With the hustle and bustle of city life, it has become challenging for couples to set aside quality time for themselves, and think of interesting things to do aside from the usual dinner and movie date.
Luckily, there are romantic getaways still accessible, such those within, and close to, the Pasig-Cainta area. There, couples can take a breather, bond, and make memories.
These 5 activities top our list.
Enjoy a romantic dinner
If your significant other happens to be a foodie, then you’re in luck—the area is teeming with great spots to have a date over some delicious and well-prepared food. One such place is Estela’s in Cainta. Serving good old Filipino favorites, Estela’s promises a night full of gastronomic treats such as Crispy Pata and Lengua Salpicao, as well as dishes with a new spin, like Lucban Pasta or Sisig Tortilla Bites. Go for a hearty meal with your loved one at Estela’s, or even all-in-one stops like KAPStop Food Park at KAPYard at Ortigas Extension cor. Bayanihan Village in Cainta or Eats In The East Food Park at The Fern Triangle, Cainta—and prove that the way to one’s heart is really through their stomach.
Estela Restaurant. Photo via Businessworld
Go for a scenic drive
Sometimes, it is truly the simple moments we spend with our loved ones that are most special. Go for a long drive with your loved one and enjoy a scenic cruise around Cainta and its neighboring towns. See the famed rolling hills, rivers, and streams that abound in the area, being steeped in the Marikina Valley. Nearby Antipolo, Marikina, and Taytay are all blessed with natural wonders, from the Hinulugang Taktak Falls to the Daranak Falls. All you need is your car, some good music, and your significant other, and you can have a relaxing Sunday cruise through beautiful Rizal.
Say a prayer at the Parish of Our Lady of Light, more commonly known as Cainta Church. First built in the 1700s and reconstructed in the 1960s, thousands of couples have found solace in this sanctuary.
Our Lady of Light Parish Church. Photo via ABS-CBN News
Spend an afternoon in the park
The Pasig Rainforest Adventure Experience (RAVE) Park is a quick and easy getaway option; it doesn’t mean it’s less fun, though. There’s a lagoon for boat rides, a picnic grove for lunch or snacks, water park pools, a promenade area, and a botanical garden for leisurely strolls best enjoyed with a loved one.
Indulge in a pampering weekend
Just a few minutes away from Cainta, Rizal, Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa and Garden Suites has stunning views of Laguna de Bay, Antipolo, and Manila. Book a suite for the night then try their Couple’s Spa Treatment; package includes a full body massage, a choice of hair spa or foot spa, and access to a lap pool, sauna, and jacuzzi.
Luljetta’s Hanging Gardens Spa and Garden Suites. Photo via Wheninmanila
The Pasig-Cainta area, with its bustling growth and thriving local scene, offers you all these activities and so much more. In close proximity to the best lifestyle hubs, recreation centers, restaurants, shops, and also schools and hospitals, this continually flourishing community would definitely make a good base for a young couple—especially for those already thinking about starting a family.
Young couples and starting families are guaranteed that everything they’ll need will be within close reach at Empire East Highland City. A planned township with several areas of interest like a mall and a park, this development has got your family leisure time covered.
Empire East Land Holdings, Inc. is building the Empire East Highland City township along Felix Avenue in Pasig-Cainta, in mid-2019. It’s one of the fastest growing communities in the country.
Aside from saving up for a condo unit where they can start a life together, couples can look forward to Highland Mall, which will offer numerous shopping, dining and leisure options.
There’s also Highland Park, an 8,000-square meter green and open park, which will have its own church. The park will be the focal point of the township; on both sides of the park will be a six-lane road, which will serve as the main street entrance to Empire East Highland City.
Everything they need is right outside their doorstep.
This article originally appeared on Lamudi.