Specialties of Mang Tootz Foodhaus

Mang Tootz Foodhaus was named after Mr. Edwin “Mang Tootz”  Vergara a former OFW who opened a carinderia or eatery with a twist.


Mang Tootz Foodhaus signage

The carinderia had a huge following among students of UST, FEU, UE and residents of Sampaloc district within Manila. Proof to the pudding is that hundreds of students would queue in line just to eat even before lunch.


We would find time to eat at their eatery when we have long breaks. The price of their student rice meal is affordable and it comes free with soup.

Some of the dishes are newly created like chicken kebab. Rice value meals starts at Php 78.00 and Php 83.00 depending on the viand. One can order other dishes.


Mang Tootz started in 1991 as a tapsilogan and was used to be located in a small corner along J. Barlin street within Sampaloc.

It used to be called Tootzilog. The eatery eventually moved to Padre Noval street because the proprietors thought that it would be wiser to transfer location since they will be situated near the university with higher foot traffic. Technically, they are in the business for almost 30 years!

Television Program and Celebrities

Several television program had featured this eatery like My Puhunan of ABS-CBN channel 2, TV channel 5, Kapuso Jessica Soho, Pinas Sarap, Unang Hirit of GMA channel 7, Solar TV, Tomasino and Food Vloggers like Mark Wiens, Erwan Heussaff, The Hungry Syrian Wander, Yummy Kitchen, Coconuts Manila among others.

UAAP athletes, former President Benigno Aquino III were among those who have eaten at the eatery.

set meal


There were 16 to 18 dishes being rotated on an everyday basis in Sampaloc and Makati.


Pork Bulgogi– Their pork is well marinated and their pork is tender. There are also some vegetables included and topped with sesame seeds.


Chopsuey – All time favorite with a lot of vegetables. Their vegetables is not soggy compared to others within the vicinity.


Breaded Chicken– Their breaded chicken is deep fried with minimal batter, better than other restaurants or fast food joints.


Bangus Steak – This is another well  loved dish. The bangus is cooked just right with generous amount of sauce.


Bicol Express– Another MUST try dish when you visit this eatery, the pork meat is cooked just right with right amount of coconut milk ( not aguado/ watered down) and the right amount of banana chilies and bird’s eye chilies.


Pork Binagoongan– The right balance of sweet, sour and salty combination.


Chicken Kebab – Right amount of spice, chicken is well grilled along with the vegetables.


banana rhum-a

 Banana rhum-A is an all time favorite since it was first introduced in 2006. They cook an average of 3,000 to 4,000 pieces a day. One must pre-order at least 1 day in advance for bulk orders. During Christmas season, their order are up to 8,000 pieces per day.


Their banana rhum-A – is smaller compared to the ordinary turon being sold in street corners in Metro Manila. It is a saba banana sliced into 4 pieces with jackfruit wrapped in lumpia wrapper then deep fried. coated with a syrup made from a combination of margarine, pineapple juice, rhum, banana essence and brown sugar. It is topped with powdered sugar, skim milk, cinnamon powder and sesame seeds.

Pork Liempo – This is an all time favorite among students. However this was not available when we came.

Sisig – Another MUST Try, This was not available when we ate at the eatery.

There is no secret to why this is a favorite hang-out place. Their food is delicious,  affordable, staff are friendly and the neighborhood vibe would surely keep anyone from returning back.

Mang Tootz Food Haus and Catering Services Sampaloc
1135 P. Noval St., Sampaloc, Manila

Contact :  +63 2 735- 68 55/404-45-61 (0917-856-9240)

Operations: Mon-Sat 8 am-9pm.

Mang Tootz Foodhouse- Makati
G-7 Valero Plaza, 124 Valero, Makati, Metro Manila

Contact : +63 2 425-9910/ (0917-856-9240)

Operations: 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Filipino and Asian Home Style Dishes at Fely J’s Kitchen in Uptown Mall

 The group were hungry after an event at the Grand Hyatt hotel.  It was past 12:30 pm when we went to the Uptown mall within Bonifacio Global City or simply called (BCG) in Taguig.
Fely J’s Kitchen restaurant

We were craving for something Filipino and home cooked dishes. Fely J’s Kitchen is just located near the escalator of the mall. We decided to eat at the restaurant without thinking of other restaurants within the mall.

