Art Capital of the Philippines

Angono Petroglyphics

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 Angono petroglyphics is considered as one of the oldest art forms in the Philippines. It was located at the boundary of Binangonan and Angono but decided to be named as Angono Petroglyphics because person who found it way back 5000 years ago reside in Angono. In 1965, National artist Carlo “Botong” Francisco discovered it and as of that, it was considered as our National cultural treasure.

 


  The way to Angono Petroglyphics was like climbing up of a mountain and going its summit. When you rode-off on your vehicle, you’ll have to walk from where you parked, into he tunnel, the semi-forest then presto! You’re there!

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When you look closely to the walls, you will notice drawings of human, lizards, frogs, turtle and even some uncertain miniatures onto the volcanic rock face. Due to erosions, some were already destroyed and not visible anymore. Some also were shattered by vandalism of other people who went there.
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Many years ago, it was supposed that there was a language hurdle and the only structure of communication is through the use of symbols. Symbolisms and figures are used to convey what our ancestors think and feel as part of their everyday life. Carving those symbols was also their means of recording their data and activities in their lives such as the celebration of birth, feast and death. Through the years, the cavemen may have migrated from one place to another but studies shown that marriage of one and the other tribe took place with other tribesmen that resulted to the exchange of different expertise and capability.

 




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Angono Petroglyphics’ preservation has been funded by the National Museum of the Philippines, the Department of Tourism, and the World Monument Fund but years came and those institutions weren’t able to support the art form anymore so if you’ll go there, usually there’s no other people there aside from you, the guards in-charge and your own company.


The petroglyph is undeniably a national treasure that Filipinos should be proud of. I am confident that there are more wonders in our country that are still waiting to be discovered.