The love for the arts has gone “Viral”. Open a new gallery and expect a swarm of visitors, all equipped with their DSLR, action cams, and the like, snapping and sharing away on their social media sites. Whatever their reasons are, I always uphold the belief that this phenomena has helped our culture. Yes, some would view this as a fad, but hey, the arts need to be seen, heard, and spread throughout. That’s the very essence of it: to exist and be appreciated.
Just last Saturday, my partner and I have decided to take a random van-ride to the East. We were thinking of any place overlooking the Metro. We ended up with suggestions as radical as a trip to Hinulugang Taktak to Majayjay to Lucban. However, sanity overcame us (thank goodness) and we just decided to see for ourselves what the buzz is all about at Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo.
From Edsa-Farmers, Cubao, it was just an FX ride to Antipolo church. We were delighted to discover that the province is celebrating their SUMAKAH (SUman, MAngga, KAsuy, Hamaka) Festival when we got there. We were able to see a few parades and shop for souvenirs and food! Lucky us!
After which we rode the trike which took us to the doorsteps of Pinto Art Museum. We soon paid the entrance fee and began our visual conquest. The map is a very, very big help as it can serve your checklist on to which part you have already visited.
We first visited the Museum of Indigenous Art where we were greeted by ethnic textiles, carvings, and jewelries. Most, if not all, were from Cordillera which revived my itch to travel to that place. Such rich culture!
The Garden and the pool area was alluring. There is something in that part of the museum that captivates your curiosity; as if there is something that you could scarcely fathom, awaits…and I was there in broad daylight! Imagine how tickling to the senses the place may be at nightfall!
Before long, we wandered into the row of galleries where we spent most of our visit. It was so hard to digest everything, not because they were difficult to look at but because they were overly aesthetic to the sight. We were greeted by them all: from the quaint to the grandiose; from the delicate to the grotesque; everything was worth seeing and taking a photo of. If that would be the only way to preserve everything in your memory, then so be it! I indulged in that moment. It was all too satisfying.
As we were heading home and as the closing time approaches, we walked around only to find Pinto Art Gallery’s best treasure. It was a room filled with Bamboo shoots and darkness. There were several wells of rock and water, and soothing music to immerse you in tranquility and forgetfulness. They called the room “Forest” and I could only wish to get lost there and forget that I have to ever make a living.
Night soon enveloped the museum giving us our queue to leave. As we were heading home, the female host of the museum shared a conversation with us. We are to visit the place again! Not only because I am to wallow in art once more, but my partner promised to vaccinate the resident dogs. Kuya hailed us a trike and we head home feeling complete.
Breakdown of Expenses:
(Same route home)
Van ride from Farmers, Cubao to Antipolo Church – 50 Php
Trike Ride from Antipolo Church to Pinto Art Museum – 20 Pho each
Entrance to Pinto Art Museum:
180 Php (regular, non student)
150 Php (senior citizens and PWD with valid IDs)
100 Php (students with valid school IDs)
3 yrs old below is FREE
Guided Tour Schedule:
09:00 am – 11:00 am
12:00 nn – 02:00 pm
02:00 pm – 04:00 pm
04:30 pm – 06:00 pm
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