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The summer has already begun but it is far from over. If heading over to popular destinations frequented by tourists isn’t part of your summer travel itinerary this year, you might want to check out the different tourist spots in Pasig or perhaps somewhere near Metro Manila such as in the province of Rizal. Sitting accessibly, here’s a list of last-minute activities you can do in Pasig and Cainta whether it’s the summer season or any other time of the year.
Try Cainta’s rice cakes.
Cainta is popularly known for its delicious rice cakes or “kakanin.” They come at affordable prices and in different colors and flavors depending on the variety. Some of the selections you can choose from are kalamay, sapin-sapin, bibingka, biko, cassava cake, suman, and many more. A local favorite shop is Aling Kika’s Food Products, which is located along Bonifacio Avenue.
Dine and Play With Furry Friends at Barkin’ Blends Dog Café.
As the restaurant’s name suggests, Barkin’ Blends Dog Café at Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall is the café-to-be for all dog lovers. Though the restaurant prohibits bringing dogs inside the café, there is a dog-zone where visitors can mingle with different dogs of all sizes and breeds. The human zone, meanwhile, is the part of the café where guests can dine.
Visit the Our Lady of Light Parish Church for its Spanish-inspired art.
Art aficionados will appreciate viewing the paintings at Our Lady of Light Parish Church such as the Our Lady of Light, which is also one of the most popular paintings in Cainta. Another painting worth checking out is a masterpiece made by Fernando Amorsolo, the Philippines’ National Artist.
Volunteer at Pasig’s Youth Development Center.
Located at the heart of Pasig’s Rainforest Park is the Youth Development Center which is a facility that provides educational support and assists in the social development of underprivileged youths in the city. The center also offers several free workshops in music, photography, culinary, painting, and musical theater.
Stroll around Cainta’s commercial hub.
There are several malls that can be found in Cainta, Rizal such as the Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall located along Marcos Highway and situated beside Robinsons Place Metro East. Another Robinsons mall is located near the Ortigas Avenue-Cainta Junction, which is the common drop-off and pick-up point of commuters heading to the business districts of Makati, BGC and Ortigas.
Go on an adventure at Pasig City’s Rainforest Park.
Popularly called by the locals as R.A.V.E. (Rainforest Adventure Experience), this is one of the recreational parks and nature reserve spots situated in Pasig City and near Cainta. It has several sports facilities and offers a wide range of attractions including a zoo, a public swimming pool, an adventure park, an aMAZE garden, a boating lagoon, a botanical garden, a camping area, a mini train station, among others.
Explore the local museums, nature sites, and neighboring recreation spots.
The province of Rizal takes pride in several popular nature destinations near Cainta such as Daranak Falls, Tinipak River, and the Mystical Cave. Among the other local sites that are a must-see are the Pililla Wind Farm, the Pinto Art Museum, and the historic lighthouse of Tanay. You can also visit the Valley Golf and Country Club, which is one of the two popular golf courses in the province of Rizal.
Another historical site to visit while in Cainta is the Hunters ROTC Monument located at Brgy. San Juan. It is a memorial place for the Hunters ROTC guerrillas who bravely fought during the World War II. For nature lovers, Masungi Georeserve, a geopark with 3-4 hour trails, is one great option for those who enjoy long trails and rope courses including a hanging bridge. Mount Purro Nature Reserve is also another nature resort for those who enjoy communing with nature as it offers different packages from overnight accommodations, day tours, swimming, hiking, and dining.
The municipality of Cainta and the city of Pasig are up for one major township development by Empire East, the Empire East Highland City, which is expected to start in the second quarter of 2019 and projected to be completed after 10 years. Being situated within the boundary of Pasig and Cainta, the township will be the convergence of the Metro and the East. It will include the Highland Mall with 58,000 square meters of commercial space, an 8,000-square meter park, a 500-seater church, and more retail areas. Designed to become the first elevated city in the Philippines, Empire East Highland City will embody a luxurious uphill community.
With Empire East’s confident thrust to usher in 38 residential towers in the expansive township in Cainta, Rizal, and Pasig, an influx of residents are expected to flock in the mentioned locations in the coming years.
There is no doubt that the proximity of Empire East’s new Pasig-Cainta township to commercial centers and recreation spots got everything a resident needs minus the long travel and not just every summer but all year long. This, while enjoying at the same time all the benefits and luxuries offered by township living.
Read our previous journal for more features about Empire East Highland City.