Pinto Art Museum

It was an unassuming afternoon when I dragged my parents to Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo late last year.

I've always wanted to visit Pinto Art Museum, but I hardly ever had anyone to accompany me. So when my parents had some time to spare, I jumped at the chance and drove us to Antipolo like a madwoman - well, no, not really. Haha!

Pinto Art Museum is located in an almost hidden subdivision opposite the street from Ynares Sports Center. If you're driving up from Ortigas, just slow down and start asking the tricycle drivers for Grand Heights Subdivision as soon as you're across the street from Ynares Sports Center. The last time I was there, there was a small signage outside the street that led to the subdivision, so if you weren't really looking, you probably won't really notice it.

They don't have a parking lot, but the subdivision allows visitors to park along the street. There aren't many houses near Pinto Art Museum, nor are there many people loitering the streets, but it's still best to ensure you don't leave anything valuable inside your vehicles.

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum is not the usual kind of museum that houses all its art in one building. It's a huge property with different kinds of art located in many different buildings. There are stairs, a lot of outdoor walking involved, and no air conditioning so make sure you wear comfortable clothes and even more comfortable footwear. If you're the kind that's always getting bitten by bugs, be sure to bring a bug repellent.

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum houses a widely eclectic collection of art. I can't really describe them all - there are quite a lot, after all - so I'll let the photos do the talking. I picked out some of my favorite pictures from our visit.

Sculptures


Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum


Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Paintings

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Tired from Walking?

Like I mentioned earlier, a visit to Pinto Art Museum involves a lot of walking. But fret not. There are plenty of corners where you can rest your tired feet. And they're very pretty little nooks - some aren't so little though. Hehe!

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum
I'm not sure if you can sit here. There's no "Please do not sit" sign anywhere though. Hehe!

Pinto Art Museum

I took so many other photos, but I don't want to bombard you with all of them. I would suggest that you go and visit Pinto Art Museum and take lots of pretty photos so you'll have pictures that your friends will envy. Better yet, bring your friends or family with you so you can bond over the art and take lots of fun photos. 

Pinto Art Museum is open from Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00am to 6:00pm. They charge entrance fees per head, but the fee isn't expensive at all.

Regular Ticket - P180
Senior Citizens & PWDs (Pls bring your valid IDs) - P150
Children and Students with School IDs - P100

They allow photoshoots (the sort that involves professional photographers, hehe) and events. Please call them to ask about their rates and/or for reservations.




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Pinto Art Museum
(632) 697 1015
Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights Subd.
Antipolo City
Puzzle Mansion
Sorry, my mom's standing right in front of the P. Haha!
During one of my few Mondays off, my parents and I drove to Tagaytay just for the heck of it. They haven't been up there in a while.

We visited two places: People's Park in the Sky and Puzzle Mansion. Afterwards, we had lunch at Breakfast at Antonio's. But this blog post is only about Puzzle Mansion.

Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion's not hard to find because there are signages everywhere. What we didn't realize, however, was that we'd have to drive through some rough roads - a few of them narrow.

Puzzle Mansion

Just as it started to drizzle, we found Puzzle Mansion, paid the entrance fee, and started wandering around.

Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion
We got to pose with a copy of the Guinness World Record certificate.
Puzzle Mansion lies on a one hectare property. But no, the puzzles aren't spread out over one hectare. Don't worry, it won't involve too much walking. All the puzzles are located in one huge gallery.

Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion

There was a huge array of puzzles. The ones I liked the most were the 3D ones - especially the ones of famous landmarks around the world.



There were also puzzle versions of famous paintings. Heck, there were puzzles of practically everything.

Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion
Yes, my parents are really like that. LOL!

Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion

At the entrance to the gallery, there's actually a guy who talks about the puzzles. He gives out facts and trivia, but we weren't really able to hear him talk. There were so many people at the time, so we opted to just walk around while they were all gathered around him - There was a group of students on their field trip while we were there. Perfect timing. Haha!

Puzzle Mansion

Puzzle Mansion also has a bed and breakfast. There's even a pool on the property, and it looked mighty enticing. Too bad it was only for the guests staying at their bed and breakfast. Hehe!

For more information on Puzzle Mansion, please check out their Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/PuzzleMansion.

She soared in On the Wings of Love to fame as part of widely beloved Jadine love team, but on her own, young actress and singer Nadine Lustre has also become known for being a fashionable young lady. She's never over-the-top in her fashion choices. Instead, her picks are often stylish, sophisticated, and sensible. Did you see her outfits during their trip to Europe? To die for!

Nadine Lustre looks on the bright side for Parisian Shoes & Bags.
As the brand ambassador for SM's iconic Parisian brand, Nadine likes her shoes "fun, flirty, and comfortable" so that they can keep up with her active lifestyle. She's an advocate of affordable fashion, so she likes shoes that combine style and comfort as well as value for money - very Parisian!

