Baltimore County, Maryland, US
Reason for Affiliation: In 2003, former Representative of the Manila Economic and Cultural Office Antonio Basilio visited the county government twice and expressed his wish to see Rizal and Taipei County sign an agreement to become sister cities. The next year, former Governor Ynares wrote to the Taipei County Government. In his letter, he stated that to strengthen bilateral trade as well as economic and cultural development, it was his desire that Rizal affiliate with Taipei County.
Date of Affiliation: October 27, 2005
Signed by: Lin Hsiyao, Acting Magistrate of Taipei County, and Hon. Casimiro M. Ynares, Jr., Governor of Rizal.
Official Capital: Pasig City
De Facto Capital: Antipolo City
Total Area: 1,175.8 km2
Population: 2,484,840 (2010)
Population Density: 2,100/km2
Within the Province of Rizal lie many mountains, hills, and lakes, and this beautiful natural scenery, especially the magnificent Hinulugang Taktak Waterfall, attracts many visitors to Rizal. Rizal is a province with vibrant economic activity and is famous for its processed agricultural products, such as cashews and rice cakes. Large shopping malls and fine dining featuring international cuisine also draw tourists to Rizal.