A Day of Art and City Lights

Antipolo City. A one to two hours drive south of Metro Manila. A breath of province life without much of a hassle. This city housed tourist spots known among locales and foreigners alike. One of this is the Hinulugang Taktak Falls which has been made known by the song “Tayo na sa Antipilo”. Another is the Casa Santa a museum with 3,770+ Santa Claus and other Christmas ornaments. There is also the Mystical Cove and the Antipolo Church. Among the known tourist spots of Antipolo is the Pinto Art Museum and Cloud 9

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art is open from Tuesday-Sunday 9:00-6:00 pm. An entrance fee of 200.00 for regular tickets and much less for children and students. If you want a guided tour, there will be for the following time 9:00-11:00, 12 noon-2:00, 2:00-4:00, 4:30-6:00 pm. There is no designated parking area for visitors with vehicles, you will parked at the side of the road just in front of the museum. At the entrance you will be given a map of the entire place along with the policies to be obeyed inside the museum.

Reminders/policies:

  • Do not touch the paintings/artworks
  • No use of flash cameras
  • No backpack, there will be a designated lockers for this
  • No food allowed
  • No photoshooting unless you inform the Museum’s management

Obey the place’s rules for you to have a peaceful and memorable tour.

The Museum is a combination of nature and art. You will get to experience the beauty of nature while enjoying the works of some Filipino artists. The artworks varies from paintings, bust images, sculpts, metal works and many others.

Per observation,the name Pinto Art can be rooted from the Filipino word “Pinto” or door in English this may be true if you tour the whole Museum, you will see various of old doors accentuated the whole gallery. Another thing is the meaning of the word “Pinto” or door, entrance to a place. Once you set your feet to the Museum you will enter a place where art and nature collides and harmonizes. But this is just based on observation and deduction, the real meaning for the Museum’s name can only be answered by the owner.

Pinto Art Museum has a cafe inside named Cafe Pinto by Pappermill. Their menu varies from – meat to veggies, pasta to dessert, iced tea to wines. Their cusine can be classified mostly from Itallian side but with a touch of Filipino products. As for the price, well, you must be prepared. The price ranges from a minimum of Php 200 up to Php 1,000 but this can be shared by two to three persons.

Cloud 9

Originally Cloud 9 is a hotel but now a days the establishment was known not because of their service relations but because of the 360 view of Metro Manila and Antipolo by the use of their famous hanging bridge.

Yes folks, hanging bridge. A 500 metre walk in metals slope upward taht is suspended in mid air where you can see the pavement just below your feet. Scary.

It is indeed scary but once you stopped thinking and start looking you will see the magnificent city lights of Metro Manila at night or a sunset view at dawn. The nervousness and knee shaking walked was worth it when you reached the 360° view deck. The picturesque view is the payment for the heart pounding walk.

The whole experience in the hanging bridge and 360 view deck is worth Php 50.00 to be paid at the Information Center. There is free 30 minutes viewing time for diners and stay-in guests. The sky bridge viewing time will be available from 8:00-10:00 Monday to Sunday. For safety purposes 15 person at a time can walked in the sky bridge.

You will use the staircase and travel the lateral bridge if you wished to go down the viewing deck. Take note the bridge this time is not the same as the first one.

Th experience in the 360° view deck is refreshing and relaxing, for the price, it is enjoying and worthwile. You can’t experience the Manila City Lights and the Antipolo scenery for just 50.00.

Conclusion

If you want to break away from polution, stress and traffic in just one day Antipolo City is just a two hours travel/drive from Metro Manila. Among the City’s offered tourist destinations, Pinto Art Museum and Cloud 9 may not be in the top choices but if you want to experience and enjoy the beauty of art mixed with the freshness of nature these two is the best among the choices. And you will be proud how talented Filipino is, once you roam around the Museum.

As for the price, 200.00 and 50.00 for an entrance is not a bad investment. Why investment? Because you will pool your money to one of a kind experience that last for a lifetime as a memory, pictures and stories. Also, you can help local artist to be appreciated and to be known. You can also be a way for nature to be protected. Your 200.00 and 50.00 can go a long way if your just willing to let it go.

All in all, the day we spent to Pinto Art and Cloud 9 was well spent, memorable and enjoyable.

HOW TO

From Pasay to Antipolo

  1. Ride MRT bound to north then lift off at Cubao Station
  2. Via FX: At Farmer’s Market an FX with signage to Antipolo-Simbahan
  3. Via Jeep: At the front of Telus Building there is a Jeepney bound to Antipolo-Simbahan or Antipolo-Shopwise
  4. Drop at Simbahan then ride a trike to Pinto Art Museum

From Pinto Art to Cloud 9

  1. Ride a trike from Pinto to jeepney terminal bound to Cubao
  2. Ride the jeepney to Cubao then drop off at Cloud 9
  3. From the drop off point, you need to walk the mountain side to arrive at the Cloud 9 restaurant and hanging bridge

From Cloud 9 to Cubao: From where you dropped by the Jeepney, wait for an FX or a Jeepney with signage MRT-Cubao.

Suggested Budget Allocation: An approximate of 500.00 including the travel expense and the entrance in each destination but excluding meals. If you want to experince the taste of Pinto Cafe prepare 1,500 all in.

  • From Pasay to Cubao via MRT.     24.00
  • From Pasay to Cubao via Bus.    40.00
  • From Cubao to Antipolo via FX.   50.00
  • From Cubao to Antipolo via Jeep. 24.00
  • Antipolo-Simbahan to Pinto Art. 50.00 per one ride of trike
  • Pinto Art to Jeepney terminal.  50.00 per one ride
  • Jeepney terminal to Cloud 9.     18.00
  • Cloud 9 to Cubao.  40.00
  • Entrance to Pinto Art.  200.00
  • Entrance to Cloud 9.  50.00
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