Ancient civilizations and communities indulged themselves in rock art. By removing the surface of rock formations, figures and symbols are carved and incised by cave dwellers. Better known as petroglyphs, these may have significant spiritual and cultural ties. In the Philippines, the oldest petroglyphs are found in Angono, Rizal. In March 1965, it was discovered by Carlos Botong Francisco and his troop of boy scouts in a field trip to the hinterlands of Angono and Binangonan. The shallow rock shelter is adorned with carvings resembling that of human, frogs, and lizards. There could probably be more had natural elements and vandalism not ruined this archeologicalRead More →

The Municipality of Mayoyao rose to global fame when its rice terraces were declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Mayoyao Rice Terraces, along with the other four clusters found in Banaue, Hungduan and Kiangan, was inscribed in the World Heritage List during the 19th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Berlin, Germany from December 4 to 9, 1995. The Committee reached the decision based on the joint evaluation by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The decision mentioned that “the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras are outstanding examples of livingRead More →

Located on the northwestern edge of the province, Hungduan has one of the five clusters of the Rice Terraces of the Philippine Cordilleras. The rice terraces were declared as UNESCO World Heritage Sites during the 19th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Berlin, Germany from December 4 to 9, 1995. Adapting to the new environment they settled at, the earliest ancestors of the Ifugaos had for centuries painstakingly carved the mountains of the Cordilleras to create a wonderful stairway to the heavens where they plant their food for subsistence. In Hungduan, the two most scenic and majestic rice terraces are located in Hapao andRead More →

The town of General Trias in Cavite was named after the first (unofficial) vice president of the Philippines. General Trias is formerly called San Francisco de Malabon, in honor of its patron saint and the abundance of bamboo shoots in the area. But by virtue of Act No. 2889, San Francisco de Malabon was renamed into General Mariano Trias. Born to Balbino Trias and Gabriela Closas on October 12, 1869, General Mariano Trias is the town’s proudest and most prominent son. He was a member of the Katipunan, general of the Philippine Revolutionary Army, and Secretary of Finance and of War of the First PhilippineRead More →

Founded in 1598, Dingras is one of the oldest towns in Ilocos Norte. In fact, it was the sixth municipalities formed by the Spanish authorities after Batac, San Nicolas, Laoag, Sarrat, and Bacarra. Although it is not the largest town in the province, nevertheless Dingras is the Rice Granary of Ilocos Norte mainly because it has been blessed with fertile fields, vast plains, and substantial water sources. Probably one of the most ill-fated Catholic churches is the Saint Joseph Church. With a length of 90 feet and a width of 20 feet, the Dingras Church is one of the biggest in the country. It wasRead More →

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