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ANTIPOLO CITY: More than just a pilgrimage site
Source: Manila Bulletin
Author: Christopher Datol
Date: 2001-03-26

Manileños always look forward to those summer

trips to Antipolo.

To the parents and

elders it’s a religious

tradition — a pledge to

visit the Virgin of

Antipolo who has

blessed her people year

after year.

To the kids, it’s a

picnic — where the

change in scenery is a

welcome respite from

school activities.

To the lovers, it’s a

romantic setting — where on weekend nights they can go

up the rolling hills quite leisurely. From their cars, they

can gaze at the metropolitan city lights below, and

exchange pleasantries with the stars — and each other.

Antipolo has been like a favorite tambayan since the last

century for most Filipinos, specially Manileños who

consider it a neighboring town.

This century, it welcomes guests as a fast-growing city

— quite a far-cry from a rural municipality of Rizal


Town turned city

Antipolo became the capital of Morong Province under

the revolutionary Republic of the Philippines, and was

incorporated into Rizal province under the American

regime. In 1918 it became a separate municipality.

The municipality of Antipolo was officially transformed

into a component city (a city under the Province of Rizal)

under Republic Act no. 8505 signed by former President

Fidel V. Ramos on February 13, 1998.

The city’s rolling hills and 16 barangays occupy 32,898

hectares of land. It is bounded by the towns of San

Mateo, Montalban, Tanay, Teresa, Angono, Taytay,

Cainta and Marikina. Its 16 barangays are San Roque,

San Jose, Dela Paz, San Isidro, Cupang, Mayamot,

Mambugan, Calawis, Dalig, Beverly Hills, Sta. Cruz, San

Luis, Inarawan, San Juan, Bagong Nayon and Munting


Agriculture used to be the main livelihood in Antipolo.

Today, urban development has led entrepreneurs and

businessmen to spice up the economic mobility of the


Other townsfolk are still engaged in woodworking

carpentry, dressmaking, automotive and related works,

even passenger-vehicle operating. Aside from the

resident laborers and professionals, there are those who

labor and engage in their professions in Metro Manila.

With a population of more than 345,000 the average

income of the city of Antipolo is P69 million — the

average of last three years based on 1991 constant


Conveniently located on an elevated terrain, Antipolo has

also opened its doors to housing subdivisions.

Water resources abound in the city. It has numerous

water resources among Rizal towns. The known springs

are: Sukol in Bgy. San Jose, Bubukal in Pantay, Inuman in

Dela Paz, Malalim in Dela Paz, and Del Bano in San Isidro.

More are being discovered as the trend of bottled mineral

or spring water as a health beverage continues to grow

in popularity.

Bgy. Dela Paz is blessed with Antipolo’s formerly famed

Hinulugan Taktak and the lesser known Nagpuso water


But from all of these, Antipolo’s most revered treasure

remains enshrined in a church, the Our Lady of Peace and

Good Voyage whom thousands visit every year.

Maytime Festival

During the Maytime Festival, most of the local folk

engage in selling Antipolo delicacies such as kasuy

(cashew nuts), suman, latik (coconut jam), calamay, and


All the roads leading to the Antipolo Shrine get congested

during the festivity season, so townspeople have also

forayed in the business of providing parking space.

Parking fees range from P15 to P25 per vehicle. Although

the sidestreet parking is prohibited by law, it is during

this month that such traffic violators abound and are not


Today’s festivities however, give no contest to the glitter

of yesteryear’s.

In the earlier days, a visit to Antipolo was marked by

much merrymaking. Trips were done on foot, so with the

long distance, ladies were carried on hammocks borne on

the shoulders of sturdy young men. The traveling party

would bring its own food and music and the trip would be

as much occasion for merrymaking as the festivities in

Antipolo itself.

The yearly invasion of tourists paved the way for a

number of resorts to sprout all over the city. With

Hinulugan Taktak out of the limelight, the new resorts

provide facilities for swimming, horseback-riding and

bowling, as well as excellent picnic spots.

Pasalubong Center

Devouts who have failed

to visit Antipolo for some

years may note apparent

changes in the church


After hearing Mass,

people were used to

going down P. Burgos

Street from the church

to buy their pasalubong

of native delicacies.

Today, they don’t have

to go far, because right

beside the church is a small complex called Pasalubong


The center contains around 20 stalls, selling delicacies,

native products, religious articles, and the like.

It opened in 1999, a project of Antipolo City Mayor

Angelito Gatlabayan.

Popular among the tourists are sweets like tamarind,

brittlenut, turones de mani, suman sa ibos, broas, apas,

uraro, peanut brittle, and native favorites like putoseko

and kalamay.

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