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Municipality of Tiaong, Quezon - 325th Founding Anniversary
More than three hundred years ago, Tiaong was only a part of the
municipality of San Pablo (now a city) in the province of Laguna. It
is bounded in San Antonio, Quezon from the south, San Pablo City
from the north, Dolores, Quezon from the northeast, Lipa City from
the west and Candelaria, Quezon from the east.
In 1961, Tiaong became an independent municipality through the
effort of philanthropic, humanitarian, nationalistic and a very
religious woman living at the outskirts of the town called “Lalig”.
She was popularly known as “Donya Tating” whose habitual chores was
go to church everyday riding a cart drawn by a big black bull.
Due to her sympathetic
gesture attitude most especially among the poor, she was dearly
loved and respected by
the people. Even parish priest would not start the mass not unless
the loud mooing of the bull - “Ooooong” - can be heard while
entering the churchyard.
The townfolks, as a symbol of their
gratitude and affection to the benevolent lady, loved to be called
Donya Tating as “Tiya” (Auntie). The admirable address of “Tiya” and
the favorable sound of “Ooooong” merged together gave name to the
municipality of Tiaong. Henceforth,
this town is called Tiaong (Tiya-ong).
Tiaong, Quezon is best known as the home of Mt. Banahaw. It is said
that this mystical mountain is what keeps the quiet lazy town that
it is. Tiaong is known as an
entry point, for the stretch of Maharlika Highway that runs through
it on the way to Quezon Province proper.
While development is slowly coming to Tiaong with the
redevelopment of Villa Escudero, which is on the border of Tiaong
and San Pablo, the rest of the town remains relatively untouched.
Here, there is fresh coffee for brewing available in the palengke
(market) and native bread called pan de tubo - bite-size sweet pan
de sal. There's the
possibility of finding the native kalamay hati - a version of the
native cake that means not cooking the standard kalamay to its end,
so you only get a gooey white lump of white surrounded by liquid
brown sugar. And who can forget lambanog, a Quezon favorite also
found in Tiaong. There's a small parish in the centre of town,
currently a hideous pink color, but hiding within it wonderful
examples of Tiaong wood craftsmanship.
Tiaong is also home to Pulang Lupa Resort (Red Land Resort)
of the Pulang Lupa Foundation, which sends provincial kids to
school, the brainchild of artist G. Stuart.
A complex of white structures
in the middle of what is still mostly untouched land filled with
coconut trees and wild forest, Pulang Lupa sits atop a hill on one
of the highest points in Tiaong. It
has rooms with bathrooms, and even a bunker for bigger groups.
Pulang Lupa might not be a resort in the conventional way, but there
are many things to do here. Hiking through the forests around
it, bird watching during the day and stargazing at night, and doing
some plant research are all possibilities, as is a round
of billiards. There's also the Pulang Lupa Art Gallery which offers
endless options for fun, and a chapel for introspection, that is, if
that view of Mt. Banahaw and the smaller mountains in the towns of Atisan and Ayusan isn't
enough to fascinate you.