Art district. It’s probably one of the things that a traveler checks out when traveling to a foreign country just like my visiting friend Luis. And there’s only one place I know where this need could be satisfied – Pinto Art Museum. Frankly, we’re supposed to check out another local island in my bucketlist for his second weekend but I guess consecutive weekend vacays is already a bit too much for me.
Though somewhat hidden behind the hills and mountains of Antipolo City (lesss than 2 hrs away from Manila), this contemporary art museum is easily accessible and in itself is a weekend de-stress destination. This is why I don’t mind coming back just to see again its immaculate white walls and the artworks housed in Mediterranean-inspired villas. Admittedly, I’m more after the cozy ambiance and beautiful outdoors than the arts installation per se but that’s another best thing about this museum. It’s not only for art lovers but for nature lovers as well. When you settle yourself in any of their white beds, sofas or steel chairs in the patio or in the roof decks, you’d feel like you can just lounge there all day while taking in the lush green scenery. We only spent a few hours in the afternoon there but it was just the respite I needed — a relaxing recharge button, leaving us ready to head back into the city.