“Once upon a time, there lived a primitive family who dwelled in the caves of the mountains of Binangonan and Angono. Daddy always hunted for food and Mommy took care of the kids. They lived harmoniously with nature. One day, Daddy got so bored that he wanted to design their cave with some art. Using stone tools, he started carving drawings on the adobe wall outside their hole. He drew the dance rituals he loved seeing when they celebrated during full moon, the giant turtle they saw the other day, plus a lot more. Daddy also drew a family portrait, and all who live inside his cave. Some of his other family members participated in the carvings also. After seeing the carvings, he was contented with their art work.”
These Petroglyphs are the oldest known artwork in the Philippines. It was discovered by National Artist and muralist Botong Francisco in 1965. He dutifully informed the National Museum and they studied the authenticity of the Petroglyphs. It was then preserved as a National Treasure and this discovery led to a lot of studies that there were indeed human settlement early on in the Philippines. 127 art works were tallied in the site. Once you are in the vicinity, you would feel the magic and aura of the cave dwellers.
Best way to get there
The Angono Binangonan Petroglyphs is located deep in the forest and mountains of Rizal. The most fun way to get there is via bicycle because you have to climb mountains, pass through dark tunnels, and go through quiet serine paths. The adventure is very fulfilling for the grounds are well preserved and nicely maintained.
How to get there
It is quite easy. You can pass the Angono route or the Antipolo route.
Antipolo route: Just climb the usual path up to Antipolo via Sumulong highway. When you see the Red Ribbon Bakeshop on your right, make a right at Manuel L Quezon Avenue Extension. Just follow the road and you won’t get lost. Go straight until you hit the end of the road. It turns to the right and then you can ask the guard at the Thunderbird/ Eastridge gate where the Petroglyphs are.
click for the map going to the Petroglyphs
Fun Quick Educational Adventure Ride
If you are looking for a worthwhile ride, you can hop on your road bike or mountain bike to the Angono Petroglyphs. It is really worth it.
It is the trip PLUS the destination.