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.
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.
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).
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 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!
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