The word “pinto” translates to “door” in English. At Pinto Art Museum, every doorway reveals treasures that are waiting to be discovered. The wide doors seek to lead you to different galleries that portray powerful messages. This is just one thing I like most about the place.
On that note, here are other reasons why Pinto is worth visiting…
1. You Will Be Enlightened on Contemporary Local Art.
I, for one, am a lover of the intriguing contemporary art. Contemporary art boasts its diversity by utilizing different media. From sculptures to installations as well as paintings to dioramas, all these can be found at Pinto Art Museum.
Leading Neurologist Dr. Joven Cuanang is the curator and owner of this modern museum. His passion is fueled by the Filipino contemporary art. This is why he allowed more people to appreciate its value by displaying his wide collection to the public. Thus, Pinto is home to local artists such as Mark Justiani and Jose John Santos III.
2. The Admission Rates Are Affordable.
Affordable is an understatement to carry the worth of this hip museum. Adults can enjoy an all-day pass for as low as PHP 200. Students with a tight budget do not need to shell out too much as they can enter the museum by paying PHP 100. Reap this price by presenting your school ID.
Senior citizens are given the friendly rate of PHP 180. Lastly, children aged 3 and below can always come for free.
3. There Are Many Galleries to Discover.
Compared to other museums in the outskirts of Manila, Pinto a well-curated collection in a massive space. There are several galleries for you to explore.
Gallery 1 will greet you with the artworks that depict the daily lives of the people in the Philippines. Walk ahead and you will witness the installations of the Gallery 2. The following galleries contain abstract art pieces that carry different interpretations.
4. It Is Very Accessible.
As a tourist, you will realize that Pinto is very accessible and commuting would not be a hassle. Say you are commuting. Begin by riding a jeepney that will take you to Antipolo Church. From there, you can take a tricycle to reach the museum.
If you are travelling from Manila, you will have to sit for about 1-2 hours. This is not bad.
5. You Can Choose From Different Eateries.
After spending countless hours on exploring the museum and taking group pictures, you can enjoy a quick break by visiting in the in-house cafe. Hit two birds with one stone by savoring the view and indulging on a delicious plate.
Cafe Tan-Aw offers a myriad of quality food, which were made from the finest ingredients. An example of how these ingredients were infused in a plate is the signature Fire Cracker (about PHP 375). The chef uses shrimps and scallops on a California Maki and adds a twist by pouring a over hot sauce (made from fermented Japanese soy beans and chili pepper).
6. It Is Instragramable.
If you constantly follow your friends or family back in the Philippines, I am sure that some of them have posted pictures of their Pinto visit. Pinto manages to fuse their artworks with the lush environment because it is situated at the heart of Silangan Gardens.
Millennials and other Instagram enthusiasts will fall in love with the Mediterranean-inspired architectural design. Due to its exquisite minimalist ambiance, you do not have to become a professional photographer to take magnificent pictures. This is why the museum is a popular setting for photo shoots!
Address: 1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights Road, Antipolo, Rizal
Opening Hours: 9 am to 6 pm (Tuesday-Sunday)
Contact Number: 697-1015
Are you in the Philippines right now? What are you waiting for? Bring your Australian lover or Pinoy workmates in this extraordinary museum!