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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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.