The best things to do in Antipolo

This laid-back city is fast becoming a popular destination for those looking to escape the urban jungle

The Antipolo Cathedral in early light

The Antipolo Cathedral in early light

Located a 45-minute drive from Manila, the town of Antipolo in Rizal province offers cool mountain air, fun-filled activities and a spectacular vista of the metropolis, making it a top choice for a relaxing weekend getaway. Here are six of our favorite things to do in this destination.

The Antipolo Cathedral in early light
The Antipolo Cathedral in early light

Say a little prayer

Begin your trip with a visit to the hallowed halls of Antipolo Cathedral (P. Oliveros St, Brgy. Dela Paz, +63 2 571 7347). Its impressive soaring dome and enshrined Marian image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (“the Virgin of Antipolo”) draw countless Catholic devotees. Whether you decide to attend Mass, or simply want to admire its beautiful architecture, you’ll surely walk away with a sense of peace.

Shopping for suman, mangga and kasoy
Shopping for suman, mangga and kasoy

Go “SuMaKa” shopping

Antipolo offers a different — and delicious — kind of retail therapy. Spend your pesos on the city’s local specialties: suman (a dessert made from glutinous rice and wrapped in banana leaves), mangga (the much-loved mango) and kasoy (cashew nuts) — the latter is priced from as low as PHP450 for a kilo. A street dedicated to selling these goodies can be found just a few steps from Antipolo Cathedral.

Hinulugang Taktak is a declared National Park
Hinulugang Taktak is a declared National Park

Reconnect with nature

Hinulugang Taktak (Brgy. Dela Paz, Sumulong Highway), a gorgeous waterfall, is Antipolo’s most prominent landmark. The area around the falls has been designated as a National Park, and includes picnic sheds, a swimming pool and wide green spaces that are perfect for lounging. The best part? Admission is free, and you can visit daily from 8am to 5pm.

The Greek-inspired architecture of Pinto Art Museum
The Greek-inspired architecture of Pinto Art Museum

Feed your artistic soul

Artists and art connoisseurs seeking creative sanctuary will delight in the contemporary visual-arts space that is Pinto Art Museum (1 Sierra Madre St, Grand Heights Rd). Lose yourself in its many halls of paintings and sculptures — there are hundreds of artworks to ogle at. Open daily except Monday from 9am to 6pm.

Crossing Cloud 9's Hanging Bridge
Crossing Cloud 9’s Hanging Bridge

Get an adrenaline rush

If you enjoy a white-knuckle journey before arriving at a relaxing getaway, head over to Cloud 9 Restaurant (Sumulong Highway, Brgy. Santa Cruz, +63 2 584 3014) — Antipolo’s highest point — and cross the famous Sky Bridge, also known as the “hanging bridge”. Walk the length of suspended steel and netting for a scenic vista of the metropolis. It’s open daily from 7am to 2pm, but you should also visit at night for gorgeous views of the city lights.

Knead your aches away at Luljetta's
Knead your aches away at Luljetta’s

Enjoy a well-deserved massage

Enjoy a Balinese-style experience at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa (San Roque, +63 2 570 2532), where you can unwind with a full-body massage or take a dip in the infinity pool, with nothing but the sounds of the forest for company. It makes for the perfect respite from the daily grind.

Also read: 6 best things to do in Rizal province

Written and Photographed

Celine Reyes

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