The Antipolo Hinulugang Taktak Falls Reopened

The Antipolo Hinulugang Taktak Falls and National Park (Protected Landscape) is once again open for public visits. It was reopened last February 13, 2015.

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The Hinulugang Taktak Waterfalls

 

Hinulugang Taktak is a waterfall found in Antipolo City of Rizal Province.  The waterfall area has been designated as a National Park by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

It’s been a week after the opening when I visited the area and I am impressed with the improvements after an almost a year that it was closed.

“Maipagmamalaki nating mga Antipolenyo na maibalik sa dating ganda ang tinaguriang pinaka-popular na tourist spot sa lungsod at inaasahan natin ang pagdagsa ng mga turista para makita ang Hinulugang Taktak,” — Mayor Jun Ynares

 Remarkable Improvements of Hinulugang Taktak

The most important change that I appreciate most is the Hinulugang Taktak Falls flowing water and the river banks. I do not see garbages anymore. Seems like the filter above and the continuous cleaning is doing well. Although, the efforts may not be enough to totally filter it into crystal clear, it is good enough for the start. It would really need more labor and funding to filter the water of the river.

Proudly Antipolo. The Hinulugang Taktak Waterfalls of Antipolo war reopened on February 13, 2015.

The first notable change would be the parking space before the entrance. The line of sari-sari stores were already removed.  I presume those people were transfered to a better place.

I remember, we use to eat on those huts after a tiresome travel from Metro Manila, before we proceed to Hinulugang Taktak Falls below.

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Without those huts, sari-sari stores, and eatery, you may need to drop by at the Bayan (Gitna / Center of Antipolo — Near the Antipolo Cathedral) to find some place to eat or better yet bring snacks or foods.  Or, the New Public Market of Antipolo City is now only 5 minutes walk from Hinulugang Taktak. You may ask the hospitable people of Antipolo City for directions.

More photos here if you’re bored in reading!

The Hinulugang Taktak Falls during the night!

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25 Feet Tall Antipolo Christmas Tree

An early Merry Christmas is celebrated in Antipolo City. A 25 feet tall christmas tree were lighted by the Hon. Mayor Jun Ynares III last November 4, 2014 to start the Christmas Celebration in Antipolo City.

Simultaneously, other municipalities of Rizal Province also lighted their own christmas trees.

After switching the lights of the christmas tree, a surprising and spectacular fireworks display were also held and the crowd got even happier.

“Ang liwanag ay simbolo ng pagasa, sa hirap ng buhay, kahit papano ang ganitong simpleng selebrasyon ay nakapagdudulot ng saya sa aming mga kababayan… kaya, isang paraan ng pagbati sa kanila ng Merry Christmas!” — Mayor Jun Ynares III

Translation: “Light symbolizes hope, through hardness of life, in little ways, simple celebration like this gives happiness to our fellow-citizens… this is a way of greeting them a Merry Christmas!” — Mayor Jun Ynares III

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The antipolo christmas tree made of recycled materials

The tree is made of recycled materials like plastic bottles, wrappers and etc. The combined colors of different materials make the tree very eye-catching even during the day.

Antipolo Christmas Tree (More Photos)

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Regular evening at Sumulong Park, Antipolo City. Photo taken 1 day after the first lighting.

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Unity Run 2 by S.O.N.A.A. — 2014

The Unity Run 2 project of S.O.N.A.A (SMHS, OLPS, ANHS Alumni Association) were held successful today, June 8, 2014. The Fun Run started at Dimasalang Park and ended at Ynares Center, Antipolo City.

  • SMHS — Sumulong Memorial High School
  • OLPS — Our Lady of Peace School
  • ANHS — Antipolo National High School

The proceeds of the event will go to the scholarship program funded by the group. This year, the group targeted to support 10 scholars of ANHS for the school year 2014-2015. As also announced today, there will be more events coming and hopefully increase the funds to support more scholars.

