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5 More Things To Do in Antipolo

The Northeastern city is worth a second (and even a third) visit

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One of the more popular destinations in Rizal is Antipolo, the city cradled by the highlands of the Sierra Madre mountain range and the gateway to the metropolis of the North, and the idyllic provinces of the East. If you're visiting for the first time, we've got a list of things you can do in the city that you can check out here. However, if you're up for an adventurous and enriching getaway, here are five more reasons that will surely convince you that Antipolo is worth the steep drive:

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

 

Begin your day in the misty mountains 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.

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The chapel’s open air structure allows the gentle breeze and daylight to permeate the interior, making it a favorite wedding venue of couples from all over Metro Manila. Does it look familiar? You may have seen it in the hit movie Second Chance starring John Lloyd Cruz and Bea Alonzo.

Fairmount Hills Subdivision, Taktak Road

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

 

The Eco-Adventure outdoor resort boasts of a huge farm property with different areas for team-building activities such as 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. The place also has a butterfly garden, and rooms for those who want a comfortable place to stay in.

Sitio Panlilingan, Pestano Farm Road

3. 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 amenities, it’s time to unwind and pamper yourself at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa. The crafted 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.

 

Enjoy and take your sweet time at their Buddha Lounge, outdoor massage areas, and their fish spa zen ponds. With its soothing ambience and exclusive couple massage services, it’s considered one of the most romantic places in Antipolo.

Located inside Loreland Farm Resort, Brgy. San Roque

4. Dine at the most beautiful home in Antipolo

 

Tahanan Bistro opened to the public only last year but it has gained a following. Located at the upper floor of renowned artist Benji Reyes's home, it's open three days a week and you need to make a reservation. The experience is worth it as the restaurant does not fall short of extraordinary.

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Run by Reyes's daughter Keesha, and her partner Chef Kevin Tuason, Tahanan serves special 5-course meals that feature traditional produce and meat such as baboy damo, kalabasa, and fruits like mansanas and saba, but prepared and served in a refreshing way. Fun fact: Benji Reyes designed and built all the furniture in this 32-seater bistro.

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

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

 

The food park craze has reached the highlands of Antipolo, and with at least three small but comprehensive food parks just along its main roads, it sure seems like the trend’s not slowing down soon. 

 

Grab a few drinks or enjoy dessert after dinner at Backyard Eats along M.L Quezon. 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.

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178 Manuel L. Quezon Extension

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