Saturday, May 2, 2009

Tayo na sa Antipolo

A college friend visited my place this week. So I thought I'd show him around my hometown of Antipolo City.

I wasn't born here but I've lived most of my life here. I always think of myself as a son of this city. It has the perfect location for me: a high-altitude area, close enough to Metro Manila, but far enough to forget the hustle and bustle of the urban life in the Capital.

1.) Hinulugang Taktak

The place that was once a must-see spot of the city is now an embarrassment. The falls is full of garbage and the water seems to be composed of 50% soap suds. The place can emit an awful smell to drive away tourists. I wish the government would do something to save this place.

2.) Antipolo Cathedral

Antipolo is the pilgrimage capital of the Philippines. And the center of it all is the cathedral. People come here to pray to "Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage", and have their cars and religious items blessed. I don't believe in religion, but I was acting in the office of a tourist guide, so this had to be a major stop. The street leading to it is a great place to buy suman and kasuy.

3.) Overlooking

You have a great view here of the whole Metro Manila and the nearby provinces. Choose among the numerous bars here to have meals and drinks while enjoying the fantastic view.

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