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24-Hour Itinerary in Metro Manila for the Artsy

Are you a lover of the arts? If you’ve got 24 hours in Metro Manila, here’s an itinerary on where you should go and what you should do for an enriching experience.

Indeed, Metro Manila is a hub for some of the most creative and artistic individuals.

There are annual events like Art in the Park, Art Fair Philippines, International Museum Day, and the Hallyu Art Fair that showcase the works of said local talents, but even then, there are several smaller exhibitions and galleries that you can easily visit for your dose of art.

Check out our recommended itinerary for one day!

 

 

9:00 AM – Burrow  at Antipolo Bee House

Antipolo Bee House
Image Credit: @antipolobeehouse via Facebook

The Burrow is the perfect place to start the day with it’s open floor plan and green aesthetic. No doubt you’ll be relaxed with the great ambience and be energized thanks to their great dishes.

  • Location: 113 Beverly Hills Ave., Beverly Hills Subdivision, Antipolo, Rizal
  • Operation Hours: 8am to 4pm, Closed Monday and Tuesdays
  • Must-Orders: For breakfast you should try their Eggs Benedict with smoked salmon and bacon (P530) or their Tender Beef Tapa (P330).

 

10:30 AM – Pinto Art Museum

Pinto Art Museum

Opening its door to the public in 2010, Pinto Art Museum exhibits the art collection of Filipino neurologist, Dr. Joven Cuanang. Artwork on display include material from Elmer Borlongan, Mark Justiniani, Jose John Santos III, Emmanuel Garibay, Rodel Tapaya, Geraldine Javier, and more. 

  • Location: The Silangan Gardens 1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights, Antipolo City
  • Operation Hours: 9AM to 6PM
  • Fee(s): P200 for adults, P180 for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (valid ID required), P100 for students (valid ID required)

Read 10 Instagram-Worthy Antipolo Restaurants to Visit
 

1:30 PM – Cafe Rizal by Peppermill

Cafe Rizal

Cafe Rizal’s ambience is homey and nostalgic, as the restaurant is furnished with vintage wrought iron furniture. There is even iron and wood tables and chairs that are used in the indoor dining space, while the outdoor area has white wrought iron and glass garden dining sets.

  • Location: The Silangan Gardens 1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights, Antipolo City
  • Operation Hours: 10am to 5pm, Closed Mondays
  • Must-Orders: Cinco De Mayo Pizza (P355), Green Chicken Curry (P255), or one of their pasta dishes.

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4:00 PM – Street Art at BGC

BGC Street Art
Image Credit: Editorial Credit: ARTYOORAN / Shutterstock.com

Bonifacio Global City is a cluster of corporate and residential buildings in Taguig. Over the years, they’ve livened up the bland building walls with commissioned art graffiti.

Take the extra challenge and get a snap of the following graffiti!

– Between the Lines by CYRCLE (7th Ave cor. Federacion Drive)
– Andress, Katipunan Supremo by Doppel (Bonifacio High Street Central)
– Wonderland by Faile (One GLobal Place, 26th St. Cor 5th Ave)
– Monster Magic Owl by Bunnie Reiss (Bonifacio High Street B1 Parking)
– Magsasaka by Archie Oclos and Aleili Ariola (Bugos Eats on Rizal Ave)

  • Location: Bonifacio Global City (BGC)
  • Operation Hours: 24 Hours
  • Fee(s): Free

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6:00 PM – Dinner at Agimat

Dinner at Agimat

Agimat’s aesthetic is based on Filipino folklore with runes painted on the walls and a huge tree right in the middle of the restaurant. It looks like a hidden apothecary! While their cocktails are definite show stoppers, you should try

  • Location: 2/F 5972 Alfonso cor. Fermina Street, Poblacion, Makati
  • Operation Hours: 6:00 PM – 2:00 AM, Closed on Mondays
  • Must-Orders: Modern Filipino tapas: Manok (P450), the decadent Pares (P595), and the Lumot at Malasugi (P350).

