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Pinto Art: A Gallery of Life, Culture, and Nature.

My eagerness to travel is what brought me here. If you are living nearby Antipolo and crave to do something new, you do not have to go far for Pinto Art Museum, which is located at Grand Heights, Antipolo City, is a perfect place to saunter. From its humble environment and unique artistry to nature-friendly scenery, most probably you’ll find here what you are looking for.

Clueless of what this museum has to offer, I was so excited to have an adventure in this enchanting and magical place.

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I’ve always been waiting for this day to come since the day I learned about Pinto Art Museum. I have always been wanting to visit this place for the longest time after seeing photos of my friends who have already been here. After visiting the Museum of the Filipino People, I have found it very interesting to visit a museum one more time. And yes, my first thought was Pinto Art Museum.

It was such a wonderful experience to have been able to see every artist’s/ craftsman’s piece of work that Pinto Art Museum treasures inside. Pinto Art Museum is a charming combination of indie and contemporary type of art, creative landscaping, and enlightened architecture packed in a 1.2 hectare of land. The scenery here is so relaxing you would desire to revisit again and again.

It was exactly 11:45 AM when Emiko and I arrived in the place. As soon as I saw the entrance to the museum, I was reminded by a Filipino classic house and was fascinated already with the structure of the building. You wouldn’t think that it is a museum for it looks like a house with a white-washed walls and ordinary gate. It is very different from the other museums I’ve been to already.


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As soon as we stepped inside, we were surprised at this creepy collections that’re sitting near the main entrance of the building. By the moment I started to survey the place, I loved it instantly and knew that there were a lot of mysteries to discover.


Everything here is so picturesque. It is a great place for prenup photo shoot, actually. Luckily, my friend, Emiko Garcia, happily accompanied me in this adventure. She was forced by me to come with me here. She’s also mesmerized just like me in every piece of work we’re able to see. And thanks to her for being my photographer! Haha.

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From aged doorways, windows, and quirky art piece, everything hides a magical story behind it, and reveals something interesting. Inside, you’ll find various art in forms of structure, paintings, installations, furniture, and even landscape.

Of all the museums I have visited, Pinto Art Museum is my favorite. Not because it is located in Antipolo but because of its classic and contemporary displays which I appreciate the most.

I’m not sure if it’s allowed to ride in this metal rocking horse.

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The art galleries display a variety of modern and contemporary paintings, sculptures and art installations.

  • 7 art galleries of Pinto Art Museum.

Gallery 1 

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Gallery 2: My favorite gallery.

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Gallery 3

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Gallery 4

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Gallery 5

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Gallery 6: Art treasures nestled within its walls.

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Gallery 7


Who would have thought that in an unnoticeable space lies a very soothing, secluded, and relaxing room? Forest Room that is filled with bamboos and little pools with stones. It plays a relaxing music in the background. This is actually the best room of Pinto Art.


Cafe Tanaw: Overlooking the nice scenery of the place.

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We were almost exhausted when we landed to The Museum of Indigenous Art, located in the lower gardens and showcases the richness of the Filipino culture.

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I really do appreciate arts. I wish I could be a help in promoting this kind of activity to other people who have not yet found their interests. Maybe they’ll be fond of visiting places that mark the history of the Philippines such as museums after reading this blog. How I wish!

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I would like to go back here with my friends and I am looking forward to new displays in every gallery.

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Pinto Art Museum

1 Sierra Madre Street, Grand Heights,

Antipolo City, Philippines
Contact Numbers: (+63) 2.697.1015

Email Address:

Museum Hours

Tuesdays – Sundays

9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Entrance Fees

Adult – 180 pesos

Senior Citizen – 120 pesos

Student – 75 pesos


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Kristine Goes to National Museum

Now I have this chance to promote the culture, the history and the arts of our country. Thus, let me share ​with ​you my experience I had in visiting National Museum last Saturday, October 31.

​​One of the things that I desire to do in my life is to wander, explore, and see the beauty of this world, most especially of ​our country. I want to go to places that are very attractive and that promote the history of the Philippines. Museums in particular. I love the idea of going to different places, whatever their attributes are, as long as I will enjoy the view and learn new things, definitely I will have fun. Even though I have not yet gone far to travel (e.i. hiking, visit tourist spots we have in Pinas, and go to remote areas if possible​), I still do not lose hope that one day I will be able to do it. But for now, contented as I am, I am enjoying the affection of a museum.

