Robinsons Antipolo is worth the trip
For many people living in the metro, a trip to Antipolo is seen as an escape to a place where the temperature is cooler, trees are greener and meals seem heartier.
Marian devotees would make the trek to this hilly city east of Manila to visit and pray at the shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage. The black image of the Virgin Mary dates back to the 17th century and is the central figure of the cathedral.
Before heading back, one always bought packs of roasted cashews or snacked on ripe mangoes and suman (ricecakes). The cathedral and the city’s tasty treats are still there but for close to a decade now, the city has also been the home of a popular mall that has grown and evolved to service tens of thousands of Antipolenos.
Robinsons Place Antipolo first opened its doors in 2014 with over 200 stores spread across two floors.
Last year, it unveiled its new expansion that doubled the mall’s floor area. The architects and designers took into account the verdant surroundings and decided on a modern tropical look.
From 200 mall partners when it first opened, it now houses Eat Street, four new digital cinemas, a Lingkod Pinoy Center, and over a hundred new stores and restaurants. Happy locals have been vocal in their appreciation saying Robinsons Antipolo “offers a sense of space,” “fosters the bayanihan spirit,” and gives them more options for “a modern mailing style.”
The mall is also highly accessible as it has a public transport terminal that links up with cities and towns in Rizal Province. Instead of heading to Manila, Antipolenos don’t have to travel far to indulge in whatever cuisine they’re craving, catch the latest blockbuster on widescreen, stock up on their wellness needs, or get anything from a trim to a full makeover at their favorite salon or barbershop. Pet lovers are also very welcome to bring their fur babies for a stroll around the mall.
Since last year, Robinsons Antipolo has been a second home of ARTablado. The first one, established in 2020, is located at Robinsons Galleria. This platform, bravely opened during the pandemic, allows emerging and established artists to showcase their creations and reach a much wider audience.
First-time visitors would do well to take time to admire the mall’s tropical-inspired interiors with their unique leaf-, seed- and stone-shaped designs. These embellishments were chosen to tell the story of Antipolo’s history, people and lifestyle.