How to get in Montalban

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VIA Araneta Center, Cubao, QC Take FX or jeepneys with signboard “Montalban” along Aurora Blvrd. Some areas in Araneta Center, like Alimall, & Farmers Market had terminals of FX too.

VIA Sta Lucia Mall/Robinson Metro East in CAINTA, Rizal Take FX or jeepneys along Marcos Hi-way with signboard “MONTALBAN”

VIA Commonwealth Avenue, Litex Road Take jeepney at the ternimal along litex road going to “MONTALBAN”

VIA Trinoma Mall Terminal in North Ave ” FX to Montalban (Rodriguez)”

You can take tricycle for small distance from main road, J.P. Rizal Avenue to any point of Montalban in the downtown area like San Jose, Rosario, Balite, Manggahan, & Geronimo.

Getting in to some subdivision requires you to take pedicab, a tricycle type vehicle but it is run by human power using bicycle.

To get along far flung areas like Puray, Mascap & San Isidro, a mountainous baranggay, there are special jeepneys at San Rafael Public Market.

Other mode of transportation to move around is always a jeepneys with signboard WAWA, BUKID, & SUB-URBAN


Foods that you need to try in Rodriguez Rizal.

So here’s the deal. I’m a serious backpacker who’s been to eight countries and most of the Philippines. And for me, a great place is not so great without great food. I tagged along with the “Biyahe ni Drew”(BND) team on a “food-venture” to Rizal, a province located two hours south of Manila, as their social media producer for the day and here’s my honest judgment: You have to go to Rizal and eat there. And try these four dishes that are worth drew-ling over.

Suman with latik sauce
P20 per piece, good for one person

Unwrapping a delightful gift for your tummy

Just before the Timberland gate, this stopover for road and mountain bikers may seem uneventful, but do not be fooled, the place is actually heaven on earth after a rigorous bike because they serve one of the country’s most sumptuous suman with latik (*drools while thinking about it). This was not on BND’s “food-venture” itinerary that day. But Ochavez, BND’s cameraman, took us here for a snack because it turns out that he is a Rizal cycling warrior and actually bikes here every weekend. For P20 a piece, the suman (sticky rice) comes with a latik sauce (coconut cream and sugar simmered to perfection) that has just the right amount of sweetness that leaves you wanting more.
Eat it here:
Marc’s View Deck and Cycling Station
Address:Timberland, San Mateo, Rizal
Contact number: +63 2 571 8319

Dinilawang Kanduli sa Alagaw
P200, good for three to four persons

Not much to look at, but this dish would give sinigang sa miso a run for its money
A restaurant in Angono known for cooking everything with “buro,” a Filipino condiment made from fermented rice with shrimp, gave us around four dishes to feast on. But the one that stood out the most for me is this yellow soup that’s reminiscent of sinigang sa miso but not as sour to the taste.

If sinigang is made sour by tamarind, Dinilawang  Kanduli sa Alagaw gets its slightly tangy taste from turmeric. This dish is really healthy too for having alagaw, a medicinal plant found only in the Philippines, which was published in studies to have virus, bacteria, and parasite -fighting properties. It’s almost too good to be true for something so healthy to taste this good.

Eat it here:
Balaw Balaw Specialty Restaurant
Address: Don Justo, Doña Justa Village, San Roque, Angono, Rizal
Contact number: +63 2 651 0110

Golden Brewed Fried Chicken
P280, good for four to five persons

This chicken did not last long. It was gone in under five minutes.

A restaurant-resort in Tanay found the elusive secret to a happy life and made it into a dish. Coffee and chicken lovers can now unite because this fried (but not oily) chicken was flavored with three kinds of coffee: Arabica, Barako, and Robusta.

This dish has the addicting effect of coffee (but wait, chicken has that too) and has that kick that makes me wish I took a time lapse on how it was attacked and devoured by the BND crew. But I can’t because I had to fight for my chicken too!

Eat it here:
The Gathering Cafe and Tanay Hills Coffee Beanery
Address: Marcos Highway, Purok 2 , Gate 1, Capinpin, Barangay Sampaloc, Tanay, Rizal
Contact number: +63 925 805 2969

Bacon Maple Gourmet Turon
P40, good for one person

Bacon maple gourmet turon
 “Turon” or deep-fried banana roll glazed with brown sugar is in itself a treat, but a dessert café in Angono is taking that a notch higher by serving it “gourmet style” with sweet white cream and different toppings. This dessert can suffer from being too sweet, but thanks to the salty bacon, it all balances out so well that you will want another piece.

