Art is everywhere. Not just as paintings or sculptures but also from the simplest things we see every day– as a packaging of a certain food, a furniture design, a website, or a collection of junks.
ART DATE NO. 2
Last time, my girlfriend and I visited the National Museum of the Philippines. We were astounded by the paintings and sculptures of our ancestors and national heroes. We told ourselves that we will visit a museum again, if not, an art gallery. So, for our second art date, we’ve planned to visit one of the well-known museum/gallery in Antipolo, Rizal, the Pinto Art Museum. An art haven hidden within a subdivision. It showcases artworks from ancestral to modern times. It’s located on the mountainside, in addition to the artworks is the great view of Metro Manila.
We came from Manila, so we took the LRT-line 2 from Recto Station going to Santolan Station. Which costs 25 pesos. Outside Santolan station, there are vans going to Antipolo, Rizal. The fare costs 45 pesos per person. Other modes of transportation are the jeepneys. The van dropped us at their terminal near the Antipolo Church. From there, we took a trike straight to Pinto. They were very familiar with the place so there’s no problem getting there. The museum is just near the subdivision gate.
PINTO ART MUSEUM
After 2 hours of commuting, we arrived at the front gate of Pinto Art. Entrance fee is 250 pesos per adult. The receptionists gave us the tickets and a map as a guide. As we entered the compound, we were greeted by a serene place. We passed through a garden surrounded by these white structures, which houses the different artworks. Every gallery is unique and will surprise you with wonderful masterpieces. The museum doesn’t limit its artworks indoors but there are also that can be found outdoors.
The place is visually attractive, it was built with an impression of Santorini, Greece. White-washed walls, cubic structures, flat roofs and natural-lit rooms. Everywhere we go there’s an opportunity for a good picture. The place complements with nature. With its pure look plus the trees and the grass around it, it surely removed our stresses just by looking at it.
Pinto Art Museum showcases various artworks from Modern to Postmodern Art. There are arts that tickled our imagination and mostly, bent our minds on thinking what they really mean. Some, look cool and some are disturbing. We saw sculptures made from junk, paintings that depict a modern way of life, and even abstract paintings. All in all, it challenged our imaginations. Well, this is art. There are no rules on making these. Everyone has the freedom to express themselves in various ways.
In addition, there’s also a gallery dedicated to the Filipino indigenous arts, which includes wooden sculptures, tapestries, and objects used for rituals and traditions by the tribes located in the Cordilleras.
Our visit here reminded me of something, that we should always be creative. That life doesn’t develop with just being logical, but it is needed to be partnered with creativity, as things do not come to life without creating an idea.
Pinto’s Architecture and Art provided life to art’s seemingly ignored state in this times where technology is prevalent. I encouraged you to visit this beautiful place. It will not just satisfy your hunger for aesthetics but it will also fill up your identity.
- 1 Sierra Madre Street, Grand Heights Subdivision, Barangay San Roque, Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines
How to get there:
- Ride van or jeepney outside of Santolan Station (LRT line 2) going to Antipolo City.
- Drop at the terminal and take a tricycle. Tell the driver to drop you off directly at Pinto Art.
- If your driver doesn’t know where Pinto Art is, tell him to drop you at Grand Heights and walk your way to the museum.
- Entrance Fee (Regular) = P200
- Entrance Fee (Senior Citizens and PWDs) = P180
- Entrance Fee (Students) = P100
- Photoshoot = P7500-P15000 (For 5 pax, inclusive of preparation room with aircon)
- Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/Pinto-Art-Museum-281376918562097/
- Contact Number: (02) 697 1015 (Landline)
- Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- The museum is open every day except on Mondays.
- It is open from 9:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
- Changing of clothes are not allowed inside the museum
- For photo shoots, register and pay the required fee.
- No pets allowed and no smoking