We almost canceled our visit to the Pinto Art Museum in Grandheights, Antipolo City after our lunch at Vieux Chalet. We got so tired eating (yes that’s correct) and my daughter said parang she did not want to go to Pinto anymore. Since we’re already in Antipolo, punta na lang kami because it’s just right there. I told her we would just take a look and go, maybe 30 minutes max.
It was a little creepy inside, with the old santos and the floating Jesus at the altar.
A collection of antique santos are kept inside the caged sides of the chapel.
The Pinto Art Museum is actually inside the Silangan Gardens, a one hectare property owned by Dr. Joven Cuanang, Senior Vice President and Head of the Neurology Department at St. Luke’s Hospital.
There’s a sprawling house beside the museum for Dr. Cuanang’s private use.
The whole property has several buildings which house his art collection.
Edmund is curious about the artists. I think he’s encouraged to paint too. He actually has a gift but too busy between work and golf to start dabbling in art.
..We are family…
Silangan Garden’s unofficial tour guide and art curator, Andy Orencio, was too kind to us. He showed us around and volunteered to be our official family photographer.
This is the biggest among the buildings and the most impressive. It doubles as an ampitheatre too.
These giant rocks were not decorations. They were there at the property when the building was under construction. Instead of removing the rocks, Architect Antonio Leano incorporated them into the building’s design.
According to Andy, Dr. Cuanang started collecting art in 1986. Those currently displayed number about 200. There are hundreds more in the bodega.
Elisa and Laura’s Pink Dresses by Marina Cruz, 2010
This is actually a photo, printed on canvass. The artist embroidered a small portion.
This clay sculpture of a voluptuous woman adorns the banyo. Same artist that made the ones on display at the reception area.
I want to look for the artist that made this. Gusto kong pakopya ang body ko, pero ipa-relocate ko lang ng konti yung mga boobs ko. Ipapa layo ko ng konti from my stomach, para mas ma- accentuate, hindi masapawan.
We’re done, bye bye Pinto (door)
Instead of a short 30 minute visit, we ended up staying for more than an hour. It was time well spent and the P100 per person entrance ticket was all worth it.