PROTECTED AREAS
Hinulugang Taktak Protected Landscape

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.

ACTIVITIES

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.

FACILITIES

Administrative and Outdoor Recreation Facilities

Administrative Facilities Floor area Use
Admin. building 90 Office
2-guest cottages       140    

Accommodation for
Religious retreat/
DENR guest

Ticket booth    12        Fees collection
Guard house 18 Security post
Visitor’s shed 20 Waiting shed
Stock room     20

Construction supplies/    
materials are stored

Chemical room          8

Storage of chemicals
like chlorine, acid etc.

     
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

GETTING THERE

The area is accessible to all kinds of public and private transports.

CONTACT

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