Camp Bakod na Bato

Watch out for the unveiling of the Full Story behind the Historic “Camp Bakod na Bato” @ Brgy Tala Rizal, Laguna that once served as the Main Guerilla Camp/Headquarter during World WarII…

Camp Bakod na Bato a Historic Transition of Momentous Events

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Promoting Rizal, Laguna’s Municipal Landmarks

After 92 years… ALA’s Rizal, Laguna has established 2 Municipal Landmarks:

Tayak Adventure and Nature Park


The Landing Point


The author of Rizal, Laguna's Municipal Landmarks: "Tayak Adventure and Nature Park" and "The Landing Point" Vice Mayor Ferdie O. Sumague (Municipal Tourism Officer) with Laguna Governor E.R. Ejercito and Provincial Administrator Atty. Leonardo Ragaza

Promoting Tayak Hill

Tayak Hill promotional DVD cover created by BatangRizal Production Team

Rizal, Laguna

Major jump-off: Brgy. Tala, Rizal;

LLA: 14.0688 N 121.420 E (approx); 560 MASL

Days required / Hours to summit: Half day / 1.5 hours

Specs: Minor climb, Difficulty 2/9, Trail class 1


Interrupting the blue Mt. Cristobal with its green-brown slopes when viewed from afar is Tayak Hill, bordering the town of Rizal and San Pablo City. This color is caused by the tayak grass that envelope the hill, hence the name. Although part of Cristobal, it has its own peak, also called ‘Tilos’ or ‘Parang’ by the locals, making it a distinct destination.  The winds are refreshingly cool (and sometimes strong); and you can see the entire city of San Pablo in front of you, complete with its seven lakes. Prominent mountains mark the scene: Mt. Malipunyo (W); Mt. Makiling (NNW), Mt. Kalisungan and Imoc Hill (NE), the mountains of Nagcarlan, and a faint yet distinct Mt. Sembrano (ENE). Even Laguna de Bay is in the background, although partially obscured. Indeed, you can map the entiretly of Laguna, save for the southwestern towns which are eclipsed by the towering Mt. Cristobal. This viewpoint is a favorite picnic ground of the locals, especially the youth.

Every Holy Week, locals would gather in Tayak Hill. Many would camp in Sto. Nino and on Easter Sunday, the priest will celebrate mass on the hill. Stations of the cross (marked by white crosses) have also been placed for this yearly activity. Hikers, like the locals who do this annual rite, would begin their walk in front of Rizal Elementary School, along the highway (San Pablo-Nagcarlan). Remarkably, the entire path is cemented until a kilometer from Sto. Nino. Noteworthy is the Terraza Verde resort (10 minutes from jump-off), whose caretaker welcomes hikers to use their comfort rooms, and for a fee, use its swimming pool. After an 50-60 mins of walking in this cement road, the rough road, still wide, begins. At this point you could already see Sampaloc Lake with the large Iglesia ni Cristo church beside it. 15 minutes into this trail will take you to Sitio Sto. Nino. Aside from its high elevation (400 MASL), it is made charming by the abundance of flowers lining the paths and the houses; there were gumamelas, flowers of different colors, and pakpaklawin. At the end of this path is the chapel. On its right is a water source, and a path that will take you to Tayak Hill. The key is two right turns: one at the chapel, and the other around 200 steps later. Take the right, elevated path and in ten minutes, you would be at the hill. There’s a nipa hut there. Total trek time is less than two hours.

Early morning fog covering the tip of Tayak Hill

Some locals say that the real Tayak is a slope in Cristobal, around 1 hour further up, which also has tayak grass. They say that is known as Tayak Hill is actually called ‘Tilos’ or ‘Parang’. However, others attest to the popular belief. Given the etymology of the hill, it wouldn’t be inaccurate or inappopriate to continue calling it Tayak Hill. From Sitio Sto. Niño, a long way to Mt. Cristobal is possible although only few of the locals seem to be familiar with this trail.

