Biyaheng Antipolo : Cloud 9 Hotel and Resort

We explored the mystical cave (Check : Biyaheng Antipolo : Mystical Cave) for almost 20 minutes but what really stressed me the most is not the caving part but dealing with the huge stairs going down from the site. As far as I remember, it takes over 200 big steps going down from the Mystical cave. Anyway, it’s passed 3 and we decided to hit our last destination. We concluded our tour in Antipolo by heading to Cloud 9 Hotel and Resort.
IMG_0293tMuch like the Jardin De Miramar (Check Biyaheng Antipolo : Jardin De Miramar), Cloud 9 is also an ideal venue for various occasions. Whether it’s a wedding reception, a company team building and more. It may not be as huge as Jardin De Miramar and it may not offer attractive themes but Cloud 9 Hotel and Resort is special on its own right. Built in 1995 and owned by Dr. Potenciano R. Malvar and Mrs. Lourdes C. Malvar, Cloud 9 Hotel and Resort (Cloud 9 Sports and Leisure Club) has  become one of the most popular destinations in Antipolo. The place is composed of three structures that altogether consist of 78 rooms and housing 2 relaxing swimming pools, 7 different venue halls, and numerous amenities.
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The place boasts its highly elevated venue that provides you a picturesque overlooking view of Antipolo City. Since we are just part of a Day tour package, we went here not to avail any of their hotel rooms or to have a staycation of some sort but to experience their 360 Point View attraction and also to marvel the beauty of seeing the stunning skyline of Antipolo City through their view deck restaurant (and also to take our early dinner).20161203_165639tBy the time we arrived in the area, we were welcomed by this small exhibit showcasing various items and memorabilia affiliated to Antipolo’s rich history. 20161203_165648tThe huge painting sizing up to 13 feet in height and 29 feet in length depicts the image of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage and her miraculous appearance in Tipolo Tree. It is also accompanied by various churches and pilgrim sites in the town including the Antipolo Cathedral, Boso-Boso Church and the Via Dolorosa in Pinagmisahan Hills. The artist behind this masterpiece is Mr Othoniel M Neri who also provide various paintings displayed on Cloud 9 Art Gallery. The glossy ceramic tiled floor with a mosaic featuring a map of the Philippines is something cannot go unnoticed too.

The 360 View Deck20161203_165615tIf you are not afraid of heights, then you should definitely try crossing their hanging bridge and reach the 360 View Deck. For only 50Pesos, you can experience the marvelous beauty of Antipolo City. 20161203_163632t20161203_163742tI personally have a fear of heights but I decided to try it anyway. Crossing the skybridge allows you to get a wonderful overlooking view of both Manila and Sierra Madre Mountains. The guard allows visitors to access the bridge by batch. He only let another batch in once the previous batch is almost halfway through. 20161203_163734tIt was truly a nerve wracking experience for me. My legs were shaking in every step especially when the bridge is starting to swing. It might be a terrifying experience but the view is simply breathtaking. 20161203_163827t20161203_164008tAlmost done!20161203_164100t20161203_164205tThe Skybridge as seen from the view deck20161203_164402t20161203_164354t20161203_164447tThe view from the top is simply spectacular and it is not really surprising why the place is aptly named Cloud 9. 20161203_164455t20161203_164225tThe skyline of Antipolo CityIMG_0298tIMG_0272t

7th Heaven
20161203_164908tGoing down the viewdeck, you’ll notice the artistically designed floors. 20161203_165000tYou will also spot random portraits almost everywhere. This made me realized how artistic the people of Antipolo are. With so many stunning artworks from Pinto Art Museum, artistically designed landscapes of Jardin De Marimar and now these immensely beautiful arts in Cloud 9, art enthusiasts will surely find this trip ultimately rewarding. 20161203_165040tGoing down from the view deck, you will be prompted to a tunnel-like exit which is called the 7th Heaven.It is more like a hanging garden adorned with luscious greens and colorful ornamental flowers. 20161203_165156t20161203_165303t20161203_165137t20161203_165408t20161203_165426t20161203_165458t20161203_165507t20161203_165554tThe View Deck as seen from 7th Heaven20161203_165524t20161203_165446tThis monkey is a bonus attraction too!

