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Travel Guide: Pinto Art Museum

I went to Pinto Art Museum with my friend Gege. I always wanted to see this place as I’ve heard that this is a must visit place…so I did. We decided to meet at 10:00 in the morning at Farmers Cubao Quezon City since the FX Terminal going to Antipolo is there. We ride a fx taxi going to Antipolo and paid P50.00. It took as an hour travel to Antipolo terminal. Travel period varies if you ride an fx van or jeep.

From Antipolo fx terminal, we ride a tricycle and paid P60.00 to the driver. Travel period from the terminal to the museum is 5-10 minutes only. When we reach the museum, we paid the entrance ticket fee for P180.00 each. No food and pets are allowed inside the museum.

Seeing the art pieces on galleries in this museum made me realized how amazing these arts can express every emotion of a person. Some arts can make you smile, some can make you frown and sad, some can even frighten you and some can make you think what it really tries to express. I had an experienced of being too connected to an old painting that made me really sad… seeing how poverty in the Philippines affected small children and their dreams. This one painting shows a child crying and looking at his home destroyed by the typhoon…he is crying and wondering where he will find his home. I’m not an artist but I love arts even when I was just a young little girl. I used to draw nature and portraits of my favorite anime characters and displayed it in our room at home.

Pinto art museum has 6 galleries that you’ll definitely enjoy. They have indigenous art museum which will remind you of the indigenous art displays in Bencab museum in Baguio. You can also find a restaurant/cafe, pool, chairs and beds in every area of this place. You can sit and lie on the bed whenever you feel tired as Pinto is a big place to visit.

See the glimpse of Pinto Art Museum:

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After our visit to Pinto Art Museum, we decided to go to Cloud 9 where you can see the city lights and enjoy the panoramic view. We ride a tricycle going there and paid P200.00, but if you’re coming from the terminal of Antipolo, you only need to pay P120.00. We had our late lunch there and get fruit shake and halo-halo. We left Antipolo around 7:00 in the evening.

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Antipolo Cloud 9

HAPPY RABBIT TIPS:
● bring extra clothes to wear (roaming around the museum after lunch is a bit warm)
● don’t bring food and pet as it is not allowed in the museum
● bring camera/phone (note that flash is not allowed when taking photos)
● bring water but you can also ask cold water from the restaurant inside Pinto
● visit cloud 9 of Antipolo after Pinto Art Museum to enjoy the city lights and panoramic view.

EXPENSES:
FX taxi = P100.00 (roundtrip)
Tricycle = P60.00 (Terminal-Pinto)
Entrance fee = P180.00
Tricycle = P200.00 (coming from Pinto)
               = P120.00 (coming from terminal)

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HOW TO GET THERE?

Ride a fx/jeep from Cubao Farmers Quezon City (near McDonald) going to Antipolo. From the terminal in Antipolo, ride a tricycle and instruct the driver to take you to Pinto Art Museum.

If you plan to go to Cloud 9, just ride a tricycle and tell the driver to take you to there.

 

 

Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar

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Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is one of the most awe-inspiring and absorbing historical sites that I’ve been. Not only because it’s superb but also it gave us an educational experience. The tour guides are outstanding and they provided us the backstory of every house built in this park. Our tour guide was so great that we’re hooked by his stories and we’re so thrilled to enter the house he’s referring.

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Casa Candaba
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Casa Jaen I

We went to Las Casas after our Mount Samat trip and both  of these sites are in Bataan. Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar is located in Barangay Pag-Asa, Bagac Bataan (Central Luzon, Philippines). In 2003, Jose Acuzar started rebuilding the Spanish mansions in Bagac. The houses are bought from different parts of the Philippines. Each house has a different background, culture, and architectural designs. Stone houses were uprooted from their original location, transplanted to Bagac Bataan and were reassembled and restored. The park is 400 hectares and it features 27 Spanish Colonial buildings and stone houses. The missing part of the houses were replicated to look like the original structure and it was opened to the public in 2010. The heritage park has museums and gallery where you can see old items and arts from the past. Also, it has a restaurant where you can choose from a variety of authentic Filipino-Hispanic cuisine, a calesa where you can ride, a beach, function rooms and a swimming pool. According to our tour guide, they plan to build 40 heritage houses, so it would be a great idea to come back every five years to see the new houses they built.

