"The Art Capital of the Philippines" Angono by bojomacaraig

Angono Travel Guide: 24 reviews and 76 photos

From ordinary to exta ordinary ART

Angono, Rizal
July 27, 2008

As the Art of Capital of the Philippines, Angono, Rizal is a worth place to visit, seeing the transforming ordinary items into extra-ordinary works of art. This small town is noted for its two National Artists, Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Lucio San Pedro.

Boarding in FX van bound to Angono from EDSA Central Terminal for P45.00 fare, the trip was pleasant even with heavy rains (hahaha), yes there was a typhoon Igme when we passed on the road where “Ang Nuno” placed to greet all passers-by. By the way Angono is from Pilipino word “Ang Nuno”.

Alighted in front of Angono Public Market and took a tricycle to Balaw Balaw Restaurant, a famous restaurant in the area serving exotic foods

Balaw Balaw is a native sauce made from fermented shrimps, red rice and a porridgy base, I tasted it and truly delicious.
Balaw balaw restaurant have various artsy things on display and art museum on the second floor.

One block away from Balaw Balaw restaurant is the Nemiranda (Nemesio Miranda) Arthouse café and restaurant.

Boarding again in another tricycle to Blanco’s Family Museum, the museum displays the paintings of the famous family of painters in our country. Entrance fee is P50.00. I met Mr. Michael Blanco and his family who explained the history of all paintings in front of us. Their works are really amazing.

Walking the street from Blanco’s Museum the rains stopped. We’re heading the street lined with re-interpretations of Carlos “Botong” Francisco’s works and

Lucio San Pedro’s composition,
"Ugoy ng Duyan" , lyrics displayed on fence.

The Higantes (Giants) Festival in this town celebrates every November 23, where the giants made of paper mache are paraded in honor of their patron saint, San Clemente.
Angono Petroglyphs is a pre-historic drawings discovered in the boundary of Angono and Binangonan, Rizal, in 1965 and the 127 drawings on the rock wall estimated to date back to 3000 B.C. I never had a chance to see those drawings due to bad weather.

  • Last visit to Angono: Jul 2008
  • Intro Updated Aug 10, 2008
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