“Hindi ko naman maintindihan yan,” this is what we often hear from people upon seeing an artwork.
Honestly, I am one of those people who find it hard to understand artwork (I mean the deep meaning behind every stroke and abstract). But someone told me that when we see a painting, we should ask ourselves what we feel about it instead of what we see on it.
When I decided to visit Pinto Art museum last November, I tried so hard to understand the sculptures and paintings (thanks to some descriptions, I survived!). The place exceeded my expectations. It was not a typical museum that I’ve been to. It literally made me go WOW! Every side, corner and angle was all camera shot-worthy.
I was going through a rough time, and there were paintings from the museum that I can’t get off my head—I’m not sure but it was like I was feeling the emotion of the paintings—which urge me to visit the place again. So when I got a cancelled appointment that day (April 1, 2016), I decided to go back to Pinto Art Museum with a friend.
There is a feeling of belongingness from such emotions each art carries. I was home. I was not alone. A piece of art exactly understands what I’m going through. It was a relief.
You will be given a free map to guide you because it’s a 1.3 hectare museum with more than a thousand of artwork (you might get lost like me!). You’ll be surprised on how big the museum is; it never runs out of art. The regular entrance rate is Php 180, Php 150 for senior citizens and Php100 for students with I.D. Children below 3 years old is free. They are open every Tuesday- Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm, and CLOSED on MONDAYS.
2 cafes (Café pinto by Peppermill) are located near the entrance while the other one is near gallery 3. Their food is a bit pricey; it starts from Php 300 for pizza, pasta, and main dishes that are good for sharing. I do recommend their pizza and tamarind shake!
The museum has galleries 1-6, an indigenous art museum, a mam-made bamboo forest, a small gallery in the café building, gardens, chapel, and several roof-decks.
Pinto art is a haven of artistry and emotions. Each art conveys a unique feeling, passion and message. There are complete variations of artwork such as violence, destruction, love, family, society, politics, religion, melancholy, wizardry, education, dreams, materialism, feminism, culture, and nature promoting virtue and multi-sensory experience.
It will take you almost 2 hours to visit the whole place; I advise that you start wandering in the museum around 4 pm, so that you can already take a rest and enjoy the overlooking view of sunset, cityscape and lush trees from the roof-deck of café tan-aw by 6 pm. It was perfect, BTW! It is the best way to cap-off your day at the museum.
THIS IS HOW WE GOT THERE IN JUST 1 HOUR:
- Meet-up point at Sta. Lucia/Robinson’s Metro East mall
- Take a Jeepney bound to Antipolo Simbahan (via Ortigas extension/Tikling)
- Get off at Ynares Center, Antipolo then ride a tricycle going to Pinto Art
There are 2 jeepney routes going to Antipolo, one is via Sumulong highway and the other is via Ortigas extension. If you have decided to take a jeepney via Sumulong highway, your drop off point will be at Antipolo Church then just ride a tricycle from there.
You can also take a jeepney bound to Tanay/Teresa, get off at Ynares Center then ride a tricycle going to Pinto
From commonwealth area
You can take an FX at Commonwealth Market bound to Sta. Lucia Mall/Robinson’s Metro East. ( Fare: 30 pesos)
Take a train (LRT2) going to Santolan
Take a jeepney or an FX bound to Antipolo or Tanay. (Estimated fare: 30-50 pesos)
You can take a jeepney bound to Padilla/Cogeo on Aurora Boulevard in front of Gateway and LRT 2 station. Then get off at Sta. Lucia/Robinson’s Metro East mall.
There is also a jeepney terminal (Tanay-Antipolo-Sta.Lucia) at the back of Telus Building. (Estimated fare: 30-35)
You can take a jeepney bound to Antipolo or Tanay at the terminal in front of Chowking-Greenfield District across Edsa Shangrila or in front of Starmall. There is also an FX Terminal at SM Megamall-B Parking area. (Estimated fare: 25-50)
BREAKDOWN OF EXPENSES:
- Tricycle fare Php 40 from Ynares Center to Pinto (standard fare per ride)
- Jeepney fare Php 20 from Antipolo to Sta. Lucia (one way)
- Museum entrance fee Php 180
- Food at Pinto Php 870 ( 2 persons)
Be mindful of these rules:
- NO Food and Pets allowed
- NO Changing clothes inside the museum
- SMOKING is strictly prohibited
If you think that you’ll have a hard time and get bored trying to understand the art at Pinto, set aside the logic and just feel it. I’m sure you’ll find something that your heart can relate to (like I do!).
After visiting twice, I’ll definitely go back! The museum is too amazing to get spoiled. I can’t get enough of it. I’m sure you will love the place too. See it for yourself!
Address: 1 Sierra Madre street,Grandheights Subd, Antipolo city, Rizal
For more info regarding future art exhibits and photoshoot rates, like their fb page at Pinto Art Museum