Rizal Province: Close to Metro Manila
It’s one of the provinces that comprised the Calabarzon Region in Luzon. It is bounded in the east by the Quezon Province and Sierra Madre Mountain range; in the southwest is Laguna province, in the north by the province of Bulacan; in the west northwest is Metropolitan Manila and in the south western is the Laguna Bay. Because of its strategic location, the province is seen as perfect place for business establishments, investments and even settlement.
It’s just an hour drive from Metro Manila. You will be surprise since you can still find lots of trees and if you love nature then this is the best place for you and you are not that far from the major cities and establishments in Metro Manila.
The province geography is composed of mountains and valleys. The flat portions are usually the urban area and where the population is concentrated.
Primarily the province is an agricultural province since the province is endowed with large areas of land that is still to be toiled and just waiting to be developed. The province is also blessed with enough number of non-metallic mineral deposits like rock phosphate, marble, limestone, sand and gravel and rock aggregates.
The province has large deposit of raw materials use in producing cement, ceramic, terra cotta as well as brick making. Another major industry in the province is fishing. The Laguna de Bay is the province number one source of fish and other marine life. There are about eight municipalities that are along the shoreline of the lake which makes the people depend mostly in fishing.
The province has two seasons- dry and wet. Wet season is from May to October and the rest of the year is the dry season. Their climate is good for agriculture as well as industrial development.
The locals in Rizal are mostly Tagalogs. Small percentage of it is Ilocanos, Visayas and other groups. Its people are its pride for they are popular to be craftsmen and artists. Its major dialect is Tagalog with English as its second language.
Agriculture. The province is best for agricultural development because of the fertility of its soil, the vastness of farm land, its nearness to the local markets and not to forget its climate. Its major produce is rice with an average yearly production of 1,344 metric tons. They also have other crops like fruits, vegetables and root crops. Vegetables like okra, beans, ampalaya, lettuce, cabbage, cucumber and many more. They also have a variety of fruits like jackfruit, atis, santol, avocado, rambutan, citruses, cashew and mango. Mango is the main produce in the province which produces an average of 35,000 metric ton a year.
Aquaculture. The main source for aqua culture in the province is the Laguna Lake. It is by far the largest inland freshwater basin in the Philippines with an area of 90,000 hectares and Rizal province shares more than fifty percent of the total area of the lake.
The commonly cultured fishes like big head carp, tilapia and bangus are what you will find in Laguna de Bay. Other species you will find in the lake includes dugong, freshwater shrimps, clams, kuhol, Gourami, mudfish, silver perch, White Goby, and Cat Fish.
Livestock. When you talk about Hogs, Rizal is one of the country’s top producers. In fact this is where you will find Asia’s largest piggery farms that are the Foremost Farm which has been in operation since 1970. This farm distributes both to local and foreign markets. There are also other livestock producing farms that supplies the demands of the local market. You can also find that most household in this province have their own backyard poultries and piggeries intended for local consumption. Other livestock animals like carabao, goat and cattle are mostly raised in the upland. Carabao is use for farming while the other two are for meat production.
Ornamental Plants and Cut flowers. Rizal is blessed with good climate for growing ornamental plants and cut flowers. You will find thousands of different species which you will mostly find in the uplands where most of them is not even yet identified. The most favorite among cultivators when it comes to cut flowers are orchids. Aside from its beauty these orchids has big potentials to both foreign and local markets. Some of the orchids that you will find here are ascocentrums, renatheras, cymbidium, phaelenopsis, terete vandas, cattleyas, dendrobiums and vandas. Growing orchids is not just a hobby but mostly a source of income too for most individuals. Another flourishing business for plant enthusiast is foliage and bonsai which is the main materials used for landscaping.
Tourism. The province is definitely blessed with nature for you can find here plenty of beautiful attractions like their natural springs, mountains, and rock formations. You will find the best view of Sierra Madre Mountain range and of course the great lake, Laguna de Bay. Aside from that you can also enjoy accommodations in nice resorts, hotels and restaurants.
Other thriving industry in the province of Rizal includes leather goods, textiles, garments, manufacturing, mining, and micro, small and medium scale enterprise.
You can find most branches of major shopping mall found in Metro Manila like SM Malls, Pure Gold, Shopwise, Cherry Foodarama, Robinson Malls, Budget Lane, Sta. Lucia East Grand Mall and other commercial establishments.
Real estate in Rizal province is booming. There is large area of land that is available for housing and any other real estate development projects. You can find well developed housing projects which range from low cost housing to high end millionaires estate.
There are wide and big opportunities for business in Rizal. The town that is near Metro Manila brings big opportunities when it comes to real estate as well as business process outsourcing. The far-off municipalities are good for light to heavy industries. Tourism business is also a hit as long as it is promoted differently. If you are interested in agribusiness then you can invest in not so big plantations for cash crops like vegetables and fruits or with livestock production. This kind of investment is viable as seen with the big cooperative in San Mateo who is now a main supplier for eggs in Metro Manila. You will also find large scale productions of fragrances and essential oils which makes this business a good investment too.
