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Pinto: Opens Doors for Arts and Nature

Typically, museums are caged in enclosed, air-conditioned buildings. But Pinto Art Museum is specially unique for its open-air location which allows for a picturesque atmosphere. Being operated by the Silangan Foundation for the Arts, Culture and Ecology, Pinto is situated in the spacious 1.2 hectare land of Silangan Gardens, the weekend retreat of neurologist and art patron Dr. Joven Cuanang. Aside from being an artwork haven, it also serves as an events venue.

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Its name “Pinto” was derived from the Filipino word for “door” as it was intended to be a sanctuary of contemporary art, open for everyone to enjoy.

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Seems like a gambling version of 'The Last Supper'
Seems like a gambling version of ‘The Last Supper’

Apart from over 300 art pieces, from paintings to installations and sculptures, its core value also lies in its tranquil ambiance. Its fascinating architecture, which is a fusion of Spanish and Mediterranean, is seen through beautiful stone structures, bricked pathways and stairways, quaint pieces of furniture, artistically-designed wooden doors and windows, and well-maintained landscape.

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Originally constructed in 2001 as a storage space for art works, Pinto Art Museum was later on developed by its designer, artist Antonio Leano, as a venue for contemporary art exhibitions.

This wire sculpture by Stephanie Torres is one of Pinto's most iconic pieces of art display.
This wire sculpture by Stephanie Torres is one of Pinto’s most iconic art displays.
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These wooden and resin sculptures are some of the newest displays of Pinto.
Most of these intricately-carved masterpieces are part of the 2014 collection.
A sculpture made from resin
A sculpture made from resin

Mr. Andy Orencio, the resident gardener and “tour guide”, is one of the 16 artists responsible for the gigantic mural, “Karnabal” (below).

A panoramic shot of one of the galleries, featuring the biggest mural,
A panoramic shot of one of the galleries, featuring the mural “Karnabal” (center)
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A closer shot of “Karnabal” with my friend 🙂

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Remarkably, Pinto Art Museum is a sanctuary of arts and nature within the urban jungle. It is a place worth visiting for its various exhibitions showcasing the talent of contemporary artists and for its aesthetically refreshing scenery.

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How to get there: If you’re commuting, take a jeepney going to Antipolo (Antipolo-Simbahan-Junction, or Antipolo-Shopwise), Tanay (Tanay-Antipolo), or Teresa, and get off at Ynares Center, then take a tricycle to go to the museum—make sure you know the address because some tricycle drivers are not familiar with Pinto Museum. If you’re driving, take the Ortigas Extension route, passing by Cainta-Junction, then Tikling (take the uphill road to Antipolo). When you reach Ynares Center, take a right to a hill, and follow the road to Grand Heights.

Address: #1 Sierra Madre Street, Grand Heights, Antipolo City
Business hours: 9am – 6pm from Tuesdays to Sundays, closed on Mondays
Entrance fee: PHp150.00 for adults, PHp100.00 for students, 20% discount for senior citizens.
Tel. no.: (632) 703 44 53
Mobile.: (0917) 608 67 54
Email add.: orenciojim@yahoo.com
Website: http://www.freewebs.com/pintoartgallery/

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