What to do and see in San Jose del Monte, Philippines: The Best Places and Tips

January 29, 2018 Velvet Mowry

San Jose del Monte is a component suburban city in the province of Bulacan in Central Luzon, Philippines. It is bordered by the cities of Caloocan and Quezon of Metro Manila in the south, by the town of Rodriguez, Rizal in the east, the towns of Santa Maria and Marilao in the west and Norzagaray in the north. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 574,089 people, making it the largest local government unit within Bulacan province and the 18th most populated city in the Philippines.
Restaurants in San Jose del Monte

1. Antipolo Church

Rizal, San Jose del Monte, Luzon, Philippines
Excellent
44%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

Antipolo Church

Reviewed By enjoyfunlovetravels - Philippines

Last June 2013,we together with my husband and my son were visited our friend in Antipolo.Luckily the place that the public vehicle is usually stop at the just near the Antipolo Church.There are lots of native foods like kakanin and authentic "suman" or rice cake and different flavors ,cashew nuts and etc. can avail outside the church vicinity.There also a photographer outside the church that offers to take you souvenir photos and can get it with design.
I already visited the said church before but now ,I can say that lots of changes been there.Hopefully I will be back to this church with my family soon ...

2. National Shrine of the Divine Mercy

Marilao, Luzon 3019, Philippines +63 2 531 4598
Excellent
69%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 16 reviews

National Shrine of the Divine Mercy

Reviewed By eunsoohuang - Taguig City, Philippines

The place believed to be healing illnesses
The place is big enough to accommodate pilgrims and believers, there is designated area for those with cars. They also have this open chapel with barriers and benches facing the mama Mary with wishing well.
Though I noticed, there's this place- bukal ng kalusugan" small and narrow for a huge number of people.
They have also a place to commemorate Pope John Paul(P10.00 entrance) with his replica and other memorabilia, his life story when his growing up.
The church is quite serene. With big statue of saints and well maintained.
Worth the visit.
How to get there:
I came from Malolos, so I rode a jeepney going to Marilao P50.00 then alight at the highway going to Divine.

3. Pinagrealan Cave

Minuyan, Norzagaray, Luzon, Philippines
Excellent
25%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
25%
Poor
0%
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4 based on 4 reviews

Pinagrealan Cave

Reviewed By followyouroad - Quezon City, Philippines

Want to go spelunking near the metro? One of the caves that you should go explore is only a few minutes up North. Try Pinagrealan Cave of Norzagaray, Bulacan — a matter of only 3 rides from Cubao.
Pinagrealan is not only famous for its cave formations, it also holds historical significance being the haven and hideout for revolutionaries during the Spanish colonization era (1896), the Filipino-American War (1898) and as a sanctuary of the Japanese Imperial Army.
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Want to go spelunking near the metro? One of the caves that you should go explore is only a few minutes up North. Try Pinagrealan Cave of Norzagaray, Bulacan — a matter of only 3 rides from Cubao.DSC_0498Pinagrealan is not only famous for its cave formations, it also holds historical significance being the haven and hideout for revolutionaries during the Spanish colonization era (1896), the Filipino-American War (1898) and as a sanctuary of the Japanese Imperial Army.
Once called Minuyan Cave, Pinagrealan is located at the foot of the Sierra Madre mountain range extending more than a kilometer. The famous personalities that once inhabited this cave is Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and Gen. Pio del Pilar.
Pinagrealan Cave tells more than history. It is characterized by smooth stalagmites and pointy stalactites beautifully formed by time and the elements. Much of the cave’s ceiling is smooth and circular in shape — as if firmly stroked by a potter’s hand.
Because the cave seemed so quiet and clean, it was hard to imagine all the action that transpired here more than a hundred years ago.
What’s marvelous are the seemingly frozen cave surface droplets that shimmer with a flash of light. These intricate “living” droplets have taken years to form, but a touch of human hands can kill them.
Half of the cave is filled with cold waist-deep water that swells even more after the rain. We did not make it to the very end because of it. This is why weather forecasts should be checked before exploring the cave, to enjoy it to the full extent.
Aside from preparing yourself for the slippery smooth rocks, Pinagrealan Cave is overall easy to navigate especially with the provisions of flashlights and helmets for a mere P50. Guides are required for the exploration, whose rate is according to your tip.

