Balaw-Balaw gallery and restaurant
Officially is known as Ang Nuno Artists Foundation Gallery.
Exhibiting a vast collection of paintings, sculptures and other art forms conceptualized and made by independent and budding artists from Angono, the gallery is located at Balaw-Balaw Specialty Restaurant, where customers, visitors and guests alike, oftentimes enjoy viewing the artworks on display.
This charming art gallery and restaurant, 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" (=Giants), that are parading in the Angono streets on November 22 (Higantes Festival) and November 23 (San Clemente feast). Then you can taste a wide range of native foods at reasonable prices (let's say prices compatible to a Max's restaurant). Pictures and video are not allowed.
Very interesting experience.
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The National Artist of Philippines Carlos Botong Francisco discovered the place in 1965 and reported to a friend working in the National Museum of the Philippines. Archaeologists from the National Museum confirmed that the age of the rock art drawings based on their studies of rock sedimentation was 5,000 years-old. Sometimes the place is referred as "cave", but actually 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, i.e. 5,000 years ago. There are 127 figures engraved on the vulcanic tuff rockwall. 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 may have caused it to become indistinguishable. It is the most ancient existing Filipino prehistoric work of art, declared as "national cultural treasure" by the government and as "world heritage" by UNESCO. A small museum is also on the site, run by the National Museum of the Philippines and the Municipality of Angono.
Although it is an archaeological treasure of high value, the visitor can hardly enjoy the engravings, as they are not clearly visible. But on the way to and from the site, you can enjoy a wonderful panoramic view of Laguna de Bay.
General Area Or Directions:
From Manila East Highway, while overpassing Angono, turn left to Col. Guido str and let the road drive you up the hill, towards the Golf Country Club. Don't turn in the Club but continue for 200 m, then turn left in the dirt road and drive in the tunnel to pass to the other side of the hill. This last part of the road, although less than 1km, needs a high, jeep or farmer's type car.
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Ancient Rock Engravings
Angono Petroglyphs - Discovered by National Artist and acclaimed muralist from Angono, Carlos "Botong" Francisco in 1965, this cultural heritage site dates back to circa 3000 BC and is the most ancient Filipino, or more aptly, prehistoric Filipino work of art. The site is famous for its rock engravings (127 drawings of human and animal figures).
Previous archeological finds yielded fragments of earthenware, obsidian flakes and shells. The Angono Petroglyphs site has been included in the World Inventory of Rock Art under the auspices of UNESCO, ICCROM and ICOMOS. It has been declared as a National Cultural Treasure. In 1996, it received its greatest recognition when it was nominated as one of the 100 "Most Endagered Sites of the World" under the World Monument Watch List.
The site is located at the boundary of Angono and Binangonan in Rizal Province and popularly known as "Angono Cave". (from Angono Brochure)
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Art and Festival
Aside from visiting various Art and Painting Museum in Angono you can visit the town in NOvember 23 for....
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.
and also the..
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
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The Petroglyhps Gallery
-Artifacts found in and around the cave are displayed in the Gallery.
-Tourism Officer available at the Gallery from Wednesday to Sunday, between 8AM to 5PM.
-No restaurants or store to buy food within the Vicinity, buy bottled water before heading to the cave.
-Year 2011 registration fee is Php20 (Adults) and Php10 (Students and Senior Citizens with valid ID's).
-50% discount on fee for group up to 50 pax.
-Apply insect repellent lotion. Too much mosquitoes at the site.
Angono Cave - Fees (Year 2011)
-No need to reserve or pre-arrange a trip prior your visit to Angono Cave
-Tip: when you arrived Angono and do not know yet which way to go, do not ask a local where the "Petroglyhps" are, ask instead where the "Angono Cave" is
-Angono Cave is more popular and known. Weird, not all people from Angono knew that we have the Petroglyhps in Angono Cave
To the CAVE
-You need to enter and walk into a tunnel to reach the gallery and the cave
-Reaching the end of the tunnel, need to walk another 50 meters to be at the site
-No vehicles allowed to enter into the tunnel, not even motorcycles. One time I was at the Gallery before 8AM waiting for the Tourism Officer - he arrives at the site on his motorcycle - meaning he passed into the tunnel on his ride. Follow the rules!!!!!
-The first time I visited the cave was in 1993. No gallery, no security guard, no one looks after the cave to secure the site and NO tunnel. It seems they blocked the old trail we used to build the golf course and created the tunnel to reach the cave, instead.
Cruising Dona Aurora Ibaba
Almost all lower exterior walls/fences of houses in this area (towards the church) are finished with mural paintings/sculptures which you'll find very informative for they showcase relics of all painting works of Carlos "Botong" Francisco.
Festival is every 22nd and 23rd of November.
Higantes parade is every November 23. Usually starts at 6AM to 11AM.
Art exhibits at Angono Gymnasium is held usually a week before November 23.
See the Higantes (Paper Mache Giants)
-All year round, Higantes are displayed all over Angono on some establishments and public areas especially at the Municipal Hall.