Read Agimat Foraging Bar & Kitchen: Poblacion’s New Filipino Hotspot
 

8:00 PM – Sip & Gogh


Image Credit: @SipandGoghThePodium via Facebook

Sip & Gogh is a cozy venue where you can create your own masterpieces while enjoying a glass of wine and some snacks. Sip & Gogh will provide the materials, apron, and complimentary snack and drinks. Plus, there are instructors to help guide you during your session.

Not only is this a great way to wind down and to destress, but you also have a souvenir to keep when you head home.

  • Location: Podium, Eastwood, Kapitolyo, Alabang, Atelier, Century Mall, Congressional, and Ayala Heights
  • Operation Hours: Times vary according to branches
  • Fee(s): Rates start at P900 and are dependent on whether you avail of a regular or themed painting session – adults can also bring their own 750ml bottle of wine for a minimal corkage fee of P300.

 

Breakdown of Expenses

  • Food – P1,800
  • Activities – P1,200

TOTAL BUDGET: P3,000 (excluding travel fare)
 

Other Galleries You Should Visit

1. 1335 MABINI

1335 Mabini
Image Credit: @1335mabini via Facebook

1335 Mabini is an international gallery that proudly exhibits the works of some of the country’s best artists.

The roster includes international and local artists such as Kiri Dalena, Tad Ermitaño, Nikki Luna, Manny Montelibano, Indy Paredes, as well as Soun Hong from South Korea, Yoshinori Niwa from Japan and Peter Moosgaard from Austria.

  • Location: C01 Karrivin Plaza, Chino Roces Ave. Extension, Makati
  • Year of Establishment: 2013

2. Artinformal

Artinformal
Image Credit: @Artinformal via Facebook

Artinformal was build in 2014 by contemporary Filipino artists who wanted to showcase several art forms to the public – sculptures, multimedia, pottery, installations, and more.

There are two galleries: the one in Makati exhibits the works of selected artists. While on the other hand, the Greenhills gallery displays curator-led exhibitions.

  • Location: 277 Connecticut St., Greenhills East, Mandaluyong
  • Year of Establishment: 2014

3. Finale Art File

Finale Art File
Image Credit: @finaleartfile via Facebook

For over two decades, the Finale Art File has been considered one of the country’s premier gallery institutions. Some artists that have their works on display here include Catalina Africa, Kim Oliveros, Annie Cabigting, Liv Vinluan, Jeona Zoleta, and more.

  • Location: 2241 Chino Roces Ave., Makati
  • Year of Establishment: Early ’80s

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4. MO_Space

MO_Space
Image Credit: @mospacebgc via Facebook

Open daily, MO_Space is an artist-run gallery that provides local artists by providing them with free exhibition space, promotion, and documentation. Whether a solo or group exhibition, artworks on display may include photography, paintings, installations, and more.

If you want to keep up with who they’re exhibiting next, you may want to sign up for their mailing list to stay in the know.

  • Location: 3rd Floor MOs Design Bldg, B2 9th Ave., Bonifacio Global City
  • Year of Establishment: September 2007

5. The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room
Image Credit: @tdrgmanila via Facebook

The Drawing Room is known for its displays of contemporary art – despite its humble beginnings as a venue for works on paper. Apart from monthly exhibits, The Drawing Room also has its artists show in Hong Kong, Singapore, Paris, New York, and more.

  • Location: Bldg. C Karrivin Plaza, 2316 Chino Roces, Magallanes, Makati
  • Year of Establishment: 2013

Read 10 Instagram-worthy Places to Visit in Makati
 

Tips for Art-Lover Travelers

Tips for Travelers Art Lovers

1. Look out for event dates! – Be on the look out for major art events such as Art Fair Philippines or Art in the Park which happen in February and March, respectively.

2. Avoid touching paintings and flash photography – doing so may have adverse effects on the pieces of art, so these are strictly prohibited. Selfies with no flash are usually permitted, but are greatly frowned upon by people in the art world.

3. Avoid visiting galleries during peak hours – at least when it comes to traffic! You may end up spending more time commuting as opposed to being in the gallery.

4. Know when your favorite artist is showing – You can keep track by following their social media accounts, and that of the galleries that they usually show at.

 
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