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MARIKINA

Marikina City Footwear Museum


J. P. Rizal St, Marikina, 1801 Metro Manila, Philippines

© Peanut Dela Cruz, 2014 https://insights.looloo.com/underrated-manila-museums/shoe-


museum-marikina/ (September 30, 2014)

© Ivan Lakwatsero https://www.thousandwonders.net/Marikina+Shoe+Museum

The Footwear Museum is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Marikina City.
Marikina City’s main industry is shoemaking and because of this, it is known as the Shoe Capital
of the Philippines. According to former First Lady Imelda Marcos (Wikipedia Article), whose
notorious shoe collection is one of the inspirations for the construction of the museum: “This
museum is making a subject of notoriety into an object of beauty. More than anything, this museum
will symbolize the spirit and culture of the Filipino people.”

The Shoe Museum, initially called Footwear Museum of Marikina, was constructed in
1998 and opened in 2001 as homage to the city’s title as ‘the Shoe Capital of the Philippines’. This
building on its own has an interesting history as it used to be an arsenal during the Spanish times
and a detention cell during the American-Filipino War (Wikipedia Article). The Americans later
on converted it into a motor pool but after World War II, it was converted into a rice mill by the
Tuason family.

A visit to the museum will acquaint visitors on the shoemaking history and process with
its life-size dioramas showing the traditional way to make shoes. Shoe lasts that were used as
master mold for different shoe styles and various materials like natural animal skin (snake, pig,
calf, alligator and sheep) are part of this display. Read short narratives on the history and process
of shoemaking. At the ground floor are giant shoes on display including one that is three feet long.
In addition, the most prominent section of the Show Museum / Footwear Museum of Marikina is
the shoe collection of former Philippine First Lady Imelda Marcos.

OPEN FROM MONDAY – SUNDAY (8 AM TO 5 PM)


Except during holidays
Lunch Break – 12 PM to 1 PM
Entrance Fee: PHP 50

Reference: https://www.thousandwonders.net/Marikina+Shoe+Museum

Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish Church


V. Gomez St, Marikina, 1800 Metro Manila, Philippines

https://mystreetsph.wordpress.com/2016/03/01/our-lady-of-the-abandoned-parish-church-in-
marikina-city/
Marikina City, located east of Manila, is not only famous for its quality shoes. It also holds
one of the country’s oldest Baroque churches, the Santuario y Parroquia del Nuestra Señora de los
Desamparados – or the Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish Church.

Built by the Augustinians in 1687, the church still stands on its original location along J.P.
Rizal Street in Marikina City. It has the glaring features of a Baroque-style architecture — a
heavily-fortified facade, large-scale ceiling paintings, a dramatic central projection of the facade,
a round-style pediment for the single bell-tower and the opulent blending of painting and
architecture.
It is still standing today as one of Marikina’s old churches despite being destroyed a couple
times by 2 earthquakes in 1816 and 1830 and by fire in 1861. It is the home of one of the images
of Mary which has received a Papal seal.

Reference: http://marikinaplace.weebly.com/our-lady-of-the-abandoned-parish.html

Marikina River Park


300 Shoe Ave, Sto. Nino, Marikina, 1800 Metro Manila, Philippines

© http://www.flickr.com/photos/carljames-project/3127516953/in/set-72157622923191413/

It is the most awarded river in the Hall of Fame awardees for the Cleanest Inland Body of
Water in the Philippines. Marikina River Park is a popular camping site, picnic grounds and
recreational park, such as concrete jogging and bike lanes, benches and skating rink.

At night, Marikina River Park transforms into a modern nightlife events center because of
numerous bars, restaurants, cafés and night clubs along the riverbanks. Other attractions in
Marikina River include the Roman Garden, Chinese Pagoda, Kawayanan, Youth Camp, Animal
Trail, Skating Rink and Women's Park. It is also a traditional venue for the Marikina Christmas
Festival which begins annually as early as October.