The three important reasons why business opportunities and investments in Rizal is much preferred is because of the proximity of the place to Metro Manila, its people and the peace and order in the province. Proximity since Rizal is actually Metro Manila’s next-door neighbor. Its nearness means cheap transport costs and besides the province is Metro Manila’s gateway to Southern Luzon.
It is accessible by both the CALABARZON region and National Capital Region so that it has a wide market. The investors in the province actually enjoy the benefits of Rizal’s close proximity to both regions. Because of its strategic location, the province has become a favorite to a great number of movers. Lots of people prefer to move in the province and even foreigners look at Rizal as a safe haven as well as a good place for investment.
The people are its asset in fact the locals of Rizal has acknowledge by UNDP or United Nations Development Programmed them as one of the top province when you talk about human development. A proof of this the expansion of institutions for higher education in the province of Rizal. This only boosts the availability of qualified people for various jobs.
Of course all of this is nothing if peace and order in the province is not maintained. The stable peace and order in the province is one of the reasons why more and more people decide to make the province their home. With this a lot of possibilities are open for the province of Rizal.
Historical Attractions. Ang Kalbaryo has its own historical value. A cross shaped rock grew out of the peak but it was later on destroyed by an earthquake and lightning. On the same sport a wooden cross is place year 1783 and a chapel is erected in the top of the hill that overlooks Laguna.
Cultural Attractions. One of the most popular cultural attractions found in Binangonan, Rizal is the Petroglyphs which is famous for its rock engravings, drawings of animal figures as well as human figures. Petroglyphs are declared as national cultural treasure in 1996 through Presidential Decree 260.
Other cultural attractions you can find includes Nemiranda Arthouse and Gallery, Tiamson Art Gallery, Ang Nuno Gallery and Balaw-Balaw Restaurant, Blanco Family Museum, Vicente Reyes Studion, Vicente Manansala Historical Shrine, Rafael Pacheco Finger Painting Gallery, Tariki Dance, and World Sikaran.
Natural Attractions. The region is blessed with so much beauty in nature and you can find plenty of waterfalls, springs, mountains and many more. One of the most famous falls in the province is Daranak Falls which is a favorite location for most international and local movies and even advertising companies. Other equally beautiful falls in Rizal includes Batlag Falls and Hinulugang Taktak.
Other natural attractions worth to visit includes Talim Island of Binangonan, Rizal; Overlooking View at Sumulong Highway, Antipolo; Pililla View Area, Susong Dalaga, and Uugong Arts and Cultural Parks.
Man-Made Attractions. Two of the famous man made attractions are Hamaka Parks and Wawa Dam. The former is named after “Hamaka” which means hammock which is the means of transporting women to the place of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage while the latter is a dam that is at the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Religious Attractions. The Province takes pride of its many religious attractions which includes Boso-Boso Church Ruins, Our Lady of Antipolo Shrine, Tanay Catholic Church, Baras Church, Morong Church and Ang Kalbaryo.
Points of Interest
Probably the most popular and most favorite place that both locals and foreign visitors visit are the Valley Golf and Country Club at Sumulong Highway, Antipolo City and the East Ridge Golf Club of Binangonan, Rizal.
Food tripping is another thing. Since the province is famous for its fresh fruits as well as its bountiful catch from the Laguna de Bay, you will find plenty of native style restaurants serving mostly freshwater fish cooked the way you want it cook. The province is also known for its mouth watering delicacies like their coco jam, local blackberries, sticky rice delicacies they call as “suman” and cashew nuts.
In the province quite a number of feasts are celebrated the whole year through. The most famous festivals that are mostly attended by the locals and even witness by foreign visitors is during the Holy Week. They witness the whole week festival which includes The Way of the Cross or “Ang Hatol”, Giwang-giwang, The Subok, and the Salubong Festival. Other festivals celebrated in Rizal includes “Tayo na sa Antipolo Festival” and Feast of San Clemente or Higantes Festival.
If you are from Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) you can reach the place through several routes. One is through NAIA road to Roxas Boulevard and turns right to EDSA and again turns right at EDSA-Ortigas avenue and go all the way to Rizal. Another route is from NAIA to C5 and turns right at C5 Ortigas Avenue and go all the way to Rizal. Another alternative route is from Metro Manila in Aurora Boulevard to Marcos Highway going to Antipolo City and Cainta.
If you want to reach the town of Montalban and San Mateo go through Commonwealth avenue and then to Batasan-San Mateo Road as other way from Manila. If you come from southern Luzon, enter through SLEX and turn right in C5 Interchange or the other option would be to take the route of Laguna-Rizal provincial road.
If you come from northern Luzon, you can use the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) then turn left to EDSA in Clover Left Interchange then you can turn left to Aurora Boulevard if not at EDSA-Ortigas Avenue Interchange. Transportation is no problem since there are jeepneys, taxis, bus or van for hire or rent.