Biking Heaven

Biking Heaven

(Tayak Hill)

Vice Mayor Ferdinand O. Sumague

Another milestone in our municipality is to develop Tayak Hill in Rizal, Laguna Philippines as the second Cyling Heaven next to the  Magreglio Hill in Italy

The summit of Tayak Hill will soon be titled as the next ” Biking Heaven “, Thru the effort of Mayor Tony Aurelio, Vice Mayor Ferdie Sumague and Sanggunian members Team Pagbabago and most especially to Laguna Provincial Police Director Gilberto DC Cruz the Sponsor of a Giant Cruciffix and a replica/image Madonna Del Ghisallo (Patroness of Cyclists) with a Bicycle at the back of the replica would soon attract cyclists all over the Philippines and around the globe to Visit Tayak Hill / Tayak Adventure Park Rizal, Laguna Philippines.

Soon to be the next "Biking Heaven"


Madonna del Ghisallo is a hill in Magreglio, close to Lake Como in Italy. It is named after a legendary Marian apparition.

According to the legend, the Medieval count Ghisallo was being attacked by bandits when he saw an image of Virgin Mary at a shrine. He ran to it and was saved from the robbers. The apparition became known as the Madonna del Ghisallo, and she became a patroness of local travellers. In later times, Madonna del Ghisallo (the hill) was made part of the Giro di Lombardia bicycle race.

A local priest, Father Ermelindo Vigano, proposed that Madonna del Ghisallo (the apparition) be declared the patroness of cyclists. This was confirmed by Pope Pius XII. Nowadays the shrine of Madonna del Ghisallo contains a small cycling museum with photos and artifacts from the sport. There also burns an eternal flame for cyclists who have died. One particularly notable artifact is the crumpled bicycle that Fabio Casartelli, a native of the region, rode on the day that he died in a crash in the Tour de France.

Colle del Ghisallo is a mountain pass road that connects the upper part of Valassina Larian Triangle. The point of the pass, at an altitude of 754 m above sea level, is located near Magreglio. A few meters from the pass is a small church, the sanctuary of the Madonna del Ghisallo. Its name comes from a certain Ghisallo which in medieval times in that place was attacked by bandits and made a vow to Our Lady to build a church in his honor if he survived.

The ascent of Ghisallo (from the north) is traditionally traveled by the Tour of Lombardy and was even more times into the course of the Tour of Italy. For this reason, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the universal patroness of cyclists.

This famous hill, with its spectacular views, has also been the decisive or conclusive stage of the most renowned races, from the Giro d’ Italia to the Giro di Lombardia. It’s for these reasons that thousands of cyclists ride up to Ghisallo each year.

In 2000 the Foundation of the Ghisallo Cycling Museum organized a relay from Madonna del Ghisallo to the Vatican to deliver a torch of the eternal flame to Holy Father John Paul II. This event inspired the idea of creating a cycling museum in a separate structure that could enhance the heritage of the shrine. The “Museo del Ciclismo, Madoona del Ghisallo” was inaugurated in 2006.

As a museum of cycling, the museum has positioned itself not just of bicycles but also to being devoted to the men and women of the sport, from competitors, journalists, to organizers, etc.
The official website of the museum is



Promoting Rizal, Laguna thru Philippine Daily Inquirer

Philippine Daily Inquirer February 17, 2011 edition highlighted on page A8 sponsored by Philippine Air Lines (PAL)

Poorest Laguna town finds place in history

By Maricar Cinco

Inquirer Southern Luzon

First Posted 20:48:00 02/16/2011

Filed Under: Tourism & Leisure, history, Philippines – Regions

YES, THERE is a town named Rizal in Laguna—an almost forgotten fifth-class municipality (annual income: P25 million-P35 million) that is often confused with the urbanized and popular Rizal province.

An even bigger confusion has arisen in mailing addresses in Rizal town’s Antipolo, one of its 11 barangays. (The more-known Antipolo is a first-class city of Rizal.) Both Rizal and Laguna provinces belong to the Calabarzon region.

Rizal Vice Mayor Ferdinand Sumague would rather call it an “Municipal Identity Crisis,” saying that even government officials from other municipalities are oblivious of his town’s existence. “We always have to go through some series of questioning: Where in Rizal are you from? Montalban? Tanay? Is it possible to have a province within a province?” he says. Even after explaining that the town is in Laguna, he adds, the next question will be: Where is it?  Rizal town, with a population of only 15,000 and a land area of 27 square kilometers, is at the center of the more popular towns of Nagcarlan and Calauan, and San Pablo City, which amplifies the disparity.

