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40th Feast of Parokya ng Pagkabuhay Parish in Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches

Parokya ng Pagkabuhay (Parish of Living) is also known as The Resurrection of Our Lord’s Parish. It was then a small chapel dedicated to Mary, Mother of Perpetual Help and Jesus, the Divine Mercy.

Pagkbuhay road corner Quirino Highway, Novaliches, Quezon City

However some older residents that there are plans to create a parish in early 1970’s. The church was turned over to the Achdiocese of Manila when it was established as the Pagkabuhay Parish on November 15, 1978 by the late Jaime L. Cardinal Sin.

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The parish is located along Pagkabukay Road just beside Bagbag cemetery within Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches,Quezon City.

Origin and Etymology

Jesus Christ and Blessed Mary

Barangay Bagbag was then called Sitio Binagbagbag/ Sitio Binagbag when it was established around mid-1850’s. The terrain is hilly and uneven landscape which required some pounding of grounds, crushing of rocks, leveling in several places, clearing of cogon grasses and cutting of trees. Eventually, it was elevated to Barrio Bagbag by the late 1860’s due to the increase local migration and settlement by people coming from Polo, Meycauayan, San Mateo and even from Manila. The name was then shorten it to Barrio Bagbag for easier pronunciation and recall.

This is one of the first barrios of Novaliches and old residents would recall that, the place also had a high density settlement. Most of the residents are low and middle income families.

Black Nazarene statue in front of Barangay Bagbag hall

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There is also Bagbag reservoir which was built by the Americans which the water flows coming from La Mesa Dam and impounded in the reservoir. Older residents would recall that they would play and even take a bath at the spillway during the dry season.

Establishment of the Parish

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The friars came from the nearby Our Lady of the Angels Seminary (OLAS), founded 1962), which is located at the western part of Barangay Bagbag. In 1979, the community was able to purchase the land near the Campo Santo de Bagbag or Bagbag cemetery.

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The construction commenced a bit slower phase due to lack of funds and relying on private contributions coming from the parishioners.

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The first church was completed in 1983 in modern style architecture with its belfry built on the center. The establishment of the Pagkabuhay Parochial School in 1983, which would eventually evolve into the Resurrection Catholic School in 1998.

The first fiesta was celebrated on Easter of 1979. This year’s marked the 40th anniversary of the parish. The celebration started with a vigil then followed by the traditional “salubong” rite between blessed virgin mary in black veil and statue of the risen Christ.

festive arch with buntings and colorful lights greeted parishioners and visitors

The program also included children singing on top of the grotto and showering rose petals on the images.

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Colorful fireworks and firecracker display is never complete at the fiesta and easter festivities.

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Before the elevation of Christ the King of the Universe parish in Kingspoint subdivision. Priests from Parokya ng Pagkabuhay, San Bartolome would celebrate mass within Kingspoint,San Pedro IX and Goodwill Homes 1 chapels before the establishment of a separate parish.

Quirino Highway early morning

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Parokya ng Pagkabuhay Easter Celebrations

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The author was invited by a friend living in Goodwill Homes 2 to experience the annual fiesta. Some of the houses even prepared a hearty lunch which celebrates both fiesta and Easter.

Bishop Antonio R. Tobias ( diocese of Novaliches ) lead the mass and was special guest of the parish. Special guests also included Congressman Alfred Vargas, Barangay chairman Rex Ambita and councilors of district 5.

Bishop Antonio R. Tobias presided at the mass

He was warmly welcomed by parishioners and celebrated the 9:00am mass. The bishop also celebrated the mass last April 17 Ash Wednesday at 6:00pm.

Parokya ng Pagkabuhay parish with festive buntings

My friend invited me for a breakfast at their house and took sometime walking around the  place. We also ate at the nearby Nak’s Sarap Buffet restaurant in nearby Barangay Talipapa by lunchtime.

Happy Easter and Fiesta to all residents of Parokya ng Pagkabuhay and Barangay Bagbag in Novaliches, Quezon City !

