HISTORY AND CULTURE

STA. URSULA PARISH

Address: Brgy. Libid, Binangonan, Rizal
Contact Number: (02)652-3413
At the heart of the Poblacion stands this three-century old church. Preserved structurally and restored to its historical significance. It was originally a chapel built in the late 15th century by Franciscan missionaries made to gain access to the native settlements around the Laguna de Bay. By 17th century, it was expanded into a big church to shelter its growing parishioners. The construction was completed in 1800 through the help of a barangay decree which compelled all delinquent male taxpayers to voluntarily work in the church’s construction.

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NUESTRA SEÑORA DELOS ANGELES

Nuestra Señiora Delos Angeles is a newly-renovated Parish, and was established around 2013. It is located at a high place in Brgy. Pila-Pila, Binangonan, Rizal. The travel time from provincial capitol of Rizal to Nuestra Señora de los Angeles Parish Church at Barangay Pila-pila, Binangonan, Rizal is 45mins. 

The Parish is one of the beautiful churches in the province. This pilgrimage destination should be visited because of its natural beauty and to view Laguna de Bay while having a peaceful bonding with the Lord.

Nuestra Señiora Delos Angeles Parish represents the religiosity of the people in Binangonan. This parish was a perfect place for everyone who wants to refresh themselves.

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KALBARYO

Mt. Calvary can be found in Barangay Libid, Binangonan, Rizal. Just a few minutes ride from the town’s Parish Church or 30 minutes walk from the town proper up to the top of the Mt. Calvary (Kalbaryo). Climbing it is both fantastic and very fulfilling experience. With more than 288 steps, anyone can appreciate a majestic view of the town and the Lake, accentuated by the image of the Blessed Virgin and a large Cross at the top of the hill. The Cross stands 15 feet from its base which can be seen by the majority of the townsfolk. In front of it rests the image of the Virgin Mary encased in a thick transparent glass display. The two symbolic (or sacred) landmarks are regularly maintained. 

The Cross is known not only for its religious significance, but also for its historical value. Legend has it that a cross-shaped rock suddenly grew a top the hill but was subsequently destroyed by lightning and earthquake. To commemorate the supernatural occurrence, the people of the town built a wooden cross in 1972 which was then replaced by steel-made material which still stands today. In the same hill, an old chapel was once built but only its ruins remain at present. According to the local officials, approximately 44,000 pilgrims visit this religious place during the holy week.
Pilgrims, tourists, and locals never falter or even get tired of ascending the Calvary trail, knowing that the experience is very worthwhile. The feel of fresh air blowing highlighted by the calm and serene ambience of the place is just an unbelievable pleasure. 

The stunningly panoramic scenery of the town area and the Laguna de Bay provides relief and viewing bonus to all visitors.

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KUTA NI TATA RAUL ART CENTER

Tata Raul Funilas, a scupltor and poet, living in the Island of Talim, has been widely popular, not only in the Philippines but also outside of the country, because of his fascinating works in Literature and Art. He has been sculpting artworks for different government and non-government agencies together with other well-renowned artists. Some of his collaborated works include scultures in the University of the Philippines, the McArthur arrival in Leyte, Samat in Bataan, and many others.
Furthermore, he has been writing poetry of love and life and has been considered as a historian of the Island of Talim and its long-lost language. His works has been recognized in the Talaang Ginto and has been a member of Bigkis Sining Binangonan Artists Group for a long time.

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MARIAN HILL

Marian Hill is a true manifestation of Labor of Love in creating a prayer garden for Catholic pilgrims and devotees that offer a sanctuary to experience God's Divine Love for us. It is a place of worship meticulously built on a one-hectare private property nestled on top of a hill that offers a panoramic view of the historic Laguna de Bay and a daily show of a magnificent sunset across the bay. Marian Hill is a garden of prayer, peace and solitude - a sacred place for a more meaningful means of communicating with the Most Holy Trinity - God the Father, our Lord Jesus Christ and The Holy Spirit. At Marian Hill we give tribute to our most gracious Holy Mother The Virgin Mary, The Holy Family, Saint Michael the Archangel and Saint Francis of Assisi among others. A walk through the rugged terrain between natural rock formations and centuries-old trees will take you to the story of Jesus Christ, through the four mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary - Joyful Mystery, Luminous Mystery, Sorrowful Mystery, and the Glorious Mystery.

