The Virgen de Antipolo or the Our Lady of Peace and Von Voyage is the most celebrated icon of Antipolo. The image was brought to the Philippines from Mexico in the 1600's. an event is being practice every year commemorating the transfer of the image from manila to the town of antipolo. thousand of devotees walk their way to the Shrine. (alay lakad)...more
If you want to spend time to explore Antipolo City, I will highly recommend Femar Garden Resort and Hotel to anybody who would like to stay in a resort like being in your own home and very close to tourist spots in Antipolo. I found this resort through a friend and told me to browse the website. Last October 22, 2011, I held my birthday celebration...more
One of the best ways to keep off the holiday pounds, stay in shape and reduce stress may be found at the overlooking layered pool of Boso Boso Highlands Resort and Convention Center. Nestled in a lush valley along the marcos highway in mountain of Sitio Cabading Baranggay San Jose Antipolo City, you will find this beautiful Resort & Hotel named...more
Loreland Farm Resort is a nirvana tuck away in the heart of Antipolo. It is a miniature garden of eden minus the forbidden fruit. The resort boasts of playgrounds, wooden cottages, barbeque grills, a wishing well, 12 swimming pools, a sauna, a gacuzzi, a volleyball court, etc...The resort opens at 8:00 am. Previously an abandoned piece of land, the...more
Before our trip, I read the Antipolo government website comparing Hinulugang Taktak to Niagara Falls with its swirling waters, so inviting to swimmers. At the Sumulong Highway, we saw a billboard sign of Hinulugang Taktak with the caption "Protected Landscape". With that, we expected to see a beautiful, majestic waterfalls. On the contrary, the...more
In the center of Antipolo is the religious shrine of the Virgin of Antipolo (Birhen ng Antipolo). Its origin dates back to Spanish era, when galleon trade between the Philippines and Mexico was at its heightOn March 25, 1626, Don Juan Nińo de Tabora left the shores of Mexico aboard the galleon El Almirante, to sail to the Philippines, bringing...more
PACEM Eco-Park in Antipolo was set up by the Assumption Sisters to raise consciousness and concern for the environment, and promote biodiversity through its Wildlife Sanctuary. I imagined PACEM to be as beautiful as how it was featured on TV many years ago, its garden and mini forest as refreshing as the Good Shepherd gardens in Baguio City and the...more
The place is called “Balaw Balaw” after that very Tagalog side serving cum appetizer or sauce made from “alamang” mixed with rice and some herb called “angkak” to give it a reddish coloring. Fermented for some 3 days, this side serving goes well wrapped in “mustasa” or mustard leaves, and eaten with anything grilled like fish or meat. Some actually...more
This is just one of the rings of the chain of PADI's Point restaurants, but maybe the best point. You will find it on the Sumulong highway, joining Antipolo with Marcos Highway. The refreshing breeze from the hills and the wonderful view of Metro Manila make the place more important than the dishes served. Especially good for evening leisure and...more
The place is a simple garage turned restaurant. No air condition. Place is clean. Food is great... INIHAW na liempo, manok, hito, tilapia, hotdog, squid, pork chop, talong, tinadtad na mangga w/ bagoong, itlog na pula. It will be grilled as you order. Price is reasonable! No spoon & fork.... eat by the hand. Food is served using banana leaf on a...more
Max's at Antipolo has basically that same cozy, clean ambience as other Max's branches. It's fried chicken is the restaurant's specialty, but they have many items in the menu that will surely satisfy the hungry traveler- from main entree' to desserts. Aside from the fried chicken, I like best the fresh lumpiang ubod or crispy-fried lumpiang ubod...more
Although it is situated practically in the heart of Antipolo City, the Crescent Moon can very well be your own vacation house in the country. Large koi happily swim about in a huge pond, as if to welcome each visitor. The sound of flowing water breaks the silence. Lush greenery abounds. The main dining hall is bright and airy, with the beautiful...more
Leonardo's is one of the nightspots on the stretch of Sumulong Highway called the Overlook (OL). It is a complex of concrete buildings and native huts interconnected by stairs wending up and down hillside. It is fun to watch the waiters run up and down the stairs carrying heavy trays (they haven't lost a single order yet!)It's been a challenge for...more
This nightspot is located on one of the highest points in Antipolo City. It is a good place to while away your night, have a beer or two with friends. But families are also welcome here. They have a deck which provides one with a clear view of the city lights of Pasig, Mandaluyong and Makati. Very cool at nights! Part of the fun is driving up the...more
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there's an easier and faster way to go to Antipolo City, you will ride LRT2 from any station at Recto to Katipunan, then you will unload at Santolan station. In front of it, there are many jeeneys/fx that you can ride, travelling to Antipolo (Simabahan). fare from here is at P35.
