Hey guys. This is lost inside a book. I’m sorry it took me a long time to post something again (5 days is quite long, trust me) well, it’s because our internet connection has been cut off (curse you slow internet connection!) and I have to rely on broadband so yup, that’s that. Anyway, here it is.
As you all know it’s already summer here in our country (and the sun is scorching hot!!) but if you’re a wanderlust just like me I’m sure even if the sun is as hot as hell it won’t be a hindrance in your desire to go out and explore.
My brothers and I have planned last weekend to go to Pinto Art Museum. I’ve heard about it before and I’ve read many reviews about how it’s a good place and how it’s a visual treat to the eye. So, I’ve forced my brothers to go with me. Oh and if you’re wondering what Pinto means, It is a Tagalog word for door.
Pinto Art Museum is just an hour drive from where I live, yet I feel like I’ve been transported into another country because of its tall open-air Mediterranean-inspired villas, shrouded by well-manicured gardens and landscaped greens and everywhere I looked there seemed to be lots and lots of doorways and paths waiting for you to reveal more hidden treasures to feast your eyes. (I don’t have a photo of the whole place because I focused more on the artworks and the scenery it provided. hehe😳) It is located inside a private subdivision in Antipolo, Rizal.
The place consisted of 6 galleries where you can look upon many different kinds of artworks made of different artists who either expresses their passion in art or wanted to say something. Either way, some of it really has a deeper meaning than what it portrays. Here are some of my favorite artworks.
These two artworks are two of the largest artworks I’ve seen in Gallery 1. When I entered the room, my mouth literally went agape because of how these two artworks really managed to occupy the whole two sides of the room. The artwork entitled “Karnabal” “Carnival” showed what it looks like when you go into a carnival; it showed the different booths and stalls that you would sometimes see in a carnival, dancing people and many other more. The other artwork that I haven’t got the name reminded me of the book of revelation in the bible and quite frankly, I’ve had goosebumps when I looked into it.
These four pieces of statues or sculptures really took my breath away; it’s a fan-favorite among all of the artworks I have seen in there. The artwork entitled “Oblivious” is an amazing steel wire sculpture depicting a man and a woman. I think what it wanted to say is like here you can have my heart (Too sappy right? Haha) The artwork entitled “The Hollow Man” depicts a man who is riding on a swing. It looks simple but the meaning behind this impressive artwork is too deep (I didn’t really understand its description.) The Mother Nature is one of the steel sculptures that you will first notice upon entering the museum. It depicts a mother with a baby on her womb. The sculpture is intricately designed with graceful swirls and curves on its body like it’s a design pattern for a dress but you can see that’s the curves and swirls are more focused and placed on the mother’s womb possibly reflecting the delicateness of the woman bearing a child. You can actually see the baby sculpture inside her womb. And last but not the least, the untitled sculpture. I don’t know but this sculpture really made a mark on my mind because when I stared at it, it’s like saying that “I wanted to be free” It’s like depicting what many women out there are currently feeling right now; being trapped in a cage and being put into the “right place” just because of her gender (oh the joys of being a woman *Note the sarcasms) It’s like this sculpture wanted the world to realize that women shouldn’t be controlled and be put on a leash, they can be free and can do whatever they want without being restricted just because they are a girl. This artwork is a favorite of mine. I can say that it got me hook, line and sinker.
As we go along, we came across a meditation garden dedicated to the famous sad love story of Jose Rizal and Leonor Rivera. As you slowly approach the place you’ll be able to hear a spoken word piece being played which told the love story and failed engagement between our national hero and his erstwhile fiancée. Set to a backdrop of a musical cello and piano piece, the piece recounted how their engagement was broken by Rivera’s mother, who intervened in their affair by hiding Rizal’s letters from her daughter because she opposed the match. As a part of the theme, the small garden also contained a garden with a desk containing letters labeled “The Undelivered Project” next to a pile of stationary and pens. A handwritten guide instructed people to empty their thoughts and write anonymous letters to the ones whom they had loved and lost (Talk about the one that got away eyy) It was strictly said there that we are forbidden to read all the letters inside but I was really curious to read all the letters of heartbreak and unrequited love that lay unopened in the drawers. If you’re wondering if I wrote a letter too. Yes, yes I did, and just like all the other letters there I want it to be undelivered as well because even though I poured all my heart into it and say what I wanted to say to my TOTGA in there, I think it is best to just move on and left what’s in the past behind us even though it might seem unfinished (I’m rambling sentiments, forgive me huhuhu)
If you love to see many artworks and painting and have a passion for art, I recommend you to visit Pinto Arts Museum; I assure you that it will be worth it. Your eyes and your shutterbug cravings will be satisfied by all of the picturesque well-curated collection of modern paintings, sculptures and art installations. Everything in this place screams art, creativity and passion.
RATES/ENTRANCE TICKET FEES:
P200 for regular ticket
P180 for senior citizens and PWD with valid IDs
P100 for children and students with proper school IDs
Free for children below 3 years old
ADDRESS AND CONTACT INFO:
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.
- Contact info: (02) 6971015
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Facebook page: Pinto Art Museum.
- Pinto Art Museum is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm.
- The museum is CLOSED on MONDAYS. (Guess they hate Mondays as well. Kidding! Hahaha )
- They are open during holidays (as long as it’s not a Monday.)
- Guided Tour Schedule: 09:00 am – 11:00 am; 12:00 nn – 02:00 pm; 02:00 pm – 04:00 pm; 04:30 pm – 06:00 pm
- No food or pets are allowed.
- Smoking is strictly prohibited inside the museum.
- No flash photography.
HOW TO GET TO PINTO ARTS MUSEUM:
If you are from Quezon City just like me, you can ride a jeep that’s says Sta. Lucia (My brothers and I decided to ride a cab, it cost us 150 pesos) and should drop you off at Felix Avenue (the corner with Robinson’s Metro East & Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall) once you’re there you’ll need to ride another jeep that’s going to Antipolo and will get to Ynares Center. Once you reach the Ynares Center, take a tricycle and ask the driver to take you to Grand Heights Subdivision and viola! you’ve reached your destination.
Hope you’ve enjoyed my post.