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Rizal Province
Lalawigan ng Rizal
Rizal Provincial Capitol
Rizal Provincial Capitol
Official seal of Rizal Province  Lalawigan ng Rizal
Motto: Best for Rizal
Region (Region IV-A)
Founded June 11, 1901
Capital Antipolo
 • Type Province of the Philippines
 • Governor Rebecca A. Ynares (NPC)
 • Vice Governor Frisco M. San Juan Jr. (NPC)
 • Total 1,191.94 km2 (460.21 sq mi)
Area rank 72nd out of 80
Population (2010)[2]
 • Total 2,484,840
 • Rank 7th out of 80
 • Density 2,100/km2 (5,400/sq mi)
 • Density rank 1st out of 80
Demonym(s) Rizaleño
 • Independent cities 0
 • Component cities 1
 • Municipalities 13
 • Barangays 188
 • Districts 1st and 2nd districts of Rizal, 1st and 2nd districts of Antipolo
 • Ethnic groups Tagalog (82%), Bicolano (4%), Bisaya (3%), Others (10%)
 • Languages Tagalog, English
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 1850 to 1990
* Although provincial government operations have moved to Antipolo, no legislation on the national level has recognized the new capital yet.[3]

Rizal is a province located in the CALABARZON region, just 16 kilometers east of Manila. The province was named after José Rizal.

Rizal is bordered by Metro Manila to the west, the province of Bulacan to the north, Quezon to the east and Laguna province to the south. The province also lies on the northern shores of Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the country.

Rizal is a mountainous province perched on the western slopes of the southern portion of the Sierra Madre mountain range. Antipolo boasts of a wonderful view of Metro Manila and it is where Hinulugang Taktak, a waterfall popular with tourists, can be found.

The Rizal Province will be accessed by the future C-6 Road connecting the provinces of Bulacan and Cavite and cities of Taguig (beside Laguna de Bay), Parañaque and Muntinlupa which are located within Metro Manila.


  • History 1
    • World War II 1.1
    • Post-war 1.2
  • Geography 2
    • Political 2.1
  • Demographics 3
    • Religion 3.1
  • Economy 4
  • Points of interest 5
  • Government 6
    • Governors of Rizal Province 6.1
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Tondo province and Laguna province during the Spanish administration. Some of the towns like Pasig, Parañaque, Taytay and Cainta were already thriving. From the reports of the Encomiendas in 1582-1583, the Encomiendas of Moron (Morong) was under the jurisdiction of La Laguna and, the Encomiendas of Passi (Pasig), Taitay (Taytay) and Tagui (Taguig) belonged to the Province of Tondo. It was recorded that in 1591, the Encomiendas of Moron and Taitay were under the jurisdiction of the Franciscan Order in the Province of La Laguna; and the Encomiendas of Nabotas (Navotas), Tambobo (Malabon), Tondo, Parañaque, Longalo (Dongalo), Tagui and Pasig were under the jurisdiction of the Augustinians in the Province of Tondo.

In 1853, a new political subdivision was formed. This consisted of the towns of Antipolo, Bosoboso, Cainta and Taytay from the Province of Tondo; and the towns of Morong, Baras, Tanay, Pililla, Angono, Binangonan and Jalajala from the Province of La Laguna, with the capital at Morong. This district was later changed to Distrito Politico-Militar de Morong after four years.

In 1860, by virtue of Circular No. 83, dated September 2, 1859, the Province of Tondo became the Province of Manila. All its towns were placed under the administration, fiscal supervision and control of the Governor of the new province.

The town of Mariquina (Marikina) became the capital of the Province of Manila during the tenure of the revolutionary government of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. The Province of Morong had for its capital the town of Antipolo for the period 1898-1899, and the town of Tanay for 1899-1900.

On February 6, 1901, the First Philippine Commission sought to establish civil government in the country through a provincial organization act after the Filipino-Spanish and Filipino-American conflicts.

Therefore, on June 5, 1901, a historic meeting was held at the Pasig Catholic Church for the organization of a civil government in the Provinces of Manila and Morong, with 221 delegates in attendance. The first Philippine Commission, headed by William Howard Taft and composed of Commissioners Luke E. Wright, Henry C. Ide, Bernard Moses and Dean C. Worcester, discussed with the Assembly the issue of whether or not to write the Province of Manila with Morong Province, was not self-sufficient to operate as a separate province.

