The simple and yet creative hands of man takes pride in presenting and expressing how those numerous natural resources can be transformed into a world famous masterpiece, that would gain international prominence for a thousand years. Petroglyphs or rock engravings are actually described as pictograms or images otherwise known as logograms. They are uniquely fashioned by a particular process of eradicating a portion of a rock surface through the careful and meticulous applications of the following methods: Picking, incising, carving and engraving, In the Philippines, the Angono Petroglyphs is an astonishing world attraction that is considered as the most antiquated work of art in the country. Descriptively, it features 127 humans as well as figures of animals which were perfectly engraved on a sturdy rockwall.

The famous Angono Petroglyphs.

The famous Angono Petroglyphs.

Last but not the least, these tremendous creations have distinctively depicted frogs and cute lizards, as if they were real. Initially, the Angono Petroglyphs conveniently sits in the beauteous province of Angono, Rizal. This most sought after tourist attraction in the Philippines was incidentally discovered by a respected National Artist, Carlos Francisco in the year 1965. However, due to the inadequacy of stringent laws and policies of the government in those years, some of those notable rock formations had been damaged. Therefore, the Marcos regime had signed Presidential Decree No. 260. By virtue of this law, it powerfully declared these amazing petroglyphs in the Philippines as a national and cultural treasure. In those years, the Petroglyphs in Angono Rizal were being preserved by a prolific team from the National Museum of the Philippines. This was made possible when they started an archaeological site conservation advocacy, alongside with the comprehensive development of the petroglyphs world. Primarily, the group had established a simple and yet attractive view deck and a stone path to perfectly resonate the major importance of history and culture. Similarly, the metamorphosis and preservation of Angono Rizal’s Petroglyphs courtesy of the National Museum of the Philippines and other key agencies had done their enormous and unwavering contributions to achieve their goals and visions for the promotion of both historical and socio-cultural legacies of the said masterpiece.

The cave entrance Angono Petroglyphs.

The cave entrance Angono Petroglyphs.

In essence, the Angono Petroglyphs is a kind of rock art that functions as a shelter or domineering fortress. Despite of this very wonderful aesthetic benefit of the petroglyphs, it has been frequently misconstrued as a cave in Rizal. But those curious voyagers had to go through a cave-like passageway to be able to get into the abyss of the rock wall. According to a blog concerning the awesome architectural wonders of the Angono Rizal Petroglyphs, the mistaken cave is actually a tunnel which allows both public and private transportations to be where they are while curious lovers of archaeology and ancient history are extensively exploring and studying the hidden secrets of the petroglyphs. From the tunnel, the next route that every visitor must take is a curvature or bend wherein wanderers will have a glimpse of a tiny building; that is nonetheless, an interesting museum. Thus, if you wish to be a part of this historical rendezvous of all time all you need to do is to pay an amount of Php 20.00 and you will have all the time in the world to take some of your “would be precious pictures” without spending much. But, always have in mind that your cams should not have flashes. Insofar as the viewing schedules of the Angono Petroglyphs are concerned, it is regularly ongoing every Mondays to Sundays, from 8:00 A.M.-5:00 P.M. only. For interested parties, please call, Area Code 02-527-41-92.


The Angono Petroglyphs has the following features or highlights that will leave everyone dumbfounded, the moment they have seen a grandiose work of art which presents history and culture in a different light. Among these are as follows:

  • A small and yet knowledge enriching coliseum
  • Tunnel which measures about 110-meters long
  • An elevated platform for your ultimate viewing pleasure
  • A huge golf course
  • Marker at the end of the tunnel
  • A detailed trail that guides tourists to the museumStone tools and earthen wares

Getting There

To safely reach the Angono Petroglyphs, simply ride a jeep with a route going to Angono. Then, go straight ahead to Angono Market. Ride a tricycle heading towards Maricor Bakery. Afterwards, board a truck that is usually used by those employers of the Fiesta Resort and Casino. Courteously, tell the driver to stop at the junction of the route which leads you to the Petroglyphs area. Upon reaching the latter, you still need to leisurely walk at least 100 meters more to the guard’s designated place and make your registration. Last step for you to do is to earnestly search for the small tunnel that was supposedly made by man. In case you have already seen the last few steps of the tunnel, you still have to walk until you can clearly see a golf course. Proceed to the direction going to the right, and you will be able to have a façade overview of the building which is a museum.

Truly, the ancient and encompassing culture and history of the Philippines deeply signify the rich and vivid past of those Filipino ancestors who had made the Angono Petroglyphs a one of a kind national treasure that gives the most resplendent meaning to this beautiful archipelago as a nation with an indelible national identity and with a kind of people who has a breed of mixed races that nobody can ever surpass nor equal.

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  1. mary jane librando says:

    can I ask if who originally made the angono petroglyphs?.. and reasons why they build it?

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