“At least we have here the shortest highway. Only five kilometers,” Sumague says in jest.

Poorest town

Sumague believes the “confusing identity,” to begin with, has hampered the municipality’s progress for the past 92 years since its foundation. With a yearly income of only around P31 million, Rizal was pinned to the bottom among all 30 Laguna municipalities. “We need to have our own identity, first,” Sumague says. Thus, town officials undertook their research and stumbled last month upon a piece of history about a 560-meter plateau in the remote village of Tala called the Tayak Hill. This, they say, is the key to Rizal’s progress.

According to the books titled “Guerrilla Interview,” authored by David Dwiggins, and “For Love of Freedom,” by Juan Hernandez, the Tayak Hill served as the command post of the Filipino-American Irregular Troops under a certain Col. Gertrudo San Pedro during World War II.

The book reveals that in January 1945, San Pedro’s unit saved three American soldiers aboard a faulty plane that swooped down near the area. The site, the records add, gave the soldiers a vantage view of Laguna. About an hour’s walk from the plateau is an 11-km field where Filipino and American troops built a 300-meter runway for aircraft that flew forces in and out. In February 1945, the field was used as a dropping point for food, medicine supplies and war materials. It was also on this airstrip that Virginia Llamas Romulo took off to rejoin her husband, Gen. Carlos Romulo, in Mindoro.

“Even records at the municipal government did not have this (information) until today,” Sumague says.


The municipal government has tagged the area as the “The Landing Point,” and is set to build a replica of a US Air Force L-4 Observation plane that once landed there in 1945. Sumague says this will serve as a historical landmark for Rizal, which he hopes would begin to attract tourists to the town.

“People go to Nagcarlan because of the underground cemetery. San Pablo has the seven lakes. Calauan is known for its pineapples, while Liliw is known as the tsinelas (slippers) capital. Now, Rizal will be known as Tayak dventure and Nature Park, ‘The Landing Point,’” and Camp Bakod na Bato” he says.

Sumague, who also heads the municipal tourism office, says the tourism project includes establishing an adventure park atop the Tayak Hill. A Sports Tourism Adventure—triathlon, airsoft and paintball competitions, and paragliding—will be held in April.Regular sports activities will also give tourists reason for coming back, Sumague says.

“Other towns are already (at the stage) of promoting (their products). But us, we have just started,” the vice mayor says.


New Municipal Health Building

Groundbreaking Ceremony of a Two (2) Storey Municipal Health Building in the Municipality of Rizal, Laguna

September 1, 2009 Ground Breaking Ceremony for the  construction of a Two (2) Storey Municipal Health Center Building  that will rise at the back of the present Municipal Health Office beside the Municipal Public Market Bgry. Pauli II Rizal, Laguna . A project that will sure benifit its citizenry decause it is the only public Health Facility  serving the whole municipality. Funded by the Department of Health thru the initiative of the Local Goverment Unit Headed by the Local Chief Executive Hon. Rolen I. Urriquia and the Sangguniang Bayan, Municipal Health Officer Dr. Sam Joseph Cerillo and Staff. Assisted by Congresswoman Evita “IVY” Arago Representative Third (3rd) District of Laguna and her Excellency Gloria Macapagal Arroyo  President of the Republic of the Philippines. Witnessed by other Bgry. Officials, BNS, BHW,  Samahang Kababaihan, representative from different schools, NGO’S, other Private and Civic Organizations.  Project awarded to R.V. Laborte Construction.

Ground Breaking led by the Municipal Mayor Rolen I. Urriquia with other members of the Sangguniang Bayan & Brgy. Chairman

Gr ound Breaking led by the Municipal Mayor Rolen I. Urriquia with other members of the Sangguniang Bayan & Brgy. Chairman

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Ground Breaking Ceremony witnessed by other sectors of the community

Ground Breaking Ceremony

Construction site: beside Rizal Public Market, at the back of the present Municipal Health Center

Breaking News !!! Rizalian in Hot Seat

Breaking News !!! Breaking News !!! Breaking News !!!

Lucena Accident1LUCENA CITY, Quezon, Philippines—(UPDATE) Eight bus passengers were killed and 42 others were injured in a road accident on the diversion road of the Maharlika Highway in the village of Domoit here shortly past midnight Monday.

Senior Police Officer 4 Renato Pelobello, Lucena police investigator, identified the victims as Romeo Buban, Melchor Candano, Emily Bayobo, her daughter Rizzy and granddaughter Rean, 3, Marife Pada, and two others—a male and a female—who still remain unidentified.

