“Cradle of Philippine Art”

            Named in honor of the Philippines' National Hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, the province has gained a reputation as the "Cradle of Philippine Art." Known for its artists' communities and folk festivals, Rizal also offers diverse natural and man-made attractions. Breathtaking views of Laguna de Bay, the rugged Sierra Madre mountains, swimming spots, and picnic grounds stand side by side with burgeoning industrial parks, convention halls, and commercial centers.

 

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GETTING THERE

By Land: The province of Rizal is some 25 kilometers east of Manila, accessible via the Marcos Highway or Ortigas Avenue.


GETTING AROUND
With a lot of tricycles visible in the Town Proper alone, you will have no problem looking for a ride to near by destinations. Places along the main roads are accessible by jeepney but it is still best advisable to travel by car.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN
  • Tagalog
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Daranak Falls
  • Batlag Falls
  • Church of Baras
  • Church of Tanay
  • Uugong Arts and Cultural Park
  • Hinulugang Taktak
  • Petroglyphs, Binangonan and Angono
  • Artists Village of Angono
  • Churches like St. John The Baptist Church, Sta. Ursula Parish Church, Sta. Rosa De Lima Parish, St. Joseph Husband of Mary Parish, San Ildefonso de Toledo Parish & St. Jerome Church
  • Regina RICA Sanctuary
  • Angono Forest Park
  • Blanco Family Museum
  • Our Lady of Antipolo Shrine (Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage)
  • Pamitinan Cave
  • Wawa Dam
  • Mount Masungi Rock Formations

 

LET’S GO TRY

  • Fried Itik
  • Cashews of Antipolo
  • Pinangat na Ayungin sa Sampaloc
  • Binarutak (A slightly sour-spicy shrimp dish)
  • Abnoy (Unhatched incubated duck egg or bugok which is mixed with flour and water and cooked like pancakes)
  • Suman sa Ibos

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Take a dip at the Daranak and Batlag Falls.
  • Check out the churches of Tanay, Baras, and Antipolo.
  • Try Rizal’s fried itik.
  • Visit the museums of Angono.
  • Go on a pilgrimage!

LET'S GO TO FESTIVALS & EVENTS

  • Higantes Festival (Held every November 22 & 23 - Angono’s joyous fiesta in honor of San Clemente whose image, resplendent in papal investment, is borne by male devotees during a procession accompanied by parehadoras devotees dressed in colorful local costumes, wooden shoes and carrying boat paddles and higantes, giant paper mache effigies.)
  • Antipolo Pilgrimage (Held every April 30 to May 1 - Every May time, many pilgrims are seen taking the much-trodden path leading to Antipolo. It is the small town that one can find the religious shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, popularly known as the Virgin of Antipolo. The image, which is already three centuries-old, is said to exhibit supernatural powers. In the evening of April 30 to the eve of May 1, thousands of devotees from several places in Metro Manila make annual trek on the foot to Antipolo.)
  • SuMaKaH Festival (Held every May 1 - SuMaKaH is an acronym for Suman, Mangga, Kasuy and Hamaka, the icons that make Antipolo a must-see destination during May time aside from the pilgrimage.)
  • Rizal Province Foundation Day (Held every June 11 - A province wide celebration of Rizal’s founding anniversary.)
  • PAGODA (Feast of St. Francis of Assissi) (Held every October 4 - The Pagoda or procession at the lake is annually held to ask the Lord Almighty for a bountiful and blessed lake through the intercession of St. Francis of Assisi.)


DID YOU KNOW THAT...

  • Rizal Province is one of the first provinces that were able to seek independence from Spain and were placed under martial law by the Spaniards at the start of the Philippine Revolution in 1896.
  • The Angono Petroglyphs is said to be the oldest known work of art in the Philippines, it dates back to circa 3000 B.C. The site has been included in the World Inventory of Rock Art under the auspices of UNESCO, ICCROM and ICOMOS and nominated as one of the “100 Most Endangered Sites of the World".


BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to go and check Rizal is during the drier months and during the summer months, however, rainy season is the best time to check out the waterfalls as there should be more water and the waterfalls will be lovelier.

