Almost a year and half ago, I met Dr. Joven Cuanang. The Asian Cultural Council Philippines invited him to sit on our board. Without hesitation, he joined and opened not only the eyes of the Council but my eyes as well, to the world of Philippine Contemporary Art. Dr. Cuanang’s passion was evident in his eyes and I felt that immediately. And for this, he inspires me.
He recently invited me to his Art Gallery in Antipolo. It was a clear and beautiful Sunday morning and the drive was easy. Located in The Silangan Gardens was the latest project of Dr. Cuanang. He simply called it PINTO ( DOOR). When I arrived, there were already quite a number of cars and we hurriedly went down. We saw Dr. Cuanang right away and his warm greetings and generous eyes embraced us immediately.
An idyllic local scene on the drive up to Antipolo.
This is what it looks like from the outside. It felt very Latin.
I loved this set up! It makes you feel like taking a nice long nap! LOL!
I loved the Hacienda feel of the place, I felt like I was back in South America. We went to the first gallery and enjoyed the wonderful images. We thought that space was what we were here for. Then Dr. Cuanang led us to what he was truly working on! I WAS SPEECHLESS!
Went inside to the gallery inside and was greeted by beautiful images.
An inner courtyard.
I found this sculpture creepy and cute at the same time. It felt like one of the characters from "Where the wild things are".
I LOVE JON SANTOS! One day I will have one of his pieces! His work just moves me!
If you look closely there are lots of weird things going on this picture. Which makes it doubly precious. Must be painful to give birth to that? Hmmm....
I see a small chapel in the corner.
Nestled in a one hectare property was this MUSEUM! A Proper museum housing Dr. Cuanang’s art collection spanning more than a quarter of a century of treasures! I was in his world and loving it. The space was so well designed and you all know I love museums so this was something that I really was so happy about! To have something like this to experience is indeed special.
We were lead to a stairs that brought us to the museum.
My camera could not fit the entire space, this was just a quarter of the whole image! I stood there in awe!
Dr. Cuanang is Ilocano and he brought along lots of Ilocano treats! This Vigan empanada was my personal highlight! The line was quite long later in the day and it was really good! A meal in itself.
A path leading to one of the pavilions.
The first pavilion housed some of the larger paintings. The space was like a football field. Filled with the most amazing images.
Another gallery space.
I loved this painting!
A few of the guests milling around.
This is really beautiful too.
I feel bad that I did not get all the names of the artist's but there were so many. I just took photos of the ones that I really liked. This was one of them.
A portrait of Dr. Cuanang.
Even the images of the toilets were beautifully done. I LOVE IT!
The weather that day was really beautiful.
This made me smile .
I found the mix of the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Kariton ingenious.
Another view of the gardens.
More interesting images.
This was also fun to look at.
The generosity of Dr. Cuanang is so huge that his museum is actually open to the public. Log on to [email protected]
for more information. Now that the holidays are upon us, if you have the chance to visit, please do so! It is really such a great experience. To Dr. Cuanang, Maraming maraming salamat sa inyo! May others be encouraged and inspired from what you have accomplished! MABUHAY KA!!!
Dr. Cuanang and I!
Another photo this time with Malu and Tita Maribel Ongpin.
Had a photo with National Artist BenCab and his friend.
Dr. Cuanang and BenCab.
Walked around a bit and just enjoyed the images.
A quiet little corner at the Pinto Art Museum.
The Pinto Art Museum
1 Sierra Madre Street, Grandheights.
tel. 02 6971015