5 Reasons to Live in Antipolo

In the first part of our Neighborhoods series, this homeowner says: “Tayo na sa Antipolo,” a surprising place filled with art and culture

Photography: Dakila Angeles, Miguel Nacianceno

At the risk of sounding like a real estate brochure, coming home to Antipolo at the end of the day makes me feel so detached from all the worries and the stress of the city. I get relaxed once the road starts its uphill climb and starts to zigzag, the weather becomes cooler, and I start seeing more trees. But cool weather aside, there are lots of other reasons many city dwellers have made Antipolo their home.

It's relatively affordable.

My family and I moved from Quezon City to Antipolo in 1989, and I eventually moved to a nearby subdivision. I didn't want to move out of Antipolo because I wanted to be near my family, and I love the weather and atmosphere of the place. It's also very affordable to live in Antipolo. The money I spent to buy a house I live in now (single detached, with a nice garden) wouldn't have been enough to buy a small condo unit in Metro Manila.

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There's just so much more space for everyone.

Aside from the true-blue Antipolo residents, it is inhabited by a cross-section of colorful individuals. There are the professionals who want value-for-money but don't want to live in cramped little boxes in Manila, and don't mind the daily commute. There are the OFWs and their families and the retirees. And there are also established visual artists, entrepreneurs, and popular actors in their sprawling mountain-view homes.

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It’s like going on a mini-vacation—every day.

Although it's officially designated as a city, Antipolo still has a homey, provincial feel. But it doesn't lack for gimikan spots, and it's a good place to go to if you want to impress someone, like taking them to the romantic dining spot Vieux Chalet. Thunderbird Resorts are just 30 minutes away, but if you don’t want to go further, there is Luljettas Hanging Gardens within Antipolo City, with its infinity pool on a cliff.

For arts and culture, there is the wonderful Pinto Art Museum, with its beautifully landscaped compound, breathtaking art pieces (above), and charming restaurant. Also, head over to Lanelle Abueva's Crescent Moon Café, where you can buy her pottery (top photo) and see her calming ponds of koi.

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It's nostalgic.

I also stay here because of Antipolo's nostalgic charm. If you ask your moms and dads, Antipolo used to be the place to visit out of town during summer, mostly on pilgrimages to the famous Antipolo Church (above) during the month of May. And there is the famous natural waterfall Hinulugang Taktak, the facilities of which have been recently renovated.

There are a lot of housing options.

There are many subdivisions and villages here. Maia Alta is a nice, middle-class development. Forest Ridge by Northpine Land is a ten-hectare neighborhood with single detached houses. Cottonwood Heights by Crown Asia has quaint, cottage-like homes (seen here), manicured gardens, and picket fences—almost like you’re abroad! St. Gabriel Heights is a very decent, Avida Land-owned community.

I see myself growing old in Antipolo, and I would leave only if I go to another country. I take pride in the fact that when we residents of Antipolo go to Metro Manila we say: "Bababa lang kami" as if we lived in a special sanctuary and we are sad that our vacation is over.

PHOTOS: Dakila Angeles (Main) | Dairy Darilag (Church) | Miguel Nacianceno (House)

Read the original article ("So Far Yet So Near") in the May 2006 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App. Log on to for more details.

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