I've been wanting to get to experience an overlooking view from anywhere in Rizal province for a while and I was happy to get a chance to go to this cafe and fulfill that desire. On December 8, me and my friends went to visit and get a glance of what this place can offer.
About ArtSector Gallery & Chimney Café 360°
Multi-awarded visual artist Antonio Leaño’s paramount and most beloved artwork—innovative and off-centre, taking inspiration from both rural and urban worlds —is, beyond a doubt, an embodiment of Leaño’s aesthetic taste and style, while its mediterranean and industrial chic characteristics, akin to Leaño’s major work, the Pinto Art Museum, epitomize Leaño’s flair in architecture and design.
ArtSector is the fruition of a lifelong dream: Ever since first seeing the overlooking view from Antipolo, Tony dreamt of having a location of his own, and had been searching for a lot with such a view for years since moving to Antipolo City in 1978.
He inquired of brokers from all subdivisions despite his lack of funds, and internet did not exist at the time so he could only search for locations from buy-and-sell advertisements on newspapers. He searched far and wide from Antipolo to neighboring towns of Rizal province for high locations.
He found his dream property with a 360o view in Binangonan in 2017: a property that many others had passed on, because of its rocky terrain. But upon seeing the big rock, Tony thought it was perfect—he built the house on the bedrock and modeled its design around this natural, God-given sculpture, careful not to change or destroy it. Thus the beauty of the rocks became the structure’s main element.
Tony initially intended to build a resthouse and a studio, but felt that it would be a great space for art exhibitions—encouraged further by his lifelong yearning of having his own art gallery—and that its location was too breathtaking not to be shared with others. Hence, he recoursed to the integration of ArtSector into a gallery and a small café, where people can relax and enjoy the view of the landscape, lake, sunsets, flickering city lights, starry nights, full moons and rainbows in a location so utterly peaceful, faraway from the noise and bustling movement of the urban cities—not only picturesque, but an ideal place to repose in true bliss and solitude.
Apart from acting as a mere venue for exhibitions and showcasing of art, ArtSector is in itself a form of art; it is its very own exhibition; and most of all, it is a firsthand, active sensory experience—and it is the artist’s highest hopes that his fusion of the urban and rural and the manmade and natural has given the beauty of the location justice.
Gracing ArtSector and formally inaugurating the gallery are the solo exhibition Big Ideas, Confusing Images, and Distorted Facts by artist Cris Villanueva Jr., and the group exhibition Above Sea Level featuring 35 Filipino artists.
The exhibitions showcase different art forms, from paintings, collages, mixed media, to sculptures, featuring diverse styles and themes that show the character, unique artistry, and unlimited creativity of each artist who were granted full artistic freedom and liberty over their medium and subject matter.
All of the pieces in this gallery were created with raw, impassioned focus on the virtue of art-making, by artists who set aside their distance and the risks involved in choosing a venue faraway from the comfort and guarantee of urban, more central areas of the art world.
The showcasing of such artworks in a venue so refreshingly open and closely-linked to nature curates a much different experience for the artists as well as the viewers who become active participants in this interactive experience. In this way, ArtSector changes how artworks are viewed, and in turn, these works by our beloved Filipino contemporary artists complete the experience that ArtSector has to offer.
MY PERSONAL EXPERIENCEMe and my Kain Tayo MNL team visited this cafe not too far from Metro Manila last week after we had a quick shopping at Taytay Tiangge. We just learned that the cafe is not open until 12nn so we took our time in Taytay before heading to Binangonan.
Binangonan is under 30-minute drive from Taytay and searchable on Waze. But I was surprised when we were almost near and the road started to get steeper along Col. Guido street. The road was not long yet it challenges you with its zigzag and uphill features. Thankfully, the road was nicely cemented and wide enough to cater two vehicle at once. So, my suggestion is you drive safely when you get here.
At least, you will be welcomed by this view after the lift.
The day and time we visited is off peak since it was a weekday. Yet, I expected a crowd since it was a holiday.
ARTSECTOR ENTRANCE FEE
When we got to the cafe, I was a bit surprised since their entrance fee is P200, but P220 on weekends and holidays. We came on a Wednesday but declared non-working special holiday, so yes, we paid P220 per head.
You will be marked on your hand after passing.
Upon entering the gallery, you will be welcomed by Edz Calimlim's solo exhibition of paintings featuring "Delubyo".
On the same level, you will be prompted to order food from their cafe while others (if you are with companions) can explore the whole place.
CHIMNEY CAFE MENU
Their menu consists of appetizers, main courses (mostly Filipino food), soups, salads, sandwiches, pizzas and pastas. They also offer variety of drinks such as coffee-based (hot, iced or frappe), chocolate drinks, milk tea selections and cocktails.
We tried their pesto pasta and nachos. Both taste good and enough for sharing. I've tried their mango graham ice blended with caramel syrup while my friend tried their iced green apple drink with nata de coco in it. Both were refreshing. However, the nata de coco didn't fit in to their straw, the reason we have to take off the cup's cover just to have a taste of it. haha
Overall food experience was good. But we had to wait more or less half an hour for our order. I was happy since there was only a few people who came in at the time of our stay. We left ArtSector at around 3pm.
