People of Rizal Province

This page lists articles about notable personalities in Rizal province. These personalities are heroes, politicians, award-winners, professionals and many more.

Provincial Government Cites 2013 ALAB ng Rizal Awardees

This story was first published on 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

A Rizaleño OFW, One of the Pinoy Torchbearers for 2012 London Olympics

Reymund Enteria of Rizal Province, Filipino torchbearer in 2012 London OlympicsReymund “Apol” Enteria of Brgy. San Luis, Antipolo City, is among the four Filipinos who will be torchbearers for the upcoming 2012 London Olympics.

Enteria, 30, is an occupational therapist working in London. He has always been a leader, having served for the Sangguniang Kabataan in his hometown. And now, he’s going to make the rest of the province proud with this remarkable, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Enteria will participate in the torch run which also includes three other Filipinos: Steven Cheung, 19, an Olympic Youth Ambassador for Waltham Forest; Joven Mallo, 29, a sales and services assistant at Crowne Plaza Manila; Marcy Reyes, 47, an executive housekeeper of Holiday Inn.

Mallo and Reyes are based here in the Philippines and were chosen to represent the InterContinental Hotels Group that owns Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn and is the official hotel sponsor of the 2012 Olympics.

Meanwhile, the provincial government of Rizal plans to honor Enteria for this remarkable privileged as he is not only representing the Filipinos but the Rizaleños in particular.


The Most Famous Rizaleños

Article Contributor: Dyan Kristine Real

People in Rizal province are rich in cultural, traditional and creative values and being able to produced three renowned national artists was really something to be proud of by the Rizaleños. They are Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco recipient of the Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1976,Vicente “Ka Enteng” S. Manansala, UP alumnus and foreign-trained artist, a recipient of Republic Cultural Heritage Award in 1963 (Both National Artist for the Arts; and Maestro Lucio D. San Pedro, a prolific composer and multi-talented musician (National Artist for Music).

Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco (November 4, 1912 – March 31, 1969), popularly known as Botong, was a muralist from Angono, Rizal. His great works include Blood Compact, First Mass at Limasawa, The Martyrdom of Rizal, Bayanihan, Magpupukot, Fiesta, Bayanihan sa Bukid, Sandugo, Portrait of Purita, The Invasion of Limahong, Serenade, and Muslim Betrothal. He died in poverty from tuberculosis but he was given the highest recognition, the title National Artist of the Philippines – Visual Arts posthumously in 1973.

Maestrio Lucio D. San Pedro (February 11, 1913 – March 31, 2002) was born on February 11, 1913 in Angono, Rizal. He was a composer and a multi-talented musician. He was best known for his musical composition Sa Ugoy ng Duyan and the symphonic poem Lahing Kayumanggi. On May 9, 1991, President Corazon C. Aquino proclaimed Lucio D. San Pedro as a National Artist of the Philippines for Music. He died of cardiac arrest at the age of 89.

Vicente S. Manansala (January 22, 1910 – August 22, 1981) was a Philippine cubist painter and illustrator. Born in Macabebe, Pampanga on 22 January. He studied at the U.P. School of Fine Arts (1926-1930). Manansala was given a six-month UNESCO grant to Ecole de Beaux Arts in Banff and Montreal, Canada in 1949 and a nine-month French government scholarship to the Ecole de Beaux Arts, Paris in 1950. Manansala was known in CUBISM style, which reduced reality into planes, sometimes simplifying forms, at other times fragmenting them into a myriad of resonant shapes, became the new idiom through which Manasala saw the world.

Tomas Mateo Claudio (May 7, 1892 – June 29, 1918) a native of Morong, Rizal, was the first Filipino hero of World War I. His early studies was spent in a public school in his hometown, at the age of 17 he migrated in Hawaii to work in a sugar plantation. He studied at a university in Reno, Nevada, 1917, for a study of commerce. During the WWI he joined the American Expeditionary Forces in Europe. When the Germans attacked France, he was one of the casualties. His remains lie in North Cemetery.

Remembering of his patriotism, the first public school in his hometown was name after him, the “Tomas Claudio Memorial Elementary School”
Truly, these multi-talented and brave people are something to be proud of not just in the province but all over the country for their undisputed contribution and heroism. They’ll surely serve as an inspiration not just to Rizaleños but to all Filipino people.
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Notable Personalities from Taytay Rizal

Taytay Rizal also serves as the home of some famous artists here in our country.

Here is the list of those successful artists from Taytay Rizal:

Toni Gonzaga – (Actress, TV Host)

Alex Gonzaga – ( Babaeng Hampaslupa, BFGF (TV series) (2010-2011) , Lokomoko U , P.O.5 and Juicy (Talk show)

Xyriel Ann Manabat – (Momay, Agua Bendita, Noah, and 100 Days to Heaven)

BJ “Tolits” Forbes – (former host of Eat Bulaga! and Lovely Day)

Joshua Cadelina – ABS CBN talent

Jeric Ternida – first Filipino/Asian to win World Title in Body Building

Celine Lim – ABS-CBN Talent

Chiastine Faye “Cha” Perez – Former cast of Banana Split(ABS-CBN), ASF Dancers(wowowee), WW.Girls(Willing Willie-TV5)and BigTime
Girls(WilTime BigTime-TV5)

Diane Reyes Candido – Pilipinas Got Talent Finalist Top 1000, Miss Universe 2011 aspirant

Kamote Gueta

Marvin “Smith” Suralta – NBN Channel 4 talent, Ka Gerry Geronimo’s “Ating Alamin,” co-host

Mang Silvester Stalong

Kit “Batas” Mallarie

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