Address: #625 Pagkabuhay Road,Bagbag.,Novaliches, 1116 , Quezon City

Phone:  +63 997 749 7836

Sources and References:

Diocese of Novaliches website

personal communication with residents of Barangay Bagbag, Goodwill Homes 2 and Parokya ng Pagkabuhay

40th anniversary souvenir program,  Parokya ng Pagkabuhay parish

Pagkabuhay Parochial School 1989 year book

local marker

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Easter Vigil 2019 at Christ the King of the Universe Parish in Kingspoint, Novaliches

Holy Week is one of the most important event in the Catholic church. One of the most anticipated event at the Christ the King of the Universe parish within Kingspoint subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches in Quezon City is the annual Easter vigil.

church historical marker

A small chapel was constructed early in 1980. While several minor renovations were made in the late 1980’s and enlargement of the chapel was done in the mid-1990’s. The church enlarged in 2001 and became a full pledge parish of the diocese of Novaliches in 2004.

holy week schedule of activities

The full holy week schedule was posted at several vantage points within the subdivision and FB page of the parish. Easter day celebration in the mid- 1980’s and 1990’s were simple.

Christ the King of the Universe parish ( vigil rites)

Images inside churches remain draped in purple. The administration of sacraments is severely limited.

facade of the church

The shift from mourning to joy begins at night with the observance of the Easter Vigil, the third and final day of the Paschal Triduum that began on Maundy Thursday. There was also the procession of Santo Entierro during Good Friday.

Someone from the parish invited me to the vigil which led up to the reenactment of the Easter day “Salubong”.

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Easter day salubong was participated by the community of Kingspoint Subdivision, San Pedro IX, Goodwill Homes 1, Grand Monaco Villas, Dupax compound, Oro compound, Alipio compound, Kasiyahan Village up to California Village in nearby Barangay San Bartolome.

The rite is customarily performed in the early hours of Easter before the first Mass, Which is normally held at around past 4:00 am, while some of the parishioners are already inside the church as early as 3:00am.

participants climb the makeshift platform

Unlike in Makati or some places, Easter Vigil and Salubong takes place around midnight. Easter day celebration within Christ the King of the Universe parish usually happen early dawn at around past 3:00 am.

Easter salubong ritual is meant to depict the apocryphal reunion of Christ and his Mother, the Virgin Mary, after the Resurrection. Statues of both are borne in two separate processions that converge at a designated area which is often an open space with a purpose-built scaffolding at the main entrance of the parish.

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The high point of the easter day rites is the angel dramatically removes the veil from the Virgin’s icon, signalling the abrupt end to her grieving and the period of mourning. The veil may simply be pulled off the statue, or tied to balloons or doves that are released into early dawn rites. With white balloons released at the church.

Ms. Jhuie Annika P. Delagala from California Village

Ms. Jhuie Annika Delagala is is hoisted at the makeshift entrance and was the one who took the viel from the blessed mary.

Dozens of children in white dress, with angel wings. While 4 children dress as angels threw in flower petals unto the processional carriages.

start of the easter salubong celebration

The celebrations started with an early morning mass by 5:00 am. The regular mass was celebrated by 6:00 am.

Christ the King of the Universe parish entrance

morning mass at past 10:00 am

Christ the King of the Universe parish within Kingspoint subdivision is getting elaborate and more parishioner are joining the annual Easter celebrations.

Address: King Christian Street, Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, 1116 Quezon City, Philippines

 Contact : (02) 937 8941

 

Mang Boy Alfredo Lugawan Opens at Kingspoint Subdivision

Mang Boy Alfredo Lugawan and Tapsilogan opens their third branch in Katipunan Avenue corner King George street within Kingspoint subdivision in Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City.

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friendly staff of the restaurant

It is just few blocks away from the Christ the King of the Universe Parish. We did a couple of local visit to this lugawan ( Rockville)  few years ago together with a small group of local bloggers/ vloggers living within Novaliches.

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menu board

This used to be the community’s favorite Laurence & Laurenz Tapsilogan at iba pa for several years before a videoke/bar opened there for about 1 year and eventually closed down last January 2019.

Humble Beginnings

The lugawan had its humble beginnings in Rockville subdivision within Barangay San Bartolome and had some popular clientele for the past 10 years. It is near the popular Ocampo Bakery ( which was once dubbed as Bakery of the Stars). Mang Boy Alfredo Lugawan also opened another branch within Villaflor Village in Barangay Gulod, Novaliches few days ago.

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interior at nigh-time ( photo taken last March 23, 2019)

What makes this home grown restaurant popular, is the affordability of their rice porridge ( lugaw), bagnet, arroz caldo, bulalo and tapsilog meals.

