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2016, May 14.  Municipality of Tiaong, Quezon - 325th Founding Anniversary

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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.





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Articles by Dr. Ngo Tiong Tak

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