360° VIEW OF RIZAL
This place indeed is a perfect spot for overlooking views. While we explore the whole place, I headed to their rooftop right away. The lower level got more seats and tables for customers (or for events).
It was 1 pm and the sun was shining so bright. I got to see a wide view of the Laguna Bay from afar. TO its left, I got to see some of Rizal's mountains. To the right (east), I got a glance of the unending skyline mixed cities from Metro Manila. To
Then I went upstairs to see more. From the upper level, you can see the rest of Sierra Madre mountains. Every angle is picturesque. Make sure to have enough space for your selfies because you won't lose spots for them.
Though the sunlight was hitting us directly, the wind compromise the temperature on top. But make sure to get all your photos since going back upstairs can be tiring, too.
Did I forget to mention that they also have a cool restroom?
PRIVATE EVENTS AND PHOTOSHOOTS
ALL AREAS 5 levels Events fee:
1) EXCLUSIVE Mondays: 19,800 1st 5pax + 500 per head (in excess of 5 pax), 5 hours,
in excess of 5 hours P1500 for 5pax
(Tue-Wed-Thur: for approval, 28,800 1st 5 pax + 500 per head)
(All Areas not available on F-S-Sun & Holidays)
2) With Bond: Refundable if there is no damage in ArtSector (50% of events fee or lower if no props)
3) Food from menu OR if outside food CORKAGE 30% up
4) CORKAGE if with outside photographer/videographer
Outdoors Events Fee: (regular weekday with other guests)
Entrance + corkage props & photographer
(If there are props, big tripod, lighting, photographer, changing of clothes = photoshoot rate)
- Front rock garden with cactus and agave
- Entrance rock with stairs
- Entrance balcony
- Gallery 1 & 2
- Bar 1 & 2
- Big Rock w/ waterfall
- Rock garden
- Rock Balcony
- Private Room w/ bathroom
- Stairs area
- Gallery 3 & 4
- Cafe area
- Roof deck at 4th level
- Chimney rooftop 360 Degrees at 5th
- Front rock garden with cactus and agave
- Entrance rock with stairs
- Entrance balcony
- Bar 1
- Hanging Bridge
- Rock garden
- Rock balcony
- Balcony Mountain Side
- 4th: Roof deck
- 5th: Chimney rooftop 360 degrees
IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER
- ArtSector may not be suitable for small children due to its height and balconies. Parents or guardians are required to look after their children.
- NO CLIMBING (of windows & walls)
- (ArtSector is not liable for any casualties or accidents.)
- Please do not touch the paintings/artworks.
- NO running, jumping, stomping and shouting.
- NO BIG BAGS inside. NO changing of clothes.
- NO big tripods, NO bringing of PROPS because we have photoshoot rates (outside photographer with corkage)
- NO pets inside (if SMALL pup below 3 kilos, w/ DIAPER, carried & wont walk inside
- allowed WEEKDAYS with puppy fee 20% discount=P 160
- not on the leather seats, any damage like scratches made by the pet will be paid by the pet parent
- Do NOT bring OUTSIDE FOOD and DRINKS inside. 30% CORKAGE (300 ea corkage for cake, wine, flowers, ring, baloon, drone, prof dslr..)
- NO SMOKING in all areas.
- Do NOT leave your things/food unattended, ArtSector is NOT accountable for losses inside the premises & in your vehicles.
HOW TO GET TO ARTSECTOR
ArtSector Gallery & Chimney Café 360° is located at one of the highest places in Rizal but not too far from the city.
If you are going to go for a public commuting, here are the suggested routes you can take:
- Shuttle to Thunderbird, then taxi, Grab or Angkas app to ArtSector
- UV Express from Megamall or Starmall Crossing going to Binangonan or Antipolo or SM City Angono
- To Scrapyard beside 7/11 Angono corner Col Guido Road, rent a trike to ArtSector: P150-P200
- Trike from Antipolo church: P150
- Trike from Pinto Art Museum: P250
For those who will bring own car, you can take one of these routes:
- From ANGONO: take Col. Guido Road to EASTRIDGE VILLAGE, turn right after PERLIES RESTAURANT, then straight to ARTSECTOR.
- From BINANGONAN: take QUARRY ROAD, turn left to EASTRIDGE VILLAGE, enter guard house, go through tunnel up to zigzag road then turn left before PERLIES RESTAURANT then go straight to ARTSECTOR.
- From ANTIPOLO: take MAHABANG PARANG ANGONO road up to EASTRIDGE VILLAGE, go through tunnel up to zigzag road then turn left before PERLIES RESTAURANT, go straight to ARTSECTOR.
Guests park in front of ArtSector (and in front if lots 13, 15, 17, 18, 19). Parking is free.
- Leave I.D. ONLY to the village guard (do NOT pay village upon entrance)
- Show ArtSector receipt upon exit or pay village fee if there's NO ArtSector receipt
- Eastridge Subdivision is strict with walk-ins because some guests say they are going to ArtSector but instead stay in the lots in front and leave trash.
- Village guards are strict with motors with open mufflers.
Be kind and appreciate the place quietly.
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ArtSector Gallery & Chimney Café 360°
Address: Lot 18 Lot 178 Eastridge Executive Village, Tayuman, Binangonan, Rizal
Operating Hours: 12nn - 8pm Tuesday-Sunday
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