February 24, 2017, 2:20 pm
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.07316 UAE Dirham
1 Philippine Peso = 2.54134 Albanian Lek
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03547 Neth Antilles Guilder
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30584 Argentine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02581 Australian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03566 Aruba Florin
1 Philippine Peso = 0.03985 Barbados Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 33.57502 Burundi Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01992 Bermuda Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02801 Brunei Dollar
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.06094 Brazilian Real
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01992 Bahamian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 1.33493 Bhutan Ngultrum
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1 Philippine Peso = 398.88425 Belarus Ruble
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.0261 Canadian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02005 Swiss Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 12.72046 Chilean Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13672 Chinese Yuan
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1 Philippine Peso = 11.05639 Costa Rica Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01992 Cuban Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.07671 Cape Verde Escudo
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1 Philippine Peso = 3.53457 Djibouti Franc
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.19109 Algerian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.2946 Estonian Kroon
1 Philippine Peso = 0.31381 Egyptian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.4485 Ethiopian Birr
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01883 Euro
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04109 Fiji Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01587 Falkland Islands Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01587 British Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08724 Ghanaian Cedi
1 Philippine Peso = 0.86631 Gambian Dalasi
1 Philippine Peso = 183.70194 Guinea Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.14674 Guatemala Quetzal
1 Philippine Peso = 4.07272 Guyana Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.1546 Hong Kong Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.46742 Honduras Lempira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13926 Croatian Kuna
1 Philippine Peso = 1.29548 Haiti Gourde
1 Philippine Peso = 5.80753 Hungarian Forint
1 Philippine Peso = 265.9494 Indonesian Rupiah
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07359 Israeli Shekel
1 Philippine Peso = 1.32863 Indian Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 23.53058 Iraqi Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 645.38754 Iran Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 2.17673 Iceland Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 2.5527 Jamaican Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01409 Jordanian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 2.24469 Japanese Yen
1 Philippine Peso = 2.05918 Kenyan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 1.37643 Kyrgyzstan Som
1 Philippine Peso = 79.57561 Cambodia Riel
1 Philippine Peso = 9.1855 Comoros Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 17.93186 North Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 22.54632 Korean Won
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00607 Kuwaiti Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01634 Cayman Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.20761 Kazakhstan Tenge
1 Philippine Peso = 163.27555 Lao Kip
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1 Philippine Peso = 2.99761 Sri Lanka Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 1.79319 Liberian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25802 Lesotho Loti
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.39739 Moldovan Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.15302 Macedonian Denar
1 Philippine Peso = 26.97749 Myanmar Kyat
1 Philippine Peso = 49.15322 Mongolian Tugrik
1 Philippine Peso = 0.15924 Macau Pataca
1 Philippine Peso = 7.07312 Mauritania Ougulya
1 Philippine Peso = 0.70472 Mauritius Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.30803 Maldives Rufiyaa
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1 Philippine Peso = 0.3922 Mexican Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0886 Malaysian Ringgit
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25623 Namibian Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 6.27615 Nigerian Naira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.58478 Nicaragua Cordoba
1 Philippine Peso = 0.16617 Norwegian Krone
1 Philippine Peso = 2.16378 Nepalese Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02755 New Zealand Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.00766 Omani Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01992 Panama Balboa
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06452 Peruvian Nuevo Sol
1 Philippine Peso = 0.06317 Papua New Guinea Kina
1 Philippine Peso = 1 Philippine Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 2.08428 Pakistani Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08101 Polish Zloty
1 Philippine Peso = 113.69198 Paraguayan Guarani
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07254 Qatar Rial
1 Philippine Peso = 0.08479 Romanian New Leu
1 Philippine Peso = 1.15051 Russian Rouble
1 Philippine Peso = 16.24686 Rwanda Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07471 Saudi Arabian Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.155 Solomon Islands Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.26894 Seychelles Rupee
1 Philippine Peso = 0.12751 Sudanese Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17911 Swedish Krona
1 Philippine Peso = 0.02802 Singapore Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01587 St Helena Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.44244 Slovak Koruna
1 Philippine Peso = 147.37996 Sierra Leone Leone
1 Philippine Peso = 10.93843 Somali Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 461.47041 Sao Tome Dobra
1 Philippine Peso = 0.17378 El Salvador Colon
1 Philippine Peso = 10.26061 Syrian Pound
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25623 Swaziland Lilageni
1 Philippine Peso = 0.69755 Thai Baht
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0455 Tunisian Dinar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.04518 Tongan paʻanga
1 Philippine Peso = 0.07108 Turkish Lira
1 Philippine Peso = 0.13368 Trinidad Tobago Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.61008 Taiwan Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 44.39131 Tanzanian Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.54164 Ukraine Hryvnia
1 Philippine Peso = 71.22933 Ugandan Shilling
1 Philippine Peso = 0.01992 United States Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 0.56326 Uruguayan New Peso
1 Philippine Peso = 66.74637 Uzbekistan Sum
1 Philippine Peso = 0.19873 Venezuelan Bolivar
1 Philippine Peso = 454.0546 Vietnam Dong
1 Philippine Peso = 2.10699 Vanuatu Vatu
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0506 Samoa Tala
1 Philippine Peso = 12.34369 CFA Franc (BEAC)
1 Philippine Peso = 0.0538 East Caribbean Dollar
1 Philippine Peso = 12.43714 CFA Franc (BCEAO)
1 Philippine Peso = 2.23132 Pacific Franc
1 Philippine Peso = 4.98008 Yemen Riyal
1 Philippine Peso = 0.25645 South African Rand
1 Philippine Peso = 103.39709 Zambian Kwacha
1 Philippine Peso = 7.2106 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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