I am always on a look out for a new spot to discover and explore. Whether it be a new beach destination or a new art space in the city, you will always find me planning my next travel adventure. Social media has always been a good source of off-beat destinations and the latest trending spot in and around the metro.
The town of Binangonan is making headlines with the opening of another hip art space near the metro. Located along its hillside of Rizal, Art Space is another project realized by the man behind the success of the Pinto Art Museum in Antipolo. The gallery/cafe is a trending destination among travelers and social media users because of it panoramic view of the metro and its instagrammable spots.
Art Space is conveniently tucked on a side of hill that offers an amazing view of Laguna de Bay and the southern part of Metro Manila. The second floor of the cafe offers a commanding view of the western side while the roof deck gives guest a 360-degree view of Manila, Laguna, and Rizal. The views make a perfect backdrop for your pictures.
The art gallery/cafe offers a perfect and unadulterated view of the Manila sunset. You get to see shift in hues as the sun goes down the horizon until it hides itself behind the silhouette of Mount Makiling. It was amazing to watch one of God’s nature shows where you see the sun turn into a ball of red-orange and the skies burst into colors of orange, pink, and blue.
The different facets of the setting sun.
Word of advice, be there early so you get to reserve the best seat in the house. Art Sector gets a lot of visitors so it pays to be early. Be prepared to enjoy the afternoon sun though and it gets a bit hot on its view decks.
Art Sector is a place where creativity flows. From its structure to its interior design, it lives and breathes the arts. The building was designed and constructed to work around the natural rock formations in the area so don’t be surprised to find a solid rock formation incorporated in its building designs.
The art space also has its own collection of art works from local artists. Artworks that adorn its walls, including its nooks and crannies, are worth appreciating. Take your time to take in the creativity of the artists, then channel that creativity into your own.
As I have previously shared, the difference between Pinto Museum and Art Sector is that the former is more of an art gallery and the latter is more of a cafe. The interiors of the art space have more space designated for guests to enjoy a meal or two. It is a perfect place for an intimate office or social gathering.
They have a good selection of pizza and pasta to choose from. Again be warned though that food service may take a little longer because the queue is a challenge for its staff. You can kill time by exploring the place and letting your creativity flow with your pictures. Trust me, by the time your meals are served and you’ve finished, it will be time to enjoy the metro’s amazing sunset.
POST TRAVEL NOTES
With more than 7000 islands in the Philippines, there is always something new to explore and discover. It can be an off-beat destination or it can be a new “hot spot” in or around the metro. Art Space is one destination that gave a unique flare by giving us art from the creativity of man and nature in one venue. It is one art space where you get a good mix of food, artistry, and nature. A definite must-place to visit for art lovers and sunset chasers.
The past weeks have been stressful for most of us and we all have our own way of finding our inner balance. In my case, travel had been my escape, be it a day trip or a weekender. I take the time to explore the beauty of the Philippines and I strongly encourage you to do same. #PinasMuna tayo and help our country get back on its feet.
Getting there: You can take a van from Robinson Galleria for Angono or Binangonan. Ask the driver to drop you off at Scrapyard Café. You can take a habal-habal at the 711 store across Scrapyard Café to Art Sector.
Marc del Rosario
I believe in education, entrepreneurship, and caring for the environment.