I did not think there was a sanctuary that blended both art and nature into one location. Moreover, I didn’t expect it to be located east of Manila—accessible by public transportation a few hours away! Thanks to CJ, I learned about Pinto Art Gallery and Cafe in Antipolo, Rizal. Apparently a fan of art galleries herself, she found out about Pinto after reading an article about the place. Moreover, she wanted to dine at Pinto Cafe – which happens to be operated by Bizu (official website here). I also wanted to go there just so I can escape from the daily grind of the city. Thus, we agreed to go there the day after our Maginhawa trip.
It was a long journey from our meeting place along McDonald’s Quezon Avenue-MRT—two bus rides, an FX ride to Ynares Center, and a tricycle trip to Grand Heights Subdivision where the place is located. The long trip and multiple transfers were worth it, however; we got our reward through the scenic location and the artworks displayed all around the venue. I can describe Pinto’s architecture as a fusion of rustic and Greek. The white-washed walls evoke a seaside home in Santorini, while the orange walls are reminiscent of traditional mountainside villas. I liked the fact that the gallery followed the mountain’s natural architecture—they even incorporated some existing rocks into the structure. Aside from the gallery, there was also a souvenir shop that carried artworks and exhibit brochures, a swimming pool, and a chapel. Sadly, we weren’t able to visit these places extensively as they were reserved for a wedding that day.
Lunch wasn’t a problem, as we simply went to the nearby Pinto Cafe. Sadly, they didn’t offer a wide selection like what we expected – though there were some Bizu mainstays. We opted to take their set menu which set us back around P600 each. It consisted of an appetizer (soup), a main course, and dessert to cap off the meal. Getting the set menu was cheaper compared to ordering each dish a la carte. Despite the lack of choices, we can say that the P1200 (for two) we paid for this was truly worth it.
I’m going to stop here and let the pictures below explain how the trip went. I’ve included some shots of the artworks; CLICK HERE to see the complete album on the TMG Facebook page, and do pay their FB page a visit. Until the next review, bon appetit.
Pinto Art Museum and Cafe
#1 Sierra Madre Street
Grand Heights Subdivision
Antipolo, Rizal 1870