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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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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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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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

12 Important Activities at the Chinese New Year 2020 Celebration in Quezon City

Quezon City government in joint cooperation with Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc (FFCCCII), Quezon City Association of Filipino Chinese Businessmen Inc. ( QCAFCBI), Quezon City Chinatown Development Foundation (QCCDF) will usher in the ” Year of the Metal Rat” on January 26, 2020 Sunday.

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Chinatown -Quezon City Welcome arch

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Dr. Henry Lim Bon Liong ( president) Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. ( FFCCCII) together with Mr. Wilson Lee -Flores ( moderator/ columnist ,publicity and promotion chairperson for FFCCCII)

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Quezon City Chinatown Development Foundation ( QCCDF) and Quezon City Association of Filipino-Chinese Businessmen Inc. ( QCAFCBI).

12 Important Activities at the Chinese New Year 2020 Celebrations

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Banawe corner Quezon Avenue in Quezon City

12.) Mayor Josefina “Joy” Belmonte-Alimurong,Vice Mayor Gian Sotto together with Chinese ambassador -People Republic of China ( PRC), His Excellency Huang Xi Lian will be the special guests of honor. They will also lead the countdown and celebrations.

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Banawe street

11.) Traditional lion and dragon dance performances within Banawe and adjacent streets.

10.) Grand Parade and motorcade will be held in Banawe and within Quezon City’s -Chinatown district on January 26, 2020 Sunday which starts at 3:00 pm.

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9.) Chinese music and arts performances by Filipino- Chinese schools based in the city.

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Quezon City Symphonic Band

8.) Quezon City’s Symphonic Band will perform various musical rendition.

7.) Wushu and Martial Arts exhibition will be held to highlight the rich Filipino-Chinese culture.

6.) Chinese lanterns will light up major streets in the district.

5.) Filipino-Chinese deli food and trade bazaar will be held.

4.) Traditional Chinese cooking demonstration will be held to highlight the rich culinary heritage.

3.) Grand Concert of the Climax Band and Rico Blanco will cap the celebrations.

2.) Fireworks display will light up the Chinatown district at the end of the program.

1.) Reknown Feng Shui Master Reverend Father Wong Seng Tian will give his predictions for the Chinese New Year 2020.

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In 2013, Quezon City’s government installed two Chinatown arches at Banawe street corner Quezon Avenue, designating the area as ” Chinatown of Quezon City” and branding it as a world- class hub for the Filipino- Chinese community.

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Furthermore, the government passed City Ordinance 2453-2015, formally designating the QC Chinatown in Banawe street as one of the tourism districts, thus improving its accessibility, ensuring environmental sustainability and enhancing its infrastructure  and other amenities.

10 Thrift Shopping Tips in Kamuning Street, Quezon City

Kamuning street and the district was named after Murraya paniculata. This is a sweet smelling flowering shrub which used to be commonly found within the vicinity.

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Kamuning street

The district was developed mainly for housing project in the 1930’s for government employees. Other business eventually opened and it is synonymous for custom made tailoring shops and supplies.

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Kamuning Bakery which had the oldest existing bakery in the city is located nearby.

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Barangay Kamuning street map ( serves as guide for tourists and newbies)

The district also had several bus stations and a jump off point to several provinces in the north and southern areas like Batangas, Laguna, Quezon, Bicol and Visayas.

Thrift Shopping Tips

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mid- century building along Kamuning street, some of the former residential houses were transformed into tailoring shops.

According to old time residents, Some houses would conduct garage sale once in a while but it was to dispose of their pre-loved items in the 1960’s and even 1970’s. The district is also known for its tailoring stores and customized outfit.

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cloth for sale ( per yard)

Sometime about 30 years ago, thrift stores began to open one after the other. Some of the stores would held a monthly swap meet, eyeball or discount sale intended to attract customers, loyal clients and friends. Rent is relatively cheaper compared to Malate, Cubao Expo, Quezon City and Evangelista Street in Makati until few years ago.

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Iyaman Fashion House Ukay-Ukay

Location : 17, Kamuning Road, Edsa Avenue Corner, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila

10.) Thrift Stores are mostly located near Kamuning corner EDSA- There were at least a dozen or so thrift stores which are conveniently located near the EDSA intersection. Some specializes on fashion, bags, fixture, bicycles, furniture, office supplies, house items and Japan Surplus. One can have a leisurely walk within Kamuning street from 50 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes visiting each store. The far end of the thrift stores are located near Tomas Morato Avenue.

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Japan Surplus Kamuning-YAMEINA Enterprises

Location: 122 GFO bldg., Kamuning road, Barangay Kamuning , Quezon City

9.) Opening Time – Each store operational hours would vary. The earliest would open around 9:00- 9:30 am and closes around past 7:00pm or 8:00 pm on ordinary days. Some are closed on sundays.

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Swap Meet Antique Store

Location : 124 Kamuning Street, Quezon City

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Santa Clause and Christmas village houses for sale

8.) Have a Strategy – Be sure that one must already know a ballpark figure on what items do you need, have a price estimate and try to scout other thrift stores within the vicinity.