Eat it here:
The Sweet Life

Address: 2F Skye One Bldg., Manila East Rd., Angono, Rizal
Contact number: +63 917 513 9256

Let’s Travel to Wawa

This is the Best place you need to visit when you are in Montalban .. Don’t miss it 😀



Mount Pamintinan & Wawa Dam, Rizal

Pamitinan Cave is a historic site. It is where Andres Bonifacio, together with other 8 katipuneros declared their first independence against Spain in April 12, 1895, a year before the start of the Philippine revolution. The cave still bears the inscription of Andres Bonifacio and his followers: Viva la Independencia Filipinas”.

Wawa Dam is located at the foothills of the Sierra Madre mountains. It supplies water to Novaliches passing through large pipes. It has gorge which lies between two limestone mountains and through it passes the upper Marikina River. Four caves are said to have been inhabited by the Japanese soldiers during the Second World War.

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I live in Montalban, and almost every single day, I see busloads of people going to Avilon. I saw the reason why when I finally had the chance to go there. Avilon is the biggest zoological institution in the Philippines in terms of land area!

It has 3,000 live specimens in its 7.5-hectare facility, with over 500 species of birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and a variety of freshwater fish. No wonder a lot of local and even foreign visitors go all the way to Montalban to see it!

Frankly, I don’t like zoos. I much prefer to see the animals in the wild. However, I can appreciate the reasons why they exist, and seeing the animals in Avilon made me wish that all zoos in Metro Manila were as big and as well maintained as Avilon.

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The word Avilon means “land of birds,” and in fact, there are a lot of birds there, from parrots and cockatoos, to canaries, hornbills, and graceful flamingos.

There were birds of prey like hawks, eagles, and kites, and you can see the world’s largest pigeon here too, the Victoria Crown Pigeon, as well as some endangered species like the Cassowary and the Emu from Australia.

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Puray Falls, also known to the locals as Panas falls, is located on the remote part of Rodriguez, Rizal.  This hidden wonder hasn’t been much known to the public until in 2002 when a group of mountain bikers mapped this area of Rizal searching for new trails.

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Brgy Puray is one of the most isolated Brgy in Rodriguez, Rizal. Puray is already in the Sierra Madre mountain ranges, several mountains away from the town center.

Puray may not be highly-urbanized like the other brgy but it does offer a beautiful surrounding. It has streams, rivers and falls that makes the brgy really surprising.

One of the attractions there is the Puray Falls ( Tungtong o the locals).

Puray Falls is known more as a biker’s destination, a good starting point for first-time trekkers.

Another place that would definitely put into adventurer’s itinerary.

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Located at Sitio Wawa, Barangay San Rafael, Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), Rizal, the cave is within Mt. Pamitinan.  History dictates that it served as one of the hiding sites of Andres Bonifacio and some Katipuneros during the Spanish occupation.

According to the Tourism Office, it was supposed to be closed indefinitely but we were fortunate enough that Kuya Junie talked with the DENR personnel, prior to our arrival, which resulted to them allowing us to explore the cave.

Stalagmites and stalactites, ceiling measuring up to 30feet high and some waters, ranging from foot to below-the-knee deep are apparent especially in the first few meters of the cave. Also, rubber pipes can be found lying on the path. It is where the locale receives their water source. Amber and I were both amazed on the crystal like rocks of the cave and how it was formed.

At the “end” of the cave is what they called “the Bulwagan”. It served as the meeting place of Andres Bonifacio and the Katipuneros to discuss matters and plans on their next move against their enemies. According to Kuya Junie, if we continue until the farthest end of the cave, we will find a falls but for safety reason we did not push thru with it. He said that it would require us to swim then recommended that it would be safer during summer (So I guess, I will be returning this summer to finish the cave).

Here is something I learned from Kuya Junie about the waters of Pamintinan Cave. During summer, we can push thru until the falls and during rainy seasons, waters on the first few meters of the cave can measure up to waist deep which would obviously mean that the falls will be unreachable as well.


I considered this as one of the best caves I’ve been, sadly, it was never fully taken care of. I commend that the cave was clean from trashes (maybe there is but I haven’t seen any that time) but definitely noticed numerous wall writings. Hopefully, with proper maintenance and security, the beauty of the cave will someday be restored. We ended our cave exploration at 12nn or after two hours then proceeded to eat our lunch near the Tourism Office.

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