Income Classification: 4th Class
Congressional District: 2nd District
No. of Barangays: 11
Registered Voters: 19,229
Newly Elected Local Officials (2016 Election)
The town of Jalajala is known as the “PARAISO NG RIZAL”. It is located 75 km southeast of Manila. It is one of the lakeshore towns in the Province of Rizal where fishing and agriculture are the major sources of economic activity. Its pristine environment is one of its finest treasures where one can enjoy peace and tranquility, or simply delight in the quiet beauty of scenic view around it. It is suited for eco-tourism industry and has a fast growing investment in resorts, commercial and micro enterprise development activities, and increasing employment rate attributed to OFWs and young professionals. Its geographical location may give impetus to the rise of commercial and high density industries that in the near future will be at par with the other higher income municipalities in the province.
The genesis of the name “Jalajala” was started from interesting legend. In the olden days, Jalajala was still unknown and uninhabited. Punta, present barrio of this town, was the seat of government of early civilization. During summer, months of April and May, the shore along Punta is covered with variety of shells. It is also the source of wonder, how a fresh water lake has plenty of it from salty water. This took an event in the history of Jalajala when a Spanish couple with Filipino boatmen anchored at the shore of Punta. There were many natives bathing then. Upon arrival, the Spaniards asked natives in their own language, “COMO SE LLAMA ESTE SITIO?” The natives not knowing the real query mistook the fact that the stranger were asking of the name of the white shells along the shore. They answered “HALAAN PO”. The Spaniards, thinking it was the right answer to their question, began calling the place “Halaan”. As years passed by, the name “HALAAN” was later changed to “Jalajala”.
Another folk is about the Jalajala “hogs” or Jalajala pigs also known as “berk jala”. It can be traced from the insignia of the municipality. It has plenty number in the wilderness of Jalajala. It is believed that the name of the town was derived from that breed of boar. The said animal is also a favorite subject for hunting. One day as the Spaniard passes by, the Tagalog Indians shouted “hala-hala” as hunting jingle/chant. From then, the Spaniards used to call the place “Jalajala”
The town is located 30 kilometres (19 mi) east of Manila, and with the continuous expansion of the metropolis, is now considered part of Metro Manila's conurbation.
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Tourist Destinations: Villa Vicencio resort, Jalajala Retreat and Recreation Center, Santong Lugar, Retirement Vilalge, Concortia Vista Resort, Robeliza Resort, Islets in Punta, Paraiso Resort
Special Events/Festivals: Dalaylay Festival, Jalajala Town Fiesta Celebration
Address: Municipal Hall, National Road Barangay First District, Jalajala Rizal
Mobile: 0915-333-2905 /0927-512-1412