Freedom Climb 2011 a Guiness World Record Attempt

At  Tayak Hill Rizal, Laguna Philippines

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Freedom Climb 2011 @ Tayak Hill

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Proposed “Tayak Airstrip”

Milestone if happen is to establish  the “Tayak Airstrip” with the help of Captain Desi Lapiral  (Pilot) and Tanauan, Batangas ex-VM Manny Barradas (Pilot) owner of the Manny Barradas Airfield. photos are taken at the foot of Tayak Hill facing the City of San Pablo during our ocular inspection for the possible aistrip that would be an added attraction at Tayak Adventure Park.

Pilot Manny Barradas (yellow shirt), Capt. Desi Lapiral in navy blue shirt also a Pilot and your's truly Vice Ferdie assesing the possible airstrip

Pilot Manny Barradas And Capt. Desi Lapiral, Vice Ferdie Sumague and members of the BatangRizal Production Team and BatangRizal Organization


BatangRizal members with Capt. Desi Lapiral and Pilot Manny Barradas

At the summit of Tayak Hill Capt. Lapiral and BatangRizal members viewing the horizon

The Landing Point Adventure

Determining the exact location of

” The Landing Point “

On the last part on the concreted road, on our way to " The Landing Point "

On our way to " The Landing Point "

Jump off to " The Landing Point "

With the Bituin couple of Brgy. Tuy that serves as our guide towards " The Landing Point

Reaching " The Landing Point "

Viewing the municipality of Rizal, Laguna from "The Landing Point "

Viewing " Tayak Hill " from "The Landing Point "

Viewing "Tayak Hill " from "The Landing Point "

Viewing " Tayak Hill " from " The Landing Point "

BR Production Team, BR Adventure Team and DENR officers

Proudly BatangRizal

Discovering our Municipal Treasure


Establishing our Municipal Landmark

(Tourism Priority Program of Vice-Mayor Ferdie Sumague FY2010-2013)

(Disclaimer) conceptualizing the tourism priority project dubbed as: “The Landing Point” with the US Air Force L-4 Piper Observation plane codename Grasshopper the same aircraft model that actually landed to the so called Landing Field  at Sitio Braulia Rizal, Laguna somewhere in February 1945 during WWII

Historical background:

Col. Gertrudo San Pedro of the USAFFE had been a prisoner of war previously and upon his release August 15, 1942 at 26 years of age, he joined Hugh Straughn’s Fil-American Irregular Troops (FAIT). He started recruiting ex-USAFFE’s, ex-Philippine Scouts, ex-Philippine Constabulary, Philippine Army reservists and trainees, civilian volunteers including professionals to constitute his outfit. His unit became known as the FAIT’s 2nd Division of the III Army Corps under the immediate command of guerrilla Col. Justiniano Estrella, alias Alfredo M. David, who dubbed his corps, David’s Command. After the death of Col. Straughn, Col. Marcos V. Marking took over the FAIT’s command which he drummed up as Marking’s Fil-Americans.

After the Battle of Sta. Isabel Col. San Pedro’s 2nd Division Command headquarter was moved to Tayak Hill (for its commanding view of Laguna) on Mt. San Cristobal near Rizal, Nagcarlan and Liliw. At that time it was called  Sitio Tayak. That is a remote barrio. The nearest road to Tayak is passing through Rizal.

On January 24, 1945, Col. San Pedro’s unit was able to rescue three American airmen whose plane had been damaged in a raid on Manila and went down in Laguna de Bay near (Lanhaya) Victoria, Laguna. The men were: Major Charles Howe, Major Thompkins and Sgt. Bretain of the 5th Attack Group, U.S. Army.

Photo of Major Charles Howe of the 5th Attack Group US Army

American Forces had not yet landed on Luzon so the nearest airstrip was in Mindoro. It was requested that Col. San Pedro’s unit to build an airstrip so a rescue plane could pick up the downed airmen and return them to friendly forces.Col. San Pedro and his men constructed a landing field at Tayak Hill. The landing field is on a plateau wherein the length of the runway is 300 meters, but the approach  are already up high enough on high ground when take off, that’s why the problem of a long runway is not necessary because after going 300 meters aircraft are already airborne because of the plateau.

