Soft Opening of Ohtako in Goodwill Homes 1, Novaliches, Quezon City

Good News to all takoyaki fans and foodies !

Ohtako had a successful opening day past 3:00pm within Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches. This is just few minutes walk from Kingspoint Subdivision, San Pedro IX subdivision, Kasiyahan Village, Gran Monaco Villas in Barangay Bagbag.
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Ohtako Takoyaki staff

Ohtako Takoyaki Stall

Ohtako food stall opened their 3rd branch in Quezon City and the first one within Novaliches ( district 5). The growth of the tokayaki stall is quite phenomenal with at least 30 stalls since they just opened less than 5 months ago.

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customers and patrons wait for their orders

According to the franchise owner, the name “OH” means original and tako comes from the shorten word for takoyaki.

Their takoyaki is sold for just Php 10.00 per piece. Just happen to pass-by their stall and waited a couple of hours before they made their first batch of takoyaki, ordered some Php 200.00 worth of takoyaki.

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Ohtako takoyaki

Ohtako’s takoyaki is cooked well with generous toppings of cheese, bonito flakes, takoyaki sauce and mayonnaise. The only downturn is that they did not have spicy chilies to match takoyaki. According to the franchisee, they would include chilies for those with spicy taste. We can not wait for that.

They only allow take away, for those who wanted to order in bulk, Try to visit them at their stall.

Do not forget to visit and buy their takoyaki whenever you happen to pass Goodwill Homes 1 in Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City.

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Ohtako Takoyaki Stall

Address: Block 1, Lot F, Katipunan Avenue, Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City ( in front of Goodwill Gym)

Operations: Everyday

Operational Hours: 1:00 pm to 8:00 pm subject to change

Sauyo Market Visit During Enhanced Community Quarantine in Quezon City

Sauyo market is located near Quirino Highway within Barangay Bagbag and near Barangay Sauyo in Novaliches, Quezon City.

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There is a public market which is accessible to the residents of West Fairview, Barangay Sauyo, Barangay Bagbag and Barangay Talipapa in Novaliches, Quezon City.

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Qurino Highway corner Mindanao Avenue near Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches

Quirino Highway is quite busy even on ordinary days but the traffic is just reduced to handful of vehicle which ply the main avenue.

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Barangay Sauyo is home to about 80,000 residents of the district. While Barangay Bagbag had about 60,000 residents.

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buyers lined-up at a local general merchandise stall within Sauyo Market

The market is normally jam pack on ordinary days since there were a lot of people buying wet, fresh produce and dry goods.

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COVID 2019 cases in Quezon City as posted at their social media accounts as of April 2, 2020

Sauyo Market

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Social distancing is limited to just a mere 1 feet with people crowding on stalls which sells basic necessities like canned goods, biscuits, rice, powdered milk, sugar, coffee among others.

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Saba banana

What we noticed is the slight increase in the price of saba banana. Saba banana is usually retailed per piece from Php 1.00 to Php 3.50 before the pre-COVID 2019 enhance community quarantine.  Is now sold for Php 50 per kilo just a couple of days ago.

Some people believed that eating 1 saba banana or banana will help them better immune system in order to fight the coronavirus. In fact i have posted 30 myths about coronavirus few weeks ago.

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local bakery

Local bakeries within Sauyo market still have a lot of baked pastries and local breads. But the seller told me that their stock of flour, milk, sugar and margarine which are the basic ingredients for making bread may not last for more than two weeks.

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squid and tuna

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smiles from fish vendor

Despite the hardship that these vendors endure, they still managed to give smile. As they say there is a rainbow at the end of the tunnel.

Stylish Modern Homes in C. Benitez Street, Quezon City

Stylish modern home at the heart of Quezon City’s financial, cultural, educational and restaurant district.

C. Benitez Street, Quezon City

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Quezon City vicinity map

The town homes are currently for sale to those interested in buying. It located in a  convenient zone, near shopping center like Robinson’s Magnolia, Araneta Center, Tomas Morato Street, E. Rodriguez and just within 40 to 50 minutes away from major financial center such as San Juan, Makati or Ortigas area.

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construction workers

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The town homes are situated in an area which is not flood prone and away from active fault-line . The community had a sense of close knit and ample security system.

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The houses have good feng shui and good chi which attracts a lot of prospective buyers.

Town Homes Projects within Quezon City

For those looking for other town homes for sale, One can also visit Scout Rallos Townhomes and Tomas Morato also by the same developer.

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There were 15 town homes set within compound style, E -Home features, ample parking slots with swimming pool.

Do not forget to call the friendly project architect / marketing representative for ocular inspection of these town homes.
Contact Person: Ms. Wynona Parulan – Project Architect/ Marketing Representative
Email : wynona.marketingymaz@gmail.com
Contact :0926-064-2982 / Viber:

Chinese New Year Celebration in Quezon City’s Chinatown

Big celebration were held at the intersection of Banawe street corner Calamba street which highlighted the countdown to the Chinese New Year 2020 celebrations in Quezon City.

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Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte-Alumurong together with PROC Ambassador Huang Xi Lian, councilors and federation officers.

This was held last January 26 Sunday from 3:00 pm till past 8:00 pm where fireworks display and a concert was held.

