Cintai Corito’s Garden

It has always been my dream to visit Bali, Indonesia. It offers jaw-dropping sceneries, authentic culture, mouth-watering delicacies and welcoming locals. I guess these could be some of the reasons why it is one of the most visited tropical countries in the world. But due to a lot of things to consider even now that I have my own funds to finance my trip, traveling to Bali, Indonesia remains a dream travel destination for me.

Though this dream is still construction in the making, my feet could not be stopped when I knew about the Balinese-inspired sanctuary in Balete, Batangas, Philippines.

A brief of history of Cintai Corito
The Garden started out as an ordinary private family rest house that the family visited every weekend. In 2005, however, their mother Corito was diagnosed with a terminal disease. To help her recuperate from treatment, the family often brought her to the garden because the place made her relax and temporarily forget her sickness. Two years later, Corito finally succumbed to her illness.Her husband together with his 4 children then decided to focus all their efforts on making the garden a paradise since she loved the place so much. They wanted the beautiful memories they shared there to live on thus the creation of Cintai… love for their mother and love for his wife. (Source)

Getting to Cintai Corito’s Garden
Cintai Corito’s Garden is located at Sitio Pandayan, Malabanan Balete, Batangas which can also be easily reached thru public transport.

I arrived in Balete, Batangas as early as 9:00 am and considering that my reservation in Cintai Corito’s Garden was for a lunch buffet, I opted to pay a visit first at Marian Orchard Garden.  Thus, this was my point of origin getting to Cintai Corito’s Garden.

  • From Marian Orchard Garden, take a jeepney bound for Lipa and alight at Cintai Corito’s Garden.

It is really true that Cintai Corito’s Garden was built with love and passion. As I passed the doors and walk through the pathways, there were moments when I couldn’t do anything but be amazed. While the food/s they served were not really outstanding, the details of their landscape design outside the pavilion were terrific. Indeed, it was a Balinese-inspired experience for me.

Here are some tips that I can share about this trip:

  • Book a reservation 2 weeks prior your planned travel date.
  • If you are on a DIY trip, be prepared for a 5-10 minute walk from the entrance to the pavilion.
  • The guard at the entrance will contact the receptionist to verify if you have a reservation. In other words, no reservation, no entry.

Travel Photos
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Going back to Cubao, Quezon City
Cintai Corito’s Garden was my last destination in this Balete, Batangas trip so from here –

  • Take a jeepney/tricycle bound for Lipa and alight at Levi Town Market / Jollibee Maraouy / Caltex Maraouy.
  • From Levi Town Market / Jollibee Maraouy / Caltex Maraouy, take a jeepney / multi cab bound for SM Lipa and alight at SM Lipa.
  • From SM Lipa Grand Terminal, take a bus bound for Cubao.

Travel Expenses
Jeepney Fare (Marian Orchard to Cintai Corito’s) = Php 8.00 
Cintai Corito’s Garden Lunch Buffet = Php 530.00
Tricycle Fare (Cintai Corito’s to Levi Town Market) = Php 20.00
Jeepney Fare (Levi Town Market to SM City Lipa) = Php 8.00
Bus Fare (Lipa Grand Bus Terminal to Cubao) = Php 165.00

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Hinulugang Taktak Falls

We were visiting one of our friends who’s living in Antipolo, a city in the province of Rizal when our group decided to go on a quick stop at Hinulugang Taktak Falls.

Hinulugang Taktak Falls has a height of 21.5 meters from the water surface and width of 25.8 meters. It played a very significant role in the landscape of Rizal province while giving distinction to the historical and cultural heritage of Antipolo. According to the word of mouth of Antipolenos, in 16th century the local people forced a priest to drop a church bell into the river due to its unpleasant sound when rung during Angelus.

Since then, the waterfall was once a famous tourist spot in Antipolo. Sadly, as the years came by and more people resided within the area, the beauty of Hinulugang Taktak started to tarnish.

But let’s not fret! Like the continuous flow of the river, there’s also an infinite hope to revive the prime beauty of this waterfall. Through the joint efforts of the residents, local and national government agency, Hinulugang Taktak Falls is gradually becoming alive and more welcoming to its visitors.

Getting to Hinulugang Taktak Falls
Hinulugang Taktak is located in Taktak Road, Brgy. Dela Paz, Antipolo City, Rizal. It can be easily reached by land with several routes to choose from which are all budget-friendly. However, what I can share for now is the route my friends and I had taken since we visited a friend who’s been living in Cogeo, Antipolo.

  • From Cogeo Gate 2 Market, take a tricycle bound for Taktak Road. Tell the tricycle driver or barker that you are heading to Hinulugang Taktak. 
  • From the unloading station of Taktak Road, walk to the entrance of Hinulugang Taktak Falls. It may take you 2-3 minutes to get there.

Travel Expenses (Total Amount: Php 30.00)
Tricycle Rental – Cogeo, Gate 2 Market to Taktak Road (Php 60.00 / 4pax) = Php 15.00
Tricycle Rental – Taktak Road to Cogeo, Gate 2 Market (Php 60.00 / 4pax) = Php 15.00

Travel Photos

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If you had already visited this waterfall, you can definitely agree with me that the place has a lot of things to improve on. To revive the grandeur and beauty of this tourist spot would require greater efforts not only from the local and national government but also from the visitors and residents.

If you have more time touring around the city of Antipolo, you may want to try combining this trip with the following travel destinations:

  • Mount Purro Nature Reserve
  • Mystical Cave
  • Pinto Arts Museum
  • Our Lady of Antipolo Shrine
  • Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens and Spa
  • Casa Santa Museum
  • Phillip’s Sanctuary
  • Shrine of our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage
  • Boso Boso Church

“Take nothing but pictures and leave nothing but footprints.”