Just when I thought I have covered almost all places that could be visited or explored in my home province, there are still just a few places on my list waiting for me to be discovered. Confidently, I can say that I have set foot at all towns of my province including Talim Island in Laguna De Bay. What a better way to learn more about my culturally rich province but to participate at the annual Rizal Travel Mart held last 21-25 November, 2012 at the Event Center of SM City Taytay.
For more information on Antipolo destinatons, check out this link.
Binangonan is also home to both upscale and budget getaways. It is the only town in the province that has a world class casino being host to Thunderbird Resorts and Casino. This multinational recreation complex offers posh hotel rooms and suites for even the highly discriminating customers. It also has a golf course - Eastridge Glof Club surrounded by lush tropical flora and flowering landscape that makes it a perfect backdrop to any kind of golf championships in the country.
Construction of Binangonan Recreation and Conference Center is also in progress. It is designed to be a one-stop premier destination to anyone who seeks clean, fun way of entertainment and promotes overall wellness without having to go out of the province.
When in Binagonan, one should also visit the many pilgrimage destinations such as the 200 year-old St. Ursula Parish Church, Nuestra Senora Delos Angeles Church, Marian Hill, Mt. Calvary and Sto. Domingo Church.
For adventure seekers, visit Mt. Tagapo Nature Park, Puente del Diablo, Tabon Hot and Cold Spring and SEAFDEC.
For more information on Binagonan, you may contact:
Arnel "Linggit" O. Rivera
Binangonan Municipal Tourism Office
T: +632 652 5482 local 259
For orders, you may contact:
Saint Joseph the Worker Bamboo Workshop
Sapang, Talim Island, Binangonan
Jerwin G. Fulay
M: +63 999 684 4063
For more information on Bugarin's pineapple products, you may contact:
+63 928 662 5341
When in Baras, one should also visit Saint Joseph Parish and Palo Alto Falls.
For more information on Baras, you may contact:
Susan R. Mendoza
Baras Tourism Office
T: + 632 653 2783
When in Teresa, one should also visit the St. Rose of Lima Parish Church, Teresa Orchard and Nursery, St. Martha's Farm for the Panggasius or Cream Dory Fish and Coral Farm (Crocodile Farm).
For more information on Teresa, you may contact:
T: 234 0865, 650 5379
M: +63 916 485 5527 (look for Metong)
Environment and Natural Resources Office
T: +632 234 0865 local 201
M: +63 916 310 6979, +63 908 402 1445
For inquiries on Tanay Hills Coffee Beanery, you may contact:
Carmelita V. Desuasido
Tanay Hills Coffee Beanery
Sampaloc Road cor. Marcos Highway
Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal
T: +632 631 0493
M: +632 635 3544
For more information on Tanay, you may contact:
Tanay Tourism, Culture and Arts Office
T: +632 404 2296, +632 654 1002
M: +63 921 591 1187
Tanay is part of my tours in Rizal. For more information on destinations in Tanay, click this link.
There are still destinations in Tanay that I haven't explored yet but have heard good stories about including Paseo Rizal which is an events and dining venue. For adventure seekers, there are Kalinawan Cave, Masungi Rock, Daraitan River, Tinipak and Kinabuan Falls. Hopefully I would have the chance to explore these areas.
Despite increasing urbanization, cottage industries emerge such as the development of water lily products into bags, wallets, bags and other accessories. These indigenous materials are in abundace in Cainta and Taytay.
For more information on waterlily prodcuts, you may contact:
M: +63 915 957 2324
Waterlily Livelihood Program
M: +63 908 621 0707
Looc Livelihood Association, Cardona, Rizal
Ptr. Flor Tingle
M: +63 915 430 9102
CFCA Antipolo Project
T: +632 651 3816
M: +63 920 564 7752
For inquiries on Christmas decors, you may contact:
Medoth Phils. Craft
T: +632 697 4309
M: +63 916 367 4835, +63 927 926 4164
Although this is just one of the many steps to promote trade and tourism in the province, alot of work is still needed to be done to fully maximize the province's potential. During one of the panel discussions, it was said that the province of Rizal used to be one of the richest provinces in the country. As you may know, many cities in Metro Manila used to be part of Rizal province - Makati, Mandaluyong, Pasig, San Juan and many others. As years went on, these municipalities detached from the province and became independent cities.
As far as tourism industry is concerned, we wonder why among all regions in CALABARZON, Rizal seems to be behind. Is there a lack of collective effort among stakeholders? Is there a shortage of destinations to be visited or explored? Is there a lack of infrastructure development that would entice tourists to visit the province? Is there a priority on provincial tourism at all?
May I take this opportunity to comment on the road networks in Rizal. For one, I am quite impressed with the long, smooth stretch of road in Antipolo going to Tanay. Many roads in the province have also been greatly improved. However, Ortigas Extension in Pasig going to entry point in Cainta remain a bottleneck. Commuters have been painstakingly negotiating this road for years. I hope something can be done. Another thing is the lack of street lights in major thoroughfares. Until now, the road going up to Antipolo from Taytay is very dark. I hope there won't be any untoward traffic or road incident before something can be done in this road going to Antipolo. These are just some areas that I frequent, I am not quite sure with other areas just yet.
Whatever it lacks, I am confident that it can be addressed by all stakeholders - government officials, private sector and public. As they say it is still a work in progess and anyone involved is vital in this development.