A Quiet Coffice in Antipolo: Jiu Cafe

How to Go to Jiu Cafe

There are jeepneys going to Antipolo Simbahan, but I personally preferred a PUV since it would take to the PUV terminal, which is nearer to the place.

From the terminal, turn left and then go straight until you reach Jiu Cafe. Opening Google Maps would be very much helpful.

What to Expect in Jiu Cafe

Jiu Cafe is surprisingly spacious, perfect for meetings and gathers with 20–30 pax. Since I went there on a Thursday afternoon, I had the whole place to myself and was able to work peacefully. Add the soothing music and you will get a relaxing coffee break.

What to Eat in Jiu Cafe

I tried their salisbury steak (PhP 160), macademia sansrival (PhP 140), and iced blended double mocha (PhP 155). The sauce of the salisbury steak made the dish worth remembering.

On the other hand, I felt that the sans rival cake could have been better since I’m used to eating them frozen (so it depends on the customer).

For more information, visit this post by Kape Tayo, Rizal.

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Jiu Cafe
19 Martinez St., Antipolo, Rizal
Monday to Friday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Admiring Avant-Garde Artworks for the Third Time in Pinto Art Museum

The first time I set foot in Pinto Art Museum was in 2016 and then the second time in 2018. I still didn’t know how to use my Pentax then, so the images turned out a bit dark and blurry. Now that it was my third time to visit, I took time around Gallery 7, their newest exhibit. Still, Elmer Borlongan’s The Circle Game remains my favorite.

How to Go to Pinto Art Museum

There are Antipolo-bound jeepneys from Ortigas Avenue and Felix Avenue. Get off at Ynares Center, and then take another tricycle ride going to Pinto Art Museum.

What to Expect in Pinto Art Museum

Make use of your time and do not underestimate this museum. During my first visit, we entered at 10 a.m. and finished just when the place was about to close. This time, we were there about 12:30 p.m., in the hopes we’d be done eating our lunch by 1:30 p.m. Unfortunately, our tour started at around three, and thus, we weren’t able to visit the Museum of Indigenous Art. I’ll explain in detail later.

Just carry a small pouch if possible; huge bags have to be left in the counter. The entrance fee costs Php 200 pesos for adults. Good price already, given that there are a lot of things to see inside.

The Pinto Academy: Arts and Sciences for Healing and Wholeness

Pinto Art Museum is mostly painted in white, covered with lush green foliage and filled with potted shrubs. I am no art expert, sorry na, but I was able to appreciate this part (even rested a bit on the sofas) several years ago. Para kang nagpa-spa feels.

Galleries 1, 2, 3

My favorite painting The Circle Game by Elmer Borlongan resides in gallery 3. If you’re into avant-garde contemporary art, you’ll love Pinto Art. Before, I thought this museum only featured beautiful doors (most pictures on Instagram put a spotlight on the blue-green and wooden doors of The Pinto Academy) and the paintings were just decor. Girl was I totally wrong (and up to now, I’m still amazed by most of the artworks).

Galleries 4, 5, 6

Here lies the famous “We are the kids that your parents warned you about,” now accompanied by an “I’m bored with it all” art. I love how spacious galleries 4, 5, and 6 are, yet every corner was packed with art.

Gallery 7

Their seventh gallery opened last December 31. I enjoyed touring around, especially when most of them were reflective of our country’s beliefs, educational system, and religion. I took photos of the art pieces that captured my attention.

My favorite in this gallery would be an art exhibition portraying epileptic seizures. The artist used blinking lights while surrounding the whole room in darkness. I was also in awe upon seeing the floating gown. You should see these; the pictures I posted here aren’t enough.

Where to Eat in Pinto Art Museum

The museum itself was perfect, but I couldn’t say the same about Cafe Rizal in Pinto Art Museum. I guess it depends on the day of your tour. Since it was a Sunday, tourists and locals were there to visit. (But in their years of existence, haven’t they gotten used to the weekend rush? Hmm.)

We had to wait for one and a half hours for our food to arrive, and since our glasses of lemon iced tea were served first, we did our best not to drink and put up with water. I tried my best to understand and didn’t bother the waiters (who seemed to ignore eye contact). Our orders, chicken teriyaki (Php 325) and beef short plate (Php 375), were both a 10/10; the halo-halo (Php 210) an 8/10. I just hoped the dishes were served promptly.

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Pinto Art Museum
Tuesdays to Sundays, 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
1 Sierra Madre St, Grand Heights Subdivision, Antipolo, Rizal

Eat Healthy at Manna (The Best Restaurant I’ve Been to This 2019)

Ever since I started changing my eating habits, I have looked for healthier alternatives to my once favorite fast-food restaurants. One of them was Manna, a restaurant below my brother’s gym in Antipolo.

How to Go to Manna

Ride from Junction, Cainta, or anywhere that has public transportation going to Tropical, just in front of Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall. Walk to the right of McDonald’s, and you’ll probably see Manna beside one Samgyupsalamat. If you are coming from Katipunan, Quezon City, ride Antipolo Sumulong and tell the driver to drop you off at Pinnacle Plaza, which is a few meters away from a Burger King restaurant.

Place and Ambience

Filled with browns and greens, Manna certainly has a nature vibe. Their area is spacious and neat, with wooden tables and chairs complementing their furnished cemented walls and warm accents made by their lighting. They also have sockets (I usually work there whenever I come along with my brother) and a clean CR.

What to Eat in Manna

I hated everything green when I was a kid—from broccolis to lettuces. But after changing my lifestyle, the taste of vegetables started to change. I’m not sure if this is a part of the aging process, haha, but I loved every bit of what Manna serves. Everything.

The two dishes above are rosemary chicken quesadilla (left) for Php 235 and garden herbed roast chicken bowl (right) for Php 180. I have also tasted their fresh tuna salad (not in the picture).

What I really love about Manna is how detailed their menu is, from the food contents up to the number calories, protein, fats, and carbohydrates. This is the reason I keep coming back (yep, been there a number of times). Besides this, they also support local farmers. Yes, Brenda! Manna is basically my ideal restaurant: serves good food, has beautiful interiors (with sockets), supports local farmers, and advocates healthy eating.

Also, my brother enjoys a 10% discount since he’s a member of Anytime Fitness.

Favorite Picture

7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Ground Floor, The Pinnacle Plaza 1 Marcos Highway, San Isidro Cainta Rizal