Going to Marian Hill that is located at Binganon, 45 minutes from Rizal Provincial Capitol. It is a place where you can feel the presence of each holy symbol that you can see there, based in “Sir Toty” ( the care taker and architect of Marian Hill who design the big holy images ) they don’t destroy any rocks in Marian Hill because they want to preserve the natural scenery of the place.

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NATURE

MOUNT TAGAPO

Located in Talim Island, Binangonan, Mt. Tagapo is one of the best destinations to indulge adventure activities by those beginners in mountaineering. The mountain features the magnificent view of different mountains like Mt. MaculotMt. MakilingMt. SembranoMt. Banahaw, Mt Cristobal, Sierra Madre & Mt. Arayat , the captivating fish pens of Laguna De Bay, Makati and Ortigas skyline, among others.
Mt. Tagapo stands 270 meters tall, and is the highest point in Talim Island. Its name is derived from the word taga, meaning "to chop". It is locally known as Mt. Susong Dalaga (Maiden's Breast Mountain), due to its appearance. 

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HIKING TOWARDS MOUNT TAGAPO

Another mountain in the province of Rizal that should be conquered by every mountaineers and outdoor enthusiasts out there- the Mt. Tagapo a.k.a Mt. Susong Dalaga.

Located in Talim Island, Binangonan, Mt. Tagapo is one of the best destinations to indulge adventure activities by those beginners in mountaineering. The mountain features the magnificent view of different mountains like Mt. Maculot, Mt. Makiling, Mt. Sembrano, Mt. Banahaw, Mt Cristobal, Sierra Madre & Mt. Arayat , the captivating fish pens of Laguna De Bay, Makati and Ortigas skyline, among others.

Mt. Tagapo stands 270 meters tall, and is the highest point in Talim Island. Its name is derived from the word taga, meaning "to chop". It is locally known as Mt. Susong Dalaga (Maiden's Breast Mountain), due to its appearance.

One of the trails leading towards the summit of Mt. Tagapos starts at Barangay Gulod crossing Barangay Sapang, Binangonan, Rizal. At a certain pace, the trail is about one hour trekking the first rest stop of the mountain. From the rest stop towards the summit, the trail time is about fifteen minutes. 

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TALIM ISLAND

Talim Island is the largest lake island in Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the Philippines. The hilly island is within the boundaries of the Province of Rizal, under the jurisdiction of two municipalities. The western side is part of the municipality ofBinangonan, while the eastern section is part of Cardona.
The island is volcanic in origin and forms the southwest rim of the Laguna Caldera. Volcanism after the formation of thecaldera created the maars and volcanic craters at the southern end of Talim Island,[1] the largest of which is a 3-kilometre (1.9 mi) crater surrounding Brgys. Balibago and Tuna.

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ANGONO-BINANGONAN PETROGLYPHS

The location of the petroglyphs is within the boundary of Angono and Binangonan, Rizal. It was a very exciting and interesting day since visitors were to explore an area that is thousands of years old. The petroglyph site was just a 45-minute drive from the Rizal Provincial Capitol. The passageways and highways going to and from the site are fully maintained and developed which adds to a great driving and travel experience.

The petroglyphs are ancient rock engravings. It is one of the oldest work of art in the Philippines. Human, animals and other interesting images are engraved in the rock walls dating by 1000 B.C. This heritage site was discovered by our National Artist for Arts, Carlos "Botong" Francisco. The Angono Petroglyphs in Binangonan became a National Treasure by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 260 in 1996.

The engravings were mostly symbolic representations of our early ancestors which could also be associated with their healing and sympathetic magic procedures.

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SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES

BINANGONAN RECREATION AND CONVENTION CENTER

The Binangonan Recreation and Convention Center also known as BRCC is located at Manila East Road, Brgy. Batingan, Binangonan, Rizal. The center has different amenities specially for sports events, like bowling that offers 12 duck-pin lanes and 8 ten- pin lanes,table tennis, billiard tables, and KTV rooms. Outside the bowling center there’s a clean and refreshing water pool area and also the ward wood, flexi board, 2 volleyball court, 3 badminton court and basketball court. The administration building has 12 themed rooms where the conferences and trainings can be conducted. The Kawayan Function Hall is the biggest hall with a seating capacity of 120 people.

What is interesting about the place is that there are different sports and recreational activities that visitors can do. It is very flexible for the children and adults, and it’s a good bonding for the whole family.

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