LOOK: Pintô Art Museum’s Arboretum is now open

Published February 16, 2021, 4:30 PM

by Jessica Pag-iwayan

Its goal is to educate the youth about the richness and diversity of Philippine flora

From housing hundreds of art pieces and a café that offers mouth-watering food choices to having a massive space with lots of Instagrammable corners, Pintô Art Museum in Antipolo is catching more and more attention, particularly from today’s youth. 

And now, going beyond the call of educating people on Philippines history and culture through art, the contemporary museum has officially opened another gallery for its visitors—the Pintô Arboretum. 

Curated by visual artist and avid ecologist, Ronald Achacoso, this 2000-sq.meter arboretum or botanical garden houses 500 species of indigenous plants, and the museum aims to have 3,000 species by 2025. 

“It is a rescue center as well as a resource for endangered indigenous plants and trees. Hoping that it will help develop more ecological consciousness especially, among the youth!” says Pintô Museum’s Joven Cuanang. 

This part of the museum is open for public tours on weekends. The regular fee is P500 inclusive of a guided tour around the arboretum and a Q&A with Ronald, snacks and drink, and a tour to the rest of Pintô. 

Here’s the complete schedule.

Saturdays

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

2 p.m. – 03:30 p.m.

Sundays

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

  2 p.m. – 03:30 p.m.

Visitors touring at the newly opened botanical garden

“Overpopulation, ignorance, poverty, and political corruption threaten the biological riches of the Philippines,” the museum says. “Pintô Arboretum wants to play its part in infusing new energy to educate, reorient, and enlighten the populace about how much we have, and how much we stand to lose. We believe that this knowledge instills a higher sense of identity and rouses a longing to reconnect, preserve, and protect our environment.” 

Tours in the arboretum should be booked at least three days prior with only 10 to 15 persons per batch. 

pintoart.org

 
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