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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Antipolo Fiesta 2014 — Halina’t Makisaya

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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.

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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.

More Antipolo Fiesta Videos HERE

More Antipolo Fiesta 2014 Photos HERE

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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Zumba Fun Fitness During the Unity Run 2

While waiting for all the runners to arrive at the Finish Line and while waiting for the results of the Unity Run 2, an aerobics exercise in zumba dance were started.

Three Zumba Dance instructors alternately led a lively aerobics dance while most participants of the Unity Run 2 joined. It seemed that the 3 or 5 kilometers run were not enough for their exercise, they had so much more to give.

Everyone had so much fun!

I can’t help myself but also to dance with the beat while taking pictures and videos. More videos on YouTube.

Zumba Aerobics Dance Photos.

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Zumba is a 90’s aerobics dance exercise that involves energetic moves that could help tone muscles. It a a combination of several dance and music like hip-hop, mambo, samba, salsa, tango and etc. The Zumba dance fitness program is getting so popular in Antipolo City.

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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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

 

We Also Have Humble Santacruzan in Antipolo City

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.
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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.

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Behind the Angels is a personification of Matusalem.
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The Tres Marias
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Reyna Elena 2014

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Heartwarming Mother’s Day Gift — Maligayang Araw ni Inay

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.

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Dental Check Up and Tooth Extraction in Action

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.

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Tule, Tuli, Circumcision is being held on both ends of the tables. ~ 10 tables
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Free medicines were also given.
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Blood Donation for PGH Blood Bank
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Dental Chekup in Line
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A lunch were also served.

 

 

The Holy Season of Lent

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For us Christians, the Season of Lent is time of reflection, prayers, penance and repentance. We take part on this holy occasion to strengthen our devotion.

1 Peter 5:6 “Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time:”

Schedule of Masses & Activities — The Antipolo Cathedral.

15-30 Marso (March)

  • — Exhibit ng mga imahen ng Mahal na Araw (Immaculate Conception Chapel)

26 Marso (March)

  • Miyerkules, 7:00 ng gabi — Lenten Recollection, Speakers: Mr. Noel & Mrs. Gaines Del Rosario

13 Abril — Linggo ng Palaspas sa pagpapakasakit ng Panginoon

  • 6:30 ng umaga, magtitipon sa patio ng Katedral ng Antipolo sa paggunita sa matagumpay na pagpasok ni Jesus sa Jerusalem.
  • 7:00 ng umaga, Banal na Misa sa Katedral sa pamumuno ng Lubhang Kgg. Gabriel V. Reyes, Obispo ng Antipolo.
  • Mga Oras ng Misa —
    • Umaga: 4:00, 5:00, 7:00, 8:30, 10:00
    • Hapon: 2:00, 3:30, 5:00, 6:30

14 Abril — Lunes Santo.

  • Mga Oras ng Misa —
    • Umaga: 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00
    • Gabi: 6:00
  • 4:00 ng hapon, Istasyon ng Krus sa kabayanan

15 Abril — Martes Santo.

  • Mga Oras ng Misa —
    • Umaga: 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00
    • Gabi: 6:00
  • 7:00 ng gabi, Kumpisalang Bayan

16 Abril — Miyerkules Santo.

  • Mga Oras ng Misa—
    • Umaga: 6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00
    • Gabi: 6:00
  • 6:00 ng Gabi — Prusisyon

17 Abril — Huwebes Santo.

  • 6:00 ng umaga, Misa ng Kwaresma
  • 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 susundan ng pagtatanod hanggang ika-12 ng hating gabi
    • Istasyon ng Krus mula Tikling hanggang Katedral ng Antipolo.

18 Abril — Biyernes Santo

  • Araw ng Pangilin at Pag-aayuno (sarado and opisina ng parokya, magbubukas sa Linggo ng Pagkabuhay.)
  • 7:30 hanggang 11:30 ng umaga, Pagpapakumpisal
  • 3:00 ng hapon, Pagdiriwang ng Pagpapakasakit ng Panginoon, Pagpapahayag ng Salita ng Diyos, Pagpaparangal sa Krus na Banal, Banal na Pakikinabang.
  • 5:00 ng hapon, Prusisyon ng Libing

19 Abril — Sabado de Gloria

  • 8:00 hanggang 11:00 ng umaga, Pagpapakumpisal
  • 5:00 ng hapon, prusisyon ng “Soledad”
  • 10:00 ng gabi, Magdamagang pagdiriwang ng Pasko ng Pagkabuhay, Pagpaparangal sa ilaw, Pagbabasbas ng Tubig, Pagsasariwa sa pangako ng Pagbibinyag, Pagdiriwang ng huling hapunan,

20 Abril — Linggo ng Pagkabuhay.

  • 4:00 ng madaling araw, Salubong, Lugar: Sumulong Park,
  • Mga Oras ng Misa —
    • Umaga: 5:00, 6:30, 8:00, 9:30, 11:00
    • Hapon: 2:00, 4:00, 5:30, 7:00
  • 8:00 ng gabi, EASTER BALL sa Sumulong Park

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Labing-apat na Istasyon sa Krus

(14 Stations of the Cross — Catholic. Poster images taken on the patio of the Antipolo Cathedral.)

1. Unang Istasyon — Ang Huling Hapunan

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2.  Ikalawang Istasyon — Ang Panalangin sa Getsemani

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3. Ikatlong Istasyon — Ang Paghatol kay Hesus

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4.  Ika-apat na Istasyon — Ang Paghampas kay Hesus.

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5. Ika-limang Istasyon — Pinasan ni Hesus ang Krus.

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6. Ika-anim na Istasyon — Nadapa si Hesus sa bigat ng krus.

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7. Ika-pitong Istasyon — Tinulungan si Hesus ni Simon Cireneo.

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8. Ika-walong Istasyon — Nasalubong ni Hesus and mga babaeng taga-Jerusalem.

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9. Ika-siyam na Istasyon — Ipinako si Hesus sa krus.

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10. Ika-sampung Istasyon — Pinatawad ni Hesus ang nagsising magnanakaw.

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11. Ika-labing Isang Istasyon — Si Maria at Juan sa paanan ng krus.

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12. Ika-labindalawang Istasyon — Namatay si Hesus sa krus.

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13. Ika-labing tatlong Istasyon — Inilibing si Hesus.

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14. Ika-labing Apat na Istasyon — Muling Nabuhay si Hesus.

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Best Things to do in Antipolo City — Summer Fun 2014

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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.

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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.

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The Antipolo Cathedral — presently under repainting.

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)

Stations of the Cross at the Antipolo Cathedral patio.

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).

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Dance aerobics exercise at Ynares Center.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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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