4. Philippine Arena

Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue, Luzon, Philippines
Excellent
93%
Good
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Satisfactory
7%
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5 based on 13 reviews

Philippine Arena

Reviewed By feetdraggerdoctor

This is not just a religious function place. I was part of the audience that broke the world indooraattendance record during the Philippine Basketball Association opening. It is grand that any visitor will have a nice time seeing it and taking lovely pictures. We were here again for the k pop groups Super Junior and Girl Generation. The place has two giant screens for the audience not to miss a single thing. The important thing it has going for it is very new.The biggest in Asia . The single thing they have yet to correct is a system to service the crowd who want to eat without missing anything in the program. The lines are still too long but the experience worth it. A country's pride

5. University of the Philippines

Off Commonwealth Avenue | Diliman, Quezon City, Luzon 2004, Philippines 63 2 920 5301
Excellent
53%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
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4.5 based on 293 reviews

University of the Philippines

Reviewed By JahWarriorL - Manila, Philippines

Well I run/climb the Mountains and trails but its always hard for me to go to any Mountains outside the metro but when I tried running @UP Academic Oval it was for me one of the most precious location here in Quezon City where you can run with fresh air, a dedicated lane for runners and cyclist, a friendly and affordable stores. If you wish to go on extreme running UP also has alot of trials that you can run in to :)

6. Avilon Zoo

9003 GP Sitio Gulod, San Isidro, Rodriguez, Luzon 1860, Philippines (632) 941-8393
Excellent
29%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
19%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 112 reviews

Avilon Zoo

Reviewed By CzarEmmanuel - Manila, Philippines

Avilon Zoo (or Wildlife Conservation Foundation) is located in Rodriguez (former Montalban), Rizal. It's a 7.5 hectare zoo opened to the public in 2004. Compared with other zoos in the country, it claims to have the largest collection of animals today (with more than 3000 specimens!). What I liked in particular about Avilon Zoo are the big arapaimas it has in its lake and the opportunity to have a picture taken either with one of its orangutans (named Trixie) or snakes at a low price (Php 50 only). Aside from this, other fun activities they have include feeding the giraffes, the arapaimas. some barn animals, and, of course, taking selfies or group pix as long as you please.
To get there, take a jeepney or FX from Cubao (going to Rodriguez), get off at Total gas station, then take an orange tricycle. The complete address is: 9003 GP Sitio Gulod, San Isidro, 1860 Rodriguez, Rizal. Dont' worry. The tricycle drivers know exactly where the place is. Entrance fee: Php 700 (with a 50% discount if you buy your ticket on-line). For the zoo's schedule, you may call them up at (+632) 948 3986
(+632) 948 9866, (+632) 9418530), or email them at [email protected] Enjoy!

7. Valenzuela City People's Park

Manila North Road, Valenzuela, Luzon, Philippines +63 2 294 4216
Excellent
45%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
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4.5 based on 20 reviews

Valenzuela City People's Park

Reviewed By Princess D

People park is one of the most popular at this day i am proud as a Valenzuela citizen have our own park. People like it where you can see many people walk around, jogging, zumba corner and etchetera. The most attractive is the Fountain on front of it and its a relaxing time when you see it. Try to visit for you to know.

