Friday, March 21, 2014

Family fun at Pinto Art Gallery!

We just came home from Batangas but before I talk about our trip south, let me tell you about our trip east! I grew up in Antipolo but I've never really explored the hills of my childhood home. So I've been bugging Vince for maybe 10 years or so to go on an Antipolo road trip.

Finally, last month, we did! We were really just there to visit Papa but it was such a lovely Sunday afternoon and we decided, my younger brother and I (because he was bored since his wife was out of town), to drive up to Pinto Art Museum. We're just in pambahay haha because we really didn't think we were going anywhere but Papa's house.

Here are a few photos of our gorgeous art-filled afternoon:
When I'm a donya na, I will have a huge garden and have a four-poster bed in the middle of it.

A few of my favorite sculptures. Vince and I realized that we were more interested in sculpture than paintings.

There is a baby inside the tummy of that sculpture. The boys were freaked out. They thought it was a monster, so I had to explain to them that the woman and I were the same, that we were both pregnant and there was a baby inside me, too. Vito's reaction: "Ewww."

Iñigo: "Dodo."

Vito: "Horse!"
Vito: "Dead guy! Sword killed him!"
Iñigo: "Torto!"

The balcony sits on top of a waterwall. My boys look so tiny! (P.S. Don't worry about Iñigo—my sister is holding him. She just knelt down and hid when we took this photo.)

With Vito and my younger siblings, Jacqui and Theodore. Jacqui is a theater actress, Theodore is a musician.

Pinto is a 2-hectare estate so be prepared to do a lot of walking. Since it's on the side of a hill, there's a lot of stairs to climb and sudden drops. So if you're bringing your kids, be very vigilant. There's not just the art you have to make sure they don't destroy but also lots of steep stairs to navigate.

All over the property are several buildings housing paintings, sculptures and installations. There are viewing decks, too, for appreciating the vast gardens and the far off Manila skyline.

Me and my boys! Vito didn't like his picture taken. That's his thing now.

Iñigo enjoying a tiny fountain. He must've spent an hour there! Silly rabbit. He got so soaked, too!

After Pinto, Theodore said he knew this place called Tamerlane that served really good food, so we agreed to eat there. It was a carinderia!!! I didn't think a place called Tamerlane would be a carinderia haha. So after our hoity-toity afternoon browsing through art, we had grub haha.

It was very good grub, too. Tamerlane is an inihaw place and wala silang spoon and fork so kamayan talaga siya. Grabe super sarap! The best stuffed squid I've had in my life! And I've eaten at really expensive places but I have never had stuffed squid like that! Best squid ever. We had pork barbecue, the squid, some big fish... Gosh, I don't remember. Theodore ordered a lot. We also had tons of rice. After all the climbing up and down we did, we were famished! We ate so much! Iñigo had so much fun playing and eating with his food. Vito, my more sophisticated son, wanted a spoon. Oh well!

And that was our family fun at Pinto Art Museum! Happy weekend, dear readers!

UPDATE: Here's more on Tamerlane's Ihawan written by my friend Jennie Aspacio on her blog, My Tummy is Full. It's really a carinderia, okay, so manage your expectations! I was a little freaked out when we parked haha because hindi na ako sanay sa carinderia and then wala pang kubyertos. But it's super worth it, friends! The food is super sarap and super mura pa! Diba I said Theodore ordered a TON of food? There was 7 of us (8 if you include Baby Chicken in my tummy hehe) and our bill was only P1000!!!

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16 comments:

  1. I saw this museum in one of Kris TV episodes. Ganda pero ang layo lang. :)

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    1. Ako nga, dun na ako sa Antipolo lumaki, nalalayuan pa ako haha.

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  2. I love Pinto Art Museum! When we went there, we were lucky enough to be the only ones there and we got to talk to Andy Orencio extensively which was pleasant because he's so interestingly insightful.


    Mars M.
    www.montessoriinmars.blogspot.com

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    1. We were lucky, too, because when we went, there was an exhibit so free entrance, food and drinks for all the guests!!!

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  3. Nice! Would love to explore Antipolo too, we'll start with those two places :) You don't look like your sibs! hehe

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    1. My sister and I actually look alike =) I'm just photogenic and she's not, meaning I'm not good-looking in real life while she is!

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  4. Super tawa ako sa "dodo" obviously a breastfed baby. We did our engagement shoot at Pinto. The place is huge and so green. Bizu used to be there. Kamay kainan or tamerlane is our best kept secret here in Antipolo. Ayan nalaman na ng lahat. Lol!

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    1. Akala nga namin he was going to breastfeed haha

      I wanted my wedding to be at Pinto, too! Went there nung bagong bukas pa sila but at the time of my wedding, there was lots of construction going on =)

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  5. You don't look like you're in pambahay. :-)

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    1. Pambahay ko yan! Pati yung mga kids and si Vince. We're usually more dressed up when we go out of the house =)

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  6. Wow, You still look gorgeous Ms. Frances kahit preggy..=)

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    1. Uy salamat, lalo na't pini-pimples ako grabe that time!

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  7. Inigo is so cute at the pics. hahaha! Sometimes one of the best foods especially if you really like mga lutong bahay, a carinderia is the place to go too.

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  8. Tawang-tawa ko sa eww, dodo and torto!! Haha! Ang ganda niyo pa din magbihis kahit pambahay.

    Anyway, my brother and your sister know each other ata (parang nakita ko na sila in one photo). :)

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  9. I don't know why, pero super natawa ako sa "Dodo." with the caption. Cute family!

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  10. The kids look so cute.. grabe :3... nakakagigiiiiiil! :) P.S... Ang ganda mo po :O... in whatever angle there is.. o.O and dun sa part na si baby is nsa window with the look na "no one is holding him".. waaa haha..

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