Hinulugang Taktak

Antipolo City
Height: 12 meters
Jump off point: Hinulugang Taktak National Park, Brgy. Dela Paz, Antipolo City
Trail length: 5 minutes
Entrance fee: P8.00

This waterfall is made famous by a folk song that goes: Tayo na sa Antipolo / At doon, maligo tayo / Sa batis na kung tawagin / … ay… ay… Hinulugang Taktak… tak… tak… tak… At the time this song was composed, the waterfall was an excellent excursion from Manila; the roads leading there were not yet built, and a whole hiking trip was required, very much like the Buruwisan Falls in Mt. Romelo of today. A five-minute walk via cemented paths from the highway will take you this famous waterfall. If you are using public transport, you may hire a tricycle to take you there.

The history of Hinulugang Talktak is as rich and colorful as that of Antipolo itself. Legend has it that sometime during the 16th century, the townsfolk of Antipolo were bothered by a church bell that produced harsh, unbearably loud sounds when rung during Angelus. They demanded that the local priest get rid of the bell . Bowing down to the clamor, the priest had it dropped in a nearby river. This explains the name, “Hinulugang Taktak” which means ‘where the bell was dropped’. As Antipolo became a religious site, the waterfalls also become a prominent destination for bathing and sightseeing. In the 1980s, it was declared a National Park by the government.

Today, unfortunately, the place is poorly maintained. Even as there are cottages and facilities, it is quite far from the distinction of being a National Park. Trash and sods are littered in the park, ruining what would’ve been a fantastic view. A faint smell of detergent permeates the air. Three years ago, the city government declared that a restoration will be done, but until now, the only thing moving in the park is the water. However, in spite of these, Hinulugang Taktak endures. Going there wouldn’t hurt because it is along the way and a visit can take as fast as 30 minutes. Hopefully, however, it would soon get its badly-needed facelift.

Part 1: The waterfalls of Rizal
Part 3: Daranak Falls
Part 4: Batlag Falls

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23 Comments on "Hinulugang Taktak"

10 years 8 months ago

yan po ang napili naming place for our feasibility

11 years 10 months ago

i'm sorry if this is pessimistic but i think wala na pag-asa ang hinulugang taktak,
that is what happens when you build a community , a whole city on top of it.
not all corners are for humans to populate, some are better left un-touch to support human habitation.
you can't used one tank to store your drinking/bathing water and waste water

11 years 10 months ago

We thought from viewing afar that there were only plenty of rocks at the bottom of the falls but got disappointed when we came nearer that it was trash!
I got more disappointed by reading comments here from 2009. 3 years ng mabaho at madumi ang Hinulugang Taktak?! I thought this was just infested by trash recently. 3 yrs. na pala!
When we visited the place, a man was painting the cottages…some signs of development. But it is the waters we need to focus on cleaning up and developing here.

12 years 14 days ago

kakagaling lang namen sa hinulugan taktak kanina, pagkagaling sa simbahan dahil linggo ng pagkabuhay ngayon, hindi ko akalain na pupunta kami doon, never pa ko napunta doon, at simula pa noong pagkabata ko naririnig ko na yang hinulugang taktak na yan, at ang laging nasa isip ko naman ay sobrang ganda doon, naikwento nga ng mama at papa ko na, napakaganda nga nyan noong mga dalaga at binata pa sila. dinadayo pa nila yan galing probinsya para maligo at mamasyal,..pagkapunta ko doon ng first time syempre excited ako …pagkakita ko, talagang na disappoint ako kc ang daming basura sa batuhan at madumi na ang tubig, polluted na talaga sya…mabaho pa..ang laking panghihinayang ang naramdaman ko… napakaganda sana nya kaso nasira sya sa kamay ng mga tao mismo.. na dapat ang nag-aalaga ng likas na yaman… meron ngang swimming pool doon pero malabo din ang tubig at very crowded,,,parang sardinas sa sobrang dami ng tao….ang masasabi ko lang sana naman magkaroon ng concern ang otoridad na baguhin ang hinulugang taktak…kasi ako man ay nalungkot. pano pa kaya ang susunod na henerasyon… 🙁

12 years 6 months ago

sayang yung area..