We proceed with the tour around the Iglesia Filipina Independiente or the Aglipayan Church. The group saw the church choir rehearsing for holy week .
Birhen Maria Mulawin
Mulawin aka Molave ( Premna integrifolia ) is a tree species reaching a height of about 10 meters, that is found in Southeast Asia. When the tree was cut they found an image of a virgin in the wood. The image was venerated by the locals hence acquiring the title . The Virgin Mary of Mulawin ( Mulawin ) . The tree was from Laguna. A big slab was given to Marikina.
Our Lady of the Barangay
The choir was rehearsing for holy week, The group was able to take a few snap shots
Mama Ting’s is one of the best places to buy everlasting, rellenong bangus , pork hamonado and beef morcon in this part of Marikina – Their store is located near Kapitan Moy along J.P. Rizal street .
Mrs. Lourdes “Mama Ting” Diguangco started cooking rellenong bangus for selling in 1998 and she would bring only some of them to the public market. She was only selling 30 to 35 pieces every week. It was only in 2010 when she decided to open a takeout store.
We opted to buy everlasting , It is comparable to embutido but it is presented in a llanera ( oval shaped mold ) the aluminum mold is commonly used for the more popular leche flan ( steamed ceme caramel ) . It is also advisable to pre-order their specialties especially on weekeneds , holidays and on Christmas season.
Address: 246 J.P. Rizal St. Barangay Sta Elena, Marikina City
Contact : Cellphone number: 0917-511-0208 Land-line Telephone 624-7100
beef with mushroom
beef is tender with mushroom – However it is a bit oily
fish fillet is fried creme dory and with regular mayonnaise dip
Lumpiang Tagalog is also called Lumpiang Hubad – without the wrapper . I have tasted this dish several times. The lumpia had chopped ubod ng niyog ( coconut palm heart ), togue (mungbean sprouts ) tokwa ( tofu ) sliced carrots , beans, cabbage, chopped celery , shrimps .
We ate a lunch buffet at Cocina de Kambal at the Kapitan Moy building
Our Lady of the Abandoned Church
The original church was built in 1572 made out of light materials wherein both the Augustinians and Jesuits fought over the ecclesiastical control of the area. On March 10, 1687, Governor Gabriel Cruz Elasque ordered the transfer of Marikina to the oversight of the Augustinians and merged with the ministry of San Mateo, Rizal . He instructed Don Juan Pimentel ( Mayor of Tondo ) to vacate and demolish the visita of Jesús de la Peña as the Marikina river would flood the site during the rainy season. Due to increasing population and floods, the parish had to move into higher ground the much larger, present structure was built. The church was subsequently made an independent parish in 1690.
The church enshrines one of several images of the Virgin Mary venerated as miraculous, which has received Papal recognition.
In 1898, during the Philippine-American war, the first image was burnt along with pertinent records of the devotion in Marikina. In 1902, a new image was created, and is the one presently venerated in the parish.
The church sustained major damages during the closing months of the second world war . The carillion ( church bells ) out of about 7 or 8 , more than half were destroyed from Allied bombings . The remaining bells were later kept within the church grounds –
Our Lady of the Abandoned replica
This was according to Mr. Jonathan Blaza . Renovation started in the 1950’s up to the late 1957 with the help of various civic groups .
The church was again renovated and enlarged in the mid- 2000 and additional trompe’l -oeil style of paintings were added .
apostle and saint statues
Architecture : The church was constructed in Baroque style, it is characterized by a heavily-fortified facade, large-scale ceiling paintings, a dramatic central projection of the facade, a round-style pediment for the bell-tower.
Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish Catholic Cemetery
apartment style niches
The cemetery is well-kept with small manicured lawn planted with common plants like ixora ( santan ) dracena
century -old acacia tree
This century -old acacia tree is a mute testament to the colorful history of the place. The old acacia tree is a host for ficus , Drynaria quercifolia ( oak leaf fern)
We opted to walked along the J.P.Rizal street and saw a lot of old houses and beautiful gardens. The house above was probably made more than 50 years ago in concrete with grill works , balcony , arches and adobe ( volcanic tuff ) walls.
This is a private garden along 205 J.P. Rizal street within Barangay San Roque , Marikina City – it had semi-terete orchids, cattleyas, bromeliads, neogerelias , dischidias , ixoras , ficus
San Roque chapel
Salud Panciteria is among the most favorite panciterias in Marikina . The panciteria ( noodle house ) started in 1960’s as a home-style restaurant.
I have eaten there several times and i must say that their Salud Pinagulong and Breaded Chicken is the best not only in Marikina but in Metro Manila. Located along 205-A 141 JP Rizal Street. There is a signage pointing the quaint restaurant along a small alley ( within a compound)
The original founder is Aling Salud who have Chinese descent and have learn the art of making noodles from her parents. They eventually started selling their home-made noodles for less than a peso in one of the busy corners of Barangay San Roque along JP Rizal street in Marikina in the 1960’s. Soon, after she opened her panciteria which she named after her. family also continued running one in Laoag City in Ilocos Norte province. The current restaurant is now being managed by a third generation clan member.
The miki- bihon noodles strands is named as ” Pinagulong ” . What makes this noodle so special is that there are topping of fried pork ( lechon kawali ) on top of the noodles. Php 150 good for 2 to 4 persons
Torta con Carne with Special Sauce
Torta con Carne with Special Sauce is another MUST TRY An additional sauce is added . The torta dish is a combination of Spanish , Chinese and Filipino influence .
The area can accommodate between 30 to 60 people at any given time. Reservation is advisable . The restaurant also offers catering for baptismal, birthdays, weddings and meetings.
Address: 205A JP Rizal Street, Barangay San Roque , Marikina City
Contact Details: (02) 369-43-69 Cellphone : (0927) 752-6751
Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/NewSaludPanciteria
Sisig Sarap is located within the sports complex . The restaurant caters to students and budget conscious individuals.
We also toured around the Marikina Sports Complex . There used to be a railroad track which runs along the present day Marikina sport complex ( daang bakal ) railroad system which also includes parts of Montalban , Rizal
Marikina Sports Stadium Bells
We end the culinary and heritage tour with a bright mood past 4:00PM
Note: I would like to ” Thank” Mr. Jonathan J. Blaza , Shoe Museum staffs , Cocina de Kambal , Salud Panciteria , Aling Remy’s Puto , Goto Garahe , Kapitan Moy -tourism office staffs and the people that we met during the tour.