Seven of the fatalities were passengers of a Manila-bound A. Bragais Liner with body number 901 (EVM-934) coming from Bicol; Pada was a passenger of Lucena Lines with body number 8348 (DWB-795) travelling from Manila toward this city.

Among those in critical condition are: Cristy Cabilda Cabuya, 19, of Ligao, Albay; Rolly Buela, 23, still unconscious; and one unidentified male, around 12 to 15 years old, also still unconscious, at the Quezon Medical Center (QMC); and Aileen Plaza, 20, from Tabaco City, is confined at the Intensive Care Unit of the Mount Carmel Diocesan General Hospital.Contrary to an earlier police report, Rosalina Tique, 35, was not one of those seriously injured.

Most of the wounded passengers have been discharged from QMC and only nine were still undergoing treatment. Police said most of the victims were pinned to death by twisted metal and iron sheets.

Lucena Accident2

Police said that at around 12:30 a.m., Lucena-bound Lucena Lines collided with Manila-bound A. Bragais Liner (EVM-934). From the impact point just a few meters away after crossing Iyam bridge, both vehicles hurtled for about 70 meters before finally coming to a stop, leaving behind three dead bodies that were thrown out of the Bragais Liner bus, police said.

Due to the strong impact, both left sides of the buses were ripped out, with metal bracings and iron sheet sidings torn away.Vehicle metal parts and bloodied personal belongings were seen left scattered on the concrete pavement.Pellobello said the seven passengers of Bragais Liner all died on the spot.It took more than one hour before the rescuers retrieved the body of the little girl and her mother Rizzy, both pinned under twisted metal inside the bus.

“I was jolted from my near sleep by the loud banging noise followed by cries of pains. And then I saw our driver struggling to control the steering wheel while the left side of the bus was left wide open. Some of the passengers in the left seats were gone. Those still in their seats were bloodied. It was a horrible sight,” Roger Lerida, 46, one of the passengers of Bragais Liner, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Lerida was traveling with his 16-year-old daughter Jayziel, who also sustained minor bruises. The father and daughter were seated at the front row on the right side the bus. “We were both lucky to survive,” Lerida said.

He said the bus that had 59 passengers onboard left Tabaco City at around 5 p.m. Sunday and changed driver in Libmanan, Camarines Sur five hours later. Rico Laguidao, relative of the killed Bayobos, said they were going to meet the father of the girl, a seaman who is scheduled to arrive in Manila on Tuesday.

“We were all seated in one of the rows at the left side a feet away from the driver’s seat. I was near the aisle that’s why I only sustained minor bruises,” he told reporter in between sobs.

The driver of Bragais Liner, Jose Danny Montealegre, said Candano, his alternate driver, who was sleeping on the next row behind him, was thrown out of the bus after the victim was hit by a piece of steel after the impact.

“I saw two more passengers also thrown out of my bus,” he told the Philippine Daily Inquirer shaking his head and still in shock.

He claimed that he tried to evade the oncoming bus which swerved into his lane. “But the other bus was traveling too fast,” he said. Montealegre is detained at the Lucena City jail.

Lucena Accident3

Bragais Liner is owned by the family of Tabaco City Vice Mayor Reynaldo Bragais, who maintains a fleet of 19 passenger buses.

“I was traveling to Manila when I was informed of the accident so I immediately proceeded to the hospital to provide assistance to the victims,” the vice mayor told the Philippine Daily Inquirer in an interview at the Funeraria Pagbilao here where the remains of the victims were brought. Bragais said preparations were being made by company representatives for the transit of the dead bodies to their respective hometowns.

Pelobello identified the driver of Lucena Lines as one Victor Alcantara, of Barangay Tuy, Rizal, Laguna who immediately escaped after the accident. Four hours later, Alcantara surrendered to Lucena police station accompanied by company officials.

Alcantara denied that he escaped and insisted that he was just hiding behind the bush near the accident site fearful that he might be harmed by the victims. He said when he came out of hiding he immediately went to the bus terminal and told the company officials what happened.

“The accident was not my fault but the other driver who was driving fast,” he insisted. However, according to initial police investigation report, Lucena Lines suddenly swerved to the left lane which caused the collision.

GMANews.TV – QTV: Death toll in Lucena bus collision climbs to 9 – Video – Official Website of GMA News and Public Affairs – Latest Philippine News


New 2000 Peso Bill

The Central Bank of the Philippines issued only 300,000 pieces of this 216mmx133mm 2,000 Philippine Peso Centennial Commemorative Legal tender Banknote.



