HISTORY AND CULTURE

SAINT JEROME

Address: Turentigue St. Brgy. San Juan, Morong, Rizal
Contact Number: (02)653-1259
Saint Jerome church was built by Chinese artisans in 1615 with stone and mortars. Its design was distinct from Chinese-Baroque Architecture. It has two Chinese lion sculptures at the entrance that serve as the storey façade and the octagonal bell tower of the church. There are pock marks on the walls and surroundings of the church caused by bullet holes indicating fights between Katipuneros and Guardia Civils during the revolt of the Filipinos against the Spaniards in the later part of 19th century.

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MORONG TOWN PLAZA

Located in Barangay San Pedro, the Town Plaza is just in front of Morong's old Municipal Building. This building was the former seat of the office of the governor of Rizal during the Distrito Politica de Morong, also known as the "Commandancia". The Town Plaza includes statues of famous people, one of them was Tomas Claudio, a war hero during World War I. He fought during the war when he was sent to Cantigy, France and the Tomas Claudio Memorial School was established as a tribute to him on 1921.

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RAFAEL "PAENG" PACHECO ART GALLERY

Rafael Pacheco a resident of Morong, Rizal has a unique way of expressing his artistic talent. He uses this fingers and palms in creating outstanding pieces of art. He can make a masterpiece in just 5 minutes or less. His favorite genre of art is the underwater scene usually of kois and gold fish. Through his unique painting style, he was recognized here and abroad as the "Father of Finger and Palm Painting in the Philippines"
The world-renown artist conducts workshops in Barangay Bumbongan’s  Uugong Park where art practitioners are inspired by luscious greens sprawling in the mountains, and cascading waterfalls. The orchestra of roaring rapids echoing in the gorge branded the park’s name, “u-ugong”, a Tagalog term which means “echoing”.

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