MANILA — Located in the residential neighborhood of Grand Heights in Antipolo City is Pinto Art Museum, you may have read it from someone’s post on Facebook or Instagram but a visit to this art haven will surely make you fall in love to Filipino contemporary creativity again.
Filipino Contemporary Art in its core
The museum feature a wide range of sculptures, dioramas, painting and indigenous art installations on its six different galleries. All works are from the local artist like Jose John Santos III and Lloyd Zapanta to name a few.
Some galleries are a crowd favorite, specifically Gallery 6. The most noticeable aspect of the room is its two-level design with high ceilings and second floor walkway that gives you the chance to appreciate the art from all angles.
The interactive Bamboo Forest installation of Antonio Leaño in one of the confined galleries is something to look forward here. Once you stepped in, you will easily noticed the scent of dried leaves on the floor and the sudden transition to pitch black from the bright and colorful sight outside. As your eyes adjust, you will begin to notice the bamboo pillars towering up in the ceiling. Suddenly, the feeling of being lost in the jungle kicks in. Your heartbeat will rise and you just let your imagination take its part.
Walking around the museum is a real visual feast. The mediterranean inspired architecture and lush gardens is truly relaxing, it’s a shutterbug’s haven. During your visit you may notice
some, most, of the visitors are taking photos with the Instagram-worthy outdoor structures and art installations.
Thanks to the museum’s designer and director, Antonio Leaño, he did make sure that each corner of the complex are beautifully carefully crafted.
So it’s no surprise that it claimed its fame as one of the most booked location for photo shoots.
Dining is also something you can look forward too in Pinto as they offer sumptuous dishes ranging from local to continental cuisines.
If ever you have expat friends or family members who came from abroad, Pinto is an ideal place where you can introduce them the beautiful and creative at heart culture of the Filipinos.
I didn’t put too much photos on this post so you could explore the museum without comparing the pictures on the actual piece.
- P200 for regular ticket
- P180 for senior citizens and PWD with valid IDs
- P100 for children and students with school IDs
- Free for children below 3 years old
- There’s an entrance fee of P20 for road users for non-residents of Grand Heights subdivision.
Photo shoot rates:
- P7,500 – Outdoor shoot at the Upper garden & Lower garden
- P15,000 – Upper garden, Lower garden, Indigenous Art Museum and the new Museum wing (outdoor)
How to get there?
From Cubao, Quezon City, you can take a UV Express (FX) or Jeepney ride bound to Antipolo-Simbahan or Antipolo-Shopwise, alight at Ynares Stadium then hire a tricycle that will take you to Pinto Art Museum in Grand Heights subdivision.
Pinto Art Museum is located at 1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights, Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines. Pinto Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm. The museum is CLOSED on MONDAYS.
ViajeroMNL (Viajero Manila) is a lifestyle blog site that features different pop culture, travel, and food destinations in the Philippines. This article was written by Gillian Gacuma.