HISTORY AND CULTURE

ST. JOSEPH PARISH

Address: San Jose St., Brgy. San Juan, Baras, Rizal 
St. Joseph Parish is one of the oldest churches in Rizal, having been completed in 1686. The Franciscans started to build the church in 1595. The town was transferred to Ibayo in 1636 but returned to the present site in 1682. The Jesuits administered the parish from 1616 to 1679. The altar and lectern were constructed with stones that were unearthed from beneath the site of the church. The present church was completed in 1686. Its distinct Baroque Architectural design distinguishes Saint Joseph Parish from other churches in Rizal.

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CUSTOMS AND TRADITIONS

TROMBA FESTIVAL

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NATURE

PALO ALTO FALLS

Only an hour away from Metropolitan Manila is Palo Alto Falls, one of the numerous waterfalls that dot the province of Rizal. Palo Alto Falls lies at the foot of Sierra Madre Mountain Range, with the cold water cascading from the height of 60 feet into a wide concreted pool and all the way to a rocky stream that drains to Laguna Lake.
The waterfall can be found in Brgy. Pinugay, Baras, Rizal climbing 249 steps at almost 1000 feet high. The place is located along Marcos Highway near Baras-Tanay boundary. There are public jeepneys from Antipolo City / Masinag and Cogeo going to Palo Alto that pass by the gate of the prime area.

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KINAMATAYAN FALLS

waterfall is a place where water flows over a vertical drop in the course of a stream or river. Waterfalls are commonly formed when a river is young. At these times the channel is often narrow and deep. When the river courses over resistant bedrock, erosion happens slowly, while downstream the erosion occurs more rapidly. As the watercourse increases its velocity at the edge of the waterfall, it plucks material from the riverbed. Whirlpools created in the turbulence as well as sand and stones carried by the watercourse increase the erosion capacity. This causes the waterfall to carve deeper into the bed and to recede upstream. Often over time, the waterfall will recede back to form a canyon or gorge downstream as it recedes upstream, and it will carve deeper into the ridge above it. The rate of retreat for a waterfall can be as high as one and half meters per year.
One of the natural falls that can be found in Rizal is located in Barangay Pinugay, Baras, Rizal just atop its check dam, the Kinamatayan Falls. Going towards the falls, from ground zero, with just almost an hour of trekking upwards, nature enthusiasts can enjoy the running water and the beautiful natural atmosphere of the town. 

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BARAS CHECK DAM

The small water impounding ponds or dams do not only serve as source of water, the same also serve as important structures to mitigate flooding. Constructed in a series of strategic points along the whole stretch of the river, these structures, also called as check dams, lessen the speed of the impact of the rampaging waters during heavy downpour. The excess water is then absorbed by the earth, and refills the aquifers. 

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OTHERS

16TH INFANTRY BATTALION OF THE PHILIPPINE ARMY

The headquarters of the 16th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army, under the 2nd Infantry Division, is located in Sitio Galaxy in Barangay Pinugay, Baras, Rizal. These soldiers have been aiding and helping the province of Rizal, not only in safety, peace and order, but also in helping indiginous people that resides in the province. They tend to aid and support the locals with things the people need for their everyday lives. A demonstration of their life during warfare is shown during visitation.

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