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Angono, Rizal

Official seal of Angono
Angono is located in Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
District 1st District of Rizal
Barangays 10
 • Mayor Gerry Calderon
 • Total 26.22 km2 (10.12 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 102,407
 • Density 3,900/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
Income class 1st

Angono is a first class urban municipality in the province of Rizal, Philippines. It is known as "Arts Capital of the Philippines", and located 30 kilometres (19 mi) east of Manila. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 102,407 inhabitants (or about 4% of Rizal province's total population of 2,848,840).[3]

First created as a pueblo in 1766, Angono was a barrio of its neighboring town Taytay and Binangonan before being legally proclaimed an independent municipality in 1935 by then President Manuel L. Quezon. It is home to the Angono Petroglyphs, the oldest known work of art in the Philippines.


  • Barangays 1
  • Demographics 2
  • Economy 3
  • Culture 4
    • Bisperas Mayores 4.1
    • Viva Cristo Rey 4.2
    • Higantes 4.3
    • Parehadora 4.4
    • Salubong 4.5
  • Schools 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


Angono is politically subdivided into 10 barangays:[2]

  • Bagumbayan
  • Kalayaan
  • Mahabang Parang
  • Poblacion Ibaba
  • Poblacion Itaas – the least populous barangay with 612 persons
  • San Isidro – the most populous barangay with 26,505 persons
  • Santo Niño
  • San Pedro
  • San Roque
  • San Vicente



There are several business establishments present in the booming town of Angono. The soon-to-rise SM Center Angono will be considered as one of the major businesses in town once built. Trade and commerce are active, such data processing, pawnshops and banks as well. With nearly 100,000 inhabitants in this urbanized town, progress is at its peak. The proposed Angono Fish Port to be constructed at the lakeside shore of Laguna de Bay will soon boost more business opportunities and easier access from the nearby towns situated at the shores of the said lake. Angono is known as the Arts Capital of the Philippines. With the existence of numerous business establishments and leisure hubs/historical sites, this town is surely a tourist destination.


World War II Monument, Junction

Angono is the hometown of two national artists, Lucio San Pedro for music and Carlos "Botong" Francisco for arts. One of the public schools in Brgy. Mahabang Parang is named Carlos "Botong" V. Francisco National High School in honor of the said artist. The town also boasts of other artists like Nemiranda, Perdigon to name a few. Around the town are artworks like various sculptures.

Angono also boasts of several actors/actresses: Joey Hipolito, Freddie Reynoso and Zoraida to name a few.

The artistic town of Angono celebrates the feast of Pope St. Clement I every November 22 to 23 of each year. There are times that this coincides with the feast of Christ the King. The celebration starts with the novena mass on the 14th till 22nd day of November, the devotees in prayer and thanksgiving, dance in the church patio after the novena mass. The dancing was accompanied by the Angono band with the church bell ringing after playing the music.

Bisperas Mayores

The Bisperas Mayores or the day before the feast day was celebrated with a parade of the marching bands and drum and lyres sponsored by each barangay of Angono, this was held in the morning and early afternoon. The morning parade usually starts in Rainbow Village and ends at the church patio where the devotees again dances in praise and thanksgiving while the marching bands are playing. The afternoon parade are also joined by the higantes, local government officials and employees, commercial establishments in Angono, schools and other Angono socio and civic groups.

The celebration on the morning of November 23 starts with a concelebrated mass with the Bishop of Antipolo. The procession follows after the mass with the parehadoras, higantes and devotees joining the image of San Isidro, St. Clement and Blessed Virgin Mary in a procession leading to the banks of Laguna de Bay in Brgy. San Vicente for the fluvial procession, fishes like kanduli, tilapia and bangus which are caught by the fishermen devotees during the fluvial procession are displayed near the image of St. Clement. The images, devotees and member of the band ride the pagoda for the procession in the lake which will end at the other side of the lake in Brgy. Poblacion Ibaba. The road procession again will start with merry making of parehadoras, higantes and wet devotees that will end in the church. Filipino artistry is truly alive in every celebration in Angono.

