It's the long weekend yet again this April 28 to May 1, and what better way to spend it by leaving the metro that's filled with much pollutiion, noise, and backlogs.
Where to go, then? Tanay in Rizal. Not only the municipality is just a few hours away from the capital, but it's also conducive for a much-needed "reset" because of the verdant surroundings and cool climates. The latter is especially welcome, with the heat index these days surpassing 40C.
Families, specifically those with 4X4 vehicles, may go to Sierra Grove, which offers a sublime view of the Sierra Madre mountain range.
Being 550 meters above sea level, visitors may pitch tents on the ground or even by their cars themselves.
Message Sierra Grove on Facebook for advance bookings and other information.
Ridges and Clouds Nature Camp
Ridges and Clouds Nature Camp is especially made for nature-loving couples.
They may enjoy the foothills of Sierra Madre, as well as the sea of clouds and the sunrise.
It offers overnight glamping: Couple Cabana, inclusive of free breakfast and toilet, and Twin Ifugao House, which has an additional room and toilet, as well as sala, dining table, lanai, and barbecue pit.
Couples may also opt for pitch tents, bonfires, and romantic dates.
El Patio Razon
Another place catering to pairs, especially Lord of the Rings fans, is El Patio Razon.
It has Hobbit Houses, round windows and all, which give a taste of what it's like to live in the Shire. There are also A-Houses that include free breakfast and use of kawa bath.
Guests may also pitch their own tents or borrow the in-house ones, along with mattresses, pillows, and blankets.
Message El Patio Razon via Facebook or 0948-422-1170 for reservations and additional details.
Despite what its name suggests, Lambingan Hills is also accessible to families and barkada.
It has kubo rooms meant for 6 to 8 pax, as well as waterproof big tents for 3 to 4 pax, but the average lovebirds may book nipa rooms or triangle rooms.
Amenities include ihawan, swimming pool, fish pond.
Shoot them a message on Facebook or 0921-571-2014 for more details.
Balai Tanay's Jeepney Camper
The Winnebago recreational vehicle is so popular in the United States, but in our home country, there exists a customized stationary jeep where one may glamp to their heart's content.
Balai Tanay's Jeepney Camper offers queen-sized bed and double mattress, a small kitchen, mini fridge, a bathroom with shower, Wi-Fi, and air conditioning, among others.
The site itself has al fresco dining area and swimming pool.
Since it's situated in the middle of the rainforest, campers can appreciate the verdant surroundings, even come across insects and other critters.
Message Balai Tanay on Facebook for bookings.