Rizal, Home to the “Art Capital of the Philippines”

by Tourism Philippines

Rizal is a picturesque province located in the CALABARZON region of the Philippines on the south end of the Laguna De Bay; its provincial capital is Antipolo City.

Named in honor of the country’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal. Part of the Great manila Area this province is nestled directly to the east of the nation’s capital, Manila, making it a popular destination for both local and foreign tourists who wish to escape the hustle and bustle of city life without straying too far.

One of the province’s most striking features is its natural landscape. Rizal is blessed with mountainous terrains, lush rainforests, serene rivers, and stunning waterfalls. The Sierra Madre Mountain range provides a verdant backdrop for the province, offering endless opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, mountain biking, and camping. One of the most famous peaks in Rizal is Mt. Daraitan, which is famous for its breathtaking views of the Sierra Madre and the Manila skyline in the distance.

Another natural gem is the Hinulugang Taktak in Antipolo City, a waterfall that is now a protected landscape. It has undergone rehabilitation to become a refreshing spot for picnics and quick dips in the water. Meanwhile, the Masungi Georeserve represents a geotourism project in Baras, Rizal that has gained international recognition. With its unique rock formations and conservation efforts, it has become a symbol of sustainable tourism and environmental preservation.

Culturally, the province is rich in heritage with Antipolo City as its capital. Pilgrims flock to Antipolo Cathedral, officially known as the National Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, especially during the month of May. The cathedral houses the revered image of the Virgin of Antipolo, and the annual pilgrimage to her shrine is a deeply ingrained tradition for many Filipino Catholics.

Arts and crafts are also thriving in Rizal. The town of Angono is known as the “Art Capital of the Philippines.” It is the hometown of two National Artists, Carlos “Botong” Francisco for Visual Arts, and Lucio San Pedro for Music. Angono’s vibrant art scene includes numerous galleries, art houses, and the famed Angono Petroglyphs, which are the oldest known work of art in the Philippines.

Rizal is also known for its culinary offerings. Native delicacies such as suman (rice cake), kasoy (cashew nuts), and mangga (mangoes) from Antipolo are sought-after goods. Filipino cuisine with a twist can also be enjoyed at various restaurants and food establishments that dot the province.

The province continues to grow economically, with the development of new infrastructures and establishments. Despite this rapid growth, Rizal maintains a balance between urbanization and ecological conservation, seeking to protect its natural resources and cultural heritage as it modernizes.

With its proximity to Metro Manila, natural wonders, cultural richness, and growing economy, Rizal remains a valuable gem of the Philippines that offers a unique fusion of experiences to its visitors. Whether seeking adventure, art, or spiritual solace, Rizal provides a warm welcome to everyone who steps into its diverse.

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by Reyes Turista

by Tourism Philippines

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