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

Venice Mall and The Three Ladies

In the span of three hours we (my friends and I) debated if we’re going to go out and have some fun, only to relieve some stress out of our minds and body due to work loads and most importantly to get out of our apartment (our apartment is too hot to stay even if we do have an aircon). And luckily, we reached a decision we were going out – destination – the Venice Mall, which house the famous Venice Grand Canal.

We started prepping ourselves at 2:30 pm and done by 4:00 pm I think, and as we headed out the skies seems to darken a bit signalling that a rain will be expected. But it will not stop us from our plans.

We boarded a train bound to Ayala Station, next is the BGC bus but since it’s our first time, we ask the direction to our destination, one of the bus station’s security guard entertains us, “5th Street West Route Mckinley Hill” he happily replied.

So, Venice Mall here we come!!!! 🙂

Okey, we’re already inside the bus that have placard indacating West Route, the only problem is we don’t know where is 5th Street. As the bus runs, we scanned every road signs that may be of help to us and yet no luck.

One of my friends (Ate Marlene) reads aloud one of the signs we passed by, “5th Avenue”, I heard her and read also the sign, yeah, it’s says 5th Avenue and one of the bus stop but since we’re up to a really really really good luck that time (if only you knew) 😇, we didn’t get off the bus. One of the miscalculated decision on our part. Also, where everything seems to be the start of an adventure.

We get lost!!! How lucky can we get??!! 😕

We get off to the road that states 7th Avenue, way too long if we’re going to walk back to the 5th Avenue we saw. And since we’re lost in a big City with no one knows us and with no data connection to Google Map, we try the usual and most effective way, we ask. 😉

Some guy points that we should go in that building then on the left a jeepney will going to pass by that will take us to our destination. And so we did. We’re now waiting for the jeep that states, Gate 3, and we proved that we’re really lucky because every jeep that will pass that road were already full. We opt for taxi and still no luck. Then, we waited and waited and waited and waited until it’s already 5:30 pm.

Gosh!! We waited for good 30 minutes!!  (Panicmode alert 😨) We really doomed!!

Then when we are all panicking on what to do an accident happen at the nearby crossing, a motorcycle vehicle screach throwing it’s driver. An emergency ambulance arrived and meddlesome individuals helped or gossips? Which of it?? I don’t know. One thing is for sure the three of us is included in the ‘usisera’,. Hahaha

We ‘usi’ the scenes and reason for the accident, then we forgot that we’re waiting for a jeep. Jaja spotted a jeep that is not full but it’s to far from us though it is in full stop because of the traffic light, but we did not take another chance, we run for our dear life just to make it in time for the jeep. And that’s the first time I run for jeep alone. 😱 So embarassing!!!!

We manage to arrive in Mckinley Hill in one good shape. Thanks God!! Then we walk a good 50 meters?? to arrive in Venice Mall. The Mall is still under construction and some shops was still not open but it’s open to take a tour, to picture or eat to some open restaurant.

Inside the Mall, you really do feel that you’re in Venice, Italy (but I think the REAL Venice is more than these). There is the famous gondola along with singer to serenade the passengers, the heart lock which is widely known for lovers, a tenor musician that entertains the passerby and a whole lot scenery to take picture of.

We took lots and lots of pictures inside the mall until past 6:00 pm. Everyone can go around the Grand Canal in only a matter of 15 minutes (cause the lenght of it is not that long), but if your’e a fun of taking time to LOOK at the scenery – really LOOK at it – well, it took more time than the usual. You can see different places to view the Canal depend in everyones’ perspective. And it’s up to you to enjoy it or not.
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After enjoying the view (and walking around and above the Grand Canal), it’s time to taste the food. There are different restaus and fast foods to choose – from asian cuisine, to italian, to filipino, to light eaters, coffee lovers, steaks and meats lover, up to foods in the convenience store – any thing. But the three of us decided to taste asian cuisine – more especifically Japanese food (for where I am fond of).

At first we thought that the serving is only little, that we’re not going to be full but it’s only in the presentation cause the cuts and the different side dishes and desserts can make you hate to eat anymore for the next couple of days. Funny to think that WE’RE going to hate to eat. Hahaha.

It’s already more or less 8:00 pm when we decided to go home, and the facade of the Venice Mall is beautiful at night because of the lightnings that illuminates it’s structure. And of course we took pictures of it.

After everything (mind you, the walk back to the jeep station is not an easy task, with path that slopes down and up, an aching legs and stomachs full, it takes a willpower to go 😦😦😧😧), we manage to catch our ride back by jeep bound to MarketMarket or SM Aura and another one to Ayala or Edsa and from then train to Taft Station then a good walk for mere 15-20 minutes.
Apartment bound at last!! 🏢🏢🏢😁😁😁😁😁🙌🙌🙌

Exhausted.

At the end of the day, after a hot-half-day at the apartment, the exodo in the train station, lost moment when riding a jeep, an accident (though we’re not involved just a mere ‘usisera’ :):)), the Mall (everyting we do inside of it) and the ride back, it still worth all the trouble. Especially when you have someone (friends, family or lover) whom you can share the adventures, the moments and a mountain of laughter and smiles, it’s all that’s matter.

Looking back, we’re not really going out for thousands of reason – weather is not good, tired at work, no lunch and breakfast yet, lazy prepping ourselves and many more, even when at the middle we want to back out and just go home – but we choose to go and continue for only one reason – to enjoy. And that’s what we do and we get. We gain memories, bonds, lessons?? (Yeah, definitely!!!), and tons of pictures to look back for and reminisce the story not for the heck of it but for smiles IN IT. 😌☺☺☺☺