Unity Run 2 Top Finishers

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3K Top Finishers – Men
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3K Top Finishers – Women
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5K Top Finishers – Men
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5K Top Finishers – Women
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10K Top Finishers – Men
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10K Top Finishers – Women
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Eldest Finisher

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Unity Run 2 Snapshots

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“Thanks to the organizers of the Unity Run & S.O.N.A.A. — we do appreciate your objective in charity works and we will continue to support you”

“The direction in which education starts a man will determine his future in life.” — Plato

 

Peaceful Evening and Friendly Nightlife at Antipolo City

The peaceful atmosphere of Antipolo City evening will make you appreciate your whole day undertakings however hard it may had been. The air in Antipolo is somewhat healing that it soothes the wrinkles on your face as you cool down from work and from travel.

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Antipolo Evening in front of the Cathedral

Antipoleños working in Metro Manila start arriving on a happy face as they step down from their transport vehicles. Most of them takes a little walk while picking some pasalubongs for their family. Some people take a visit at the Cathedral for a little prayer.

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Evening at The Antipolo Cathedral
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The Victory Park & Shop
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The Sumulong Park Stairs

Antipolo City’s Friendly Nightlife

Consider Antipolo as an option for Night Outs. Driving through the Sumulong Highway while hopping to different restaurants or bars may be a great alternative.

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Use the telescope for only 5 pesos at Padi’s Point.
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View this better from the telescope for only 5 pesos coin.

Finding your favorite place to meet your friends everyday or occasionally to reinvigorate your friendship is easy and simple because all places here are peaceful and safe.

Overlooking the sparkling lights of Metro Manila is always a remarkable experience.

Romantic dining may also be arranged in any of the restaurants.

Bars and Restaurants Photos

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24 Hours Stablishments in Antipolo City.

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Resorts and Private Pools

Most Resorts and Private Pools are also 24 hours open during summer.

 

 

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3 Spectacular Weekend Events in Antipolo City

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Level Up. 3 spectacular weekend events in Antipolo City. Yamaha GP One Make Race 5 2014 — 2nd Leg, Bb. Kalikasan Antipolo 2014 and Bikers Rally. Uplifting Antipolo City to the next level.

BRIEF EVENT PREVIEWS — Summer Fun in Antipolo City

Last Saturday, 7:00 pm, March 15, 2014, The Bb. Kalikasan Antipolo 2014 was held at Sumulong Park. The event is part of the ecotourism program of the city. The pageant were participated by representatives from the following barangays: Brgy. Bagong Nayon, Brgy. San Jose, Brgy. San Roque, Brgy. San Luis, Brgy. San Isidro, Brgy. Dalig, Brgy. Beverly, Brgy. Cupang, Brgy. Dela Paz, Brgy. Mambugan, Brgy. Sta. Cruz.

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Rehearsal, Saturday 9 am.

Bb. Kalikasan Antipolo 2014 Rehearsal More Photos…

Antipolo Bikers and Firefly Brigade

Sunday, several group of bikers from the Antipolo City and the Firefly Brigade routed from Ynares to several roads of the city and ended at the Antipolo Cathedral for bike and bikers blessing. The rally is to promote a clean air program and appeal for bike lanes in all major roads in the Philippines.

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More Photos…

Yamaha GP One Make Race 5 2014, 2nd Leg

Simultaneous to the bike rally, the Yamaha GP One Make Race 5, 2nd Leg was also held in Ynares Center following the 1st Leg held last February in Sta. Rosa Laguna. The breathtaking race were participated by riders nationwide.

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More Photos…

Antipoleños in the Olympics Skateboarding Event 2016

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The 2016 Summer Olympics will be held in Rio de Janeiro Brazil on August 5 to August 21 and the 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Japan.

I had have always been a supporter of extreme games and I just don’t see the reason why skateboarding is not included in 2016 Summer Olympics while snowboarding was embraced in SOCHI 2014 Winter Olympics. Although there is a big chance that it may already be added in the Olympics in year 2020, I am still not happy because our kids are not getting any younger to wait for another four years. Nevertheless, kids, let us focus and keep practicing, anyway, we have the X games and other extreme event competitions to prepare.

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More and more Antipoleños and Antipolo visitors are now indulged in skateboarding, either for recreation or sport. Skateboarding is really something to do for fun instead of being preoccupied on indoor games, particularly into computers and mobile gadgets. Skateboarding activity or sport develops mental focus and body connection or I may just say it as an exercise for “Mind, Body and Soul”.

It is now the best time to support  and encourage these kids on this kind of sport while they are still drowsed of excitement on the past Winter Olympics and they are also motivated by the nations only participant, Michael Christian Martinez who participated in Figure Skating Event.