Viva Cristo Rey

The feast of Christ the King which was held on the Sunday before the 1st Sunday of Advent usually coincides with the feast of St. Clement. The Viva San Clemente! celebration banners usually includes “Mabuhay ang Kristong Hari !” slogans to remind the people that Christ is the Lord and to proclaim Christ as the King of all nations. This is also a reminder that St. Clement is only a servant of God which somehow does not need adoration of the people because our Lord has already given him the highest honor – a blessing of a Saint – Angono’s patron and inspiration. Viva San Clemente

Pope St. Clement I was the fourth Pope after St. Peter. He faithfully proclaim Christ during his time and till he was martyred by being thrown into the sea with an iron anchor. The people of Angono celebrate St. Clement’s feast day with a fluvial procession in the waters of Laguna de Bay as a reminder and inspiration of his faith in God. Higantes of Angono


It was said that the higantes started during the Spanish colonial times,It was borrowed to Kampong of Binangonan. when Angono was once a hacienda and ruled by Spanish hacienderos The Guido. The Angono land tillers way of protesting their struggle is by making giant effigy of their landlords whose hands are usually high up on their waist. The body of the traditional higante are made of bamboo and colorful cloth and its faces of paper mache. The three old higantes of Angono consists of the family of giants – the father, mother and child higante, they traditionally add color and fun during the fiesta celebration. It was in the late 80s when the late Angono artist Perdigon Vocalan brought the idea of the Higantes Festival by going out of the traditional family of giants and advocating having more higantes in the fiesta by coordinating with the barangays of Angono to come up with Higantes that will represent their barangay. At present, the Higantes of Angono can be seen in fiesta celebrations around the Philippines and in national cultural presentations, the major being the Centennial Parade in the Quirino Grandstand for the Philippine Centennial celebration in 1998.

The higantes are made of paper-mache. Higantes measures four to five feet in diameter and ten to twelve feet in height. Traditionally, it began in the last century when Angono was a Spanish hacienda. This higantes was influenced by the Mexican art form of paper-mache brought by the Spanish priests to the Philippines.


Angono, Rizal | November 22-23 Angono’s joyous fiesta in honor of San Clemente whose image, resplendent in papal investment, is borne by male devotees during a procession accompanied by parehadoras devotees dressed in colorful local costumes, wooden shoes and carrying boat paddles and higantes, giant paper mache effigies. The street event culminates in fluvial procession at the Laguna de Bay amidst revelry that continues until the image is brought back to its sanctuary. Contact : Office of the Mayor Angono , Rizal

 Telephone No. (02) 651-0062 / 451-1033


The traditional parehadoras are group of young girls holding paddles and wearing bakya or wooden slippers and dressed in a colorful outfit which joins the procession in the feast day of St. Clement. They usually march at the beat of the band playing alongside with them. Now with a dying lake, the tradition of the Parehadora is now just a reminder that Angono was once a fishing village and thrives at the harvest of Laguna Lake.


Black Saturday is highlighted by 3-hour presentation of “Vigilia na Muling Pagkabuhay” at the patio of the church. On Easter Sunday, a celebration is held of the reunion of the Risen Christ with Virgin Mary is reenacted. It is facilitated by young girl inside an inverted giant paper flower suspended the removal of the mourning veil from Mary’s head by a from bamboo trellis. The petals are mechanically opened by giant toy birds to reveal the girl inside. It is then followed by a religious dancing of young ladies called “Kapitana” and “Tenyenta”, to the tune of “Bati”.

Higantes Festival is now promoted as tourism-generating event in the country. This attracts numerous tourist from all over the world.


Primary and/or secondary:

  • Angono Christian School, Inc.
  • Angono Elementary School
  • San Vicente Elementary School
  • Angono National High School
  • Angono Private High School
  • BJC Chrissamore Learning Center
  • Blanco Family Academy
  • Carlos "Botong" V. Francisco National High School
  • Christ the King School
  • Cross Mount School
  • Doña Nieves Songco Elementary School
  • Dr. Vivencio B. Villamayor Memorial National High School
  • Gingergrace Academe
  • Holy Deliverance Integrated Christian School
  • Joaquin Guido Elementary School
  • Lakeside Hills Learning School
  • Mach Rench Christian School Inc.
  • New Hope in Faith School
  • Raises Academy
  • Regional Pilot School for the Arts
  • Seven Angels College, Inc.
  • St. Martin Montessori School,Inc.
  • Throne of Wisdom
  • Young Saint John Integrated School
  • Colegio de San Clemente


  • Colegio de San Clemente


  • ICCT Colleges Foundation Inc. - Angono
  • Jobsway Institute & Development Training Center, Inc.


  • University of Rizal System - Angono


  • Iglesia Ni Cristo (Locale of Angono)
  • Members CHURCH OF GOD International (ANG DATING DAAN)
  • Vincentian Hills Seminary


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: RIZAL". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 23 October 2013. 

External links

  • Philippine Standard Geographic Code
  • Philippine Census Information
  • Local Governance Performance Management System
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