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Revving up Rizal: Heritage and Innovation of the 2nd District

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KKNOWN as the “Cradle of Philippine Art,” Rizal Province is a haven of rich culture and heritage, located in the heart of Luzon. Under the stewardship of Rep. Emigdio P. Tanjuatco III, the 2nd Congressional District of Rizal showcases a vibrant array of local products and thriving communities. From artisanal crafts to delectable culinary treats, this district embodies the spirit of Bagong Pilipinas through its proud products and industrious people.

Baras, founded in 1595 and recognized as a town in 1614, has a rich history interwoven with its religious and cultural heritage. The Baras Kasarinlan Eco-Park, the first gender-sensitive park in Rizal province, features historic monuments and recreational facilities, including the Philippines’ first floating solar farm. The town’s churches, particularly the Baras Church, which is the oldest dedicated to St. Joseph in CALABARZON, symbolize its deep-rooted faith and resilience. The Tromba Festival, celebrating health, healing, and gratitude, reflects the community’s collective spirit. Baras is home to Brityronica Slippers and Sandals Manufacturing, known for their innovative use of alfombra, a soft and durable material. The Corazon de Jesus Multi-Purpose Cooperative offers an array of baked goods and preserves, including bread, papaya pineapple jam, and pickled papaya.

Tanay stands out for its stunning natural landscapes and rich cultural heritage. The Laiban Circuit in Barangay Laiban is a hiker’s paradise, featuring peaks like Ngusong Kabayo, Tangwa, and Lubo, each offering unique views of the Sierra Madre. The descent offers a refreshing swim in any of its four magnificent waterfalls. The town also celebrates the annual Hane Festival, which showcases Tanay’s vibrant tourism, rich agricultural produce, and commitment to environmental protection. Tanay caters to diverse tastes with Moolk Creamery Corp. offering dairy delights, E. F. Pirote Food Products Manufacturing providing turmeric powder, and Sawasdee Tanay Thai Restaurant bringing authentic Thai cuisine. The Sampaloc Agrarian Reform BMPC adds to the town’s offerings with ginger candy, salabat, and turmeric products.

Pililla demonstrates its commitment to innovation through its energy and agricultural contributions. The Pililla Wind Farm stands as a testament to sustainable energy, featuring windmills that generate clean power and serve as a popular tourist attraction. Pililla boasts a variety of innovative products, including Pio’s Gourmet Tuyo, Stagira Farms’ dairy products, Kinay Cosmetics Manufacturing’s health and wellness items, Niogan Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Multi-Purpose Cooperative’s mushroom products, and Jeff and Lyn Souvenir Items’ charming windmill and refrigerator magnets.

Cardona, with its scenic Cardona Rock Garden, is notable for its unique geological formations. Additionally, the Heroes’ Park in Cardona honors the veteran soldiers who fought for the country and features statues of national heroes like Jose Rizal. The Kaluskos Festival showcases bamboo arches used in various celebrations, reflecting the town’s rich tradition in bamboo craftsmanship. Cardona stands out with its remarkable bamboo products, crafted by the Cardona Multi-Purpose Cooperative.

Historically, Jalajala has been a quiet yet essential part of Rizal’s development. The town’s history is deeply intertwined with its agricultural roots, reflecting the enduring spirit of its residents. As Jalajala continues to evolve, it remains a testament to the region’s agricultural strength and historical resilience. The Llano Farmers Multi-Purpose Cooperative offers high-quality dairy products, while the Sipsipin Multipurpose Cooperative focuses on fish processing.

Morong is renowned for the St. Jerome’s Parish Church (SJA), a 17th-century Baroque masterpiece with intricate carvings and a majestic bell tower. Visitors can explore Morong’s natural attractions, including lush landscapes and serene rivers. Morong is a town of diverse enterprises, with Biba Cakes & Pastries renowned for its sweet treats, LMJean Skin Care Products Manufacturing providing skincare solutions, and Janelle Umieh’s Enterprises crafting beautiful curtains.

Teresa offers a unique blend of traditional charm and modern innovation. Known for its rich cultural heritage and local craftsmanship, Teresa is a hub for native food products and handicrafts. The town’s commitment to preserving traditional crafts while embracing new technologies is evident in its various enterprises. Golden Rise Native Food Products preserves traditional Filipino snacks, while Allycel General Merchandise contributes to the community’s health with nutri-packs and enhanced nutribun.

With Rep. Tanjuatco III at the helm, the 2nd Congressional District of Rizal Province exemplifies the essence of Bagong Pilipinas. Each town contributes uniquely to the district’s rich cultural heritage and vibrant economy, showcasing the best of local craftsmanship, culinary artistry, and entrepreneurial spirit. As the district continues to thrive and innovate, it stands as a beacon of progress and development in Rizal Province.

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