Province of Rizal, is a province in the Philippines located in the Calabarzon region


Rizal, officially known as the Province of Rizal, is a province in the Philippines located in the Calabarzon region, 16 kilometres east of Manila. The province is named after José Rizal, one of the main national heroes of the Philippines. Rizal is bordered by Metro Manila to the west, Bulacan to the north, Quezon to the east and Laguna to the southeast. The province also lies on the northern shores of Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the country. Rizal is a mountainous province perched on the western slopes of the southern portion of the Sierra Madre mountain range. The provincial capitol of Rizal is situated in Antipolo while Pasig, Metro Manila, outside the jurisdiction of the province, is still the official capital. Tagalog settlement arrived some time in the pre-Spanish period. The provincial territory began with the organization of the Tondo province and Laguna province during the Spanish administration. Some of the towns like Pasig, Parañaque, Taytay and Cainta were already thriving.

The province of Rizal is the “R” in Calabarzon. It is a province to the east of Metro Manila with boundaries of the westernmost towns and cities of Cainta and Taytay blurring into the city of Pasig in the capital region. While becoming increasingly urbanized since the past few decades, it holds some rich secrets in both cultures and sights that are untouched by heavy and popular tourism yet are beauties of their own to be enjoyed. Due to its proximity from Manila, Rizal is becoming an increasingly good residential option for city-bound professionals and students who opt to stay at close proximity to the center of action (Manila) yet far enough to allow occasional peace and quiet (which is becoming increasingly hard to get nowadays). Rizal is near Metro Manila, and its proximity has made it a popular weekend, day trip or vacation destination. The mountains surrounding it, the waterfalls and the rivers coursing through it, has given the province many natural wonders worth discovering. This destination is also easily accessible by public transportation from Manila. There are many buses and vans that go in and out of the area. Trip times vary depending on where you’re going and the traffic. How to get there? Going there via public transportation is as easy as breeze. If you are coming from Metro Manila, just go to the transport terminal in Starmall in the corner of Shaw Boulevard and EDSA or in EDSA Central Crossing near Unilever. Vans, buses and jeepneys going to Tanay Public Market are stationed there, travel time takes at least one-and-a-half hour and fare is around 70 pesos for van and 53 pesos for jeepney. From Tanay Public Market, flag a tricycle to take you to any attraction you want to visit. Public transportation going to Tanay is available as early as 4AM and as late as 10PM or depending on the passenger traffic. Where to stay? Rizal is an accessible province, especially if you’re coming from Metro Manila. Many just do day trips because of its proximity, but for those that plan to stay, there are many accommodations to choose from. Antipolo has a number of hotels and resorts where you can stay from budget to luxurious. You can reach some of these by private or public transportation. Tanay is another option for those looking for a place to stay in Rizal. Here you will find plenty of hotels and guesthouses. You can also find many buses, jeeps and vans passing by, which makes getting to this destination easy. There are also campsites in the mountains and parks for visitors who want to not just save money, but rough it out.

Things To See And Do In Rizal. 1st activity. Visit Daranak Falls, This waterfall in Tanay is probably the top-of-mind destination for many who hear ‘Rizal.’ This 14m high fall has a natural pool and picturesque views. If it doesn’t rain, the water of the pool is a distinct blue. Take the plunge and douse the afternoon heat after taking a few pictures. You can have snacks and drinks here, but make sure to leave no trace. 2nd activity. Visit Bahay na Bato, This ‘House of Stone’ (English translation) is a relic of the province’s Spanish colonial past. This destination is a photography hotspot because of its lost-in-time feel and appearance. It has survived for more than a century, a testament to the ingenuity of its builders and architects, and the materials used to make it. You can go inside for a quick tour to see what its interior looks like. 3rd activity. Visit Calinawan Cave, Many say the cave’s chambers used to be where Kaitpuneros met and agreed to rebel against the Spanish government in the Philippines. This is not just a tourist attraction but also a historical destination. Imagine how the rebels discussed freedom and independence as you take the same steps they took inside. The rock formations are stunning and take on various shapes. 4th activity. Visit These ancient carvings in Angono-Binangonan are a Natural Cultural Treasure. A trip here will provide you with a glimpse of the country’s ancient past, a time even before the Spaniards arrived. There is a viewing deck where you can look at the petroglyphs that resemble various animals and even people. 5th activity. Visit Tinipak River, Rizal’s rugged landscape is beautiful one of its more popular natural attractions is Tinipak River. The river has boulders of various sizes jutting out from its surface. You can navigate the rapids riding a canoe to reach a cave. Tinipak River is also one of the cleanest waterways in the country. 6th activity. Visit Angono Mural Street, The town of Angono in Rizal is recognized as the “Art Capital of the Philippines”. It has earned this moniker because of the many artists and museums found in the province. One place you shouldn’t miss while here is Angono Mural Street. Here you will find street art based from Carlos “Botong” Francisco’s well-known artworks. The lane has depictions of life in provincial towns, and the rich heritage and history of the country. 7th and last activity. Visit Masungi Georeserve, This georeserve has steadily gained popularity over the years. This comes as no surprise because of its sheer rugged beauty. Located in Baras, Rizal this park is where you can go hiking and do other exciting activities such as walking on a hanging bridge, rope ladders and trekking. The biggest draw of this attraction is the web-like net hanging over the stunning limestone formations.

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