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The National Museum of the Philippines

The National Museum of the Philippines

City of Manila, PHILIPPINES

The facade of the National Museum of the Philippines.

The month of May is the National Heritage Month Celebration.  The National Museum of the Philippines opened its doors to the public for free.
Been seeing posts of the museum for days and it got me interested. Thus, I went there on a Friday afternoon not expecting too much but just the usual artworks and stuff that we see in museums.

Hallways filled with masterpieces hanging on the wall.

Little did I expect that the building itself and how they laid out the galleries, corridors and lobbies were like artworks in itself. And that winding stairs, OH!!! The old Senate Hall, WOW!

Every visitor of this museum will definitely have a shot of this beautiful staircase.

The visit was a visual feast for me. I enjoyed the tour. Find time to visit it. I heard the free entrance is extended this June. And please don’t content yourself with just selfies. It’s a great experience to marvel at these works of art.

Corridors such as this, such a visual feast.
There is certain vibe of nobility in this lobby. This is the floor where the old Senate Hall is located.

Will post the shots of the galleries and the Senate Hall in a separate album. It deserves a separate album.

Check out the museum premises in this gallery.

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Artworks at the Pinto Gallery

The Pinto Art Gallery

LOCATION:  Antipolo City, Rizal Province, PHILIPPINES

Here are some of the vast collection of artworks and art pieces at the Pinto Art Gallery.  I really recommend that you visit this place.  It is not just an art tour, but it is an uplifting experience of the spirit.

Check out the gallery… (click on a thumbnail for a better appreciation of the image).

Set 1:  Installations


Set 2: Paintings


3.  Set 3:  Sculpture, Multi-Media, Other Installations

You may also want to check out the over-all vibe of Pinto in this link:

Doors at the Pinto Art Gallery


LOCATION: Antipolo City, Rizal, Philippines

A few months ago, an inspiring travel photographer posted a photo of a door in his Facebook account.  It is the entrance to the Pinto Art Gallery.  It wasn’t much about the door itself, but the feel of accomplishment for this young man for having discovered it and enjoyed the visit that made me want to visit that place.


Pinto Gallery is a gallery owned by a retired and accomplished doctor.  It is perched in a sprawling property in a modest subdivision at the heart of Antipolo City.  It was initially intended to be a personal gallery of the vast art collection of the good doctor until he decided to support other artists by opening his doors for them. He built a gallery to house and display these artworks which is now called the Pinto Art Gallery.

This is what welcomed me as I entered the main door.

“Pinto” is the Filipino word for “door”.  And that is exactly what I noticed in this place.  Its got so many doors that lead to rooms with awesome exhibits and to gardens that are either amusing, relaxing or breathtaking.




I enjoyed the vibe of this place.  I have experienced some museums and galleries that are intimidating and forceful to the point of being superficial and conceited, but here in Pinto, my experience was, it is open, sincere and easy to connect with.

It was so easy to connect. It felt like you are part of the story.
It gets you engaged. You wouldn’t even notice the other visitors there.
It felt like you are in your own personal space.
You feel at home, and with your own horse.

And the gardens …

Oh! the G A R D E N S!  I can stay here for days. 🙂

My dream garden.

And they are all over the place!  🙂




Thanks to that inspiring young travel photographer.  His name is Brian Kevin Felix.

This is the Pinto Art Gallery as I saw and experienced it.  Take a tour of this beautiful place through this photo gallery. (click the thumbnail for better appreciation of the image)

You may also get a glimpse of some of the artworks of Pinto in this link:

The Jeepneys of Manila

The KING OF THE ROAD (The Jeepneys of Manila)

Beautiful. Colorful. Fun. Amazing.


The talent and creativity of the Filipinos as painters creating masterpieces using the body of the jeepney (a popular means of public transportation in the Philippines), as their canvass.


Enjoy the Philippine Jeepney!

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BenCab Museum

LOCATION:  Baguio City, Philippines

It was my first time to go to the BenCab Museum.  Been hearing about it from friends, but what they talk mostly about was the cafe inside the museum.

Thus, when I finally entered the place, I was surprised to see a beautiful and well mounted masterpieces and works of art of a master.  This place is heaven for visual people like me.  I loved every piece of art inside.  I wasn’t able to take a lot of pictures because I chose to delight myself in swallowing and digesting the soul and spirit of the artist in each of his artwork.

I had a big bonus though.  The master himself, Ben Cabrera was there.  Was able to capture him in his somber and grounded aura sipping his coffee by the window.  Perhaps, this is his daily afternoon ritual.

I wish I stayed longer but I was with a large group of friends and we still have other places to visit that day.

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