Skateboarding in Daang Bakal Road

The skaters preferred the Daang Bakal Road because of its moderate slope and curves. The road is also lightly being used by vehicles because it is blocked on one end. Vehicles are aware of the activities of skaters, bikers, and joggers so they usually drive slower and very carefully. The road is also shaded with tall trees throughout the day.

This is just a temporary place for practicing skateboarding skills and styles until somebody or some organization may be kind enough to sponsor a better venue .

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More skaters are visiting the place every weekends.

Did You Know Korteng Bote and Korteng Gitara?

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Long before all resorts here in Antipolo existed, Korteng Bote and Korteng Gitara were most famous to the children who lived near the Taktak River and the students of Central or the Juan Sumulong Elementary School. These places are ponds of water along Taktak River located before Hinulugang Taktak Falls. It WAS a very beautiful place.

During summer particularly during Holy Week, the place is the venue for Mang Rey to circumcise ‘tule’ the boys. My five brothers were actually circumcised here.

 I remembered many children of my age having picnic here. Some of them are my neighbors, my classmates, my schoolmates and some of them are only familiar faces. We, kids often explore so we discovered these places for diving and swimming. We usually climbed on a cliff and jump into the water. I still recall those cool splashes of water on my face.

We had so much fun. Sometimes, we even skipped classes just to play here. We often stay here longer during weekends, vacations and holidays. There were even times that we see snakes crossing the pond yet we never worry on it, instead, we just shoo it away and we continue on playing on the water. Other than swimming we also catch goldfishes and ‘talangka’ or crab on the river.

During those days part of the adventure and excitement is climbing trees near the area. I was a kind of girl that never gives up. I also did what the boys were able to do particularly in climbing fruit bearing trees like mango, star apple ‘kaimito’, avocado, tiesa and my favorite is duhat or java plum.

Here are some shots taken on Korteng Bote and Korteng Gitara today. Korteng Bote is on the upper part of Korteng Gitara, already covered with tall grasses. Unfortunately, the water is no longer healthy for swimming.

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Korteng Gitara taken today March 7 2014.
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Korteng Gitara and Korteng Bote.
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Korteng Gitara. Korteng Bote is on the upper part, already covered with tall grasses.
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The bamboo or kawayan that use to cover us when changing clothes. Taken today.
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Another view of the place. Taken today.

Climbing Trees Near the Korteng Gitara

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Children still climb trees. Star Apple ‘kaimito’ season. Taken today.
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The duhat and santol that we used to climb. Thanks, it still exists.

 

 

The Spirit of Antipoleño

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Life of a Tricycle Driver — Antipoleño din ako.

“It’s almost graduation and I could not even encourage or ask my son to pursue his college because I might not be able to afford… Paki-explain…” — Joey

Joey is a tricycle driver. He had just acquired a repossessed tricycle unit under “boundary-hulog” or amortized payment-to-own scheme. Although he is already the third owner-to-be of this repo unit, he must still have to pay 150 pesos per day within a period of 3 years.

He is roaming the city from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm to at least take home an average of 500 pesos, assuming that his tricycle will not malfunction on its everyday run. He could only rest while waiting for unpredicted commuters anywhere on the streets.

Joey has four children of ages 7, 13, 15 and 18. To fully take care of the children, he cannot allow his wife to look for a job just to help him earn money for the family. He avoids unnecessary vices and focussed himself in making a living which made me observe his kind of life.

His eldest son is already in third year college and with an average budget of 150 pesos for travel fare going to his school in Manila. His monthly water and power bills cost 1700 pesos. To sum up, he needs 250 pesos for his childs fare, bills and other miscellaneous expenses everyday. The 250 pesos left from his earning is hardly enough for the family’s food allowance.

Presently, with his tricycle, he is bringing and fetching his other three kids to a public school here in Antipolo saving him 60 pesos per day. He also keeps on grabbing part time jobs that rarely come to at least lighten their financial needs.

Back to his graduating child. Unfortunately, the kid must wait for his brother to finish his college first before he could enroll, unless he will find his own way or work for his college. Tuition fees is not much problem compared to the travel allowance and miscellaneous expenses he may need.

The Spirit of Antipoleño.

