If you’re looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the metro, Pinto Art Museum is just a 45-minute drive away. This enchanting contemporary art space sits on a 1.3-hectare property known as Silangan Gardens inside a private subdivision in Antipolo, Rizal. I’ve seen mad reviews and beautiful photos about this place on social media, so my best friend and I decided to take a look ourselves. Is Pinto Art Museum really all it’s hyped up to be?
The Picturesque Surroundings
Upon entering the spruced up garden surrounded by open air Mediterranean style villas, stone and candlewax sculptures will welcome you. In the middle of the garden between the galleries, they laid out chic white furniture and classic four poster beds with crisp white sheets. Everywhere you turn, doorways and paths lead to hidden treasures.
The Wicked Artworks
I’ve seen kids go here to take stunning photos of themselves with the artworks or the Grecian architecture. However, most never really emphasize the glorious art collection inside. It houses an array of paintings and sculptures that range from odd-looking portraits to bizarre statues. They also have a collection of Indigenous works and historical canvases.
Besides the historic and modern art, the museum has their own tattoo shop featuring photos of the great Mambabatok artist Whang-Od. For those who don’t have the patience to travel 12hours to see her, you can experience getting a traditional tattoo here with one of the Kalinga residents employed by the museum.
The Grecian Cafes
Pinto Art Museum has six galleries, its own mini-museum beside the cafe, a tattoo shop and the Museum for Indigenous Arts. Not to mention the massive gardens and ponds you will have to go through exploring. They have comfy beds and furniture strewn around for those who get tired from walking. If you ever get hungry, they have two cafes that serve meals and drinks. The cafes themselves are a sight to see for you can choose to dine at the gardens or inside where more bizarre paintings enclose you.
The Insta-Worthy Spots
Of course, you couldn’t just visit a picturesque place without getting worthy shots! This where I took the photo for my header, after all. But, make sure to embrace and explore all the beautiful artworks the talented artists worked hard for. This art space holds a wonderful collection that makes a typically boring museum into a highly appealing one.
How to get to Pinto:
By Public Transportation:
1. Ride any FX or jeep bound for Antipolo. They usually have signboards like Antipolo-Simbahan, Junction, Tanay-Rizal, or Tikling. There are jeepney terminals in Greenfield District and in front of Shangri-la Shaw. Meanwhile, you can get an FX at the Park Square UV Express Terminal in Makati or SM Megamall Parking Terminal.
2. Once aboard, ask the driver to drop you off at the Ynares Center. From there, get a tricycle to take you to Pinto Art Museum
By Private Vehicle:
Take Ortigas Extension, pass by Cainta-Junction, then Tikling until you reach Ynares Center. Turn right, then follow the road that will lead you to Grand Heights. For your convenience use the GPS coordinates 14.5810811,121.1637 and place it in your map app.
- UV Fare to Antipolo – PHP 60 (depends on where you’re coming from)
- Tricycle to Pinto Art Museum – PHP 45
- All Day Admission for Adults – PHP 200
…for PWD or Senior Citizens – PHP 180
…for Students with valid ID – PHP 100
- Cafe Meals and Drinks – prepare at least PHP 500
- Wear comfortable shoes since you will be spending most of your time walking.
- Bring a small bag for your valuables for you have to leave your bags at the baggage counter.
- Go on a weekday or arrive as soon as they open at 9AM if you want to avoid huge crowds.
Photo credit to my best friend: shin_vargas.