Gone are the days when museums are only for the elite and wealthy.
Contemporary artists and curators these days are more encouraging and they set up their galleries to be more accessible and less intimidating. (Phew, Thanks!!!!!😃)
I can say that a good example of this would be the Pinto Art Museum.
We’ve been seeing photos of people visiting the Pinto Art Museum for a while now and we’ve been wanting to pay a visit ourselves. For some reason, we never found time until last Saturday.
Kim told me a few days before that he will drive me to the museum on Saturday. I got super excited but was a bit hesitant, too – because it was a payday weekend!
Nonetheless, we left Eastwood early (like 8ish) ’cause our goal was to get to the museum really early. We heard that the crowd tends to build up by around 11am, and we wanted to avoid that. We got there in less than an hour, like 9:15. If not for the slight traffic congestion due to the Antipolo day’s parade, we would’ve made it to Grand Heights earlier.
Just so you know, the Pinto Art Museum is situated inside a private subdivision and you have to pay 20 pesos at the village gate. Rates vary depending on the type of vehicle. (private car, bus, etc). I would guess that it’s for road usage, I forgot what’s written on the notice but it’s something to that effect. Hahaha..
The “parking attendant” outside the museum guided us towards the registration desk so we can pay for our tickets and log our names. We were asked by the lady manning the desk if we brought our school ID’s so we can take advantage of the student’s rate. Wow! She became my instant favorite! Haha! I was like, “uhhmm… we’re already in our 30’s, but thanks!” 💁 LOLx
Aside from the tickets, we were given a map so we can easily navigate the entire property. I’m not exaggerating here but the museum sits on a huge estate (1.3 hectares) and a map would come in handy, trust me. Moments like when someone from your group decides to wander off and you call their mobile but you can’t figure out how or where to meet them.
Upon entering the door after the registration area, towards your right, you will immediately see the picture perfect-whitewashed concrete wall-staircase-bench area. It has a very Meditteranean/Grecian feel that will definitely give you the cue to set up your tripod and do an instant photo op. Hahahahah
After our mini photo-op, we explored the place like kids on a field trip. We were in awe and most of the art pieces just blew us away.
Of course, I wasn’t a fan of everything but I had some favorites.
When you see and read it…
Worth mentioning were the works of Geraldine Javier. We were told to take a photo of her artwork and change our phone’s settings. Whoa! It was mind blowing! 😳
Android: Take a photo and choose the “negative” photo effect
Iphone: Take a photo and go to your settings > general > accessibility > toggle invert colors
Please check our video below and skip to 3:50:
Aside from having a feast for your eyes, you can make your tummy happy, too.
We went to the Pinto Cafe and I ordered “Thai Bagoong Rice”, Kim ordered “Bagnet”. Both were yummy and reasonably priced. Each viand costs about less P400.00 each. If I’m not mistaken, the Thai Bagoong Rice was P325.00 and the Bagnet was about P365.00 (more or less)
To conclude, the whole experience will leave a mark on you. The pieces were not made nor painted just for the heck of it, the reasons behind them will sometimes even move you.
Hype or not, we had a great time and for sure we’ll go back. Not only to appreciate art but also for their restaurant. I heard that their pizza and dessert’s good, too! Nomnom! 😂
What I liked?
- The place was well kept and the toilets were clean
- Having a cafe/ restaurant was actually a brilliant idea
What I didn’t like?
- Upon purchasing our ticket, we weren’t offered a guided tour. Not so sure if that was an option, although I saw a group with a guide, giving them an organized walk-through. Thank God we overheard some of their guide’s explanations or else we’d be completely bonkers trying to interpret some of the paintings/ artwork. Someone who can provide a cultural or historical background of the pieces would make the experience better.
- It was hot, and I was wearing all black. Hahahahaha! Totally my fault. And yeah, for the love of photos. 😂 Wear something light and comfy – not unless you have a peg in mind and you’re up for a photo-op or you’re using the venue for your do a prenup shoot. LOLx
- I asked for extra bagoong for my bagoong rice and was told that they don’t have bagoong. Oh, ok? That’s weird. KTNXBYE. I enjoyed my food anyway.
- Being early means no long queue at the reservation desk and being able to take better photos around the estate. (zero to few photobombers and less awkward moments because you know someone wants to take a photo, too, and you’re not yet done hahahahah)
- Always check their Facebook Page for museum updates
- Budget per person including food would be around P600.00 – P800.00 (without dessert) >>>> P180 for the entrance fee, food 300-500/viand, drinks 80-130.