Diyosesis ng Antipolo
Parokya ng Immaculada Concepcion. Pambansang Dambana ng Ina ng Kapayapaan at Mabuting Paglalakbay
Lungsod ng Antipolo
Programa Sa Mahal Na Araw (Kwaresma 2015)
— Parts of the program copied on the poster in front of the Antipolo Cathedral…
Miyerkules Santo (Abril 1)
- 6:00 ng Gabi — Prusisyon
Hwebes Santo (Abril 2)
- 6:00 ng umaga —Misa ng Krisma
- 4:00 ng hapon — Pagmimisa sa pagtatakipsilim sa paghahapunan ng Panginoon. Paghuhugas ng Paa, Pagdiriwang ng huling hapunan.
- 6:00 ng gabi— Prusisyon ng Banal na Sakramento ng Pagtatanod hanggang ika-12 ng hatinggabi (Iminumungkahi na dalawin ang Santisimo Sakramento na nakalagak sa Immaculate Concepcion Chapel)
- 7:30 ng gabi — Istasyon ng krus mula tikling hanggang Katedral ng Antipolo (Mayrooon ding Istasyon ng Krus sa Sumulong Highway)
Biyernes Santo (Abril 3)
- — Araw ng Pangingilin at Pag-aayuno
- 3:00 ng hapon — Pagdiriwang ng pagpapakasakit ng panginoon. Pagpaparangal sa Krus na Banal
- 5:00 ng hapon — Prusisyon ng Libing
Sabado De Gloria (Abril 4)
- 5:00 ng Hapon — Prusisyon ng “SOLEDAD”
- 10:00 ng gabi — Magdamagang pagdiriwang ng Pasko ng Pagkabuhay.
Linggo ng Muling Pagkabuhay
- 4:00 ng madaling araw — Prusisyon ng “Salubong” (Lugar: Kanto ng P. Oliveros St., at M.L. Quezon St.,
Mga Larawan ng Istasyon
The Antipolo Hinulugang Taktak Falls and National Park (Protected Landscape) is once again open for public visits. It was reopened last February 13, 2015.
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.
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.
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.
The Hinulugang Taktak Falls during the night!
Antipolo City’s Christmas Fiesta 2014
“Halina’t Makisaya sa Kapistahan sa Antipolo.”
The Antipolo Fiesta is annually celebrated every December 8 in honor of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage). Traditionally, all barangays and schools have its participation on a month-long celebration of the fiesta which starts as early as the third week of November and through the whole month of December as it is simultaneously celebrated with the Christmas Holiday Season.
This year’s activities include Dance Contests, The Inter School Parol Making Contest, The Grand Parade which was held during the ‘bisperas’ (December 7), The Traditional Inter School Drum and Lyre Competition (December 8), The Search and The Grand Coronation of the Mutya ng Antipolo 2014 and more.
Antipolo Fiesta Grand Parade
(December 7, ‘Bisperas’)
As always, the procession started at Ynares Center parking grounds and proceeded through Oliveros Street, General Luna Street, J Sumulong Street, Sto. Niño Street, C Lawis Street, JP Rizal Street and back to Oliveros Street then straight to the Antipolo Cathedral. The front of the parade almost meet the tail in corner of JP Rizal and Oliveros Streets.
The joyous march were marked on the faces of the people as they watch the remarkable exhibitions of the marching bands.
After the parade, selected marching bands also performed an at the Sumulong Park.
Day of Antipolo Fiesta — December 8
Drum and Lyre Inter School Competition
Despite the forecasted entry of a super typhoon on this day, the competition were accomplished cheerfully. The contest were participated by the city’s different schools from elementary to high school. Spectators and participants of the event were protected and very grateful for the use of the Ynares Center.
Other events were rescheduled due to the super typhoon.
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
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)
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
Unity Run 2 Snapshots
“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
Santacruzan also known as Sagala is a religious beauty pageant held in most cities and communities throughout the Philippines. This event serves as the highlight of celebrations during the Month of May. This custom were introduced by the Spaniards during the 18th century as a thanksgiving after the month long celebration of Flores de Mayo.
The celebration also commemorates the search of the Holy Cross by Queen Helena (Reyna Elena) which was found in Jerusalem. May is also a month dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary known as Flores de Maria (Flowers of Mary) and later called Flores de Mayo (Flowers of May).
During the event, biblical characters are personified adding excitement and colors to the joyful celebration.
Santacruzan under the communities covered by the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary
Our small community of Sitio Sampaguita, Brgy. Sta. Cruz, Antipolo City under the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary also share the religious festivity this month of May. A simple and peaceful yet joyful celebration. The crowd along the road who witnessed the beauties and the harmony of the procession were also happier.
The procession started at Sitio Sampaguita through the Taktak Road and Daang Bakal Road and ended at the Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
A day before Mother’s Day, 10 May 2014, The Araw ni Inay — Tuli, Bunot, Bukol, & Blood Donation Mission gifted by Familia Mariñas & Friends for Antipoleños were a total success. The mission were also aided by groups of volunteers.
- Tuli — Circumcision
- Bunot — Dental Checkup and tooth extraction
- Bukol — Benign Tumor check up and or surgery
- Dugo ko Alay ko sa PGH — Blood donation for the Philippine General Hospital
The mission were dedicated to the late Mrs. Cristina “Inang Tinay” in honor of her kindness as a mother of the family and as a mother of the Antipoleños. Familia Mariñas has always been humble and giving as they always consider extending their help to the people of Antipolo City.
In behalf of all the beneficiaries of the surgical and dental mission, we sincerely thank and very much appreciate your constant kindness! — Happy Mother’s Day!