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Mang Boy Alfredo Lugawan atbp. (Kingspoint Subdivision branch )

We have visited the lugawan last night but it was still close, They just opened the lights which attracted scores of residents within the subdivision. The ambiance reflect a homey ambiance with clear, catchy signage and well-lighted place.

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Mang Boy Alfredo Lugawan interior

There is amble dining space ideal between 48 to 50 customers at any given. Given its good location and family oriented dishes. This will surely become a hit among joggers, students, parishioners, residents ,commuters, food connoisseurs and bloggers living within the vicinity.

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 lunch time opening day

We also think that this will give Janet’s ( another home grown restaurant in Novaliches) a big head to head battle.

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fried tokwa and lugaw

Lugaw ( Php 15.00 ) – Their lugaw is not too salty and a little calamansi, chili oil and pepper with enhance its spiciness.  Perfect comfort meal at any time of the day.

Fried Tokwa ( Php 10.00) This goes well as topping in any lugaw. Perfect with their special spicy vinegar dip.

Fried Lumpia ( Php 10.00 )Unfortunately, this was unavailable when we ordered at the restaurant.

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Beef Mami ( Php 49.00) – The beef meat is tender and the noodles is not overly soggy. It also had hard-boiled chicken egg topped with fresh cabbage leaves.

Chicken Arroz Caldo ( Php 59.00) -Not too bad with thick rice porridge, chicken and calamansi. A dash of spicy chili oil and pepper will make this a little bit spicy.

Pancit Miki Bihon ( Php 60)- Thumbs up for this noodle dish- This is ideal between 1 to 2 people ( for sharing ) We were amaze with the generous topping of crispy fried bagnet.

We cannot wait to taste their famed chicken barbecue, desserts, beef misono, chicken teriyaki, pork tonkatsu, bagnet, fresh lumpia, bulalo, sizzling dishes on our next review.

Try to visit them at their FB page and have a decent review at TripAdvisor and Zomatoph.

Note and Full Disclosure : This is a honest review and the prices quoted are good for the certain time period. Subject to price increases. 

Operation : 24 hours, Everyday

Address: King George corner Katipunan Avenue,Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City-027966086/ 0917-1672251

Address: 1 Emerald Street, Rockville Subdivision, San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City -029096057/ 0917-50503365

Address: Villaflor,Barangay Gulod, Novaliches,Quezon City- 0221-82499/ 0917-1289415

 

 

Kingspoint Christ the King Parish Parade of the Saints

Parade of the Saints ushered in All Saint’s Day celebration at the Christ the King of the Universe parish within Kingspoint subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City.

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Parade of  Saints poster

At least thirty children from various areas under the parish which also includes adjacent areas like Oro compound, Dupax compound, El Pueblo,Kasiyahan, San Pedro IX subdivision, Maloles Ville, Monaco Gran Villas ( Kingspoint) joined the parade to recognize the Saints who defended the faith.

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Christ the King of the Universe parish ground

There were few participants from nearby Barangay San Bartolome ( Goodwill Homes 1 and California Village). While some also participated at the first Kingspoint Halloween party a day before, bagging some prizes.

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children dressed up for the occasion

The event started with pre-registration few days before the actual parade around 5:00pm.  There was much anticipation for the event, since this is the first such parade organized by the parish.

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San Pedro de Calungsod, Saint Mother Teresa of Calcutta

San Pedro Calungsod had the most number of dressed- up participants, no less than 6 portrayed the second Filipino saint.

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The activity dubbed as “Parade of Saints,” was its first event for this year’s All Saints Day, introduced different Patron Saints within the church.

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Saint Micheal of Archangel portrayed by Shawn Ho from Goodwill Homes 1, Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City

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Saint Micheal of Archangel portrayed by Mr. Marcio Santos of King Oscar street, Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City

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Saint Rose of Lima of Peru holding roses

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Saint Gabriel portrayed by Mr. Gerluy Mckenny Navarette from Goodwill Homes 1

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Mother Mary from Goodwill Homes 1

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Saint Teresa of Calcutta and Saint Micheal of Archangel

This year’s youngest participant who dress up as Saint Teresa of Calcutta is one and half years- old from King Oscar street,Kingspoint subdivision. She was accompanied by her parents and grandmother.

