HISTORY AND CULTURE

OUR LADY OF THE MOST HOLY ROSARY

Address: J.P. Rizal St. Brgy. Balite, Montalban, Rizal 
Contact Number: (02) 948-9221
Montalban was once a barrio of San Mateo until it became a separate municipality after the war. The Parish under the patroness of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary was founded in 1871 by Fr. Eustaquio, a native of Pasig who was then called "Padre Quako". For about 140 years the parish of Montalban was served by twelve pastors until the present.

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NATURE

WAWA DAM

Wawa Dam and Pamitinan Protected Landscape (Montalban, Rizal)

Location: Sitio Wawa, Barangay San Rafael, Rodriguez, Rizal 

Brief Description: Pamitinan Cave is where Andres Bonifacio and 7 (seven) Katipuneros made their pilgrimage and covenant for freedom (the first cry of independence) during the April Holy Week in 1895, a year before the outbreak of the Philippine Revolution, the first revolution in Asia. 

Realizing the urgent need to protect and preserve its historical significance as well as its recreational, educational, and eco-tourism value, President Fidel V. Ramos, upon recommendation of the DENR, set aside, withdraw from sale, settlement, and exploitation of whatever nature or forms of disposition which includes the caves. Its surroundings and other cave ecosystem and valid private rights, if there be any.

PERMITTED ACTIVITIES
> Rock climbing, Hiking/ Mountain Climbing, Swimming and Photography


HOW TO GET THERE:

Pamitinan Protected Landscape is located at Brgy. Mascap and San Rafael, Rodriguez Rizal covering an area of approximately 608 hectares. The area is accessible to any kind of vehicle such as jeeps, tricycles, cars, and buses.

It is approximately 4-Km. east of the town proper of Rodriguez. There is no difficulty in reaching the area during summer time as well as during rainy season as the Local Government of Rodriguez is now on the verge of finishing road construction of the area. 

There are several local tourists, foreigners, artists, mountaineers and other people coming from different cities, municipalities and provinces visiting the place for picnics, sightseeing, mountain climbing, educational tour, and sometimes shooting films at the historical place especially during summertime.

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WAWA MOUNTAIN

The Wawa Mountain is located behind the Wawa Dam. Legend says that a strong man named Bernardo Carpio was considered to be the strong giant who was trapped between these two mountains. Having shrugged his shoulders, the story continues with the Bernardo Carpio causing the earthquake in Montalban.
Going to Wawa Mountain is a must if visitors plan to visit the Wawa Dam. Tourist will see the famous legendary mountains of Bernardo Carpio who was known to be the strongest man in local ancient times. It features the two big boulders of mountains, such as the Mt. Pamitinan and Mt. Binikayan. This is the right place for those people who want to see beautiful sights and to unwind.

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MOUNT BALAGBAG

A hiking destination favored for its proximity to Metro Manila is Mt. Balagbag, located in Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal. This mountain is part of the Sierra Madre range as it transitions into the plains of Central and Southern Luzon.

The trail is very easy and wide, and Mt. Balagbag is also a favorite of mountain bikers. Although locals recall a past when the mountain was covered with trees, it is now barren, and hikers who will trek it summer will find sun exposure as the only difficulty in this trek. Hence, dimtrekking (hiking very early in the morning or late afternoon) is recommended.

Mt. Balagbag is a favorite of bikers and those who love an easy trek it takes only over an hour to reach the campsite…however, it depends on you pacing and if you love to take pictures along the way…. as the trail is well marked by a road that leads almost directly to the summit.
The falls looks magnificent! Mt Balagbag has a waterfall that looks like infinity pools. Climbing the waterfall is somewhat challenging, some part of the rocks were slippery and sharp.…. imagine climbing up an 80 degree incline almost 2 storeys high, using only you r wits and balance to guide you to the top.

Additional features of Mt. Balagbag include some small waterfalls and rivers along the way, as well as the possibility of traversing to San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan or other barangays of Rodriguez, Rizal. Along the way to Mt. Balabag, there is also the Veterans' Peak or Veterans' Summit which is more of a local tourist spot. There are security concerns regarding Balagbag at the moment, but it has the potential to be a nice and near hiking spot from Manila.

