Angono: Part Nature, Part Art And Foods In Between
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For people who want to immerse in a lot of things when going out of town, they will definitely love Angono. Angono is in the province of Rizal where artsy places are common, resorts are serene and beautiful and pig-out spots are plenty. Angono is also home to a forest park, a lakeside park and a beautiful historic church.
Angono is perfect to visit for a whole day because it’s only about two hours away from Manila and the most visited Art places there are near each other making it easy to navigate hence more time to just enjoy the day.
Parokya Ni San Clemente
Parokya Ni San Clemente is a quaint church named after Pope Clement I who is the patron saint of Angono (patron saint of fishermen); Higantes Festival is celebrated each year in his honor.
The church may look small but don’t be fooled by its size, inside is a beautifully adorned church complete with statues of Jesus Christ, Pope Clement I and Virgin Mary.
Angono Forest Park
It’s refreshing to know that there is a place near Manila where you can enjoy nature; Angono Forest Park is situated in a 1.5 hectares of land which is being managed by Angono government. There are many activities to enjoy there like camping and big trees and shrubs are plentiful.
Visitors are allowed to take photos which make it the perfect venue for creativity.
The company which was founded in 1990 and produces life-size figurines and other handmade decorations have a showroom where people can visit and admire beautiful works of art. They’ve got life size figures from masks, dinosaurs, elephants, cartoon characters, horses and so much more that both adults and kids will love.
The only setback is that they don’t allow taking pictures but don’t let that be a hindrance because the experience is still worth it.
Location: Quezon Avenue, Barrio San Isidro, Angono, Rizal
Angono Lakeside Park
The good thing about this park is that it’s free; locally known as “Wawa”, this is the place to be if you’re on a tight budget. What used to be a polluted body of water has now become a hang-out for many, thanks to the cleaning programs, efforts from the government to re-introduce locals to awareness and cleanliness.
Angono Street Murals
Before going to various museums in Angono, the street murals done by no other than their very own local artists like Carlos “Botong” Francisco are also worth a second look. Just head on to Dona Aurora Street and be mesmerized with all the artwork that lines the street; it’s perfect for a sunny day stroll. No wonder Angono is called the “Art Capital Of The Philippines”
Kim Is Hungry
No visit to a new place is complete without trying what their restaurants has to offer and this is one of the must visit places for people with sweet tooth. Part of their menu is cakes, cheesecakes, cookies, cupcakes and hot and cold drink which range from 30php (for cupcakes) to 70 – 140php (for one cake slice). They also serve other foods that aren’t sweet like Pizzadilla and pasta.
Location: 2nd floor Paulina Bldg. M. Diaz corner A. Ibanez Brgy. Sto. Nino, Angono, Rizal
Contact no.: + 63916 271 7551
Operating hours: Mon2pm – 8pm and Tues –Sun11am – 9pm
Wings on the Go
For something savoury, try eating at Wings On The Go. They serve burgers and chicken wings which range from mild to hot. They also have fries and salad so there is a variety just be reminded that there is a 30 minute waiting time.
Location: 213 E. Rodriguez Street Brgy. Sto. Nino Angono, Rizal
Contact nos.: landline +63 (02) 6513051/mobile number +63926 533 2794
Operating hours: Mon – Closed/Tues –Thurs 3pm – 9pm /Fri – sun 3pm – 10pm
Meat is the predominant offering in this place; their bestseller is their buffalo wings which are in three varieties namely “Nagmahal” (mild), “Nasaktan” (moderately hot), and “Nagpatiwakal” (very spicy). They also have chicken intestines, chicken gizzard and other delectable meals.
Location: 201 E. Rodriguez road cor. Mauricio Diaz, Sto. Nino, Angono, Rizal
Contact no.: +63998 997 4548
Location hours: Mon 2pm – 10pm/Tues: closed/Wed –Thurs – Sun 2pm-10pm/Fri-Sat 2pm – 11pm
Villa Jhoana Resort
After a tiring yet filling day of art exhibits, head to Villa Jhoana Resort where nature meets sophistication. They have different accommodation options for everybody’s varying needs. They have 7 guest rooms complete with flat screen television, mini-ref, toiletries, air conditioning, private bath with hot and cold shower. This resort is a little bit pricey but for the royal treatment they give to their guests, they can say that it’s worth their money.
Location: Ibañez St. corner R. Tolentino St.Brgy. San Isidro, Angono, 1930 Rizal
Contact no.: (02) 451 0325
Aguas Azules Resort
Aguas Azules is a lovely resort in an undisturbed location that’s why it’s the perfect getaway for a simple afternoon after an educational and creative tour in Angono. There are 4 pools in this quiet resort and some cottages for day rent.
To reach it, head to Balaw-Balaw Restaurant which is the starting point and turn right to the corner where Nemiranda Gallery is located and finally, turn left at the end of that road; it’s the same way to Thunderbird Resort.
*The guard will ask for an ID.