Quite some time ago during my short vacation in the Philippines, we dined at Atelier Museum Café and visited the Nemiranda Arthouse which is within the cafe itself. The art cafe is located in idyllic town of Angono, which is the art capital of the Philippines. It is about 45 minutes from Ortigas Center and just few minutes from our home in St Monique Valais. We were lucky to meet for the first time the artist and owner of the restaurant, Nemesio Miranda Jr. He gave us a warm welcome and we even had small conversation about his arts. We really appreciated his hospitality.
Art Sign outside the Cafe with Malakas and Maganda.
Assorted work of art.
Wooden horse sculpture
Each corner of the Atelier has interesting element. From walls to ceiling, even hallways to restroom doors, you will be fascinated with so many beautiful works. The art pieces at the museum were constructed using local materials like bamboo, sawali and old recycled wood coming from the old church and convent of Angono. Majority of the paintings that we have seen at the Art house depict the local folklore and Filipiniana themes -- barrio living scenes, women in mythical characters and even images of Filipino heroes. There’s another portion of the art gallery, located on the second floor which showcase "nude" paintings. Each painting is intricate and detailed. It really is a work of a talented individual.
There are so much art pieces to see and enjoy at the gallery. And there are also so many foods to choose from at the restaurant. The café offers various traditional Filipino dishes like sinigang sa miso, pangat na isda, pork sisig, pinakbet, adobong itik and among others. The price is quite reasonable and the service is excellent.
I do cook and eat Filipino food quite often, even here in Singapore. But it’s not every day I get to experience these kind of food in an extra-ordinary setting. The Atelier Museum Café dining experience together with my Nanay and sissy was incredible. It was a day of rediscovering my appreciation of local food and art. I will surely return to this place.
J J J