Antipolo Travel Guide, Philippines
Antipolo City, in the province of Rizal, is famous to every person in the Philippines. It has a traditional song to its name entitled “Tayo na Sa Antipolo” (Let’s go to Antipolo). The song also mention’s one of the cities famous tourist spots known as the Hinulugang Taktak (Antipolo Falls). Here are some of the facts you may want to know about the place.Transportation
Antipolo is very accessible through land transportation. If you come from other provinces, you could reach the city by bus. Coming to and from Manila, you could ride EMBC. It’s Antipolo station is located at P. Oliveros Street while its Manila main stop is situated in Divisoria.
Other than taking buses, you may also ride the FX’s. This is an air-conditioned van which has several routes to places within Manila as well as from Manila to nearby provinces. There are actually four areas in the metropolis which could take you to Antipolo via this road. These are Mandaluyong, Marikina, Quezon City and Makati. You may also take routes via Tanay, another town in Rizal.
If you are already within the city and you want to visit connecting towns, you may do so by taking shuttle buses, jeepney rides or tricycles. These forms of public transportation will take you to the tourist destinations in the area. You may also opt to explore the roads on foot.Climate
Antipolo City has two seasons namely the wet and dry season. The wet season usually starts in May and ends in December while the rest of the year is said to be dry. The southwest monsoon actually causes the rainfall in the city after it crosses the Pacific Ocean while the northwest monsoon which passes through the Sierra Madre brings a dry and warm weather.Festivals
There are several festivities held in the place. The most popular of which is called the Antipolo Maytime Festival which is a month-long celebration. It starts every 1st day of May each year and is a tribute to the major products of the city which are the Mangga (Mango), Kasuy (Cashew Nuts) and Suman (a native delicacy).The Antipolo City Fiesta is also being celebrated from December 6 to 8 in honor of its patron, the Blessed Virgin of the Immaculate Conception. Other festivities include the Pabasa, Unang Prusisyon, Pista ng Kagubatan, Katapusang Prusisyon, Tourism Week, Sumulong Day and Rizal Day.Attractions
Aside from the famous Hinulugang Taktak, visiting Antipolo will not be complete without exploring other remarkable sights. The Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage could be seen at the town proper. The said statue was tracked by historians to have sailed back and forth Manila and Acapulco for eight times.
Other places worth spending time for are the Pinagmisahan (Via Dolorosa), Boso-Boso Church, Mystical Caves, Humaka Park, and Butterfly Garden. Indeed, Antipolo embraces a lot of its cultural and historical heritage. All these facts are supported by the variety of tourist attractions found in the area.
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