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The Philippines has numerous museums and resorts, but I haven't encountered, for lack of a better portmanteau, a "musort" until I stepped inside the sprawling premises of the Pinto Art Museum. The Antipolo City destination is starting to be an attraction not just for art aficionados but also lovers of photography because of its well manicured gardens, cobbled pathways, and Cycladic-inspired galleries that have monastic exteriors and industrial-style interiors.
bed and breakfast of Cafe Lupe, I boarded a city proper-bound jeepney and a Grand Heights Subdivision-bound tricycle and breezed through the whole 30 minute ride to reach Pinto Art Museum. I paid a reasonable entrance fee at the museum gate which allowed me the whole day to tackle the 1.3 hectare property to my heart's content.
Owned by Ilocano art patron Dr. Joven Cuanang, it is easy on the eyes but compelling to the soul. Whitewashed cubic structures house the total of 7 galleries with the main one at the entrance next to the museum shop. Some have roof decks that serve visitors expansive views of the whole place. With antique doors and windows sourced from the Ilocos region, the gallery shell borders on the meditative which reflects the sentiments of its designer, Cagayan-native Antonio Leaño.
How The Museum Was Started
He has been in collaboration with Dr. Cuanang since he won in a national painting competition in 1988 but it was only in 2000 when they seriously considered the idea of building an art museum in the hilly terrain of Rizal where the latter's personal art collection could be housed.
Today, the pieces displayed in the museum are no longer just the owner's. The paintings and sculptures being showcased at the museum's galleries range from the contemporary to the indigenous and belonging from various artists. Particularly jarring for introspection's sake are the indoor and outdoor art installations that can be considered bizarre by ordinary eyes. Those who prefer less shock value can appreciate the museum's classic art displays like the bust of Jose Rizal across the museum's chapel.
Setting For Contemplation
The landscaped gardens motivate contemplation which what probably inspired Leaño to portray his mother, a lover of gardening, in perpetuity. There's no shortage of endemic plants and trees that display varying hues of green in different times of the day. For this alone, event organizers highly recommend the place to individuals celebrating special occasions that demand a prodigious setting for photo shoots.
Pinto Art Museum
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Address: #1 Sierra Madre St. Grand Heights, Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines
Operating Hours: 9:00am to 6:00pm, Tuesdays to Sundays
Phone: (02) 697-1015
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