It’s official: Antipolo City is the new capital of the Rizal province. Signing Republic Act No. 11475, President Duterte moves the capital and seat of government of the region from Pasig to Antipolo.
For decades, the former had been the administrative center of the region, being part of the municipalities included in Rizal when the district attained its province status in 1901. In 1975, however, Pasig ceased being under the region’s jurisdiction, and instead formed part of Metro Manila. It was only years later, in 2009, when the capitol building transferred to Antipolo, returning to the provincial territory after years of absence.
The sponsor of the bill, Senator Francis Tolentino, noted that the new law is drafted to “correct decades-old historical error” and accurately make Antipolo City the capital of the Rizal province, according to a report from Manila Bulletin.
In a Philstar article, he expressed optimism about the state of economic affairs in the region, given the announcement of Antipolo as the new capital.
The new capital of the Rizal province isn’t an unfamiliar place to many, especially those from Metro Manila. It’s one of those cities urban dwellers like to visit when they prefer quick getaways from the metro. With various attractions, tourists are able to engage in different activities, from food crawls to nature adventures to arts and culture immersions.
Antipolo houses plenty of restaurants that have gained popularity and approval among foodies. One of the most famous is the Yellow Lantern Cafe, distinctly remarkable for its brightly-colored interior creating a light and positive ambience, as well as sumptuous local and continental cuisines.
Another well-known eating place in the city is Eggs for Breakfast, which serves all-day breakfast meals, from Pinoy favorites such as beef tapa and Vigan longganisa, to international flavors, including puttanesca and country French omelette.
In some Antipolo restaurants, it’s not only the good food that’s a huge come-on for tourists. Arts and culture is alive in the interiors, and actually a part of the dining experience. For instance, in the Crescent Moon Cafe and Studio Pottery, bright hues are present in textiles hanging from the ceiling, chairs neatly tucked in dining tables, and plates served for guests. Ceramic products are everywhere, enticing visitors to try the pottery classes offered in the studio.
For tourists who would want to have a more immersive experience of arts, Antipolo has Pinto Art Museum, which features the works of Nona Garcia, Kawayan de Guia, Rodel Tapaya, and other notable artists. It has six galleries, filled with paintings, sculptures, graffiti, and many more works of art.
Nature lovers will find alluring hotspots in Antipolo as well. Hinulugang Taktak, the city’s most famous waterfalls, is one of the tourists’ favorites. Mount Purro Nature Reserve, a forest sanctuary resting in the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountain range, is also popular among nature enthusiasts. Meanwhile, Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa makes for the ideal destination for some good relaxation and pampering, as it’s set against a terrain of greenery.
More than being an ideal vacation place, Antipolo is a growing business area. It’s hailed as the most competitive component city in the 7th Regional Competitiveness Summit held in 2019. In terms of government efficiency, infrastructure, and resiliency, the municipality received excellent assessments. This means Antipolo has high-quality, reliable government services, good facilities, including road networks, transportation vehicles, and health centers, to name a few, and the capacity to respond to and recover from emergencies.
Situated at the fringes of Metro Manila, Antipolo serves as an immediate beneficiary for the expansion and development outside the capital region. With infrastructure projects opening and being completed soon, including the C6 road, MRT4, and LRT2 extension, the city becomes all the more accessible, thereby improving its position as a promising investment hub.
The local government of Antipolo is optimistic that business process outsourcing and information technology-related enterprises will soon become more prominent in the city. Aside from the conducive business environment, the skilled manpower and high literacy rate among residents will be compelling reasons for entrepreneurs looking to put down business roots.
Given all these factors, competitiveness, accessibility, and the likelihood of becoming a business district, one promising investment in Antipolo is real estate. As people flock to places outside the metro for residence and work opportunities, property will become a highly valuable commodity. The sale and leasing of houses and lots, apartments, or condominiums is expected to be a profitable endeavor.
Antipolo, with its capital status, will see more aggressive economic activities, contributing to its continued growth.
Sources: Official Gazette, Manila Bulletin, Philstar, CALABARZON NEDA, Antipolo.ph