The Marikina River Park is the “biggest sports and recreational park in the country in a natural
setting”. It is located in Marikina City and runs alongside a portion of the 27 km Pasig-Marikina
River, which is the main river system in Eastern Metro Manila. The Marikina River Park has the
distinction of being the cleanest inland body of water in the Philippines.
During the Holiday Season, it is the venue for the city’s annual Christmas Festival. It is
also the site for the Mama Mary Fluvial Parade.

Reference: https://www.vigattintourism.com/tourism/articles/Marikina-River-Park

Philippine Science Centrum


1800 Riverbanks Ave, Marikina, 1800 Metro Manila, Philippines

© https://marikinacity.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/marikina-philippine-science-centrum/

Philippine Science Centrum (PSC), a flagship program of the Philippine Foundation for
Science and Technology, is a premier hands-on science center museum in the country recognized
by the Department of Education, Department of Science and Technology and the Department of
Tourism. Catering for all ages, PSC is a great place for educational field trips or family and barkada
bonding where visitors can learn and interact with the exhibits.

Reference: https://marikinacity.wordpress.com/2013/11/16/marikina-philippine-science-centrum/

PSC showcases over hundred hands-on exhibits in eleven (11) exciting galleries (Lights,
Bodyworks, Mathematics, Electricity & Magnetism, Water, Vision and Perception, Infectious
Diseases, Earth Science, Space, Kids’ World and Mechanics) and various educational activities,
outreach programs and trainings complementing the Department of Education ‘s K to 12 education
curriculum and its goal of upgrading the level of science education in the country.

Reference: https://www.riverbankscenter.com/learning-center/philippine-science-centrum

OPEN FROM MONDAY – SATURDAY (8 AM – 5 PM)


Closed every Sunday
Entrance Fee:
Adult/s – PHP 120.00/head
Students:
Private School – PHP 120.00/head
Public School – PHP 95.00/head
Children below 2 yrs. old & Teachers w/ ID – FREE
Senior Citizen w/ ID – 50% discount (Max of 1.5 hrs. additional PHP 60/hr)

Contact details:
Reservation: (63 2) 942-5136
PFST Office: (63 2) 942-4137
Telefax: (63 2) 942-5091
Cellphone Number: 09052597771

Book Museum cum Ethnology Center


127, SE Dao, Marikina, 1810 Metro Manila, Philippines

© http://www.wazzuppilipinas.com/2018/04/more-attractions-and-all-improved-james.html

Tucked away the quiet streets of Marikina is a humble museum that houses some of the
world's rarest books and a growing artifact collection of our Filipino heritage. The Book Museum
cum Ethnology Center rests under the helm of Atty. Dominador Buhain, who also owns Rex Group
of Companies, a renowned local publishing house

In this way, the Book Museum, built in 2013, is not a formally curated collection of books
organized for educational display. The museum’s book collection, arranged in shelves forming a
wide circle (and surrounding a statue of a large foot — we’ll get back to this later) is rather a
generous, if not whimsical catalog of Buhain’s personal travels, made public because of the
owner’s desire to share his regular book hoard.

The collection found in The Book Museum includes, but is not limited to, miniature books,
the smallest book in the world, the smallest crucifix in the world, the smallest tablet in the world,
and first edition copies of popular and obscure literary works. In addition, the museum is not just
about books. It is also an ethnology center that displays artifacts that the good lawyer had collected
from his immersions in various provinces of our country.

Reference: https://www.preview.ph/culture/things-to-see-in-this-book-museum-in-marikina-
a00191-20170718-lfrm
https://wanderingbakya.com/the-book-museum/
http://nine.cnnphilippines.com/life/leisure/travel/2016/09/06/book-museum.html
OPEN MONDAY – SUNDAY (9 AM – 5 PM)
Entrance Fee: PHP 100.00

VALENZUELA

Valuenzuela People’s Park


Manila N Rd, Valenzuela, Metro Manila, Philippines

© https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g312689-d7713663-Reviews-
Valenzuela_City_People_s_Park-Valenzuela_Metro_Manila_Luzon.html

The Valenzuela People's Park, officially the Valenzuela City People's Park and also known
to local residents as simply People's Park or VCPP, is an urban community park located in the city
of Valenzuela, Philippines. It is built beside the Valenzuela City Government Center and the
Valenzuela Town Center. The construction of this 1.5-hectare park was started in 2014 and was
formally opened to the public on February 14, 2015, during the 17th Valenzuela City Charter Day.

