10 Hidden Gems in Antipolo, Rizal

by Apple Bruselas /
June 16, 2021
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Hidden Gems in Antipolo

Itching to get some fresh air and a patch of greenery? A quick trip to Antipolo is always a good idea! Exactly how far is Antipolo from Manila? For perspective, it takes just about 47 minutes by car to get there from Manila — even less when you’re coming from bordering areas of Quezon City or Pasig. Not bad, right? It’s a popular weekend cycling destination, too — that’s how close it is to the metro!

If you’re planning to head on over to Antipolo, might as well visit other equally breathtaking sights in Rizal and nearby Marikina! Whether you’re looking for a staycation in Antipolo, places to visit in Tanay, restaurants to dine in and fun activities to do in that area, we’ve got you covered!

Where to Eat

Habagat Coffee & Outdoor Lifestyle

Who could go sightseeing in Antipolo, Rizal without grabbing a cup of coffee? No one, because that’s just ridiculous! Habagat Coffee, which has become a favourite for many, especially bikers on their scenic route, is a perfect spot to get your caffeine fix. They’re a small outdoor coffee shop serving locally-grown coffee. Some of their drinks include Caramel Macchiato, Vietnamese Style, and Double White.

Habagat Coffee & Outdoor Lifestyle
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For directions, click here.

For updates, you can follow their Facebook page and or Instagram.

Tahanan Bistro

True to its name, this is one of the coziest restaurants you can find in Antipolo — and with the best views to boot! Tahanan Bistro uses locally-sourced ingredients and serves dishes made from purely organic produce. The place itself is built with reclaimed wood and salvaged pieces from all over the country, so that’s another reason to love this place. 

But take note: they’re strictly by reservation only, so make sure to call up before you drop by!

Tahanan Bistro
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You can find them at 22 Loresville Drive, Lores Farm Subdivision, San Roque, Antipolo.

For reservations, you can visit their website

For more updates, you can follow them on Instagram.

Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen

Yellow Bird has quite a reputation of serving up some to-die-for cheesecakes (Dulce de Leche, Homemade Berry, Homemade Matcha, and Oreo, hello!) and main entrees (oh, the steaks!), but you’ll definitely be missing out if you don’t try their coffees! But just in case you’re not big on caffeine, they also have an array of fruit coolers and even yogurt-blended drinks.

Yellow Bird Cafe x Kitchen
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You can find them at Mission Hills Subdivision, Antipolo.

For more updates, you can follow their Facebook page and or Instagram.

What to Do

Crescent Moon Cafe

Apart from their Asian-inspired cuisine, Crescent Moon Cafe also houses a pottery studio (hence, the unique ceramic on which they serve your food orders!) and hosts creative workshops for those who want to learn it as a hobby. If you’re looking for ceramic pieces to breathe new life to your kitchen, Crescent Moon Cafe is filled with the best ones from artist Lanelle Abueva-Fernando’s ceramics studio.

Crescent Moon Cafe
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You can find them at Sapang Buho Road, Bgy. Dalig, Antipolo.

For updates, you can follow their Facebook page and or Instagram.

Masungi Georeserve

Masungi Georeserve is a haven for those who love and respect nature. It’s a conservation area filled with hundreds of plant and animal species, which you’ll get to see when you go on a trek on their amazing nature trails! It’s a unique eco-tourism destination where you can really immerse yourself in nature. 

Plus the fees you pay for the tours will go directly to the Masungi Georeserve Foundation, the non-profit organization that manages Masungi Georeserve. They oversee the restoration and conservation of the place, and also protect it from ongoing threats — so visiting there is one way you can contribute to both local tourism and ecological conservation!

Masungi Georeserve
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You can find the Masungi Georeserve at Marcos Highway Marikina-Infanta Road, Baras, Rizal.
For reservations, you can head on over to their website.

For updates, you can follow their Facebook page and or Instagram.

The Apiary Mountain Camp & Farm

Become a next-level Plantito/Plantita (and no, we don’t just mean the altitude, okay?) at The Apiary Mountain Camp & Farm by harvesting your own fruits and veggies while you’re there! The place has a campsite for more seasoned hikers, but for those who are just looking to chill in the heart of nature, they’ve got nipa huts you can book, too.

The Apiary Mountain Camp & Farm
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For more updates, you can follow their Facebook page and or Instagram.

Pinto Art Museum & Pinto Cafe

By now, The Pinto Art Museum has become synonymous with Antipolo. The contemporary art pieces created by some of the country’s most talented artists, set against the backdrop of Pinto’s homey grounds, make for an incredible experience no matter the weather. And if you get hungry while appreciating the art, their cafe offers modern takes on classic Filipino dishes that you wouldn’t want to pass up.

