Rodriguez, Rizal

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Official seal of Rodriguez
Map of Rizal showing the location of Rodriguez
Map of Rizal showing the location of Rodriguez
Rodriguez is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°43′N 121°07′E / 14.717°N 121.117°E / 14.717; 121.117Coordinates: 14°43′N 121°07′E / 14.717°N 121.117°E / 14.717; 121.117
Country Philippines
Region CALABARZON (Region IV-A)
Province Rizal
District 2nd District of Rizal
Founded 1909
Barangays 11
 • Mayor Cecilio C. Hernandez
 • Total 172.65 km2 (66.66 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 280,904
 • Density 1,600/km2 (4,200/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 1860
Dialing code 2
Income class 1st

Rodriguez is a first-class, urban municipality in the province of Rizal, Philippines. It is the northernmost town in the province and comes after San Mateo, Rizal, and Quezon City coming from Metro Manila. The town is located on the slopes of the Sierra Madre mountain range and features many resorts; it is also the largest town in Rizal province with an area of 312.70 km². It borders San Mateo, Rizal and Antipolo City, Rizal on the south, Norzagaray, Bulacan and San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan on the north, Quezon City on the west and General Nakar, Quezon on the east.

Montalban, a common name for the municipality, was its official name from its founding in 1909 until 1982 when the Batasang Pambansa officially renamed it Rodriguez in honor of Eulogio Rodriguez, Sr., a native of the municipality who served as Senate President.

According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 280,904 inhabitants.[3]

Rodriguez is one of the richest municipalities in the Philippines, ranking eighth in 2007 with an annual income of ₱310 million.

The legend of Bernardo Carpio is said to have happened in the mountains of the town.


Rodriguez is a town of mountains. From its north to south, a series of sloping ridges, hills and mountains ranges adorn the town. In fact, around 27% or the town is occupied by mountains and slopes. The town's highest peak is Mt. Irid, towering 1,469 meters above mean and sea level.

The province of Rizal spans for 1,175.8 square kilometers. Rodriguez makes up 26.6% on the entire province of Rizal, housing 11 barangays. The land mass of Rodriguez is big enough to be an ideal place for many purposes, such as agriculture, commerce such as the Avilon Zoo, and hiking and climbing spots of Wawa Gorge, relocation of communities (having a strategic position east of Rizal, and a lot of areas where low-cost housing projects can be put up), subdivision areas for either low-,mid-,high-cost housing, and also for special uses (such as the landfill).

Elevation and slope[edit]

The mountainous interior of Rodriguez

The Municipality of Rodriguez is generally very rough in topography, with 83% of its total land area composed of upland areas, hills and mountain ranges. The remaining 17% lowlying terrain and rolling lands are found at the southwestern portion of the municipality, along with the northern portions of the Municipality of San Mateo.

This gently rolling to rolling slopes comprises the Marikina River Valley, where water from higher elevations drain towards the Marikina River and its tributaries at the southwestern portion of the municipality. Elevations at these western lowlands range from 10 to 30 meter above sea level. The western portion of the flatlands gently rises towards the west, which is part of Quezon City.

The mountainous regions of the Municipality of Rodriguez are found at the central and eastern areas, with sleepy sloping ridges and mountain ranges, traversing north to south. The terrain in these mountain ranges has slopes ranging from 30–50%. Very steep hills and mountains have slopes greater than 50%. Rolling to hilly areas 18–30% in slope can also be found. These high elevations are drained by several major rivers, namely the Tanay, Puray, and Rodriguez Rivers.


Rodriguez is politically subdivided into 11 Barangays (8 urban, 3 rural):[2]

  • Balite
  • Burgos
  • Geronimo
  • Macabud
  • Manggahan
  • Mascap
  • Puray
  • Rosario
  • San Isidro
  • San Jose
  • San Rafael


Rodriguez was founded in World War II. Japanese pilots bombed Montalban (now. Rodriguez) in December 1941. The Japanese soldiers occupied Montalban (now. Rodriguez), Rizal in 1942.


Rodriguez Town Hall
Population census of Rodriguez
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1980 41,859 —    
1990 67,074 +4.83%
1995 79,668 +3.28%
2000 115,167 +8.22%
2007 223,594 +9.58%
2010 280,904 +8.66%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


Rodriguez, as well-known economic municipality has a lot of evidences to show. There are several stores and retails of different kinds; both rural and commercial. Those are the banks, bakeshops, shopping malls, food chains and local carinderias, boutiques, hardwares, grocery and drug stores, bookstores, arcades, cafeteria, poultry supplies, markets, police and fire stations, tailoring shops, animal shops, salons and wellness spas, hospitals, and such more, spread and scattered all around the coming metropolitan area.


