Most Filipino children have probably heard about the Hinulugang Taktak in the song, Tayo na sa Antipolo, but the majestic waterfall is only part of the reason why tourists flock to the Hinulugang Taktak Protected Landscape (formerly the Hinulugang Taktak National Park) in Antipolo, Rizal.
Roughly 29 kilometers away from Manila, the HTPL is only 1.25 kilometers away from the town proper and very accessible to interested visitors.
Present within HTPL are fabled waterfalls with height of 21.5 m above the water surface and depth of 3.13 m below the water surface. Also, the Shrine of Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage can be observed within the vicinity of the protected area. There are swimming pools & picnic areas within the scenic and beautiful spot of the park for affordable entrance fee.
Aside from the waterfalls, visitors will be delighted to learn that here are 11 families of tree species within the park. There is a total number of 234 individual trees, most of which are hardwood species such as Anchoan dilaw (Cassia spectabilis), Ilang-ilang (Cananga odorata), Mahogany (Swietenia macrophylla), and Narra (Pterocarpus indicus). Several species of ornamental plants and few species of coconut (Cocos nucifera) are also present.
The elevation range of HTPL provides vertical habitat to a diverse species of flora and fauna. Several endemic plant species are found in the protected area, some of which are of commercial value. Wildlife species commonly found in the park are Walak-walak, Gigintod, Kingfishers, Owls and Swifts. There is also the presence of Monitor Lizard, Philippine phyton, Flying lizard, Hunyango and other important native species.
The HTPL is usually used for commercial and reservation areas. One-fourth of the area is composed of recreation and research facilities while the rest are for reservation and a mini-forest for important wildlife species of flora and fauna.
The HTPL is the only tourist spot in the Municipality of Antipolo. It serves as a venue for conferences, seminars, meetings and other activities. It also caters for physical and spiritual cleansing, study tour, research study and swimming in the pool inside the park.
The protected landscape is often visited by local and foreign tourists who, after visiting the Antipolo Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Shrine, opted to visit the renowned Hinulugang Taktak falls.
Administrative and Outdoor Recreation Facilities
|Administrative Facilities||Floor area||Use|
|Ticket booth||12||Fees collection|
|Guard house||18||Security post|
|Visitor’s shed||20||Waiting shed|
Storage of chemicals
|Recreation Facilities||Floor area||Recreation Use|
|Maintenance of 12m
X 25m swimming pool,
depth from 3ft. to 10ft.
|300 Sq. m||Swimming|
|2 units filter equipment For the swimming pool||clearing the water in the pool|
|open multi-purpose stage with plant boxes and railings||1400 Sq. m||picnic area/stage show|
|concrete pebbles finish-129 steps main stairway going downward with bamboo simulated railings and balusters||main passage|
|shower rooms for men &women shower and with CR||96 Sq. m||shower and dressing rooms|
|3 units comfort rooms|
|15 units concrete picnic shed||for group eating under shed|
|15 units picnic tables||for group eating and or gathering|
|10 units drinking faucets||water for drinking|
|40 units electrical lampposts||night lighting|
|20 pcs. trash bins||waste receptacles|
|Shrine of “Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage||for pilgrims to visit|
The area is accessible to all kinds of public and private transports.
Reynulfo A. Juan – Regional Executive Director
DENR-Region 4-A (CALABARZON)
DENCRIS Business Center, National Highway, Brgy. Halang, Calamba City, Laguna
Contact No.: (049) 502-7500
Protected Area Management Board (PAMB):
Members - 7
DENR - 1 (PAMB Chairman)
LGU – 6
Antonio Diwa, CENRO Antipolo City/ Protected Area Superintendent (PASu), HTPL
CENRO Antipolo City
Contact No. (02) 696-3695 to 96