Cloud 9 Restaurant
IMG_0316tWe decided to have our early dinner in Cloud 9. They offer an average menu but the price are surprisingly very costly but the view from their deck is equally stunning from the 360 View Deck. IMG_0304tIMG_0286tIMG_0278tIMG_0270tIMG_0259t

Things You should Know before going to Cloud 9 Hotel and Resorts
►The Cloud 9 Resorts is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week
►The restaurant charge 10% service fee on food and drinks which explains the pricey menu
►The entrance fee to 360 View Deck is Php50 per head
►The place offers a lot of other facilities such as swimming pools, billiards and sports area, gym, basketball court, an art gallery and more.
►You can appreciate the view more if its sunset or sunrise!

How to Get to Cloud 9 Hotel and Resort
►Antipolo is accessible by jeepney or FX taxi, with terminals in Metro Manila including one in Araneta Center Cubao and Valero Street behind RCBC Plaza in Makati. The resort is can be accessed easier from MRT Station Cubao. From there, just walk towards the jeepney terminal near Telus and ride a jeep going to Antipolo/Sumulong. (make sure to ride the jeep bound to Antipolo/Sumulong and NOT Junction/Tikling)
►Tell the driver to drop you off at  Cloud 9 or Padi’s Point (it’s just in front of the resort)

Where to Stay in Antipolo
For those who are looking for a nice place to stay in Antipolo whether you are in a tight budget or not, you might consider this list of hotels and resorts in Antipolo as compiled by TravelBook (with discounted rates too). Again, Antipolo has so many great places to offer that you guys can explore and a day tour may not be enough to discover them all.

Visiting the Cloud 9 Hotel and Resorts concludes our Biyaheng Antipolo series. We headed back to Manila afterwards. Before ending the series, i might have another entry related to Antipolo for my next entry

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In case you missed our previous entries, feel free to visit the links below
►Biyaheng Antipolo (Prologue)
►Antipolo Cathedral
►Hinulugang Taktak Falls
►Pinto Art Musuem
►25 Artworks That You Should Not Miss in Pinto Art Museum
►Jardin De Miramar
►Casa Santa Museum
►Mystical Cave
►Cloud 9 Hotel and Resorts
►Things To Buy When Visiting Antipolo

You might also want to check the previous Antipolo-related entries
►The First Procession In Antipolo
►Via Dolorosa in Pinagmisan Hills
►The Transfiguration of Christ Church
►Loreland Farm Resort

Jose Mari Laurel Yupangco of Yamaha at Asia Leaders Forum Davao

Just few weeks ago (January 31, 2017), the first ever Asia Leaders Forum was successfully held in Misono Japanese Restaurant in Makati with speakers that includes Dr. Elton Tan of E-Hotels, Robert Laurel Yupangco of Zoomanity Group, Engr. Ben Co of BSC Construction, Mario Berta of Flyspaces, Congressman Prospero “Butch” Pichay of Surigao Del Sur, Koo Kwan Kon of Global Morning City Development, Tanya Llana of Victoria Court, LiZan Kuzter of Impact Hub Manila among others. Attended also by representatives from SMDC, ProFriends, DMCI, DibZ and Megaworld.
tagNow this coming 30th of March, another Asia Leaders Forum in Real Estate will be launched but this time, it will be held in Davao. This anticipated event is made possible with the collaboration between Yupangco Electronics Corporation (Distributor of Yamaha Sound and Audio Technology) headed by Jose Mari Laurel Yupangco, the grandson of our former President of the Philippines (Jose P. Laurel) and TAG Media and Public Relations headed by Engr. Grace Bondad Nicolas (Entrepreneur, Broadcaster, Writer, Public Speaker).
The subject matter experts are trail blazers in their fields so you can absolutely expect great insights from them. Participation at Asia Leaders Forum will give you the competitive edge you need to beat the myriad of other real estate participants chasing deals. These experts will share with you their strategies and on how to utilize the power in you to promote the Philippines.
For this year of ASEAN 50th Anniversary and the chairmanship of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, all eyes are focus to the Philippines as the hosting country; it’s time to showcase the skills of the Filipinos and the Philippines products and services. Asia Leaders Forum is just one way to promote the backbone of any organizations and our world class infrastructures and talents.
The objective of the forum is to promote the Philippines as the premier business hub in Asia and to share to participants the updates with regards to the real estate landscapes in the Philippines & beyond, technology & digital marketing and the government mandates and initiatives to improve the real estate sector in the country and the preparations we are doing for ASEAN 50 since foreign tourist and investors are coming in.
For more information, please contact grace@tagmedia.asia or call 09166299381.

