Antipolo’s Art Trove

Stepping inside the Pinto Art Museum, 700 feet above sea level, all my aesthetic aerials went up, awakening my yen for places beautiful and inspiring.

''Imagination is a force of nature'' said Saul Bellows. To wield a brush, a pen, a chisel, a baton, is being one with nature. When God made the physical realm, He did not put a ceiling to what the mind can imagine and fashion out of hands and sweat. We are mimicking the very essence of life and giving it our own touch, our own twist.

Stepping inside the door of the galleries that house a vast number of art pieces from paintings, to sculpture, to architecture, to other multimedia art, one seems to have an out-of-body experience where all the senses are heightened and enhanced.

A line plays in my mind, like what the character in the movie Mona Lisa Smiles said, ''What is art?

I'm fascinated with splashes of colours that give a painting a life of its own, and I see a story in each canvas. What could be playing in an artist's mind in fleeting moments, seething emotions and consuming passions?

How do they retain their sanity when sometimes all I can see are pain and suffering? Where is the redemption that my Literature professor kept telling me to perceive in every great classic? Enough existential questions before I make myself cry.

Well to start with, art is a very personal thing. But there is in everyone the ability to perceive what an artist is trying to convey especially if the artist conveys it well.

What I admire most in paintings, or in any piece of creation is when I recognize a personality, a quirkiness of some sort that sets the artist apart from the rest.

The renovation of the Pinto Art Museum gives Philippine art yet another home for local artists to showcase their talents. This is a welcome validation to the now famous moniker of Rizal, being the art haven of the Philippines.

The Pinto Art Museum (or PAM) lies inside Silangan Gardens, a one hectare land of lush foliage broken off by quirky clay sculptures and rest places (like a bed! Yes, in the middle of the garden).

The founder of the gallery/museum is Dr. Joven Cuanang who first built his first inspiration, a weekend getaway and a chapel inside Silangan Gardens. A masterpiece in itself, Silangan Gardens was started in the 1970s. Dr. Cuanang is a connoisseur and patron of the arts and staunch supporter of Filipino artists. He has collected a sizeable number of paintings which he housed in the new museum.

Dr. Cuanang, the chief medical officer of St. Luke's Medical Center, has always believed that art can heal. In fact, if you go to St. Luke's in Global City, Taguig you can see large paintings and not empty canvases for walls.

On a sunny morning, you can go to the Pinto Museum by passing through Cainta Junction to get to the Ynares Center which is very visible from the road. One of the streets in front of Ynares leads to Grandheights Village, where Pinto is.

The museum is at the corner of a shady lane where trees form a canopy to shelter you from the heat. One can hear birds chirping and flitting from tree to tree as the breeze flows freely.

At the small entryway where a bell hangs, whimsical terracotta birds welcome us. A sprig of yellow daisies in a glass bottle inconspicuously sits in a nook, prettifying a faded painting of St. Francis.

The wrought iron gate and most iron details of entryways have charming curlicues and delicate shapes transforming the place into a conversation piece at every turn.

The galleries which are interconnected have very sensible cross ventilations, which made the spaces cool and relaxing.

The main gallery building, designed by Antonio Leano contains three art exhibition spaces. Simply called Gallery One, Gallery Two and Gallery Shoppe, these art spaces are vast hangars of artworks, a place where your mind can be transported and elevated by the mere spaciousness and tranquillity, and of course, more by the art pieces.

You can find many contemporary artists' works adorning the almost all white walls of the art warehouse, artists like Andy Orencio, Jim Orencio, Plet Bolipata, Cris Villanueva, Geraldine Javier, and Marina Cruz, to name a few.

Outside the galleries is a different kind of experience where you can be lost in the labyrinthine exquisiteness of the Silangan Gardens.

There are arches that can slip you into Mexican moments, stucco walls that can inspire Mediterranean moods, but whatever it is that can inspire us in this place, I'm sure the artists feel that it is a privilege and a gift to inspire as well as to be inspired.

Trailing a stone staircase with vine covered walls will take you to the rooftop garden. On the rooftops you can have a view of the pool and an oriental garden. The other rooftop spots above the museums are large spaces that can give you a view of the metropolis while having a sip of your refreshments. You can see the surrounding villages and treetops that abound in the place. Antipolo offers a most impressive skyline of Metro Manila.

