Hinulugang Taktak

Satellite image of Hinulugang Taktak in Antipolo City, Rizal.

Antipolo City in Rizal has a folk song called “Tayo Na Sa Antipolo” and the chorus goes like this:

Tayo na sa Antipolo
At doon maligo tayo
Sa batis na kung tawagin ay
Hi, hi, Hinulugang Taktak
At doon tayo kumain
Ng mangga, suman, kasoy, at balimbing
Kaya’t magmadali ka
At tayo’y tutuloy na sa Antipolo

English translation:

Let’s go to Antipolo
And there we will bathe
At the the stream that’s called
Hi, hi, Hinulugang Taktak
And there we will eat
Mango, rice bar, cashew, and carambola
So hurry up
And we will proceed to Antipolo

Photo of the Hinulugang Taktak. Photo from an Antipolo City website.

The song prominently features Hinulugang Taktak, which is possibly the most famous waterfall nearest to Metro Manila. Legend has it that during the Spanish Era, the local townspeople found the clanging of the local church’s bell during the noon Angelus too disturbing so the bell was thrown at this stream and thus “hinulugang taktak” which supposedly means the “place where the bell was dropped.” I know that “hinulugan” means “dropping place” but bell in Tagalog is “kampana” so I assume that “taktak” represents the bell’s sound.

Due to the falls prominence as a tourist destination and to help preserve it, the falls and the surrounding area has been declared the Hinulugang Taktak National Park by Republic Act No. 6964 in 1990. Unfortunately, this hasn’t stopped the stream from getting polluted by upstream wastes and so it is no longer safe to swim in the falls unlike a few decades earlier. The falls itself is just for viewing and a swimming pool was constructed instead within the park area. Good thing there are efforts underway to help preserve the falls and to reduce the pollution.

Want to learn and see more? Here’s are two blog posts by Bikoy and Ivan, and another one about the commemorative 1-peso coin depicting the falls. As always, there are plenty of pictures in Flickr including this photo of the National Park’s map.

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Posted on
May 2, 2008
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  1. francis wrote on August 5, 2008 @ 08:38PM

    you are only talking about the water how about the trees?????
    please answer it…….

  2. Milo wrote on May 6, 2009 @ 10:19AM


    I created a 360 spherical panorama of this place. You can see it here.



  3. tere wrote on January 31, 2010 @ 03:54PM

    sarap pumunta dito grabe ganda ng place nia ang sarap ng feelings…tara na………….

  4. Marie wrote on April 18, 2010 @ 06:01PM

    The first time I went to Hinulugang Taktak was back when I was small

  5. kiss d great wrote on March 25, 2011 @ 02:10PM

    sana maibalik ang dating ganda ng lugar..
    Im a broadcast journalist and we visited it ones to make feature story,

  6. jerica sinogaya wrote on August 18, 2011 @ 08:52PM

    i just want to ask the schedule of hinulugang taktak .. when is the available time for the park .. are you close during sundays..? because we will go there hopefully this coming saturday.. so we need your respond as soon as possible..thank you kindly send to my email your respond..

  7. Jodense Valenciano wrote on July 7, 2013 @ 12:04AM

    I want to go Hinulugang Taktak National Park in Antipolo City,Rizal to be show that natures.

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