TravelBytes featuring: Binangonan Rizal

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Binangonan is considered as the “fruit” of fusion of modernity and traditionalism but in what way? Well, let’s elaborate on the colorful history of this wonderful town. It is one of the 14 municipalities in Rizal province; it is triangular in shape and lies between the foothills of Sierra Madre Mountain and the northeastern part of Laguna de Bay. Bounded on the north of Angono, east of Cardona, northeast of Morong and Teresa and on the southeast of Laguna de Bay. The main land is 5,820.55 hectares while Talim Islands (also part of Binangonan) is 1,449.45 hectares. It is ranked as 5th biggest in terms of area.

However when it comes to its origin, there are few theories such as Binangonan de Lampon (a village in Infanta, Laguna) where the settlers have originated, others say it started at the place called Batasin whose inhabitants were believed the ancestors of the few remaining tribe of Negritoes and some say that originally before the Spaniards invasion, the sitios and barangays from Tayuman to Talim (except Janosa) have pure Tagalog names. Nowadays, the town’s sources of income are commercial investments such as food establishments, banks, schools etc. while promoting tourism and leisures and supporting livelihood programs for fishermen, basket weavers and farmers are the main objectives. 

Speaking of tourism and leisure, who can forget the beautiful sceneries located at the town’s perimeter? Like the world famous Petroglyphs located at the boundary of Angono Binangonan and discovered by National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco in 1965. There are about 127 drawings of animal and human figures engraved in the rock, Talim Island which is famous for the dagger-shaped island at the heart of Laguna de Bay. It is endowed with mountains and hills such as Susong Dalaga and Pulong Gitna. There are also fish pens located at the center of the lake and it has 3,376 square hectares and composed of 17 Barangays.

Last but not the least, Mt. Calvary also known as “Ang Kalbaryo” or “Bundok Kalbaryo” wherein it represents how Spaniards cultivated, dominated the town and how the town folks embraced the religion of Christianity. In 1972, an unknown religious man built a huge crucifix on the mountain top while the church was being constructed. Now, there are 100 cemented stair steps upward to the said crucifix. Also, the huge crucifix symbolizes hope and guidance for the devotees.There are a lot of places to visit here in our province. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to travel for airplane trips or a fancy lavish getaway trips, sometimes you have to be streetwise and appreciate the beauty that can be found near you.  (Joana Marie Gutierrez)