The global health crisis caused by the coronavirus has been detrimental to the Philippines’ tourism sector. With its onset in the country, many establishments, resorts, and tourist spots had to be closed down to prevent the further spreading of the affliction, resulting in billions of losses in revenue. 

More than a year after it took root in the Philippines, the national government has managed to thwart off the threat of the coronavirus – though some areas are still seeing significant increases in new infections.

In the National Capital Region, things are starting to look up again after the second wave, which occurred in March. Most of the areas in the zone are now under general community quarantine (GCQ), which means safety protocols have been dialed down and businesses are opening up once again. 

Now, if you want to take advantage of the GCQ period to plan a trip outside the confines of your home, then Antipolo is the perfect place for you! Not only is it an hour away from the city, but it’s also the perfect mix of nature and the metro. 

From its picturesque provincial spots, warm and artistic cafes, and its art-inclined museums, Antipolo has just the right mix of calm and adrenaline for your perfect weekend getaway!

To make planning easier for you, we’ve listed down all the visit-worthy places in Antipolo. So, just keep scrolling!

1.Pinto Art Museum

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Photo from Pinto Art Museum’s Official Facebook Page

Photo from Pinto Art Museum’s Official Facebook Page

The Pinto Art Museum is one of the places you just can’t miss when visiting Antipolo. Established in 2010, it houses hundreds of artworks by contemporary Filipino artists, which reflects the Philippines’ past and present.

Just last year, it expanded its galleries by opening up new wings and curating new artworks in support of Filipino talent. So, there’s more room to explore!

New Normal Guidelines: 

  • Fill out a health declaration form.
  • Wear your mask at all times. 
  • Checking of body temperature. 
  • Social distancing must be observed. 

2.Yellow Lantern Cafe 

Photo from Yellow Lantern Cafe’s Official Instagram Page

Photo from Yellow Lantern Cafe’s Official Facebook Page

If you’re looking for a place to chill with friends or loved ones, Yellow lantern Cafe is the perfect place for you! With a perfect mix of casual dining and a great view overlooking Metro Manila, this cafe is perfect for hanging out or just relaxing in general.

Its menu is also to die for! From finger food to full course meals, it offers a lot – especially Filipino food staples like sisig, bangus, beef tapa, and bagnet.

New Normal Guidelines:

  • Fill out a health declaration form before entering the cafe.
  • Wear face masks and face shields properly.
  • Social distancing must be observed.

3.Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa

Photo from Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa Facebook Page

Photo from Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa Instagram Page

Photo from Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa Facebook Page

If you’re looking to spend some me-time over the weekend, the place you want to be in is at Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa. Not only does it offer excellent self-care services but it also hosts fun activities, particularly the Hidden Garden Swing. 

The place is also very ‘Instagrammable’ and has viewing access to the beautiful mountains of Antipolo. So, you’ll have a lot of things to feature on your profile after your trip. 

New Normal Guidelines:

  • Reservations should be made before arrival. 
  • Filling out health declaration forms. 
  • No mask, no entry policy. 
  • Observe social distancing at all times. 

4.Mount Purro Nature Reserve

Photo from Mount Purro Nature Reserve’s Official Facebook Page

Photo from Mount Purro Nature Reserve’s Official Facebook Page

Photo from Mount Purro Nature Reserve’s Official Facebook Page

If a family trip is something you’re looking for, then Mount Purro Nature Reserve should be at the top of your list! The nature-inclined spot is found at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain range, which is sure to take you away from the busyness of the city. 

The reserve offers a lot of activities, which include trekking, ziplining, campfires, and much more. 

New Normal Guidelines:

  • Fill out a health declaration form before entering the cafe.
  • Wear face masks and face shields properly.
  • Social distancing must be observed.

5.Boso Boso Church

Boso Boso Church

Photo from Boso Boso Church_Antipolo City Rizal Facebook Page

The Nuestra Señora de la Annunciata Parish Church, more commonly known as the Boso Boso Church, is one of the oldest churches in the Philippines and was established in 1669. 

However, its allure not only lies in its rich history but with its architecture, which is in the Romanesque design. If you’re looking for a place to contemplate and revitalize your spirituality, then this spot is something you just can’t miss. 

New Normal Guidelines:

  • Wear face masks and face shields properly.
  • Observe social distancing at all times.

6.Antipolo Cathedral 

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Photo by Kevin Michael Aguinaldo

The Antipolo Cathedral, or the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, is one of the most-visited places in the city of Antipolo. 

During the holy week, people from all over the Philippines flock to the church, which is a popular pilgrimage site for Christians. 

But besides its spiritual significance, the cathedral also offers a look into Rizal’s delicacies with food stalls set p like mushrooms just outside of the church. There, you’ll have access to a variety of sticky rice desserts like suman na may latik.

  • Wear face masks and face shields properly.
  • Observe social distancing at all times.

7.PACEM Eco Park

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If you’re looking for a taste of nature or a place you can go with your family, the PACEM Eco Park is your go-to place. The park offers a lot of activities and attractions perfect for inquisitive kids and nature-lovers. 

It features a mini forest, a wildlife sanctuary, an aviary, an organic garden, and a museum that showcases butterfly varieties from all over the Philippines and other parts of Asia. With this, you’ll surely feel at one with nature!

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