The park has the following:


- Amphitheater
- Interactive Fountain
- Children’s Play Park
- Aerocircle – used for Zumba and other aerobic exercises
- Giant Chess Board
- Gazebo & Picnic Ground
- Senior’s Garden
- Minizoo

Open from 5am to 12am

Reference: https://www.revolvy.com/page/Valenzuela-People%27s-Park
Museo ng Valenzuela
2 Fatima Ave, Valenzuela, Metro Manila, Philippines

© Valenzuela City PIO;


https://www.facebook.com/MuseoValenzuela/photos/a.369089626465358/369089629798691/?t
ype=3

The Museo Valenzuela is the first museum established in the city. It features a permanent
exhibit of memorabilia from Dr. Pio Valenzuela’s life, as well as a doll diorama of important life
events of the town’s son. Aside from this, the museum also serves as a venue for cultural and
artistic events in the city, such as the yearly arts festival and seminars on history teaching.

Museo ng Valenzuela is one of the city’s main historical and cultural landmarks and houses
a vast collection of artifacts and memorabilia that traces Valenzuela’s rich history and immense
progress. The sprawling Museo, with its impressive architecture and preserved Spanish aesthetics,
is a shining symbol of Valenzuela’s heritage, and is likewise a choice venue for cultural and artistic
events, as well as public seminars and conventions.

OPEN EVERYDAY (9 AM – 4 PM)


No Admission Fee
Contact: +632 – 291 –0672
Facebook: Museo Valenzuela
San Diego de Alcala Church
098 M.H. Del Pilar Road, Poblacion, Polo, Valenzuela City

©https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/San_Diego_de_Alcala_Church#/media/File:San_Diego_de_Alac
ala_Bell_Tower.jpg

The first Catholic church that was established in the city is the San Diego de Alcala Church,
through the efforts of Father Juan Taranco and the barangay head of Polo, Don Juan Monsod. It
was completed in 1632, which makes the church almost four centuries old. During the Japanese
occupation, the church was destroyed by bombs, but the bell tower and a part of the front entrance
remained. To this day, the belfry and the arched entrance serves as a reminder of the grand church
that stood here. A new church was built next to the ruins.

No Admission Fee
Contact: +632 – 292 – 0965

Reference: https://trip101.com/article/8-best-things-to-do-in-valenzuela-philippines-a-place-of-
history

Arkong Bato (Stone Arc)


MacArthur Highway, Valenzuela City

© https://trip101.com/article/8-best-things-to-do-in-valenzuela-philippines-a-place-of-history
This stone arc, found along M.H. Del Pilar Street, was built by the Americans in 1910, and
served as the boundary between Rizal and Bulacan province. Before the existence of MacArthur
Highway and NLEX, Valenzuela was already the gateway to the north, albeit with M.H. Del Pilar
being the main road to Northern Luzon. Today, the Arkong Bato marks the boundary between
Barangay Santulan in Malabon and the arch’s namesake, Barangay Arkong Bato in Valenzuela.

Reference: http://www.valenzuela.gov.ph/the_city/people

National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima


2 Fatima Ave, Valenzuela, Metro Manila, Philippines

© Philippine ROMAN Catholic Churches;


https://www.facebook.com/937090193093595/posts/national-shrine-of-our-lady-of-fatimathe-
national-shrine-of-our-lady-of-fatima-f/1159942444141701/

Located near the Our Lady of Fatima University, this shrine is the center of the Philippine
Fatima apostolate. It was declared a tourist site in 1982 by the Department of Tourism, and most
recently, it was declared a pilgrimage site by the Diocese of Malolos.
It houses one of the original images of Our Lady of Fatima blessed by Pope Paul VI. Thus,
the church is a major pilgrimage site for Catholics.

