Saturday, August 29, 2015

Pinto Art Museum

August 2, 2015. Rizal.

Do not be daunted by its size of 1.2 hectares, for the lush greens and the stark white buildings give off a serene atmosphere. And with lots to see, visitors  do not realize they are done exploring and suddenly, the huge grounds do not seem so huge anymore. They long for more. Such was my experience with this museum that is devoid of rigidity. 

The museum is the brainchild of Dr. Joven Cuanang, whom we met personally that day we paid a visit, busy supervising the construction of yet another building. The doc's love for the art and culture, and his desire to impart this love to the Filipinos, eventually saw the birth of what would today be the Pinto Art Museum. 

The museum had a humble beginning. Artworks from artists collectively known as Saling Pusa were simply hanged on a clothesline, earning the moniker Sampayan Art. Appreciation for the artworks were done through word-of-mouth, until these artists eventually made a name for themselves. Today, the museum has six buildings which carry different forms of artwork - paintings, wire art, optical illusions. There's one for every kind of art connoisseur. 

Entrance fee, as of this writing, is P180.00. The museum is not easy to find  as it is located out of the way. I suggest a  night-before research on its location, Sierra Madre Street, Grandheights Subdivision, Antipolo City.