What’s the best activity for a group of creative people who have not seen each other for a long time?
A trip to an art gallery!
My friends from a BPO company specializing in multimedia advertising that I used to work for had a mini-reunion a few weeks ago. We decided to meet up in Pinto Art Museum, an art gallery showcasing the contemporary art collection of retired neurologist Dr. Joven Cuanang. Pinto Art Museum is part of the Silangan Gardens, which is a sprawling property in Antipolo about 10,000 square meters wide. I’ve heard good reviews about the place, so I made sure to make it a part of my to-visit places this year.
The museum wasn’t so hard to locate and even under the sweltering heat that Saturday afternoon, we had fun wandering around and checking out the paintings and other artwork in the galleries.
The galleries hold a vast array of artwork, from paintings big and small to sculptures with different themes. My friends and I had a great time exploring each and every corner of the museum, while admiring the exceptional talent behind each artwork.
It was a good thing that we had the chance to chat with a resident artist / tour guide in the museum, Mr. Andy Orencio. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have learned the trick in viewing three pieces of artwork in the gallery. You can stare at these pieces all day and not know that if you use your phone’s “negative” filter, you’ll see them in a different way:
Speaking of cool, there’s a cafe in Pinto Art Museum that serves prolly the best halo-halo in town. Too bad I wasn’t able to take a picture of it because I got excited and dug in the moment it was put in front of me. Imagine Razon’s halo-halo na mas level up. The cafe is run by Bizu, and they also serve yummy rice and pasta meals. We were all smiles after enjoying some great food in the cafe:
There’s nothing more that I could ask for that day, except maybe for more time to spend in the gallery with my friends. Oh and another tall glass of that milky halo-halo.
You don’t need to be a professional artist to enjoy Pinto Art Museum. I’m sure you’re now planning a trip to the museum, so here’s the address and other important deets. You’re welcome!
Pinto Art Museum
Silangan Gardens, 1 Sierra Madre St. Grand Heights Antipolo City
6971015 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Open from Tuesday to Sunday: 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
PHP150 for regular ticket
PHP120 for senior citizens and PWD with valid IDs
PHP75 for children and students with valid school IDs
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