The main landmark of the city, the Bonifacio Monument is located at the intersection of Rizal Avenue & EDSA. The monument commemorates the most proletarian of all Filipino heroes, Gat Andres Bonifacio. The monument was immortalized by a great Filipino national artist for sculpture, Guillermo Tolentino.
Gubat sa Ciudad Resort
Bagumbong, Caloocan City
An idyllic place for retreats, campings, birthdays and company outings. This unique resort has 7 pools of different heights and sizes with matching water slides that would thrill even the most untamed water enthusiasts. It also features a hall pavilion, cottages, air-conditioned rooms, basketball and volleyball courts, children's playground and tree houses.
171 Samson Ave., Deparo Caloocan City
A well-known resort in Caloocan City best described as the Home of the Castlesliders. The resort features two swimming pools with water slides, cottages, picnic huts, air-conditioned rooms and a cozy restaurant.
Grogun Health Resort
657 Anonas St. Amparo, Caloocan City
This private resort includes 2 swimming pools with slides.
Villa Celedonia Valley Resort
Mt. Samat St. Barrio Bagumbong Caloocan City
It features 3 swimming pools, children’s park, basketball and tennis courts.
Tala, Caloocan City
Considered as the oldest leprosarium in Asia founded in 1940.
Caloocan Commercial Complex
Was inaugurated last March 25, 2004 and located in front of San Roque Cathedral, A. Mabini St. Caloocan City.
Gotesco Grand Central Shopping Mall
Rizal Avenue Ext. Monumento Circle, Caloocan City
A huge entertainment and shopping complex where LRT’s major station is located.
The Caloocan City Judicial Complex was inaugurated November 19, 2003 with Chief Justice Hilario Davide as the Guest of Honor. It was constructed to house the Regional Trial Court (RTC), Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC), Office of the Prosecutor and other line Agencies.
San Roque Cathedral
A. Mabini, Caloocan City
The first Catholic Church in Caloocan City. On June 28, 2003, his holiness John Paul II created the new Diocese of Caloocan, comprising Caloocan City –South, Malabon City & the Municipality of Navotas & elevated this Parish Church to the level & dignity of a Cathedral Church. The Holy Father appointed the most Rev. Deogracias S. Iñiguez, Jr. D.D. as the first Bishop of the New Diocese of Caloocan on August 22, 2003.
Horace Higgins Hall—Philippine National Railways
End corner of M. Hizon and C. Apostol St.
Former warehouse and site of first train trip held in November 22, 1892. It was associated with important historical event and bear strong foreign architectural influence.
Manila Central University
EDSA Monumento Circle, Caloocan City
The first co-educational institution in Caloocan City founded in 1904. It serves the dual purpose of a university and a hospital.
FESTIVALS & OTHER EVENTS
Bonifacio Day (30th of Novemeber)
The event highlights the exploits and heroism of Andres Bonifacio, the city’s pride and leader of the Katipunan who fought against Spain oppression and tyranny, as a means of reawakening the nationalist spirit of the public.
Tourism Awareness & Promotion (September)
An annual tripartite activity among the key players of the industry to boast the promotion of the city as a worthwhile tourist destination. The event includes an exhibit of Caloocan’s best in the trade and industry, a food festival among the city’s restaurants and an exhibit and seminar for the local travel agencies.
This unique bamboo organ can only be found inside the St. Joseph Church of the Parish of Las Piñas. It was in the year 1822 that the construction of this one of a kind instrument started. Fr. Diego Cera initiated building this organ using bamboo, wood and metal. To date, this world famous organ is praised for its unique, rare and melodious sound, that every year, a Bamboo Organ Festival is being held at the Parish during the month of February.
The Las Piñas Historical Corridor
In an effort to prime Las Piñas as a tourism and cultural site able to attract local and foreign investors, Senator Manny and Congresswoman Cynthia Villar and Mayor Imelda T. Aguilar initiated the Las Piñas Historical Corridor Project, a restoration and preservation of old historical and cultural landmarks of the City.