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Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc (FFCCCII) members, Quezon City Association of Filipino Chinese Businessmen Inc. ( QCAFCBI), Quezon City Chinatown Development Foundation (QCCDF)

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Mr. Joseph Lim Bon Huan waves his hand ( President , QC Association of Filipino-Chinese Businessmen Inc.) before the parade started

Chinese New Year Celebrations

Special guests includes Chinese ambassador Huang Xi Lian of People’s Republic of China, Quezon City councilors, barangay officials from different districts, Filipino Chinese

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Quezon City’s councilors

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Quezon City Association of Filipino Chinese Businessmen Inc. ( QCAFCBI) officers and PROC Ambassador His Excellency Huang Xi Lian

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group photo

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Mayor Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte-Alimurong along with Quezon City’s Barangay officials and well wishers

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program emcees Ms. Candice Tan and  Mr. Giru Mercado

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 Quezon City Association of Filipino Chinese Businessmen Inc. members

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Before the program started, Mr. Vince Gordovez of Quezon City Tourism office had a short trivia contest were lucky participant won tikoy and charms.

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Mr. Wilson Lee -Flores of Kamuning Bakery

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lion dance performed by jing Shen Wushu Dragon and Lion Dance Group

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Shou La Mien and Fruitas stall

The event had about 20 stalls selling different kinds of street foods, noodles, hopia, tikoy, cookies, moon cakes, milk teas, pork barbecue, rice, snacks, hand pulled noodles among others.

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Doña Maria Rice Puff being sold for Php 35 per pack

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cultural dance

Cultural dances were performed by students and alumni of Philippine Cultural College Dance group, Philippine Cultural College Alumni Association and Philippine Institute of Quezon City.

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Among the cultural dances came from Uyghurs and Tibetan group performed by the two Filipino-Chinese school based in the city.

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Rev. Father Wong Seng Tian gave a general predictions for the metal rat

The evening also capped a presentation of musical rendition performed by Ms. Maria Teresa Tirona and a representative from Filipino-Chinese association “Yue Liang Dai Biao Wo De Xin” or ” The Moon Represents My Heart ” which is a popular love song by Filipino-Chinese and Chinese all over the world. First sang by Teresa Tang.

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live concert

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fireworks display

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jam packed place

The crowd seems very happy and elated with all the freebies and happening within Chinatown Quezon City.

Grand Parade at the Santo Niño de Bago Bantay in Quezon City

Santo Niño exhibit within the Diocesan Shrine of Santo Niño in Bago Bantay is one of the highlight of the annual festival.

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There were 486 Santo Niño mostly owned by the residents of the community were on display for 9 days.

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According to the one manning the exhibit, There were a lot of residents who keep the image and statues of the child jesus.

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church facade

The area is just within 1 to 2 kilometers away from SM North EDSA, DEPED -Quezon City and Trinoma Mall.

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early mass

History of Santo Niño in Bago Bantay

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The devotion of the child jesus can coincide with the establishment of Bago Bantay. Bago-Bantay started as a small visita in the early 1930’s under the jurisdiction of San Pedro de Bautista parish in San Francisco del Monte in Quezon City.

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umbrellas at the church yard

After the second world war immigrants from the city of Manila and nearby cities eventually moved in the vicinity.

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After thousands of displaced families moved from war ravaged Manila, Caloocan and nearby cities  due to the destruction from World War II. The migration came from the late 1940’s and early 1960s.

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Sto. Niño de Bago Bantay with new vestment

These new migrants brought more problems to the community, as criminal gangs started carving their territories through the streets of Bago-Bantay and adjacent area.

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colorful ati-atihan costumes

Petty crimes, snatching, criminal activities started creating problems within the surrounding area.  Bago Bantay area is almost synonymous to Tondo in Manila or Bagong Barrio in Caloocan.

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In 1957, the parish became under Santa Rita Parish of Philam Life and in 1961 under the jurisdiction of Christ the King parish in Project 7.

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On May 3, 1967, Rufino Cardinal Santos decreed the erection of new parish under the patronage of Santo Niño with 25,625 residents.

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On May 3, 1967, RT Reverend Miguel P. Nuguid was appointed as the first parish priest and vicar forane.

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Santo Niño Parochial School

The local authorities tried their best to remedy the situation, nothing much was achieved until the arrival of Fr. Miguel P. Nuguid as the parish priest in 1967.

Father Miguel Nuguid together with some parishioners started to conduct home visitation.

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He also worked with the retired public school teacher, Mrs. Romana Delos Angeles, the Catholic Women’s League and residents to establish the Santo Niño Parochial School in 1968.

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The priest also spearheaded for the construction of a new church which is now known as Diocesan Shrine of Sto. Niño de Bago Bantay, Quezon City.

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current parish priest

It was in the early 1970’s that a master plan surfaced for construction of a permanent church of the Sto. Niño. On January 14, 1973 the church was consecrated and dedicated to the Holy Infant Jesus. In 1976, the Sto. Niño Church became the seat of the newly created vicariate made up them of seven parishes. This was an important historical event in the life of the parish.

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On March 26, 1978, the devotees of the Sto. Niño witnessed the laying and blessing of the cornerstone of the permanent church where the Silver Sto. Niño would be enshrined.

In January 14, 1983 , finally the new shrine was dedicated by Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin.

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Grand Parade

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The grand parade started early after the early dawn mass by the parish priest, there was a street dancing competition were students of the nearby parochial school participated.

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firecrackers were lighted prior to the street dancing competition

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long lines of well-wishers and residents

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street near the church

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parade route

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mass schedule

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parishioners in ati-atihan costume ( photo courtesy by Mr. Vladimir Estocado)

There were also several residents who brought their cherished and beloved images and statues of the child jesus during the parade.

References and Sources:

Dedication Marker

Santo Niño Parish Church

Historical marker

Personal interview of Bago Bantay residents

Roman Catholic Diocese of Cubao website

Photo credits: Vladimir Estocado, Santo Niño Parish and the author