Named in honor of the Philippines’ national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, the province has gained a reputation as the "cradle of Philippine art". Known for its artists’communities and folk festivals, Rizal also offers diverse natural and man-made attractions. The province is blessed with breathtaking views of Laguna de Bay, the rugged Sierra Madre mountains, swimming spots, and picnic grounds that stand side by side with burgeoning industrial parks, convention halls, and commercial centers.
A historical and religious pilgrimage to Baras Church (Baras, Rizal)
Baras Church is one of the oldest in the area, having been completed in 1686. The first church in Baras was built by the Franciscans in 1595. The town of Baras was transferred to Ibayo in 1636 but the church was returned to the present site in 1682. It was the Jesuits who administered the parish from 1616 to 1679. The interior of the church was simply done. The altar and the lanterns are stone artifacts, unearthed beneath the church.
Art appreciation tours
Angono, Binangonan, Tanay, and Morong abound with art houses where traditional and contemporary paintings and masterpieces are arrayed for public viewing, allowing visitors to imbibe the culture and artistic genius of the Filipino. The galleries of Vicente Manansala in Binangonan; the galleries of Blanco and Nemiranda in Angono; the Pacheco gallery in Morong; and the Angono art galleries are excellent sources of artworks by the artists of Rizal.
Nature tripping near Manila can be had to your heart’s content in any of Rizal’s natural sites. Try the Daranak Falls and Batlag Falls in Tanay, or troop to Talim Island to savor the finest catch of Laguna de Bay.
Rizal is well known for its bountiful harvest of fruits and the equally plentiful catch from Laguna de Bay. Many native-styled restaurants rise above fishponds and beneath shaded groves, serving freshwater fish cooked to specifications. Cainta is famous for coco jam, a sticky-sweet concoction eaten with bread. In summer, the stalls around the Cathedral of Antipolo sell hot cashew nuts, suman (sticky rice delicacies), and freshly-picked duhat (local blackberries)
People and culture
Tagalog is the main language that is spoken in this province, being part of the region where Tagalog is predominantly spoken. Majority of the population practice Roman Catholicism and many towns in Rizal have centuries-old Spanish churches. A notable church is the Antipolo Cathedral in Antipolo City.
The primary source of economy in Rizal province are the huge piggery estates owned by Manila-based families. In the northern towns, farming is the main industry, while fishing predominates in the southern towns.
In a study recently conducted by the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB), Rizal province came out to be the Philippines' least poor province with a poverty incidence rate of 3.4%, even lower than that of the National Capital Region or Metro Manila.