good luck! happy trip
A small market exclusively for Antipolo's famous cashew nuts & suman, and other provinces' delicacies. Prices are uniform, though you can still haggle for a discount. Vendors offer free samples for taste test; no obligation to buy what you tasted. Cashew nuts cooked in different ways: roasted plain or salted, adobo (stir-fried with garlic),...more
Antipolo is known for some native delicacies like suman, latik and salvaro. If you plan to buy pasalubongs, use your money wisely. There are places like near the grotto who sells these quite expensive. I recommend that you buy these beside the church instead. You will see a big amount difference.more
Alay-lakad is literally walking to Antipolo. This is a holy week activity for most of the residents who lives within the Metro Manila area. It is around 10-15kms from my place, Pasig City. Some walk without shoes or slippers because it is their "panata". Panata is something that you have to do in a particular day or time that has significance in a person's religious belief. It was my first time to join this Alay-lakad and it is quite an experience. Truly, the hospitability of the Filipinos arises on this activity. It is because there are a lot of residents offered free water to those who walk. Water is very important or else you cannot make it to your destination. Since there are quite number of people who join alay-lakad, expect uncomfortability in terms of walking. It's not a regular walk where you can have fresh air. Just bring a portable fan with you and a thermo bag to keep your water cold to freshen you up. There are number of people who smoke and also you can smell some sweat from tired people who also walk with you. There are these teen-agers who don't understand the real essence of alay-lakad. Hence, expect some unruly acts and discussions. But, above all… the alay-lakad has been peaceful and orderly because there are police visibilities on every street.
If you expect to have an unforgettable experience when you see the majestic Hinulugang Taktak Falls, you're in for a big surprise. You will indeed have an unforgetable experience BUT NOT in a positive way. You will remember it for the stench of foamy water coming from the falls. It is sad that Hinulugang Taktak has been neglected for a long time....more
When we visit Antipolo Cathedral, we usually leave our private car at the parking lot of Max's where we eat lunch. Then, we take the tricyle going to the Cathedral, as parking space is very difficult to find there. It has been a habit for us to ask first how much is the fare. One time, I forgot to ask the driver of the tricycle that brought us back...more
Since there are a lot of people who walk with you going to Antipolo, always be watchful of your valuable things. If you can avoid it, don't bring big amount of cash, expensive cellphone, jewelry and expensive cap. Even though there are police visibilities, these snatchers and pick-pocketers are quite smart.more
please, please, please stay away from this area specially at night. We have just gone through a 2 week nursing duty (actually four days in a span of 2 weeks) at the Antipolo District Hospital. During this time, perhaps 3 ladies have been robbed of their cellphones inside the FX service. Another time, another group almost had a carjack (or whatever name you call it) inside the jeepney they were riding if it weren't for one of the guys who sensed the queer actions of the four men who rode after they did. When the team decided to go down the jeep just about 100 meters away from the hospital and about 50 meters away from where the 4 men had come from, the bad guys went down too. One of the would-have-been-robbers even whispered to our schoolmate "you know you're so lucky". We had been warned before but did not heed the warning because we thought it was not bound to happen to us. So, heed my warning please.
Unique Suggestions: go in groups and drive your own car or hire a private vehicle. Never use mass transport at night.
Fun Alternatives: Go through the main Road. If you need to go to a hospital, better go to Antipolo Doctors or Amang Rodriguez in Marikina.
Luggage and bags:
Small backpack or slingbag, picnic basket
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable clothes for hot, humid weather; fliflops or sandals; sleeveless hoodies
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Your maintenace medicines, first-aid (betadine,band-aid), mosquito repellant (if going to waterfalls and caves), lots of tissue paper/wet wipes
Photo Equipment: digicam, videocam, tripod, lenses
Miscellaneous: Extra plastic glass, paperplate, spoon & fork in case you'd like to eat native delicacies on your road trip; hat or umbrella; lots of mineral water