A lot of events and reasons happen from the past that makes Antipolo City a religious place to visit. One of these reasons is the waterfalls, called Hinulugang Taktak. It is located in Brgy Dela Paz, Antipolo City. With a height of 12 meters, the falls become one of the largest tourist attractions. It is a remarkable place because of its beautiful ambiance. The waterfall is proclaimed as a National Historical Shrine under Republic Act No: 6964. It gained fame to the song “Tayo na sa Antipolo” written by German San Jose (Gerry Brandy) of Malate, Manila.
There are plenty of benches, cottages and huts on-site. You can have a picnic and settle down for free, just don’t forget to clean the area as you leave. A bridge nearby will lead you to the Meditation Area. You will find the statue of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage there. There is a wishing wheel next to it, where you can offer coins and prayers.
Upon entering, you can see a store where they offer different foods made locally in Antipolo City; such as suman (rice cake), kasoy (cashew nut), mango with alamang (shrimp paste) and etc. Hinulugang Taktak don’t require entrance fee, it is open daily from 8:00am to 5:00pm.
During Angelus in the early 16th century, the residents living nearby a church had been complaining about the disturbing sound of the bell. The priest decided to throw the bell into the waterfalls. This is where the name “Hinulugang Taktak” or “where the bell was dropped” comes from. Recently, Hinulugang Taktak opened to the public for those that want to have a glimpse of the falls. Meanwhile the city government is of Antipolo is restoring its beauty that had vanished over the past few years.