At the peak of Tayak Hill, you could see the trail continuing beyond the viewpoint. This trail, requiring 3-4 hours of trek, will end in Brgy. San Jose (Malamig) in San Pablo. This is an alternative trail going to Tayak.

Breath taking view at the Tip of Tayak Hill


There is no permit or entrance fee necessary to climb Tayak Hill; nor is there any guide required as the trail only forks once – that is, the right turn 10 minutes away from the peak. The trail has good tree cover for most part but the hill itself is exposed to the sun. There are no noxious plants along the way and no significant hazards. If it’s raining, though, the cemented road can get very slippery due to the green algae.

Camping seems to be possible but it also appears that this is not always permitted. Winds are strong in the peak. Cellphone signal is excellent at the peak and throughout the trail. A water source is available at the chapel; there’s also a sari-sari store nearby the sitio. All said, Tayak Hill is a pretty straightforward climb, with easy trails and nice, refreshing views at the peak.


David Dwiggins, in his interview of Lorenzo Cornista, provides historical color to Tayak Hill. Guerillas constructed a landing field at the hill, and here, arms, ammo, food, and cigarettes were dropped by the Ameicans in Feb. 1945. The hill was the guerillas’ headquarters, and with its commanding view of Laguna, the choice was excellent.

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Tayak Hill and The Landing Point Promotional DVD cover created by BatangRizal Production Team

BatangRizal Organization’s First Honorary Members

Mauk family

C-L Mauk family BRO Miriam Grace BRO Joe and BRO Ruth

BRO Joe and BRO Ruth

Joe and Ruth Mauk
General Manager
Rizal Re-Creation Center

Rev. Joe Mauk has been using the simple spinning top for more than 30 years to illustrate GOD’s word. From his collection of 200 tops, 10 or 12 are normally used in the presentation. each one giving a clear illustration of Biblical truths. His humor, Bible knowledge and concern for the audience combine to give you an entertaining yet thought-provoking expereince you won’t want to miss.

Managers Joe and Ruth Mauk would like to invite you to bring your group and be re-created while experiencing the beauty of God’s creation.

Rizal Re-Creation Center is a project of Re-Creation Harvest, Inc. It is located at the foot of Mt. San Cristobal in the quiet town of Rizal, Laguna, 10 km. from San Pablo City, 5 km. from Nagcarlan and 8 km. from Liliw, you will find the 7 hectare property of the Rizal Re-Creation Center. Both Mt. San Cristobal and the famous Mt. Banahaw are impressively visible. The elevation and coconut palm surroundings make for a refreshingly cool change from city living.

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Local Election 2010

Winning Candidates for Rizal, Laguna Municipal Mayor, Vice Mayor and Councilors

May 10, 2010 Local Elections

Municipal Mayor

Aurelio, Antonino Alad (4,897 votes)


Urriquia, Rolen Isleta (3,957 votes)

Municipal Vice Mayor

Sumague, Ferdinand Opulencia (4,779 votes)


Isles, Russell John Virtudez (3,769 votes)

Municipal Councilors:

1. Isleta, Earl John U. (3,928 votes)

2. Mondugar, Nestorio P. (3,493 votes)

3. Endozo, Josefina 0. (3,379 votes)

4. Solquia, Marlon Z. (3,328 votes)

5. Suministrado, Bernand C. (3,023 votes)

6. Naguit, Nicanor U. (2,987 votes)

7. Virina, Ismael A. (2,969 votes)

8. Orolfo, Vina Lorraine A. (2,852 votes)

BatangRizal Got Talent

April 25 , 2010 BatangRizal Got Talent

Showcase of BatangRizal Talents

Pure BatangRizal Talents

Proudly BatangRizal Talents !!!

Proudly BatangRizal talent Anthony Castillo

BatangRizal Mujeres de Kalatong

BatangRizal Hyper Exigent in Action

BatangRizal Shitheads Mountaineer’s Club

BatangRizal Organization

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