Biyaheng Antipolo : The Mystical Cave

It was passed 2pm and its getting really cloudy.  It also started to drizzle and I thought we couldn’t make it to our next destination but despite of the gloomy weather, we decided to proceed anyway. We went to the so-called Mystical Cave, a very intriguing and seemingly enchanting destination in Antipolo. It was actually my second time to explore a cave (the first one was the Calinawan Cave of Tanay).20161203_145918tIMG_0257tMystical Cave is located in Puting bato and is not easily accessible via public transport. We actually went there with our van but the way going to Mystical Cave is merely deserted. You can see nothing but tall grass, trees, mountain view and rough roads. I just don’t know if I will have enough courage to hit this place alone. Not to mention that you will constantly encounter huge trucks passing by.20161203_144422tThe entrance to Mystical cave. Unlike in Calinawan Cave where you have to go down to explore, Mystical Cave could be reached by passing through a long and uneven rock stairways.20161203_144516tIf my count was right, it is more or less 200 big steps before reaching the actual location (except for another 15 or 20 small steps going to the gate of Mystical Cave)20161203_144634tIt was truly exhausting but not really eerie as the place is not really deserted. You can spot various houses along the way.  The picture above shows a house elevated several feet from the ground.20161203_145003tWent we reached the top, we were warmly welcomed by a lady who owns a little store (selling snacks and drinks). I forgot to get her name though but it seems like they are also the one who handle the visitors going to the cave. Surprisingly, we were guided by a 12 year old girl who despite of her young age , is already knowledgeable about the cave and the navigation inside.

So Why Mystical Cave?
The cave will not earn such name for no reason. It is called mystical cave because of the mystical story behind its discovery and also some miraculous events that occurred in the place and also because of the holy images resssembled by the stalagmites and stalactites formation inside. Once you reached the gate (yes a steel gate), the first thing you will notice is the name attributed to Mystical cave ~ Inday Nelly Deles.

Who is Inday Nelly Deles
We didn’t get a chance to meet her or maybe she’s the lady who welcomed us (i’m not sure) but I wish I could have chat with her much longer. According to history, Inday Nelly Deles is the first one to discover the cave in 1970. What makes it more interesting is the story behind it. When Inday Nelly was just 7 years old, she used to visions of this cave in  her dreams. She was from Ilo-ilo but her feet takes her all the way to Antipolo where she discovered the cave. When she found the cave, there was just a small hole opening (sized of a coin) and with the use of an explosive (gelignite), it resulted to an entrance through the cave which is 8 levels deep (Calinawan Cave only has 5).  Since then, the cave has become a destination not just for those who seek for adventure but also for those seeking for spiritual enlightenment since there are many religious elements attributed to the place, making Mystical Cave another popular pilgrim sites in Antipolo (You can also check Via Dolorosa in Pinagmisan Hills)

