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The local cashew. A trademark of Antipolo

Tayo na sa Antipolo
At doon maligo tayo
Sa batis na kung tawagin
Ay Hi-Hi-Hinulugang Taktak-taktak!!!

Lines from the famous song Antipolo is renowned for. Hinulugang Taktak being the most known landmark, is actually just a stream that now sadly is used for washing clothes by the nearby residents.

Antipolo is one of the highest places in the country, a great spot to see the view of the metro at night.

I've lived in this city for 22 years. Actually, in a subdivision about a 15 min drive from the town proper itself. I never thought I would finally write this blog but travelling has made me appreciate my roots more and more.

Antipolo is now famous for the Cathedral.

Tons of religious souvenirs
It also houses the statue of the Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage which travellers visit to pray for protection. This has been renovated not more than once and now still has the gold plated altar built in a couple of years back.

I studied from 4th grade to Senior High school at the parochial school right beside the cathedral, run by St. Paul nuns. This paved the way to tons of religious activity involvement like the First Friday mass, Rosary month and Mama Mary's birthday.

I remember how provincial this place was as a kid and now with the entrance of world class businesses when it became a city it has started to become extremely developed.

The city has throngs of people visiting it every May, the pilgrim month. We also call this the HAMAKA festival which I think stands for Hamaka, a type of dance?, Mangga (mangoes) and Kasuy (cashew).

The famous Antipolo cathedral
There is also the Visita Iglesia during the Holy week where Filipinos visit at least 7 different churches around the country, ours being one of the most popular, I did this twice with my family and was really tiring. You also have the Alay Lakad where people from all over the metro hike up to the cathedral from evening till dawn, have mass and pray a bit. This is a crazy time as you literally have thousands flocking to our tiny city on these dates. It get's so congested that the vehicles passing the one way roads have to be rerouted to give way to the pilgrims. I personally think it's just an excuse to see people you're trying to hit on. Few people I think really know the meaning of it. I've personally never tried it and have no plans of doing so.
Our newly renovated plaza
 Then there is the yearly 'fiesta' on December 8 which is the feast of the Virgin Mary where relatives from all over visit and eat up the prepared food of the residents.  

This is as I would say a tricycle city (you can check my review on how that looks like) and you'd be surprised as to how many can fit in one city!!! It's been a blessing and a curse for me. There's too many of them that right after you get off your shuttle they're already running over your foot to have you take them instead of the others. They however get you around the city so I can't really complain too much.

Our plaza has been renovated just recently, so has our pasalubong center where you could buy food and stuff to bring home and the transformation is quite dramatic from how I remember it as a kid.

Remnants of our summer HAMAKA festival
This is to attract more and more tourists to visit the place.

The most tragic event I can remember from here other than the usual crime stories would be the landslide at our neighboring subdivision, Cherry Hills back in the 90's where not a few people died. I took tons of photos of the incident for a Photography project back in college and it was devastating. I just have to share the story of how me and my dad got in the subdivision so bear with me....At the time no one was allowed to go inside the place unless you were a resident, upon walking around we saw a group of men using a ladder by a creek to go in and get 'their' stuff from their houses. We of course asked permission to use it, all for the love of photography. Later on my dad and I realized that they were most likely a band of robbers.

Statue of our national hero, Jose Rizal
Heehaw!!! How desperate could you get. Till now when I mention this to my friends they still get freaked out.

Where I live at is literally a valley, with mountains left and right. The joke is, if we get flooded that means the entire Metro Manila is submerged. It houses a popular school, La Salle Antipolo which keeps the subdivision busy during the day. You have tons of vacant lots that the residents utilize for whatever purpose it suits them.  My friends who either drop me off, visit, or sleep over at my place find the transition from city to way provincial drastic. From the busy city of Antipolo to a suburb with goats and chickens, several mountains and tons of fresh air. So provincial that the long standing dispute on having the Philippine Telecommunications set up phone lines in our area remains unresolved, that the Manila water pipelines just came in last year and cable TV just got installed about 4 years ago.

Kids dancing to a native tune for the Hamaka festival

I remember walking up and down the rough roads to get in when we were still a small community without any form of public transportation, now several mountains have been bulldozed down to give way to the 2nd and 3rd phase of the subdivision.

Everybody thinks I'm crazy to travel 6 hours maximum, from an hour to three each way, but I'd have to say despite having moved residences independently a couple of times, I still have a soft spot for my hometown.

 

This is a work in progress, so hope you don't get tired of smiling as I build up this blog.

blurbmoi says:
Thanks Tash! Am glad to just have shared something about the place:p Hope all is well!
Posted on: Mar 31, 2009
tashgorgeous says:
hello! great job on this, the photos and text are beautiful. taga olps ka pala. I grew up in Antipolo too. thanks for writing about the city ;)
Posted on: Mar 28, 2009
blurbmoi says:
Hahaha op cors! mahirap i-translate ang iba, wahaha. and for the general publics understanding;-)
Posted on: Aug 17, 2008
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The local cashew. A trademark of A…
The local cashew. A trademark of …
Tons of religious souvenirs
Tons of religious souvenirs
The famous Antipolo cathedral
The famous Antipolo cathedral
Our newly renovated plaza
Our newly renovated plaza
Remnants of our summer HAMAKA fest…
Remnants of our summer HAMAKA fes…
Statue of our national hero, Jose …
Statue of our national hero, Jose…
Kids dancing to a native tune for …
Kids dancing to a native tune for…
A typical Sunday for the plaza
A typical Sunday for the plaza
Churchgoers flooding out after a m…
Churchgoers flooding out after a …
The busy-ness of the city
The busy-ness of the city
Entry of world known businesses
Entry of world known businesses
Our pasalubong center
Our 'pasalubong' center
A fountain created for aesthetics
A fountain created for aesthetics
The famous Our Lady of Peace and G…
The famous Our Lady of Peace and …
The oldies, drum and lyre group, r…
The oldies, drum and lyre group, …
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Our school! Go Chris! Our Lady of…
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This is renovated every few years…
Sto. Niño and the Black Nazarene,…
Sto. Niño and the Black Nazarene…
Evening mass
Evening mass
Pasalubong center!!! Tons of food …
Pasalubong center!!! Tons of food…
You can buy candles and light it i…
You can buy candles and light it …
Cathedral at night
Cathedral at night
Not uncommon to see goats around t…
Not uncommon to see goats around …
Rooster breeding in the neighborho…
Rooster breeding in the neighborh…
Sharing the usual Saturday afterno…
Sharing the usual Saturday aftern…
The hills are alive....with the So…
The hills are alive....with the S…
The long winding road we used to t…
The long winding road we used to …
Finally! Up close and personal!
Finally! Up close and personal!
Aww, trotting off with the ma:-(
Aww, trotting off with the ma:-(
La Salle School Antipolo, way up a…
La Salle School Antipolo, way up …
Going higher..
Going higher..
All of Gods creation
All of God's creation
The hills....have an eye. The mirr…
The hills....have an eye. The mir…
Viewing Gods creation
Viewing God's creation
Halfway the long climb to our main…
Halfway the long climb to our mai…
My nieces and nephew tired from th…
My nieces and nephew tired from t…
Tricycle city
Tricycle city
Look at all the pollution!
Look at all the pollution!
Define a busy market!
Define a busy market!
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