One-Day Art Crawl: San Juan

A quick guide to where to go in San Juan if you're looking to get an art fix.

Sandwiched between Mandaluyong and Pasig is a city teeming with cultural and lifestyle destinations. While the city of San Juan is small, together with the adjacent New Manila area, this hot spot is growing more popular than ever because of the establishments surrounding the vicinity. If you're interested in exploring the magic of San Juan, here's a list of places to visit when you're in the area:



Ronac Art Center

You’ll see what looks like a series of randomly placed windows, but it really spells out the lyrics of a Daft Punk song—in Morse code! Inside, a spiral staircase connects the various shopping and eating destinations as well as art hubs in the building. Designed by Jagnus Design Studio, the building won the Haligi ng Dangal People’s Choice Award this year.


Ronac Art Center is at Ortigas Avenue, Greenhills, San Juan City.




Metro Gallery

This gallery hosts exhibits featuring artists’ interpretations and experiences of various aspects in Philippine culture.


Metro Gallery is at 214-B Ortega Street, Addition Hills, San Juan City.



The Artologist

This haven run by art enthusiast Ron de Castro was once on Eisenhower Street, also in Greenhills, before it moved to its current location on Xavier Street. Among the artists who have shown their work here are Kiks Arnaez, Mayu Solano, and Karen de Pano Picadizo.



The Artologist is at 81 Xavier Street, Unit 203, Greenhills, San Juan City.



Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine

This five-hectare park houses the Museo ng Katipunan, which details the life of Andres Bonifacio. Bonifacio led the Katipuneros in the Battle of Pinaglabanan, the first battle between the Spaniards and the Filipinos. Entrance is free.


Pinaglabanan Memorial Shrine is at Pinaglabanan Street, San Juan City.




Music Museum and Teatrino

Catch musical shows and stand-up comedy performances at this theater gallery, which also features memorabilia from local music artists.


Music Museum and Teatrino is at Missouri Street, Promenade Building, Greenhills Shopping Center, Ortigas Avenue, San Juan City.



Galerie Joaquin

See the works of masters and contemporary artists in this gallery, which has held one-man exhibitions of national artists Arturo Luz and Federico Aguilar Alcuaz, among others.


Galerie Joaquin is at 371 P. Guevarra Street corner Montessori Lane, San Juan City.




Sanso Museum

Discover the artistic journey of renowned Spanish-born expressionist Juvenal Sanso as you browse through his archives and works spanning more than seven decades.


Sanso Museum is at 32 V. Cruz, San Juan City.



My Little Art Place

This art school for budding preschooler artists showcases their work, but they also offer workshops for adults who want to tap into their creative side. They occasionally host events, gigs, and other intimate gatherings.


My Little Art Place is at 222 Wilson Street, Greenhills, San Juan City.





Kulayara Art Gallery

After having moved twice from its original location on Connecticut Street, Kulayara Art Gallery was relaunched in 2016 with an exhibit featuring artists like Hermes Alegre, Fil Delacruz, Romulo Galicano, Raul Isidro, Gig de Pio, and Ephraim Samson. Check out the lanai and lush greenery, which is beautifully lit at night.


Kularaya Art Gallery is at 28 Gen. Gutierrez Street, Little Baguio, San Juan City.


This story originally appeared on Minor edits have been made by the editors.


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