HISTORY AND CULTURE

SAINT MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL

Address: C. Villaran St. Jalajala, Rizal 
Contact Number: (02)401-4859
A bamboo church was constructed by Franciscan Father Saro where people could gather for catechesis and worship in 1676. The bamboo church was replaced by a church of stone more than half a century later, in 1733, and it was around this time that the parish is said to have welcomed the patron for their church and community-St. Michael the Archangel, protector of the people and of the land. The devotion to St. Michael is so strong to this day that the municipality of Jalajala is practically synonymous to St. Michael.

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ICM JALAJALA RETREAT HOUSE AND TRAINING CENTER

Jala-Jala Retreat House and Training Center is an ideal venue for weddings, dedications, reunions, spiritual retreats, corporate programs affairs, trainings, seminars and more. JJRHTC covers nine hectares of land with the following facilities and amenities: three-storey building, ten cabins, kitchen and mess halls, recreational areas, team building area, gazebos and other activities upon request such as jungle survival lesson, mountain trekking, horseback riding and catering.

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SANTONG LUGAR IN JALAJALA

Widely popular among the locals, Santong Lugar is a place of pilgrimage for religious enthusiasts and those who offer prayer to God. The story states that on May 1909, people were cutting woods and lumber when they failed to sell one of the lumbers they cut. One of the townsfolk took the lumber and brought it up the mountain. On June 4, 1909, when he cut the lumber, an image of the Virgin Mary accordingly appeared. Later on, this piece of lumber was brought to a chapel atop the mountain and was called Our Lady of the Virgin of Maulawin.

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INDUSTRIAL TOURISM

DRAGON WELLNESS FARM

Dragon fruit or pitaya in the native language has been one of the famous products in Jalajala, Rizal. Sweet pitayas come in three types, all with leathery, slightly leafy skin: Hylocereus undatus (Pitaya blanca or White-fleshed Pitaya) has red-skinned fruit with white flesh. This is the most commonly seen "dragon fruit". Hylocereus costaricensis (Pitaya roja or Red-fleshed Pitaya, also known as Hylocereus polyrhizus) has red-skinned fruit with red flesh. Hylocereus megalanthus (Pitaya amarilla or Yellow Pitaya, also known as Selenicereus megalanthus) has yellow-skinned fruit with white flesh.
In a small town just an hour and a half drive from Manila, there's a two-hectare farm off the main highway of Barangay Palaypalay, Jalajala town in Rizal. With thousands of dragon fruit cuttings -  at a cost of 100 pesos a piece - the place made space in the farm for the new crop. Pretty soon, majority of the farm would be taken over by the strange-looking cactus plants.

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DAIRY DELIGHTS

Dairy Delights comprises the Llano Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative, Inc. There are 90 members but only twenty of them have carabao holdings. The cooperative produces roughly a hundred liters of milk per day during peak season and the least is twenty liters during dry season. Farm gate price is set at Php 35.00/ liter.

They market their produce in the vicinity and goes as far as manila for special deliveries. This usually happens when there is a national Trade fair and cooperatives under the regional level are encouraged to participate.
The local government supports their vision of producing good quality product. The local council has granted funds to upgrade their local processing unit. They are into the process of looking for dairy equipment in this manner, a small scale homogenizer to improve on the quality of their products.
To date, dairy delights products varies from : fresh carabao’s milk, choco flavored milk, milk-o-gel, lacto flan, yogurt in four flavors namely: strawberry. pineapple, mango and blueberry. They also prepare plain yogurt for the picky customers. The other line is on confectionery: that of Pastillas de Leche and yemas . These sweets are made from pure carabao’s milk and priced affordably for the buying public. They also have soft cheese or Kesong Puti to complete their line up.

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