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Provincial Government Cites 2013 ALAB ng Rizal Awardees

This story was first published on www.pia.gov.ph by Rizal PIO.

ANTIPOLO CITY, Rizal, June 11 — The Provincial Government of Rizal announces this year’s Anak ng Lahing Bayani (ALAB) ng Rizal awardees namely, former Rizal Governor Lope K. Santos (posthumous), music maestro Amando San Jose (posthumous), Mayor Elionor I. Pillas and artist Nemesio R. Miranda, Jr.

This year, ALAB ng Rizal awardees come from various fields of endeavor– two public servants and a literary expert, a musician and a renowned artist.

Each ALAB ng Rizal awardee has shown outstanding skills, transformational leadership and the burning spirit to succeed in their field of endeavors.

Former Rizal Governor Lope Santos went on to hold various key positions in the government. He was a senator and an assemblyman. As an Assemblyman, he authored Bonifacio Day in honor of the hero who fought for our independence against the Spaniards. He was also a great leader of the common Filipino workforce.

But his real great works come from his pen. A novelist, writer, poet, critique and a lawyer, Lope was recognized as a “Paham ng Wika” and “Haligi ng Panitikang Filipino” because of his great contributions in the development of the Tagalog Language and his various literary works.

Music Maestro Amando San Jose grew up nurtured by music. With no formal education he learned music by ear. Honing his God-given talent, he delved into transcribing, arranging and composing/writing original compositions. Soon enough, he emerged as a well-respected music maestro. Music aficionados from Pampanga, Batangas and Laguna provinces found their way to Cardona in search of Amando San Jose. He was the Band Master of the Tomas Claudio Memorial College and the Rizal Technological and Polytechnic Institute (RTPI). Hundreds of young musicians passed under his tutorship. Noted graduates pursued a career in music; while others pursued different careers as music scholars.

ALAB ng Rizal awardees 2013

Mayor Elionor Pillas, fondly called Ely is a native of Jalajala and a true pride of this town. He earned his Master in Business Administration’s degree at Ateneo de Manila. He delved into various business enterprises such as fishing, farming, duck raising, vegetable planting and others. The hardship of life and the inherent acumen in business and trade pushed him into business and trading deeper. Love for education and ambition to rise above poverty are his inspiration why he succeeded in life.

Mayor Ely’s inspiration in entering the world of politics is his poor constituents in Jalajala. He believes that he can help a lot using his experience, knowledge and skills in Management and business. With his genuine concern for his fellowmen, he believes that the real purpose in life is serving the people and giving back the God-given blessings of life.

Artist/sculptor Nemesio Miranda, Jr., has his name already etched in the history of his beloved town of Angono. A graduate of the University of Santo Tomas with a degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts Major in Painting, Nemi, as he is fondly called by family and friends, has contributed immensely to the growth and development of art in his hometown.

He established and managed various art schools and museum that had influenced and honed the skills of many young artists today, these are: Nemiranda Family Art Museum, Angono School for the Arts, The ArtCamp, Nemiranda Arthouse, Atelier Café Restaurant.

Nemiranda has played a key role in the promotion, recognition and preservation of the arts and culture of Angono and the province as a whole. Truly, he is a man of arts.

Previous ALAB ng Rizal awardees include National Artists, Botong Francisco and Lucio San Pedro, tenor Arthur Espiritu, Dr. Gilberto M. Duavit, Prof. Ligaya G. Tiamson-Rubin, Engr. Bonifacio O. De Lumen and Dr. Milagros R. Niñonuevo.

The ALAB ng Rizal award is set to be conferred during the 112th Araw ng Lalawigan ng Rizal celebrations on June 11, 2013. (Rizal PIO)

Photo credit: Angono Tourism Office Facebook page

LIKAS Morong Promotes Rich History and Culture of This Rizal Town

It was through private message left on our Facebook page that we learned about this new museum which was established in Morong, an information shared to us by John Louisse Dolores.

The museum was inaugurated on April 5, 2013 and was founded by Lipunang Pangkasaysayan ng Morong (LIKAS Morong), “a SEC-registered multisectoral organization and advocate of local historical education and research”.

The organization came to being to further spread knowledge associated with the history and culture of Morong, Rizal. Basically it’s about creating awareness, educating the people particularly the younger generation, spearheading activities related to the LIKAS Morong’s goals.

