Things to do in Antipolo
25 Kilometers east of Manila
Located in the Province of Rizal
The city was named after the tipolo (breadfruit) tree (Artocarpus incisa), which was in abundance in the area. Trees with broad leaves that provide shade while gently fanning in the soothing breeze.
The city is popular for being a pilgrimage site. It prides itself as the “Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines. It is the home of the more than 100-year old Nuestra Senora della Paz y Buen Viaje (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage)
Antipolo was converted from municipality into a component city of Rizal Province on April 4, 1998.
Lakwatserong Sulit compiled the Top 5 Things to do in Antipolo
1. Visit Antipolo Cathedral.
Home of the more than 100-year old Nuestra Senora della Paz y Buen Viaje (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage)
Lakwatserong Sulit with his beloved jogged from SM Masinag to Antipolo Cathedral once and definitely would do it again given the chance.
Lot of pilgrims flock to the cathedral from Manila and the lowlands of Rizal during May to offer flowers. If you’re the type of person who loves to join the crowd this one’s for you.
If you’re the kind of person who wants to travel alone or with just few friends, you may want to try this One day things to do in Antipolo.
2. Visit Mystical Cave
A seven floor cave that can be visited in the countryside near Antipolo, most common known Landmark is La Salle Antipolo. There’s a P20 pesos car entrance in the Town and Country Heights going to Mystical Cave.
The land where the cave is located is privately owned by someone known Nanay Inday. Only the first level can be visited with a guide, without acquiring a special permit. A fee of P40 pesos per person is required (inclusive of guide). If you want to experience the other floors (up to 4th floor) you may want to contact Kuya Tone for special arrangement through this number ☎ (0921-986-8112)
You may also trek the top most portion of the cave where you can have a view of Tanay and other part of Antipolo. Sadly you will also see the quarrying area on both side where mountains where being flattened by big machines/trucks for cement manufacturing.
3. Visit Pinto Art Gallery
Located at 1 Sierra Madre St., Antipolo City (A few meters away from Rizal Provincial Capitol, turn right at Grand Heights Rd then straight ahead to Pinto Art Museum), ☎ (632) 697 2460. A museum gallery owned by Dr. Joven Cuanang showcasing works of art from paintings and sculptures of local artists. The gallery also has a commanding view of Metro Manila. The cafe inside the museum catered by Bizu is open during weekends.
Entrance fee is a hefty P150 pesos, not so cheap for a museum entrance but once you’re inside you may find it fair to pay such. The place is with well manicured gardens and fountains. A perfect backdrop for reflection, learning and art appreciation.
4. Eat at My Pot Restaurant
(Eat all you can P100 Weekdays, P150 Weekends)
Located in front of Jose E. Lico plaza. This restaurant may not be the most famous in Antipolo but for its price and wide array of delicious food offering they are gaining popularity from the locals. During weekends there are more people visiting this restaurant, you probably would wait for a couple of minutes before you could get a table but the wait is worth it.
They offer a buffet of chicken inasal, paksiw na tahong, sinigang na baboy, bicol express, lumpiang shanghai, pork steak sliced into bite size, spicy garlic chicken. You may choose to have spaghetti, vegetable salad, fried rice or plain rice with your choices of viands. They also offer dessert such as cakes, and buko pandan.
5. Watch the lights of Manila by nighttime
After a fun day adventure in Antipolo who could resist the rhythm of fun while great music fills the air at Padi’s Point along Sumulong Highway where you can watch the city lights of Manila. It’s like gazing at the stars in the outer space with so many sparkling lights. Alternatively, you can have a good dinner together with your friends or loved ones at Cloud 9 overlooking the city. You may also want to bond together for some videoke or listen to live bands afterwards. It would be the best thing to do to summarize the day of fun and adventure at Antipolo City.