General Luis Malinis street is a narrow winding street which starts from intersection of Susano Road and Quirino Highway in Novaliches. The street connects several barangays ( Novaliches town proper/ (Poblacion), Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon of Novaliches, Quezon City, Barangay Caybiga / Kaybiga, Barangay Bagbaguin North Caloocan, Barangay Bagbaguin, Paso de Blas, Canumay, Fortune Village, Maysan and Malinta in Valenzuela. This street is between 8.89 to 9 kilometers long.
General Luis Malinis street ( via google map 2019)
Our small group tried to explore this part of Novaliches and the northern parts of Caloocan and Valenzuela. We have several friends and close acquaintances which live within these areas.
Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon ( General Luis street ) Quezon City side
folk story or urban legend that still circulates within Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon, Bugsok (present day Kaligayahan), Bagbag and Capri area would recall that Señorita Nova and Señor Lechi were lovers, however their families objected their relationship. The young couple while gathering fresh water mollusks along Tullahan/Tulyahan/ Tuliahan river met their untimely death. Eventually, people would name the place- Novaliches, in memory of the two ill- fated lovers.
Nagkaisang Nayon welcome arch
General Luis corner Katipunan Avenue – This intersection which leads Katipunan Avenue ( a four lane avenue) to several subdivisions like Sierra Vista, California Village, Goodwill Homes 1, Kingspoint Subdivision, Lukaria street and connects Mindanao Avenue. Some residents would also refer this as part of SB diversion road, which was completed almost two decades ago.
jeepney which ply Novaliches -Malinta route
According to old residents and “Ang Kasaysayan ng Novaliches”book, There are two possible origin of the name- The area is known for livestock raising with herds of cattle, goat, sheep, carabao ranches within the locality. Novaliches also supplies fresh milk and kesong puti in Manila -hence the name was a corrupted term for Nueva de Leche.
Manuel Pavia y Lacy ( photo courtesy of wikipedia)
The widely accepted terminology was the title given to Governor General Manuel Pavia y Lacy ( 1st Marquez de Novaliches ). It was during his term that prisoners from bilibid and some volunteers clear vast tract of forest lands and cogon areas for cultivation and settlement in then Hacienda Tala, Hacienda Malinta and Hacienda Piedad which were friar properties.
Old residents would recall that they would call this road Novaliches-Polo road. This was renamed as one of Andres Bonifacio’s most trusted and loyal revolutionaries, General Luis Malinis ( however some local historians and historical documents would tell that he was not a resident of the place) who was killed during the Battle of Novaliches around November 17 and 18, 1896.
Novaliches was a hot spot for revolutionaries during the late Spanish era and the fighting continued until American era. Some of the Andres Bonifacio’s friends and allies like Tomas Geronimo and Canuto Dumalay had streets named after them near the town proper. They were beloved sons of the town.
According to memoirs by General Mariano Alvarez (GMA) “He carried out the siege toward the end of November 1896. After a pitch battle, the Sons of the People at noon burned the civil guards’ headquarters and the chapel where the enemies had entrenched themselves. Unfortunately, the brave General Malinis was killed by the Spaniards.”
Agricultural, Residential and Industrial
Old time residents would recall that when both sides of the nine-kilometer road were still dotted by rice fields, cattle ranches and primary agricultural. Travel time from Valenzuela to Novaliches, and vice versa, was only 10 minutes 40 to 50 years ago. Industrial parks and warehouses started sprouting up in the mid- 1960’s. Now, travel time could be between 1hour to 1 1/2 hours long. Especially during morning rush hour, lunch time and late afternoon. There are big development plans in some parts of this street.
There are several factories, schools, industrial warehouses, subdivisions, venue place/ resort, manufacturing plants, steel company, food parks, malls, churches, supermarkets, pet supplies, agricultural supplies, wet and dry market which are found along the street.
signage going to north Caloocan
Diamond road corner General Luis street
Quiambao Coconut Lumber
overloaded tricycle with students
We also notice that traffic is quite heavy within General Luis street especially near schools, intersection and near wet market places.
Sacred Heart Parish -Dioceses of Novaliches
Tamara and Villa Maria subdivisions
Mindanao Avenue extension corner General Luis street, Caloocan City ( almost completed)
large pico mango fruits
The mangoes , tamarind and duhat trees that grows along the pedestrian area were already seedlings even before the streets were paved in concrete, This was according to some residents, They are gathering some unripe pico mangoes.
turn of a century ancestral house along General Luis corner Mindanao Avenue extension.
turn of a century ancestral house with sprawling garden
Elysian 727– a modern house and private resort with 5 feet infinity swimming pool which overlooks North Caloocan at nigh time ( a separate article on the resort and garden)
pilgrim christian baptist chapel
mid- century old ancestral house
Mejos Store and Eatery
blooming red plumeria and cacti
shoes and shoe repair outlet
Mr. Sapatos repair and shoe store
Vista Verde Executive subdivision
Captain Burger stall
AUV terminal near Vista Verde Executive Homes
pet and agricultural supplies store
pet store ( another angle)
grains and feeds
rice porridge and mami eatery
Naulpit poultry and pet store, barbershop, Japanese surplus and Marben bakery
century-old tamarind tree, modern house and mid-century ancestral house
Old time residents told us that the tamarind and mango trees found along the pedestrian walkways are already there for several decades when the street is still narrow. Some people believes that there are unseen spirits which dwell on those large trees.
Barangay 166, Caybiga, North Caloocan pocket garden
Barangay Caybiga Hall
Caybiga Elementary School
Dayn’s barbershop just opened their business few months ago. They have a cheap haircut promo price which starts at Php 35 for children and adults. Haircut normally cost between Php 40 to Php 50 in other parts of the barangay.
camote cue, banana cue, turon and maruya
Our tour lead us to other barangays like Barangay Bagbaguin, North Caloocan , Barangay Bagbaguin and Paso de Blas in Valenzuela. Stopping to some well known eateries, 24/ 7 tapsilogan, lugawan and sizzling plate.
signage along kilometer 19
My friend also told me that there used to be mini-buses which ply the route from Santa Cruz/ Doroteo Jose several years back.
Out tour lead us to a well-known supermarket mall ( near NLEX Malinta exit) and back to the town of Novaliches, where we parted ways.
How to commute:
There are jeepney which ply Novaliches-Malinta route
There is also a bus from Santa Cruz/ Doroteo Jose to Malinta ( General Luis street)
References and Bibliographies:
Personal communications from several residents of Nagkaisang Nayon, Caybiga, Vista Verte, Torres Village,Jordan Plains, Millionaires Village, Deparo, Bagbaguin and Paso de Blas.
Dr. Mamerto Serano Miranda, History of Novaliches Academy
The Man Behind Metro Manila College, Mamerto S. Miranda ( souvenir program )
Calairo Franco,Rosalina M. and Calairo Emmanuel Franco: Ang Kasaysayan ng Novaliches, 1997 ( ISBN 971-91843-0-2 )
Himagsikang 1896: G. Miranda Book Store, 1995