TRIVIA
Local industries in the communities in Mt. Balagbag include making ofwalis-tambo, made of tambo grass, among others.
TRIVIA
Local industries in the communities in Mt. Balagbag include making ofwalis-tambo, made of tambo grass, among others.

MOUNTAIN TRAILS:

Waterfalls trail
The famous landmark of Mt. Balagbag is a longshot view of the waterfall at the end of the rivertrek from Karahume. This waterfall is sometimes referred to as Kaytitinga, and the one more famous with the locals is the Otso-otso falls with a large catchbasin for trickling water from the river/falls. 

ROTARY TRAILS:

Karahume is a small sitio nested at the western foot of the mountain range that cradles Mt. Balagbag. It is home to several of the traverse trails including the so-named Rotary trail. It is the same way going to the water falls, but you will not descend to the “falls marker”. Instead, you will continue farther until you reach a small water dam. Make a left turn from the wide trail towards that water dam. From there, the path up is visible, and there are locals you can inquire with since this is also being used by the “mag-uuling”s. 

The path here will give you that familiar mountain feel in contrast to the rough road trail. Such is the name of the trail because of a rotary marker early on the hike. The soil is also characterized with a reddish brown hue, which varies depending on season. After one or two hours of assault you will reach the flatland with houses and fences and a diverting pathway. Don’t take the left path for it will lead you deeper into the forest. Instead, follow the trail which will lead you up to the clearing/farm with several houses. Remember, there’s no way but up!

After negotiating the grassland for about 15-30mins, you will reach several trails going up to the rough road. One of them is an earthen stairway with wooden handles. Mt. Balagbag is a private land and inhabited almost to the campsite so don’t worry about getting lost in the clearing, there are lots of locals you can ask for directions. Just tell them you are going to the helipad.

HORSE TRAIL / CARABAO TRAIL:

Another forested path to Mt. Balagbag is a hike through the carabao trail. In contrast with the rotary trail, the path here is more gradual and rolling, for it is used by grazing bovines and workload equines. 

Instead of going right on the second turn in Karahume, walk straight the wide rough road. There are fewer houses here than with the falls and rotary trail. There’s also a military detachment when we descended from our exploration back in May 2009. 
The trail is well established, on higher ground you will encounter a diversion where you need to take the right turn towards the flatland and eventually to the clearing. The trail here is infested with mosquitoes as compared to the others, so be prepared with anti-mosquito lotions. Also, the last time I passed by here (May2009), the vegetations here are still thick and some of the itch-inducing ones got in contact with my skin. This is also the trail we used in our exploration.

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MOUNT PARAWAGAN (MOUNTAIN TRAIL SUMMIT)

Mt. Parawagan is one of the most challenging scenic mountain trails in Rodriguez, Rizal. The trail is located at Sitio Parawagan, Brgy San Rafael which is situated at the western side of Sitio Wawa. 

You’ll have views–narrow streams, mixed forest, the Sierra Madre Mountains, and the rolling green foliage at the sides of the trail. At around 6 km., you’ll have a full view of the La Mesa Dam Reservoir and on the west is the faint skyline of Makati.

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PURAY FALLS

Puray is one of the most isolated barangay of Rodriquez (formerly Montalban) in the province of Rizal. When "Montalban" is mentioned, one familiar with the town would most certainly associated it with Wawa, the scenic river (in barangay San Rafael) dotted with huge white stones . Wawa is very accessible, there are jeepneys plying the major routes from Quezon City to Wawa while Puray, to most, exist only in the tales of mountain bikers who frequent the place because of its trails and its falls.

Puray is already in the Sierra Madre mountain ranges, several mountains away from the town center. Its hard to believe there is even a flourishing community there - basically a small farming community, no electricity, no running water. But what Puray lacks in modern amnesties it makes up with the pristine beauty of its surroundings. The streams and rivers there are absolutely gorgeous, with crystal clear cool waters.

One of the attactions there is the Puray Falls (known as Tungtong to the locals). Its a short hike, about 2 kilometers, from the barangay center.

Getting there, there are two routes going to Puray - both of which will require that your vehicle can handle a bit of punishment (we were on mountain bikes when we went there).

From barangay Mascap there is the river trail where have to cross the river 11 times. Difficult during the rainy season when the river swells and the road disappears. There are jeepneys from Montalban that goes to Puray via this route but the schedule is not consistent. Sometimes there is only 1 trip a day, the 
return trip is always a challenge.

