Angono, Rizal
Angono is a 1st class urban municipality in the province of Rizal, Philippines
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 and Angono, Rizal is Known as "Arts Capital of the Philippines". It is located 30 kilometers east of Manila
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. According to the latest census, it has a population of 97,209 inhabitants in 15,740 households.

First created as a pueblo
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 in 1766, Angono became a municipality in 1935.

Built up area

Albeit the growing population of Metro Manila, Angono remains a part of Rizal Province.


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.

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.

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

Angono artistry in times of struggle. It was said that the higantes started during the Spanish colonial times, when Angono was once a hacienda and ruled by Spanish hacienderos. 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.

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.

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

Facts about Angono: An Arts Town of the Philippines

  • Angono- a first class municipality in the province of Rizal located approximately 29 km east of Manila.
  • Angono has a total land area of about 1,282 hectares or almost the same size of Mandaluyong City or twice that of San Juan.
  • Angono was once a barrio of its neighboring town Taytay and Binangonan before being legally proclaimed an independent municipality by then President Manuel L. Quezon.
  • Based on National Statistics Office Census of Population as of August 1, 2007:
  • Angono has a population of 97,209 or 4.26% of Rizal province's total population of 2,284,046.
  • Brgy. San Isidro is the most populous barangay with 26,505 while Brgy Poblacion Itaas is the least with 612.


There are several business establishments present in the booming town of Angono. Trade and commerce are active. 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.Future new lines of Manila Light Rail Transit System
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Apparels, Convenience Stores & Shopping Malls, School Supply
  • Angono Fiesta Restaurant
  • Uno Factory Outlet Department Store
  • Rusty Lopez
  • 7-Eleven
  • Merriam Webster Bookstore
  • Ministop- soon to rise
  • Ruray's Bazar
  • Unishoppe Complex
  • Mark.Layug internet B@r Angono (soon to rise)

Art Galleries
  • Blanco Family Museum
  • Carlos "Botong" Francisco Studio
  • Hernandez Studio
  • Nemiranda Art Gallery
  • Tiamson Art Gallery

Artists and Talents Management
  •, premier talents management company in the "Artists City of the Philippines"

Bakeries, Fast Food, & Restaurants
  • Angono Fiesta Restaurant
  • Baker's Fair Bakeshop
  • Balaw-Balaw Restaurant - Angono's Famous Exotic Restaurant
  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Goldilock's Bakeshop
  • Jollibee
  • Julie's Bakeshop
  • KFC (soon to rise)
  • Shakey's Restaurant
  • Majusay Bakery - with 2 branches in the town
  • Mc Donald's (soon to rise)
  • MJ's Pizza
  • Mister Donut
  • Red Ribbon Bakeshop
  • Shamay Grill
  • Zagu

Banks & Other Financial Institutions
  • BDO
  • Allied Bank
  • Bank of the Philippine Islands
  • First Macro Bank
  • Metrobank
  • Premiere Bank
  • RCBC
  • Rural Bank of Angono
  • Tanay Rural Bank
  • LBC
  • Lhuillier Pawnshop
  • Papa's Pawnshop
  • Western Union

  • Halakhak Comedy Bar - owned by former Big Brother season 1 winner Nene Tamayo
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Grocery & Supermarkets
  • Grocer-E Supermarket
  • IHV Supermarket (soon to rise)
  • Plaza Fair
  • Parco Supermarket
  • SM Savemore Supermarket
  • Watson

  • F Salon
  • Carlo Reyes Salon
  • Index Salon
  • Minn Hair Edition
  • Elaine's Salon

  • Angono Medics Hospital
  • San Isidro Hospital
  • Angono General Hospital
  • SCMI

  • Maysha Hotel - the first premiere hotel in the town

Materials Recycling Facilities - Private
  • DRC Junkshop - Buy and Sell all kinds of Scrap Materials / Supplier of Native Construction resources (Sawali, Pawid, Buho, Kawayan, etc.

  • Motortrade

  • Mercury Drug
  • South Star Drug (soon to rise)

Water Refilling Station
  • QualiSafe 25 Stages Purified Water Refilling Station

  • Shuttledome - first badminton court in the town located along Quezon Avenue

  • Aling Eniang's Resort
  • BDO
  • Maysha Resort
  • Scrapyard Resort

  • Angono Fiesta Carwash
  • L & E Carwash

  • Angono Funeral
  • Funeralya Royale
  • Golden Heart Funeral Homes
  • San Francisco
  • New life
  • Oro
  • Tajuna


Primary and/or Secondary
  • Angono Christian School, Inc.
  • Angono 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
  • Gingergrace Academe
  • Holy Deliverance Integrated Christian School
  • Joaquin Guido Elementary School
  • New Hope in Faith School
  • Raises Academy
  • Regional Pilot School for the Arts
  • Lakeside Hills Learning School
  • 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.


  • Vincentian Hills Seminary


Angono is politically subdivided into 10 barangay
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  • Bagumbayan
  • Kalayaan
  • Mahabang Parang
  • Poblacion Ibaba
  • Poblacion Itaas
  • San Isidro
  • Santo Niño
  • San Pedro
  • San Roque
  • San Vicente
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