Opening Hours: Mass schedules: hourly 6am - 8am; 6pm - 6:30pm Mondays - Saturdays; 5am -
10am; 5pm - 7:30pm, Sundays

Reference: https://trip101.com/article/8-best-things-to-do-in-valenzuela-philippines-a-place-of-
history
Dr. Pio Valenzuela Ancestral Residence
Velilla Street, Pariancillo Villa, Valenzuela, Metro Manila

© http://www.valenzuela.gov.ph/the_city/people

The city got its name from one of its great sons, Dr. Pio Valenzuela, a young medical doctor
and the leader of the Philippine revolutionary movement, the Katipunan. Dr. Valenzuela was born
and raised in this town, which was formerly called Polo. According to the history books,
Valenzuela was part of the triumvirate that led the movement, which included Andres Bonifacio
and Emilio Jacinto. Valenzuela was in charge of the revolutionary publication “Ang Kalayaan”
where he wrote several articles under his nom de plume. The house where he lived and died still
stands to this day, on Veliilla Street in the village of Pariancillo Villa. Visitors, however, may be
limited to view the house from the street as the premises is off-limits to the public.

Reference: https://trip101.com/article/8-best-things-to-do-in-valenzuela-philippines-a-place-of-
history

Valenzuela Town Center


Cecilio J. Santos St, Valenzuela

© Valenzuela Town Center;


https://www.facebook.com/ValenzuelaTownCenter/photos/a.1642217719385141/182112352816
1225/?type=3
The Valenzuela Town Center is a relatively new development. The new mall is located
near Valenzuela People’s Park and offers dining and shopping for locals and visitors, alike. Unlike
the usual high-rise malls found in Metro Manila, the Town Center is sprawling and offers a lot of
space to walk around, shop and choose from the many restaurants. The Town Center is a joint
venture project of the city government and the private corporation Megabuild JPG.

OPEN EVERYDAY (10 AM – 9 PM)


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ValenzuelaTownCenter/ - Valuenzuela Town Center

Reference: https://trip101.com/article/8-best-things-to-do-in-valenzuela-philippines-a-place-of-
history

MANDALUYONG

SM Megamall
Bldg J Vargas cor, Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Village, Mandaluyong, 1555 Metro
Manila, Philippines

© https://www.smsupermalls.com/mall-locator/sm-megamall/information/

SM Megamall is a large shopping mall located in the Ortigas Bisiness Centers of Metro
Manila. It is one of the largest SM Supermall developed and operated by SM Prime Holdings, the
largest mall operator in the Philippines owned by Henry Sy Sr. The mall has two buildings
interconnected with a bridge. The mall occupies a land area of approximately 21 hectares and has
a total floor area of an estimated 480,000 m², making it the largest shopping mall in the country as
it redeemed its title from the previous holder SM North EDSA. The mall has a maximum capacity
of 4 million people. It is as large as the Changi Airport Terminal 2 in Singapore.

Reference: https://philippinescities.com/mandaluyong-city/

OPEN EVERYDAY from 10 AM to 10 PM


Contact: (+632) 6331769
Shangri-La Plaza Mall
Local 336-338 Edsa corner, Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, Shaw Boulevard, Ortigas
Center, Mandaluyong, 1552 Metro Manila, Philippines

© https://www.vigattintourism.com/tourism/articles/Shangri-la-Plaza-Mall

Shangri-La Plaza Corporation operates a shopping center in Philippines. The company was
founded in 1991 and is based in Mandaluyong, Philippines. Shangri-La Plaza Corporation operates
as a subsidiary of EDSA Properties Holdings, Inc.

Shangri-La Plaza Mall is an upscale shopping mall situated in the Ortigas Center, a
business/commercial district of Mandaluyong City. It is surrounded by four streets in the
commercial area, namely, Internal Avenue, St. Francis Avenue, Shaw Boulevard and the major
highway EDSA. Affectionately called “The Shang”, this seven-story structure is also accessible
through the Shaw Boulevard MRT Station in the fifth floor which connects it to the Manila Metro
Rail Transit System. It is also the only retail arm of Kuok Group of Companies, the owner of the
worldwide chain of Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts. The mall has several international stores such
as Gucci, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Dolce and Gabbana, Hugo Boss and Polo Ralph Lauren.

