Angono Things to Do
Located in the province of Rizal, Angono is a modern city with a lot to see and do. Perhaps most well-known for its cave with ancient petroglyphs, the city is also a hub of national culture and has very robust art scene.
The National Artist of Philippines, Carlos Botong Francisco, discovered the cave in 1965, and archeologists from the National Museum confirmed that the age of the rock art at 5,000 years old. Sometimes the place is referred as “cave”, however it is only the side of a vertical rocky hill, in open air, bearing engravings of human and animal figures, dated back to 3,000 BC. There are 127 figures engraved on the volcanic tuff rockwall, and these inscriptions clearly show stylized human figures, frogs and lizards along with other designs that may have depicted other interesting figures but erosion, along with vandalism have rendered it indistinguishable. This is the most ancient existing Filipino prehistoric work of art, and has been declared a “national cultural treasure” by the government and is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. A small museum, run by the National Museum of the Philippines and the Municipality of Angono, is also located on the grounds.
Year round, Higantes are displayed throughout Angono, both in public and private spaces. Be sure to out the Municipal Hall which always has a number of the Higantes on display. The annual parade is at the end of November and lasts through the morning.
Ang Nuno Artists Foundation Gallery
This gallery exhibits a vast collection of paintings, sculptures and other art forms, by independent and budding artists from Angono. The gallery is located at Balaw-Balaw Specialty Restaurant, where customers, locals and tourists alike, enjoy viewing the artworks on display.
A charming art gallery and restaurant, the space was founded by the painter and sculptor Perdigon Vocalan. Today they offer a hearty welcome to both local and foreign guests and a short guided tour around the exhibits that are works of the late artist and his students or collection items from the old Philippine cultural tradition. Among the exhibits you will find a lot of miniatures or original “Higantes” that parade through the Angono streets each year.
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