September 20, 2015 and Pinto Art Museum. It’s probably one of those ordinary days and places but my most unforgettable day of this year. Its the day that I met my partner and I’m telling you it wasn’t loved at first sight because I knew I loved this person before I finally met him.
I’ve been chasing him for the longest time, done some “papansin things” to make him say yes to my invitations such as asking him out for a movie, dinner or a simple coffee talk but hurtful to say, he keeps declining. He must have been so busy in those days, I thought and I tried to understand.
One lucky day, he finally agreed to go out with me and decided that we go on a day trip which is in Pinto art museum. (can I jump in joy here? 😀 ) It’s a make it or break it moment. In my mind, we could be something after this date or this could be the end of my more than friends’ illusion and at last, the universe listened to me
The feeling of going on a first date and seeing someone was profound. in those moment, I could feel that my heart was beating fast knowing that anytime soon he’ll be arriving. I was more than excited to see him for the first time. I arrived earlier than him and decided to have my breakfast, at least to lessen the nervousness that I was feeling while waiting. Finally, we met at SM Megamall.
We waited for FX en route to Antipolo at the back of Megamall near the supermarket. After few minutes of waiting we have a chance to grab one without any passengers, just the two of us. We talked a little, asked few things, keep silent and get busy on our phone. When suddenly, he holds my hand. I swear I want to stop the time that day. The person you want the most who I feel not giving me the attention I want before is now holding my hand. I asked him why, not trying to be looked awkward though he already knew that being with him is definitely one of the moments that I’ve been waiting for. He returned a sweet smile.
It’s almost an hour long travel going to Antipolo from SM Megamall. and I feel fortunate that not even a single passenger ride with us for more than half of our travel time. I’m sorry to Manong driver. This is once in a lifetime moment. I feel that cupid is listening to my prayers, forgive me 🙂
We dropped near Ynares center and took another 10 minutes tricycle going to Pinto Museum. Total fare is 50php Ortigas to Antipolo and 40php per ride – Ynares to Pinto Museum.
I just watched him while he is preparing his camera before we get in. By the way, this is what I love more about him. We are both passionate about photography and traveling. Tip: love someone who you have common interests so you won’t get bored growing old together.
Entrance fee is 180php. We came early so there weren’t too many guests inside. I’m telling you to do the same so you will appreciate more the beauty of this wide garden and art museum. Reminder: wear something cool and comfortable. It’s warm inside the buildings and hot outside. I find it odd since the place is surrounded by tall trees
Unlike other museums that I visited, the entrance door of Pinto Art is simple but once I got in. I was surprised to see their huge property. It’s a 1.3 hectares wide museum and it took us 3 hours to visit, appreciate and took photos inside every gallery.
What I love more about this museum was the creativeness of placing different art materials everywhere. You will never get bored to look around even if you don’t want to stay long inside a particular gallery. Walking around will give you a visual surprise. Every corner of this museum is worth space on your Instagram feed. I admit that I’m not that art fanatic; I admire sculpture more than painting. I usually have a quick look to some paintings and stayed longer to most sculptures.
There are different art galleries inside PAM. Each gallery will surely give you that Wow moment. Here’s what to expect in every gallery.
Gallery number 1
Here you can find the biggest painting they have in their collection. I apologize that I’m not good in interpreting a painting. I’m just so amaze to see this huge kind of art.
Gallery number 2
This is my favorite gallery. Here you can see a mixed collection of painting and sculptures. The view is refreshing to the eyes and this is the gallery that I imagine whenever I hear the word Pinto Art Museum.
Gallery number 3
Who will never forget that wire man sitting on a swing. I believe he is the most stunning art inside this gallery.
Gallery 4 , 5 and 6
This is where you could find the bizarre art collections. Some of them are creepy. I wonder how they look at night inside my dark room. Also, I believe its gallery 6 where you can find most of the b&w paintings.
This is a surprising gallery. I didn’t expect to see this inside PAM. The feeling is like entering a horror house. As the name itself, this will give you a forest-like feeling. Dark, calm sound of water and dry leaves on the floor.
The collection that reminds me of BenCab Museum. There are different collections of Bulul comes from different sizes.
There are 2 restaurants inside the vicinity. But we didn’t try to eat here because we find it too expensive. Hahaha. If you have an extra budget. I still recommend you to try their food. I read numbers of good reviews about their restaurants.
I encourage you to visit Pinto Art Museum. It’s a breath of fresh air and an ideal place to go on a date with your partner or bond with your family. An alternative from visiting a Mall. It’s near Manila, affordable, every corner is Instagramable and the best thing about it. You will learn something new.
Pinto Art Museum Schedule: Tuesday through Sunday from 09:00 am to 06:00 pm.
Pinto Art Museum 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
Pinto Art museum Entrance Fee:
- 180php for regular ticket
- 150php for senior citizens and PWD with valid IDs.
- 100php for students with valid school IDs.
- 3 yrs. old below is FREE.
Pinto Art Museum is located at 1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights, Antipolo, Rizal.