What’s Inside the Mystical Cave
20161203_150029tAs we enter the cave, we were welcomed by stunning stalagmites and stalactites formation. Take note that Mystical Cave has eight levels but only the first level is accessible to visitors. Surprisingly, safety measures were not being applied since they didn’t provide us any helmet to protect us from these sharp rock formation but unlike in Calinawan, the stalagmites here are way too far from the ground. In addition to that, they let us being toured by a kid haha.
20161203_150122tThe first thing i noticed and somehow disappointed me is that the place is already “artificialized“. The first level of the cave is already illuminated by artificial lights. You can spot one bulb from one corner to another.
20161203_150647tIn fairness to that little girl , she know her spiel too well and she was able to answer all our questions during the tour. If Calinawan has these witty names like “arthritis” and “sexy“, most rock formation in Mystical Cave is merely named after events depicted in the bible.20161203_150322tCan you spot the image of Jesus Christ in this rock formation?20161203_150711tHere’s stalactite formation resembling the image of Saint Anthony of Padua20161203_150725tThe cave features both sharp and extremely smooth ceiling. 20161203_150244tAnother rock formation in the cave which resembles another biblical event. It depicts the “Pieta20161203_151012tSorry for my blurry shots… I think i took so much photos from Pinto Art and Casa Santa and my Digicam went out of Battery… my Smartphone on the other hand was less than 15% already which stopped me from taking flash. I could have bring a strong flash light though20161203_151033tThis formation is called “Buddha” not because of its actual form but because of the shadows it projects on the wall which resembles the Buddha20161203_151224tThis is one of my favorite parts, this huge rock formation with little stalactites on the side is called “The Mount of Calvary“, in the bible, it’s where the Crucifixion of Christ took place.20161203_151301tThis one depicts the “Visitation20161203_151353tA spacious area inside the Mystical Cave. This could be the Cathedral where masses are sometimes being held.20161203_151431tHere’s another interesting formation depicting the image of “God The Son“. The image depicts the image of Christ holding the key to heaven.20161203_151533tThey said that the rock formation are miraculous. We were all encouraged to touch them and ask for our petition. There is an area called Wishing rock which is said to grant wishes. There is a certain rock formation dedicated for people who want to have babies. 20161203_151652t20161203_151723t20161203_151740tThis one is called The Bath tub. They said that the illness of those who bathe in here will be cured. The water dripping here (only when it rains) will fill the tub-like formation, allowing people to bathe. 20161203_151951tThis one is called “The Dressing Room20161203_152136t20161203_152147tOne of the creepiest parts of the cave is this huge pit. There is a formation called “Candle” because it resembles such. It is so deep that according to our little tour guide, is not really accessible because of the limited oxygen below. There is no barricades here so be careful with your steps. There is also another portion in this cave that features a huge hole that is said to be 60 ft deep. 20161203_152313t20161203_152350tStalagmites starting to form. Underneath the stalagmites, you’ll spot bottles and pails because according to our Tour guide, locals used to catch water from the cave and drink it.20161203_152441t20161203_152524t20161203_152537t
20161203_152644tThis is another interesting formation inside the cave which is called “The Sound of Bell” and as what the term suggests, it produces a bell-like sound when being tapped or knocked (visitors are allowed to do so).20161203_152716tHere you can see the formation glitters in the dark.IMG_0250tMystical Cave is truly an interesting destination in Antipolo but I also have a mixed thoughts about it. Much like the Calinawan, the place has become a popular spot for movie makers. It has been the location for different movie and tv series like Encantadia, Pedro Penduko, Dyesebel, Marina and more. With that, you know that the place was already fabricated. I even spotted vandals and some paint marks on some of the areas which is really disappointing.

I also noticed that they are doing some construction inside. Unlike Calinawan, in order to get out of the cave, you have to go back from where you came from.

Things You should Know before going to Mystical Cave
►The entrance fee to Mystical Cave is worth Php40 per head
►Although there’s already an elecrtrical lighting inside, it would be ideal to bring a flash light so you can get a better view of those rock formation.
►It could be muddy inside so better wear proper shoes.
►Take note that helmets are not provided in the tour and it seems like there is no sources nearby
►The tour guide could be a kid but like I said, she could be very knowledgeable.
►Comfort rooms are available outside the cave
►Small store can be found outside selling drinks and snacks
►If you have enough time, you can hike the top of the cave to witness the white crosses

How to Get to Mystical Cave
►Antipolo is accessible by jeepney or FX taxi, with terminals in Metro Manila including one in Araneta Center Cubao and Valero Street behind RCBC Plaza in Makati. This will drop you off to Antipolo’s Town Proper.  From the town proper, you can ride Cogeo bound jeepney and ask the driver to drop you off in Cogeo Market.
►From there, ride another jeepney bound to Paenaan and ask the driver to drop you to the site that can take you to the quarry site.  From there, you can spot the signage of Mystical Cave.  From there, you can actually hike it. If you’re lucky enough you can hire a tricycle that can take you in the cave but if not, you might consider going back to Padilla where you can hire a tricycle that could bring you directly to the place.

Where to Stay in Antipolo
For those who are looking for a nice place to stay in Antipolo whether you are in a tight budget or not, you might consider this list of hotels and resorts in Antipolo as compiled by TravelBook (with discounted rates too). Again, Antipolo has so many great places to offer that you guys can explore and a day tour may not be enough to discover them all.

After exploring the cave, we finally headed to our next and final destination! We concluded our Antipolo tour by heading to Cloud 9 Resort. Here, we took our early dinner before going back to Manila and also experienced the 360 Point View where we have to cross a hanging bridge. We also witnessed a stunning view of Antipolo skyline and I will share you my experience in my next entry.

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Feel free to watch the Video Summary of my Biyaheng Antipolo below and please don’t forget to subscribe. Thanks

In case you missed our previous entries, feel free to visit the links below
►Biyaheng Antipolo (Prologue)
►Antipolo Cathedral
►Hinulugang Taktak Falls
►Pinto Art Musuem
►25 Artworks That You Should Not Miss in Pinto Art Museum
►Jardin De Miramar
►Casa Santa Museum
►Mystical Cave
►Cloud 9 Hotel and Resorts
►Things To Buy When Visiting Antipolo

You might also want to check the previous Antipolo-related entries
►The First Procession In Antipolo
►Via Dolorosa in Pinagmisan Hills
►The Transfiguration of Christ Church
►Loreland Farm Resort

[Food] Massive Munchies Now In Manila!

