Rolling hills, fresh air, blue skies, and new discoveries, these are just a few things you can find when you visit Morong, Rizal. There was a time when this town used to be bigger, which included some parts of Manila and even Makati as their territory. But as time passed, it became smaller and it has been broken up to what we now know as the Rizal Province and the National Capital Region.
There’s the beautiful and centuries old Saint Jerome Parish Church, which has been considered a popular tourist attraction by many from all over the country. The church was intricately designed by Chinese craftsmen and maintained by the locals. The structure was the fruit of the labor of all the townspeople back then. Men, women and children all contributed to the completion of this grand building. The neo-baroque style of this church makes it a great backdrop for nuptial or baptismal photoshoots. Or you know, you can opt to shoot a historic scene here and pretend to be a mestiza (Spanish-Filipina) or a Spanish friar.
Now, if you want to witness a play of art and nature, visit the Uugong Park. Owned by the famous artist, Rafael Pacheco, the park is decorated with art pieces surrounded by wildlife. Pacheco also holds workshops for other aspiring artists here. The park’s name was taken from the Tagalog term, ugong meaning “echoing,” because of most of the time, all you hear is the echo of the rushing water.
Another popular destination in Morong is the Puking Bato, formally known as the Duckling Society Park. It has a beautiful scenery and the best time to visit the place is during the early mornings where you can just breathe in the fresh air or go on a light morning jog.
Morong is also famous for its many festivals. If you happen to visit the town during these times, then you’re in for a treat! Aside from their town fiesta, visit during Holy Week as Morong has several activities such as the Pabasa, Kordero, Pabasang Bayan, and Senakulo.
The town is modest but with many treasures waiting to be discovered by visitors.