Also read: 2016 Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta

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Sanctuario de San Jose

All the photos we took are Instagram-worthy photos and the place, houses and corners are absolutely stunning. The heritage park is great for  prenup and pictorial. We even saw some models during our visit who wore nice outfits that match the beauty of the park.

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Casa San Miguel & Casa Byzantina
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Casa Jaen II

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Paseo de Escolta
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Out of 27 heritage houses, Casa Luna (Luna House or the Novicio/Santoromana House) is my favorite. The mansion was owned by Novicio family in Namacpacan (now Luna town) in La Union. It was constructed in 1850 and reconstructed in 2007. The town was named to honor its revolutionary heroes and Luna brothers Antonio, the general and Juan Luna, the painter.

Also read: Why you should go to Bataan Tourism Center?

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Casa Luna

HAPPY RABBIT TIPS:

  • Wear comfortable yet fashion-forward clothes
  • Bring a nice camera/phone
  • Bring extra clothes and swimwear
  • Wear flat sandals, slippers, and comfortable shoes
    Note (You will be asked to remove your shoes once you enter the house)

Also read: Trip to Mount Samat Shrine

Favorite moments at Las Casas with my college buddies 🙂

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ITINERARY:(Hot Air Balloon- Mt. Samat-Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar)

0230 – ETD Manila
0230 – ETD Manila
0400 – ETA Clark Air Field
0700 – ETD Clark Air Field
0800 – Breakfast, Balanga
0900 – ETA Mount Samaat National Shrine
1030 – ETA Mount Samaat National Shrine
1100 – ETA Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
1600 – ETD Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar
1900 – ETA Manila

HOW MUCH?

The day tour we got from Kuya Harry only cost Php 2000.00 inclusive of transportation and guide. (Food not included)
(Food not included)
You may contact our tour coordinator Harry Asuncion Balais
Mobile no: 0917-6274-945

 

Note: If you’re not planning to stay overnight, you can also avail the Heritage Day Tour of  Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar. They also provide a shuttle service from two pick-up points in Manila.

Below information are available on their website http://www.lascasasfilipinas.com.


Pick-up Point at New World, Makati

ETD from New World – 7:00am
ETA back at New World – 8:30pm

Pick-up Point at Astoria Plaza, Pasig City
ETD from Astoria Plaza – 7:35am
ETA back at Astoria Plaza: 8:30pm

ETA at Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar – 10:45am
ETD from Las Casas Filipinas De Acuzar – 3:50pm

The Guided Walking heritage tours schedule which is at 8:30AM-4:30PM (Every hour except lunch time).
Guided Workshop Tour: 3:00PM
NO need to reserve. Just join your choice of time.

 

 

 

Trip to Mount Samat Shrine

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Mount Samat Shrine is one of the highlights of our tour. It is located in Pilar, a town in the Province of Bataan. We are thankful that we have the van, we no longer need to walk to see it. When we reached the park, we noticed that some people are having picnics, some are taking photos, some went in a group and I think they are a group of climbers. We are surprised to see how beautiful the park is. You will instantly notice  the colonnade and the large memorial cross, the cross was built to honor the soldiers who fought and lost their lives in the Battle of Bataan. They fought for freedom and this shrine is for them.

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Bataan Memorial Cross

The shrine has a war museum where you will see the collections of photos, paintings, equipment, and weapons used by the soldiers during the World War II.

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There is also a very nice view of Corregidor Island, a place where you can rest, a small store and nice restrooms for visitors.

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The historical park did not only taught me about history but helped me appreciate how lucky I am to be part of this generation. I enjoyed taking pictures with my college buddies, and though we wish to stay longer, we can’t because we have to go to the next part of our tour which is Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar.

 

How to get there?

Traveling from Manila to Mount Samat Shrine will take more than 2 hours. It can be reached via NLEX (Balintawak Cloverleaf) and SCTEX ,exit in Mabalacat, Pampanga. When you reached Subic, exit in Dinalupihan, and then, turn right at Roman Highway. Follow the signage going to Mount Samat.