The obverse side features President Joseph Ejercito Estrada taking his oath of office on June 30, 1998 in the historic Barasoain Church, the seat of the first democratic republic in Asia shown in the background as well as the scroll of the Malolos Constitution and the seal of the BSP (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas).

Obverse Side

Obverse Side

The reverse side depicts the re-enactment of the declaration of Philippine Independence at the Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1998 by President Fidel V. Ramos and also features the Philippine Centennial Commission logo.

Reverse Side

Reverse Side

The security features of the note include a 3-dimensional cylinder mould-made portrait watermark of the two presidents and the years 1898-1998, iridescent band, color-shift windowed security thread, latent image and perfect see-through register.

Brigada Eskwela 2009

Kick-off parade marks the start of the Brigada Eskwela '09

Kick-off parade marks the start of the Brigada Eskwela '09

Monday, May 18, 2009 Rizal Elementary School headed by its principal Dr. Rhea B. Gutierrez & RES Teaching Force spearheaded the start of the 5 day long nationwide program dubbed “BRIGADA ESKWELA ’09 (together with the Antipolo Sulsugin Elementary School, Pook Elementary Scholl an fthe Cristobal S. Conducto MNHS (formerly RNHS), Two weeks before the opening of classes on June 1, 2009, the Department of Education sets this year’s Brigada Eskwela (BE) or the National Schools Maintenance Week on May 18-22, 2009 in accordance with DepEd Order 25, s. 2009.

Brigada Eskwela is a schools maintenance program nationwide that engages all education stakeholders to contribute their time, effort and resources in ensuring that all public schools are ready in time for school opening. It is a weeklong event where communities, parents, alumni, civic groups, local businesses, non-government organizations and private individuals, including teacher and student volunteers, devote their time and skills to do repairs and maintenance work in public schools.

RES faculty spearheading the event
RES faculty spearheading the event

The annual Brigada Eskwela was conceptualized and started in May, 2003. It is one of the flagship project of the Adopt a School Program (ASP) headed by Dir. Paul Soriano. Adopt a School Program was made into law, the Adopt a School Act or the RA 8525 in 1998. Through the ASP, private sector companies and professionals are given the opportunity to contribute in improving the public education system of the country. To recognize their goodwill, they can avail of tax incentives of up to 150%. Over the years the Adopt-A-School Program has attracted more than 200 partners generating some P6 Billion worth of projects and interventions.

RES principal Dr. Rhea B. Gutierrez leads LGU, NGO & other sectors in a 5 day long event
RES principal Dr. Rhea B. Gutierrez leads LGU, NGO & other sectors in the 5 day long event

Last year, DepEd Secretary Jesli A. Lapus signed DepEd Order 24, s. 2008 entitled “Institutionalization of the Brigada Eskwela or the National Schools Maintenance Week or the NSMW. It means that whether or not the DepEd will issue a memorandum, the annual BE or NSMW shall be conducted by all public elementary and secondary schools throughout the country two weeks before the start of classes.


The following category of services can be done in the school: masonry, carpentry, plumbing, electrical/electronic, landscaping/gardening and ordinary labor.

As contained in the BE Manual, the Department endeavors to solve the many challenges facing Philippine education, Brigada Eskwela will serve as one of the frontline initiatives reminding each and every Filipino that we are all stakeholders in education.

(BRO) BatangRizalOrg. supports the Brigada Eskwela '09

(BRO) BatangRizalOrg. supports the Brigada Eskwela '09

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Breaking News !!! Another motorcycle incident cost life…

At about 5:10 am March 15, 2009 an MTC Honda XRM bearing plate number 8345-PB owned by Ronaldo Asacta y Diamante, 26 years old, single of Brgy East Poblacion under CR# 7264942-6 with OR# 639553600 dated July 31, 2008 and being driven by one Kallen Carpena y Nograles, 17 years old single, of Brgy Tuy committed self accident.

Initial investigation of the Rizal, Laguna PNP disclosed that the MTC traversing the National road, Brgy Talaga heading to the direction of town proper from Brgy Antipolo when committed a self accident and hit a rambutan tree at the leftside of the road, as a result the driver sustained injuries and immediately brought to the Laguna Provincial Hospital San Pablo City where in the attending physician averred that the driver Kallen Carpena y Nograles was in serious condition and later died. It was known that the driver has a backrider identified as Kirstiev Artieda y Arcedera, 16 years old, single of Brgy Tala who sustained injuries on different parts of her body and brought to the Nagcarlan District Hospital Nagcarlan, Laguna and was declared on stable condition.