Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Silangan Gardens: Pinto Art Museum of Antipolo, Rizal

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Though I don't have a talent for arts, I can say, I do have a huge interest and appreciation for it. I've been eagerly wanting to visit an art museum located in Antipolo City after hearing raving reviews about the place from the blog community and friends. The museum is named as Pinto Art Museum (PAM). However, due to my piled up personal commitments, plans of going there has always been put aside and on-hold. But last weekend, as the sun settled high on the blue skies, I decided to bring my girlfriend and set the site of Pinto Art Museum to be the venue of our post-Valentines date. And I must say that it was definitely a right move.

How to get there?
From Araneta - Cubao [MRT], take an FX ride having a signboard of Antipolo located in the side of Araneta Center. Then just inform the FX driver to drop you off at the "kanto" of Ynares. It is a 40-minute ride and costs 50 pesos per head. As you reach the "kanto" of Ynares, take a tricycle going to Grand Heights (a subdivision where Pinto Art Museum is situated). Let know your driver that you are heading to Pinto Art Museum and they'll take you there in no time. The museum has been a popular destination on the area that most of the local drivers of Antipolo knew the museum very well. Tricycle ride is 40 pesos (one-way - it is not per head but per ride) and will only take 5-7 minutes.

Pinto Art Museum is a space in Antipolo City that houses present day arts worked by different local artists. If you're wondering where does its name comes from, well, "pinto" is a Tagalog word for door as this place is open for all types of contemporary art form.

Entrance of Pinto Art Museum
Going back to my visit, as I set my feet on the entrance of Pinto Art Museum and looked at it from the outside, I would never have thought that the other side of their small door is a 1.2 hectare property which cages over 300 art pieces, installations and sculptures. The simplicity of their entrance is far way beyond of what's inside.

As we went inside Pinto Art Museum, we were greeted by Mr. Andy Orencio which is the resident gardener slash one of the contributor of the museum. Yup, he's one of the brilliant artist whose paintings are displayed in this place. After the warm welcome, he directed us to the registration area and paid 150 pesos each for the entrance fee. He then gave us 2 pieces of papers which is a map. After some chitchat with Mr. Orencio, our exploration to Pinto Art Museum began.

Shot outside Pinto Cafe
I love shooting her on frames
Me and my girlfriend were actually jumping because of our excitement as we tour the place. Take note, we were still near the entrance yet we can't stop to fall in love with each other with the place. Aside from the massive collection of paintings and sculptures, Pinto Art Museum is also a huge garden with lots of art pieces placed perfectly around it. I was blown away with the ambiance and the architectural structure of PAM. Every detail of this place were well thought -- the white museum wings, the antique doors and windows, the chapel, its pond, even the rooftops... I mean all of them!

Chapel inside Pinto Art Museum
One of the beautiful hallway
Even the roof top has art pieces and sets
More rooftop shot
Writing this blog post and putting into words my experienced on Pinto Art Museum is really challenging on my part. I am running out of words to describe how beautiful and impressive the place is and most specially the art pieces displayed and hanged on the walls of this museum. I really recommend that you visit Pinto Art Museum and see its elegance for yourself.

Isn't it amazing? :)
"Duminicum Eskulentum" by Emmanuel Garibay
One of the wire art pieces of that room
Typical scene in the street
This is really amazing in-person
Mother Nature
"We are here together forever until the world will be verge of sorrow" by Constantino Zicarelli
"Katapusan" by Jerson Samson
Although I have seen Pinto Art Museum on different blog niches, seeing it in personal still makes me go WOW. It is a haven for photography. Every corner of this place is shutter click worthy.

Small figurines in the garden
With the beauty this place holds, I was not surprised when I saw couples doing their shoots for prenup in the garden of PAM. Of course we didn't yielded with those couples and did our own version of prenup. Self timer mode, run, then pose... whuuwalah! Instant "pacute" shots!

She read... I don't
Lets go Baby ko!
I smell love in this shot
Where should we eat po? 
It took us 9 frames to get this shot
Test Shot at the entrance of PAM
Lets get inside?
Bedtime story...
We also know how to have some fun!
Crazy, not Stupid and super Inlove!
Paintings are located into different wings. Each wing is interesting and has an entertaining room. Every room in Pinto Art Museum never failed to amaze me. The "Usapang Babae room, the "Forest Room", the downward hallway with impressive paintings on the its side, the "Panalo (swim, bike, run)” painting, the room that holds a colossal 480-inch long x 144-inch wide mural entitled “Karnabal” and more!

"Panalo (swim, bike, run)”
Biggest mural i saw! 
See how big it is?
Natural light hitting her beautifully
Creepiest room I've been to in my 24 years of existence!!!

By the way, there is also a cafe inside Pinto Art Museum. It is located right after Museum 2. Its a bit pricey so I suggest to packed your own food as you visit the museum.

Their menu is named, "Siraulo". I was curious about its name because it means crazy mind in Tagalog so I asked the attendant why their menu is named like that. She answered me that its name was given by Dr. Joven Cuanang, a neurologist slash gallery owner. Dr. Cuanang believes that intense people or crazy minded people have the most artistic mind. Having said that by a highly-accomplished neurologist, well I guess I am an artist myself. Lol! Or am I an exception and just plainly crazy! Haha

Feels like home...
Pinto Cafe from the outside
We stayed at Pinto Art Museum for more than 3 hours and I didn't feel bored during our stay. With the energy I have that day, I wish this place is a 4 or 5 hectares property because I wanted to see more. More paintings and art pieces from our local artists. It actually makes me proud to see all the works in this place were made by my fellow Kababayan. I salute every artist who put and shared their talents and build this site! I can say that museum hopping is fun in Antipolo, Rizal! Hopefully more site like this will be established in the Philippines.

