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


1st Commemoration of Tayak Hill

(February 22, 1945 WWII)

February 22, 2011


1st Commemoration of the Historic "Tayak Hill"

Early morning of February 22, 2011

A V-150 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) of the Phil. Army 202 Brigade joining the parade

Rizal Elementary School Drum & Lyre Corps.

Local Government Unit headed by Mayor Tony Aurelio and Vice-Mayor Ferdie Sumague Chief Architect of the event

Elementary students gracing the 1st Feb22 Commemoration of Tayak Hill with their flaglets

V-150 Armored Personnel on the Go... Go... Go...

Convoy entering the Opulencia St. towards the Point of Commemoration: The Hystoric Tayak Hill

At the Forest of Historic Tayak Hill that once serve as the main Guerilla Headquarter during WWII

Doxology by the BatangRizal choir

BRO Rina Joy Pumar delivering her message of Patriotism and Inspiration for the future success of our town RIZAL, LAGUNA

Honoring by the CAT cadets of the CSCMNHS a Rizalian WWII veteran

WWII Vetera Mr. Mamerto Urrea Angeles that has an actual participation in the rescue of three(3) american airmen and the construction of an emergency landing strip at Tayak Hill

Philippine Army Scout Rangers parading with their gelly suits

Simulating War exercice at the forest of Tayak Hill by the Phil. Army Scout Rangers from the 202 Brigade

A squad from the First Scout Ranger Regiment (1SRR) 202 Brigade of the Phil. Army

Proud CAT cadets of CSCMNHS taking part of the first ever Commemoration of Tayak hill

Proud BatangRizal Organization members spearheading the 1st ever Commemoration of the historic "Tayak Hill" Soaring High for Success with BRO Teody Escueta as the Program Commanding Officer

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.


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

My Tourism Priority Project

My Tourism Priority Project for FY 2010-2013

Establishing Rizal, Laguna’s Premier Tourist Destination


(Tourism Priority Project of  Vice-Mayor Ferdie Sumague FY 2010-2013)

(Disclaimer) Conceptualizing the ” Tayak Park ” as a Premier Tourist destination in Rizal Laguna
(Disclaimer) Conceptualizing the telescopic view from the tip of Tayak Hill viewing the town of Rizal, Laguna
(Viewing San Pablo City)
A fantastic night view of San Pablo City from the tip of ” Tayak Hill “

Added Tourist Attraction


(Disclaimer) Conceptualizing the “AIRSOFT CAPITAL” of Laguna
(Disclaimer) Conceptualizing the “PAINTBALL CAPITAL” of Laguna
(Disclaimer) Conceptualizing the “PARAGLIDING” Adventure
(Disclaimer) Conceptualizing the “SKY RIDE” thru cable cars on Tayak Adventure Park to The Landing Point and vice-versa
(Disclaimer) Conceptualizing the “SUPERMAN RIDE” at Tayak Adventure Park
(Disclaimer) Conceptualizing the “CLIMBING TOWER” at Tayak Adventure Park

BatangRizal t-shirt 2011

New BatangRizal t-hirt design coming soon


BatangRizal 2nd Founding Anniversary Edition (w/ collar)

BatangRizal 2nd Founding Anniversary Edition (round neck)

92nd Founding Anniversary

Celabrating the 92nd Founding Anniversary as a municipality of Rizal, Laguna