Nadine likes fun, flirty, and comfortable shoes to keep up with her active lifestyle.
Nadine's shoe shopping advice is to "look for something that makes you feel confident". And she's amazed at how Parisian's "wide variety of shoes and bags" will certainly boost one's style quotient.

Nadine makes waves with vibrant Parisian shoes.
Here are some of her hot Parisian picks:

Parisian Shoes in bright colored heels - orange, teal, mustard, and magenta - to sizzle up your look. Take your pick from strappy heels, sling backs, and pumps. Block heels will also unlock fashion possibilities as they keep you grounded.
Red Brina wooden heeled shoes.

Brown wooden heel with fringe accents.


Curtis heel with laced up details.

Parisian Bags that are fun and functional are for today's stylish young women. There are small bags that make a big style impact, backpacks with edgy accents, as well as chic shoulder bags and classic handbags.
This mini bag is big on impact.

The Alyssa shoulder bag in taupe.

Carry your essentials in this royal blue backpack.

Darcey backpack with snakeskin accents.

Parisian shoes and bags are available at all SM Stores nationwide.

Connect online with Parisian Shoes and Bags:

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I sat in the vehicle with the driver's side window open. I could hear the deep thump-thump-thump of music across the street and I could do nothing but tap my fingers on the steering wheel impatiently.

Having come from an activity at church, I was already late for the first ever Beatstroked Summer Music Festival in SM City Taytay. I practically sped to SM City Taytay as soon as church was over. And I was near - so near - when I realized that my gas tank was empty. It was so empty that the gas gauge was blinking up at me incessantly.

So as the party happened in SM City Taytay, I sat in my car at the Shell Station across the street waiting forever for the gasoline boy to bring me back my credit card.

A century later (haha), I had parked the car and was walking to the venue. There. Were. So. Many. People.

Beatstroked Summer Music Festival

I missed quite a lot of the performers, but I was still determined to have fun. After all, my favorite of them all was performing last.

When I finally joined the rest of the bloggers, media, and VIPs in front of the stage, the music festival was in full swing with DJ Ron Poe spinning out some cool party music.


I'm not much for dancing though, because I have two left feet and I'm awkward by nature - even when people just mostly jump at concerts or music festivals. Haha! I still had fun though.

Next up was Silent Sanctuary. I don't know a lot of their songs, but I enjoyed their performance. It was fun watching them on stage.

Silent Sanctuary

Silent Sanctuary

Silent Sanctuary

Before long, the crowd's energy leveled up several notches. Parokya Ni Edgar was in the house!

Parokya Ni Edgar

Okay, total fan-girl moment here.

I've been listening to Parokya Ni Edgar since the late 90's and I know almost all of their songs by heart. They're number one on my list of favorite bands, and I've even rubbed off on The Memet.n our North Luzon road trip a few years back, we made it our mission to memorize Bagsakan whenever we were on the road for long hours. Ah, memories.

I've seen Parokya Ni Edgar perform live before only because of our company outings and parties (I miss you, Sykes!). Aside from those company outings and parties, the only other live "concert" I've ever been to was when F4 came to Manila when I was in college. Haha!

But anyway, SM City Taytay's Beatstroked Summer Music Festival, the first one ever in the east, is going to have to get bigger artists in the coming years because Parokya Ni Edgar delivered one hell of a performance.

I'm going to indulge you PNE fans (but mostly myself) by posting some of the pictures that I took from the front of the stage. I've never been so ecstatic. I mean, I was just a few feet from Chito Miranda!

Parokya Ni Edgar

Parokya Ni Edgar

Parokya Ni Edgar

Parokya Ni Edgar

Parokya Ni Edgar

Parokya Ni Edgar

Parokya Ni Edgar

Well, there you have it in pictures! The first ever Beatstroked Summer Music Festival by SM City Taytay was a huge success. The crowd had a blast, but everything was in check. No liquor, no drugs, no fights, just a whole boat-load of fun.

SM City Taytay, thank you for bringing a music festival to the east. We love music too, and we're glad we finally have a music festival we can look forward to every year - and we don't even have to travel far, because SM City Taytay is just right there. Hehe!

The following week, there was another music festival in SM Marikina (Indiefest Summer Music Festival), and I swear I would've attended that too. Too bad The Memet and I were out of town - hope to blog about that trip soon.

I'm still trying to upload some of the videos from my phone, but my internet connection won't cooperate. So before I end this post, here's a video that I got from SM City Taytay's Facebook Page. If you didn't go to this year's Beatstroked Summer Music Festival, you'd better be sure to go to the next one. *wink*