Rizal is one of the Philippines first class provinces that belongs to CALABARZON (CA-vite, LA-guna, BA-tangas, R-izal, Que-ZON) Region or region IV-A in the island of Luzon. The province enjoys a natural beauty of nature and a perfect setting for investments, business establishments and settlements. It is bounded by Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges and Quezon Province in the east, the province Laguna in the soutwest, the province of Bulacan in the north, Metropolitan Manila in the west-northwest portion and by Laguna de Bay in south/south-western portion. Rizal is one of the neighboring provinces of Metro Manila. It takes an hour drive from major commercial districts and centers of Metropolis to reach the province's best places. Rizal is a green province which is the best place to unwind from crowded and polluted metropolis.
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According to the blogs posted from Paraiso Philippines Mabuhay, qouted as follows; 'According to urban planners, it is the country’s next business capital due to its strategic geographical location; and based on the latest national survey, few people of this province are experiencing poverty compared to other places nationwide'.yet Rizal province has lots of places to develop into a productive and conducive place for investments and urban development. The only things necessary are appropriate planning and land development. See Investments.
Symbols and Meanings
The Sun Wreath of Laurel Leaves and Dove symbolize the peace and tranquility obtaining in the Province.
The official colors are gold, green, and blue.
The Crown signifies the devotion of the Rizaleños to the Virgin Mary, patroness of travelers, better known as Our lady of Peace and Good Voyage, whose image is enshrined in the Antipolo Cathedral which is visited by devotees from all over the land.
The Cross stands for the belief in Christianity by most of the people in the Province who draw spiritual sustenance from their faith.
The Ladle with Molten and Rice Paddies depict both industrial and agricultural development.
The Water represents Laguna de Bay (Lake of Bay) which is a source of livelihood fishing, irrigation, transportation, power, etc.
The Rope around the Seal signifies unity and cooperation among the people.
The Satellite Disc, Power Transmission Lines and Mechanical Gear signify global link through communication and industrial progress.
The Province was named after the National Hero Dr. Jose P. Rizal. Hence, his picture is the centerpiece of the Seal.
1901 is the year the province was established on the eleventh day of June.
Rizal Province is endowed with Type 1 climate, with two pronounced seasons, dry season from November to April and wet season for the rest of the year. This type of climate is highly favorable for agricultural and industrial development to be productive.
The province's topography is a combination of valleys and mountains; flat low-lying areas on the western portion which are mostly urbanized and populated, and the rugged ridges and rolling hills which form part of the Sierra Madre Mountain ranges in the eastern portion. Resting in the middle of Laguna de Bay, is the Philippines' largest lake island, the Talim Island which extends 13 miles across the lake.
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Generally, Rizal Province is an agricultural province. The potential of agriculture remain largely untapped with large areas of land still stand undisturbed and waiting to be developed.
Fishing is a long thriving industry. The 90,000 hectares Laguna de Bay is the province’s primary source of freshwater fish species and other marine life. Eight municipalities with 83 barangays lie along the shoreline and depend on the lake for fishing and aquatic activities.
Substantial amount of non-metallic mineral deposits consisting of construction materials in the form of rock aggregates and volcanic tuff, sand and gravel, limestone, marble, guano/rock phosphate also exist in the province which can fuel other potential industries and economic activities.
The availability of red clay and the large deposits of raw materials in Antipolo City, Tanay and Baras in the form of limestone, dacite, diorite, siliceous sand and shale-sandstone used for the manufacturing of cement, a basic material used in construction can also be made into terra cotta, ceramic and brick makings.
People and Community
The province is inhabited mostly by Tagalogs. Minority of other ethnic groups are visayas, ilocanos, and other local groups. It has a population of 2,284.046 with a labor force consisting of 1,272,000 or 55.7% of the total population. Its people are its number one resource, known to be consummate artists and craftsmen. The literacy rate is 100%. The primary dialect is tagalog with english as the second language.