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4 Places to Escape Near Metro Manila to Save Your Mental Health

Don't worry, expensive white sand is not necessary!

The pandemic has undoubtedly made us feel that we’re at our wit’s end. The never-ending lockdowns, the isolation, and the anxiety that you might get the disease and spread it to your loved ones. In addition to all these, most of us have experienced cabin fever and are anxious to get out of the house.

Without the COVID-19 pandemic, many of us may have already gone flying to foreign countries, began frolicking in white sand beaches, and exploring cities. We would be off the radar to practice some self-care and nurture our mental health. But of course, because of the threats of the pandemic, we can’t do any of these for now. (Read: Liza Soberano Opens Up About Anxiety, Shares Tips for Good Mental Health)

Now, as the government eases down on its quarantine restrictions in nearby areas in Metro Manila, many have started looking for ideal places to visit for a quick (and safe) escape from everything that’s been happening. And to help you plan your short trip, My Pope lists several places to escape to in order save your mental health—don’t worry, expensive white sand is not necessary!

Reminder: You must still practice the minimum health standards such as social distancing and wearing of face masks when going out. Also, since these places are still under community quarantines, only people of ages 21 to 59 are allowed to go out.


Photo from Tagaytay Highlands

A two-hour drive away from Manila, Tagaytay City is a popular weekend getaway for those living in the Metro and nearby cities. The cool breeze will surely relax your mind and give you the escape you need from all the stressors. Have a big, steaming bowl of Bulalo and you’ll surely be getting your well-deserved break! (Read: ‘Dine-In’ Now Allowed in Restaurants, Food Establishments)

La Union

Photo from Deal Grocer

The “Surfing Capital of the North” reopened to locals in June. With that, San Juan, La Union’s popular surf town has also opened its doors to beach-lovers and surfers within the province. What better way to take your mind off things than to hit the waves, right? Some accommodations are also open if you wish to stay, provided that you have confirmed bookings and proper travel and health documents.


Photo from Agoda

As the city of Antipolo enters the modified general community quarantine, along with the whole province of Rizal, several attractions have reopened their doors. One of which is the highly Instagrammed Pinto Art Museum. (Read: Iloilo Museum of Contemporary Art Holds Virtual Exhibit for Female Artists)

Go on a quick escape and immerse yourself with beautiful and thought-provoking artworks by Filipino artists—a proven way to destress from all the craziness of the world. Minimum health standards should be followed and bringing large bags are not allowed. Children and the elderly are also highly discouraged to visit. Tickets are priced at P250.


Photo from Bangkok Attractions

If you need a quick escape from Metro Manila, Batangas is always a go-to. And given the stress and anxiety that many people experience these days, there is one place in the area that can surely offer the relaxing experience you seek. (Read: A Medical Doctor Explains Why You Should Try Functional Medicine)

The Farm at San Benito, a holistic medical wellness center, promotes immune intelligence to fight COVID-19. The Farm offers long stay rates where you will have 24/7 access to health professionals, wellness educational sessions, stress-reducing treatments, and immune-boosting programs. 

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