Dumaguete-based Massive Munchies is now set to conquer the Metro with their delightful and rich-tasting pocket pies! The company which is interestingly founded by two business-minded young individuals (Tad Angara and Dexter Bautista) decided to bring their famous pocket pies in the heart of Manila.
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They just had a soft opening last Saturday (February 18). They set up a small outlet in F Hidalgo Street in Quiapo just in front of the Manuel L Quezon University and they are planning to add more outlets soon, hoping to experience the same success that the company had in Dumaguete.  Massive Munchies has been in operation since 2014; with just one store initially branching out into 3 in just 2 years.  With their products that are available in such affordable and reasonable prices without compromising the quality and the taste, it is not impossible for Massive Munchies to capture the heart of Manileños.

Mr Tad Angara, one of the store’s founders, warmly welcome us (bloggers) in their soft opening in Quiapo. He cheerfully tell us their humble beginning and how this business started out from a simple idea and how they struggle to make it grow. Surprisingly, despite of having no formal business training, the two managed to establish their first business successfully and the response from the people of Dumaguete was simply overwhelming.
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About four years ago, we started this company in Dumaguete City with only about 25k capital and then with no formal business training, no mentorship from anyone, it was hard and there was time we thought about giving up… but with right attitude and by utilizing every resources we got.. especially the Internet, we were able to maintain it” Mr Tad Angara

Massive Munchies is mainly catering “pocket pies”  which is currently consists of 4 amazing flavors to choose from. Each of the flavors are quite unique and are very much packed full of flavor. Each hot pocket meat pie cost around a measly Php 39 for it’s regular size to PHP 59 for it’s King size option – which is truly a total steal!

Each of this delectable goodie is available for both dine-in (solo/combo meal) and take-out (5/10pcs box) orders.

Cheesy PepperonipieThe Cheesy Pepperoni Pocket Pie marked the beginning of Massive Munchies; as it’s signature flavor it truly is a crowd favorite! It’s when Italian cuisine meets Filipino’s ingenuity! One of their best sellers! a definite must try!

Cheesy Taco
wsrCHEESY TACO The Mexican PocketPie with a whole lotta cheesy goodness. A definite perfect fit for every cheese lover out there! With this much cheese on it, you would totally crave for more!

Beefy Mushroom
dggBEEFY MUSHROOM – Simply BEEF Stroganoff in a pie! – Tender slices of beef sauteed in rich mushroom sauce makes this pocket meat pie a true meaty lovers’ favorite!

Tuna LasagnagggTUNA LASAGNA , Massive Munchies treat to our health conscious peers!, This pocket meat pie is definitely a healthier option! For those who love lasagna but are into lesser calories? Try this! tastes like lasagna, but is made from tuna.

They are planning to bring more of their menus from their flagship store in Dumaguete in their Manila outlet soon. In addition to that, Mr Angara mentioned that they will be offering healthier options pretty soon (he mentioned about Baked pocket pies instead of deep fried).

Additional flavors like Cheesy Sisig, Chicken Inasal, Cheesy Hungarian, Chocolate Fudge, Mango Bango, Apple Pie and Banana Caramel were all under development and could be part of their growing menu (possibly on the shop’s grand lunch which could be 3 or 4 months from now).
32893336331_e4d1a19516_otMassive Munchies Pocket Pies33019603405_6ce973ddcd_otThey were generous enough to give us a box full of this pocket pies. Cheesy Pepperoni is my personal favorite and it is not really surprising why this flavor is one of their best sellers32977927846_317a0e7ec8_otBeefy Mushroom is equally delicious too
32893366271_a685245dde_otAccording to Mr Angara, some of their customers in Dumaguete used to buy their pies raw (uncooked) so they can store it in the fridge for several days and cook or bake it afterwards.
33019532145_cb0747a411_otAside from the pies, they also gave us this cool black shirt sporting their company’s logo. I also learned that they are offering Massive Munchies hoodies and shirts too which are exclusively available online (you can check them here – http://shirt.ly/massivemunchies)

For more updates about Massive Munchies, feel free to visit their Social Media pages below
Facebook : https://web.facebook.com/MassiveMunchiesPH
Instagram : @massivemunchies

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