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10 More Places To Visit in Antipolo This Weekend

Because there's always something new to experience in art, culture, and food at this Northeastern city!

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Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photos)

Antipolo is one of the more popular destinations in Rizal; so popular, that it was the weekend destination of choice of our parents and grandparents. But even if you’re not a first-time visitor, there are always new activities to do, exhibits to see, and comforting spots to come back to. Here are ten more reasons that will surely convince you to make the drive up:

1. Start your day at the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary


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Begin your day in Antipolo by visiting the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary to say a prayer and light a candle. Aside from the early morning masses celebrated daily (7am, Mondays-Saturdays | 9am, Sundays), you can relish nature's sights and sounds. Trees serve as a breathtaking backdrop for the altar, and the chirping of birds are offered like songs of prayer. The chapel's open-air structure allows the gentle breeze and daylight to permeate the interiors, making it a favorite wedding venue of couples. 

Fairmount Hills Subdivision, Taktak Road

2. Bond with your friends and enjoy the outdoors at Phillip's Sanctuary


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The Eco-Adventure outdoor resort boasts a huge farm property with different areas for fishing, zip-line, camping, swimming, bike trail, obstacle courses, and kayaking/rafting. You can enjoy breakfast at The Breakfast Club or have a picnic-style lunch in one of the group tables and function areas.

Sitio Panlilingan, Pestano Farm Road

3. Be one with the environment at Mount Purro Nature Reserve


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Years ago, General Miguel Malvar left a corporate job to reforest a remote town in Antipolo. This became Mount Purro Nature Reserve, a lush sanctuary where visitors can trek waterfalls and a lagoon, go swimming, horseback riding, pitch a tent and start a bonfire, and even meet the Dumagats, the indigenous people of the Sierra Madre mountains. Day tours are affordable at P750 for adults and P550 for kids.

Purok 5, Brgy. Calawis, Antipolo City, | mobile 0998-561-2815

4. Take it easy and relax in one of the herbal pools at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa


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After enjoying Phillip's Sanctuary's or Mount Purro’s activities, it’s time to unwind and pamper yourself at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa. The mountainside pools and unique views overlooking Metro Manila and Laguna de Bay are just some of the things that make this secret spa a must-visit.

Located inside Loreland Farm Resort, Brgy. San Roque

5. Immerse yourself in art at Pinto Art Museum


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Art collector Dr. Joven Cuanang’s home-turned-art-sanctuary has since drawn crowds beyond the usual cultural patrons. “The gallery was opened to the public in 2000, the new millennium. Dr. Cuanang’s personal collection has the same concept: All artists are current, or new,” says Mikey Blanco, manager of Pinto. It’s worth returning to Pinto after a few months, as there is always a new exhibit or art installation on the grounds.

1 Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights Subdivision, Antipolo City, tel. (02) 697-1015

6. Buy pottery and eat healthy fare at Crescent Moon Café


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Pottery artist Lanelle Fernando is renowned for her rustic but sculptural pottery pieces (see main photo, above left), but she is also known for the deliciously simple and healthy lunch buffet that she has been serving at Crescent Moon for decades.


Do try their Alagaw leaves appetizer, where you fill an edible leaf with chilies, mango, onions, garlic, and shrimp, add sauce, then roll it up like lumpia. After lunch, stroll around the koi pond outside, and buy some pottery to take home.

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Ascension Road, Brgy. Dalig, Antipolo City, tel. (02) 234-5724

7. Dine at the most beautiful home in Antipolo


Located at the upper floor of renowned artist Benji Reyes's breathtakingly beautiful home, Tahanan Bistro is open three days a week and you need to make a reservation.


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Run by Reyes's daughter Keesha, and her partner Chef Kevin Tuason, Tahanan serves special five-course meals that feature traditional produce and meat such as baboy damo, kalabasa, and fruits like saba, but prepared and served in new and refreshing ways. Fun fact: Benji Reyes designed and built all the furniture in this 32-seater bistro.

22 Loresville Drive Lores Farm Subdivision, San Roque | mobile (0925) 880-1487

8. Mingle with the locals at this humble yet lively food park


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The food park craze has reached the highlands of Antipolo, and amongst the three food parks in the area, do try Backyard Eats along M.L Quezon for drinks and dessert. Aside from the variety of food and drink stalls and the charming atmosphere, you may be able to catch some live music by local acts, as well as some invited ones. It’s a look at the lively side of Antipolo we don’t usually see.

178 Manuel L. Quezon Extension

9. Tuck into comfort food at Casa Abuela


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This humble coffee shop has its fans because of their comforting menu of Spanish-Pinoy favorites like paella and callos, but Antipolo residents trek to Abuela for its delicious cakes and pastries.

167 Ortigas Avenue Extension, tel. (02) 697-4866

10. Take a selfie at Yellow Bird Café x Kitchen


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With its lovely interiors of green walls, machuka tiles, and rustic furniture, you’ll surely take photos of this café’s Instagram-worthy interiors. But once you put your phone down, nosh on their smoked salmon salad, baked lemon chicken, and ramen  ala carbonara (yes, you read that right!).

Lot 3 Blk. 2, Mission Hills Blvd., Mission Hills Subdivision, San Roque, Antipolo | mobile 0917-812-0826

This article has been updated from the post “5 More Things To Do in Antipolo”

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