If you want a quick and cheap getaway, go to People’s Park in the Sky.
But don’t get too excited just yet. Though you can literally feel that you are walking in the sky due to the thick fog and chilly weather, there’s nothing more to expect.
We went there at around 4PM. The wind is strong and the weather’s real chilly. Parking’s not a problem, there’s a parking space provided for those who have private vehicles. There were those who prefer to park beside the cliff, maybe to avoid fees and those who sell espasol. I am not sure if public transportation is available.
Slash as little as P15 from your budget and you are good to go. Enter the “palace” and walk the steep road ahead. The tiled sidewalk of course is not as good as before, some tiles were already broken and uneven. The signages are all stained and “readable”. The railings that used to act as protective barriers aren’t really helpful now.
You can also see some stores near the summit, selling native products. Clothes and various souvenir items like bags and keychains are sold there. Oh yeah, videoke is present! Hunger is not a problem, food stalls are all over. Some of them even selling beer, which I think is not really appropriate as most sightseers are parents with little kids. Ice cream can be bought there too and believe me, ice cream + chilly weather is equal to perfect! 🙂
The place is ideal for picture takings if it was maintained in mint condition. But yes, we did took a lot of photos (in their man-made bridge, pineapple structure, small amphitheater and against the white fog). Ideal for quiet times and sentimental moments as well.
When we are about to go home at 6PM, it is already dark and there’s no hint of any lighting fixtures around. Be sure to walk in the sidewalk to avoid accidents. There are jeepneys going up and down the steep road and the thick fog might prevent them from spotting you.
Here’s more to see when you go there:
I hope that the government revamp wonderful places such as Palace in the Sky. After all, where can you go and taste a cheap yet thrilling experience? This place sure deserves a second chance.
Note: Condition as of Dec 2010 ~ 4/10