While Ivan and I had finished Manila in one day and unsuccessfully tried to have our stamps from Antipolo, our next destination had been to finish the Region IV sites – Calamba and Antipolo again. In one day, we used this itinerary:
8am Antipolo Church
10am Bus to Calamba
12pm ETA Calamba City, Lunch
130pm ETA Calamba Church
200pm Rizal Shrine
300pm Rizal Monument and Calamba Hall
400pm ETD Calamba
How to Start the Antipolo and Calamba 150th Lakbay Rizal Route:
- Take the LRT 2 going to Santolan. From there ride a jeepney or FX going to Antipolo Church. (P23 – 25)
- Take a jeepney from Cubao going to Antipolo Church
- Take an FX from SM Megamall going to Antipolo Church
From Antipolo to Laguna
- If you have a car, you can take the Tanay route (which I haven’t memorized so I’m not sure which is nearer, however, the road going to Laguna is very scenic, passing by rice fields, mountains, the lake and overlooking sites)
- By car, the SLEX route can also be taken, and exit via Calamba.
- Go to Cubao by LRT 2 (Araneta Center, Cubao Station) or by Jeepney (there are jeeps from the church going straight to Cubao). From there, walk a little and go along the overpass to the HM or Greenstar bus terminals. Take a bus going to Sta. Cruz, Calamba costs P89 (Please correct me if I’m mistaken). Get off at SM Calamba where you can take a tricycle (P10/pax) to Calamba Church.
Here are the sites belonging to the Region IV 150th Lakbay Rizal Route:
- Antipolo Church
This is included in the 150th Lakbay Rizal because Jose Rizal had once taken a boat to the church with his father.
The stamp is located at the Cathedral Office behind the Church. It is open from 6am – 6pm.
- Rizal Shrine
The Rizal Shrine, only a replica made by Juan Nakpil was opened in June 19, 1950.
The site is open from Tuesday to Sunday (although it had been half day when we visited because PNoy would be visiting the next day for the official opening of Lakbay Rizal. The Shrine is open at 8am to 12nn and at 1pm to 5pm. Stamps can be claimed from the guard or the curator Ms. Ma. Luisa Valeza.
Contact Numbers: 09196382694 and (049)8341599
- Calamba Church
Not far off from the Rizal Shrine is the Calamba Church. This Church is where Jose Rizal was baptized on June 22, 1861 by Fr. Rufino Collantes.
On the DOT website, it says the stamp can be taken from the Rizal Shrine but when we went, the stamp had been at the Cathedral Office. Office hours are at 6am – 5pm with a lunch break from 12pm – 1pm.
As a side trip, the newly opened Rizal Monument in front of the gorgeously huge Calamba Municipal Hall can also be visited.
During our trip, it hadn’t been inaugurated (waiting for PNoy’s visit the next day) so the face had been covered with cloth.
It cost us P20 each for a tricycle to take us to the monument (which is quite far). However, after a short walk from there, it’s already on the highway so buses going to Manila can be caught easily.