City Escape: Pinto Art Gallery and Museum

I have always established travel and adventure goals since I was a child like traveling to at least two domestic destinations and one international destination every year, climbing a mountain while completing a 5k run, watching the sun rise and sun set as I sit back and relax along the mountainside, joining a fun run with some hurdles scattered along the way, solving mysteries with your friends as you escape from the pitch black dark room, screaming my lungs out as I got chased by corpses and zombies in Scream park with my friends, watching an International Broadway play, riding a go kart & jet ski, riding a camel, seeing the windmills, patting a tiger without getting bitten, learning pottery, coursing through the raging rapids, cruising along a lake while singing and eating, island hopping to various virgin islets and snorkeling to see the corals and various underwater treasures and fishes.ย  Seeing new sights, museums and tasting various cuisines in some hole in the wall food joints. I feel quite blessed since I was able to accomplish all of my goals so far and I am looking forward to ticking most of them off in my bucket list.ย  Yey! ๐Ÿ˜€

Photo collage I made which I posted in my Instagram account.
Photo collage I made which I posted in my Instagram account.

The last museum that I went to was the Mind Museum here at the Fort about 2 years ago with my sister. We definitely loved the hair rising machine which made use of some magnets and electric currents which eventually made our hairs rise! When we came out we looked like we were electrocuted haha! ๐Ÿ˜€ Funny! ๐Ÿ˜€ I also loved their shadows stop wherein me and my sister got to do a handful of jump shots and awesome gymnastic poses and the camera would catch a photo of us and it would automatically reflect on their dimly lighted walls. Cool! ๐Ÿ˜€

Anyway, we wanted something new for this weekend and since surfing in Baler was out of the options due to the weather conditions yesterday, we just decided to venture into Antipolo and educate ourselves as we stand in awe of the paintings and masterpieces of various Filipino artists who have their much prized artworks displayed along the white washed walls of Pinto Art Gallery.

Mom also invited P to come along with usย  ๐Ÿ™‚ Yey! ๐Ÿ˜€ย  We had quite a hard time finding the place since we followed the GPS and Waze App in my Iphone and it kind of lead us to some off roads and some very questionable and shady avenues. Good thing it was still early in the morning and the sun was still up.

After much deliberation we decided to just re route and go back to the Main Road and navigate our way around to find the elusive gallery to which I heard great reviews! ๐Ÿ˜€ Finally! ๐Ÿ˜€ We found the place come lunch time !:) Yey! ๐Ÿ˜€

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 the saying goes “Looks can be deceiving”

As we went inside Pinto Art Museum, we were directed to the registration area and paid 150 pesos each for the entrance fee. Oh students get a discount so don’t forget to pack in your student id’s. We were then handed two pieces of papers one turned out to be a map and the other was our tickets to tour the place. Our exploration to Pinto Art Museum began.

Some clay displays
Some clay displays
It's a woman world our there! :D Hello girl power!
It’s a woman world our there! ๐Ÿ˜€ Hello girl power!

We first started off our tour by splitting up as me and P took some snap shots of the place and of various art works which took our fancy.The artworks were really a must see and riveting conveying such powerful messages. The place is brimming with designs and sculptures from local artists using materials ranging from paintbrushes to pastels, to charcoal to wood, bamboo shoots and also some clay.

Hello to my shutterbug! :D
Hello to my shutterbug! ๐Ÿ˜€
Some religious artifacts
Some religious artifacts
High ceilings and winding staircases
High ceilings and winding staircases
This occupied a whole wall
This occupied a whole wall

The place has SPACIOUS galleries, winding staircases, picturesque sights and big lush green gardens showcasing excellent works of Filipino artists. This authentic blend of paintings, sculptures and magnificent installationsย  came in with varying themes. Going about the galleries is also an experience, with beautiful landscapes unfolding and surprising as you walk about.

Lush gardens
Lush gardens
By the poolside
By the poolside
My metal man
My metal man
Kids at play
Kids at play
Worth the view
Worth the view
Us imitating the portrait
Us imitating the portrait with our matchy matchy shoes
Waterlilies!
Waterlilies!
Awesome landscape
Awesome landscape

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The owner of place is also our Medical Director in our hospital who has such a flair for the arts that’s why our hospital is beautifully adorned with artistic paintings and canvasses all over it’s walls. I even saw him lounging in one of the chairs and talking to his invited guests as we coursed along the place taking some snapshots.

Dr. Cuanang, The owner of the place
Dr. Cuanang, The owner of the place

The food was kind of overpriced for the quantity and quality since it was Bizu as the only choice we decided to dine in the place. Our orders took so long to serve around 45 minutes already since we last gave our orders to our attendant. Their tomato based soup was a tad bit too sour and their pasta was kind of very little in serving. Their Angus Beef though on the other hand was good and was soft to masticate however my order which was the chicken wasn’t really as tasty as I predicted since it was slabbed on with strawberry jam all over and I didn’t really fancy a sweet dish for my lunch.

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Overall, it offered a sweet escape from the hustle and bustle from the metropolis and was also a refreshing way to unwind and relax on a weekend.

Not all those who wander are lost :D
Not all those who wander are lost ๐Ÿ˜€

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