Although the delegates from Morong, Hilarion Raymundo and José Tupas, objected to the proposal, Juan Sumulong of Antipolo strongly advocated the move. After much acrimonious debate and upon the suggestion of Trinidad H. Pardo de Tavera the body agreed on the creation of a new province independent of the Province of Manila. The new province was aptly named after Jose Rizal, the country's national hero.

On June 11, 1901, the province of Rizal was officially and legally created by virtue of an Act No. 137 by the First Philippine Commission which during the time was acting as the unicameral legislative body in the island of Luzon.

The new province was composed of 29 municipalities, 17 from the old Province of Manila (Caloocan, Las Piñas, Mariquina (Marikina), Lumisang-Aguho, Montalban (Rodriguez), Muntinlupa, Navotas, Novaliches, Parañaque, Pasig, Pateros, Pineda (Pasay), San Felipe Neri (Mandaluyong), San Juan del Monte (San Juan), San Mateo, San Pedro Macati (Makati), Taguig, Tambobong (Malabon)); and 12 from the Politico-Militar District of Morong, (Angono, Baras, Binangonan, Cainta, Antipolo, Cardona, Jalajala, Morong, Pililla, Tanay, Taytay and Teresa). The City of Manila from the old Province of Manila was treated as a separate entity. The seat of the provincial government was Pasig.

In year 1939, Quezon City was established, which included parts of Caloocan, and later on, Novaliches and the parts of San Juan Province.

World War II

During World War II, Japanese fighter and bomber planes rained explosives on the province in December 1941. Japanese Imperial troops invaded Rizal in 1942 at the onset of the Japanese Occupation.

Many Rizaleños organised themselves into a resistance movement, grouped in some places as the Hunters ROTC and the Marking's Filipino-American Troops (MFAT) in guerrilla camps in the province's mountains. The guerrilla forces also aided Filipino soldiers in the Philippine Commonwealth Army and American troops in fighting the Japanese troops. The local military unit of the Philippine Commonwealth Army was active from 1942 to 1946, while the local unit of the Philippine Constabulary was active from 1944 to 1946. United States forces had liberated parts of Luzon by January 1945. During the Allied Liberation that lasted until August that year, the combined U.S. and Philippine Commonwealth military ground troops aided the local Rizaleño Hunters ROTC and MFAT.


By virtue of Presidential Decree № 824, Rizal was partitioned on 7 November 1975 to form the National Capital Region. The municipalities of Las Piñas, Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Taguig, Pateros, Makati, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Malabon, Navotas, Pasig and Marikina, and the three cities of Caloocan, Pasay and Quezon City were excised to form the new region, while the other 14 towns remained in Rizal.

Rizal Governor Dr. Casimiro Ynares III on June 17, 2008 announced the transfer of the Capitol from Pasig. Its P 270-million capitol building, constructed in Antipolo by Ortigas & Co., owner thereof, was completed by December of that year. Built on 5-hectare lot at the Ynares Center, it employs 2,008 employees.[5] The New Capitol was successfully inaugurated on March 4, 2009, bringing back the Capitol Building inside the provincial territory, from which it was absent for 33 years (when Pasig was incorporated into Metro Manila).


Rizal Province sits immediately east of Metro Manila. Located 20 kilometers east of Manila, commuters take approximately an hour to reach the provincial seat which is at Antipolo. Generally hilly and mountainous in terrain, most of the province's southern towns lie in the shores of Laguna de Bay, the country's largest inland body of water.


Rizal is subdivided into 13 municipalities and 1 city.[6]

Seal City/
No. of Barangay Mayor Population
(as of 2010)[2]
Density (per km²)
Angono 10 Gerry V. Calderon 102,407 26.22 3,905.68
Antipolo City 16 Casimiro "Jun" Ynares III 677,741 306.10 2,214.12
Baras 10 Kathrine B. Robles 32,609 84.93 383.95
Binangonan 40 Cecilio "Boyet" Ynares 249,872 66.34 3,766.54
Cainta 7 Johnielle Keith Nieto 311,845 42.99 7,253.90
Cardona 18 Bernardo P. San Juan Jr. 47,414 28.56 1,660.15
Jala-jala 11 Narciso SJ. Villaran 30,074 44.12 681.64
Morong 8 Armando DS. San Juan 52,194 37.58 1,388.88
Pililla 9 Leandro V. Masikip 59,527 69.95 850.99
Rodriguez (Montalban) 11 Cecilio C. Hernandez 280,904 312.70 898.32
San Mateo 15 Jose Rafael E. Diaz 205,255 55.09 3,725.81
Tanay 19 Rafael A. Tanjuatco 98,879 200.00 494.3
Taytay 5 Janet De Leon-Mercado 288,956 38.80 7,447.92
Teresa 9 Raul S. Palino 47,163 18.61 2,534.28