 

Why you should go to Bataan Tourism Center?

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After our hot-air balloon experience, we’re still excited because we will go ahead with the second part of our tour. I actually don’t have an idea of the next destination as I haven’t search it on google. My friends told me that we’re heading to Bataan to see the Mount Samat Shrine. Kuya Harry organized  everything and we’re lucky because he’s very generous to give us discounts.

I actually fell asleep on our way to Bataan and I didn’t notice how long the travel was from Pampanga to Bataan. They wake me up when we reached the Bataan Tourism Center. Kuya Harry told us that we better see this place and bought their bestseller pasalubong.

When you enter the center, you will see this beautiful lounge area 🙂

We  enter the Souvenir Shop, and I swear, there is much stuff to choose from. They have my favorite cashew nuts, local food products, souvenir items, accessories, paintings and their famous polvoron which I actually love.

 

 

After enjoying ourselves at the shop, we went to the Exhibit Hall of the center. It has also an Audio-Visual Room and the E-hub Office of the Congressman. Will you not be astonished by these great artwork display? I don’t know what I felt but this exhibit hall really had an impact to me…

 

Exhibit Hall
Photos credits to Bataan Provincial Tourism Office & to the photographer, Mr. Kurt Ibanes.
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Photos credits to Bataan Provincial Tourism Office & to the photographer, Mr.Kurt Ibanes.
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Photos credits to Bataan Provincial Office & to the photographer, Mr. Kurt Ibanes.

After we’re done to the exhibit hall, the group had a picture-taking with our tour guide. Before I went outside, I took this photo on the glass window and I did wish to go near it but the door was locked.

Good thing this photo still looks nice 🙂

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Outside the tourism center 🙂

 

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Outside the tourism center: Photos credits to Bataan Provincial Office and  to the photographer, Mr. Kurt Ibanes.

 

To visit Bataan Tourism Center, you may call their hotline at 237-4476 or email bataan_tourism@yahoo.com. The center’s complete address is Bataan Tourism Center, Roman Superhighway, 2100 Balanga, Bataan.

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Art in Island: Stunning 3D Museum in Asia

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Have you ever imagine yourself being part of a painting or an artwork? Do you know a museum that allows people to touch and interact with their displayed artworks?

If your answer is “NO” to these questions, I won’t blame you as I’ve been to museums that always restrain people from touching or taking photos with the flash on it. People should understand that museums are doing their very best to keep and protect the beauty of their artworks. If you want to have fun and feel awesome in a museum, better visit Art in Island.

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ART IN ISLAND is located in 15th Ave., Brgy. Socorro, 1109 Cubao, Quezon City, Philippines. They run from 9:30AM to 9:30PM with Php 500.00 (for adults) and Php 400.00 (for students) entrance fees. It is “one of the biggest 3d Museum in Asia with 3,800 sqm and founded by Yun Jae Kyoung and his Korean partners, with 14 3D artists from Korea working on all the paintings in 4 months”, based on the research that I got.

My Art in Island Experience

Going to Art in Island was very easy for me as I’m residing in Quezon City. I can go there by taxi, jeep or by bus. I went there around 9:40AM on a weekday as I knew that there would be lesser people compared on weekends. I ride a jeep going to Cubao-Kalayaan-Ali Mall, the museum is along the way and you’ll see instantly their signage. I’m with my friend and we paid 500 pesos each for the entrance fee. You will be asked to remove your shoes to protect their artworks on the floor. The moment I entered the museum, I already knew that I will not be disappointed. Art in Island has a lot of stunning 3D artwork.

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You can touch it, interact with it and take  a lot of photos. My friend and I were astonished how these artworks were made. It was amazingly beautiful and looks so real. We act our part and enjoy every artwork in this museum but it would be more fun if you’ll go there in a group, as you can plan and do a lot of creative shots. We explore the museum for more than two hours and we had an awesome experience. You will see the photos of the artists who made this interactive museum near the exit area.

 

 

DSC_1472TIPS: Wear a nice outfit that would complement the artwork, enjoy and be creative in taking photos (check out their sample photos) and come with friends and family.