LIKAS Morong - Rizal province - organization

It’s good to have people like them who gives so much value to what their town was in the earlier years and how they cherish everything that mattered to Moronguenos back then. You can visit the museum in Old Commandancia, Tupas St., San Pedro, Morong, Rizal.

Get to know more about LIKAS Morong in their official website.

Photo credit: LIKAS Morong Facebook page

WOWRizal’s Top Lists for 2012

Before the year ends, we would like to share the things that made on our top lists of random things for 2012 here in Rizal province such as top destinations to visit, activities to do, etc.

Even if 2012 will come down to its end a few hours from now, these travel guides are reliable for reviewing in the next year that will dawn. Have the best of Rizal province each year!

• Top places to visit in Taytay

• Top places to visit in Binangonan

Top places to visit in Morong

Top places to visit in Angono

Top destinations to visit in Rizal on a long weekend

Top destinations for students to go to during semestral break

Top products of Rizal province

Top art galleries of Angono

Top restaurants in Tanay

Thank you for sharing your 2012 with us. We hope for a better year to come for all of us! Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

The Gifts of Christmas

Unwrapping the gifts under the Christmas tree means the world to children in this particular time of the year. As for adults, our Christmas wishes may also mature, waving off a few material things to give way to non-material wishes to come true.

Christmas is the time of the year when people get extra generous and more kind-hearted than any other days in the calendar. But Christmas is not always about the gifts we can buy from shopping malls and bazaars. This holiday, let’s share these gifts that would last not just for the Christmas season but for the year round as well.


When Gladys, one of my super friends, died in April this year, I was struck by how short life is. Her passing was something we did not expect coming too soon (she was only 26). This will be our first Christmas without her. I miss the friendship we shared and how we tried our best to find time to go out despite our workloads.

How many days a week do you spend with your family? Do you even have time for yourself? It’s ironic that time, even if its not worth any centavo, is sometimes the hardest thing to give and the most precious for so many people.


When we do something good, we feel good about ourselves and the world around us. In the recent calamities that hit the nation, the monsoon flooding in August and typhoon Pablo a few weeks ago, our spirits were dampen with the huge number of casualties and severe damage.

In times of horrific loss, there are good-hearted people who extend help to ease the burden caused by these untoward events. There are still relief operations until now for typhoon Pablo victims. It’s sad to think how they will spend Christmas. Let’s offer prayers for them that soon, they would be able to bounce back from this painful tragedy and find that life, after all, is God’s most precious gift.


When you think you are in a hopeless disposition, know that there is still one thing you can do. Believe. Give your complete trust in God and everything will fall into the right places at the right time.

There are days when we feel that giving up is the easiest way out. But if you have faith in that something or someone, hold on to no matter how little faith you have and nurture it. Whatever happens afterwards, that’s God’s answer.


Have you realized the value of a hard-earned trust? Trust, like a glass when broken may hurt. Sometimes, it’s easy to give away, sometimes it’s not. To be able to be trusted, be deserving. To learn how to trust fully, open your heart.


It’s all we need. Love from your family, your friends, your boyfriend/girlfriend, your colleagues, even from your pet. Love makes the world a happier place. Love truly, unconditionally, faithfully.

Live to love and love to live. ♥

MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone! Have a blessed holidays and give these gifts of Christmas as often as you can.

Bibingka: Pinoy Christmas Delicacy is Cainta’s Best

Filipino Christmas would be incomplete without the sweet native delicacies such as puto bumbong and bibingka. They’re like the dynamic duo which are among the best representations of Christmas here in the Philippines.

Did you know that bibingka is the most popular product of Cainta? And the municipality is dubbed as the “Bibingka Capital of the Philippines”. Bibingka is just one of the native delicacies being produced by the town and is still a flourishing cottage industry of the locals until now.

bibingka from Cainta, RizalBibingka is made of rice flour, coconut milk, topped with slices of salted duck egg and glazed with butter and sugar. Although this rice cake is made available by some deli stores the whole year round, it is still at its best during the Christmas season.

Here are among the most famous bibingka stores in Cainta:

> Aling Kika’s Food Products (Bonifacio Avenue, Cainta, Rizal)
> Ferino’s Bibingka (Marcos Highway Cainta, Rizal)
> Cainta Special Bibingka (Marcos Highway, Cainta, Rizal)

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