Wandering at the Pinto Art Museum and Merienda at Papa Kim’s Korean Bakery & Coffee

Museums have been taking up more and more space in my heart as I grow older. I can’t say I’ve been to my fair share just yet, but I’m slowly ticking galleries and museums off of my list. My most recent accomplishment is finally getting to explore and appreciate the ever so Instagram popular Pinto Art Museum in Rizal. Recently, I was able to see the place for myself along with a pair of friends from work, Andrea and Camille, who were also first-time visitors. (Sorry we were late to the party, ya’ll, and boy, were we missing out.)

Us still fresh and inspired by all the art. A good hour or so before we got hungry.

Although not quite accessible via commute, once at the museum, the P200 entrance fee (P100, if you can present a valid student ID) might seem like a little bit of a high price compared to other museums that practically charge nothing, but in truth, it’s a small price for the amount of art and photo opportunities you’ll get inside. With an exterior that will remind you of the starch white structures in Santorini, Greece, the museum lies slightly hidden from the bustling crowd and traffic in Antipolo.

The museum is composed of multiple buildings on different levels of ground that are interconnected by pathways or gardens; between and among them, you’ll be occasionally surprised by a piece or art installation in an unexpected location or a piece that perfectly blends in with its surroundings making it hardly noticeable.

One of the first surprises we noticed upon entering was various and randomly placed pieces of white furniture which were mainly composed of padded garden chairs or beds of different sizes. Of course, as the labeled millennials we are, we completely took advantage.

We did the same to the ever famous steps near the entrance and the souvenir store (among many other spots). It felt like it was practically a requirement to have our picture taken there before moving on to the other parts of the museum.

Moving in further into the museum, we were welcomed by eerie sounds that we couldn’t determine the source of. We spent a significant amount of time looking around in search of the sound and looking at each other to make sure that we weren’t the only ones hearing it.

We were inside the museum at around 11 in the morning on a cloudy Saturday. Initially, I planned to document the adventure inside pretty well, and when I say pretty well, I mean I was planning to note down the names of the pieces as well as their corresponding artists, but combining lack of time, excitement, and volume of art pieces inside, I can’t say I was successful. I did, however, made sure to take a couple of photographs to be able to share some of the pieces I found interesting.

Disclaimer: I was only able to include the titles and artists of some of the pieces. If you do know the names and titles of some of those unknown here, please feel free to let me know. 🙂

As mentioned earlier, the P200 entrance fee is totally worth it because there’s so much to see inside. Until now, the three of us still aren’t completely sure if we were able to get around the whole museum in its entirety. I am sure that we didn’t get to see all the pieces and give them the amount of time for observations and appreciation they deserved.

Ideally, we planned to depart at around lunchtime or at least just a little bit past, but since there were so many things to go to and experience inside, so many photo opportunities to be taken advantage of, we ended up staying for a lot longer than we expected.

 

*a small note to appreciate our do-it-for-the gram friends who are always willing to help get that new DP*

When we got a little tired of walking around, we spent some time by this giant, beautiful window sill to catch our breath and of course, take some more photos. After all, the lighting was great.

We didn’t know how to look cute, so we had a good laugh and ended up being cute anyways.

Deeper inside the museum, we spent around an hour in front of probably the most eye-catching painting — both in size and appearance — at the museum entitled “Karnabal (by a group of artists collectively called Saling Pusa) talking about a great assortment of topics. I must say, it was great to have long and meaningful conversations with like-minded people of the same generation. Having worked together professionally, Camille, Andrea, and I had always known how we always had a lot of stories to tell each other; we just never really had a good enough opportunity outside of work to do so. We made sure to get a decent group photo before moving on to the next gallery.

Ironically, just when we decided to go and get some food at Cafe Rizal by Peppermill, the cafe inside the museum since we unintentionally starved and thirsted ourselves enough by walking and talking too much, the rain started to pour. Hard. Like a storm. We managed to find a way to get ourselves to the nearest available table at Cafe Rizal. Upon sitting down, we were informed that a waiting time of a minimum of 40 minutes waiting time would have to be endured regardless of what food we order since the dining area we were at turned out to be only an extension of the main restaurant and cafe. This even applied to drinks! Since we were all on the road to being hangry (angry because of hunger, just in case you didn’t know), we decided to transfer to the main dining area even though it was all the way near the entrance.

We ordered one serving of buffalo wings, a Cinco De Mayo pizza, and a bowl of Mediterranean pasta. We paired this with a drink each: rasberry iced tea for Andrea, pink lemonde for Camille, and passion fruit iced tea for myself. Our total bill was a little less than P1,500.00.

Before leaving, I also snagged a black “we are the kids that your parents warned you about” tee from the museum souvenir store for P350.

 

As titas get tired with any social and/or physical activity, we needed some caffeine to boost up our energy (plus, we also needed a comfortable venue to hang out some more because half a day just didn’t seem enough) and get some merienda before heading our separate ways and getting ourselves home. Camille, being the only one of us three from Rizal, already had a place in mind.

Papa Kim’s Korean Bakery & Coffee is a charming little place that will remind you of restaurants and coffee shops in Tagaytay. With significant parts of their walls made out of glass, hanging out at Papa Kim’s provides customers with a refreshing view.

Quite loyal to the whole adoration of cute and pretty things that seems magnified in Korean culture, the standout pastry would probably be the bear-shaped buns stuffed with various flavors of fillings. As a first timer, I couldn’t resist.

Andrea’s incredibly fragrant garlic bread and hot cappuccino, my cream cheese-filled, bear-shaped bun and iced cafe latte, Camille’s chocolate soboro and hot cafe latte

Although the waking up at 7 AM on a Saturday after a busy work week was something I can’t say I was particularly happy about. After having pushed through with this trip, however, I now know it was worth it. Aside from the great sights and the good food, fruitful conversations were also a great pro of this trip. I can’t wait to tick another museum off of my list.

 

Pinto Art Museum

1 Sierra Madre Street, San Jose, Antipolo, Rizal

Business Hours: Tuesday – Sunday 9AM-6PM

PHP 200 for adults
PHP 180 for senior citizens and PWD with valid IDs
PHP 100 for students with valid school IDs (Children below 3 years old are free)

Papa Kim’s Korean Bakery & Coffee (Antipolo)

Sumulong Highway, Antipolo, Rizal

 

What did you think of our trip to the Pinto Art Museum? I’d love to hear from you! Also, if you have any other suggested trips and museums, let me know in the comments below!

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