Wondering where to go in Antipolo, Rizal? Visit the Pinto Art Museum,a gallery of Filipino art pieces within an indoor setting and green outdoor spaces. Combining the calming effect of art and the bliss of nature, Pinto Art Museum is sure to provide respite from the bustling city life.
Pinto Art Museum: Art Collection by Dr. Joven Cuanang
Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo, Rizal is a collection of Filipino artworks by Dr. Joven Cuanang. The art trove isn’t just a product of Dr. Cuanang’s love for Filipino arts but goes beyond simple patronage.
The oppression of freedom and human rights violation leading to the People Power Revolution in 1986 had stimulated contemporary artistic statement among Filipino artists. After the so-called bloodless revolution and renewed meaning of democracy, young artists found keen motivation in pursuing their art forms.
At that time, Dr. Cuanang expressed his support to then art students by offering his home as a venue for painting sessions. He also hosted art exhibits in his garden to showcase the works of these young artists.
As his art collection grew, patrons and visitors came to know his gallery in Antipolo, Rizal, as well. In 2010, he decided to open to the public what is now known as the Pinto Art Museum. Pinto is a Filipino word which means door. True to its name, Pinto Art Museum today is a gallery that opens a door for showcasing contemporary Filipino arts.
Speaking of doors, this seemingly mundane object is one of my favorite subjects to photograph when I travel. I’m inviting you to read these posts featuring some of my door photos:
If you’re looking for places to visit in Antipolo or an art museum near Manila, then Pinto Art Museum is the place to be. Learn more about this museum, dubbed as the most Instagrammable museum in the Philippines.
A Peek of What’s Inside the Pinto Art Museum
When I was young, I remember enjoying art projects in school. I would make my own greeting cards for my parents, and I would even join school contests on poster making. But never once had my works of art (I believe it were, hehe!) won any prize, except of course, that I undoubtedly won my parents’ admiration. 🙂 As I grew up, I became contented with, well, appreciating art and the artists behind the works of art.
Pinto Art Museum is one of those art museums I’ve been to that really stood out for me. (Updating this statement: The extensive art collection at the Gabriela Cariño-Silang Gallery of Fine Arts in Tayum, Abra comes neck to neck with Pinto Art Museum as my favorite art galleries in the Philippines.) I was surprised to find out that behind the unassuming entrance gate lies an immense collection of paintings, sculptures and other pieces of artworks.
I never enjoyed an art museum much as I enjoyed Pinto. It’s maybe because, unlike the conventional museums, Pinto not only has indoor galleries, but they have outdoor spaces and gardens, as well, where the art works are spread right through.
We actually spent about 3.5 hours roaming around. Considering that I and my friend are not “selfie” people, you should allot more time than that if you are the type who couldn’t resist the urge of taking selfies around every interesting background you see.
Galleries at the Pinto Art Museum
The museum has seven galleries, an Upper Garden, Lower Garden and Sculpture Garden, a café (we didn’t try this though) and a chapel.
The galleries are made up of a large collection of paintings and mixed media art pieces. Having said this, the enormous collection in the galleries might overwhelm you, so my advice is that you take it slow. I promise that even non-art lovers will find something interesting in the Pinto Art Museum.
Here are a few photos from the collection.
Artwork by Elmer Borlongan
“Elisa and Laura’s Pink Dresses” by Marina Cruz. This is probably my favorite painting of all. Just look at all the details! I could almost feel the textile in my hands.
“Oblivious” by Stephanie Lopez (steel wires and found objects)
The Forest by Antonio Leano is one dark room with bamboo forest inside. The sound of intermittent water drops amidst the silence gives an eerie feel to the room’s atmosphere.
I don't know why but I'm simply drawn to this painting
In one of the gardens is a small room dedicated to the love of our National Hero, Jose Rizal and Leonora Rivera. Inside the room, we heard a voice record of their sad love story. Rivera’s mother apparently plays a contrabida role in real life because she got in between the two lovers by hiding Rizal’s letters from Leonora. Adding more melancholy to the mood is an original cello piece being played in the background.
