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Yes! Gone are the days of dizziness and exhaustion from school and office works,

‘Coz next week is going to be a real deal!

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For Christians, Holy Week is a season of meditation, repentance, and reflection. But apart from its essence, families have various ways and styles to commemorate it. As entertainment cities and malls shut down their operations, radio and television stations go off-air, and city works starts to rest, families can use this time to discover far far-away natural hotspots and heritages in the provinces or even just still here in the city, an apt opportunity to discover something new, hang-out with your relatives and find for nice instagrammable shots under the sun.

We lined up five hotspots and quick getaways for which your family can venture to visit, a mixture of fun and excitement yet an opportunity to reflect and to meditate.

1. Anawangin Cove, Zambales

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Looking for a perfect picturesque of a breath-taking destination? Zambales has it all.

129 km. from Manila, Anawangin Cove in San Antonio, Zambales can provide you a best sanctuary for soul-searching and family retreat near the city. Three and a half hour ride via North Luzon Expressway, this crescent-shaped cove outlined with pine trees on its shore will leave you fascinated in exploring the entire island. The soil that can be found in the island are a mixture of white sand and soft volcanic ashes, giving you a feel-good ambiance of a total paradise.

As per WindowSeat.ph, families can dine near the shoreline using banana leaves and bare hands as utensils. You can even serve delicious native foods to complement the scenery. Being a popular destination for campings, retreats, and beach outings, MetroDeal.ph even offers an extensive accommodation for 2 days and 1 camp night with full meals and sidetrips for P 888.00  with inclusion of island hopping at the Camara Island.


2. Inflatable Island, Subic, Zambales

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From San Antonio to Olongapo, Zambales really got it all!

If you’re family is longing for a time of thrill, fun, and excitement, this is something you should watch out! Because Asia’s biggest floating water park is now open in the Philippines!

In a feature article published by WhenInManila, this 3,420 sqm floating playground is equivalent to 8 whopping basketball courts! With height limit of 3.5 feet, this new water park adventure can give you a loaded ultimate beach experience! From watery twists, such as swings, trampolines, monkey bars, slides, and wiggle bridges, fun walkway ladders, crazy ramps, ice-berg, to a Bali-inspired accommodation through exclusive Inflatable Island lounge, no doubt that even kids at heart would surely enjoy this new entertainment paradise. Aside from the aforementioned, signature features of the park is a 10 meter High Tarzan swing and a 9 meter Human Launcher.

The park is accessible from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm. Half day pass is from 8:00 am – 11:00 am for the morning and 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm in the afternoon. Interested comers must arrive 3 minutes before their scheduled time for some safety reminders, sign in instructions, and life vest fitting.

Prize ranges from P 699 to P 1399 depending on how long you’ll be staying. Inflatable Island is also open for events, parties, school tours/team building and other events. Prior reservations can be done online.


3. Cloud 9, Antipolo, Rizal

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From north, let’s go south!

Being the pilgrimage capital of the Philippines, Antipolo became a prominent cradle of religious and spiritual worship centers and churches. But aside from religious undertakings, Antipolo has so much to offer in terms of heights! Yes heights!

Towering the Metro Manila skyscraper, Cloud 9 Sports and Leisure Club at the Barangay Sta. Cruz, Sumulong Highway is a suitable place for adventure seekers. A two-kilometer ride from Manila, it offers a panoramic view of the entire Metropolitan Manila and a part of the Province of Rizal. But before that, you need to defy your fear of heights by climbing a sprawling, steep, and moving hanging bridge all the way to the top.

Cloud 9 is also an events place for weddings and team building activities. And if you’re craving for oriental and truly Filipino food, your family can try its famous restaurant owned by a homegrown chef who usually serves a perfected art of native Filipino foods such as pinakbet, kare-kare, and crispy pata.

Aside from foods, Cloud 9 also offers a hotel accommodation, a score of amentities such as art galleries, billiards and darts, mini exercise area, pools and a mini-museum, showcasing the rich history of Antipolo City and the Province of Rizal.

With a price ranging from P 1,800 to P 4,000, Cloud 9 can provide your entire family a mixture of thrill, savory, and of course, learning!


4. Pampanga

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Holy Week destinations won’t be complete without Pampanga!

A religious mecca as considered by most Christians and Catholics, San Fernando City in Pampanga is a perfect hideaway if you really want to feel and imbibe the deep sense of spiritual meditation this season. It actually presents a real-life demonstration of the sufferings and passion of Jesus Christ. Done annually, devotees flock at Barangay San Pedro Cutud to witness this reenactment as a form of penitence. Though the Catholic Church consider it as “barbaric and pagan”, it has been a continuing tradition even up to this time.

Apart from the actual demonstration, you can also have some sort of a group or family trekking in the nearby Mount Pinatubo or Mount Arayat if most of your family are up to hiking and strenous activities.


5. Intramuros

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If you’re in low-budget and has decided to stay in the metropolitan over the week, there’s still a best place to visit!

Yes! Welcome to the walled city of Intramuros!

This century-old district has been the Philippines’ pioneer city of Christianity. Every corners of the street, your eyes will surely be amazed with the  architectural magnificence and precious history of the biggest churches scattered in every corners of the street.

Being the bastion of Catholic faith, Intramuros is a perfect and best place for your “Visita Iglesia” in the city. You can visit the famous Manila Cathedral, and the adjacent San Agustin Church. Former churches in the area include San Ignacio Church, Lourdes Church, Recoletos Church, San Francisco Church and Santo Domingo Church. Aside from churches, hispanic houses and streets can also be seen around the corner, adding color to the rich history of the Spanish influence in the Philippine culture and tradition.

Together with your kids and loved ones, you can roam the entire district by walk or by the famous “kalesa” ride.

These are just among the places your family can consider in commemorating a peaceful and reflective Holy Week.

If until now, your itinerary is still your problem. It’s not yet too late, you still have a week ahead to plan!



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