Pinto Art Museum & Pinto Cafe
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For updates, you can follow their Facebook page and or Instagram.

Where to Sleep

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens & Spa

If you’re thinking of where to unwind in Rizal, your first stop should be Luljetta’s. You’ll get a great view of Laguna de Bay while you enjoy delicious food from their in-house caterer, Verde Restaurante. And while you’re there, book yourself a nice, relaxing massage to knead away all the city life stress in you, so you can head back home the next day feeling amazing.

Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens & Spa
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You can find them at Sitio Loreland, Loreland Farm Resort, San Roque, Antipolo. 

For more updates, you can follow them on Facebook and or Instagram.

Mount Purro Nature Reserve

It’s hard to believe that Mount Purro Nature Reserve is crazy close to Metro Manila, but it is! This family-run eco park offers one of the best hideaways for when you just need space from the chaotic city life. They offer both day trips and overnight stays. 

Mount Purro Nature Reserve
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For more updates, you can follow their Facebook page and or Instagram.

The Grounds Resort

Easily one of the best Antipolo resorts, The Grounds Resort’s rustic charm gives pure coziness complemented by lush greenery. If you’re looking for a place to stay for the ‘gram, this is it!

The Grounds Resort
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For more updates, you can follow their Facebook page and or Instagram.

We know you’re excited to experience any one of the places on this list, but if you’d rather wait a bit longer before you leave the house, then get your new experience fix online on SHOOR experiences for now, right here!

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GLOBE PREPAID Escape Room Challenge

Scope & Coverage, Mechanics, FAQs

 

  1. SCOPE & COVERAGE

Scope: This Escape Room challenge is open to customers who have vouchers or will purchase an access pass to the Virtual Hangouts: A Day Escape Room.

Promo Dates: 

  • The Escape Room Challenge will run from June 24 to July 31, 2021.
  • Escape Room Access is available for purchase from June 24 to July 31, 2021.

Mechanics: 

  • To join, customers must have a valid access to play the game at Shoor. https://shoor.com.ph/online/play-games/virtual-hangouts-a-day-escape-room/ 
  • Customers must finish the escape room to qualify for the fastest elapsed time to escape. They are given 45-minutes to finish the game.
  • Whether the customer was able to finish or not, they are given unlimited tries within the promo period. 
  • Customers who won’t be able to finish the escape room will not qualify for the P10,000 worth of GCash credit.
  • The customer with the fastest elapsed completion time will win.

Prize:  Winner will receive PHP 10,000 worth of GCash credit. 

Channels: 

 

  1. MECHANICS:

How to purchase an Escape Room Access:

  1. Customers can purchase access via SHOOR for PHP 400. https://shoor.com.ph/online/play-games/virtual-hangouts-a-day-escape-room/
  2. Customers who have voucher codes can use their code in the “Coupon Code” box upon check-out.

How to play the Escape Room:

  1. Customers who have successfully purchased an access for the Escape Room will receive the link to the game.
  2. They are given 45-minutes to escape the room. They are given unlimited tries. 
  3. Once the customer finishes the room – their elapsed time will be recorded and they will automatically be part of the challenge.

Determination of Winners:

  1. Customers who have successfully finished the game will be prompted to input their email address at the end of the game. Their email address will be automatically recorded with their elapsed time. 
  2. Elapsed time will be recorded in minutes. 
  3. In case of a tie, the prize will be shared equally amongst all winners.

III. FAQs

What is the challenge all about?

The challenge is a promotional event for the movie “A Day” and is in partnership with Globe Virtual Hangouts. Customers who will finish the Escape Room can get a chance to be part of the leaderboard. The fastest to escape will win PHP10,000 worth of GCash credit. 

Where can I register to join the challenge?

Customers to use their vouchers or can buy an access pass to the escape room for PHP 400 at Shoor https://shoor.com.ph/online/play-games/virtual-hangouts-a-day-escape-room/ 

Where can I find my elapsed time? 

Once a customer finishes the Escape Room, they will automatically receive their certificate with the elapsed time.

Until when can I try to join the Escape Room Challenge and have a chance at winning?

The Escape Room Challenge will start on June 24, 2021 and entries will be accepted until July 30, 2021. Completing the escape room outside of this date will no longer be eligible for the challenge.

How will I know if I won the challenge?

Globe team will notify the winner to get their details via email or SMS. The winner for the challenge will also be posted in the Globe’s social media channels.

What if 2 or more participants get a tie in the record?

The prize of P10,000 worth of GCash will be equally splitted to the winners.