Isles Brother Burger Roving Food Truck in Kingspoint Subdivision

Good News ! to the residents of Kingspoint Subdivision, Kasiyahan Village, San Pedro IX Subdivision, El Pueblo condominium, Grand Monaco Villas, Goodwill Homes 1, California Village,Doña Faustina Village, Sierra Vista, Torres Village, Vista Verde Executive Homes in North Caloocan among other areas.

Isles Brothers Burger Food Truck

Isles Brothers was taken from the surname of the brothers, who founded the roving burger food truck business.

Isles Brothers Food Truck which is on a constant move within Novaliches ( Kingspoint Subdivision in Barangay Bagbag, Goodwill Homes 1 within San Bartolome, Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon), Barangay Talipapa, West Fairview , Quirino Highway and North Caloocan area.

They started their operations few months ago selling their home-made burgers, fries, hotdogs, lemonade and drinks.

What makes them different from other roving burger joint are the catchy signage, loud noise, festive buntings.

True to their tagline ” We Only Use, Quality Imported Meat” would surely makes their burger patty top quality.

Proof to the pudding were the long line of customers queuing for their burger. Aside from their tasty burgers, Isles Brother truck is some sort of a tourist site with dozens of people taking photos for their social media accounts.

Their specialty burgers are made from scratch, all meat are premium choice, fresh lettuce slices, sliced tomatoes, onions and their special sauces are different from the commercial burgers in the market. For those living within these area, a minimum of just 2 burgers and the delivery within these areas for FREE !

We bought Blazing lava burger for Php 198 and Isles Burger for Php 158, their burger patty is not dry and quite juicy.

Their growing customers are very happy with the burgers and they are planning to expand the roving burger truck to include other parts of Metro Manila along their route.

Block 14 lot 22 Congress Village
North Caloocan (across Caloocan National Science high school)
Caloocan, Philippines 1421

0961 536 3760

Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag ( Depending on their schedule – sometimes near Holy Child Academy – King Ferdinand corner Katipunan/ King Henry corner Katipunan/ King George corner Katipunan Avenue) Novaliches, Quezon City


1pm-9pm Congress Village, North Caloocan
Sunday and Monday

11am to 9pm

For Delivery you may contact thru their Facebook page or Call:


Black Bottle Pop Dolls for Display

Black bottle pop dolls were on display at a thrift store. The black bottles were prop-up by putting some yarn, moving eyes, red lip and skirt. We happen to pass-by this thrift store which sells this bottle pop dolls in North Caloocan while on a short visit.


Black Bottle Pop Dolls

I do not know if these are made by school children of these are intended as a cheap souvenir items intended for the tourist market. The bottle pop dolls sometimes called bottle doll craft or bottle art dolls were probably made in the 1970’s or early 1980’s. An interesting way to upscale old bottles and giving them another life as display item.

According to a local bottle art doll collector, This can trace as far back as the early 20th century.

These bottle dolls probably came from Japan, South Korea or Southern United States. Bottle doll craft is quite popular in India, Pakistan and Latin American countries as an inexpensive art item or even toy item for children.

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

Anvil Business Club together with Bong Go gave away 10,000 tikoy with indigent communities in Caloocan

Anvil Business Club is an Association of Young Filipino-Chinese Entrepreneurs invited special guests Mr. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go, Mayor Oscar Malapitan , councilors last February 1 ( Friday )morning. The organization shared 10,000 tikoys in two urban poor communities in Camarin and Barracks in Caloocan City.


Anvil Business Club poster


Anvil Business club officers and members

The group met at a well known fast food restaurant at around 7:00 am in Quezon City before proceeding to the community.

Anvil Business Club members and officers together with Honorable Anna Karina Teh  ( councilor first district ) Caloocan

The project was coordinated with the National Anti-Poverty Commission, Presidential Commission on the Urban Poor (PCUP) and with the help of Caloocan City officials and barangay officials.


Mr. Wilson Lee Flores and Mr. Joeben Tai shakes hand with Mr. Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go

Mr. Wilson Lee- Flores ( chairperson)  along side Mr. Patrick Cua ( president) and Mr. Joeben Tai ( project director of the tikoy sharing project).


large crowd which included senior citizens from Barangay 186 ( Barracks)

Chinese New Year had been celebrated by the community for centuries, It only became an official non-working holiday in the country since 2012.


Camarin Elementary School band

February 5 also starts new “Year of the Pig” , one of the 12 animals zodiac signs of the Chinese.


Anvil Business Club officers, members together with Mr. Bong Go and Mayor Oscar Malapitan

Anvil Business Club has many economic, socio-civic projects and advocacies, like free college scholarships, disaster relief donations, medical, dental missions, annual September 28 Teachers Day honoring all Philippine teachers on the birthday of great teacher and philosopher Confucius.


tikoy, tike or nian gao

Tikoy” is the Filipino name for the glutinous rice cake dessert called ” ti-ke” in Hokkien ( southern Fujian language) of the ethnic Chinese. Literally called ” sweet pastry” . The tikoy is called “nian -gao ” in Mandarin Chinese or ” sticky cake” . Tikoy can be eaten as is, but it is also more popularly cooked by dipping in beaten egg and lightly pan fried until cooked in crispy golden color , It is crispy outside but chewy inside.


