Monday, January 9, 2012

PinTo Art Gallery : Antipolo's Art Destination

The Filipino Artist

" Imagination is a force of nature"
                     - Saul Bellow

Pinto Art Gallery
Grandheights Village, Antipolo Rizal

    Stepping inside the door of the Mexican inspired Pinto Art Gallery that houses a vast number of art pieces from paintings, to sculpture, to architecture, to other multimedia art, a thought plays in my mind. Like what the character in the movie "Mona Lisa Smiles" said, "What is art?"

    I am not an expert in that area. But being inside the Pinto Art Gallery transcends a lowly individual who has no training like me nor aesthetic knowledge into an art critique for a day. It was such an enlightening feeling to be surrounded by painting after painting that seems to speak to me.I feel lifted and engaged.

    The gardens highlight several sculptures which are a delight to the senses. Several staircases snake through the gardens and lead one to the entrances of the galleries.

    The rooftops are also open and give one a panoramic view of the Metropolitan horizon.

    Trelisses play along the edges of each house, while ponds and fountains dot the inconspicuous parts, you can almost hear the whisper of the fish...swish...glop..swish..
If I can only stay for a while longer.Sigh.

A bird sculpture greets you at the door.

     At the entrance, bells and birds will greet you. Then there's the entrance fee of 100Php for regular guests and 50Php for students.
     I have been to many art museums but so far this one impressed me the most. I guess it's because of the garden and the layout. 
      This museum is a must see place in Antipolo.
       I dare say that there are lots  to discover and explore here, and what is fun here is the surprise at every corner.
       Three hours is not enough to appreciate the whole of Silangan Gardens. And that's not all. Silangan Garden has a lot more to offer. 
       There's the Little Chapel of St. Francis, Monk's Cottage (art and crafts shop), Garden Guest House (inn) renting for 2.5K /night with breakfast, Bamboo Cottage (massage by appointment), theater and atelier (workshop) for artists.

Mural called "Carnival"

View from the Roofdeck

 How to get there...
From Makati, take the FX in C5 to Tikling Junction. Get off at Tikling Junction and ride a jeepney going to Ynares Center. Get off at Ynares and take the second street from the main road. It's a 10 minute trek to the GrandHeights Village. Pinto Art Museum is just near the gate of that village..


When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work.  I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to draw.  She stared at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?"  ~Howard Ikemoto


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