The other road (still from Mascap) takes you via the mountains. To say that the road is terrible is an understatement, you'll need a 4x4 or a motorcycle to go via this route. There are special tricycles (those with roofless sidecars) that go via this route.

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7 INFINITY POOLS AT PAYARAN FALLS

Situated at Sitio Payaran of Barangay Mascap. It is a natural attraction consisting of seven (7) layered falls. To be able to be at the topmost falls , it will take you endurance by mountain wall climbing. After vigorous trekking and climbing, refreshing and cool waterfalls come your way.

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PAMITINAN CAVE

Wawa Dam and Pamitinan Protected Landscape (Montalban, Rizal)

Location: Sitio Wawa, Barangay San Rafael, Rodriguez, Rizal 

Brief Description: Pamitinan Cave is where Andres Bonifacio and 7 (seven) Katipuneros made their pilgrimage and covenant for freedom (the first cry of independence) during the April Holy Week in 1895, a year before the outbreak of the Philippine Revolution, the first revolution in Asia. 

Realizing the urgent need to protect and preserve its historical significance as well as its recreational, educational, and eco-tourism value, President Fidel V. Ramos, upon recommendation of the DENR, set aside, withdraw from sale, settlement, and exploitation of whatever nature or forms of disposition which includes the caves. Its surroundings and other cave ecosystem and valid private rights, if there be any.

PERMITTED ACTIVITIES
> Rock climbing, Hiking/ Mountain Climbing, Swimming and Photography


HOW TO GET THERE:

Pamitinan Protected Landscape is located at Brgy. Mascap and San Rafael, Rodriguez Rizal covering an area of approximately 608 hectares. The area is accessible to any kind of vehicle such as jeeps, tricycles, cars, and buses.

It is approximately 4-Km. east of the town proper of Rodriguez. There is no difficulty in reaching the area during summer time as well as during rainy season as the Local Government of Rodriguez is now on the verge of finishing road construction of the area. 

There are several local tourists, foreigners, artists, mountaineers and other people coming from different cities, municipalities and provinces visiting the place for picnics, sightseeing, mountain climbing, educational tour, and sometimes shooting films at the historical place especially during summertime.

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AVILON ZOO

The AVILON MONTALBAN ZOOLOGICAL PARK is the largest zoological park in the Philippines. Started in 1992 by Mr. Joaquin Gaw as an offshoot of exotic animal hobby, the Park has 10 years evolution before it was open for commercial purposes.

It is a 7.5 hectare zoo located in the valley of Brgy. San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal. With large exhibits of more than 3000 specimens of exotic and indigenous animals represented by more than 500 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, fishes and invertebrates as well as close to 400 species of plants of which more than half are endemic to the Philippines, Avilon Zoo is one of the zoos in Southeast Asia having the most diverse representation of flora and fauna.

Guided tours and educational field trips offer guests/visitors the privilege of observing and discovering more about the ecology and behavior of the animals. Learn how to conserve and protect endangered species and our environment.

AVILON ZOO embraces the philosophy: "Celebrating Life! Life is precious and every living creature on Earth has a right to live --- freely and fully." Avilon Zoo showcases the living creatures that share the Earth with us in all its diversity and splendor.
Come to Celebrating Life! at Avilon Zoo!!

ZOO SCHEDULE:
Weekdays 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
Weekends & Holidays 8:00 am to 6:00 pm

ENTRANCE FEES:
Php400.00 Regular Entrance Fee
Php300.00 Below 3.5 feet in height
FREE 12months below
20% Discount on Senior Citizen Card Holders


PUBLIC TRANSIT: PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

Take a either Jeep/FX with the sign MONTALBAN from Cubao Aurora/Farmers, and you will pass through Marikina City and San Mateo Rizal to Rodriguez Rizal. The fare is Php 45 (subject to change). Please request the jeepney/Fx driver to let you off at the Total Gas Station. Ride a tricycle "the color orange ones" going in to Avilon Zoo.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, 
CONTACT AT:
Tel: (632) 948-9866 - 9418393 - 871-9358
Fax: (632) 941-8530

Website
http://www.avilonzoo.ph/

Facebook page:
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Avilon-Zoo/

Twitter: 
https://twitter.com/avilonzooph

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