The project involves physical and cultural transformation, bringing back and showcases the picturesque aspects of Spanish colonial heritage.
The Battle of Zapote Bridge on February 16, 1897 was one of the turning points of the Philippine Revolution of 1896. The clash proved to be the signal event that turned the tide against Filipino revolutionaries, but it was one also of the epic battles of the Revolution when Filipino gallantry and heroism shone its brightest in the face of superior Spanish forces.
Nature Church is built on a 4000 square meter mango orchard, consisting of the church proper, school buildings, a confessional and counseling center and a wide expanse of a well-maintained park and garden. Church architecture was designed by one of the country’s noted architects Bobby Mañoza. Just at the back of the altar is the Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration (PEA) Chapel where devotees religiously make their daily 24-hour vigil to the exposed Blessed Sacrament.
The city is noted for its salt-making industry making it as the salt center in Metro Manila for the past years. In the 1980’s this industry has been greatly affected by the construction of the Coastal Road and reclamation project along the Manila Bay. Today, only a few salt beds remain and only those nearest the seashore remain productive such as those in Barangays Manuyo Uno, Daniel Fajardo, E. Aldana and Ilaya.
Sarao Jeepney Factory
Las Piñas has been recognized as the jeep producing center of the metropolis if not of the whole country. Most original jeepneys are manufactured in this town. The Sarao and Francisco jeepney factories started business transforming the G.I. jeeps into commuter transportation. Several other companies are likewise engaged in the same business of building the world-famous Philippine mode of transportation.
FESTIVALS & OTHER EVENTS
The Bamboo Organ Festival (February)
The festival is celebrated every year at the St. Joseph Parish Church of Las Piñas where international organists are invited to participate. The melodious sound of the noted instrument can be heard only during Sundays. Viewing is from 2-4 PM on weekdays.
The Town Fiesta / The Feast of St. Joseph (1st Sunday of May)
The town fiesta covers five (5) barangays namely, Manuyo Uno, Daniel Fajardo, Ilaya, Elias Aldana and Pulanglupa Uno. It is highlighted with a Banda Parada, the staging of Comedia or Moro-Moro, singing contests, the Novena with “prusisyon” (Paradise with Icons) and fireworks.
Guadalupe Ruins or Nuestra Señora de Gracia
The original church was of Doric architecture with massive buttresses to support its vault of hewn stones taken from the still visible but extinct Guadalupe quarry. Its walls are solid and stable and built in such a way that they still stand today as when the church was completed in 1629. Located at Bernardo Street, Guadalupe Viejo.
Saints Peter and Paul Church
It was built in 1620 with architecture typical of the colonial mission churches of rectangular single-nave plan composed of the nave, apse and sacristy. A three-tiered papal tiara and keys, symbols of Papacy, St. Peter being the first Pope with St. Paul, patron of the locality, dominate the façade. Focal point is the intricately carved retablo of the altar.
Museo ng Makati
It was created through Municipal Ordinance No. 1896. Primarily a community museum, it is the reservoir of the treasures, artifacts and relics of the city’s past. Apart from the dioramas of Philippine ethnic rituals, World War II photographs, antique books and other permanent collection, the city’s history is carefully depicted on mural paintings. A section of the museum is utilized as a venue for cultural presentations, arts & crafts demonstrations and other activities during special events.
From its beginnings as part of the Ayala Museum, the library found its new home in 1996 at the historic Nielsen Tower, the country’s first modern and commercial airport. Today, it is described as an electronic library: it discharges the traditional library functions of information storage, retrieval and dissemination using the latest information and telecommunication technologies. It is engaged in digitization projects, CD-ROM publishing, as well as the development of web pages and electronic database. Located at Makati corner Ayala Avenues.
The Ayala Museum, designed by Architect Leandro Locsin, National Artist for Architecture, is a unique show window of Philippine history and culture. It features 60 dioramas (tri-dimensional portraits) depicting significant events of half a million years of Philippine history and scaled down reproductions of native boats and foreign ships.
