Angono Petroglyphs

Museums | May 20, 2012 | 1680 Views

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The Angono Petroglyphs is a rock art on a wall of a rock shelter in Angono, Rizal. It is considered a National Cultural Treasure and the oldest known work of art in the Philippines. It was discovered by the late renowned national artist, Carlos “Botong” Francisco in 1965 while he was on a field trip with a group of boy scouts.

I learned about this place a few years ago from my brother. He was dating his wife then and he brought her here because he was showing her around our home town. Although we’re from Antipolo the Angono Petroglyphs is just a few minutes ride from where we live. I’ve brought a couple of friends here before because it’s quite unique. Aside from the Antipolo Cathedral and the overlooking spots, this is the only interesting place I can think of where I can bring visitors.

I took 360 photos of this place a couple of years ago but the quality was poor because I barely knew how to use my camera then. Last week I went back there to shoot it again. The weather wasn’t as nice as I hoped but I shot it anyway, you’ll notice some rain clouds on the photo. I also used some HDR techniques which is why the shots look a bit surreal.

One of the misconceptions about the place is that it’s a cave. It’s not, it’s a rock shelter. Although there is this creepy tunnel which looks like a cave that you need to pass through in order to get to the rock wall. I think they used to allow cars to go through the tunnel but now they prohibit it. After you go through the tunnel there is a bend and then you’ll see a small building which serves as the museum. There’s an entrance fee of 20 Pesos. You’re free to take photos as long as you don’t use a flash. The guide (Rodel Santiago) said something about camera flash destroying a substance on the rock wall.

Recently the Angono Petroglyphs has become home to a couple of Philippine Eagle Owls. Rodel said there were 3 of them but I only saw 2. You can see them hanging around the trees. I got to take a photo of one staring directly at me.

Angono Petroglyphs pic 4

Photos of some of the rock carvings
Angono Petroglyphs pic 1 A lizard shaped drawing

Angono Petroglyphs pic 2 A figure of a man?

Angono Petroglyphs pic 3 The caveman’s name is Villamer.haha. It’s sad that some rock carvings have been damaged due to neglect and vandalism.

I’ve provided 2 driving directions below one coming from SM Taytay and the other one coming from Shopwise Antipolo

SM Taytay to Angono Petroglyphs
Shopwise Antiplo to Angono Petroglyphs

Viewing Schedule

8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Phone Numbers
Roden T. Santiago (Guide) – 09066508415

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