Antipolo is a city located in the province of Rizal popular for being the “Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines” (Source: Wikipedia)
I’m turning 26 in a few days and what a better way to celebrate it than of course, traveling!
Going to Antipolo wasn’t really our first option. We were suppose to head somewhere North but the rainy September weather doesn’t seem to permit our “hugot” trip so we decided to give Antipolo a shot and wow, it sure doesn’t disappoint.
It wasn’t my first time in Antipolo. I’ve been there for a couple of times to visit some relatives and I never thought it offers a lot of interesting and take note, Instagram worthy places that definitely satisfied my “wandering” cravings.
Also, we don’t need to spend a lot during this whole trip. In fact, for just Php 1,670 (per head) we were able to visit 5 different places in Antipolo and it’s definitely worth it!
We don’t have a car so this trip is more on riding FX taxis and a tricycle. I don’t know why but I rarely see jeepneys in Antipolo. So getting around Antipolo means riding a tricycle all the time. Fare ranges from Php 40-80. If you’re still a student, better bring your valid id coz aside from the usual 20% discount on fares, you can also get a discount in Pinto Art Museum. Awesome!;)
How to get there: ( please see complete guide at the end of this blog.)
• Via UV Express: terminal located in Araneta Center, Cubao/ Cubao-Araneta MRT Station. Take the Antipolo Simbahan Sumulong fx. Fare is Php 50.00 and travel time is 40 minutes to 1 hour depending on of course, traffic.
5 PLACES TO VISIT WHEN IN ANTIPOLO (WHOLE DAY TOUR) :
1. Antipolo Cathedral
Location: Dela Paz St, Antipolo, Rizal
Our first stop was the Antipolo Cathedral known for the miraculous 100-year-old Nuestra Señora Dela Paz Y Buen Viaje (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage) where pilgrims flock during May to worship and give flowers.
We attended the mass, offered our prayers and also give my sincerest gratitude for granting me another year to live in God’s guidance.
Note: Just beware of the VERY persistent novena/rosary vendors because they can get VERY annoying. Just don’t forget to stay nice even if some of them weren’t nice at all after you rejected them.
2. Hinulugang Taktak Waterfalls
Location: Taktak Rd, Antipolo, Rizal
I bet you’re already familiar with this one because of the song “Tayo na sa Antipolo” and of course, our HEKASI subject during elementary days.
Getting there cost us Php 40.00 tryke fare. There’s no entrance fee (yay!). You just have to register first then you’re free to wander and take selfies in the park.
No, you can’t swim in the waterfalls but there’s a resort inside the park but it was closed when we went there.
3. Pinto Art Museum
Location: San Roque, Antipolo, Rizal
Art enthusiasts will surely appreciate our third stop, the Pinto Art Museum located at 1 Sierra Madre Street. It cost us Php 60.00 tryke fare (from Taktak falls to Pinto)
Regular entrance fee is Php 180.00 and because I’m still a student, I only paid Php 100.00 yay! You will be advised to leave your bags in their assigned locker and a map & menu will be given to you by the receptionist.
Pinto Art Museum is very ideal for prenup shoots, romantic dates, barkada bondings or if you want to see world class art & paintings. It’ll give you a meditteranean feel once you step foot inside. Just take a look at the photos below because I’m running out of words to describe how magnificent this place is.
Pinto is every OC instagrammers dream come true coz of too many Instagram worthy backdrops!
4. Mom’s Pot Eat-All-You-Can Restaurant
Location: Claveria Plaza Provincial Rd, Antipolo, Rizal
It’s lunch time and we’re starving. After researching where’s the best place to eat, I found Mom’s Pot Restaurant.
For just Php 125.00 you can enjoy unlimited serving of Filipino delicacies. It’s really worth a try! Sobrang sarap ng food nila. Promise! Haha it was even featured in Rated K and Umagang Kay Ganda.
It cost us Php 80.00 tryke fare getting there. (From Pinto to My Pot).
5. Luljetta’s Hanging Garden’s & Spa
Location: Loreland Farm Resort Brgy. San Roque
Been buzzing about this place since last year when I saw Paula Peralejo’s (www.ourrestlessfeet.com) instagram post about Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa.
We arrived at around 2pm and tryke fare from Mom’s Pot to Luljettas cost us Php 80.00. It is located at Sitio Loreland, just tell the driver you’re headed to Loreland Farm Resort because I think some of them are not yet familiar of Luljetta’s.
Upon arrival, go straight to the park’s entrance and you will be greeted by their very accommodating staff. You will be advised to leave at least one valid i.d so better bring one and after logging in, you will be given a temporary i.d pass. Just follow their direction coz you have to take a few steps to get to Luljetta’s.
Because this is just a spontaneous trip, we we’rent able to make reservations. Good thing was they allow walk ins but if you’re planning to avail their spa & massage packages, better book your reservations a week before your visit because it comes in first come first serve basis.
We availed the Hanging Gardens Retreat Package (5 hours) for Php 1,100 inclusive of access to two panoramic infinity pools, Finland-made Sauna, solar heated Jacuzzi, Hydro-massage pool,Dr.fish spa and a serving of Antipolo’s best Suman.
The staffs are VERY accommodating and friendly (I know I already mentioned that awhile ago, but they truly are. Thumbs up for good customer service.) You will be given a traditional “Batik” bathrobe, a towel and a basket where you can put your things while inside the resort.