However hard life for Joey may be, he keeps holding on his faith and hoping that someday he will be blessed. Despite of all his sacrifices, he could still smile and face his everyday struggles. He is happy. He may be financially unstable but I could conclude that he has an ideal family.

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This post is dedicated to all Antipoleños who honestly and righteously  works for their family, particularly those who works for daily income.

Do We Really Need a Family Day?

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Unlike some other countries, Family Day in the Philippines has no particular day like Mother’s Day or Father’s Day. It seems that Philippines or most part of the world cannot afford another commercialized day yet. Anyway, it’s not the concern of this post but a special family day scheduled by The Jesus Church Children of Tomorrow, Inc. for its staffs, teachers and students. This family day is usually scheduled every before the end of school year.

We gathered at Deogracia’s Garden Resorts of Brgy. San Roque, Antipolo City. A simple place yet comfortable enough to accommodate us. The resorts has an adult swimming pool, kids swimming pool and several cottages in countryside style.

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A one hour and a half programme were held before the kids actually soaked into the water. The students had their part as they perform in groups. I enjoyed watching, specially during my kids’s turns, but nevertheless, all were beautiful performances.

One highlight of the programme is an enlightening messages from a guest speaker. He related relevant points on christian family values and I concur specially on his point of raising a child as an obligation of parents unconditionally. He also reiterated that a family will grow and last if parents will help each other and God must be its foundation and pillar.

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After the programme, all the kids rushed in wearing swimsuits. They were all very excited, maybe because the summer season is just starting again. I had much fun just watching my kids and their classmates play and swim into the water.

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Acknowledgement

As a parent, I admire this activity. Some family may really need a push for a Family Day.  I will always value the effort of the school in making every school year fun for my children. Since this will be the last activity for the school year 2013 to 2014, I am thanking the school, the staffs, the faculty and specially the teachers who had so much wit and patience in teaching my two children. May God bless you all.

Then, YES, we really need a Family Day.

Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

A must visit church in Antipolo City is the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (PIHM). It is Located along Daang Bakal Road, Fairmount Hills and around 500 paces from Hinulugang Taktak Falls. To know about its history, visit http://www.dioceseofantipolo.com/.

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Yes, there are a lot people like me who love visiting places and I just can’t help myself in introducing another place to the world, particularly to Antipoleños unaware of the beautiful places in their own city.

I only came to know this church when I first jogged along this road and knew a little more when I once attended a friend’s child’s christening. All I knew, the church started in a small chapel then a magnificent structure stood beside it.

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The almost completed church is so divine in its white color matching the emerald leaves of trees all around it. The modern architecture of the church compliments the beauty of the whole place that includes the well ventilated design in full advantage of natural breath of air.

I witnessed the construction of this church from foundation to now. Well, I have not so much idea about the deeper details and funding, but I know, it was built little by little from the efforts of the community and members of the church because of the slow but polished construction.

I am engrossed in writing about it not only because of the elegance of the place but also to show my appreciation to the friendly faces I met there. I am one of the importunate or persistent buyer every time they have a rummage sale. They’re so kind not because they are selling but they just are actually almost giving away their items. Anyway,  part of the rummage sale revenue is really intended for charity.

The camaraderie among the people, particularly the youth delighted me even more. In my persistence and curiosity, I had been asking a lot of things just to get acquainted with them. All of them are very respectful although I could see that most of them are from an able family, they are just so kind. May God bless you all!

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“The church is so peaceful, you are backgrounded by the chirping of birds while you pray.” Gigi

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To know the activities of PIHM, you may visit their FACEBOOK PAGE.

Morning Exercise at Ynares Center Antipolo City

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Ynares Center is normally used for indoor sporting events or live concerts and usually held during the night. Every morning, the spacious parking space is used by the peoples and visitors of Antipolo City for their morning exercises.

The area of Ynares Center’s open space is around 5 hectares therefore the perimeter for jogging is around 400 meters. Joggers normally arrive here as early as 5:00AM and leave the area before 9:00AM particularly on weekdays because the center is temporarily being used for our local municipal offices while the City Hall is under renovation. You can extend your stay longer during Saturdays and Sundays.

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Jogging or walking at Ynares Center and Rizal Provincial Capitol open area.

Visitors can almost do anything on the parking area. Joggers circle the perimeter clockwise, while some people find their best spot for playing badminton, do regular stretches, or join a group in a dance exercises  while absorbing the morning sunlight.

