Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs

Figure of lizard and a person that were etched in the rock during Neolithic Age.

The oldest work of art in the Philippines is known as the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs. It is located three and a half kilometers southeast of the town of Angono, Rizal. The petroglyphs was accidentally discovered by  National Artist Carlos “Botong” Francisco while he was lying down on a rock shelter during  a field trip with a group of Boy Scouts in 1965. He noticed deeply etched primitive drawings on the rock-wall and reported it to the National Museum for evaluation.


Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs is the oldest known art in the Philippines.


Archaeological excavations were conducted in the rock shelter to further examine the carved drawings. Stone tools was discovered at the mouth of the rock shelter and the age of the tools suggests that the cravings may be done during the Neolithic Age or before the metal was introduced in the Philippines.


Figures of people and animals were carved in the rock shelter.


In August 1973, the Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs was declared a National Cultural Treasure  and in 1985, it was included in the World Inventory of Rock Art along with other known prehistoric rock art.


A man made cave serves as the gateway to Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs. The cave is dark, cold and a bit mysterious. The cave is followed by a five minute trekking. Luscious trees and bushes line up at the side of the pathway leading to the National Museum Site.


Man made cave that serves as the gateway to the museum.



Trees and bushes are lined up on a rocky pathway that will lead the guests to the museum.


Museum Docent , Esperanza Jacob, welcomes and educate the guests about the petroglyphs before going to the actual location of the rock shelter.


Docent, Esperanza Jacob, of  The National Museum.


 The petroglyphs is carved at a shallow rock shelter that measures sixty three  (63) meters wide, eight (8) meters deep, and the highest point is at five (5) meters. One hundred twenty seven (127) primitive drawings are visible in the rock shelter. Most of them are clustered and in the forms of animals, person and other linear or circular figures.


The sixty three (63) meters wide rock shelter.


Carved drawings of people and animals.


Unfortunately, some guests vandalized the rockshelter and wrote their names and other figures near the primitive drawings. To put an end to this unnecessary actions and to preserve the cultural treasure of the Philippines , the museum made a view deck where in an appropriate distance between the guests and the drawings is implemented.


Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs view deck.


Angono-Binangonan Petroglyphs view deck.


Angono Petroglyphs is open daily from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM. Admission Fee starts at Php 10.00 for Student and Senior Citizen  and Php 20.00 for Adults.





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