The main transportation used in the municipality were jeepneys, tricycles, SUVs, and buses. There are jeepneys that ply through the towns of San Mateo, Marikina and Cubao via Marcos Highway in Quezon City, some ply the route that leads to Philcoa in Quezon City via Batasan Road in San Mateo, others connect Rodriguez to Litex Road in Quezon City. The Marikina Auto Line Transport Corporation (MALTC) buses is the only one that regularly travels to farther places like Makati and Parañaque. SUV's ply the routes to Cubao in Quezon City and Sta. Lucia Grand Mall in Cainta. Formerly there was a single railway line of the Philippine National Railways that goes up to Brgy. Balite. It has been long dismantled.

It is known that 'Patok' jeepneys originated from this town wayback during the 80's. These jeepneys are known for their notoriety on the road, despite being dangerous they are popular among the passengers hence the name 'Patok' which means 'popular'. They still ply to this town up to this day, most plying the route Montalban-Cubao via Marcos Highway. Patok jeepneys have already spread throughout the Rizal province as well in Marikina City ever since.

Municipal Mayors[edit]

No. Term Name
1 1909–1916 Municipal President Eulogio Rodriguez
2 1916–1919 Municipal President Eusebio Manuel
3 1919–1928 Municipal President Gregorio Bautista
4 1928–1932 Municipal President Jose Rodriguez
5 1932–1936 Municipal President Roman Reyes
6 1936–1940 Municipal Mayor Jacinto Bautista
7 1941–1943 Municipal Mayor Francisco Rodriguez
8 1943–1944 Municipal Mayor Federico San Juan
9 1945 Municipal Mayor Gavino Cruz
10 1946–1947 Municipal Mayor Catalino Bautista
11 1947 Municipal Mayor Macario Bautista
No. Term Name
12 1948–1959 Municipal Mayor Benigno Liamzon
13 1960 Municipal Mayor Guillermo Cruz Sr.
14 1960–1984 Municipal Mayor Teodoro Rodriguez
15 1984–1987 Municipal Mayor Pablo Adriano
16 1988–1993 Municipal Mayor Angelito Manuel
17 1993–1995 Municipal Mayor Ernesto Villanueva
18 1995–1998 Municipal Mayor Pedro Cuerpo
19 1998–2001 Municipal Mayor Rafaelito San Diego
20 2001–2010 Municipal Mayor Pedro Cuerpo
21 2010–present Municipal Mayor Cecilio Hernandez

Tourist attractions[edit]

Avilon Zoo


  • H Vill Hospital
  • N. Medcare Hospital
  • St. Mark Hospital
  • San Jose Maternity and Lying-in Hospital
  • Montalban Infirmary
  • Casimiro Ynares Memorial Medical Center


There are numerous preschools, public and private schools in the town of Rodriguez. There are also colleges and universities in the town that offer graduate and undergraduate programs.

Elementary Schools Secondary Schools Tertiary Schools
Christ The Foundation Christian Academy Burgos National High School
Amityville Elementary School Christ The Foundation Christian Academy Asian Institute of Computer Studies - Montalban
ARJETEL School Divine Saviour Montessori School Froebellian College of Science and Technology
Burgos Elementary School Eastern Valley School Gerald's School of Science and Technology
Eastbridge School Gen. Licerio Geronimo Memorial National High School
EBBC Christian Academy Holy Family Montessori St. Joseph's College of Quezon City
Eulogio Rodriguez Elementary School Kasiglahan Village National High School Pamantasan ng Montalban
Geronimo Elementary School Macabud National High School University of Rizal System (URS)
Jess Christian Academy Macaingalan National High School
Kasiglahan Village Elementary School Manggahan National High School
Little Guardian Learning Center Maranatha Christian School
Living Epistle Christian Academy Mascap National High School
Lord Most High Christian School Montalban Heights National High School
Macabud Elementary School Puray National High School
Manggahan Elementary School Roosevelt College High School
St. Anne Child Study Center San Isidro National High School
Rodriguez Heights Elementary School San Jose National High School
Puray Elementary School St. Mary Magdalene Academy
Roosevelt College Elementary School St. Joseph's Colleges' Center for Positive Futures
San Jose Elementary School Tagumpay National High School
San Rafael Elementary School Valley High Academy
St. Anne Child Study Center Virgen del Pilar High School
St. Joseph College Grade School Wawa National High School
Southville 8C Elementary School Southville 8C National High School
Tagumpay Elementary School Jesus Christ Saves Global Outreach Christian Academy (JCSGO)
Virgen del Pilar Elementary School
Wawa Elementary School
MelvinShire Learning Center

Houses of charities[edit]

There are houses of charities located in the town.

  • Cottolengo Filipino [1] – A non-stock, non-profit and non-government organizations licensed and accredited by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Its aim is to serve the most poor, abandoned, neglected, surrendered persons with disabilities.
  • Anawim [2] – Home for the abandoned elderly, orphans, and physically and mentally handicapped persons.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: RIZAL". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010" (PDF). 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 24 October 2013. 

4. Updated Masterlist of Private schools in Rizal 2014.

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