Angono Petroglyphs: A Heritage Site to Remember

Discover the pre-historic beauty of the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs heritage site - estimated to be dated way back 3,000 BC.

I spent my amazing whole long weekend (October 31 eve till November 4) at Carebi Village in Angono Rizal, thanks to my sweet dear friend, Miss B, for "adopting" me and letting me stay in their house.

Last November 3, after the "Halloween Videoke Madness" subsided, we visited the famous "Angono Petroglyphs" situated on the boundaries of Angono and Binangonan in the province of Rizal, Philippines.

Cave Entrance
Cave Entrance

Before the long-awaited vacation starts, Miss B mentioned about visiting a cave in the mountains. I never thought that the place is one of the national treasures of the country and a beautiful picturesque of the town can be seen on top.

What is Petroglyphs?

Petroglyphs is also called "rock engravings"; which by that given definition means images that were created by removing part of a rock surface by carving, incising or abrading.

The Angono Petroglyphs was known to be the oldest work of art in the Philippines. It consists of 127 carvings or drawings of animals, like frogs and lizards, and even human figures. These inscriptions on the rock walls were estimated to be dated way back 3,000 BC. Pretty historic, right.

The heritage site was discovered in 1965 by the late Carlos V Francisco. Mr. Francisco was awarded as the National Artist of the Philippines.

This heritage should be preserved and taken care of for us to remember the history and also for the future generations to come. Sad to say, vandalism and neglect now echoes on this place. But thanks to the collective effort of the National Museum of the Philippines, Department of Tourism, American Express, World Monument Funds and Philippine Real Estate Company, the heritage site was preserved and developed more so that people who came to visit here would appreciate its pre-historic beauty.

The Angono Petroglyphs is considered as National Cultural Treasures of the country; declared by the Philippine government in 1973 by the virtue of Pres. Decree No. 260.

From Angono Rizal, you can wait for the blue passenger cab or you can rent a one-way trip of tricycles. Estimated cost for the tricycle fare is around 250 - 300 pesos/trip.

Might as well bring your own means of transportation so you'll not get worried when it's time go home.

with Miss B
with Miss B

The view of the overlooking town below was breathtaking. It was such a marvelous feeling away from the city noise below and buildings.

All we see is nature, trees and flowers and the captivating view of the river.

We arrived at the entrance of the cave already late in the afternoon. Since it was our first time to enter the dark cave (even though there's a light at the end), we still have this scary feeling, I think because it's just the two of us and nobody was in sight.

And to top it off, we did not bring any flashlights or anything to light our way (some girl scouts!). It was very cold but we just keep on walking until we reached the end of the cave.

There were groups of people we met along the way to the Petroglyphs site. It was not very far though and it was just around the curve of the mountain.

In there, we registered first and pay Php20.00 per head before we proceed to take pictures inside the Museum.

The Museum was a little small but it held great memories of the past.

Not far away was the view deck and stone path where they put wooden deck for people to walk on and admire the art carved in rock walls.

For those who wished to visit the heritage site, I advised that you go there on morning and bring your car or vehicle since there's a rare chance you could catch the blue passenger cab.

There were white shuttles or vans but it is only for the guests of Thunderbird Resort and Casino, which by the way is a fantastic place near the Petroglyphs.

The Museum and the viewing deck closed at 5PM. And you don’t want to scare yourself when passing on the dark cave again.

Unlike us, we left the Petroglyphs past 5Pm already, and the last group already left 20 minutes ago, we don’t have much any choice but to fight our fears.

The cold wind inside the cave was very strong; it’s like pulling us back. And Miss B said she noticed that the main entrance looks so far (yeah, just to scare me... but sad to say, unsuccessful try).

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Before going home, (now scared because dark already enveloped the place) we stopped at Thunderbird Resort, just very near to the Petroglyphs site, and relaxed besides the inviting beauty of the pool overlooking the glimmering lights of the town below.

