Top 12 attractions to explore in Rizal
Rizal is lying on the northern shores of Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the country. It is named after José Rizal, one of the main national heroes of the Philippines.
This is a 17th century Roman Catholic wooden image of the Blessed Virgin Mary venerated in the Philippines. The image, a Black Madonna that represents the Immaculate Conception, is enshrined in Antipolo Cathedral in the Sierra Madre mountains east of Metro Manila. he statue is one of the most celebrated images of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Philippines, gaining devotees since the mid-19th century, having been mentioned by José Rizal in his writings.
Avilon Zoo is a 7.5-hectare zoo located in Barrio San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal, Philippines. It is operated by the Avilon Wildlife Conservation Foundation, which also operates the Ark Avilon Zoo. It is currently the largest zoological institution in the Philippines in terms of land area and collection of animals.
Casa Santa Museum is one of the famous tourist spots in Rizal. It houses around 3,700+ collections of Santa Claus themes and motifs from different countries and considered as one of the most extensive private collections of Santa Claus items in the world. Experience 365 days of Christmas at this museum where small figurines to life-sized Santas are everywhere to be found. Visitors are free to inspect the items and a few can be played with.
Hinulugang Taktak is a waterfall in the Philippines found in the province of Rizal on Luzon island. The waterfall area has been designated as a National Park by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and is one of the two most popular tourist spots in Antipolo, Rizal's capital, the other being the Antipolo Cathedral.
Masungi Georeserve is a conservation area in Rizal that aims to sustainably protect the rocks, flora, and fauna within it. A trail, including rope courses, allows visitors to go through the highlights of the georeserve, showcasing the formidable rock formations and lush forestry in this sprawling area.
Mount Tagapo is in Talim Island in Binangonan, Rizal. It is located at the heart of the largest lake in the Philippines, Laguna de Bay. Locals call it ‘Mt. Susong Dalaga’ because from the towns of Laguna, you can spot the peak of Tagapo, which has the form of a young woman’s breast. It has an elevation of 438 meters above sea level and is the highest point of Talim Island.The island can be reached by taking a boat ride from Pritil Port in Binangonan.
Pamitinan Cave is where Andres Bonifacio and seven katipuneros made their pilgrimage and covenant for freedom during the April Holy Week in 1895, a year before the outbreak of the Philippine Revolution, the first revolution in Asia. It is also known as the Cave of Bernando Carpio. It is just the numerous cave with spectacular rock formation form the majestic limestone crags of the Montalban Gorge. It is declared as a National Geological Monument .
A Roman Catholic church located in the town of Tanay, Rizal Province in the Philippines. The construction of the present church was begun in 1773 and was completed after ten years in 1783. In 2001, it was declared as a National Cultural Treasure Church by the National Commission for Culture and the Arts. It is also among the five Jubilee churches of the Diocese of Antipolo.
St. Joseph Parish is one of the oldest churches in Rizal, having been completed in 1686. They started to build the church in 1595. The town was transferred to Ibayo in 1636 but returned to the present site in 1682. 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.
St. Jerome Church stands high up in the town of Morong. It was built in 1615 by Chinese craftsmen as evidenced by the Chinese-style lions at the entrance to the steep driveway. An added attraction in the church is the first-class relic of the town's patron saint, Saint Jerome. it was now o be of the famous attraction in this area.
A huge church constructed by Franciscan missionaries near the Laguna Bay in 1579. It was separated as the church of Santa Ana de Sapa in 1583. It was transferred to its present location by Father Pedro Chirino in 1591 and the town was named San Jose del Monte. It was the first stone church outside of Manila. The second larger stone-church, as it is right now, was rebuilt by Father Juan de Salazar in 1630. Now it is one of the famous pilgrimage centres in this area.
One of the renowned energy sources in Phillippines. This windmill is located in the heart of Rizal and it covers an area of 4,515 hectares in a beautiful area. The project consists of 27 wind turbine generators grouped into three clusters with an aggregate capacity of 54 megawatts. It was one of the great places to see in Rizal.
Map of attractions in Rizal