January 22, 2017, 10:37 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07338 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.56344 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03536 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31768 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02647 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03576 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03996 Barbados Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.58422 Bangladesh Taka
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03663 Bulgarian Lev
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00753 Bahraini Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 33.46653 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01998 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02852 Brunei Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13706 Bolivian Boliviano
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06388 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01998 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.35814 Bhutan Ngultrum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.21155 Botswana Pula
1 Philippine Peso = 400.00001 Belarus Ruble
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03956 Belize Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02662 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02016 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 13.2004 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13722 Chinese Yuan
1 Philippine Peso = 58.87113 Colombian Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 10.92967 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01998 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07133 Cape Verde Escudo
1 Philippine Peso = 0.50753 Czech Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 3.54785 Djibouti Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13968 Danish Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 0.93227 Dominican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.19105 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2938 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.37463 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44755 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01878 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04159 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0162 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01623 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08528 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.86673 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 182.56744 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15052 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.08611 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15498 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.47043 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14113 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.33107 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.78721 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 267.13287 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07609 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.36092 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.5964 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 646.35366 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.25874 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.57083 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01413 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.30192 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07193 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.38807 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 80.17982 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 9.24076 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.98202 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 23.52647 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0061 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01638 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.62957 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 163.85615 Lao Kip
1 Philippine Peso = 30.18981 Lebanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 3.001 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 1.7982 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27213 Lesotho Loti
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06091 Lithuanian Lita
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0124 Latvian Lat
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02817 Libyan Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.20094 Moroccan Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3993 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.15005 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 27.11289 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 49.59041 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15962 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 7.07293 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.71429 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.3009 Maldives Rufiyaa
1 Philippine Peso = 14.31828 Malawi Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 0.43689 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08885 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27213 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.29371 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58739 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16918 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.17483 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02786 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00769 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01998 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0662 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06335 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.08991 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08205 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 115.53247 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07275 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08443 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.19329 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.23537 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07493 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15666 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26174 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13127 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17917 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02853 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01621 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44368 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 146.75325 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.96903 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 460.23778 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17427 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.28931 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27205 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.70769 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04621 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04578 Tonga Pa'ang
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07661 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13366 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.63151 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.51549 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54725 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.40859 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01998 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.57143 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 64.83517 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1996 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 450.8092 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.13906 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05105 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 12.31129 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.05395 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 12.32568 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23017 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.98502 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.27207 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 103.68632 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.23077 Zimbabwe dollar

Hotel Antipolo

An overdose of nature can result in uncontrolled calmness.

That’s why we chose to live in Antipolo. One day, while visiting a friend’s vacation house, an architect brought us around this beautiful subdivision that was also a bird sanctuary. Well, it still is. Everywhere we looked, we saw trees and thriving foliage – lush, towering eucalyptus trees that lined the wide streets and swayed gracefully in the wind. It was like being in another world. Later on, our guests would say the same thing. 

It was love at first sight. We stood on the ridge of this lot that sloped gently into a backyard of big rocks, plants and thick bushes. It was like an anonymous gardener had gotten there ahead of us, and thoughtfully prepared it for our coming. 

We immediately fell in love with the breathtaking view -- an unobstructed, panoramic view spanning Laguna de Bay on the left, all the way to Commonwealth, Quezon City on the far right. In the middle of this cityscape, you can see the buildings and skylines of Paranaque, Makati, and Ortigas. Much nearer would be the rooftops of Marikina and unknown valleys below us. 

The scenery from our east and west balconies is a feast for the eyes. We never get tired of it. Most days, my husband has his breakfast on the balcony. Everything outside is a calm, peaceful mix of different shades of green and brown, blue and white. Towards sunset, the skies slowly turns a fiery orange with pale tints of pink and lavender. These colors disappear in a matter of minutes. You have to be quick to catch them. 

I don’t think even Monet, one of my favorites since high school, would do a passable job of capturing this view on canvas. Just think – this God-crafted, living, changing painting right outside our balcony is there for us to look at, anytime we have enough sense to stop and enjoy it. If some people “stop to smell the flowers,” our family “stops to enjoy the view!” 

We were in our early 30s when we built our house in Antipolo. We were living then in a four-year-old house that we had built in Quezon City for our growing family of six. Our son was studying in Ateneo Grade School, while our girls were going to a Montessori nursery in Xavierville. We were happy in our new house, but when we saw this beautiful, serene, subdivision in the hills of Antipolo, we just could not forget the view. So we decided to buy this lot on a ridge with a panoramic view of Metro Manila. 

Before the house was designed, we told our architect that ALL the rooms must have big, wall-to-wall windows that would open up to the view. We also asked for balconies flanking both sides of the house – one right in front of our masters bedroom so that we could walk out of our room to look at the view anytime, day or night. And the other balcony would be near our main sala and dining room – so that our guests would see this fantastic view the minute they entered our home. 

And it worked – I’ve noticed that right after the hellos are done with, our guests would immediately rush to the balcony, as if a giant magnet drew them there. They were instantly mesmerized by the view.

They’d survey the whole horizon, take in long, deep breaths of fresh air, and heave sighs of awe and wonder. Almost everyone who sees it is overwhelmed by this vast expanse of sky and foliage – including the men who delivered our furniture and appliances, the cable guy, the telephone man, the man who installed our grilles, and even the ambulance doctor and medical team from St. Luke’s Global who came for my mom. All of them, without exception, stayed for some time on our balcony, calmly sipping their coffee or juice, looking for more excuses to stay longer and enjoy the view. Many times, it takes our guests 30 minutes to an hour – just saying their good byes. 

To me, it’s the calming affect of this God-crafted view that makes our house priceless. I imagine it as a 24/7 painting that lives and breathes and changes right in front of our eyes each day, each season, through the storms, the April showers, the searing summers of our lives. 

That’s why our children, all grown up and married now, often want to go back to “Hotel Antipolo,” as they affectionately call our home – the home where they played basketball in the rain, in our home court below. The home where they saw fireflies in our bedrooms, heard crickets chirping at night, and where frogs sent them screaming and running out of their bathrooms at odd times of the day. The home where they played touch ball and ping pong and hide-and-seek in the second floor sala. The home with big capiz windows, old rocking chairs, Lola’s baul and the big aparador where we keep our towels and bedsheets. Our own version of the Filipino “bahay na bato.” The home of their childhood and young adult years. 

Indeed. No matter what chaos, tragedies, and turmoil life brings, it’s always good to have a quiet, nurturing place to go home to, far from the madding crowd. A place where you can find peace and healing for your soul. 

Nature is always a good place to start.
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