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Casa Santa: A Holiday Showcase Stopover in Antipolo

What better way to spread the holiday cheer than a visit to the jolly old man's crib in Antipolo, Rizal?

The hills of Antipolo are home to a number of inns, private houses, and events venues that take advantage of the locale's cool weather. For Jardin de Miramar, its cool breeze and cheery ambiance is also the perfect location for a house filled with a thousand images of the white-bearded man clad in red, known as Santa Claus.

A roster of Christmas décor and displays wouldn't be complete without a jolly old man who goes "Hohoho!" Popular among children (and children at heart), Santa Claus is a common Christmas fixture who is believed to give away presents to children around the world during Christmas Eve with his trusty sleigh pulled by his army of reindeer. And while a figurine or two of this white-bearded man clad in red is enough for some households, Jardin de Miramar's Casa Santa takes having Santa come down one's chimney to a whole new level.

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Casa Santa, a 50-year old remodelled two-storey house found within the grassy confines of Jardin de Miramar in Antipolo, holds a 3,005- (and counting) item Santa collection from 64 countries. According to Casa Santa tour guide Barney Rabadon, Ms. Edna Nepomuceno-Del Rosario's Santa collection started 16 years ago when a friend of hers gave her a 7-piece mini Santa set. After that, Edna began to purchase Santa Claus items--from Santa statues and figurines to Santa kitchen wares, toilet covers, and all other Santa Claus knickknacks imaginable. With her growing collection and commitment, Edna decided to establish Casa Santa and organize her then-1,500 strong collection in 2005. Along with the opening of Jardin de Miramar as a venue for special events, Casa Santa opened its doors for public viewing.

Since its opening, Casa Santa has drawn a lot of attention from media, schools, and other tourists for field trips and feature stories. As people come and go, Edna continues to increase her unique collection's number. With the wide range of Santa items in the collection, both kids, collectors, and anyone who can appreciate a good dose of fun would surely enjoy taking a tour around the jolly museum.The sheer number of items, and the way they are arranged and displayed around the house, will keep guests amused and entertained.

This holiday season, Casa Santa has scheduled special dates for open house tours that run from 2-4PM (see detailed schedule below) for P130 per person. Emerging wide-eyed and giddy after spending about an hour viewing the items, guests can still take a tour around Jardin de Miramar's lush garden grounds, which has a replica of a galleon surrounded by gangplanks that kids will enjoy clambering around on. Guests can also bring merienda snacks to munch on while strolling around the place, or settle down in the gardens for a quick picnic, enjoying the cool December weather and fresh Antipolo air.

Browse through our gallery below and see some of the key pieces from the fascinating Santa Claus collection that Casa Santa has in store for you and your family.

How to get there:

Jardin de Miramar is located at 276-279 San Jose Extension, Antipolo City, Rizal. 

Via Ortigas Extension

Go all the way to the end of Ortigas Extension, until you reach the Rizal Provincial Capitol. When you reach the fork by the provincial capitol, turn left. When you reach a triangle, turn left to Pinagsamahan Road. When you reach a minor intersection, take a right to Taktak Road, then cross the Sumulong Highway to take the San Lorenzo Sumulong Circunmferencial Road until you reach San Jose Extension, where you take a left. You will see Jardin de Miramar's gate on your right.

Via Marcos Highway

From Marcos Highway, turn right to the Sumulong Highway and follow the road until you reach its intersection with the San Lorenzo Sumulong Circumferential Road. Turn left to the Circumferential Road and take another left when you reach San Jose Extension. You will see Jardin de Miramar's gate on your right.

Schedule of Open Houses:

2010
Dec. 18 (Saturday)
Dec. 19 (Sunday)
Dec. 25 (Saturday)
Dec. 26 (Sunday)
Dec. 27 (Monday)
Dec. 28 (Tuesday)
Dec. 29 (Wednesday)
Dec. 30 (Thursday)

2011
Jan. 1 (Saturday)
Jan. 2 (Sunday)
Jan. 3 (Monday)
Jan. 8 (Saturday)
Jan. 9 (Sunday)
Jan. 15 (Saturday)

For other inquiries, you may contact Jardin de Miramar at (02) 817-1589 or (02) 817-1594; (+63) 917-7923915.