Affordable Staycation in Antipolo
Antipolo City is known as a site for pilgrimage, but it has evolved to a destination for recreation, amusement, learning, and staycations.
Metro Manila isn't the only area teeming with residential areas located close to booming financial and lifestyle districts. Provincial cities such as Antipolo are ideal places to live due to their access to the metro and wide array of go-to places for both locals and visitors.
According to Lamudi's 2019 data, Antipolo is one of the top 15 provincial cities in Luzon that generate the most searches from property seekers due to its close proximity to Metro Manila. Antipolo's nature reserves, local cafes, and resorts are perfect for those who want to experience a staycation outside of Metro Manila.
The City of Pilgrimage
Antipolo City has been a popular pilgrimage site since the 17th century. The city is home to many religious processions and churches that earned Antipolo's moniker as the "City of Pilgrimage."
The Marian image of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, also known as the Virgin of Antipolo or the Black Madonna, was brought in from Acapulco, Mexico in 1626 and is enshrined in the Antipolo Cathedral.
The Virgin of Antipolo has a following of thousands of Filipino Catholics. Historically, the Marian image's processions passed the Parian Creek (which is now part of Pasig City) eleven times; the processions were when locals of Antipolo treaded to the lowlands of Pasig to pray and devote their worship.
A popular pilgrimage custom is to trek to the shrine of the Virgin of Antipolo on the eves of Good Friday and May 1 from varied locations in Rizal and Metro Manila. One of these treks involves beginning from Quiapo Church following the procession of the Marian image.
Another popular custom is to have newly-bought cars blessed at the church as, according to religious belief, this will ensure the safety of the car, and its driver and passengers.
Antipolo remains to be a site of prayer and devotion. With its churches and shrines surviving periods of war and centuries of change, it can be said that people still need a quiet and peaceful place where they can reconnect with their faith, spirituality, and soul.
Places of Interest
Antipolo also has places of interest that offer recreation, amusement, and education. Staycation enthusiasts looking for interesting new places to explore may take advantage of the many go-to places scattered in the city.
The Pinto Art Museum is an exhibition space and contemporary art museum located along Sierra Madre Road. It was founded in 2010 by Dr. Joven Cuanang, a Filipino neurologist who has been a patron of the arts since the late 1980s.
The Pinto Art Museum survived the Marcos Regime and witnessed its fall during the 1986 People Power Revolution. Today, the museum houses works by artists such as Elmer Borlongan, Mark Justiniani, Jose John Santos III, Emmanuel Garibay, and Rodel Tapaya among others.
Nature lovers will love the stunning landscape of the Hinulugang Taktak Falls, a waterfall located 1.7 kilometers away from the Antipolo Cathedral. The waterfall got its name from a popular folk legend about a large bell ("taktak") that was thrown ("hinulog") into the waterfall around the 15th to 16th century by the local villagers because they thought the bell was too loud. Since then, the waterfall was called "Hinulugang Taktak" and remains to be one of Antipolo's most well-known destinations.
Hinulugang Taktak Falls is a recreation and nature park, although the falls itself is deemed unsafe for swimming. As an alternative, swimming pools and private hotels were constructed around the area to accommodate eager tourists and staycationers.
Staycation Options in Antipolo
Antipolo's proximity to Metro Manila may also account for the city's growing demand in real estate properties, especially condominiums and houses and lots. The searches for Antipolo's residential areas may also come from staycation seekers who want to experience the idyllic and chirpy city even just for a short time.
Some of the staycation options are located in areas within Pasig and Quezon City that are minutes away from Antipolo. These staycation lodgings range from rooms for rent to mid-rise and high-rise condominiums.
Staycations in Antipolo need not be expensive. In fact, there are studio units ideal for solo travelers. Some of these units are not fully furnished, while some come with complete furnishings, one bedroom, toilet and bath, water, electricity, and air-conditioning.
If you are looking for more upscale staycation suites complete with resort-like amenities, there is a selection of condominiums that come with two or more bedrooms, two or more toilets and baths, and is fully furnished.
High-rise condominiums leased for short-term stays usually come with facilities such as swimming pools, fitness gym, clubhouse, play area, jogging path, shower rooms, and a laundry area. The prices of these staycation rentals vary depending on the location and the condominium development.
Whether you are looking for a cozy space to spend a few nights before your pilgrimage, or a temporary sanctuary you can call your own that is close to museums, nature parks, and Metro Manila's prime locations, head to Antipolo. Enjoy the staycation accommodations that cater to your personality, needs, preferences, and budget.
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