Reference:
https://www.bloomberg.com/research/stocks/private/snapshot.asp?privcapId=28515114
https://philippinescities.com/mandaluyong-city/

OPEN EVERYDAY
Mall Hours
Mon - Thurs: 11am - 9pm
Friday: 11am - 10pm
Saturday: 10am - 10pm
Sunday: 10am - 9pm
Forum Robinsons
Pioneer St, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines

© https://kmcmaggroup.com/building/Forum-Robinsons/

Forum Robinsons is a specialty mall within Cybergate, a modern business and residential
complex at the corner of EDSA and Pioneer Street in Mandaluyong. The shopping center
highlights information technology product categories such as computers, cellphones and other
mobile/wireless gadgets, digital cameras, and audio-video and computer gaming equipment.
Complementing this mix are four anchor stores, four cinemas and a wide array of satisfying
shopping, dining, amusement and service outlets.

Forum Robinsons, formerly called as Robinsons Place Pioneer is a shopping mall located
in Mandaluyong, Metro Manila, Philippines owned and operated by Robinsons Land. It is the 18th
mall opened by Robinsons and the first mall in Mandaluyong City with a gross floor area of 56,000
square meters. The former name Robinsons Place Pioneer was dubbed after its location, Pioneer
Street.

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forum_Robinsons
https://philippinescities.com/mandaluyong-city/

OPEN EVERYDAY from 10 AM – 9 PM

Dambana ng mga Ala-ala


479 Boni Ave, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila, Philippines

© https://www.mandaluyong.gov.ph/travel/index.aspx?node=5

Located within the vicinity of the Maysilo Circle is another monument dedicated to the
freedom fighters of Mandaluyong – Dambana ng Alaala. The monument features “Inang
Kalayaan” with her hands raised up victoriously while freedom-fighting soldiers and Katipuneros
surround her.
In memory of the gallant sons and daughters of Mandaluyong, and the dignity of their
struggle for liberation and freedom from oppression.

Reference: https://www.marc7travels.com/marc7-travels-blog-entries/explore-manila-
mandaluyong
https://www.mandaluyong.gov.ph/travel/index.aspx?node=5

San Felipe Neri Church


Corner Boni Avenue, 1550 Rt. Rev. G. Aglipay, Mandaluyong, Metro Manila,
Philippines

© http://wikimapia.org/593959/San-Felipe-Neri-Church

Like other Catholic churches in the Philippines, it was run by hostile Spanish friars. For
some time, it was the site of bloody encounters between Filipino revolutionaries and Spanish
soldiers.

The San Felipe Neri Church is one of the oldest churches in Metro Manila. The church is
dedicated to the Patron Saint of Rome. Apart from being the center of faith, the church has also
been a site of bloody skirmishes between Philippine revolutionaries and Spanish forces. The
church is now a peaceful sanctuary as it stands out amidst the rows of buildings and houses
around it

Reference:
https://www.mandaluyong.gov.ph/travel/index.aspx?node=5
https://www.marc7travels.com/marc7-travels-blog-entries/explore-manila-mandaluyong

Liwasang Katubusan
Gen Kalentong St. Mandaluyong
© https://www.marc7travels.com/marc7-travels-blog-entries/explore-manila-mandaluyong

Sitting in the midst of a busy street is a memorial that honors the silent heroes of the city
who fought for freedom during World War 2. This was where our #PencilWalks started and it did
pave the mood of our exploration. Mandaluyong have a lot of monuments that honors freedom
fighters and these “bantayog” show clearly how freedom-loving Mandaluyong residents are.

The Liwasang Katubusan is just right in front of “The Market”. It features a female figure
with her hand outstretched and reaching towards the sky – a symbolic movement for freedom. The
memorial happens to also stand beside Don Bosco Technical College, a former seminary that
served as a Japanese headquarters during occupation.