The people of Rizal are highly religious, in fact Catholic Churches/Shrines in the province are some of the most important in Catholic pilgrimage of the country. Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion with about 80 percent adherence (Antipolo (Diocese) [Catholic-Hierarchy], 2004). Various Christian groups exist such as Born Again Christians, Iglesia Ni Cristo, Jehovah's Witnesses, Baptist, Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, Methodists, Presbyterians Seventh-day Adventist and other Evangelical Christians. Muslims and other Non Christians are also present.


Before the 1990s, the primary source of economy in Rizal province were the huge piggery estates owned by Manila-based families. In the recent years, the province became one of the most progressive provinces in country, owing to its proximity to Metro Manila, the economic center of the Philippines. Antipolo, Taytay and Cainta serve as the economic centers of the province, while Angono, Rodriguez, Morong, San Mateo, Tanay, Binangonan and Teresa are taking successful steps to urbanize areas within their jurisdiction. Other areas of the province are having difficulty to start the urbanization process, mainly because of the lack of main roads to connect these to economic centers.

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. . In April 23, 2013, the National Statistics Coordination Board (NCSB)reported that Rizal, from being the least poor province in poverty incidence moved down to the 3rd Place, with Cavite taking over as the least province by 4.1% (compared to Rizal's 7.6%) and Laguna for 2nd with 6.3%.[7]

Antipolo, the province's capital city, is the center of trade and exchange, tourism, government and economy. It is also a center of education and sports because of the availability of various educational and physical training facilities. Acclaimed of its scenic attractions, the city also produces agricultural products such as cashew nuts and rice cakes. Taytay, the province's center of garment and textile manufacturing, is also the town where the country's largest mall operator runs a store near the town center. Meanwhile, Cainta serves as the center of business-process outsourcing (BPO) businesses in the province, aside from being known for the presence of several shopping centers and delicacies such as bibingka or rice cakes.

