Province of Rizal
(from top: left to right) Rizal Provincial Capitol, Masungi Georeserve, Hinulugang Taktak, Pililla Wind Farm, Angono Petroglyphs and Sierra Madre Mountains in Tanay.
Flag of Rizal
Official seal of Rizal
Anthem: Rizal Mabuhay
Location in the Philippines
Location in the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°40′N 121°15′E / 14.67°N 121.25°E / 14.67; 121.25
FoundedJune 11, 1901
Named forJosé Rizal
and largest city
(since July 7, 2020)
 • TypeSangguniang Panlalawigan
 • GovernorNina Ricci A. Ynares (NPC)
 • Vice GovernorReynaldo H. San Juan, Jr. (PFP)
 • LegislatureRizal Provincial Board
 • Total1,191.94 km2 (460.21 sq mi)
 • Rank73rd out of 81
Highest elevation
(Mount Irid)
1,509 m (4,951 ft)
 (2020 census)[2]
 • Total3,330,143
 • Rank4th out of 81
 • Density2,800/km2 (7,200/sq mi)
  • Rank1st out of 81
 • Independent cities0
 • Component cities
 • Municipalities
 • Barangays189
 • Districts
 • Ethnic groups
 • Languages
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)2
ISO 3166 codePH-RIZ
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Rizal, officially the Province of Rizal (Filipino: Lalawigan ng Rizal), is a province in the Philippines located in the Calabarzon region in Luzon. Its capital is the city of Antipolo. It is about 16 kilometers (9.9 mi) east of Manila. The province is named after José Rizal, one of the main national heroes of the Philippines. It is bordered by Metro Manila to the west, Bulacan to the north, Quezon to the east and Laguna to the southeast. The province also lies on the northern shores of Laguna de Bay, the largest lake in the country. Rizal is a mountainous province perched on the western slopes of the southern portion of the Sierra Madre mountain range.

Pasig served as its capital until 2008, even though it had already become a part of the newly created National Capital Region since November 7, 1975. The provincial capitol has been in Antipolo since 2009, making it the administrative center. On June 19, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11475, which designated Antipolo as the capital of Rizal.[4][5] The change took place on July 7, 2020.

This province is a part of Greater Manila Area.

This province is the 5th largest province in the Philippines, in terms of population.


Further information: Morong (district) and Manila (province)

Early history

Tagalog settlement arrived some time in the pre-Spanish period. The provincial territory began with the organization of the Tondo and Laguna provinces during the Spanish administration. Some of the towns like Pasig, Parañaque, Taytay and Cainta were already thriving.

Spanish colonial era

From the reports of the Encomiendas in 1582–1583, the Encomiendas of Moron (Morong) was under the jurisdiction of La Laguna and, the Encomiendas of Passi (Pasig), Taitay (Taytay) and Tagui (Taguig) belonged to the Province of Tondo. It was recorded that in 1591, the Encomiendas of Moron and Taitay were under the jurisdiction of the Franciscan Order in the Province of La Laguna; and the Encomiendas of Nabotas (Navotas), Tambobo (Malabon), Tondo, Parañaque (then La Huerta, Parañaque), Longalo (Don Galo, Parañaque), Tagui and Pasig were under the jurisdiction of the Augustinians in the Province of Tondo.

In 1853, a new political subdivision named Distrito Politico-Militar de los Montes de San Mateo (transl. Political-Military District of the San Mateo Mountains) was formed.[6] This consisted of the towns of Antipolo, Bosoboso, Cainta and Taytay from the Province of Tondo; and the towns of Morong, Baras, Tanay, Pililla, Angono, Binangonan and Jala-jala from the Province of La Laguna, with the capital at Morong. This district was changed to Distrito Politico-Militar de Morong four years later.[7]

By virtue of Circular No. 83, dated September 2, 1859, the Province of Tondo became the Province of Manila. All its towns were placed under the administration, fiscal supervision and control of the Governor of the new province.

The town of Mariquina (Marikina) became the capital of the Province of Manila during the tenure of the revolutionary government of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo. The Politico-Military District of Morong had for its capital the town of Antipolo from 1898 to 1899 and the town of Tanay from 1899 to 1900.

American invasion era


1900 map of south-central Luzon with Manila province and Morong district

On February 6, the First Philippine Commission sought to establish civil government in the country through a provincial organization act after the Filipino-Spanish and Filipino-American conflicts.

Therefore, on June 5, 1901, a historic meeting was held at the Pasig Catholic Church for the organization of a civil government in the Province of Manila and District of Morong, with 221 delegates in attendance.[8] The first Philippine Commission, headed by William Howard Taft and composed of Commissioners Luke E. Wright, Henry C. Ide, Bernard Moses and Dean C. Worcester, discussed with the Assembly the issue of whether or not to write the Province of Manila with the District of Morong, was not self-sufficient to operate as a separate province.