Liberation Marker or Liwasang Katubusan in General Kalentong St., is 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.

Getting there: You can take a Kalentong-bound jeep along Shaw Boulevard and asked to be
dropped off at “The Market”

Reference: https://www.vigattintourism.com/tourism/destinations/46
https://www.marc7travels.com/marc7-travels-blog-entries/explore-manila-mandaluyong

Trampoline Park
The Portal, Mayflower St, Greenfield District, Mandaluyong, 1550 Metro Manila,
Philippines
© Dennison Uy; https://astig.ph/trampoline-park-philippines-review/

For those who want to feel like a kid again and have a fun workout at the same time, there
is a new place you can try. Trampoline Park Zero Gravity Zone at The Portal in Greeenfields
District, Mandaluyong calls to mind childhood experiences from the past as one jumps, hops, and
bounces on their trampolines.

This is the perfect place for intense individual workouts and active social outings with
family, friends and colleagues.

Trampoline Park PH is more than just a trampoline park. We offer a cutting-edge entertainment,
fitness and sports unlike anything you have ever experienced. We have inter-connected
trampolines, a foam pit, tumble tracks, basketball dunk, extreme dodge ball arena and Gravity
Cafe.

OPEN EVERYDAY
Monday – Thursday 12 PM to 8 PM
Friday 12 PM to 9 PM
Saturday 9 AM to 9 PM
Sunday 9 AM to 8 PM
Contact: +63 905 453 3879

Rates:
Weekdays
DURATION RATE
30 MINS PHP 180
1 HOUR 9AM-4:59PM – PHP 320
5pm – 8pm PHP 350
90 MINS PHP 500
2 HOURS PHP 600

Weekends
DURATION RATE
30 MINS PHP 200
1 HOUR PHP 350
90 MINS PHP 550
2 HOURS PHP 650

Trampoline Socks: PHP 80 - The rubber grip on the sole prevents slipping on the tramp. You can
wear them again on your next visit.
Reminders:
- Before entering the trampoline area, participants are asked to watch a safety video and
listen to the rules of the staff on how to jump properly on a trampoline.
- Lockers are provided for those who want to store their belongings.
- You're required to wear thick socks with rubber underneath them if you'll be jumping.
If you don't have a pair, you can buy those kinds of socks at P80 at the counter.
- Once you enter trampoline area, you can jump non-stop.
- Some of the activities one can do include volleyball, basketball, dodge ball, and you
can even jump into an area full of purple and yellow foam.

Reference: https://www.rappler.com/life-and-style/wellness/121837-trampoline-park-zero-
gravity-zone-manila
http://trampolinepark.ph/

NAVOTAS

Navotas Centennial Park


C-4, Navotas, Metro Manila, Philippines

© https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navotas_Centennial_Park

The Navotas Centennial Park is a waterfront park in Navotas, Metro Manila, the
Philippines, facing the Manila Bay. It is the largest open space in the city and is CAMANAVA or
North Manila District's version of the Baywalk. A popular jogging, strolling and skating spot
among local residents, the park runs along the waterfront from the R-10 Bridge (also known as
Bangkulasi Bridge) to the Navotas Bus Terminal, just off Circumferential Road 4 in Bagumbayan
North.

The park was opened on January 16, 2006 during the celebration of the 100th Founding
Anniversary of the municipality of Navotas. It was built on the site of a former garbage transfer
station during the term of Mayor Toby Tiangco who described the project as "garbage turned into
gold." The park hosts a variety of activities and local government celebrations throughout the year,
including the annual Pangisdaan Festival commemorating the founding anniversary of the "Fishing
Capital of the Philippines", and the Bangkang de Sagwan race launched by Mayor John Rey
Tiangco in January 2017.

