5 Places In The Philippines That Art Lovers Will Enjoy

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Some people travel for food, some travel for adventure, and some, to immerse themselves in different forms of art and culture.

If you’ve always been the artistic type, lingering a lot longer when visiting museums and art galleries, these five destinations around the Philippines should be added to your travel bucket list.

From Manila to Dipolog City, we give you five spots that showcase and celebrate the artistry of Filipinos in ways that may awe and surprise you.

5. Ili-Likha Artists VillageAssumption Rd., Baguio

Owned by film director and writer Kidlat Tahimik, Ili-Likha Artist’s Village is an art space with eco-architecture at its core that celebrates nationalism and the rich culture of the Cordillera. Structures here interweave with existing trees, and are made with recycled materials.

Ili-Likha Artists Village, Baguio, Philippines

In one section, a banister pieced together from old bicycles leads to a small structure with walls made of old window frames. Mosaic tiles and colored glass add splashes of color to the stairways and walls. In one space, lies an Ifugao wicker figure said to have been woven by a blind artist.

The space also serves as a dining destination in Baguio through the Kiwing ng Kahoy Food Kommunity, a collective of food stalls (such as Balbacua by Urban Kamote, Cafe Cueva and Hayahay) which offer healthy and budget-friendly snacks and meals.

Bicycles in Ili-Likha Artists Village, Baguio, Philippines

How to get there:

From Manila, make your way to Baguio City by bus. Several bus lines including Victory Liner ply the Metro Manila to Baguio route (hourly trips) with terminals scattered around the metro. Ili-Likha Artists Village is located near Session Road, the main thoroughfare of Baguio City, which can be reached by jeep or taxi.

Ili-Likha Artists Village

Assumption Road, Barangay Kabayahihan, Baguio City, Benguet, Luzon, Philippines

Open from 7:00 AM to 8:00 PM

4. Good Times Cafe & Art GalleryBiasong, Dipolog City

Like a brick road leading to Oz, broken tiles and mirrors pave the path that leads to Good Times Cafe. The eclectic space, also known as Galeria Indelecio, is a pub, restaurant and art gallery in Dipolog, the capital city of Zamboanga del Norte.

Good Times Cafe & Art Gallery, Dipolog City, Philippines

But unlike typical art galleries that just focus on a few pieces, every available space here is just crammed full of fascinating New Age-inspired art pieces. The words “love, dignity, freedom, oneness” painted at the back of the welcome arch pretty much describes what to expect here.

Galeria Indelecio was designed for “spiritual rejuvenation” through nature and art. Masks of deities carved in stone seem to peek out from every corner. Expect to see large Hindu-inspired figures sitting side by side with wooden Buddha carvings and statues of Catholic saints and crucifixes. Paintings and sculptures depict a wide range of sacred figures from various denominations, folklore, and indigenous practices, leaving visitors overwhelmed yet oddly enchanted.

Al Fresco at Good Times Cafe & Art Gallery, Dipolog City

How to get there:

Dipolog City is accessible by air travel through Dipolog City Airport (DPL). Flights to and from Manila are provided by Cebu Pacific and Philippines Airlines. When in Dipolog City, make your way by tricycle to Brgy. Biasong, where Good Times Cafe is located.

Ili-Likha Artists Village

Carlos P. Garcia corner Lopez Jaena Street, Brgy. Biasong, Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte, Mindanao, Philippines

3. Pinto Art MuseumAntipolo, Rizal

“Pinto” means door in Filipino, and this lovely museum in Antipolo considers itself to be a “threshold for contemporary art practice.” It might as well be a doorway to another world.

Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo

The museum is hidden inside a 1.2 hectare property also known as Silangan Gardens in a private subdivision in Antipolo, Rizal. It contains a massive yet well-curated collection of modern paintings, sculptures and art installations, sure to leave visitors inspired.

Pinto Art Museum manages to integrate all the artwork and man-made structures with the existing environment. Unlike formal museums which preserve art pieces in controlled air-conditioned rooms, all the buildings here are open-air structures, which keep everything very natural. Contemporary art pieces can be found spread out in the Mediterranean-inspired villas, as well as in the well-manicured gardens and landscaped greens.

