Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo is a ruggedly charming paradise that can instantly capture the heart of wandering art enthusiasts and foodies. As today’s young generations would say, this place is Instagrammable. In a society of rising millennial power and evident social media rule, that is a validation how shareable this place is. And certainly, I do agree.
For adults, you have to pay P200 entrance fee. Once you entered into Pinto’s wall, you will be magically transported to a seemingly unfamiliar and quaint town. You’ll find several doors, stairs and paths that leads to places waiting to be uncovered.
Pinto Art Musuem is built within the 2-hectare botanical garden called Silangan Garden, where you get to appreciate the local flora and fauna.
Various collections of both modern and primitive arts are housed in its 6 buildings.
It’s fascinating how they leave a lot of the natural elements of the environment to become part of the entire building architecture. You’ll find huge rocks inside the galleries and on the stairs that seems to be placed intentionally as part of its grand design.
Interestingly, their galleries are built in the open space structures. These are not confined in air-conditioned and controlled environment unlike other museums. You can feel the warm Philippine weather while feasting on the displayed art works.
I don’t pretend to be an art connoisseur but I do appreciate a lot of their collections especially this wire sculpture.
This art gave me some chills. But I instantly shrugged it off when I realized its political message. There is really nothing scary about this. Instead, It is a sad portrayal of the Philippines.
A Little History About Pinto Art Musuem
Pinto Art Musuem was founded in 2010 by Dr. Joven Cuanang. He is a retired SVP and Chief Medical Officer at St. Luke’s Hospital Global City and an art enthusiast.
Dr. Cuanang bought a house and lot back in the 70s. It was later transformed into a museum.
In the late 80’s, Dr. Cuanang supported a group of once amateur artists in Antipolo called Salingpusa. Pinto promoted their artworks by hanging them in a sampayan (clothesline).
Museum Manager Mikey Blanco sums up the museum’s overall mission: “Pinto is primarily a museum but also champions conservation of nature, education of the Filipino people, and opening doors for talented artists.” (Source: Inquirer.net)
The museum is said to be self-sustaining and it is not receiving grants from the government.
Cafe Rizal in Pinto Art Museum
Pinto’s Cafe Rizal is a restaurant that offer extensive selections of local and international fare.
Set in a charming and rustic setting, the restaurant gives that relaxing vibes that is good for a romantic date or intimate meal with your family or closed friends.
To enjoy the scenery and the breeze, and to catch some rays of the sun, al fresco dining is just perfect.
I personally ordered their chicken coq au vin, which is a sumptuous plate of chicken leg quarter in burgundy wine sauce with shitake mushrooms and beans. It is served with garlic parsley rice.
Chicken coq au vin is a French chicken stew with wine. Some recipes you’ll find is not the creamy version I tasted from Cafe Rizal.
If you want to cook creamy Chicken coq au vin for dinner, I found this recipe from Youtube.
Aside from the chicken coq au vin on the table, we also have some carbonara and pizza for some servings of carbs.
The Batanes roulade is a gourmet laing wrapped in steamed fish dory and cooked in coconut milk. It’s totally new for me. This is a pinasosyal laing version that is very different from what we are accustomed to.
For dessert, I opted for their halo-halo topped with Carmen’s Best salted caramel ice cream. My favorite part was the ice cream.
Their bread pudding and cheesecake are awesome.
Our dining experience was good. Though we have to wait longer than 30 minutes for some of our orders, it allows us more time to chat.
I’ve read reviews that their food are expensive. Indeed, they are not cheap. They are offering premium meals, which I guess is just reasonable for a wonderful scenery. If there is one thing I’d like to complain, it is the waiting time. You might lose your cool if you are so hungry and don’t have patience to wait.
Pinto Art Museum
1 Sierra Madre Street Grand Heights Subdivision
Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines 1870
T +63 2 697 1015
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