The Philippine Army Museum
Located at Fort Bonifacio Army Reservation, is a repository of antique guns, cannons, tanks and other relics of World War II as well as captured paraphernalia, ammunitions and weapons of the New People’s Army (NPA).
Makati Park and Garden
The city’s primary garden park. A haven for relaxation, leisure and entertainment, the park spoils visitors with its fully-illuminated park walks around teeming greeneries of landscaped gardens, man-made lagoon and refreshing waterfalls, a gazebo and ornamental islet, lighted perimeter fence, adjoining park spaces and an amphitheater for cultural shows like the performing arts of ballet, folk dance, stage plays and concerts of traditions and contemporary banks.
The Manila Polo Club
Where guests can watch equestrian sports participated in by some of its very affluent members. Roe recreational facilities: polo fields, horse-back riding, racquetball, tennis, squash, bowling, swimming and softball. Guests must be sponsored by members.
Philippine Racing Club
Popularly referred to as Sta. Ana Hippodrome holds races of prized thorough-bred horses. Races are held every Wednesdays & Fridays at 5:00 pm and Saturdays & Sundays at 9:30 am to 6:30 pm. Open galleries and air-conditioned rooms for spectators are available.
Home of the Philippine Basketball League. Equipped with modern restrooms and well-kept wooden flooring. Located at Barangay La Paz.
Kolisiyum ng Bayan
Located at Barangay Pio Del Pilar. Inter-barangay matches for volleyball and basketball are held here.
FESTIVALS & OTHER EVENTS
Conceptualized in 1988, Caracol is a Spanish term for snail symbolic to “the shell used by the people to protect them from life’s detrimental realities”. It invites viewers to participate in the merry-making. A combination of the three major festivals of the country, it was the official festival of Makati through the passage of Resolution 351, held every last Sunday of January.
Chinese New Year (January or February)
Mounted during the celebration of the Chinese New Year. Frames of fireworks donated by the business sector are ignited after the presentation of the Dragon and Tiger Dances. One of the events viewed by thousands of spectators.
Likhang-Kamay (March or April)
A yearly exhibit of the top of the line native handicrafts, instrumental to the discovery and development of Philippine native crafts and products. Mounted in cooperation with Department of Tourism, Department of Trade and Industry, International Association of Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows, it supports local artists and artisans by providing venue for marketing activities. Held between March and April.
Flores de Mayo (May)
One of the grandest processions in Metro Manila participated in by 120 young ladies representing the thirty three barangays of Makati tourism-oriented establishments, local and government offices, and Makati-based corporations. Every year a flower Queen is crowned by the Mayor. Held every last Sunday of May.
Ten Outstanding Students of Makati, the crème de la crème of youth leaders representing the private and public schools. The crop has produced many winners outstanding in their professional careers, notably of a Baron at the PMA—Ferdinand Picar; Sid Holdawa, as an artist; Chichi Fajardo, newscaster and Julio Benedicto, Summa cum laude—Economics at Yale University. Held one month before high school graduations in one of the schools of the city.
Bailes delos Arcos (June)
Performed on June 29 during the feast day of Saints Peter and Paul at Barangay Poblacion by young daughters of past participants with impeccable reputations as homage to the Virgen dela Rosa for her kindness.
Kasuotang Pilipino (September)
This event is a showcase of the traditional Filipino attire mounted in a special fashion show displaying the evolution of the Philippine national costume donned by city officials and chosen employees of the local government.
Harana sa Makati (November)
This activity aims to retrieve one of the Filipino romantic customs and traditions worthy of preservation and promotion. Actively involved participants are young gentlemen serenading their school bills in both traditional and contemporary fashion.
Pasko sa Makati (December)
In the spirit of Christmas, a special raffle draw is being held for the benefit of the city employees. This event demonstrates the collective efforts of the Makati NGO’s and the local government in building a better community. Prizes are sponsored by the private and business sectors. Usually, held the week before Christmas day with the city mayor hosting the party.