The Mission in Action
The mission took place at Cristimar Village, Basketball Court, Antipolo City and I was able to bring two of my nephews for circumcision. After the circumcision, a free medicine were also given (20 caps antibiotics, 10 caps pain relievers, a small bottle of betadine), enough until the wound gets well.
It is really a gift for us since circumcision may cost no less than a thousand pesos per individual as the same with tooth extraction.
Football has always been the most popular sports in the world and Filipinos can excel and be the best in this game.
Talented and skilled, not talented nor skilled. For Filipinos to excel in international football competitions, we have to select talented and skilled players and to select we must have choices.
Right now, I believe that we only have few choices among our children because only few of them are interested in this game and for them to get acquainted in football, let’s us start in local and school competitions. (Schools could push our children in competitions not involving much of cash prize but develop a good sportsmanship.)
Encourage Filipino youth to play football by providing them a football field. I also believe that every municipality can easily provide at least 1 hectare of land for our children. One hectare maybe too big if compared to basketball court but it’s also very small compared to a golf course.
Aside from the popularity in playing football, the game have much physical and mental benefit for our children.
Fan of Football?
Antipolo City has always been a target of local tourists specially during summer because of its moderate climate and accessibility. The abundance of trees contributes much to the fair temperature of the city which the visitors always wanted to experience. Other than the quality of air and climate of the city, I have listed several activities to do while in Antipolo City.
Thanks God there are still fruit bearing trees to climb in Antipolo City.
1. Visiting the Antipolo Cathedral — A model of the Blessed Virgin Mary is preserved in this church. It is most known as the Virgin of Antipolo or Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. Travelers visit and pray here for good luck or safer travel and often comes back to give thanks after.
During Holy Week, particularly on Maundy Thursday, from afternoon onwards, thousands of devotees from Metro Manila and other neighboring towns participate the ‘Alay Lakad’ towards the Antipolo Cathedral and towards the White Cross as their penitence in observing the holiness of these days. (More story after the Holy Week)
2. Hinulugang Taktak National Park — Visit in Antipolo City is more complete if you at least view the waterfalls on this historic place. The place was converted into National Park under the administration of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources DENR in coordination with the Department of Tourism DOT and the provincial government of Rizal. The park amenities include a swimming pools and cottages. (Unfortunately, the park may not be available this summer 2014 because of major improvement).
3. Resorts Experience — There are more than 50 affordable resorts in Antipolo City. Every resort has a unique quality to meet your desired vacation. Antipolo Resorts, Hotels and Exclusive Guest Houses are well improved and now ready for Summer Fun. For Guest Houses with Private Pools be sure to call and have your reservations first.
4. Sumulong Park Summer Events — The Antipolo City, government and non-government organizations work on several summer events usually held in this park. The park is located in front of the City Hall and the Antipolo Cathedral. Always watch out and events will be published on this website prior to the dates. For visitors of Antipolo City, consider an itinerary on this park and you may be lucky to encounter any of the Summer Fun Activities.
5. Exercise at Ynares Center Parking Space — Your vacations will be healthier if you will at least do a little exercise. Before going through your other activities, spare a time in this parking area and have a jogging or stretching as you breath the priceless unpolluted air of Antipolo City. From 6:00 am, visitors may also be able to join a group in dance exercises in several routines like zumba or other ballroom dance steps.
6. Daang Bakal Road Fun — Morning joggers and bikers also go through this road. The Parish of the Immaculate Heart of Mary located on this road and is also worth of visit.
7. Pasalubong Center — The place is currently located beside the Victory Mall where you can buy kasoy, suman, yema and Etc. Antipoleños is always proud of their unique suman (a steamed glutinous rice with coconut milk wrapped with palm leaves). Kasoy (cashew nuts) can be bought cheaper in Antipolo.
8. Palengke Visit — It is a great experience to know Antipolo City deeper and one best place is the Public Market where you can interact on Antipolo’s common people. Fresh Vegetables from the farms of Antipolo and neighboring towns may be bought here. Pasalubong can also be purchased at the facade of the market.
9. Nightlife in Antipolo City — Most resorts of the city are open all days and all nights during summer seasons. During your stay, find time in visiting any of the bars and restaurants located mostly along Sumulong Highway where you can overlook the sparkling lights of Metro Manila. Some famous bars and restaurants are also along the circumferential road.
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.
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.
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.
Mountain Climbing as we all know is a very exhilarating and dangerous sport or pastime.
At Real Cove Resort, challenge yourself on mountain climbing, but instead of using harnesses or any other equipment, the mountain were carved with 460 stairsteps.
The stairs has no railings so please proceed with extreme carefulness. It is not advisable for people with health problems to climb this mountain. For first timers, you may feel drowsiness on your way to the top so find some chaperone. Do not forget to bring at least a bottle of drinking water.
Somewhat a very easy climb. The stair slope is gradual until you reach the last 50 steps before the top. You can also pause at any point while taking pictures all around, “I actually paused and sat at the steps 4 times when I tried the stairs.”.
You could surely relate to the experiences of Roberto Romeo ‘Romi’ Garduce, our very own Mountain Climber from Balanga, Bataan, after completing this challenge. “I felt a little exhausted but satisfied and happy upon reaching the top.”
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.
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 .
More skaters are visiting the place every weekends.
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.
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.
Climbing Trees Near the Korteng Gitara
More videos during the Family Day 2014
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Last year, this place was featured along with the slogan “It’s more fun in the Philippines!”. The skateboarders.
Appreciate the sunset. Not many people come here in the afternoon. Thanks God.