the city on the mountain ridges east of manila where the sun begins to shine …
which name was derived from the Tipolo trees growing on its land, trees with broad leaves that provide shade while gently fanning in the soothing breeze …
city of pilgrims, contemplatives, tourists and traders, artists and artisans.
Rich in cultural and historical heritage, Antipolo’s history dates way before the foreign missionaries from europe came in 1578.
The mountain of lands was home to indigenous tribes of dumagat, and ita in harmonious living with the native tagalog.
Its virgin forests of varied tropical trees were also nests to a diverse wildlife. Its rich water tables gushed forth as springs and waterfalls.
As christianization relentlessly pursued, the inhabitants desiring to keep their own way of life moved themselves into the hinterlands of neighboring mountains.
Migrants supporting the missions came to settle and firmly established themselves until today.
Thus, the ancient trips of the natives with a song “tayo na sa antipolo” was completely forgotten trampling down the majesty of the once famous “hinulugang taktak”. Parada ng mga mamamayan sa katagalugan sa mga daang-hari nga mas kilala ngayon bilang edsa, ortigas at commonwealh avenues patungo sa mga pook ng kabundukan gaya ng antipolo habang sakay ng duyang kawayan ang mga kadalagahan, ay unti-unting nawala na sa gunita.
Years passed by and on February 13, 1998, Antipolo was promulgated into a city.
Ang tipolo ayon sa kasaysayan ay malaganap na tumutubo sa bayang-bundok na itinuring sa loob ng apat na raang taon na nakalilipas.
Ang punong kahoy na ito ay matatagpuan rin maging sa lalawigan ng Cagayan sa timog-luzon hanggang Mindanao.
Sa bawat pook ay may kanya-kanyang katawagan sa punong ito gaya ng tipulo, tipolo, pakak, kamangsi, rima, ugob, pakak-bakia, tuyop, kamanse, dalungian, agob, basara, tagob, tugob, atipuno, at iba pa.
Sinasabi pa rin na ang ang tipolo ay kapamilya ng Anubing at ng Nangka.
Sa mga lumang lalawigan gaya ng iloko, kumintang, kalilaya, kabikulan, talam-asin at mabunga ay sinasabi rin na kinakain ang murang bunga nito sa pamamagitan ng pagsasama sa nilagang karne.
Ang magulang na mga buto naman ay ibinubusa na ‘tulad ng balatong pero sa bayang Antipolo ay hindi kinakain ito.
Ang tuyong dahon lamang nito, kasama ang tuyong dahon din ng abocado at sariwang dahon naman ng pandan ay isinasama sa pinakulo o nilagang tsaa upang maging mabango at malinamnam ang lasa.
Samantala pa rin, sa gitna ng kahalagahan ng Tipolo, ang lahat halos ng sektor ng mga mamamayan ng kasalukuyang lungsod ay tila waring walang pagmamalasakit sa kahalagahan ng punung-kahoy na ito.
Interesting People From Antipolo :
Juan Marquez Sumulong who became a senator and ran for president against quezon.
Before his political stint, Sumulong was secretary of the revolutionaries in the province who could have a different view of the emerging nation as aligned with the Magdiwang of the katipunan; He opposed the system of titling lands as expoused under the torrens title system backed up by ortigas ang quezon, for such system shall be used for the advantage of foreigners like americans, spaniards, chinese and other races whose interest was mainly to remove erase the memory of the tagalog nobility such as “lupang payatas”, and install the dominance of foreign governments over the island of luzon.
Valentin Sumulong, the first mayor of Antipolo and Presidente Los Alcaldes after the civil government was restored in 1901;
Procopio Angeles, the sacristan mayor. He and members of the community evacuated the image of the virgin from Antipolo to Colaique and to different towns of Morong during the war;
Miguel Ver and Terry Adevoso, leaders of the two guerilla units that fought against the Japanese during World War II. They continued the struggles as the Hunters ROTC;
Marcos Villa Agustin, leader of the Marking Fil-American Troop, an anti-Japanese guerilla unit under the name Brig. General Agustin Marking;
Lorenzo Sumulong, senator from Antipolo who bravely faced russian premier nikita khrushchev in a fierce debate in the united nations. The premier was said to have been so angry that he removed his shoe and pounded it on the podium;
Joven Cuanang, a neurosurgeon and a philanthropist. He converted his property in Sierra Madre St., Grand Heights into the Pinto Art Gallery which hosts exhibits, film screenings and the Antipolo Arts Festival;
Ito Marquez and rizalina santos, both personalities known personally to parasapinga ….