Belen sa Makati (December)
A tradition which unfolds during the Christmas season as a demonstration of unity and cooperation of the different sectors of the locality. Conceived in 1987, Belen sa Makati further complements the attractive colorful lights displayed along the thoroughfares of the city where façade of buildings are respectively decorated with crèches creatively matched and combined with locally made Christmas lanterns. Public and private buildings and premises artistically put their own versions of the crèche as early as the first day of December signaling the merriment of the holiday season.
Balsa sa Niugan
Started in July 1998, Balsa sa Niugan is owned by Mr. Santy Geronimo, a native from Niugan, balsa has 350 seating capacity, a native inspired place with 43 workers. It has a total land area of 5,000 sq. meters, in both land and water. Located at the heart of Malabon, Balsa was originally a fishpond converted into a floating restaurant and a fishing garden. Its natural landscape, fishing and open dining facilities make it a pleasurable place for guests to dine.
Generally regarded as the foremost scholar, Epifanio de los Santos, a Malabon native, reaffirms what the Filipino can accomplish with his native genius & ability coupled with proper background & incentive. With the possible exception of Rizal, Epifanio de los Santos went one step further than most of the brilliant minds who preceded him because of his versatility.
Gregorio Gozon Sanciangco’s Historical Marker
Sanciangco St. Bgy. Tonsuya
A native of Tonsuya, Malabon, Gregorio Gozon Sanciangco is the son of Eladio Sanciangco and Regina Gozon. He started schooling at an early age until he finished his Bachelors degree from Colegio de San Juan de Letran and his course in Law at the University of Santo Tomas. In 1878, Gregorio Sanciangco left for Spain to enroll in the Universidad Central de Madrid where he was conferred the title of Doctor of Laws and a Licensure in Administrative Law.
He wrote “EL PROGRESO DE FILIPINAS” a book on economic and political studies of the Philippines. It advocated reforms in the political, administrative, agrarian, revenues, property, natural resources and urban development, taxation and proposed legislation for the implementation of such reforms. Because of this book, he was given tribute by Dr. Jose P. Rizal in the introduction of his work Sobre La Indolencia delos Filipinos.
Upon his return to the Philippines, Gregorio Sanciangco was cautioned by Don Ambrocio Reanzares Bautista not to have returned because at that time Filipino returning from Europe were suspected by the government to have a hand in the 1872 Cavite Mutiny. Filipino priests like Burgos, Gomez and Zamora have executed through the “garrote” for the same reason.
At Don Ambrocio Bautista’s advice, Sanciangco proceeded to Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija and attended to his farming business. He became the Cabanatuan Justice of Peace but was forced by the parish priest to become a fugitive. Meanwhile the Spanish authorities continued their pursuit of Sanciangco. He was later arrested and brought to Manila where he was accused as one of the accomplices in the Cavite Mutiny. However, for lack of evidence, he was released.
Sanciangco returned to his life as a farmer, prospered and acquired a steam sugar mill. He died on November 17, 1897 due to fever.
Angel C. Cacnio’s Art Gallery
Depository of paintings and sculptures done by the noted members of the Sining Tambobong Foundation. Contemporary and Modern Malabon painters and sculptors are members of this Foundation. Their works are displayed in both national and international art exhibitions.
Residence of Luis Santos Jr.
Depository of revolutionary documents and Spanish artifacts. Malabon’s contribution to the nation’s history for independence are reflected from the display of various revolutionary materials used by the revolutionary soldiers of Malabon.
Tanong Fish Market
Visit Malabon and experience the traditional native fish trading called “BULUNGAN”. Bulungan is a bidding practice that started during the Spanish era at the fishing market along the Malabon - Navotas River and is still being done up to this day at the Tanong Fish Market. This kind of fish trading culture is preserved and handed down from one generation to another. It is unique and distinctively Malabon because it does not follow the normal process of bidding. Instead, the spirit of bidding to know the highest bidder is not documented but rather done secretly through silent whispering of bidders’ pricing. In essence, this practice is to sell fish to retailers in Metro Manila and other provinces. Fish traders come from the fish ports of Navotas and nearby provinces particularly Bulacan. Usual active time of Bulungan is from 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM.
