If you are looking for a quick getaway, try an art tour and buffet lunch at Antipolo City in the Rizal Province. The province is located 25 kilometers east of Manila; so after an hour ride, get ready with your discoveries.
Interesting facts about Antipolo
Antipolo City is known as the Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines as pilgrims from various locations in Rizal and Metro Manila trek on the eves of Good Friday and May 1 to the shrines of Antipolo Cathedral where the Virgin of Antipolo stands. In 1626, the image of the virgin was said to have been brought in from Mexico at the Antipolo Cathedral and has been followed by devout Catholics since then.1
The city was abundant with tipolo (breadfruit) tree (Artocarpus incisa) of which it was named after.2
About Our Tour
My friends and I visited Antipolo City on a holiday in August 2016. We have not met for quite a time due to our busy schedules. When we meet, we have one thing in mind – go to places and explore. Here’s to share the places we’ve been to as part of our daytrip in Antipolo.
Normally, historical churches are part of our to-go list. I am not Catholic though, but I got interested on the roles these churches played in our history. So, we started with the Antipolo Cathedral, which is also known as the Lady of Peace and Good Voyage (Nuestra Senora de la Paz Y Buen Viaje). The church chiefly contributes to the city’s signature as the “pilgrimage capital.” According to a source, pilgrims trek from Quiapo Church in Manila to Antipolo Cathedral following the image of the virgin.
Outside its gates are stores selling cashew nuts and native delicacies including suman, which is made out of glutinous rice.
Antipolo Plaza and City Hall
Antipolo City boasts of its cashew nuts, mangoes and local delicacy, “suman” as seen by these giant replicas displayed at the plaza! Several locals and visitors (including us) posed for a photographed memory.
The Pinto Art Museum
This is what we came here for… and we’re glad we came!
Pinto Art Museum nestles on the hills of Brgy. San Roque, particularly in Grand Heights Subdivision, in Antipolo City. With a lot area of 1.3 hectares, it shelters 7 art galleries, an indigenous art museum, sculpture gardens and Greek-inspired landscapes, a chapel, a cafe and the Pinto Academy. Because of its breadth and its interactive artworks and displays, we spent three hours in the morning (9am-12nn) roaming around the buildings and the landscapes, and brought home several interesting photos.
The museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays at 9am to 6pm. Admission fees cost P200 for regular visitors, P180 for senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWD), and P100 for students (to bring valid school IDs). Admission is free for children aged 3 years and below.
Buffet at La Trivieza Seafood Restaurant
After burning calories from the art tour, treat yourself with a lunch buffet at La Trivieza Seafood Restaurant located along the Circumferential Road of Brgy. San Roque in Antipolo. As of our visit, buffet costs P369.00, with mouthwatering and satisfying selections of main dishes, salads and desserts to choose from. What a great way to fill our empty stomachs! 🙂
The place is great for family and barkada treats. They also serve daily breakfast meals and offer different buffet menus everyday. On weekdays, buffet lunch is served from 10:30am-3pm, and buffet dinner from 5pm-10pm. On Saturdays and Sundays, the restaurant serves buffet from 10:30am-10pm . Special discounts (Php249.00) are given to children aged 4 to 7 years old. Regular buffet price is Php369.00.
It was a sumptuous lunch and soon enough, we got our energies back. We then headed to Marikina to see the Book Museum. 🙂
How to get there (via commute)
- Manila to Antipolo – from Crossing, ride a jeepney bound to Antipolo (P38.00). Alight at the Antipolo plaza. Travel time is approximately 1 hour.
- Antipolo Plaza to Pinto Art Museum – hail a tricycle and tell the driver to drop you off at the museum in Grand Heights Subdivision, Brgy. San Roque (P50/trike). A tricycle could accommodate 3-4 persons.
- Pinto Art Museum to La Trivieza Seafood Restaurant – hail a tricycle (P20/person) and tell the driver to drop you off at the restaurant along Circumferential Road of Brgy. San Roque.
Summary of Expenses
(group of regular 4 pax)
|Jeepney from Crossing to Antipolo Cathedral||
|Tricycle ride from Antipolo Plaza to Pinto Art Museum
*P50/trike good for 3-4 persons
|Entrance fee to Pinto Art Museum||
|Tricycle ride from the Museum to La Trivieza Seafood Restaurant||
*Exclusive of take-home pasalubongs and food expenses in the café (optional)