Fascinating private collection, a gorgeous estate, flashy art, true heritage, relaxingatmosphere, fresh air and good food! That is what you can expect in this fabulous Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo.
You won´t think at all, that it is just a 45 minute drive from Makati – on a sunday I must admit. During the week it is definitely not recommendable, because the roads on the way to Antipolo are usually more than congested and very busy. It is a perfect art trip with kids and the whole family. There is so much to explore, huge grounds to stroll and run around and chase each other, white sofa beds everywhere and benches with the most romantic view points.
Even the art is fascinating for the kids – it is not ordinarily ordered and just a normal museum. You have 7 big building complexes, each stands for itself in architecture and exposed objects and in-between the most lovely courtyards with little fountains and beautiful furniture arrangements to relax. There is no need at all to bring your own picknick, because the museum offers two brilliant Café-Restaurants with a rather delicious snack and drink menu.
Treasurette-Fave: I loved the hidden heritage wing with all different kinds of Bululs. These fine figures carved out of wood are placed in rice granaries to bring a plentiful harvest. Bululs are used in ceremonies associated with rice production and with healing. The creation of a Bulul involves an old ritual by a priest to ensure that the statue gains power. The Bulul is treated with care and respect to avoid the risk of the spirits of the ancestors bringing sickness.
Treasurette-Tip: By the way you can purchase those figures in the old town of Manila in the Antique-area. I recommend especially one store that is definitely selling originals: Gallery Deus in 1219 Mabini Street in Manila Old Town. I myself bough a fun wooden carabao bench for my kiddies there for only 3000 PHP (but that was no antique piece, only 15 years old).