8 Reasons Why You Should Visit Antipolo Now
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Antipolo City, Philippines — Have you ever been to Antipolo? If you haven’t been there yet, you should take a trip there now since it’s just a mere 2-hour drive from Manila. What’s best with Antipolo is that you can eat at the many restaurants that line its ridges and you’ll see a spectacular view of Manila especially at night time when there are plenty of light turned on in the vast darkness that surrounds it.
Antipolo is also considered a pilgrimage site because Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage is located there and this church is a popular destination during Holy Week and there is also a mystical cave and Via Dolorosa (14 Stations). And if you’re someone who usually takes home souvenirs and food from your trip, Antipolo offers that too. You can go to their “pasalubong shops and Suman stalls” as you go out of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage.
If you’re still looking for more places in Antipolo to visit, here are the top ten places you shouldn’t miss on your trip.
Pinto Art Museum
Despite having many patrons, this is a place where you can be at one with nature and simply relax by yourself or with your family.
This place is definitely IG worthy too and every corner of the place deserves a moment of appreciation. This is a place where nature meets art that’s why people love going here and there are multiple artworks to marvel at. The artworks on display here range from paintings to sculpture to dioramas and they even have cafes where you can just enjoy the view and the place.
Location: 1 Sierra Madre St. Grand Heights Rd, Antipolo, Rizal
Contact no: 697-1015
Operating hours: Mon-Sun 9am-6pm
Hinulugan Taktak may be a once-famous waterfall in Antipolo but due to people abusing nature; throwing trashes and unimaginable things in the water, this has become a polluted area.
But there are many NGUs and LGUs who are working hand in hand to revive this place and they have been constantly giving their efforts to at least maintain the park for people to see and people are starting to rediscover the place, although the water is not suitable for swimming anymore.
Location: Taktak Road, Antipolo
Camp Tipolo Adventureland
If you’re more inclined to adventurous trips, going to Camp Tipolo Adventureland will definitely do the trick. It is located inside Loreland Farm Resort and this is a place where you can view Laguna de Bay and witness a stunning sunrise.
There are three activities to try there; the first one is the Lagoon Area which includes the Tarzan Jump, Tight Rope, Balancing Log and Balancing Bridge, the second one is the Low Ropes Extreme which includes U-Bridge, Bossom Bridge, and Monkey Bars, the third one is the Low Ropes Course which includes the Spider Web, the fourth one the Mudslide and the last one the Mudcrawl.
All these courses ensure you have a fun-filled and exciting day.
Location: Loreland Farm Resort, 1870, Antipolo
Contact no: 534-2517
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Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa
This serene getaway in Antipolo is located in one of its ridges that’s why you can have a good look of Laguna de Bay and Metro Manila which is so beautiful at night time. The surroundings are filled with trees, flowers and it’s all about nature and feeling refreshed and at peace. They also have a spa in case the pools and rain shower massage are not enough to relax those nerves and muscles.
Location: San Roque, Antipolo, Rizal, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
Contact no: 570-2532
PACEM stands for Peace and Care for Earth Ministry; the eco-park is located inside Assumption College in Antipolo. When in Antipolo, it’s easy to feel calm and full of positive energy because the place sends out a light feeling, maybe because there are a lot of religious places there or because you are really at one with nature and PACEM eco-park is one of the places where you can just spend a day not worrying about anything. For people who like less foot traffic, this is the place for you because it’s never crowded here.
What you will experience: crickets everywhere, chirping birds, butterflies (taking photos are not allowed), trees, wooded area, nature, nature…
Location: Assumption Antipolo, Sumulong Highway, Antipolo
Contact no: 696-3274 or 697-2354
Operating hours: Mon-Fri 8am-3:30pm / Sat 8:30am-12nn
Mount Purro Nature Reserve
General Miguel Malvar is a fine gentleman who truly loves nature, he left the corporate world to pursue something he has always dreamed of and that is to build a haven for all nature lovers. His inspiration is his mom and his grandfather.
You can enjoy the sanctuary’s hiking trails, cabanas, lounge, horseback riding sessions, game room, trek to the lagoon and waterfalls, meeting the Dumagats (indigenous people of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range), swimming, bonfires and their pitch tents. They also have spa treatments and they can accommodate weddings and other events.
Location: Barangay Calawis, Antipolo
Contact no: 542-3005
Office hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm
Casa Santa Museum
It may not be Christmas yet but don’t let that stop you from being a kid again and go visit Casa Santa Museum located in Jardin de Miramar. As soon as you enter the place, you’ll be transported to another place because their collection is really impressive; from life-size Santas to singing Santas and Turkish-inspired Santa.
This museum have been receiving a lot of airtime from shows like Umagang Kay Ganda, Unang Hirit and One Morning and they have also been featured in publications like Star Magazine and Disney Princess. International media companies like Reuters and Associated Press has also featured them.
Location: 276 San Jose Ext., San Isidro, Antipolo City
Contact no: 584-3199
Fax no: 697-4077
Cellphone no: 09178912208
When in Antipolo, don’t forget to visit Antipolo Cathedral. This church enshrines the Marian image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage and is the seat of the Bishop of Antipolo. Take a short visit to pay homage to Our Lady of Peace and Voyage and pray for safe travel.
Your visit to the Antipolo Cathedral will not be complete without buying suman and kasoy at Victory Pasalubong Center located right next to the cathedral.
I hope you include these places on your next visit in Antipolo!
I’m sure there are more activities that we can add to this list of things to do in Antipolo. I hope you can also share it by posting a comment below. 🙂 Safe Travels everyone!