Although the delegates from Morong, Hilarion Raymundo, and José Tupas, objected to the proposal, Juan Sumulong of Antipolo strongly advocated the move. After much acrimonious debate and upon the suggestion of Trinidad H. Pardo de Tavera the body agreed on the creation of a new province independent of the Province of Manila. The new province was aptly named after José Rizal, the country's national hero.

The ruins of the first provincial capitol in barangay Santa Rosa, Pasig was the seat of government for the province until 1950.[9]

On June 11, 1901, the province of Rizal was officially and legally created by virtue of Act No. 137 by the First Philippine Commission which during the time was acting as the unicameral legislative body in the island of Luzon.[10]

The new province was composed of 32 municipalities, 19 from the old Province of Manila (i.e. Cainta, Caloocan, Las Piñas, Malibay, Mariquina (Marikina), Montalban (Rodriguez), Muntinlupa, Navotas, Novaliches, Parañaque, Pasig, Pateros, Pineda (Pasay), San Felipe Neri (Mandaluyong), San Juan del Monte (San Juan), San Mateo, San Pedro Macati (Makati), Taguig, Tambobong (Malabon)); and 13 from the Politico-Military District of Morong (i.e. Angono, Antipolo, Baras, Binangonan, Bosoboso, Cardona, Jalajala, Morong, Pililla, Quisao, Tanay, Taytay and Teresa).[11] The City of Manila from the old Province of Manila was treated as a separate entity. The seat of the provincial government was Pasig; however, for seven months in 1904, San Felipe Neri served as the provincial seat.[12]

The number of municipalities changed with the municipal boundaries through time, mostly occurring within the provincial boundary.[13][14][15][16] On October 12, 1903, the former municipalities of Bosoboso, Malibay, Novaliches and Quisao were absorbed by Antipolo, Pasay, Caloocan and Pililla, respectively, by virtue of Act No. 942.[11] On November 25, 1903, Muntinlupa was ceded to the Province of La Laguna and became part of the municipality of Biñan,[17] but was later returned to Rizal on March 22, 1905, and became part of Taguig until December 17, 1917.[18][19]

Political map of Rizal before the creation of Quezon City

On October 12, 1939, Quezon City was established,[20] which included parts of Caloocan, and later on, Novaliches and parts of Marikina, Pasig and San Juan.

Japanese occupation era

Marking's and the Hunter's ROTC Guerrillas operated in Rizal Province throughout the war.[21][22]

In 1942, Quezon City and the towns of Caloocan, Makati, Mandaluyong, Parañaque, Pasay, and San Juan were merged with Manila to form the City of Greater Manila, by virtue of Executive Order No. 400 signed by President Manuel L. Quezon as an emergency measure.[23] The city was dissolved by President Sergio Osmeña in 1945, thus restoring the pre-war status of the merged cities and towns.[24][25]

Philippine independence

The second provincial capitol along Shaw Boulevard, Pasig was the seat of government for the province from 1950 to 2009.[26] It was demolished in 2010 and the site was rebuilt as Capitol Commons.

Through Presidential Decree No. 824, Rizal was partitioned on November 7, 1975 to form Metropolitan Manila. The municipalities of Las Piñas, Parañaque, Muntinlupa, Taguig, Pateros, Makati, Mandaluyong, San Juan, Malabon, Navotas, Pasig and Marikina, and the three cities of Caloocan, Pasay and Quezon City were excised to form the new region, while the other 14 towns remained in Rizal.[27]


On June 17, 2008, Governor Casimiro Ynares III announced the transfer of the provincial capitol from Pasig to Antipolo. The new 270-million capitol building, constructed by Ortigas & Co., owner thereof, was completed by December of that year. Built on a 5-hectare (12-acre) lot near the Ynares Center,[28] it was successfully inaugurated on March 4, 2009, bringing back the Capitol Building inside the provincial territory from which it was absent for 34 years (when Pasig was incorporated into Metro Manila).

On June 19, 2020, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act No. 11475 into law, which officially transferred the capital of the Rizal province from Pasig to Antipolo. The law was published on June 22, 2020, and took effect on July 7, 2020. The publication of the law coincided with the 159th birth anniversary of Rizal.


Rizal covers a total area of 1,182.65 square kilometers (456.62 sq mi)[29] occupying the northern-central section of the Calabarzon in Luzon. The province is bordered on the north by Bulacan, east by Quezon, southeast by Laguna, south by Laguna de Bay, and west by Metro Manila.

Located 20 kilometers (12 mi) east of Manila, commuters take approximately an hour to reach the provincial seat which is in Antipolo. Generally hilly and mountainous in terrain, most of the province's southern towns lie in the shores of Laguna de Bay, the country's largest inland body of water.[1]

Talim Island, the largest island situated within Laguna de Bay, is under the jurisdiction of the province.

