The author lives near Antipolo City. She was amazed by how beautiful the place is!
Antipolo City, Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines
The city of Antipolo was named after the tipolo—meaning "breadfruit"—which grew in abundance in the area. The town also served as the capital of Morong during the time of the First Republic. On April 4, 1998, Antipolo was converted from a municipality into a component city of Rizal Province. It was once part of Tondo province in 1650. It is a hilly and mountainous area.
The city is popular for being a pilgrimage site and is considered the "Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines." Located on the slopes of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Antipolo City is an ideal place to visit as it has a lot of beautiful sites and scenery.
Most Visited Places in Antipolo City
- Antipolo Cathedral
- Pinto Art Museum
- Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa
- Inday Nelly's Mystical Cave
- Hinulugang Taktak
- Casa Santa Museum
- Boso-Boso Church
- Cloud 9 Hotel and Restaurant Resort
1. Antipolo Cathedral
Antipolo Cathedral—also known as "Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage"—is a catholic pilgrimage site with a 17th-century statue of the Virgin Mary that attracts thousands of tourists each year. Catholicism in the Cathedral Shrine begins in May where the image of the Virgin Mary is dedicated to her. On the evening of Mayday, many devotees in metro Manila perform the Alay Lakad (Walk Offering) where they spend the night traveling on foot to the shrine.
The image of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Black Madonna) represents the Immaculate Conception which is near the Sierra Madre mountains east of Metro Manila. In 1626, the image was brought to the country by Governor-General Juan Niño de Tabora from Mexico via the galleon El Almirante. The statue is one of the most celebrated images of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Philippines.
Miracle of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The image would mysteriously vanish several times from its shrine and reappear atop the tipolo during the construction of the Antipolo church in 1630.
- Pope Pius XI authorized the Blessed Virgin Mary canonical coronation on 13 June 1925, which occurred on 28 November 1926.
- In 2011, the Eternal Word Television Network program Mary ran an episode showcasing the statue as the “Most traveled Marian Icon in the Philippines”.
- Dela Paz St, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
2. Pinto Art Museum
The Pinto Art Museum displays contemporary Filipino paintings and sculptures in tropical gardens with Mediterranean-style villas. It was founded in 2010 to publicly exhibit the art collection of Filipino neurologist and patron of the arts, Dr. Joven Cuanang. Pinto means door in Filipino. It is currently run by the Silingan Foundation of Arts, Culture, and Ecology.
It has art pieces from present modern artists. You can find art in different mediums from canvas to sculptures. It is a place wherein you can see amazing artworks and from every corner, you will learn about more Filipino heritage. The place is also Instagram-able.
Some artwork has its own room and some are sorted by its style and category. The place is calm, well-maintained, and clean.
- The Pintô Art Museum is one of the 25 most Instagrammed museums in the world.
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- 1 Sierra Madre St, Grand Heights Subdivision, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
3. Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa is a resort located in Antipolo City. It is a charming property known for its spa treatments and relaxing facilities. They have amazing amenities including a sauna, a hydro-massage pool, heated jacuzzi, and infinity pools that can give your body the rest it deserves. The view is also breathtaking as it is overlooking Laguna de Bay and Ortigas Skyline.
Hanging Garden is a work of art by skilled and talented craftsmen of Pangasinan, Rizal, and Palawan, Philippines. It was built using indigenous and native materials complemented by tropical interiors sourced all over the Philippines.
- Sitio Loreland, Barangay, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
4. Inday Nelly's Mystical Cave
Inday Nelly's Mystical Cave is one of the tourist spots in Antipolo City maintained by Inday Nelly. It is called mystical because of the holy images found inside the cave. This place is religious because of the rocks that form different images of religious figures including Jesus, Mother Mary, Nazarene, St. Peter, the Holy Trinity, etc. The water and rocks inside the cave are said to be holy because they can heal a person's illness.
This mystical cave is not only a tourist attraction, but it is also for religious people. There are a lot of religious goods sold here. Vendors sell different colors of candles that represent different desires. It is eight stories deep, but only the first floor is allowed to be visited.
- During the Japanese era, the Japanese hid some treasures in some caves in Antipolo.
- Sitio Boso-boso, Barangay San Jose, Antipolo City
- 25 Masinag Marcos Highway, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
5. Hinulugang Taktak
Hinulugang Taktak is a protected landscape located in Antipolo Rizal. The name Hinulugang Taktak was derived from a large bell (taktak) which was thrown (hinulog) into the falls because the local villagers considered it too loud. It became a tourist spot for its beautiful ambiance and environment. The government acknowledge it as a National Park.
Sadly, the beautiful and charming place is no longer available for viewing because it has dirty water and garbage thrown by people. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the city government aims to restore the glory of one of the Philippines’ most brilliant waterfalls.
- Taktak Rd, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
6. Boso Boso Church
The Nuestra Señora de la Annunciata Parish Church—also known as Boso-Boso Church—is a Roman Catholic Parish Church built by the Jesuit Priests on 1700 under the Patron of Nuestra Senora de la Annunziata. On July 18, 1880, part of it was destroyed by an earthquake, and the church was abandoned in 1930. In 1943, the church was destroyed because of fire, but it was restored on 1995 by the good devotees.
The church is really old and the structure has no paint on the wall which makes the visitors feel the history. It is surrounded by fresh air and beautiful green plants.
- Nuestra Señora de la Annunciata Parish Church, Antipolo, Lalawigan ng Rizal
7. Casa Santa Museum
The Casa Santa Museum is one of the most famous attractions located in the hills of Antipolo. The Casa Santa Museum is just one of the highlights of Jardin de Miramar. It’s a great sight to see during the holidays and even during the other parts of the year. It’s a museum of more than 3000+ items with Santa Claus and Christmas themes. It offers a unique field trip that educates children about Christmas traditions and cultures.
There are a lot of attractions and activities that are both fun and educational, including painting animation characters in ceramics and Pinoy games. Kids can play in the monkey swings, lighthouse, pyramid tree, swings, bridges, and with Noah’s animals in Mosaic, and the 30-foot Noah’s Ark.
- 276, San Jose Ext, Padilla, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal
8. Cloud 9 Hotel and Restaurant Resort
This is a famous hotel and restaurant in Antipolo which lies on a terrace where one can see a 360 view of the whole city. It is a place where you can relax and is best to go to if you want to escape from Manila. It's called Cloud 9 because it is up towards the hanging bridge. Cloud 9 Restaurant offers delectable dishes with a panoramic view of nature as you dine in.
The restaurant mostly serves Filipino dishes such as sinigang na hipon, crispy pata, kare-kare, pinakbet, and other home-cooked meals and native cuisine. Cloud 9 Restaurant is also an open dining space that will make your experience more relaxed and peaceful with the breeze of air and great food that they offer.
- Bgy. Sta. Cruz, Sumulong Hwy, Antipolo, 1870
"Remember that happiness is a way of travel not a destination"
— Roy M. Goodman
My Point of View
Living near Antipolo makes me feel truly at home. The overlooking views and refreshing cool winds give a relaxing, peaceful, and stress-free life. It is an ideal place to enjoy a vacation. It is a community that is accessible to all because it's near the business districts of Eastwood and Ortigas. I was once worked in Antipolo which is why I was inspired to write an article about how amazing the place is. Every time I visit, it seems like I forget my problems in life because of the beauty of nature.
"Don't listen to what they say. Go see."
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
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