ANGONO PETROGLYPHS, a precursor to Angono’s Artistry. Discovered in 1965 by National Artist Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco, this cultural heritage site dates back to circa 3000 BC and is the most ancient prehistoric work of art found in the Philippines. The site is famous for its rock engravings (127 drawings of human and animal figures). Archeological finds also yielded fragments of earthware, obsidian flakes and shells.
The Angono Petroglyphs site has been included in the World Inventory of Rock Art under the auspices of UNESCO, ICCROM and ICOMOS. It has been declared as a National Cultural Treasure by virtue of Presidential Decree 260. in 1996, it received its greatest recognition when it was nominated as one of the 100 “Most Endangered Sites of the World” under the World Monument Watch List.
The preservation and development of the Petroglyphs is a joint effort of the National Museum of the Philippines, World Monument Watch Fund, American Express International, the Department of Tourism and Antipolo Properties. Tourists must be ready for the breathtaking ambiance as they go inside the cave and reach the rock wall carvings and museum.
Tourists will surely find it relaxing and unwind by the beauty of the nature and art. The site is located at the boundary of Angono and Binangonan.