The Nemiranda Art House, located at Dona Justa Subdivision in Angono, is one of the popular art galleries in Angono. The house is a work of art in itself as it was built using bamboos, sawali and scrap wood. The entrance to the art gallery is through its Atelier Café Restaurant where a higante greets its visitors at the doorstep. The restaurant provided a glimpse of genuine art through its wooden swing sofa, butterfly-inspired ceiling paintings, dining tables that evolved from old sewing machines, and painted walls, which made the beginning of our tour more exciting.
The art gallery is owned by a seasoned artist and sculptor Nemecio “Nemi” Miranda Jr., who is the hand and mind behind the EDSA Shrine mural in Ortigas, a depiction of the first EDSA revolution. A gold-coated fiber-glass miniature replica of the mural is displayed at the gallery.
A handful of paintings from numerous artists in Angono and the province of Rizal are displayed on the ground floor and the works of Sir Nemi and his children at the upper floor. Sir Nemi’s canvasses portrayed the Realism perspective, fostering the Filipino spirit and culture either with religious touches or socio-political expressions (e.g. EDSA II events). He also sketched his meaningful travel experiences in and out of the country. His artworks also depicted mystical legends and local folklores like “Malakas at Maganda.”
We had a chance to meet Sir Nemi, exchange conversations and learn from his wisdom. His creative abilities and diligence built him this art gallery that he did not expect will grow and expand. His eye for turning scraps (e.g. sewing machines and old wood) into vintage art or useful house apparatus and structures is what made his artwork meaningful for us.
The art gallery opened at 10:00AM. Since we arrived at 8AM within the vicinity, we waited and chatted at 7-11 which is a walking distance to the gallery. We opted to have a tour with lecture (P60.00) with Sir Nemi’s secretary. Other options include tour only (P50.00) and tour with lecture and demo (P75.00). An hour of photoshoot at the gallery is allowed for a fee of P500.00.
How to get there: From Crossing (building near Teleperformance), ride a jeepney bound to Binangonan, Rizal at P30.00. Ask the driver to drop you along the highway at Angono fronting Balaw-Balaw Restaurant. Cross towards the restaurant and walk a few meters to Dona Justa Subdivision until you reach the art house.