Rizal Province Islands Philippines
Rizal Province Cultural Attractions
Petroglyphs (Binangonan, Rizal)
Discovered in 1965 by national artist and acclaimed muralist Carlos “Botong” Francisco from Angono, this cultural heritage site dates back to circa 3000 B.C. and is the most ancient Filipino, or more aptly, prehistoric Filipino work of art. The site is famous for its rock engravings, 127 drawings of human and animal figures. Previous archaeological finds yielded fragments of earthenware, obsidian flakes, and shells. The Angono Petroglyphs site has been included in the World’s Inventory of the Rock Art, through the auspices of UNESCO, ICCROM, and ICOMOS.
It has been declared as a national cultural treasure by virtue of Presidential Decree 260 in 1996. It received the greatest recognition as a nominee for the “100 Most Endangered Sites of the World” by the World Monument Watch List. The preservation and development of the Petroglyphs is a collective effort of the National Museum of the Philippines, World Monument Watch Fund, American Express International, the Department of Tourism, and Antipolo Properties, Inc.
Nemiranda Arthouse and Gallery (Dona Justa Subd., Angono, Rizal)
It is a collection of the artist’s paintings masterfully employing figurative realism in his artworks, portraying rural life and folklore art. Also available are lectures, guided tours, and painting workshops.
Tiamson Art Gallerie (203 Dona Nieves St., Bgy. Sto. Nino, Angono, Rizal)
The art gallery houses the various artworks of painter, musician, and transmedia artist Orville DR Tiamson. A versatile artist, Tiamson’s style ranges from the conventional to the new age and he has experimented in various artistic presentations, including drawings on paper, oil, acrylic, paintings on canvas, mixed media collages and constructions, installations, performances, music and sound works.
Ang Nuno Gallery and Balaw-Balaw Restaurant (Don Francisco St., Dona Justa Subd., Angono, Rizal)
This charming restaurant cum art gallery owned by artist Perdigon Vocalan is popular among local and foreign tourists. It offers a hearty welcome to guests and treats them with different kinds of native food and exotic cuisine that has proven to be irresistible to patrons from all walks of life.
Blanco Family Museum (312 ibanez St., Sto. Nino, Angono, Rizal)
This famous family of painters welcomes visitors to their private museum housing their vast collection of artworks. The head of the clan, renowned artist Jose D. Blanco, has obviously handed down to his children his creativity and talent.
Vicente Reyes Studio (Dona Aurora St., Bgy. Poblacion, Angono, Rizal)
One of the most prolific and talented students of the late National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco, Vicente Reyes has his own studio that houses his artworks and masterpieces.
Vicente Manansala Historical Shrine (73 Gloria St., San Carlos Heights Subd., Binangonan, Rizal)
Declared by the National Historical Institute as a historical landmark in June, 1978, it now houses the memorabilia of national artist Vicente Manansala. It also features some of his well-preserved original paintings and paraphernalia.
Rafael Pacheco Finger Painting Gallery (Brgy. Bombongan, Morong)
Rafael Pacheco, the artist, has a unique way of expressing his artistic talent – he uses his bare fingers, knuckles, and palms to complete his masterpiece in 20 minutes, mainly flora, fauna, and underwater life.
Tariki Dance (Tanay, Rizal)
The Tariki Dance was copied and adopted by the natives from the movements of “tariki” birds seen hopping from one bundle of palay to another. It is performed by five pairs of boys and girls dressed in white shirts and pants and blouses and skirts, respectively.
World Sikaran/Arnis Brotherhood of the Philippines (20 Katipunan St., Baras, Rizal)
Sikaran/Arnis (foot game/sword play) is a combination of two kinds of martial arts that are uniquely Filipino. In Sikaran, the players move around like boxers. Each one aims to knock his opponent down by kicking the latter’s legs. The kicks are delivered with considerable force and agility, and sudden upward and backward movements of the foot.
The use of the feet is necessary in winning over the opponent; hence, the name “sikaran” which means “to kick.” In arnis, the players use rattan or a wooden stick and strike each other’s sticks. The player who is able to touch his opponent’s body first with the point of his wooden stick or force him to drop his weapon is declared winner.