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Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Tourist Spots in Rizal

Named in honor of the Philippine's National hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, the province has gained a reputation as the "Cradle of Philippine Art". Know for its artists' communities and folk festival, Rizal also offers diverse natural and man-made attractions. The province is blessed with breathtaking views of Laguna de Bay, the rugged Sierra Madre mountains, swimming spots, and picnic grounds that stands side by side with burgeoning industrial parks, convention halls, and commercial centers.

Tourist Spots in Rizal

Petroglyphs of Binangonan and Angono
Discovered in 1965 by Philippine National Artist Carlos "Botong" Francisco, the petroglyphs were validated to have existed since 3000BC. The Stone Age Rock engravings consist of 127 drawings of human and animal figures. Archeological diggings at the site yielded fragments of earthenware, obsidian flakes and sheels. The site has been included in the World's Inventory of Rock Art. It was named as one of the "100 Most Endangered Sites of the World" by the World Monuments Watch List. (image source)


Tanay Church
Built in the 17th century, Tanay church is an example of early Renaissance architecture, rebuilt in 1783 with stones from the town´s quarry, has five altars with rococo design and Stations of the Cross made of wooden sculptures.

Baras Church
This Church is one of the oldest in the area having been completed in 1686 and which has an altar and lecterns that are stone artifacts unearthed from beneath the church.

Daranak Falls
This 14 meter high waterfalls is a favorite location shooting area of most local and international movies and advertising outfits in the country and can be found at the foot of the Tanay Mountains. 

Batlag Falls

Further up from Daranak Falls is its sister upstream, Batlag Falls. This 10 meter high waterfalls is set on a unique rock formation. (image source)

Hinulugang Taktak
This mountain resort right in the bustling heart of Antipolo has picnic cottages, a swimming area, footpaths and a small waterfall. The festival month of May attracts thousands of visitors who come to watch concerts and stage plays held at the park.

Calinawan Cave
This cave served as a shelter and hideaway from the Japanese during World War 2.

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