I’ll be back some day!
A day trip to Antipolo
2021 was a long and tense year for a lot of us —then add the stress of the worst boards season ever. Back when I was younger and more naive, I imagined going on a one-month vacation to the states or some place new with my family after passing the licensure exams. Alas, the skewed schedule and my pressing responsibilities for residency landed us to a day trip (and then a staycation) instead.
But I have no regrets! Everything about our visit to Antipolo was wonderful.
Thank you to my mom and sister for sharing this experience with me.
Breakfast at Café Cristina
Location: Ground Floor, Paradise Hotel Boso Boso Highlands, Sitio Boso-Boso, Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City
Hours: 7AM to 10PM Daily
Serves authentic Filipino and European food at approximately PHP500 for 2 people
While planning out our day, we only had two requirements for our breakfast spot:
(1) A stunning overlooking view of Antipolo
(2) Open early in the morning —so we can make it to the museum by its opening hours
After some careful googling, I eventually pinned it down to Café Cristina, specifically their branch in Boso-Boso Highlands Resort and Hotel. Other famous breakfast spots with an overlooking view, such as Burrow Café and Crescent Moon Café, were closed on the day we decided on our trip.
I’m really happy with Café Cristina though. The food was great for the price, and the view was incomparable. The breeze kept us cool despite the warmth of the sun.
Café Cristina is around 20-30 minutes away from Pintô Art Museum.
Visiting the Pintô Art Museum
Location: 1 Sierra Madre St. Grand Heights Rd, Antipolo, Rizal
Hours: Tuesdays to Sundays from 9AM to 6PM
Entrance Fee: PHP250 per person
Certain restrictions apply for COVID-related safety.
Pintô Art Museum is an exhibition space and contemporary museum founded in 2010 to publicly exhibit the collection of Filipino neurologist and patron of the arts, Dr. Joven Cuanang. Pintô means door in Filipino.
The museum is a sprawling open-air space with a number of galleries and picturesque outdoor installations to feast on. The whole place carried a zen and natural vibe; it also helped that there were only a handful of guests when we first arrived.
I love how the architecture of the space seamlessly communicated with both the displayed works and the natural greenery. It was a pleasure to walk around. (Having comfortable benches to sit on every few meters was also a big thoughtful plus!)
Pintô Art Museum is still growing. Gallery 7 only opened in January 2020, so my sister —who had first visited the museum back in her college days— had a whole new wing to discover.
Seven picks from Pintô Art Museum
These were the artworks that I spent a little more time contemplating during our visit. As the museum constantly evolves (as hopefully so do I), no doubt my “picks” will change the next time I go there!
Art and nature as healing
I’m a big proponent of art therapy and visual stimulation as a path to wellness. And there are already multiple peer-reviewed studies on the health benefits of the great outdoors.
Useless fun fact: Before I set into the more practical (and socially necessary) path of becoming a primary care physician, I really seriously entertained going into neuroaesthetics, a more research/academe-field thanks to its still-experimental clinical application.
While writing this blog post, I’m happy to stumble upon this quote from the art patron and owner of this museum. I found this from a BusinessWorld feature.
Art to me is about wellness. If you go and look at the art, your blood pressure and heart rate go down. Whether it’s painting, music, dance, or poetry, there’s wellbeing sa puso mo (in your heart)… if you’re reciting a poem you like, what do you feel? If you watch dance, what do you feel?Dr. Joven Cuanang (2018) in Healing through art and trees – Nickky Faustine P. de Guzman
What do you feel? Ahhh.
See you again, Antipolo!
We spent the rest of our day having lunch at Café Rizal by Peppermill, stopping by Antipolo Church for prayers for safe voyage, and getting a nice massage at Jinsei Massage (less than 10 minutes away from the museum).