Do I look bored here?

Breakdown of Expenses:
MRT (Taft/Edsa Station to Cubao/Araneta Station) - 14 pesos
FX ride (Araneta Center to "kanto" of Ynares) - 50 pesos
Tricycle ride ("kanto" of Ynares to Pinto Art Museum) - 40 pesos (not per pax but per ride)
Entrance Fee (Adult) - 150 pesos  [Senior Citizen – 120 pesos | Student – 75 pesos]

Pinto Art Museum
1 Sierra Madre Street, Grand Heights,
Antipolo City, Philippines

Museum Hours
Tuesdays - Sundays | 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

48 comments:

  1. Photo with caption 'It took us 9 frames to get this shot' --- I super like the shot. Lol

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    1. Hahahaha... Thank you! Gawin nyo din to ni poc sa gala nyo

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  2. IMBA sweetness and kiligness! ♥
    pang magazine cover..i'm a fan. hahaha
    keep it up geejay and pepay! hahaha
    awesome photos btw! ;)

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  3. parang pang prenup lang ahhh hehehehe :))

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    1. nakigaya lang po kami sa mga nag peprenup that day haha

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    1. Lalo na po in-person. Visit mo na din :)

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  5. ang cool ng mga photos and ang sweet nyo! inggit ako. chos! :P

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  6. Thumbs Up Kuya.! Great blog. Awesome nice and unique shots.. Galing talga..
    And cmpre super uber apaw siksik ang katamisan nio ni ate Faye.. :) ayyeeee..:)))
    Keep It Up Kuya Good luck! Irecommend ko to s mga friends ko.

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  7. Thank you tin. Nakigaya lang kami sa mga tao jan. Sana makapunta din kayo kasi its very nice place talaga. Parang nasa ibang bansa hehe.. ;)

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  8. hi, open ba sya ng holidays for example May 1??

    thanks Geejay iI super follow your blogs :)

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    1. It is open during Holidays (provided that it is not also Monday). A friend of mine went there in the past in a Holiday and it was open. But just to be sure, you may call them first using this number: (02) 697 1015

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  9. Hi! Did you guys just use a tripod to have your pictures taken? Or did someone else take your pictures? :P

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    1. Yes. It was like, timer on, click on shutter button, run, then pose :) hahahaha

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    2. What time did you guys go here? :) Parang wala pang tao when you did your "photoshoot" :P

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    3. we were there on a lunch time, sinwerte lang siguro kami na di dagsa that day hehe

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  10. I believed you were the couple I saw when I visited this place. This is a nice review. :)

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    1. If you're talking on a weekend last February, then possible that was us.
      Thanks for visiting my blog! :)

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  11. hi! did you pay for your shoot? :) thanks!

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    1. Nope. Fun shoot lang naman po ginawa namin :) Pero pag pre nup talaga and alike, alam ko po may bayad na

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  12. Hi! Hassle po ba or madali lang yung commute to and from the museum? :-)

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    1. nope sobrang dali lang po pumunta dito at pati pabalik ng Manila. Very accessible po sa mga Manilenos :)

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  13. Hi san po exactly located ung fx going there? Thanks

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    1. Malapit po sa babaan ng MRT. pwede nyo ipagtanong sa guard ng MRT-Cubao para mas madali nyong makita

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  14. hi paano po yung way pabalik ng manila?

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    1. Mula sa Museum, pwede ka pong mag tricycle papuntang Terminal ng van na bumabyaheng pabalik ng Cubao. Ayun po :)

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  15. hi, ilan hours po yung biyahe papunta then pabalik na din po? thank :)

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    1. Less than an hour lang po ung biyahe from Cubao :)

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  16. Good job geejay!!! Wala ba kau pics bng menu para mabudgetan ko ung food?

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  17. Ilang hours yung paglilibot niyo po ss buong museum? :)

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    1. we were day for almost 5 hours? medyo napadami kasi ung picture taking namin hehe

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  18. I always keep coming back to this museum. This is such a great place to relax and appreciate art. :)

    www.intransitph.com

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  19. Ano po Camera gamit niyo?

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    1. A tripod + camera timer makes those all possible :)

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  21. Thank god we stumbled across your blog. We are planning to visit the museum this coming weekend but have no idea where to go or what kind of transpo to use.

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  22. Wow, I like the paintings.. It really catch my attention..I wish I can go there to see it more closely.
    Greetings from obras.ph.

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  23. This one made me want to go to PAM even more! Thanks, would love to see you other blogs too!

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  24. The photos are amazing! Great Blog!

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  25. Great shots! Love it! ❤. esp. those self timer shots.. Been planning to go there though..

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  26. Hello! Ask ko lng if may bayad ang photo shoot kahit sariling gamit?
    May nabasa kasi akong article na may bayad daw

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    1. Yes may bayad if may mga malalaking photography equipment na gagamitin. Or if you will be shooting in big numbers. pero kung for hobby lang nope, walang bayad. Kausapin nyo lang ng maayos ung nagbabantay :)

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