8. Amana Water Park

Santisima St. | Bagong Barrio, Pandi, Luzon 3014, Philippines +63 917 886 6220
Excellent
12%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
11%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 96 reviews

Amana Water Park

What is now the 2nd most searched summer destination in the Philippines in Google and has removed Pandi, Bulacan from obscurity was once a vision in the mind of Mr. Enrico Roque- the man behind Bodega ng Bayan (a widely established appliance store here in the Philippines) and Tampisaw Beach Resort (in Iba, Zambales). Named after an ancient Syrian River, AMANA Water Park is far from 'ancient' as it boasts the newest: Tsunami Wave- The Best Wave in Asia! 3500-square meter wave pool 40-foot man-made waterfall Infinity pool with Jacuzzi Kiddie pool with life-sized Dragon Ball characters Twin pool with slide Avatar pool Batanes pool Cavepool Zipline Theme cottages (Baler, Boracay, Calatagan, Camiguin, Laoag, Palawan and Tagaytay inspired) Super heroes and Cartoon characters Toy Museum World class services with distinctively Filipino warmth of hospitality, comfort and convenience for a reasonable cost. The concept for AMANA was first envisioned when the sister-resort, Tampisaw Beach Resort in Iba, Zambales was opened on March 28, 2008. A much bigger resort with a more wide-ranging clientele was conceived which will cater to the customer's total enjoyment! Best amenities, world-class services with distinctly Filipino warmth of hospitality, comfort and convenience for a reasonable cost giving value for one's hard-earned money are just one of the many driving force that molded AMANA Water Park to what is today. Immediately after the acquisition of 8.4 hectares rice field property on June 23, 2008- development was then undertaken for what would be AMANA Water Park. To get the best ideas for the theme of the upcoming water park, Mr. Roque went to about 50 different resorts in Luzon to do ocular and get the best ideas that he could incorporate for his project. On August of the same year groundbreaking commenced and nine (9) months after, the vision was realized in the opening of the AMANA Water Park on March 28, 2009. To date, AMANA has been able to cater to its maximum capacity of customer at an unbelievable 10,000 visitors in a given time- proving that in such short a time the Water Park had reached its maximum potential. For this reason we are raising the bar to the higher level of excellence and envision of making AMANA Water Park to become the best resort in Luzon be it even nationally. Our Corporate Vision " For AMANA Water Park to be the Best Resort in Luzon and be acclaimed both nationally and internationally as one of the World's Best Water Park providing total customer satisfaction, ultimate fun and enjoyment with the best value for our client's money's worth. Our Corporate Mission "Being the Best Resort in Luzon, AMANA Water Park shall make Pandi as the Tourism Capital of Luzon. As such, we as a business Enterprise commit ourselves to our social obligation of helping the people of Pandi by providing those jobs and to social responsibility of helping our community in every possible way.

Reviewed By JQandRich - Bustos, Philippines

Very popular in Bulacan maybe in Manila as well has a lot of guest to enjoy well typical of a popular Water Park. Good concept, difficult to locate, roads leading to the resort is bad, water clourene is strong so water quality is questionable

9. St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church

Barangay Poblacion I, San Jose del Monte, Luzon 3023, Philippines
Excellent
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4.5 based on 4 reviews

St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church

Reviewed By Irene F

St Joseph the Worker Parish may appear large when seen from
the roadside but when i decided to pay a visit and hear Mass on the first Sunday of 2017, the space inside could not accommodate all the parishioners.
I was told that St Joseph, the foster father of Jesus Christ, never uttered a word when his wife was chosen to conceive the Messiah. his golden silence and ready acceptance to be with Mary even when she was carrying somebody else's child was noble enough to carry out the Divine Plan. he is a silent worker that gets things done.
This parish serves its purpose of getting people closer to God - in silent and meaningful ways.

10. Art in Island

175 15th Ave. | Cubao, Quezon City, Luzon 1109, Philippines +63 2 421 1356
Excellent
51%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 348 reviews

Art in Island

Reviewed By garui d

A really good attraction for kids and kids at heart (aka adults like me HAHAHA). A sight to behold is their lights and shadow show that gave world class performance of how lights and shadows are used to create an artform!! Superb! Take your kids with you, and Enjoy!!!

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