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Laughing Buddha for sale

7.) Have a Pleasant Disposition–  Start the conversation with warm hello or hi, This will brightens everyone’s mood.

6.) Photography – Some thrift stores, especially those carrying home appliances have a large signage which do not allow photography and taking videos inside.

5.) Give Everything a Second or even a Third Look– Do not get afraid to ask assistance from the sales person. Take your time to look at the items for sale.

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Northwest Estate and Collectibles

170 K-1st Street, Barangay Kamuning, Quezon City

Contact: 0905-315-9388 

4.) Not All Items are Cheap – I have a chance to visit a Japanese Surplus store which specializes on items from Japan. They were selling their small kokeshi doll for Php 100 each, which is a bit steep compared to those in Fairview, Novaliches or Valenzuela. Maybe there are a lot of kokeshi doll collectors within the district which may have jack-up the demand for these kind of dolls.

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Japan Selections

Location: 6 Kamuning Road, Diliman, Quezon City, 1103 Metro Manila

3.) Know their Discount Sales and in-House Promos – Surplus or Thrift stores within Kamuning street also have their discount sale on certain time period.  I do not have an idea on the policy of DTI with regards to returning items. Remember that almost all the electrical appliances on sale does not have a warranty. Pre-love items have the mark of age and patina.  Tagging a friend or acquaintance is also recommended. As some say, ” You do not know everything “.

2.) Regular Visit–  Thrift shoppers would visit the thrift stores as often as weekly basis or depending on the arrival of the items. Find out the days and times your thrift store restocks its shelves, in order to get first deals on all the latest items. Since i do not have a luxury of time, I would only visit these stores on bi-monthly basis.

1.) Do not forget to Haggle – Haggling is an art and do not be afraid to ask for discount.

How to Commute :

Jeepneys have would have route to Kamuning from Project 2 and 3. There’s Project 2 and 3 via Kamuning, E. Rodriguez to Recto; Project 2 and 3 via E. Rodriguez to Welcome Rotonda; Project 2 and 3 to Vito Cruz Mabini, and Arroceros via España and E. Rodriguez to Project 2 and 3.

Another option is by bus which ply the EDSA route. Southbound buses from Malanday, Monumento, Novaliches would pass Kamuning street. Before going to Cubao.

Note: This is just a guide for those planning to visit the thrift stores. This is personal experience and interview with some residents of Kamuning street.

 

Modern Townhomes at 134 Scout Rallos Street, Quezon City

134 Scout Rallos town homes, New Manila were located within the commercial, entertainment, education and cultural district of Quezon City.

It had a good central location with good feng shui. Another plus point is that the town homes were built on area which are not flood prone and away from fault line.

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Modern Town Homes

There were concrete 8 town homes, 4 story with lot area of 90.0 square meters. total area between 357.61 to 362.20 square meters.

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It had a garage area parking space between 2 to 3 cars. These can be converted into 5 car garage. It had a pocket garden, porch and foyer. Which is good for an expanding small to medium size family.

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The second floor is spacious with kitchen, living, dining area and powder room is one stop shop. One can prepare their meals at the kitchen area, eat their meals out with family members , hang out with their families, entertain their guests, and go about their lives. It also have a small balcony and a light court were natural light are essential.

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The third floor have a study area or receiving area. The master’s bedroom with walk in closet and own toilet and bathroom. There is also a balcony area, where one can enjoy the city.

The fourth floor had three bedrooms for the other members of the family and guests.

Strategic Location

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The town homes units is near New Manila, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Trinity University, STI-Delos Santos, Saint Luke’s, Jubilee Christian School, Araneta Center, SM North, Eaton Centris,Fisher Mall, ABS-CBN channel 2, GMA channel 7.

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

PWD Friendly Commercial and Residential Units at Tomas Morato Street, Quezon City

Tomas Morato Avenue is considered as a premiere street in the heart of entertainment food,cultural and business district of Quezon City.

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Tomas Morato Avenue corner Timog Avenue

The community is generally safe with barangay patrol roving the street. There were also cctv camera in different locations within the street.

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commercial unit

There is 1 commercial and 5 residential units still available. There are four floors which had home lift by Aritco/Homelift Solutions. The power lift were from Swedish technology.

Commercial Unit O– lot area 128.17 – Which is people with disability friendly features and had solar panels.

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There were 5 residential units which is 5 story that are still available for sale. Lot ranges from 113.60 to 116. 48 square meters. It also had pocket garden and good for small and medium size family.

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Floor area ranges from 510 square meters to 515 square meters. It also had a salt water swimming pool.

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Tomas Morato street is between 30 to 45 minutes drive to Ortigas and 45 to 50 minutes drive to Makati City.

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Strategic Location

The commercial and residential units is near New Manila, E. Rodriguez Sr. Avenue, Trinity University, STI-Delos Santos, Saint Luke’s, Jubilee Christian School, Araneta Center, SM North, Eaton Centris,Fisher Mall, ABS-CBN channel 2, GMA channel 7.

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Safety and Security Features

 The commercial and residential units are near the barangay hall and police station. There is a security guard house with comfort rooms and cctv cameras.

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Residential Units

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Contact Details

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