Rizal: A Province at a Glance

Rizal is a first-class province that belongs to CALABARZON (Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) Region. The province was named in honor of the Philippine National hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal. It flaunts its natural wonders and mountainous areas, it is a great place to unwind and marvel at the beauty of nature. It takes only an hour’s drive from neighboring Manila to reach this beautiful province. The place boasts of its wonderful resorts, valleys, art museums, and geo reserves. 

Rizal at a glance:

Capital: Antipolo City

Climate: Hottest month is May, the coldest month happens January and February. The province has two distinct seasons. There is the dry season from November to April and a wet season for the rest of the year.

Surrounding Areas: Sierra Madre Mountain ranges, Laguna de Bay, Talim island (the Philippines’ largest lake island) Metro Manila

People and community: The majority of the inhabitants are Tagalog, the rest of the minority belongs to the Visayas, Ilocanos, and other local groups.

Top Attractions 

  • Masungi Georeserve

The Masungi Georeserve is known for its spiked limestone landscape, wildlife, and protected plant species. Its name Masungi is from the word “masungki” meaning “spiked”. It is a conservation area tucked in the rainforest of Rizal. Visitors can enjoy this beautiful landscape by their rope courses, winding paths, and hiking trails.  

  • Pililia Windmill

No need to go to Ilocos Norte to witness a similar tourism hotspot. Situated in Halayhayin in Pililla, you can find a line of these giant white fans producing sustainable energy. They are to marvel at and take pictures of. Perfectly located by the road, no wonder why lots of travelers would stopover for a photo op of this magnificent windmill farm. 

  • Pinto Art Museum

The art gallery is popular for many good reasons. The place features and promotes Filipino contemporary art. This place a must-visit for those looking for a dose of art and nature.

  • Avilon Zoo

The zoo is currently the largest zoological institution in the Philippines. It has the largest collection of live animals. The 7.5-hectare facility houses 3,000 specimens of exotic wildlife consisting of 500 species of birds, mammals reptiles, amphibians, freshwater fishes, and invertebrates. Their tours provide guests an opportunity to learn about wildlife and conservation efforts to protect them and the environment. 

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