Just 16km from Manila is the breathtaking province of Rizal, home to stunning waterfalls, spectacular mountain ranges and plenty of fabulous things to do with kids, Rizal is a great choice for your next family holiday. We asked our next guest blogger and local Mummy, Kim Reyes from Mom On Duty to share all her favourite things to do in the Region. Kim is the bloggy mommy behind MomOnDuty.com, she’s a fire fighter’s wife and mom of three minis sharing stories about their happy mess at home, their family travels, and her work-from-anywhere lifestyle. She most definitely knows a lot about visiting the Philippines with kids.
What is the best thing about the Province of Rizal?
The province of Rizal blends (almost) urban living with the beauty of nature. We have big schools, malls, theme parks, museums, and loads of restaurants—all surrounded by nature.
What is your favourite restaurant in Rizal?
Marison’s! This restaurant serves THE BEST Kare-Kare (Oxtail in Peanut Stew) topped with crispy tripe.
Any local hotel recommendations?
It’s a bit outdated, but I love the vibe at Cloud9. What we love about the hotel is that they’re family-friendly and they have a viewing deck that gives guests a beautiful view of Metro Manila from the mountains of Antipolo.
What do you do when you want to relax here?
The Province of Rizal is known for nature tripping. If you want to relax, go on a road trip that starts in Cainta (grab Bibingka here for breakfast) then go up to Antipolo where you can stop by Hinulugang Taktak or Pinto Art Museum. Go further into Rizal through the towns of Teresa, Morong, Baras. Stop over in Tanay to take a dip in Daranak Falls then head over to Pilillia for lunch at the floating restaurant or coffee at The Daily Beans. Before going home, watch the sun set at the Pilillia Windmills. Going back to Manila, you can take the alternate route which will take you to the other side of Rizal through the town of Binangonan, Angono, and Taytay. Angono is famous for their art museums while Taytay is known for the ‘tiangge’ where you can buy clothes at super low prices.
What’s the best way to get around the Province of Rizal?
It’s best to bring your own car. Although public transport is available, it may be hard to find a ride later in the day.
Where is the best place for a coffee break?
The Daily Beans, for sure. They have a branch in Antipolo, but I personally prefer the one in Pilillia because of the view!
Are there any good places for shopping?
You have to try shopping at the Taytay Tiangge!
What’s the one thing you can’t miss when visiting Rizal with kids?
The nature trip! You have to make that road trip around Rizal. We’ve done it a lot of times and there’s always something new to explore.
Have you been to The Province of Rizal in The Philippines with kids? Let us know what your family favourites are, just leave us a comment down below.
For more amazing destinations in Asia to visit with kids make sure to check out my post on visiting Asia with kids. It includes all our favourite places to visit.