The park is lined with palm trees and lamp posts and has several bleachers near the park's entrance
facing the Manila Bay. It also features a two-way ramp and a stock room built in 2014. The park
hosts aerobics and taebo sessions on weekends and is also a popular venue for outdoor concerts.
In February 2017, the Navotas City Government in partnership with the Metropolitan Manila
Development Authority launched a carless weekend program and designated the Navotas
Centennial Park as a family zone where residents and visitors can enjoy the outdoors as a
community free from pollution and vehicular traffic.

Reference: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Navotas_Centennial_Park

San Jose de Navotas Parish


M. Naval St, Navotas, 1485 Metro Manila, Philippines

© http://dioceseofkalookan.blogspot.com/2012/04/san-jose-jose-de-navotas-parish-church.html

After san jose de navotas parish was canonically erected on July 1, 1859, the construction
of a provisional parish church started in November of the same year. It was in 1860, under the
helm of Rev. Fr. Matias Naboa that the main altar was completed, the cemetery was inaugurated,
and the belfry was erected. Right from the start, the parish boasted of a spacious churchyard.

Although the earthquake of June 1863 partially demolished the rectory, it was immediately
reconstructed months after, through Fr. Naboa’s initiatives. Several improvements have been made
since then, such as the construction of a complete, new parish complex, still under Fr. Naboa, and
the baptistery, under the supervision of Rev. Fr. Manuel Perez. But, as another earthquake (1880)
jolted the parish rectory, the parish priest, Rev Fr. Marcos Hernandez was forced to stay at the
house of Capitan Juan Sioson, situated in front of the church. On June 1892, Rev. Fr. Tomas Agudo
led the construction of the present–day parish, with the altar done by April 1895.

When the American Fleet of the post–Hispanic period under Commodore Dewey
bombarded the town, the old Augustinian rest house in Banculasi was demolished. Rev. Fr. Nicolas
Avedano, the first permanent Filipino parish priest of San Jose de Navotas Parish, took the parish
records into Bigaa, Bulaan for safekeeping. Unfortunately, the battle front shifted to Bigaa, and
everything that was kept was burned.

The Parish of San Jose de Navotas withstood other endeavors sturdily, from Aglipayan
Schisms of the early 1900’s, the storm of October 16, 1934 that substantially damaged the church,
to the invasion of Japanese armies and the aftermath of the battles. These scars give justice to the
will of the people of Navotas; ever–dedicated, ever–faithful.

CHURCH SERVICES

MASSES
Daily Masses – 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM
Sunday Masses – 5:00 AM, 6:15 AM, 7:30 AM and 9:00 AM 4:00 PM, 5:15 PM, 6:30 PM

Reference: http://kalookandiocese.org/parishes/vicariate-of-san-jose-de-navotas/san-jose-de-
navotas-parish.html

Navotas Fish Port Complex


Radial Rd 10, Navotas, Metro Manila, Philippines

© https://www.rappler.com/move-ph/176354-bulungan-navotas-fish-complex

Manila Bay provides Navotas with a bountiful source of fish and other marine products,
which constitute the basic diet of the town's residents. Navotas, home to low marginal fisherman,
and big-time trawlers, own the most modern sophisticated fishing boats dominating the fishing
ground of the country today. Marketing of the catch is done in a modern market complex known
as Navotas Fishery Port, premiere fish center of the Philippines with an area of 47.5 hectares and
one of the largest in Asia under the supervision of PFDA (Philippine Fisheries Development
Authority). It is a traditional landing place of commercial fishing boats operating in various fishing
grounds in the Philippines situated on a 47.5-hectare reclaimed land at the Northeastern section of
Manila Bay. Within the complex is a thriving fishing industry, supplying fish to major markets of
Metro Manila. Thousands of buyers visit the port daily where an estimated 20 commercial fishing
vessels call port and unload a total volume of about 800 tons. Overland vehicles from different
provinces also bring in addition another volume of 50 tons. Outside the complex is a business
center with banks, markets, restaurants, and recreational facilities.
Open EVERYDAY from 7AM – 5PM

Reference: https://www.vigattintourism.com/tourism/destinations/50

MUNTINLUPA

Alabang Town Center


2nd Floor Food Choices, Alabang Town Center, Alabang-Zapote Road Muntinlupa City
Metro Manila PH, Alabang–Zapote Road, Philippines

