Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Road Trip: Antipolo, Rizal

Road Trip: Antipolo, Rizal

Since it is a long weekend, we decided to go on a road trip to Antipolo, Rizal. We have never been on a road trip to this part of Rizal, so when we we’re planning for a road trip over the weekend, I took the opportunity to check on what places can interest us. I saw several places of interest from bloggers, and what caught our attention are the following... which is a good mix of different points of interest.

Casa Santa at Jardin de Miramar
Casa Santa is a museum of private owned Santa Clause collection, ranging from small figurines to life-size Santa Clause. Visitors are free to inspect each item for a closer look and even play with them. This place will surely give you joy and bring back memories of Christmas.

Casa Santa at Jardin de Miramar - San Isidro, Antipolo City, Rizal
276 San Jose Ext., San Isidro Antipolo City
Contact Numbers: (02) 576-4358 or (0917) 576.4358 
eMail: info@jardindemiramar.com

Vieux Chalet Swiss Restaurant
Vieux Chalet is a Swiss restaurant that serves continental dishes made with local organic ingredients. The restaurant sits on top of a hill and has a full view of the city lights. This place is not easy to find, but most bloggers recommend that this is worth the trip.

Vieux Chalet – Taktak Road, Antipolo City, Rizal
Contact Numbers: (02) 697.0396 or (0928) 288.8584

Pinto Art Museum
Pinto Art Museum is an art space in Antipolo. ‘Pinto’, comes from the Filipino word for door, because this place considers itself as a threshold open to all forms of contemporary art practice.

Pinto Art Gallery – San Roque, Antipolo City, Rizal
1 Sierra Madre, Grand Heights, Antipolo City
Contact Number: (02) 697.1015

Mystical Cave
Mystical Cave is one of the tourist spots in Antipolo. This place is known for religious rock formations and images on its walls. The water and stone from its cave are said to heal sick people and protect you from harm. Getting to this place is fairly easy for those with very good navigational skills, but may be challenging to most.

Mystical Cave - San Jose, Antipolo City, Rizal

After identifying our road trip destinations, next thing to do is to search for driving directions to these places. I used Google Maps to plot our trip. I will also provide the actual route we took to help simplify the directions in my ‘How to go There’ section.


1st Destination: Casa Santa at Jardin de Miramar

1st Destination: Casa Santa at Jardin de Miramar

Christmas Village 

First stop, Casa Santa at Jardin de Miramar. Jardin de Miramar is a three-hectare property which is subdivided into different themed areas. This place is usually used to host parties, wedding receptions and other functions. Our main objective here is to view Casa Santa. Please note that there is an entrance fee to be collected for you to view the Santa Clause museum.

After paying the entrance fee, we went to view the Santa Clause collections. The Casa Santa houses over 3,000 Santa Clause collections in different sizes and shapes. These Santas are personal collection of the owner of Jardin de Miramar.

We also went around and checked the different areas of Jardin de Miramar. I will be sharing pictures of several items from the Santa Clause collection and also show some parts of the Jardin de Miramar in a few.

Here now are some pictures taken at Jardin de Miramar and Casa Santa. 

There is a bronze sculpture the greets you going to Casa Santa.

Santa Clause manning the entrance.
Ms. Santa?

Christmas Choir.

Santa Clausessssss

And Elves!

More Santa Clause on display.

Looks like a Wizard Santa to me.
Here's a Filipino Santa (dressed in 'Barong Tagalog').

Here's a chess board with Santa Clause and Christmas inspired theme.

The Christmas Village is housed in one room.

Here's a section of the Christmas Village. 

Jack Skellington from the movie 'The Night before Christmas' is also part of the Christmas collections.

Jack Skellington
Star Wars characters in Christmas theme costumes.

Here, Yoda is dressed as Santa. He also come in different sizes and costumes.

Brass Scupture by Michael Cacnio

I was thrilled to see a Michael Cacnio sculpture on display. For those who are not familiar with his art works, please visit his website below.



Filipino artist and 2006 TOYM Awardee Michael Cacnio is a world-class brass sculptor of the social realist genre. Hailing from the town of Malabon in the Philippines, Cacnio is a product of the prestigious College of Fine Arts of the University of the Philippines in Diliman. He professionally debuted as a painter, but later found his true calling in the art of sculpting brass.