Pinto Art Museum, Antipolo, Philippines

How to get there:

Pinto Art Museum is accessible by private vehicle and by public transportation through Sumulong Highway or Ortigas Avenue Extension. If commuting, make your way to Antipolo via jeep or FX and get off at the Ynares Center. Take a tricycle to Grand Heights Subdivision.

Pinto Art Museum

1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights, Antipolo, Rizal, Luzon, Philippines

Open Tues – Sun, 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Closed on Mondays.
+63 2 697 1015
Pinto Art Museum’s Facebook Page

2. Casa San MiguelSan Antonio, Zambales

Nestled in a town in Zambales between the mountains and the sea is a space that nurtures the love for the arts within the community.

Casa San Miguel, Zambales

Casa San Miguel, a community-based school in Zambales, harnesses arts and culture as a medium for community development. The school nestled under mango orchards in a 15-hectare ancestral farmland and seaside estate, is owned and managed by violinist Alfonso “Coke” Bolipata. The school provides scholarships and lessons in visual arts, music, theater, dance, film and photography for gifted children who happen to come from humble backgrounds.

Distinct pieces of art can be found in rotating exhibits in their art galleries and around the Casa’s grounds and gardens. One of the newer additions is The Museum of Community Heritage, which gives visitors a glimpse of artifacts and the visual representation of events and stories behind the rich local heritage of that town of San Antonio and San Miguel, a barrio.

Casa San Miguel, Zambales, Philippines

How to get there:

From Manila, ride a Victory Liner bus to Iba, Zambales, and tell the driver to drop you off in front of San Antonio Public Market. From there, ride a tricycle to Casa San Miguel.

Casa San Miguel

Evangelista Street, Barangay San Miguel, San Antonio, Zambales, Luzon, Philippines

Casa San Miguel’s Facebook Page

1. Prado FarmsLubao, Pampanga

Formerly a warehouse for LPG tanks, Prado Farms is a family-run farmhouse in Lubao, Pampanga that manages to blend whimsical art with sustainable farming.

Prado Farms, Pampanga

It’s hard not to fall in love with the bright colored doors, hallways and art pieces made from recycled materials that can be found all around the place. The most distinctive piece here is the jumble of rusty LPG tanks stacked on top of each other that make the farm’s gate. With its lovely gardens and eclectic interiors, Prado Farms offers a secret garden-like respite from city life.

Prado Farms, Pampanga, Philippines

Prado Farms also serves delicious organic food and healthy homemade Kapampangan treats sourced from the farm, so visitors can enjoy delicious looking and tasting meals in between all the sightseeing.

Art at Prado Farms, Pampanga

How to get there:

From Manila, Pampanga is roughly 1.5 to 2 hours away by car through the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) exiting via San Fernando and onto Jose Abad Santos Ave.

Drive past the towns of Bacolor and Guagua to reach Lubao. Buses also ply the Manila to Pampanga route daily. Take a bus such as Genesis (Balanga/Mariveles), Bataan Transit (Balanga/Mariveles), Victory Liner (Olongapo/Iba) or Saulog Transit (Olongapo) which pass on Sta Cruz/Sta Rita/Prado Siongco in Lubao, Pampanga.

Prado Farms

Prado Siongco, Lubao, Pampanga, Luzon, Philippines

Reservations required.
Day tours require a minimum of 10 pax.
+63 920 903 0964
Prado Farms’ Facebook Page

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Kara Santos

Kara Santos is a freelance writer and photographer. When not on the road or motorcycling somewhere off for the weekend, she’s leveling up her experience points in the latest PlayStation RPG. Read her real-life and virtual adventures in her blog Travel Up.

  • ARNELLE GUERRERO

    http://www.kaluirestaurant.com/ it’s an art restaurant with beautiful art pieces around.

  • abbiadair

    Wow, That’s wonderful images of Arts. I love all of them and appreciate you for this great information. I recently came back from american east coast tours with my friends. We are all a big lover of Arts and this tour offers to explore the famous Art Galleries of East Coast. After seeing all images, I want to see all of them as soon as possible. I will share this blog with my friends and make a plan to go there altogether.

  • Nikko

    If you go further south of the country, the Enigmata tree house and travellers’ inn located in the island of Camiguin is worth the trip when visiting the enchated island born of fire.

  • Jason V. Macuha

    Looking forward to see the Pinto Museum… I like the outdoor installation…

    Jason @ http://www.macuha-artgallery.com