We give credit to the administrators of Ynares Center and Rizal Provincial Capitol for allowing people do their morning exercise in the area. We are also grateful on the outstanding security given to the place which include the safety of the Antipoleños and visitors.

Dance Aerobics Exercise

The dance aerobics exercise is alternately led by two professional dance instructors. Every Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, the dance routine is ballroom inspired while hip hop inspired for the other days. The exercise usually starts at around 6:30 AM and lasts for an hour, so better be there earlier to join and complete the routine.

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Dance aerobics exercise at Ynares Center.

Everyone is welcome to join the group and a little donation is optional for the rental of the sound system and honorarium for the dance instructors.

During Saturdays and Sundays, other groups also assemble to do different routine like boxing aerobics dance or calisthenics. Some groups also do taekwondo training.

Talk, Erase, Delete

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When I talk and listen to people, I always remember the phrase “What comes from the mouth comes from the heart.” It’s not always just as simple as it is said. If you assess people this way, you will end up disappointed and distrustful. Tolerance is also a virtue that we need to practice in our lives so we can go on peacefully and hapilly (ever after).

Although it is written “But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. (Matthew 15: 18)”, since we have a forgiving heart, we can take the good thing in and bad things out. However, let no one abuse your kindness.

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Talking is discerning on what you impart rather than just babbling, your keyboard backspace will not work on your mistakes here, you can not just say erase-erase. Sorry is not always enough when you already had delivered your words. Be wise on your words and make it sure that no one is offended. On the other hand, if you intend to attack with your words, make sure you are safe, be aware of libel.

And also, let us not be bounded by this phrase, “More talk, more mistake. Less talk, less mistake.” It’s just kind of stupid not to talk at all. The phrase literally speaks for itself, we always need to communicate to be understood.

Always give others a chance to talk and try to listen.

Unexploited Antipolo Places

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Play with the sun during sunsets.

Some places in Antipolo City remain unexploited. This place remained unpolluted for so many years now. People jog here every morning and even until noon unafraid on the heat of the sun because the road is covered with trees.

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Joggers and bikers come here usually in the morning. All is invited to breathe the cool breeze  of fresh air coming from the trees provided that no wastes will be left.

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Last year, this place was featured along with the slogan “It’s more fun in the Philippines!”. The skateboarders.

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Appreciate the sunset. Not many people come here in the afternoon. Thanks God.

Antipolo Road Widenings

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Many residential houses and commercial establishments were affected by road widenings done in several areas of the city.

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Hinulugang Taktak is now covered and under improvement. The park is temporarily closed for public visits.

At present, the widening project is ongoing along Taktak Road from Fairmount Hill to Sumulong Highway taking around 4 meters on both sides of the present road. The infrastructure also include canals and sidewalks.

Most affected families were relocated at Pinugay, Baras, and houses were issued by the National Housing Authority (NHA).

Last year, 2013, the widening were also implemented along Oliveros St. from the Antipolo Church to Dulong Bayan and a portion of L. Sumulong Memorial Circle from Taktak Road to Aquino Freedom Park.

These projects materialized to lighten the flow of traffic on these roads since the progress and population of Antipolo City and the nearby towns passing are continuously growing.

Wishing you all a Happy Valentine’s Day

Whatever this day means to you… this day is meant to make us all feel LOVEd. No politics, no religion involved, nor history contested, we will celebrate it on February 14. This day is just like our Birthday, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, or any other special day and I am thankful it was invented. If you want to know more about Cupid and St. Valentine, you can google it easily. It’s FREE anyway.

I am also thankful that Valentine’s Day evolved into all ages form, kids are now part of it. The idea that this day belongs to couples or lovers is now balanced.

Gifts on Valentine’s Day

My 2 daughters gave me in advance a creative card they made during their Sunday school with a simple message, “Dear Daddy, Thank you for teaching us, taking care of us, cooking for us, I love you, Happy Valentine’s Day.” Honestly, it pinched my heart, I’m touched. In return, I am planning a weekend vacation for them in any resort here in Antipolo City.

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Spending your Valentine’s Day with your love ones is the best gift ever.  Take them to some place memorable this weekend. Show your love to them EVERYDAY and you will be LOVEd.