Fely J’s Kitchen menu board ( set meals for group )

Some of the bloggers/ vloggers are in such a hurry covering another event that they wanted to eat. Mommy Lariza lost no time in ordering set meals ( Set C) which we saw at the menu board.

Fely J’s Kitchen

Fely J’s Kitchen menu board

Fely J’s Kitchen is dedicated to the memory of Mrs. Felicidad de Jesus-Cruz, mother of LJC Group founder Larry J. Cruz, features Fely J’s treasured recipes. This is the second restaurant which opened within Metro Manila, the first one was in Greenbelt 5, Makati.


The restaurant had quite a big sitting capacity ( indoor had about 100 ) while outdoor patio area had another ( 50  patio area) with total sitting capacity of about 150 at any given time.

figurines on display

The place had a homey ambiance with several old photographs of old Manila like Binondo church, treasured family photos, books and figurines are found within the restaurant.

Our group only waited for just few minutes, the first to be serve was the ice tea followed by tokwa at baboy ( fried tofu with pork, chop onions, chop banana chilies with soy sauce and vinegar).

tokwa at baboy

Tokwa at Baboy is just like the same as those cooked in other popular Filipino restaurants. They should have added bits of fresh cilantro leaves, Nothing fancy.

seafood kare-kare

crispy pata with fried garlic as toppings , atchara and soy sauce

grilled chicken inasal with soy sauce, calamansi, fresh chilies and radish

pork sinigang

One of the first dishes to be serve is the Crispy pata with atchara and dipping sauce. This is followed with white rice, pancit canton, pork and bangus sinigang, grilled chicken inasal , seafood kare-kare with bagoong and gising gising.

sinigang na bangus

gising gising

I liked all of their dishes particularly the gising-gising which had a balance of spice, sweetness ,nicely chopped kangkong stems and bits of pork meat.  However the coconut milk ( gata ) is a bit watered down for my taste.
turon with langka and ube

We also ordered fried turon with langka and ube for dessert.group photo

40th Anniversary

LJC group  of companies which also included Abe’s Farm in Pampanga, Lorenzo’s Way, Bistro Remedios, Cafe Adriatico, Cafe Havana, and Polka Dot Bakeshop to name a few celebrates their 40th anniversary.

set meal C

The staff were quite attentive, friendly,courteous when some of us, ask them for a quick group shots from our cameras.

I will surely come back to eat their other specialties, One of my friend told me that their temple crab, braised short ribs, lumpiang sariwa, lechon kawali, binagoongang baboy are worth ordering.

Address: 2nd Floor, Uptown Mall, 9th Avenue corner 36th Street, Bonifacio Global City , Taguig City

Contact Details : 802-53-54 / 946-3676 / 0995-6539039

Operational Hours: Everyday from 11:00 am to 11:00 pm,  During Friday, Saturday and Sunday-operation can be up to 12:00 midnight

Imaging Womanhood in Stamp Featured at Selyong Pamana Exhibit

Philippine Postal Corporation or (PHLPost) formally opens the Heritage Stamp Exhibit entitled ‘Mga Selyong Pamana, Imaging and Imagining Womanhood in Stamps’ at the Manila Central Post Office Lobby in Liwasang Bonifacio, Ermita in Manila on May 9, 2019.

Manila Central Post Office

Kusina ni Mama Sita

Samalamig- gulaman with seaweed extract and syrup

Kusina ni Mama Sita booth offered some well-known sauces, condiments and gulaman made from seaweeds.

Mr. Jaime Laya

Mrs. Conchita Carpio-Morales


The event started around past 3:00 pm when special guest of honor, Akademiang Pilpino Chairperson and former Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales delivers her keynote message, with PHLPost Chairman Norman Fulgencio and National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA) Chairman Virgilio Almario conveying their message of support in the program.