 

TANAY, RIZAL

Brief History

Long before the coming of Spaniards, Tanay was already settled by early Indonesian and Malay voyagers. Artifacts dug up attest to the existence of these early settlements. Not long after the conquest and subjugation of Manila and the surrounding lake areas by Salcedo in 1571, Franciscan missionaries arrived to the Christianize the inhabitants of what is now the Morong-Pililla area. From Morongan, the priest administered Tanay and other chapel villages and ranches. In 1773, construction of the now famous Tanay Church was begun and was finished 10 years later.

Today, Tanay is one of the thirteen towns and one component city which comprise the province of Rizal. Located 54KM away southeast of Manila. Tanay is the major agricultural and commercial center of eastern Rizal.

 

TOURIST ATTRACTION

 

TANAY CHURCH

Is one of the 26 churches nationwide chosen by the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts as national heritage sites. It is one of the oldest churches in Rizal and holds many centuries old religious artifacts. It is also one of the Jubilee churches in the Philippines.

DARANAK FALLS

Is one of the flagship destination of Tanay and is a popular summer getaway for locals and tourists from in and out of the country.

REGINA RICA (Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation in Asia)

Is a fourteen hectares sanctuary for Dominican Sisters of Regina Rosarii. It has three waterfalls, a creek and over 10,000 trees. But it is the 71 foot statue of Queen of the Holy Rosary stands as the main landmark of the place.

 

TANAY LAKESHORE and its PAROLA provides a grand view of the Lake and mountains. Most of the Tanay folks visit the area in early mornings for the cool breeze and warm morning sun. At night Parola is the guardian angel of the fisher-folks.

KALINAWAN CAVE

Is a 20-minute drive from Daranak Falls. The hill where the cave is located is called Rawang, which have been strongholds of Filipino resistance fighter against the colonizers.

MASUNGI ROCK

Is a mountain rock formation that the Tanay Folks call “Palanas” It is ideal for mountain climbing. Mountaineers can explore the area. Camp sites are available at the base of the mountain.

 

DARAITAN RIVER

Was awarded as the cleanest inland body of water in Region IV and a finalist for the national competition. It is an ideal site for mountaineers, backpackers and trekkers.

KINABUAN FALLS

Is located in Barangay Sta. Ines, and is an ideal destination for mountaineers who are looking for perfect adventure to trek. There are several shallow rivers and streams cross that added to the thrill of trekking.

MAYAGAY

Is located at scenic Barangay Cuyambay, it provides a stunning view of Sierra Madre mountains that stretches for miles, giving serenity and peace of mind to visitors. The cool breeze blowing from the mountains provide a relief to a weary soul.

TINAPAK

With its beautiful rock formation has splendid naturally sculptured marble formations that look like they have been chiseled or blasted by a machine, a flavored place for fans of 4x4 drive and trekkers.

HOLY CROSS CHAPEL

In Bukal is flocked by tourists and people from the neighboring towns to attend mass in the chapel, take a healing bath from the natural spring and gather fallen leaves of the oldest teak tree in the Philippines which is known to cure many ailments.

GROTTO

Features the shrine of the Blessed Virgin Mary encamped in a manmade stone cavern beauteously set in panoramic view. On the top, a pilgrim is treated not only with a holy commune with the Almighty but also a breath-taking view of Tanay and Laguna Lake.

 

FESTIVAL

HANE FESTIVAL

The annual Hane Festival is the commemoration of the Manucipality of Tanay’s Founding Anniversary. It is an agri eco-tourism, arts, and culrural exhibition in one, showcasing Tanay’s produce, healthy and sustainable environment, rich arts and culture, and amiable people. It derived its name from an ordinary expression of Tanayan (“hane”) which is used to seek one’s agreement.

RODEO FESTIVAL

To promote and market the town’s cattle and agri-eco tourism not only within the municipality but also in the CALABARZON region, the Municipality Government of Tanay holds Tanay Rodeo Festival” every 25-26 of January of each year.


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