Are you itching for another adventure? What about a relaxing and wellness vacation in Calabarzon. CALABARZON, after Metro Manila, is regarded as the second-most economically active region in the country. It comprises the well-known provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and Quezon, hence the acronym.
CALABARZON is one of the wealthiest regions in the Philippines because of its richness of tourist, agriculture, and trading. In the southern part of Metro Manila, CALABARZON is a great place to live, work, and play because of its proximity to the metropolis but also to the business districts of Luzon’s southwest.
One of the reasons that CALABARZON has a broad economy is because it is home to various tourism spots. Many locals and visitors from across the world flock to this location because of its pristine beaches, historical landmarks dating back to the Spanish era, marine preserve, and towering mountains, among other attractions.
Now let’s get started! If you’re looking for churches, adventure or simply a fun activity; then check our list below:
PRAY AT NATIONAL SHRINE OF SORROW IN DOLORES
The Our Lady Of Sorrows Shrine is a church in Dolores, Quezon. It was designated as a national shrine on June 15, 2017. Many travelers visit Birhen Dolorosa, the patron saint of OFWs, every Sunday to worship and pay homage. The town of Dolores is home to the Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows, which is well-known to the devout of Quezon Province and beyond, and its residents are equally committed to preserving their heritage via spectacles that attract visitors from far and wide.
Each Friday of the week, the renowned “Pangkuan” is held. Numerous individuals from neighboring towns travel to Dolores to attend the Birhen Dolorosa liturgy. It is also noted for its annual “Viernes de Dolores” celebration, which occurs in either March or April. It includes the holy Mass and a “Turumba,” a dance honoring the patron saint of the town.
Address: Dolores, Quezon
VISIT TAAL BASILICA, BATANGAS
A giant scaffolding rose right before the basilica’s altar at the point where the nave and the transept meet. Apparently, the church’s interiors were undergoing a minor renovation. The top of the bamboo scaffold reached to the ceiling of the dome which was being painted. I could not imagine how difficult it was for the painters. After all, they were inside the biggest Catholic church in the Philippines and in the whole of Asia.
The Basilica de San Martin de Tours, simply known as Taal Basilica, is Asia’s largest church and it was not very difficult to see. Sitting on top of a hill, the basilica towers over the old heritage town of Taal. It is a very dominant structure and is visible in most parts of the town proper and even in some parts of the neighboring town Lemery.
EXPERIENCE AMULET MAKING IN DOLORES
The town of Dolores is located at the base of this ethereal mountain. Anting-anting or amulet amulets, which are said to ward off evil spirits, promote good health, and attract a person may be found at this flea market, which also sells farm goods and local culinary delicacies.
Two reasons to visit Dolores if you believe in the power of amulets: Charge their amulets, or buy one or have one constructed, is the first option.
LEARN FILIPINO HISTORY AT BONIFACIO TRIAL MUSEUM
On May 5 and 6, 1897, brothers Andres Bonifacio and Procopio Bonifacio were tried by a military court led by Gen. Mariano Noriel in this two-story bahay-na-bato (stone house). The court said that the two people accused of treason should be put to death.
This house was built by Teodorico Reyes in 1889. Before that, it was called the Roderico Reyes House (which was the name of the former owner). Jose Angeles is the new owner of the house. On June 4, 1997, the National Historical Institute named the house a National Historical Landmark. In 1999, it was fully fixed up and named a National Heritage Site.
Address: Margagondon, Cavite
PRAY AT OUR LADY OF ASSUMPTION PARISH – MARAGONDON, CAVITE
From Naic, the Church of the Assumption of Our Lord in Maragondon was reached via Indang Road and Governor’s Drive after a somewhat lengthy 10.6 kilometer journey. The best-preserved church complex in the province, this church was constructed by the Jesuits in 1618, became a parish church in 1627, and was expanded between 1630 and 1633. During the Spanish-Dutch War of 1649, the church was destroyed out of fear that it would become a Dutch fort.
EXPERIENCE LIKHANG MARAGONDON WEAVING COMMUNITY
Cavite’s Likhang Maragondon crafts a variety of eco-friendly goods, including handwoven masks, table runners, and crocheted accessories. With the slogan “Patrimony in your hands. “Crafted with a reason,” this local firm is a native enterprise that employs experienced artisans from Maragondon to create distinctive, sustainable, and proudly Filipino traditional products.
