Independence Day at Rizal (Philippines)

Ironically, the 12th of June marks the anniversary with my girlfriend. This year, we decided to head on a road trip around the greater Metro Manila particularly around Rizal province. We started by heading to Antipolo to try out 14 Four Cafe.

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The place is very artsy and has a laid-back atmosphere to it.  This weekend cafe doubles as a furniture store during weekdays. Luckily, it was a Friday during our visit which they were also open for dining. I highly recommend that you order their salad called The Local as well as their 14 Four Tapa and Cinnamon Bun Pancakes. I’m not a big fan of breakfast food but their pancakes are to die for!

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After our late lunch, our schedule was pretty much open as we did not plan any itinerary. This was definitely a first for us! Initially, we wanted to visit Daranak Falls but was hesitant because we did not bring the right attire.  Instead, we decided to head to Angono and visit the Petroglyphs. I tried to research online if the Petroglyphs was still under renovation but did not get much information. We still gave it a try and our luck somewhat panned out.

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Once you enter the gated entry point to the Petroglyphs, you feel like you have entered a different world. The roads heading up suddenly opened and you feel like you have escaped the chaotic hustle and bustle of Metro Manila. There were no structures for the most part and fire trees were abundant during this time of the year. For those of you who are familiar, this is also the entry towards Thunderbird Resorts Rizal.

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After a few minutes, you will shortly see a sign pointing to the famous site. We weren’t sure if it was open as we did not see anyone around. We did, however, see several people enter the tunnel which eventually led to the site. Since we were here already, we decided to head in as well.

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Though we were able to reach the site, we cannot go further in front of the rock carvings. I can barely see anything from afar. I guess this was still a good thing since the renovation would help preserve this endangered archaeological site. The Angono Petroglyphs is also part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site tentative list.

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Heading back, we stopped by several occasions for some photo ops. This is as good as it gets when you want a view overlooking Metro Manila.

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From Rizal, we had one last stop to visit a certain coffee shop in Marikina. To no avail, we could not locate the place even after circling around the vicinity several times. Locals were not familiar with the place as well. We ended up having dinner at a Japanese restaurant we found along one of the main streets in Marikina.

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Finally, we wrapped up our road trip at Craft Coffee Katipunan. A wonderful cafe located along Abada Street. Very chill and definitely the perfect spot to end our long day. I had some cold milk though…

– The Tourist Pao

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