Points of interest

City Points of Interest
Antipolo City
(25 km from Manila)
Important Road Networks: Marcos Hi-way; Sumulong Hi-way; Cabrera Road via Taytay
The Pilgrimage Capital of the Philippines; City in the Sky;
Antipolo Cathedral, the shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage, also known as the Virgin of Antipolo and the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Antipolo.
Hinulugang Taktak National Park, was once a popular summer get-away and is being restored to become again one of the city's primary attractions;
Suman, a local delicacy made out of glutinous rice;
Boso Boso Church, was built by the Jesuit priests on 1700 under the Patron of Nuestra Senora de la Anunciata;
Rizal Provincial Capitol, seat of the provincial government of Rizal;
Ynares Center Antipolo, an indoor sporting arena;
Loreland Farm Resort, Luljetta's Hanging Gardens and Spa, Bosay Resort, Cristina Villas, Boso Boso Highlands Resort, Secret Garden of Doris, PACEM Eco Park, Flor's Garden, Carolina's Bamboo Garden.
Municipality Points of Interest
(30 km from Manila)
Important Road Networks: Manila East Road via Taytay; Quezon Avenue; Taytay-Angono Coastal Road in Baytown
Arts Capital of the Philippines
Angono Petroglyphs, the oldest known of art in the Philippines;
Higantes Festival – celebrated every November 23 in honor of their patron saint St. Clement. Higantes are made of bamboo and colorful cloth and its faces of paper mache.
(48 km from Manila)
Important Road Networks: J.P. Rizal Street; Manila East Road via Morong; Baras-Pinugay Road
First Organic Town In The Philippines;
Palo Alto Falls and Leisure Park, a thousand feet falls. You have to climb up 249 steps to get to the foot of the falls;
Saint Joseph Parish, has been a setting of different films and TV Programs;
Sikaran, one of the Philippine's native martial arts.
(32 km from Manila)
Important Road Networks: Manila East Road via Angono; J.P. Rizal Avenue; Rodriguez in Talim Island
Santa Ursula Parish, 200-year-old church;
Talim Island, a dagger-shaped island at the heart of Laguna de Bay;
Mt. Tagapo, located in Talim Island, a 270-meter mountain also known as "Bundok ng Susong Birhen"
Thunderbirds Resort; East Ridge Golf and Country Club.
(21 km from Manila)
Important Road Networks: Ortigas Avenue Extension via Pasig; Marcos Hi-way; Felix Avenue; Bonifacio Avenue
Bibingka Capital of the Philippines; Your Gateway to the East
Our Lady of Light Parish, one of the most beautiful and oldest churches in the province;
Hunters ROTC Monument, a memorial for the Hunters ROTC guerrillas of World War II;
Cenakulo, the actual portrayal of the Passion of Christ on the streets.
(42 km from Manila)
Important Road Networks: Manila East Road via Binangonan
Kaluskos Kawayan, a showcase displayed every December;
Sapao-An Festival, feast of Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary celebrated during the 7th of October;
Rock Garden features hundreds of large stones formed by nature.
(69 km from Manila)
Important Road Networks: Pililia-Jalajala-Pakil Road
D'Dalaylay Festival, celebrated every September 29 features street dances with colorful and artistic costumes.
(42 km from Manila)
Important Road Networks: Manila East Road via Cardona
U-ugong Park, formerly a well-known rice fields and has a majestic waterfalls and now a resort owned by a local artist;
Saint Jerome Parish Church, was built in 1615 by a Chinese craftsmen. A first class relic of Saint Jerome was also in the church.
(53 km from Manila)
Important Road Networks: Manila East Road via Tanay; Pililla-Jalajala-Pakil Road
Bahay na Bato, is believed to be as old as more than hundred years.
Pililla Rizal Wind Farms. It is built by AltEnergy to give electricity to the whole Brgy. Halayhayin and Metro Manila as well. This also serves as a tourist attraction to tourists. This is located on the mountains near Laguna de Bay.
(38 km from Manila)
Important Road Networks: Rodriguez Road; Mayon Avenue; Rizal Avenue; M.H. Del Pilar Street
Avilon Zoo, a 7.5-hectare zoo located in Barrio San Isidro and operated by the Avilon Wildlife Conservation Foundation;
Wawa Dam, an abandoned dam which is now a tourist destination;
Mountain of White Rocks, two white rock mountains of boulders with a very steep gorge in between;
Pamitinan Cave, an important historical site where Andres Bonifacio declared independence from Spain in 1895.
San Mateo
(24 km from Manila)
Important Road Networks: Gen. Luna Avenue; Batasan-San Mateo Road
Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Aranzazu
(57 km from Manila)
Important Road Networks: Manila East Road via Baras; Sampaloc Road; Marcos Hi-way via Antipolo
Calinawan Cave, housed the towns people during the Second World War;
Daranak Falls and Batlag Falls, are the two most popular tourist attractions in Tanay;
Masungi Rock, interesting place to hikers and geologists;
Parola, the historic lighthouse of Tanay;
San Ildefonso Parish Church, was built between 1773-1783, second oldest church in the province;
Regina Rica, a 71-foot statue of the Queen of the Holy Rosary;
Tanay Adventure Camp, holds the record of longest zip line (230m) in Rizal;
Daraitan River, one of the country's cleanest river.
PHILCOMSAT, is the owner of a parcel of land situated in Barrio Pinugay,Brgy. Tandang Kutyo, Tanay, Rizal, where its Philippine Space Communications Center (PSCC) is located. The PSCC, which principally consists of herein respondent’s satellite earth station, serves as the communications gateway of the Philippines to more than two-thirds of the world. Incidentally, the property had been planted with fruit trees, rice and corn by farmers occupying the surrounding areas of the PSCC.;[8]
(19 km from Manila)
Important Road Networks: Ortigas Avenue Extension via Pasig; Rizal Avenue; Manila East Road; Hi-way 2000 Phase-2
Woodworks and Garments Capital of the Philippines;
Tres Escalon Waterfalls and Maharlika Falls, two known natural waterfalls in the mountainous part of Taytay;
Christ the King Parish, well-known to be Church in the Sky because of its location;
Club Manila East.
(29 km from Manila)
Important Road Networks: Marcos Highway and Sumulong Highway via Antipolo; Ortigas Avenue Extension via Pasig, Cainta, Taytay and Antipolo
Turumba Festival, held every August 23 for the patron saint of Teresa, Santa Rosa de Lima.


The old Capitol Building of Rizal in Pasig. Pasig served as the seat of government for the province of Rizal until the new capitol building in Antipolo was completed.

The provincial legislature or the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is composed of ten elected members. Four members are elected from each of the province's legislative district, while each of Antipolo's legislative district elect a single member.

Governors of Rizal Province


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External links

  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • Philippine Census Information
  • Local Governance Performance Management System
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