Through their flawless craftsmanship, Likhang Maragondon develops exquisite local handicrafts out of artistic mastery and the desire to preserve their culture.
BUY SOME PLANTS SANCTURIO NATURE FARMS
Sanctuario Nature Farm is a training organic farm accredited by the Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Training Institute Region 4A, and is located in Indang Cavite. It’s a 2.5-hectare organic farm that produces a variety of organic fruits and vegetables. For travelers and those interested in agriculture, Sanctuario Farm has a camp site, a producing area, and an activity area.
Email Address: [email protected]
Opening Hours: 7AM-5PM everyday
NUTURE WELLNESS VILLAGE
Nurture Wellness Village is the Philippines’ first wellness spa, located in the heart of Tagaytay. We provide a unique style of “Ecotherapy” while keeping our services truly Filipino, from our spa treatments to the food we serve.
They think that health and wellness should be within easy grasp here at Nurture. As your refuge in the Tagaytay mountains, they will cradle you away from the rush of the city and provide you with awareness and tranquility while caring for your body and soul.
In addition to their well-known massages, they also provide a variety of holistic health and detoxification services to help you return to your daily life in peak condition. We restore your body’s equilibrium using the proven knowledge of numerous physicians and wellness experts.
Address: Pulong Sagingan, Barangay Maitim II West Luzon, Tagaytay, Cavite, Philippines 4120
Contact Number: +639176878873
Email Address: [email protected]
PRAY AT OUR LADY OF VOYAGE IN ANTIPOLO
Antipolo Cathedral is a Roman Catholic cathedral located in Antipolo, Philippines. It was formerly known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage and the Immaculate Conception Parish. It is the seat of the Bishop of Antipolo and contains the picture of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. Locals refer to it as “Simbahan ng Antipolo” because it is also the Immaculate Conception Parish (Church of Antipolo).
The shrine attracts millions of pilgrims annually, particularly during the Pilgrimage Season, which begins on April 30 with the Alay Lakad procession from Quiapo Church and lasts through May.
Address: P. Oliveros Street Antipolo, Rizal, Philippines
Contact Number: +697-0274
Email Address: [email protected]
GET A WATER MASSAGE AT ACE WATER SPA
Ace Water Spa is the first European-style spa in the Philippines. A family-friendly, all-weather indoor facility that offers hydrotherapy massage. Take pleasure in their heated pools, lap pool, steam room, sauna, and hydro-spa.
Ace Water Spa’s unrivaled massage systems, hot herbal pools, lazy river, steam & sauna, kid’s section, lap pool, & more provide a sanctuary for unwinding and enjoying the therapeutic effects of hydrotherapy.
Address: United St., cor. Brixton St. near Pioneer, Pasig City
Trunkline: (63) 8628-1888 loc. 5101-5103 (63) 917-542-5967
( Valid for 4 Hours )
Adults – Php 600.00
Kids (4ft. and below) – Php 300.00
Reservation Hotline : 09175425967
SCHEDULES – PASIG BRANCH ONLY (OPEN DAILY)
Morning- 8am to 12pm
Afternoon- 1pm to 5pm
Evening- 6pm to 10pm
Cloud 9 Sports & Leisure Club, which first opened to the public as a restaurant in 1995, is one of the most well-known leisure complexes. Eventually, hostels and other recreational and entertainment amenities were added to the site.
360° View Deck is a standout feature that provides a breathtaking view of Manila’s skyline and the sunset over its sprawling metropolis. The observation point is reached through an exhilarating hanging bridge.
Sky Bridge: In addition to the 360° View Deck and a few rooms for guests, the 360° View Deck is housed in a separate building that serves as an information center.
360-Degree Viewing Deck: The observation deck offers stunning views of Metro Manila’s skyline at any time of day or night. This is a popular site for people to watch the sun set. Metal fences with a few love locks may also be seen.
Address: 23 Sumulong Hwy, Padilla, Antipolo, 1870 Rizal, Philippines
Landline: (02) 584-3011 to 14
Mobile Number: 0917 800 3424 / 0998 590 1125 / 0908 973 2389
E-mail Address: [email protected] / [email protected]