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  • Ang Hirap! But We Found Mom-Recommended Places To Escape To During GCQ, MGCQ

    It takes courage to go out nowadays, but even the drive is just worth it.
    by Rachel Perez .
Ang Hirap! But We Found Mom-Recommended Places To Escape To During GCQ, MGCQ
PHOTO BY (LEFT TO RIGHT) Facebook/Ricardo Vista Del Cielo, Kitty Elicay
  • It's been six months of quarantine with no end still in sight. Kids under are 21 and seniors over 60, as well as pregnant woman, people who are immunocompromised or have co-morbidities are still required to stay home except for essential travels. But everyone wants to go out, breathe fresh air, and see some greenery, especially the kids!

    The good news is that many establishments are re-opening or waiting for certification to be allowed to accept guests under general community quarantine (GCQ) or modified general community quarantine (MGCQ. Areas just outside the city limits are also re-opening their borders, but you can always try to secure a travel pass just to be safe. 

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    Places to go to during GCQ, MGCQ for fresh air

    Being surrounded by nature is not an excuse to relax on taking proper precautions if you opt to go out. But should you decide to brave the outdoors and escape to nature, where can you go? One mom in the Smart Parenting Village Facebook group asked for recommendations. It turns out that many other moms had the same idea.

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    Here are the places they recommended. If you're set on your destination, make sure they can accommodate your family and make reservations, if needed. 

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    If you want to explore places south of Metro Manila:

    Tagaytay

    Tagaytay City announced that it is now open for tourists and you don't need a travel pass. "We went today lang with our toddler. Nasa car lang siya at least nakakita siya ng ibang place. Wala nang checkpoint, mabilis biyahe," said Mommy Des. (Read more abotu it here.)

    Evia Football Field (Palazzo Verde, Daang Hari, Alabang)

    "The football field is just beside it and can be accessed publicly," said Mommy Ciarra. Just park along the road, and the vast greenery is just a few steps away. 

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    If you want to explore the east side of the city:

    Pinto Art Museum (Antipolo, Rizal)

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    Pinto Art Museum is now open from Tuesdays till Sundays, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bringing children and senior citizens are highly discouraged, but will not be turned away. 

    Windmills (Pililla, Rizal)

    Restaurants near the windmills are still closed, but just being outdoors can be fun. "No checkpoint daw and pwede babies! Fresh air and overlooking scenery talaga," aid Mommy Bibay.

    Sea of Clouds (Boso Boso, Rizal)

    "You need to be there as early as 6 a.m. para makita ni baby ang sea of clouds," said Mommy Yhel.

    Bulawan Floating Restaurant (Pililia Rizal)

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    Bulawan Floating Restaurant is open for dine-in and fishing experience, which is great for kids. They are currently operating at 30% capacity. 

    Ricardo's Vista Del Cielo (Tanay, Rizal)

    "Try to go early before 6 a.m., and you might see a sea of clouds. Food is okay, but the view and weather is worth the long drive!"' says Mommy Chinkee. 

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    Crescent Moon Cafe (Antipolo City)

    The open-air restaurant has limited seating capacity, so make reservations. It has giant ponds where kids can feed the fish. You can also shop for ceramics. 

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    If you decide to stay within city limits:

    Bonifacio Global City

    Bonifacio Global City is open to visitors. It has greenery and has safe zones for kids. Just make sure you practice social distancing. 

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    UP Diliman

    The Academic Oval in UP Diliman , where joggers usually make their rounds, and the Sunken Garden are closed. However, there are other greenery spots you can stop by for a quick rest. 

    If you have a place in mind, ust check if they're open and share it with us in the comments!

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