Thunderbird Resort
Thunderbird Resort

Thunderbird Resort and Casino is a very famous place - Resort at the front, Casino's at the back.

It was perched on a ridge atop the Binangonan foothills of the Sierra Madre Mountain which made it more enjoyable for any event and reunions.

And we got this little secret – a secret that we left one chilly night on that beautiful resort.

I love our mini adventure; it was a lot of fun!

© 2012 Mycee. All Rights Reserved.

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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

A wonderful review; maybe some day I will be able to visit your beautiful country.

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

It is amazing to think that these were only discovered in 1965! The area looks very picturesque and the hotel must have been lovely too! You look like you have had a lovely vacation; thanks for the info on this pretty and historical area of the Philippines.

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Kaili Bisson 4 years ago from Canada

spy, this is a wonderful Hub and the photos are great. Just goes to show how much we still have to discover on this little blue planet. Voted up!

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Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

Interesting and useful!!!

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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

Awesome hub review of that cool cave @unknown spy, I located this hub with the help of our good friend Billybuc, who shared it on FB.

Your vacation even though it may have been quite scary, seemed well worth the time spent, and I know now why you called it a little secret. Wonderful images, very well written, useful, and great for folks looking to visit there.

Thumbs up and getting shared for sure Spy.

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aviannovice 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

Hey, Mycee! Thanks for taking us along on your adventure. I also enjoy caves, and went to one a long time ago in Pennsylvania in the U.S. It had stalactites and stalagmites, as well as cool water and a few bats. It was such a hot day, so it was a welcome place to be. Again, thanks for sharing, and showing me a little of the Philippines!

Earl 4 years ago

Best! Interesting and so lovely. Voted Up!

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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

Thank you for showing us some scenery from the Philippines, unknown spy. I enjoyed the journey! The museum and the petroglyphs sound very interesting.

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girishpuri 4 years ago from NCR , INDIA

Wonderful review, i enjoyed your trip with your awesome presentation, thank you.

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rcrumple 4 years ago from Kentucky

Really a nice journey. The cave would be a trip, to say the least. Not a fan of casinos, but the rest of the trip was very interesting. The cave art interest me greatly. Great Job!

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

Thank you for letting us tag along. Very thoughtful of you.

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kashmir56 4 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi my friend M. great hub and a wonderful adventure into the country side of the Philippines and in it's caves, enjoyed the journey and beautiful photos to ! Well done !

Vote up and more !!!

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teaches12345 4 years ago

What a lovely country, I don't know if I will ever pass by your way, but it would be a nice visit for sure. Thanks for sharing.

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Lipnancy 4 years ago from Hamburg, New York

I had never heard of this wonderful place. Your words and your pictures truly made it come alive for me.

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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

WOW this place is great, nature at it's best. Would love to visit some day.

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

hEllo my friends..thank you all for joining me on this cave visit. Thanks for the support, for the rates, the votes and shared :)

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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Lovely, Spy! Now I REALLY have to go check out the petroglyphs near me! :)

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Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

What a lovely trip! sounds like an amazing place, thanks for sharing, nell

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

@TT and Nell.. thank you so much!

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bravewarrior 4 years ago from Central Florida

Spy, thank you for sharing your remarkable adventure with us! How fascinating for us and lucky for you!

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hehehe thank you so much Sha!

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ignugent17 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing this Myz. I do hope I can visit this beautiful and enchanting place.

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

Hey meldz.thanks for dropping by!

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midget38 4 years ago from Singapore

A wonderful place to go to, I am sure! Thanks for sharing, and since I live quite nearby in Singapore, it's my next holiday destination!

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up. Author

yes, michelle... ohh i know you will love the place!

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CrazedNovelist 3 years ago from Hampton, GA

Sounds like an awesome trip! I've never been to the Philippines... or anywhere outside of the U.S. I'd love to see the world one day, though. :)

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