Who says you need to fly around the world to see beautiful places?
It is true that traveling is not just about going to somewhere far and foreign. It is about getting new experiences and visiting places you have never been. Maybe your little town has a lot of spectacular places you can explore, you just need to do a little searching. Let’s say, for example, Rizal Province.
Rizal has long been known for its dedication to art. It is located in the CALABARZON, just 16 kilometers east of Manila. It is bordered by Metro Manila to the west, Bulacan to the north, Quezon to the east, and Laguna Province to the south. And it offers natural wonders and artistic attractions that will let you put your phone in your pocket and just take pleasure in beautiful views.
1. Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs
The Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs in the province of Rizal is the oldest known work of art in the Philippines with 127 human and animal figures engraved on the rockwall that date back to the late Neolithic period. You can see how our early ancestors lived by the rock engravings. In 1973, the site has been declared as a National Cultural Treasure by the National Museum of the Philippines.
2. Daranak Falls
A relaxing getaway? Quick, visit Daranak Falls and marvel at the beauty that Mother Nature offers! It is a 14-meter high falls and a popular destination in Tanay Rizal. The falls is located at the foot of the Tanay mountains with natural vegetation, cascading rivers and ponds.
3. Pililla Wind Farm
Want to see the windmills in Bangui, Ilocos Norte but don’t want to travel that far? Then you must go and see the lane of 27 wind turbines standing atop sloping hills at 300 meters above sea level. Each turbine can produce 2 megawatts. And the farm supplies renewable energy to neighboring areas. Look at that majestic scenery… breathtaking!
4. Masungi Georeserve
Explore the rustic rock garden hidden in the rainforests of Rizal and get even closer to nature. The Masungi Georeserve will let you encounter with wildlife and plant species.
5. Mount Sinai at Pintong Bukawe
Aside from majestic backdrop, and succulent mami and sayote pie, Mt. Sinai holds the world record for having the largest structure of the 10 Commandments in the world.
6. Daraitan River and Tinipak na Bato
Where to find the cleanest river? It can be seen in Tanay, Rizal. Daraitan River has shaped marble boulders that are called “Tinipak na Bato.” that were naturally sculpted. You can also explore a cavern with an underwater river by paddling a small canoe.
7. Calinawan Cave
This enormous cave that composed of multiple levels and openings was served as hideout by Filipino revolutionaries during Spanish-American war. It was also the place where Filipinos decided to revolt against Spanish rule. That’s how it got its name, as Calinawan came from the Filipino term “linaw” means clear.
8. Palo Alto Falls
Palo Alto Falls in Barangay Pinugay, Baras is one of the lesser known waterfalls in Rizal waiting to be discovered. It is located at the foot of Sierra Madre Mountain Range with cool water cascading from a height of 60 feet into a wide concrete pool and to a rocky stream that drains to Laguna Lake.