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Saint Helena

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Santa Barbara from San Pedro IX subdivision

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Saint Joseph

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San Pedro Calungsod from Oro Compound

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San Pedro Calungsod holding a Cycas revoluta or oliva while a female participant covered in white cloth and red skirt

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 Saint Catherine of Sienna with bible and palm frond

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Saint Therese portrayed by Ms. Mary Lilibeth Marticio from California Village

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l-r Saint Micheal, Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Micheal of Archangel and Santa Barbara

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Ms. Precious Yhassi Pandan from Maloles Ville portrayed Saint Cecilia

Saint Cecilia of Sicily, Italy (lived around 2nd century AD)  is the patroness of musicians. 

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all smiles from the participants

Other participants also included Ms. Reyna Perez from King Oscar, Ms. Hannal Jabal from Maloles, who portrayed Saint Catherine. Mr. Caleb Castro who portrayed San Vincent de Paul from Monaco Homes and Ms. Precious Yhassi Pandan who portrayed Saint Cecila from Maloles Ville.

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The parade started past 6:00 pm and passed through several streets like Katipunan Avenue, King Ferdinand street, King Charles street, King Henry street before returning back to the parish.

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main altar

There was a short program after the parade which highlighted the end of the successful event.

Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines encouraged the faithfuls and parishioners to dressed as Saints rather than dressing up as scary mythical creatures, monsters, ghost,devils and antagonistic characters from the movie.

Note: All photos were taken by the author

1st Kingspoint Homeowners Subdivision Trick or Treat Halloween Costume Party

Kingspoint Homeowners Association together with residents living in the immediate vicinity had celebrated the first halloween costume party and competition with a big splash.

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tarpaulin poster at the entrance of the subdivision from Lukaria street

More than 500 entries from Kingspoint subdivision, San Pedro IX, Goodwill Homes 1 and 2, Dupax Compound, Kasiyahan Village, Oro Compound and Alipio Compound  registered at the costume party and competition.

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participants

The event started around past 4:00 pm with a short parade route near the Kingspoint SB Park and Covered Court.

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Mr. Desmond Lim and mom

Mr. Desmond Lim portrayed the character of Mr. Edward Scissorhands, An American film shown in 1990. The story is a romantic dark fantasy film directed by Mr. Tim Burton.

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left to right: Mr. Bea Remoroza, Princess Aya Oiden and Sofi Monique Oiden from Oro Compound- The youngest in this batch is just 2 years-old.

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a young participant dress-up as Son Goku of Dragon Ball Z

Mr. Raiden Bruce (contestant #70) from Katipunan ( kanan ) street. His favorite anime character is Son Goku of (Dragon Ball Z) together with his younger sibling.

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Kingspoint covered court jampacked with parents and their kids

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pop a balloon booth

Participants are also allowed to play at the several booth station manned by students from Kingspoint Montessori School.

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boo busters booth

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photo booth area

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arrow scare oh booth

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Pop-in the pumpkin booth

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Mr. Lamberto Nolasco- Kingspoint Homeowners Association president

According to the short remark made by the homeowner association president, the invited panel of judges are not residents of Kingspoint. This gives the board an impartial judgement on the outcome of the competition.

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Contestant #316 is Mr. John Renz Ace Alimocon from Alipio Compound

He portray the scary the character FredFreddyKrueger from A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He first appeared in Wes Craven’s A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) as a burnt serial killer who uses a gloved hand with razors to kill his victims in their dreams.

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left to right: mother, Nonna Bernice Saron and Niño Saron

Contestant # 84 Ms. Nonna Bernice Saron portray a School Ghost while Contestant# 83 Mr. Niño Saron portray a Male Dead Zombie Ghost dress in Barong Tagalog. They are residents of King Henry street and studies at Olive Grove School located in San Pedro IX subdivision.

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competition categories with stuffed toys as part of the prize

Costume Categories

Most Charming Prince, Most Dashing Princess, Most Adorable Angel,Cutest Saint,Scariest Spook,Cutest Superhero, Creepiest Creature, Goriest Ghoul, Terribly Terrifying Monster, Most Creative Costume, Best Face Painting.

Age categories 8 years and below- Prince and Princess costumes while 9 to 13 years-old – Scary Costumes

Aside from these awards, There are also candies and a lot of freebies. More participants are expected to join at the next year’s halloween party in 2019.