I’m all for work-life balance. I need to travel to avoid burnout from the toxic workload especially in my line of work. FYI, my blog isn’t my bread and butter, I actually work in an audit firm which is why I can’t really jet off whenever I feel like it. But to keep my sanity intact, I sometimes plan short trips with friends. When I make weekend plans, I consider three things: (1) the place should not be more than a few hours from the Metro, (2) it should Instagram-worthy, and lastly, (3) the trip should be within a specific budget. The more I learn to budget my money, the more trips I can plan. Haha <3

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Pinto Art Museum is a cultural treasure located in the secluded part of the hilly terrain of Antipolo, Rizal. The place itself is beautiful – no wonder a lot of people are itching to visit the place. The stunning combination of nature and art is truly a visual treat as it offers an abundance of interesting frames and picture-perfect sceneries. Although a bit humid during noon, the open space creates a very free and calming feel to the place.

I can’t help but wonder what the estate was before it was converted to a museum and opened to the public in 2010.  According to Mr. Google, the museum is owned by a neurologist, Dr. Joven Cuanang, and that the artworks are actually part of his personal collection which he opened for public viewing as service to the Filipino people.

As beautiful as the Mediterranean-inspired architectural design, the different galleries inside the museum showcases a diverse collection of paintings, sculptures and a lot of interesting pieces. Pinto Art Museum housed a massive but well-curated collection of both modern and contemporary pieces by local artists.

I have absolutely no sense of direction or whatsoever so navigating the entire the museum without a map of galleries was a bit of a challenge of me. I’m not complaining tho. I guess walking around and randomly popping into different galleries is not a bad way to go.

The sad thing about it is that, everyone was too busy taking pictures that not everyone actually stopped to appreciate most of the art pieces. The artworks, especially the murals, were not given the attention and appreciation they so deserve.

Not just art but Pinto can also boast about their food. Don’t be intimidated by Pinto Cafe’s al fresco garden setup. Considering that every serving is good for 2-3 persons, the prices aren’t as expensive as you might think.

For our group of 5, we ordered 2 kinds of pastas, 1 pizza and 5 shakes for a total of Php1,600 (Php 320/person) which is really not that bad. The food was delicious! <3

If you’re going to visit and eat Pinto Cafe, may I recommend the Di Vinci (shrimp) pizza and Carbonara? The fruit shakes were yummy as well. Just what we needed to cool off as it was particularly humid that afternoon. haha.

Another suggestion, if you can, visit on a weekday instead. Since Pinto Museum is gaining quite a lot of visitors lately, the place can be a bit too crowded during Sundays. I bet you’d get a better chance of appreciating the place and the art that way. 🙂

Getting There: (Reference point, Makati City)

(1) Ride the MRT Ayala to Cubao (Php25) then pass thru Gateway mall to change trains

(2) Ride LRT2 from Cubao to Santolan Station (Php15)

(3) From Santolan Station, ride a FX to Antipolo (Php40) and alight at Ynares Center

(4) Take a tricycle to Pinto Museum (Php10) inside Grand Heights Subdivision

Overall travel time on a Sunday morning is more or less two hours.

TOTAL BUDGET: Php 740

Pinto Art Museum 

1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights Subdivision, Antipolo, Rizal

Open from Tuesdays to Sundays, 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Ticket price, Php200 for adult

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