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A Side Trip To Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs

Petroglyphs

After enjoying the Higantes festival (since we traveled for a few hours just to experience it) I thought that we couldn’t just waste our time in Angono, Rizal after.

petroglyphs

Having a rough week, we didn’t plan to cover the whole day at the festival. Since it took us hours to reach our destination, I just thought that we might visit other places before we go back to Bulacan. While having a rest and eating my halo-halo to cool down, I searched for other places in Angono. Most of the nearby places were galleries and museums, hence it is called the Art Capital of the Philippines. However, a very interesting place caught my attention, the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs.

 

A National Cultural treasure, the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs is a place where you’ll find a shallow rock shelter with 127 drawings that were believed (and proven) to be made by the early inhabitants of the area. It was also declared as the oldest rock art in the Philippines (I would say, the creative talent among the people of Angono had been in their genes since the primitive times).

petroglyphs engravings

The engravings which were frog-like and lizard-like can be found on the rock wall near the boundary of Angono-Binangonan in Rizal, Philippines. Just to clarify, it is a rock shelter, a shallow cave-like opening at the base of a cliff. The person who toured us said thatΒ some people mistakenly thought that it was an actual cave (I did!). It was accidentally discovered by Carlos “Botong” Francisco in March 1965 during a field trip with a troop of boy scouts. He then reported it to the National Museum for proper evaluation.

 

My (and my fiancΓ©) experience there was unforgettable. Unexpected long walks under the midday sun, hike uphill, almost lost and dehydration was paid off once we reached our destination. Upon entering the Petroglyphs premises (with the help of their sign boards), wePetroglyphs went through a man-made tunnel to reach an office where we met a representative (or a tour guide). The place was very simple. There are picnic tables for the students visiting during their educational trips, trees all over, and of course the rock shelter with the engravings. They also placed wooden steps and flooring to the area near the engravings so guests can have more chances of seeing it closer at the same time protecting it from destruction. We went there on a Sunday, making the area clear from other tourists, and it’s a bit quiet in the area.

 

DISCLOSURE: Sadly, i don’t have many pictures of the place because the memory card that I used to save my photos of the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs was corrupted and needed a reformat. So some of the photos that I used here were from the internet or from the National Museum Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs Facebook page.

 

How to get there:

There are two ways (that I know and experienced) to get there:

From Cubao, Quezon City: ride a jeepney going to Antipolo church, near the SM City Cubao. You can also take a van/fx, its terminal is beside the Farmer’s Market nearest to MRT Cubao station. From Antipolo church, ride a tricycyle SAFTODA or AYATODA and tell the driver to take you to the Petroglyphs.

If you are coming from Angono (which what we did), you can also take a tricycle going to Petroglyphs. But it may be a bit expensive because you will need a special trip to get there. You have to make sure that the tricycle could drive uphill because the road is so steep! We had a bad experience with this matter, as the tricycle driver said he could take us there yet after a couple of kilometers, we had to get off and just walked to get to the Petroglyphs!

NOTE: If the tricycle driver is not aware of the name “Petroglyphs”, just mention that it is near the Thunderbird Resort.

angono-binangonan petroglyphs

In all honesty, I wouldn’t know about this historical rock shelter in the province of Rizal if it wasn’t for the Higantes Festival in Angono. The Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs has a lot more room for improvements. However, I still aim for my fellow Filipinos, especially the young ones, to know more about this historical place.

About Gracie Gill

A hobbyist photographer enjoying her life through arts, music, traveling and getting fit. A proud crazy cat lady.

21 thoughts on “A Side Trip To Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs

  1. Faith Coates

    What a dream come true, I have explored the petroglyphs in Canada and in some US states and would love to add this tour to my list. As an anthropology student this type of tour is what I love and find fascinating.

    1. Gracie Surio Post author

      I hope you will have a chance to visit the petroglyphs here in the Philippines. And btw, you rock! I think anthropology is very very cool! My husband and I loves watching Bones tv series and we became interested in anthropology.

  2. Iuliana Marchian

    I read some time ago about Petroglyphs, but I never knew exactly what it was about. Your piece is very detailed and the Angono-Binangonan ones seem to be a very important historical place which I’d love to explore someday.

    1. Gracie Surio Post author

      Thank you! I didn’t have any idea about petroglyphs too until I visited this museum. I hope you can visit it as well, or just look for the nearest petroglyphs in your area. πŸ™‚

  3. Charles McCool

    I have visited several other petroglyph locations and they are a fascinating look into the past. I always wonder how the researchers determine what various symbols mean and I sometimes have my own interpretation. When I visit the Philippines, I would love to visit Angono-Binangonan.

    1. Gracie Surio Post author

      Hi Charles, same with you, I also wonder how they decide how old the petroglyphs are 😊I hope you will have a time to visit this place too! Thank you 😊

  4. Harsh Gupta

    At the end I believe, its not just about taking pictures but saving them in your memory for a lifetime. I am sure you must have had awesome time exploring Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs.

  5. Pily Noriega

    This is awesome! I’m planing to go to the Philippines and didn’t know which places to visit, but what better than the Art Capital!, thanks a lot for the useful information and also for explaining how to get there, this details are very important! πŸ™‚

  6. Milla

    I have to admit I have never heard of this place before but after reading your post I’m very motivated to finally go and visit it. I’m a bit scared of the way there but hopefully is not that scary. Philippines here I come!

  7. Sridhar @InterludJourney

    Definitely Angono sounds like a Art Capital of the Philippines and knowing about historical rock. Well written post with all the information you have shared about this place to explore and experience someone.

  8. Sara Broers

    With 127 drawings here, this is definitely a treasure. I often wonder how the experts determine what the drawings are. I sometimes think they draw it from the time frame or how they see it. Maybe on your next visit you can ride the tricycle the whole way there. Looks like you had a fun time.

  9. knycx.journeying

    Thanks for the introduction – I wonder what the drawings in the caves look like.
    It’s great to know about some place special and unique that’s now quite well-known to the world. So thanks for the post ! @ knycx.journeying

  10. Only By Land

    I had to google where Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs was. I love drawings and photographing them so I’d be very occupied here! I will be in the Philippines this year so will have chance to see them in person.

    1. Gracie Surio Post author

      That’s good to know that you’ll be coming to the Philippines! I hope you enjoy your stay here. Btw, there are two new petrographs discovered, though they are inside the real caves and too far from Angono-Binagonan Petroglyphs. It is also still under investigation by the National Museum. I hope they are already open in public by the time you visit the Philippines.

  11. Marlies

    I think it’s always nice to find unsuspected places and more so when it’s historic. Very cool πŸ™‚ I would definitely visit this historic place when I am there.

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