Malabon as it is today is a thriving commercial - industrial urban city, rich in fish resources & productive fishing industry.
San Bartolome Church
It is a known fact that the history of the Philippines is relevant to the growth of Christianity. Without exemption, this was the experience of the historical path of San Bartolome Church. Tambobong, the original name of Malabon was founded as a visita of Tondo on May 21, 1599 and continued as such until 1611. The term visita refers to a town or barrio not erected yet as an independent town or parish.
In 1614, it was made as an independent parish and on the 17th of May 1614, Fr. Luis Gutierrez, OSA, became the first parish priest.
From 1614 up to 2003 a total of 101 priests served the church.
Chung-Gu Korea Friendship Park
This park is dedicated to give life and meaning to the city’s desire to establish the real foundation for a lasting world peace through the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations with our neighboring countries. It was constructed with the hope of further strengthening the friendship ties between the people of Malabon City, Philippines and the people of Chung-Gu District, Taejon city, Korea.
Malabon Zoo and Aquarium
Located at #1 Gov. W. Pascual, Bgy. Potrero Malabon. A well kept and unique conservatory of both endemic and exotic animals, including a large variety of unusual fishes stashed inside a one-hectare tropical rainforest environment. An amusing destination for the old and the young, it indulges its visitors with the distinct privilege to pet wild animals that normally avoid human contact. The zoo is likewise an accommodating classroom for nature lovers because it educates people on environmental preservation of forests and wildlife.
Ube kutchinta, biko, kalamay de mais, putong puti, pichi-pichi, sapin-sapin, turones de casoy, yema and pastilles are some of the famous delicacies of Dolor’s Kakanin. For many years, they remained as the #1 maker of these foods due to their unique style & tastes.
Mrs. Rufina Lucas was making “bagoong” when she discovered the golden taste of the “juice” of the bagoong. She thought of selling it to her friends and neighbors until it became a big business and an industry. After 100 years, Rufina Patis is famous in the Asia-Pacific Region, the U.S., and in other places where there are Filipinos who are looking for the taste of patis or fish sauce.
The real Pancit Malabon was made up of fat “bihon” or rice noodles and boiled in a meat or chicken broth. The preparation has toppings of cabbage and sprinkled with smoked fish. The three smart housewives and turned entrepreneur.: Impong Panyang, Aling Rosy and Aling Pluming started the preparation with their own respective styles and hence, contributed in making Malabon as the famous originator of this food.
The Feast of Our Lady of Immaculate conception observed every December 9th is a joint celebration of the Roman Catholic and Aglipay churches. It features a grand fluvial procession of the venerated image of the Virgin Mary along the Malabon-Navotas River coupled with a traditional street dancing revelry participated in by colorfully costumed dancers, young and old.
Plaza Tatlong Bayani
Bonifacio St. Bgy. Hagdang Bato Itaas
In memory of the three heroes of 1896 Revolution: Laureano Gonzales, Vicente Leyva or General Kalentong—native sons of Mandaluyong; and Andres Bonifacio, founder of the secret society Katipunan.
Liberation Marker / Liwasang Katubusan
General Kalentong St. in front of The Marketplace
A memorial constructed as a fitting tribute to the Mandaluyong heroes of World War II. It is the center of the annual Mandaluyong Day celebration every 9th of February.
Don Bosco Technical College formerly San Carlos Seminary
Gen. Kalentong St. in front of The Marketplace
Served as headquarters to the Japanese soldiers during World War II.
San Felipe Neri Church
Rev. G. Aglipay St. cor. Boni Avenue
Like other Catholic churches in the Philippines, it was run by hostile Spanish friars and almost became the site of bloody encounters between the Filipino revolutionaries and the Spanish soldiers during the Revolution of 1896.
Dambana ng mga Alaala
Built in memory of the gallant sons and daughters of Mandaluyong.
Epifanio delos Santos Ave.
The Shrine is a monument to the Virgin Mary, protector of those who bravely risked their lives during the 1986 People Power Revolution erected at the very site of the revolution.
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