Mrs. Conchita Carpio-Morales presented with framed stamps

group photo

philatelic exhibition

women on heritage stamps

a late afternoon meal was provided by PHLPOST and NCCA

Manila Central Post office left wing side

invited guests, media and Phlpost employees

sandwich, turon , dumplings and vegetable appetizers

Other special dignitaries includes guests from Singapore, Thailand, Bulgaria, Angola embassies.

crowd and special guests

Mutya Pilipinas head Ms. Cory Quirino, former Central Bank governor and Intramuros Administration head Jaime Laya,  former CACC and Bahay Tsinoy Mrs. Teresita Ang- See, DILG Undersecretary for Barangay Affairs Martin Diño among others.

ribbon cutting ceremonies

The exhibit showcases 22 frames from notable collectors featuring Philippine stamps depicting Filipina women. The public can enjoy the exhibit for free from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm until May 30, 2019.

stamps, first day covers are available for sale at the Philatelic area. There will be a FREE postal heritage walking tour schedule on May 18, 2019 ( Saturday) from 8:50 am to 12:00 nn.

Travelling via General Luis Malinis Street

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.

Early History

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.


EconPack Corporation

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


street signage


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

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

A Voyage to the Lunar Years thru Philately

Philippine Philatelic Federation in close partnership with Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPOST), Pilipinas Philately, members of the philatelic community and the general public witness yesterday January 21, 2019 ( Monday ) at past 3:00 pm the ribbon cutting and opening of the stamp exhibit held at the left wing of the main lobby at the Manila Central Post Office building.


Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Mr. Alfredo Roxas, Mrs. Josifina T. Cura, Mr. Isidro Tan and PHLPOST employees

There are several exhibits on display which featured Chinese zodiac signs, animals. This also marked the start the kick off ceremony of the lunar new year.


Mr. Alfredo Roxas and Mr. Joel L. Otarra ( PHLPOST Postmaster General )


Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus ( president – Philippine Philatelic Federation)

In his address, He stress the importance of stamps and the role that it provide thru promotion of one country’s culture, arts, natural resources, flora, fauna and the long cultural ties that the country had with China.


The zodiac sign on stamps started way back in Hong Kong in 1969 , when the crown colony started to issue commemorative Chinese zodiac sign to mark the lunar new year. It became an instant hit in the collecting community and many countries soon followed. He also reiterate the full support of the stamp collecting community.


Mr. Joel L. Otarra ( PHLPOST postmaster general )

There are also education tours within the week with Ateneo de Manila grade school students  having the biggest contingent, Saint Scholastica’s College and among others.


Phlpost employees, invited guests, foreigners, stamp collectors, bloggers and media covered the well attended event.


l-r Mrs. Josefina T. Cura, Mr. Luis Carlos (APMG for Marketing-PHLPOST)  Mr. Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus, Postmaster General Joel Otarra, Mr. Alfredo Roxas


Mr. Dionisio Taeza all smiles with his exhibit


Chinese zodiac sign year of the pig 2007 stamp issued by PHLPOST


Mr. Reynaldo Ong de Jesus together with visitors and foreigners


main lobby left wing converted into a sit down area with catering services hosted by Philippine Philatelic Federation.


turon and slices of fresh fruits like watermelon, papaya and cantaloupe


local stamp collectors enjoyed the late afternoon meal

 Philippine Philatelists and Collectibles FB group together with Royal Postal Heritage Guided Tour ( both NGO group) in cooperation with Philippine Philatelic Federation, Pilipinas Philately and PHLPOST will having a FREE stamp talk, operational tour and viewing of stamp exhibit at the main lobby this coming saturday, January 26 from 9:00 am to 12:00 nn.

PHLPOST post shoppe will be open this saturday for those interested in buying the latest stamp issues. The stamp exhibit will run until saturday ( January 26). For those unable to catch the exhibit, There will be an exhibit to be held at Lucky Chinatown Mall next week until early February 2019.

There are about 150 participants, bloggers and vloggers who already pre-registered at the FB event page.

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/2288025434800582/