An antique cabinet right beside the door contains a pen and a drawer containing undelivered letters to “The One Who Got Away”. Visitors are invited to write their hearts out to anyone they have loved and lost, leave their letters undelivered and go on with their lives.
I miss seeing a carabao cart like this carrying items made of indigenous materials for sale. Something like this used to pass by our streets when I was young.
“Narcissus” by Salvador Alonday
A depiction of Mother Nature?
“Pilgrimage” by Daniel dela Cruz
The Museum of Indigenous Art is a relatively new installation located in the Lower Garden. It features primitive wooden artifacts from several mountainous towns of Ifugao in Northern Philippines.
The Chapel is located near the museum's entrance in one of the gardens. Instead of the crucified Christ at the center of the altar, the chapel features a statue of Christ after He was laid down of the cross.
Pinto Art Museum Café
Contributor Artists at Pinto Art Museum
I do not understand everything nor do I seek to interpret all of the art forms I found in Pinto Art Museum. Let’s just say that I’m in awe of how the artists transformed things into art pieces through their minds and hands. I regret not taking a photo of the plate at the main entrance listing the contributor artists in the museum. Nevertheless, I would like to say kudos to all of them for their brilliance and ingenuity.
Some of the notable Filipino artists whose works are displayed at the Pinto Art Museum are Elmer Borlongan, Mark Justiniani, Jose John Santos III, Emmanuel Garibay, Rodel Tapaya, Geraldine Javier, Marina Cruz, Joy Mallari and Antonio Leaño.
How to go to Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo
Make visiting Pinto Art Museum in your list of things to do in Antipolo. The museum is located at 1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights Road, Antipolo, Rizal. Know how to go to Pinto Art Museum below:
Commuting from Cubao
Take LRT Line 2 and get off at Santolan Station. From there, ride a jeepney or FX bound for Antipolo-Simbahan-Junction or Antipolo-Shopwise or Tanay-Antipolo. Get off at the Ynares Center, beside the Rizal Provincial Capitol. Get on a tricycle to take you to Grand Heights Subdivision. Tell the driver to drop you off at the Pinto Art Museum.
From Cubao, you could also take a van from Araneta Center bound for Antipolo. Get off at the Ynares Center, as above then tricycle to the museum.
Commuting from Ortigas or Mandaluyong
Take the UV Express van from SM Megamall bound for Antipolo and get off at Ynares Center. Proceed as described above once you reach Ynares Center. Alternatively, you can ride a jeepney or FX going to Antipolo at the Greenfield District terminal. Tell the driver that you will get off at the Ynares Center.
Commuting from Makati
Head to the Parksquare UV Express Terminal near Dusit Thani Hotel and take the van bound for Antipolo. Get off at Antipolo Church, then hail a tricycle to bring you to Pinto Art Museum.
Pinto Art Museum Schedule/ Opening Hours
The art museum is open on Tuesday to Sunday from 9 AM to 6 PM.
Tel. No: 63 2 697 1015
Pinto Art Museum Entrance Fee
Entrance fee (updated January 2020) is as follows:
Php 200 – adults
Php 180 - senior citizens and PWDs (bring valid IDs)
Php 100 - children 3 years old and above; students (students, bring valid school IDs)
Free - children below 3 years old
Photoshoot fee (updated January 2020):
Php 8,000 – Upper Garden and Lower Garden (outdoor only)
Php 15,000 - Upper Garden, Lower Garden, Indigenous Art Museum, Gallery 6 garden (outdoor only)
Photoshoot rate is inclusive of 5 hours photoshoot (9AM to 2 PM or 1 PM to 6 PM) for 5 pax, and one preparation room with aircon. Additional rates apply if number of hours and pax exceed the regular rates.
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