Antipolo is a city in Luzon (ont of the main islands of the Philippines) located just about 25km east of Manila. If you are in Manila you can easily go to Antipolo by train via the LRT-2 line will take you from Recto to Santolan Station and from there you can catch a jeepney for just P20 that will take you to the Town Proper. Once you are in the city you’ll notice that there are a lot of tricycles in the area and that is the main vehicle to get around the city. If you have a bigger budget, you could also rent a car in Manila that could use to visit the different attractions both in Manila, Antipolo and nearby cities. There are a lot of things to see and do in the city and it is also popular for being a pilgrimage site.
Here’s our list of eight places to visit in Antipolo:
1. Antipolo Cathedral – The Antipolo Cathedral is where you can find the more than 100-year old Nuestra Senora dela Paz y Buen Viaje or Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, and a lot of pilgrims visits the cathedral to pay their respects.
2. Pinto Art Museum – The museum can be found a few meters from the Rizal Provincial Capitol. The museum showcases the works of art from paintings and sculptures of local artists. It is a beautiful place with a well manicured gardens and fountains. The place also has a beautiful view of Metro Manila.
3. Mystical Cave – It is a seven floor cave that can be visited in the countryside near Antipolo but only the first level can be visited with a guide the fee to this place is only just P40.
4. Boso-boso Church – This church was built by Franciscan missionaries but was soon replaced in 1591 by Jesuits.
5. Mt. Purro Nature Camp – This is a nice place for camping, team building games, hikes, and other outdoor activities if you’re into that stuff.
6. Pacem Eco-Park – The park was built by Assumption Antipolo to help promote and educate its visitors about the well being of the environment and the importance of maintaining the cleanliness of our nature and surroundings. You can fins here an eco-center, a mini-forest, wildlife sanctuary, aviary, and pond.
7. Crescent Moon Gallery – This gallery offers pottery lessons, and has an expansive beautiful secret garden with a café using its own pottery pieces.
8. Touch of Glory Prayer Mountain –This is a two hectare sanctuary that provides prayer cells, prayer huts, and a chapel.
Have you been to Antipolo? Feel free to share your tips and suggestions.
Photo Credits (Wikimedia Commons): Antipolo Cathedral by Lloydjumpay