FRINGE BEN­E­FITS

If you’ve got some ex­tra time on your hands, th­ese scenic lo­cales make for a quick get­away from the clamor of the metropo­lis.

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Ta­gay­tay

Less than 60 kilo­me­ters to the south of Manila—and roughly a two-hour drive away—this laid-back city of about 70,000 oc­cu­pies a ridge over­look­ing serene Taal Lake and its is­land vol­cano. Art lovers should make a bee­line for the Museo Or­lina ( museo-or­lina.org), which show­cases the cre­ativ­ity of its owner, the em­i­nent glass sculp­tor Ra­mon G. Or­lina, along­side his per­sonal trove of paint­ings and mod­ernist chairs.

An­tipolo

The “Pil­grim­age Cap­i­tal of the Philip­pines” is reach­able in a lit­tle over an hour with fa­vor­able traf­fic. At its cathe­dral, crowds of devo­tees seek safety for their trips over­seas by pay­ing homage to Our Lady of Peace and Good Voy­age, an im­age of the Vir­gin Mary brought over from Mex­ico by Span­ish col­o­niz­ers in 1626. A more mod­ern point of in­ter­est is the Pinto Art Mu­seum, where con­tem­po­rary and indige­nous col­lec­tions are shown in a pic­turesque clus­ter of Mis­sion-style build­ings.

Cor­regi­dor Is­land

Guard­ing the en­trance to Manila Bay, tad­pole-shaped Cor­regi­dor is just 75 min­utes by ferry from town. With an in­tri­cate net­work of tun­nels, am­mu­ni­tion mag­a­zines, a hos­pi­tal, and no less than 23 de­fen­sive mor­tar bat­ter­ies, the is­land served as a cru­cial base for Fil­ipino and Amer­i­can forces dur­ing World War II. It’s also the site where Al­lied troops made their last stand against Ja­panese in­vaders in 1942. A his­tor­i­cal walk­ing tour brings vis­i­tors on a cir­cuit that in­cludes the ru­ins of Cine Cor­regi­dor and Mile-Long Bar­racks, the Pa­cific War Memo­rial, the Eter­nal Flame of Free­dom, and the Span­ish Light­house ( cor­regi­dor­philip­pines.com).

In­sid­eTa­gay­tay’s Above:memo­ri­als MuseoOr­lina. ru­in­sonCor­regi­dor. and­wartime

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