Angono

Angono Art Tour

Culture Shock PH delves into the cradle of art in the Philippines and the land of the higantes – Angono, Rizal.

Age-old carvings depicting human-like figures at play decorate the wall of a rock shelter.

petroglyphs

Known as the Angono-Binangonan petroglyphs, this prehistoric artefact is declared a National Cultural Treasure and is the oldest known work of art in the Philippines.

Angono is also the home of proud Filipino artists. This municipality has produced two (2) national artists: Carlos “Botong” Francisco and Lucio San Pedro. Two more homegrown talents, Perdigon Vocalan and Nemi Miranda, are candidates for the prestigious title.

photo from backpackingpilipinas.blogspot.com

Visit Botong Francisco’s house and a whole street decked with his masterpieces.

Perdigon Vocalan built the famous Balaw-Balaw restaurant, a restaurant known for its exotic menu. Among the best-sellers are uok (wood worms), Soup No.5 (cow’s balls) and crocodile meat. It is frequently featured on television programs here and abroad, one of which is Bizarre Foods by Andrew Zimmern.

Balaw-Balaw Restaurant

photo from Balaw-Balaw Facebook page

Nemi Miranda or Nemiranda is the owner of Atelier Café and Restaurant. Apart from the food, the highlight of this place is the art teeming from all sides. Greeting the guests is a huge higante and inside is displayed the works of Nemiranda. The art house-cum-restaurant used to be Nemiranda’s personal workshop and a part still is.

photo from nemirandaarthouse.com

A prominent artistic contributor is the Blanco family, from the father, Jose “Pitok” Blanco, to the mother to the seven children. The Blanco Family Museum showcases the family’s works over the year. Quite amazing are the obras of the children made at such young ages.

photo from allamateuradvice.com

The youngest of the big shots is Orville Tiamson, who is a visual artist with a love for music. His creations express the growth he has undergone in his years, transitioning from one artistic style to another.

photo from whotalking.com

While in town, make sure to taste the fried itik (duck). Tender and flavourful, the best can be found not in the restaurants but in the streets.

photo from lenscapade.wordpress.com

Get acquainted with the richness of Philippine art! You may book this trip at our Book A Trip page or by emailing us at cultureshockph@gmail.com.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS*

  • Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs
  • YAB Art
  • Balaw-Balaw Restaurant and Museum
  • Botong Francisco House
  • Blanco Family Museum
  • Itik tasting
  • Art workshop with Orville Tiamson

Duration: day trip (8-10 hours)
Price: Php2,000.00/head
Package inclusions: roundtrip transportation via chartered van, lunch, donation fees, guide fees, and personalized ID.
Assembly time and place: 6:30AM at McDonald’s El Pueblo, Ortigas

*itinerary might vary slightly per trip, depending on weather conditions or availability of certain stops/destinations on a given date

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2 Comments

  1. Do you have a special tour for Angono but without the Petroglyphs and Balaw Balaw (we’ve done those already) — or would you do one to include more art galleries? ? What’s minimum number per tour?

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