Camarin D Elementary School located within Barangay 178


teachers and parents eagerly waited for the arrival of Mr. Christopher Bong Go and Anvil Business Club members

Caloocan City official led by Mayor Oscar Malapitan, councilor Anna Karina Teh, councilor Aurora “Onet” Henson, councilor Dean Asistio, Hon. Marc Merville Orozco and  Congressman Dale “Along” Malapitan.


group photo

The group was later joined by celebrity actor Cesar Montano and President Rodrigo Duterte impersonator.


Mr. Elcias Bugsad- impersonator of the president

Mayor Oscar Malapitan also pledged cooking oil and eggs as an added treat to the occasion. The mood is very festive and the crowd is happy to meet Mr. Christopher Lawrence” Bong ” Go who is down to earth and eager to have selfies with the crowd. No wonder at the recent SWS survey, He is among the top 6 most popular senatorial candidate.


Anvil Business Club members and officers at Luk Foo restaurant in Commonwealth, Quezon City

Happy Chinese New Year , Gong xi Fa- chai ( Mandarin) , Kiong hee Huat chai (Hokkien) , Kong fei Fat Choi ( Cantonese) to all !



MD Juan Enterprises: A Heritage of the Philippines and the World

2 Susano Road , Deparo , Novaliches – Caloocan City , Philippines

Dr. Maximo D. Juan – founder of the MD Juan company

Heritage Born:

MD Juan Enterprises , Inc. was conceived on March 1967 by Dr. Maximo D. Juan  to answer the growing need for a rugged, light vehicle (the multi-purpose jeep) in the Philippines.   Initially, Dr. Juan imported World War II surplus jeeps from Europe and Japan. With the steady growth of the surplus market, MD Juan Enterprises started fabricating replacement jeep body parts not available locally.

different kinds of electronic jeepneys

Soon, Filipino jeep enthusiasts either refurbished their old jeeps using MD Juan bodies (popularly known as the Jeepstar) or built new jeeps using MD Juan’s USM chassis, the Jeepstar body and surplus engines and power trains from Japan.

different types of jeeps

In  August 1969 MD Juan built its manufacturing plant in Novaliches, Caloocan City. In 1970 MD Juan ventured into the export markets of Japan, Australia/New Zealand and the U.S.A.

group discussion

 the company export  concentration was on jeep bodies and parts identified with World War II: the MB and the Korean War: the M38. Soon after, the civilian jeep models like the CJ series were being produced in the production line.

In 1980 the company  exhibited its products in various foreign expositions like the Lausanne Trade Fair, the Melbourne Trade Fair and the Singapore Trade Fair.  These led to the establishment of distributorships in Europe, Australia/New Zealand and the U.S.A. In the Philippines, MD Juan is active with their participation in the annual Manila International Auto Show.

Social Advocates :

As part of the company ‘s corporate social responsibility.  The company had  tie-ups with TESDA and the Caloocan City local government office .

several citations given to MD Juan enterprises

Aside from providing jobs to many people around the vicinity of Novaliches, Caloocan area.  The company had water treatment facilities which conforms with the requirements set by both Department of Environment and Natural Resources ( DENR )  and Laguna Lake Development Authority ( LLDA).

Mr. Rommel Juan together with a colorful electronic jeepney

 Another social advocacy is the introduction of  the electric jeepneys and tricycles for mass transportation .   Some cities like Makati and Taguig  already purchased some units  . Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas ( Central Bank of the Philippines ) , several resorts , congress and even tourist shuttles .

E-Quad Tricycle

Roving Business:  social entrepreneurship which the company is engaging  the customization of jeepney carts  with special compartments which is used for merchandize storage and display  .  The jeepney cart  is use for traveling trade exposition organized by the  Department of Agriculture ( DA )  and the Department of Trade and Industries  ( DTI ) .  The customized jeepney carts  attracts crowd from both local and foreign exhibitions.

Hopefully in coming years, with the introduction of these E-jeepneys and E-tricycles into the mass transportation system,   The need to use non-renewable energy like fossil fuels will be minimized  .  The fossil fuels that emit pollution and noise. Hopefully with proper legislature  and passage of clean air , the law will be fully implemented .


poster of the contest

Proud of your Jeep and like to show it off? Here is your chance to do it and win exciting prizes! Keep posted for further details. with DTI permit 3795 series of 2013 .  Email:

Note: I would like to ” Thank” all the staffs and Mr. Rommel Juan for the warm accommodation and a personal tour within the facilities . 


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