Relaxation and Wellness
Phillip's Sanctuary: A Rare Experience of Serenity in the Forest
Christa De La Cruz | Sep 07, 2015
Resting on the slopes of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, Antipolo in Rizal Province is known for its high altitude, dense forest areas, scenic view, and chilly weather. These conditions make the city an ideal location for spiritual retreats, teambuilding activities, and weekend respite despite its status as a "highly-urbanized city."
One of the places that offer a home to nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts is the eco-recreation park called Phillip's Sanctuary.
Owned by the Pestaño Family, it is the vision of their late son Ensign Philip Andrew A. Pestaño, P.N. He was also born with a green thumb, taking after his father Felipe, an agriculturist. A graduate of the PMA, the soldier wanted to develop a facility where military and non-military groups can train and exercise on a regular basis.
The result? The 12-hectare farm built with military-grade obstacle courses perfect for teambuilding activities, biking dirt roads for weekend warriors, and cottages for those who just want to experience the serenity of the hills.
Its endless rows of trees and crisscrossing trails welcome anyone who just want to spend the morning walking around and taking in what nature has to offer. In the other pockets of the farm are vegetable and fruit gardens, a butterfly habitat, and a small river for fishing.
Staying in the Sanctuary makes one disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city. In this place where high-rise buildings are replaced with towering trees and pavements are scattered with dirt and dried leaves, it is easy to just let go and breath in the beauty of the surroundings.
Phillip's Sanctuary is located at Sitio Panlilingan, Pestano Farm Road, Antipolo.