It was a beautiful mid-morning when our small group of social media and bloggers went to at Casa Santa within Jardin de Miramar compound, there was an evening of concert with the Payatas kids choir in Antipolo City.
We decided to meet at Araneta Center , Cubao at about 11:00 am and decided to commute via Lrt line 2 going to Santolan station and we took sa jeepney route on our way to the historic Antipolo Church .
The travel was a little bit faster than the usual , It only took us about 15 minutes to reach LRT Santolan station and another 30 minutes ride going to Antipolo . We paid about Php 23.00 each and took our group off near the church .
We walk going to the church and had a brief stop over at several stalls selling Virgin of Antipolo , Nuestra Señora dela Paz y Buen Viaje or Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. Forgot to buy novena booklet .
suman , mangoes and cashews are some of the most iconic food that Antipolo is known for
After the short visit to the church compound and plaza , we decided to buy some buko juice and ate some cashew nuts bought from nearby stalls.
Cora and Atang Stall
After all Antipolo is well-known for their roasted cashew nuts , suman and kakanins ( rice cakes and native delicacies) and a visit to the place is incomplete without a visit to the church and marian image.
Although sellers are vocal that there are very few cashew trees and plantations within the area. They usually sourced their nuts from Palawan and elsewhere.
Then we took a tricycle ride going to Jardin de Miramar , Sir Andrei Isidro treated us by paying the fare which cost Php 40 ( special trip since , there were only 3 of us ) . It route was barely 1.5 kilometer route from the church to Jardin de Miramar compound.
Payatas children choir
We took some time exploring the compound and everyone enjoyed their short stay and tour at Casa Santa . This was their third year of hosting a Christmas party and a benefit concert , proceeds goes to the indigent children communities of Payatas . There are dozens of children which were able to go to school because of the project .
Tickets were sold during the event which gave participants unlimited time to explore round the vicinity , meet and greet with santa , some packed meals and participate at the games.
The buffet meal was catered by Dabiana Catering Services from Cogeo , Antipolo.
We hope that there will be a lot of these types of projects to help needy school children . In our own small way , we took some loose change from our pockets and drop them at the donation box places at the Casa Santa entrance.