De­cem­ber in An­tipolo

Manila Bulletin - - Views • Features News - By DR. JUN YNARES, M.D.

the City of An­tipolo cel­e­brated its an­nual fi­esta. The yearly cel­e­bra­tion co­in­cides with the feast of the Im­mac­u­late Con­cep­tion, the pa­troness of the city and the im­age af­ter which An­tipolo’s fa­mous cathe­dral is named.

De­cem­ber is the other busy sea­son for An­tipolo. It is vis­ited by nearly as many peo­ple as the month of May. We were told that the pil­grims of May usu­ally make a se­cond visit to An­tipolo dur­ing the Christ­mas sea­son. And, why not? Af­ter all, An­tipolo presents a dif­fer­ent beauty at this time of the year.

Many who have yet to see An­tipolo in De­cem­ber have been ask­ing us, what is there to see?

So, we have come up with a list of what one’s fam­ily might do and look for­ward to in case they do de­cide to come over this month.

Here’s a Things-to-Do list. the city proper. And when one gets to Up­per An­tipolo, the mall shop­ping op­tion is Robin­sons, 10 minute away from the Cathe­dral.

While hang­ing out and shop­ping, our vis­i­tors can en­joy eat­ing out at a place that serves their fam­i­lies’ fa­vorite cui­sine. The usual fast-food out­lets abound. There are fine din­ing op­tions, too. And for those look­ing for the old An­tipolo culi­nary fa­vorites, there are carinde­ria-style din­ing places both at the Sports Cen­ter grounds and along the cir­cum­fer­en­tial road.

Most vis­i­tors come to An­tipolo to take home the trade­mark “suman, mangga, and ka­soy.” We are not sure about man­goes, but the suman, ka­soy, and other fa­vorites con­tinue to await pil­grims who will not go home with­out them.

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