"The City of Antipolo: I wanted to live here!" Antipolo by nixca316
Antipolo Travel Guide: 13 reviews and 62 photos
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The City of Antipolo lies approximately 29.30 km. East of Manila and is bounded on the North by the town of Montalban, on the Northwest by the town of Marikina and San Mateo, on the East Province of Quezon, on the southeast by the towns of Tanay, Teresa and on the southwest by the Town of Taytay and Cainta. It is about 10 km. North to South and about 20 km. From east to west.
Parañaque versus Antipolo
When prices were very low my dad and mom were able to buy some properties. He was offered a very low priced New Alabang Village (now Ayala Alabang) prime lot, but he refused it (regretted it years later). He bought three Metro Manila lots (all still existing: One in Makati, one in Parañaque and one in Antipolo).
Dad was so excited. He wanted to build his dream house for his family as early as possible even while living in Camp Aguinaldo.
I distinctly remember that I was a child of six when my dad showed us two blue prints and two perspectives. I chose the one that said Antipolo on it because the "drawing" was prettier. When we visited the site, I told myself, "This is the place!" It reminded me so much of Monterey.
Monterey was MY HOME and somehow, living in Antipolo would lessen my HOMESICKNESS, so I thought.
I had a fit when my family chose Parañaque. The place was filled with long cogon grasses and there were very few houses. It was so primitive. Dad reasoned that once we get the lot beside us, we'll have a garden and pool (up to now the owner of the lot beside us doesn't want to sell...I was actually the one who was going to purchase that lot because I felt I was going to be the "Parañaque girl for life", but now I guess it's going to be my nephew's---I'll get the Makati property, I guess) etcetera.
Anyhow, even if I don't regret the family choice decades later, I still wonder what life would have been if we grew up there. Of course, I would've studied in different schools, my friends would'nt be my friends, etcetera, etcetera.
When we visited Antipolo during my birthday last Friday (March 16) I found out that Antipolo is still very much laid back, but there are lots of places to visit.
There's still the Eagle's Nest where my friends and I stay from late at night to morning light, the different resorts, the different lodging places, of course, there's the shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, bargain places, different sport centers, etcetera, etcetera.
Every year, since 1996, whether I had a boyfriend or not, I always sulked for a month during my birthday. Why? Because when I was in my teens, everyone that wasn't married after 25 was an OLD MAID or the milder term, a spinster.
There were times after 1996 that my birthday month was the month that I left the country or at least the island of Luzon to hibernate or something.
This year, because we had to pay our taxes for our property there anyway, I chose to celebrate it in Antipolo.
Of course, I passed by the shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage to pray, which is conveniently beside the Antipolo City Hall, then we ate at Iskatis Point (which is obviously a direct of competitor of Padi's Point), dropped by Valley Golf, then The Old Spaghetti House.
In toto, it was a fun day!
There are lots of products available in Antipolo, but besides their famous cashews and suman sa ibos (steamed glutinous rice wrapped in leaves), there are lots of bamboos for sale at the Sumulong Highway. =)
- Pros:close to the metropolis, close to nature, close to God
- Cons:if you like fast paced living, it's very slow paced here
- In a nutshell:A place where you can relax, enjoy good food and commune with nature
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