Art Manila

Manila: Spacing out in sin city

Sometimes living in Manila can really take its toll on the spirit. Driving through endless traffic, dealing with the city’s worsening pollution, dodging the rat race, and working amidst all the noise and chaos can leave anyone depleted at the end of the day.

This is why in the years I’ve lived here, I’ve always been on the lookout for “secret places” where I can hide away and space out for hours on end. Some weekends ago, I found another one when I finally made the trip w/ some friends to Antipolo to check out the Pinto Art Museum.

Pinto Art Museum 2013

Pinto Art Museum 2013

Pinto Art Museum 2013

Pinto Art Museum 2013

Pinto Art Museum 2013

I was quite delighted to discover that the place fits my idea of a hideaway. I swear, I can spend an entire weekend there. The place is home to a wonderfully manicured garden, Mediterranean-inspired structures, and the impressive contemporary art collection that art patron Dr. Joven Cuanang has amassed over the years.

Pinto Art Museum 2013

Pinto Art Museum 2013

Pinto Art Museum 2013

Pinto Art Museum 2013

Pinto Art Museum 2013

Pinto Art Museum 2013

For someone who’s always been artistically inclined (and currently frustrated by the lack of creative pursuits of late), a trip to this impressive museum is nothing short of heaven. I swear, I think I practically oohed and aahed at every corner—Dr. Cuanang’s hideaway is exactly how I’ve always envisioned my dream home to be. To be surrounded by all these artworks by local contemporary artists is just crazy overwhelming. It was, as my friend Papu said, “sensory overload.”

Pinto Art Museum 2013

Pinto Art Museum 2013

Pinto Art Museum 2013

Pinto Art Museum 2013

Pinto Art Museum 2013

Pinto Art Museum 2013

This is definitely not going to be my last visit to the sprawling compound. I absofuckinglutely loved it there. I am so grateful Dr. Cuanang opened his weekend home and shared his impressive art collection to the public…escaping to a place like Pinto Art Museum is exactly what one needs to revive that sense of wonder within. I cannot wait to go back—one day is definitely not enough to take in all the creativity and magic that seems to permeate the place.

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6 comments

    1. Yes, unfortunately there aren’t a lot of these places in Manila because the government doesnt really spend much on the arts. It’s a good thing there are people like Dr. Cuanang who willingly share their collections to the public!

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  1. Oh cool! I recognized it right away as I have seen a blogpost about it before. The setting looks so international. Really something you wouldn’t expect from the Philippines, even just the fact that it’s a museum alone. Love the tour, and thanks for taking us.

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    1. I myself was surprised when I finally checked it out. It definitely exceeded my expectations—I was expecting a simple art gallery in Antipolo and then I find myself in this place. :D

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