5 Must-Do's When You're in Angono, the Art Capital of the Philippines

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

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The iconic mermaid of the Lakeside Park
Photo courtesy of Jan Jethro Lacdan

A mere 30 kilometers from Manila, Angono is hailed as the “Art Capital of the Philippines.” And while the Higantes Festival this November may be the best reason to visit Angono, there are other things to do in my beloved hometown.

Here are some of the must-do activities in the Artist's Paradise:

1. VISIT THE NUMEROUS ART HOUSES AND GALLERIES

Tiamson Art Gallery
Orville Tiamson, a local artist, demonstrates his painting skills.
Perhaps the main reason why tourists flock to Angono is the art. With not one, but two, National Artists up its sleeves and with new breeds of artists in its streets, the Art Capital is definitely not lacking in the art department. 

If you're an art connoisseur, head down to these art houses and galleries:
Angono Rizal
Nemiranda Arthouse and Gallery
Address: 10 Doña Elena St., Doña Justa Phase I Subd., Brgy. San Roque, Angono, Rizal
Tel. No.: (+632) 651-0109

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Tiamson Art Gallery
Address: 203 Doña Nieves St., Brgy. Sto. Niño, Angono, Rizal 
Tel. No.: (+632) 651-0066

yab design angono
Photo courtesy of Patrick Loyola
Yab Design, Inc.
Address: Quezon Ave., Bo. San Isidro, Angono, Rizal
Tel. No.: (+632) 651-1068 / (+632) 651-1095

Ang Nuno Artists Foundation Gallery
Address: Doña Justa St., Doña Justa Village Phase I, Brgy. San Roque, Angono, Rizal
Tel. No.: (+632) 651-0110

Blanco Family Museum
Address: 1312 Ibañez St., Brgy. San Vicente, Angono, Rizal
Tel. No.: (+632) 651-0042

2. CHECK OUT THE OLDEST PREHISTORIC FILIPINO ART

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The artistic roots of Angono goes as far back as 3000 B.C.

Discovered by Angono-bred National Artist for the Arts, Carlos "Botong" Francisco, the stick-like pictures are considered the oldest Rock Art in the Philippines. See one of our ancestors' artworks at the Angono Petroglyphs.

3. WALK AMIDST THE GALLERY ON THE STREETS

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Botong's Pageant of Commerce in relief
If you're in no mood to go on an art gallery, just take a stroll along the streets of Dona Aurora. The Art Gallery on the Streets is "free for all and open twenty-four hours a day".
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It is said that Angono came from the words "Ang Nuno"

4. INDULGE IN THE LOCAL FOOD SCENE

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Balaw-balaw's Specialty -- Minaluto
Photo courtesy of Patrick Loyola
Angono's food scene is taking a turn for the better. There are several bistros like The Food Factory, Atelier Restoran, and a whole lot more. There is also this great desserts place called Kim is Hungry Cakes + Cafe, and a take-out/delivery-only foodscape called Wings on the Go.

If you want to try the local delicacies, there are several stalls offering the popular fried itik. Then there is also the exotic menu of Balaw-balaw Restaurant which is not for the average set of taste buds.
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Adobong Uok (woodworm) from Balaw-balaw
Photo courtesy of Patrick Loyola
Deep-fried fried itik
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Whatever your gastronomic preferences are, Angono's got you covered!

5. WATCH THE SUNSET AT THE LAKESIDE PARK

After a day of taking in the art and food scene, you can head down to the Lakeside Park in Baranggay San Vicente to relax.

This park is known as "Wawa" to the locals, and it has been recently developed into a veritable stroll-worthy and chill-out destination. There is a zip line rig, a boat tour across Angono's side of Laguna de Bay, an open field for kite-flying and frolicking, and various stalls offering street foods like isaw and kwek-kwek.

To cap off your day, sit back and enjoy the serene and colorful sunset by the bay.
Angono Lakeside Park
Colorful sunset in Wawa

Do you have any more to add to this list? Comment below and let your voice be heard. And for more fun things to do, you can check out Angono's website and Facebook page for more info.

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