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Alabang Town Center, strategically located within the suburbs of Southern Manila, exudes
the comfortable and laid-back lifestyle distinctive of this area. Characterized by weekend lunches
with the family, this Mediterranean courtyard-inspired shopping center captures the sprawling and
engaging nature of lively meals in the sunlight. It is the only open-air mall south of Makati that
has successfully blended natural elements with retail space, dining and entertainment choices and
punctuated with a lively activity center. Situated within minutes from the nearby villages, it is the
community’s second home and meeting place for every day, a refuge where comfort, relaxation
and pleasurable shopping happen at their own pace.

Open everyday
Mon – Fri 11 AM to 9 PM
Sat & Sun 10 AM to 9 PM

Reference: https://www.bandwagon.asia/venues/alabang-town-center

Cuenca Park
Tanauan St., Ayala Alabang, Muntinlupa, 1780 Metro Manila, Philippines
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This park provides the perfect location for fun sports activities like football and Frisbee,
but if you’re not much of a sports person, you may still enjoy simply sitting back on the grass and
breathing the fresh air, or perhaps even having a picnic with your family or friends.

There’s also a football field. Especially during the summer, football friendlies and
tournaments take place in Cuenca Park. When it isn’t football, it’s ultimate Frisbee, softball, or
track and field. It’s a favorite after-school hangout and up to today, children could be seen enjoying
the playground while the teenagers play in the covered courts.

Cuenca Park also has a Rustan’s Fresh and Starbucks Café inside, making the park a viable choice
for get-togethers, especially for those that don’t want to leave the confines of AAV. During some
weekends, Cuenca Park also becomes the venue for community events.

Reference: https://www.realliving.com.ph/real-estate/neighborhoods/neighborhoods-muntinlupa-
a00272-20181107
https://www.hoppler.com.ph/blog/featured-articles/parks-in-muntinlupa-that-bring-the-
community-together

The River Park


Alabang, Muntinlupa, Metro Manila

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Festival River Park, a 2,300 square-meter outdoor haven with some of the Metro’s finest
restaurants paired with the best of nature, was one of the many massive expansions of the supermall
in 2015. Located across Festival Alabang, the River Park is surrounded by trees, a variety of plants,
and a river that creates one of the calmest, most relaxing hangouts in Muntinlupa.

The River Park has two distinct identities. During the day, it’s a tranquil hideout spot for
families. Oftentimes, people can be seen at the River Park jogging around, walking their pets, or
enjoying a picnic with friends. During late afternoons, the after-work crowd visit to watch the
sunset, before going to one of the many international restaurants the River Park houses that are
great spots for dinner dates, reunions, or parties. Also present are several bars for a welcome
nightcap.

Reference: https://www.hoppler.com.ph/blog/featured-articles/parks-in-muntinlupa-that-bring-
the-community-together

St. James The Great Parish


Cuenca cor. Ibaan St., Ayala Alabang Village, Muntinlupa City

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Also located inside Ayala Alabang Village is St. James the Great Parish, a popular venue
for weddings and prenuptial shoots. Aside from its elegant architecture and grand interiors, the
parish also has a stunning, manicured courtyard outside.

Tel: 807-1623
Fax: 842-5140
E-mail: st.jamesthegreatparish@yahoo.com
Parish Priest: Fr. Rolando R. Agustin
Parochial Vicar: Fr. Edgar Joseph S. Miranda
Chaplain, De La Salle Santiago Zobel School: Msgr. Rufino B. Suplido, Jr.

The Nest Vivere


5102 Bridgeway Ave, Filinvest City, Muntinlupa, 1781 Metro Manila, Philippines

© https://www.wheninmanila.com/the-nest-vivere-alabang/

Perched at the 31st floor roof top at Vivere Hotel & Resorts, The Nest indulges your
senses with the right combination of good food, music and mixes.

OPEN Every day from 5AM to 1AM

Reference: https://www.wheninmanila.com/the-nest-vivere-alabang/

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