The City of Antipolo is located in the northern half of Rizal Province. It is bounded on the north, by the Municipality of Rodriguez (formerly Montalban), on the northwest, by the City of Marikina and Municipality of San Mateo, on the southwest, by the Municipalities of Taytay and Cainta, on the southeast, by the Municipalities of Tanay, Teresa and Baras and on the east, by Quezon Province.
The poblacion is approximately 29 kilometers from Manila. The City can be accessed from Marikina via the Sumulong Highway, which passes through the poblacion; from Cubao, Quezon City via the Marcos Highway, which extends eastward to Quezon Province as the Marikina-Infanta road, and from Cainta/Taytay via Ortigas Extension.
The City of Antipolo is the second largest in Rizal Province next to Rodriguez. Its total land area of 38,575.04 hectares represents 29.4 percent of the total land area of Rizal. The City is divided into two (2) districts, subdivided into sixteen (16) Barangays. The 1st district consisting of 8 barangays namely Bagong Nayon, Beverly Hills, Dela Paz, Mambugan, Mayamot, Munting Dilao, San Isidro and Sta. Cruz and the 2nd district namely; Calawis, Cupang, Dalig, Inarawan, San Jose, San Juan, San Luis and San Roque.
The topography of Antipolo may be described as generally hilly and mountainous, with the hilly portions lying in the west and the mountainous area concentrated in the east as part of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range. Well-watered valleys are located in the middle of the city and in the northern and southern edges. Plateaus of over 200 meters above sea level are seen in the western half of the study area, including the site of the Poblacion and portions of Brgy. Cupang and San Juan. In the eastern half, these are seen in Brgys. Calawis and San Jose overlooking the Boso-Boso River Valley to the west.
Based on PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration) Antipolo has type I climate which is marked by two (2) distinct seasons – the Wet from May to December and the Dry from January to April. The main climatic control operating in the climate of the area is actually the monsoon wind system. The warm southwest monsoon wind brings the rain to the city after gathering moisture from the Indian Ocean while the cool northeast monsoon moves as a dry wind and comes even drier after crossing the Sierra Madre geographic barrier.
Various means of public transportation are available in Antipolo. Transportation is provided by a combination of buses, Fx’s, Jeepneys, shuttle buses and tricycles.
One bus line, EMBC takes the Ortigas extension route leading to Manila, and vice versa. Its terminal is stationed at P. Oliveros St. Antipolo City and in Divisoria. Other bus lines from Tanay connect Antipolo via the Provincial Road.
Jeepneys and Fx’es are the more numerous and connect the City with Marikina, Mandaluyong, Makati and Quezon City via Ortigas Extension, Sumulong And Marco’s Hi-ways and Morong Tanay and Baras via the Provincial Road.
Inter city public transportation is provided by tricycles, shuttle buses and jeepneys inter -connecting the 16 barangays of the city through various routes.
During the 1720’s, the Virgin of Antipolo gained thousands of devotees. Devotees from Manila and nearby towns and Provinces flock to Antipolo, some stayed and adopted Antipolo as their homes. They lived in the simple and traditional Filipino lifestyle. Their culture and tradition included the celebration of many religious and cultural festivities such as the Kapitana’s on Easter Sunday, the night serenades, the bayanihan, the praying of the Angelus, the reading of the passion of Christ during the Lenten season and the May Festival.
After the civil government was restored by the Americans in 1901, Presidentes/Alcaldes of the town were as follows:
List of Town mayors after the segregation of Teresa from Antipolo in January 1, 1919 under Executive Act No. 57:
- Cornelio Lawis 1918-1920
- Jose Carigma 1920-1926
- Marcelino Santos 1927-1931
- Pascual Oliveros 1931-1944
- Manuel Seranillo 1945-1946
- Isaias Tapales 1946-1964
- Francisco De Jesus 1964-1967
- Jose R. Oliveros 1968-1985
- Felix Marinas 1986-1988
- Daniel Garcia 1988-1998
- Angelito C. Gatlabayan 1998-present
In the election held on May 11, 2004, Engr. Angelito C. Gatlabayan was reelected for his third term as City Mayor and Atty. Danilo O. Leyble as Vice Mayor. Under R.A. 8508 the lone district of Antipolo was divided into 2 districts. In the Congressional level, Atty. Victor S. Sumulong was also reelected in his third term as Congressman in District 2 and Ronaldo V. Puno as Congressman in District 1.
Like the country, Antipolo enjoys both seasons: Wet (May to December) and Dry (January to April). Visitors are encouraged to carry an umbrella that will serve either season.
English, next to Pilipino, is broadly comprehended and spoken by the City's residents.
Telecommunication is served by the country's majors - PLDT, Bayantel, Digitel and PT&T while over 100 internet cafes provide access to electronic mail and websites.
Most of the country's major financial institutions are represented in the City serving both domestic and overseas needs from 9AM-3PM. 24-Hour ATM machines are likewise widespread.
Tourism is the primary industry, followed by manufacturing/processing covering such items as garments and shoes for export and "Kasuy" (creamy bean-shaped nut dry-toasted over live coals), agriculture - poultry and livestock, and cement processing.
The City has its share of exclusive private (e.g. Assumption for girls) and public schools. The University of Rizal System is the only public university in Antipolo and offers degree courses on business, liberal arts, food service, computer technology as well as post-graduate degree courses. LOAFTY DREAMS. Many youth of Antipolo can now face better future through the 19 public high schools that were built under the administration of Mayor Angelito C. Gatlabayan in Antipolo City.
by: Domingo M. Gonzaga
Antipolo mahal kong bayan Pinagpala sa yumi at sa ‘yong kagandahan Bundok mo’t kapatagan, Taglay ang kalikasan Pinuno ng Bayan ang nakagabay sa kaunlaran...
Mayroong katangian ka o Bayan ko, Napakaraming tao araw gabi dumarayo Mga karatig bayan o malayo man sa’yo Nabibighani sila sa ganda ng tanawin mo.
Repeat I & II
Mabuhay ang Antipolo, Mabuhay ang mamamayan Ang sagisag ng “Kapayapaan” narito sa ating bayan Birheng Maria’y pinagkalooban na dito siya manirahan, Dangal ka ng lahat o aking Bayan sa kaunlaran at kalinisan
Nagiisa kang ilaw sa lalawigan ng Rizal Maunlad ka na ngayon, Bayan kong minamahal Mabuhay ka’t pagpalain ng Poong Maykapal.
Rizal, Rizal mabuhay
Pangunahin kang lalawigan
Sa Kultura't kabuhayan,
pinagpala ng mayKapal
Buhay Nami'y Nakalaan,
Maglingkod sa Inang Bayan
Lalawigan Kang Tanging-tangi,
Mahal namin magpakailanman
Ang lahat ng Rizaleno'y masisikap,
puso't Diwa sa Diyos, Bayan at sa Kapwa
Mapalad kami na taga-Rizal
sa pamumuno ng mga taong may dangal.
Lalawigan kong tanging-tangi
Mahal namin magpakailan man