Mountainous terrain in Rodriguez
Rice fields in Binangonan
Laguna de Bay as seen from Cardona
Limestone outcrop along the Marilaque Highway in Tanay


Climate data for Rizal
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Mean daily maximum °C (°F) 30.5
Mean daily minimum °C (°F) 21.6
Average rainy days 5 3 4 5 13 20 22 22 22 17 15 8 156
Source: Storm247 [30]

Administrative divisions

Rizal comprises 13 municipalities and 1 city.[29]

Political map of Rizal


Population census of Rizal (province)
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 50,095—    
1918 63,719+1.62%
1939 87,876+1.54%
1948 104,578+1.95%
1960 173,958+4.33%
1970 307,238+5.85%
1975 414,192+6.17%
1980 555,533+6.05%
1990 977,448+5.81%
1995 1,312,489+5.68%
2000 1,707,218+5.80%
2007 2,298,691+4.19%
2010 2,484,840+2.87%
2015 2,884,227+2.88%
2020 3,330,143+2.87%
Figures prior to 1980 exclude areas that became part of Metro Manila.
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[31][32][33][34]


The population of Rizal in the 2020 census was 3,330,143 people,[2] with a density of 2,800 inhabitants per square kilometer or 7,300 inhabitants per square mile. Due to its location being in the heart of the Katagalugan, almost all of the residents of Rizal mainly speak Tagalog. English and Filipino are used as second languages respectively; Filipino is a version of Tagalog which is spoken by residents of Rizal in code switching & when speaking to Tagalog speakers of other dialects.


Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion with about 80 percent adherence, a Members Church of God International. Various Christian groups exist such as Oneness Apostolic or Pentecostal like UPC, ALJC and ACJC, Iglesia Filipina Independiente, Born-again Christians, Jesus Is Lord Church Worldwide, Iglesia ni Cristo comprise 2-3%, Jehovah's Witnesses, Baptist, Church of Christ of Latter Day Saints, El Shaddai (movement) Methodists, Presbyterians, Seventh-day Adventist and other Evangelical Christians. Muslims, Anitists, animists, and atheists are also present in the province.


Agricultural field in Pililla

Before the 1990s, the primary source of economy in Rizal province were the huge piggery estates owned by Manila-based families.[citation needed] In recent years, the province became one of the most progressive provinces in the country, owing to its proximity to Metro Manila, the economic center of the Philippines. Antipolo, Taytay and Cainta serve as the economic centers of the province, while Angono, Rodriguez, Morong, San Mateo, Tanay, Binangonan and Teresa are taking successful steps to urbanize areas within their jurisdiction.[citation needed] Other areas of the province are having difficulty to start the urbanization process, mainly because of the lack of main roads to connect these to economic centers.[citation needed]

In a study recently[when?] conducted by the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB),[citation needed] Rizal province came out to be the Philippines' least poor province with a poverty incidence rate of 3.4%, even lower than that of the National Capital Region or Metro Manila.[citation needed]. On April 23, 2013, the National Statistics Coordination Board (NCSB) reported that Rizal, from being the least poor province in poverty incidence moved down to the 3rd Place, with Cavite taking over as the least province by 4.1% (compared to Rizal's 7.6%) and Laguna for 2nd with 6.3%.[42]

Antipolo, the province's capital city, is the center of trade and exchange, tourism, government, and economy.[citation needed] It is also a center of education and sports because of the availability of various educational and physical training facilities.[citation needed] Acclaimed of its scenic attractions, the city also produces agricultural products such as cashew nuts and rice cakes.[citation needed] Taytay, the province's center of garment and textile manufacturing, is also the town where the country's largest mall operator runs a store near the town center.[citation needed] Meanwhile, Cainta serves as the center of business-process outsourcing (BPO) businesses in the province, aside from being known for the presence of several shopping centers and delicacies such as bibingka or rice cakes.[citation needed]

Points of interest

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The new provincial capitol in Antipolo

The provincial legislature or the Sangguniang Panlalawigan is composed of ten elected members. Effective 2022, four members are elected from each of the province's first legislative district, two from the second district, and one each from the third and fourth legislative districts and Antipolo's first and second legislative districts.

Incumbent officials

District Board member Party
Rizal–1st Jo Anne Saguinsin NPC
Rizal–1st Genato Bernardo NPC
Rizal–1st Fernando Cabitac Jr. NPC
Rizal–1st Ross Gongora NPC
Rizal–2nd Ricardo Bernados NPC
Rizal–2nd Hector Robles NPC
Rizal–3rd John Patrick Bautista NPC
Rizal–4th Rommel Ayuson PDP–Laban
Antipolo–1st Roberto Puno Jr. NUP
Antipolo–2nd Danilo Leyble NPC
League Board member Party
ABC Ruel Estrella[44] Nonpartisan
PCL Dindo Abueg[44] Liberal
SK Adriel Arkin Vocal Nonpartisan
Sector Board member Party
IPMR Adolfo Gallanosa[44] Nonpartisan


Main article: Legislative districts of Rizal

From left to right: 1st district to 4th district

List of former governors

Main article: Governor of Rizal

Notable person

National Artists of the Philippines

The Queen of Teleserye

Multimedia Star

Comedy Actress/TV Host

Comedy Actress/TV Host


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