When I heard that National Museum holds its free admission to public for the whole month of October, the first thing that came to my mind was that I should not miss it. To mark the celebration of Museums and Galleries Month, National Museum was allowing people who wanted to visit the place for free. Last Saturday, I had the​ chance to go there and ​experience ​the astounding ambiance of the place for the very first time.

And because this year also celebrates the 40th anniversary of the museum, the National Museum Planetarium was also open to anyone who wanted to witness all their shows for free. Me and my friend was not able to visit the National Museum Planetarium for we arrived at the Museum of the Filipino People, a branch of the National Museum at exactly 2PM and had only 3 hours of adventure inside. Because of this, we were lack of time to be able to explore the whole place. So, we decided to tour as many rooms as we could before we reached the closing time. 

If you are planning to visit the National Museum (note: free admission is no longer available but ​lo​, I heard that every Sunday, entrance to the museum is free ), first thing you should prepare is your camera! Who doesn’t want to ​take a selfie in such a wonderful place and document​ an adventure? Wink.

When we arrived at the Museum of the Filipino People, some of the visitors were already gone from inside and seemed to go home. First, me and Jasmine took pictures in front of the building and in the outdoor marker of the museum itself, and took selfies together.


Inside, there were children running back and forth as though they were playing in the garden. They seemed like they’re having their field trip or whatever, seeing that they’re wearing PE Uniforms and with guardians. I’m not sure for it was October 31 and it’s semester break. There were also students from different schools who were also absorbing the good spirits the gallery grants.

Anyway, the stairs going to the second floor was like the ones I usually see on TV when a mansion is featured with its characteristics inside. I was like in a stately home. I can’t explain what I was feeling the time I entered the ground hall. All I know is that I was thrilled by the fact that I was really in there.

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Moving forward, here are a few snaps inside. Please bear with me for I won’t be able to name some of the relics and antiques I got to see.

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  • Berlin wall


a gift to the Filipino people from the people of Germany. According to the Business World Article: “The Berlin Wall wa erected by the German Democratic Republic in 1961 to completely encirlce West Berlin, and it became the iconic symbol of a divided Europe and the cold War until its demolition commenced on November 9, 1989.” 

The particular portion of the Wall, the 22nd section out of a total of 40 sections and was formerly erected in the Potsdamerplatz, was donated by the City of Berlin to the “city and people of Manila.

San Diego Wreck Site, History and Treasures


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On display are large Spanish and Siamese jars that contained provisions for the passengers of the ship consisting of preserved fruits, sardines, salted meat, wine, vinegar and drinking water.

  • Spanish Jars – Approximately 70 of these round bottomed elongated jars were recovered from the wreck. Generally used to store olives and oil, these may have been reused to hold wine.
  • Dragon Jars – Manufactured in Southern China, these jars demonstrate the admirable creativity of 16th century Chinese potters. Note the liveliness of the relief and the prominence of the ears.  The decoration vividly depicts one of the oldest of Chinese myths.

History of the Filipino People

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Butuan Boats


Prehistoric boats were recovered in Butuan, Agusan del Norte in 1978. There are nine existing prehistoric boats. The first boat dated 320 A.D. is in the site museum in Libertad, Butuan. The second boat dated to 1250 A.D. was transferred to the Pinagmulan Gallery (The Origin), in the 2nd floor of the Museum of the Filipino People in Manila. The third boat dated 990 A.D. is in the Butuan Regional Museum(Agusan del Norte, southern Philippines).

Biodiversity, and Linnaeus and Linnaean’s. 

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Butterflies: Ideopsis juventa manillana Moore 1883

Family: Donaidae

It was already 4:30 in the afternoon when we went in the middle of the building. First thing that caught my attention was the Ifugao House.

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  • Ifugao house: The heavily thatched roof serves as protection against rain and cold.

When the time was over, the took our last moments in taking selfies outside the Museum of the Filipino People. I really had fun albeit we only had 3 hours to see the museum. I would really love to revisit the place. In line with this, I am also expressing my gratitude to the government for giving a chance to the Filipinos to see the pride of our national artists for free.  

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Why you should visit The National Museum of the Philippines

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The National Museum is open Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Free admission on Sundays.

Entrance Fees: Museum of the Filipino People
Individual Fee (PHP)
Student 30.00
Senior Citizen 80.00
Adult 100.00

Groups of 50 or more
Students 25.00
Senior Citizens 40.00

Adults 80.00

For more info about schedule and fees, check National Museum Website: