The Sites And Sounds Of Antipolo
While a mere few minutes from the mega metropolis that is Manila, Antipolo brims with a refreshing provincial feel.
The air is cooler, the surroundings more serene, and the pace of life more relaxed and laidback. Just a leisure drive around Antipolo gives you an instant boost of energy, with its lush landscapes and rolling hills.
At night, you can enjoy an even more stunning view of the skyline, dotted with the twinkling lights of Manila and Ortigas, which is best viewed from the Pinto Art Museum, a popular destination for art collectors and photography enthusiasts.
Here we share a few more sites worth your visit when heading out to Antipolo.
Located on Taktak Road, Brgy. Dela Paz, the Hinulugang Taktak waterfalls was once a popular tourist site, noted for its clean waters and romantic falls. According to legend, the waterfalls got its name, because in the 16th century, a local priest had urged the local community to drop the Church bell into the river to - literally and figuratively - drown out its unbearable sound. In Tagalog, “hinulugang taktak” literally translates to “where the bell was dropped.”
At Hinulugang Taktak, aside from the waterfalls, you can enjoy a quick dip in the pool, roam around and cross its bridges for stunning pics, and head to the meditation garden to reconnect with God and nature.
Antipolo is, in fact, considered a pilgrimage site as it is home to the Antipolo Cathedral, a popular destination of the faithful during Holy Week. The church enshrines the popular image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, which is the 17th century wooden image of the Black Madonna.
The image of the Blessed Virgin was brought to the Philippines by Governor-General Juan Nino de Tabora on his voyage from Mexico, and was considered the “good luck charm” that blessed not only the successful voyage of the El Almirante galleon in 1626, but also the six succeeding trips of the Manila-Acapulco Galleons.
Victory Pasalubong Center
Just a stone’s throw away from the Antipolo Cathedral is the Victory Pasalubong Center. After saying a quick prayer, delight in the delicious treats you can take home. When in Antipolo, don’t forget to pick up the famous suman of Antipolo, roasted cashew nuts – which now comes in a variety of flavors such as garlic, BBQ and adobo - and the sticky and sweet kalamay.