The place is very romantic and sulit na sulit ang bayad. You will feel that “nature’ vibe, peaceful, intimate and cozy. It is ideal for newly weds or couples and even singles who just want a stress free getaway and intimate “us” or “me” time.
Note: If you forgot to bring your own bath essentials, don’t worry because they have them inside the bathroom that you can use(shampoo, conditioner and body wash.) You will be given assigned lockers and take care of the keys coz you will be charged Php 500.00 if you lost it.
UPDATED RATES: (AS OF SEPT. 19, 2015)
How to get to Luljetta’s: (source: http://www.bienvenidotours.com)
Ninoy Aquino International Airport is the main gateway to the capital of the Philippines, Metro Manila. Loreland Farm Resort and Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa are located in the mountain suburb of Antipolo City. It is about one hour to 2 hour drive from the airport.
Airports transfers can be arranged. Please CONTACT Bienvenido Tours if you need assistance.
FROM ORTIGAS CENTER, PASIG CITY
From Ortigas Avenue in Pasig City, go straight to Ortigas Extension leading to Rizal Province.
Pass through the Rotunda in Tikling area in Taytay, Rizal before going up to Antipolo. In Antipolo, you will reach Hamaka (Triangle) Park, turn right here. Ynares Sports Center and Rizal Provincial Capitol should be on your left. Straight ahead. A few meters away is McDonalds. Turn right at Unciano Medical Center. Follow the signs that will lead you to Loreland Farm Resort.
FROM QUEZON CITY:
If you’re coming from Quezon City, take the route from C.P. Garcia Avenue (formerly Katipunan Ave.) going to Aurora Boulevard. Follow the road going to Marcos Highway. Don’t go to the flyover.
In Marcos Highway, slow down before reaching Sta. Lucia Mall. At the intersection, turn right to V.V. Soliven Center (Felix formerly Imelda Ave.) Straight ahead. This is a long road passing by SM Hypermart, private villages in Cainta, etc. At the intersection (Cainta Junction), turn left to Ortigas Extension.
Go straight to Ortigas Extension. Pass through the Rotunda in Tikling area in Taytay, Rizal before going up to Antipolo. In Antipolo, you will reach Hamaka (Triangle) Park, turn right here. Rizal Provincial Capitol and Ynares Sports Center should be on your left. Straight ahead. A few meters away is McDonalds. Turn right at Unciano Medical Center. Follow the signs that will lead you to Loreland Farm Resort.
Head for Sumulong Highway. That’s when you see Masinag Market to your left, you will have to make a right turn to Sumulong Highway. You will pass by Valley Golf Country Club and the many establishments in the overlooking area of Antipolo.
Follow the highway until you reach the intersection of Taktad Road. Turn right. Go straight then turn left at Aquino Blvd. Go straight and when you see the first triangle park (Aquino Park), turn right. Go straight.
Turn left at Hamaka (Triangle) Park which is near Ynares Sports Center. Follow the road leading to Unciano Medical Center. McDonalds should be on your left. From there, turn right. There are signs giving directions to Loreland Farm Resort. Follow the signs.
FROM SOUTH SUPERHIGHWAY:
Take Bicutan Exit going to C6. You will go through a long stretch of road connecting South of Manila to its Eastern side (Rizal Province). When you get to Taytay, Rizal town proper, turn left going to Antipolo City. Make sure you took the correct turn otherwise it will lead you to other towns in Rizal Province (Angono, Binangonan).
At the end of the road you will notice the Rotunda in Tikling area in Taytay, Rizal before turning right going up to Antipolo. In Antipolo, you will reach Hamaka (Triangle) Park, turn right here. Rizal Provincial Capitol and Ynares Sports Center should be on your left. Straight ahead. A few meters away is McDonalds. Turn right at Unciano Medical Center. Follow the signs that will lead you to Loreland Farm Resort.
Take C5 Exit. From there turn right going to Ortigas Extension (if you go to the flyover, it will take you to Eastwood).
At the end of Ortigas Extension is a Rotunda before going up to Antipolo. In Antipolo, you will reach Hamaka (Triangle) Park, turn right here. Rizal Provincial Capitol and Ynares Sports Center should be on your left. Straight ahead. A few meters away is McDonalds. Turn right at Unciano Medical Center. Follow the signs that will lead you to Loreland Farm Resort.
Antipolo City bound terminals are strategically located at the following areas:
1. Araneta Center, Cubao, Quezon City
2. Robinson’s Galleria, Ortigas Center, Pasig City
3. SM Megamall, Mandaluyong City
4. EDSA Central, Mandaluyong City
4. Ayala Center, Makati City
The nearest drop off point when riding the LRT is the Santolan Station in Marikina City. Antipolo bound public utility vehicles (FX and Jeep) going to Antipolo Cathedral are available here. Loreland Farm Resort is just a short tricycle ride from the city proper of Antipolo City. Fare is Php 50.00.
The saddest part in every trip! =( We checked-out at Luljetta’s at around 7pm. Rode a tricycle back to the UV express terminal (near the Cathedral) which cost us Php 50.00
There are available FX taxis going to Cubao & Ayala. This time we opt for Ayala and paid Php 60.00 fare
Summary of Expenses: per head (2 pax)
Transportation – Php 265.00
Food – Php 125.00
Pinto Art Museum – Php 180.00
Luljetta’s – Php 1,100
Total : Php 1,670.00
There you have it! Hope you were inspired by this blog in discovering Antipolo.
We had fun and I bet you will too!
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