Within a couple weeks Col. San Pedro and his men completed construction of the taxi strip and airfield near Col. San Pedro’s headquarters on Tayak Hill. Intelligence informed authorities that the landing strip had been completed and soon an L-4 Piper observation plane flew in and then flew the men to safety in Mindoro. It was also in this airstrip Mrs. Virginia Llamas Romulo took of to join General Carlos Romulo in Mindoro.

L-4 Piper Observation plane codename “Grasshopper”

On the strong suggestion of Major Charles  Howe, the U.S. Armed Forces started dropping war material and food supplies on February 22, 1945. US Air Force planesC-47 / DC-3 dropped arms, ammunition and food supplies at Tayak Hill Rizal, Laguna, escorted by the P-38, double body and the last is the P-51 Mustang. The American insignia for pursuit is “P” for fighter is “F”. Making the Landing Field and Tayak Hill Rizal, Laguna  as the main supply depot of arms, ammunition and foods to all guerilla fighting units in Laguna up to Infanta in the province of Quezon.

World War II aircraft that played a major role to the colorful story of Landing Field and Tayak Hill

US Armed Forces C-47 WWII aircraft
US Armed Forces DC-3 WWII aircract
US Armed Forces P-38 WWII aircraft
US Armed Forces P-51 Mustang WWII aircraft

Article derived from: Lorenzo Cornista’s ” Guerilla Interview ” San  Padlo City Philippines by: David L. Dwiggins

And from the Book of: “ FOR LOVE OF FREEDOM ”  by Juan B. Hernandez copyrighted 1982 Sponsored by the American Legion  Seven-Lakers Post 188 and Veterans Federation of the Philippines  San Pablo City Post,  Prited by National Printing Company Quezon City Philippines

Researched By:

Vice Mayor Ferdie O. Sumague

and BRProduction immediate staff

BRO Demet Formales, BRO Loyd Cataring, BRO Eunice Visey and BRO Richard Subida


BatangRizal Production Team

By: BRO Abby Lucido – BRProduction Columnist

BatangRizal, finally indulge a new advocacy tools which gain another level of presentation in promoting the progression of the town of Rizal, in the province of Laguna.

BatangRizal Organization induce “BR Production”; the power of media that aims to engage in public, to have the identity of a handful outlets that is dynamic cater to gain the adversity of a purposeful scope of facts, methods of learning in news and current events, research and investigation of cultural context, gives service and broad once knowledge in the deliverance of a mass communication.

BatangRizal Production gives a powerful impact to create advance technology in the promotion of business establishments which gives stability to our municipal government. It is a helpful process which gives information to reach people in a modern mass media technique. This channel of communication serves a variety of entertainment with specialized appeal, displaying messages, and serve as a vital link in the historical heritage that will be traced.

It is a significant aspect that performs education; shaping public relations and advocating a particular representation of the town of Rizal. As educational tools, BR Production not only impart knowledge but can be part of larger efforts to elevate actions having social utility. As public tools, BR Production assists every Rizaleno in achieving beautitude (beautiful attitude) and having an ideal vision to know our wonderful town.

Watch out for more upcoming events in our town.

More surprises are to wait !!!


BatangRizal Production Team

BatangRizal Production Team

BatangRizal Production Team

BatangRizal Production Team

BatangRizal Production Team

Barangay and SK Election’s 2010

To all BatangRizal Organization (BRO) members that are candidates to the upcoming Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan election on October 25, 2010 aspiring to serve as Barangay Officials for FY 2010-2013 GOODLUCK  to all and more POWER!!!

BatangRizal Members who will serve as Sk chairman and Sk Kagawad “Lead the way” to a more dynamic and innovative leadership

Be the “trend setter” to the next generation of Sangguniang Kabataan leadership

The Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) is the youth legislature  in every local community,  in the age bracket of 15 to 18 years old during the time of election. They initiate policies, programs and projects for the development of youth in their respective barangays. The Chairman of the Sangguniang Kabataan acts as the Chief Executive of the Sanggunian (Council) while the Kagawad (Councilor) as the legislative council. The Kagawads approve resolutions of the Sanggunian and appropriates funds allotted to the council, a share in the revenue of the Barangay.

BatangRizal 2nd General Assembly


To all BatangRizal Organization members;

BatangRizal Organization will hold its second (2nd) General Assembly on October 31, 2010 at the Cristobal S. Conducto MNHS multi purpose gymnasium.