Life is a series of images framed in days, hours and minutes. Everything we go through, every moment in our lives, colours and shapes fragments that eventually add up to one single masterpiece.

Pinto Art Museum gives us a glimpse of Antipolo's treasure trove. Take a stroll inside the galleries and gardens, and don't forget to breathe deeply.


Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Developers prepare for new rules and regulations
    Developers prepare for new rules and regulations

    Known as the "Subdivision and Condominium Buyers' Protective Decree," Presidential Decree No. 957 issued two sets of revised implementing rules and regulations (IRRs) earlier in 2015. A bill initiated by former President Ferdinand Marcos in 1976, the decree and its most recent amendments were designed to "protect buyers from fraudulent and unscrupulous subdivision and condominium sellers, operators and developers," according to the explanatory note that accompanied the bill in its senate …

  • ‘Get SAF 44 killers before BBL passage’
    ‘Get SAF 44 killers before BBL passage’

    Lawmakers are demanding the arrest of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) fighters involved in the killing of 44 policemen in Mamasapano before the approval of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) in Congress. Cagayan de Oro Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, chairman of the 75-member ad hoc committee in the House of Representatives deliberating on the BBL, prodded the Department of Justice (DOJ) to speed up its investigation and file charges against the MILF guerrillas as the Aquino administration …

  • Pinoys dance for Earth Hour
    Pinoys dance for Earth Hour

    The Philippines once again displayed its support Saturday night for the worldwide observance of Earth Hour by hosting a dance party after turning the lights off from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. to save energy and make a statement on various environmental issues. The World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) said widespread participation proved anew that no individual action on climate change is too small and that no collective vision is too big with celebrations in over 7,000 hubs in 170 countries. The WWF said …

  • Phl offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China
    Phl offers Sabah to win Malaysia’s support for UN case vs China

    The Philippines has offered to downgrade its claim on Sabah in exchange for Malaysia’s support for its case against China before the United Nations. The quid pro quo was contained in a note verbale the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) handed to a representative of the Malaysian embassy last week, a week after the visit of Malaysian Defense Minister Dato  Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein. The note verbale, a copy of which was obtained by VERA Files, referred to the May 6, 2009 joint submission …

  • Maysak to enter Phl Wednesday
    Maysak to enter Phl Wednesday

    A typhoon with international name Maysak is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday and bring rains over Northern Luzon by weekend, the state weather bureau said yesterday. Aldczar Aurelio, weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said the typhoon was 2,810 kilometers east of Mindanao as of 10 a.m. yesterday. “This typhoon is still too far to affect any part of the country,” the weather …

  • Nonviolent disciplining of kids pushed

    Child rights advocates called on senators to pass and strongly endorse a law that will institutionalize positive and nonviolent methods of disciplining children.The Child Rights Network (CRN), Plan International Philippines (PIP), Philippine Legislators’ Committee on Population and Development (PLPCD), and Lihok Pilipinas Foundation led the call for the enactment of the Positive Discipline Bill.Several Quezon City Council members led by Majority Floor Leader Jesus Manuel Suntay, Victor Ferrer …

  • Method to their madness

    [caption id="attachment_256768" align="alignright" width="212"] Illustration by Rod Cañalita[/caption] EMMANUEL PORTUGAL Country Manager for the Philippines, VMware I look after the garden. I’d like to think that I have a green thumb—no plants have died so far! The ones I like now that I planted a few months ago is the Blue Iris. Like the town in the movie, my Blue Iris shows up in the morning and only appears for one day. …

  • JGFP Summer Tour on today

    The summer tour for local junior golfers kicks off with the holding of the ICTSI-JGFP Baguio Junior Open today and tomorrow at the treacherous Baguio Country Club course in Baguio.Sixty players aged 6 to 17 years old are entered in the 36-hole tourney serving as the opening leg of the summer circuit organized by the Junior Golf Foundation of the Philippines with the International Container Terminal Services, Inc. Foundation as main sponsor. ... …


Should Aquino be held accountable over the Mamasapano operations?

Poll Choice Options