The province of Rizal is located east of Metro Manila, south of
Bulacan, west of Quezon, and north of Laguna and Laguna de Bay.
Terrain is mostly mountainous with small valleys and plains in the southwest or near the shoreline of Laguna de Bay. Climate is not
characterized by not very pronounced seasons: relatively dry from November to april and wet during the rest of the year.
Rizal provincial Capitol
is now located within its territory in Antipolo City.
The province's closeness to Metro Manila makes some of its towns suburbs of the metropolis. The towns of
Rodriquez, San Mateo, Cainta,
Taytay, and Binangonan are very much urbanized.
With a population dencity of 1,916 persons per square kilometer, Rizal is the most densely populated among the provinces.
Most of the people are Tagalogs with few migrants from other provinces.
Famous people from Rizal
- Eulogio "Amang" Rodriguez - former Senator
- Sumulong Family - members are prominent politicians in the province
- Tanjuatco Family - members are prominent politicians in the province
- Ynares Family - members are prominent politicians in the province
- Carlos 'Botong' Francisco - 1973 National Artist for visual arts (painting)
- Lucio D. San Pedro - 1991 National Artist for music
Economic Profile, Products, and Industries
Agricultural production of Rizal in 2007 are as follows (figure in thousand metric tons, rank among 79 provinces)
Animal inventory of Rizal in 2007 are as follows (figure in thousand, rank among 79 provinces)
Many large industrial plants are located in Rizal especially in the town of Cainta and San Mateo. Some of this
plants produce processed food, apparels, chemical products, and metal goods. Many resorts were established in the province as
weekend getaways for people in Metro Manila. In 2007, there were 181 banks operating in the province with total deposits of 38.3
billion pesos. Its poverty incidence of 8.9% in 2006 is
lower than Metro Manila's 10.4% and much lower than the country's 32.9%.
Typical scenery in outlying areas: farms, towns, mountains. This picture was taken in Morong Town.
The towns nearest Metro Manila offers oppotunities in real estate and business process outsourcing. The outlying
municipalities can absorb investments in light to heavy industries. Tourism-related ventures can still be a hit provided
they are marketed or promoted differently. For those interested in agribusiness, the establishment
of small to medium size plantations for cash crops such as fruits and vegetables are recommended. Same for livestock production.
In fact, a big cooperative in San Mateo has become a major supplier of eggs to Metro Manila. Large scale production of essential oils
and fragrances is highly recommended especially in the hinterlands.
See List of municipalities of Rizal Province
Places of Interest/ Tourist spots in Rizal Province
- Daranak Falls - 14-meter high located in Tanay, Rizal
- Basilica of our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage - in Antipolo
- Hinulugang Taktak Falls - also in Antipolo
- Artists Village - Angono
- Church of St. Jerome - in Morong, best example of Baroque architecture
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