Mother’s Day Treat from Dolora’s Hauz of Pancit Malabon, Bagbag Branch, Novaliches

Dolora’s Pancit Malabon had opened a couple of months ago along Quirino Highway, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches in Quezon City.

What we can remember is that Dolora’s Pancit also sells other types of pancit and home-cooked dishes. The last time we ate there was at their Marikina branch a couple of years ago.

Dolora’s Pancit Malabon

Dolora’s Hauz of Pancit Malabon specializes on pancit Malabon had been in business since 1990 or 31 years ago. Their Barangay Bagbag stall is also referred as Sauyo branch because it is near Sauyo road.

We ordered the Php 200 small bilao and normally takes between 15 minutes to 20 minutes before they can prepare the bilao ( made of plastic). Their Pancit Malabon is neatly arranged with boiled eggs, shrimps, crush chicharon/ tsitsaron bits (deep fried pork cracking) and chopped spring onions as toppings. Hope that they should have in tandem Inay Goyena’s Chicharon from San Miguel, Bulacan province.

The Php 200 bilao style is well packed and can be shared between 2 to 3 people. However, the sauce base was a little bit salty compared to the other Pancit Malabon stalls competitors. They should have added Baguio pechay like Dolor’s Kakanin.

Price list : Php200 good for 2 to 3 persons, Php 250 good for 3 to 4 persons, Php 400 good for 5 to 6 persons, Php 650 good for 10 to 12persons, Php 850 good for 15 to 18 persons, Php 950 good for 22 to 24 persons and Php 1,150 good for 32 to 34 persons.

Mommy Dolora’s Pancit sinage and social media site posted in front of their Barangay Bagbag / Sauyo branch

They have 19 stalls within Metro Manila and nearby provinces. They have one branch located along General Luis Street, Novaliches, Quezon City.

One can reach and pre-order in advance for gatherings and special occasion.

Note: (Operational hours may vary due to Enhanced Modifed Community Quarantine (MECQ) in Metro Manila and nearby surrounding provinces. Last order is at least 20 to 30 minutes before closing time.) For more updates, Please try to visit their website or social media site.

Dolora’s Hauz of Pancit Malabon

Address; 575 Quirino Highway, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City

Operations: Everyday from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm

Landline : 8293-5767 / (0919-0981577)


Stylish and Affordable Shoes at Checkpoint Showroom in Marikina

Stylish, chic and affordable shoes at the Checkpoint showroom and factory within Barangay San Roque in Marikina city.


We visited the showroom , outlet and factory which is just 1 tricycle ride away from the iconic Marikina Sports Stadium and Marikina Cityhall.


Marikina Sports Complex bas relief

I think it is a walkable distance from these places. It is between 1. 4 kilometers to 1.5 kilometers from these places.


checkpoint shoes stall display at the Sapatos festival

Marikina is just between 45 minutes to 1 hour from Katipunan LRT line 2 station or Araneta Center for those living in Quezon City.


shoes neatly stacked


shoes which can be worn in formal occasions and office

Family Tradition


Checkpoint shoes was established more than 45 years ago, A visit to the city is incomplete without buying shoes at their showroom.


Materials are locally sourced and the family business provide livelihood opportunities to local people living within Marikina.


The quality of the materials and finished product is world class.  There were combat shoes, nurse shoes, construction boots and casual shoes too.


shoes – some of the shoes in the rack have sold more than 15,000 pairs.


stylish, elegant and yet affordable and durable


Stages of Making Shoes


cutting -skiving stage

We were also fortunate to experience the several stages of shoe production, cutting -skiving upper making upper stitching, lasting sole attach finishing. It makes me appreciate on how dedicated and passionate the workers on their shoes.


There are other brands for ladies, teenagers, men and adults like Ferrina, Four Seasons, Felicel tucked under their company.


Do not forget to visit Checkpoint shoes stall at the ongoing Marikina Sapatos Festival 2019within Marikina Cityhall until December 29, 2019.


Outlet Stores: Marikina Trade Fair/ Marikina Sports Park, Marikina Shoe Gallery- Marikina Riverbanks, Shoe Center -Greenhills, San Juan City, Parkmall -Mandaue City, Cebu



Address: 325 M.A. Roxas Street, San Roque, Marikina City

Contact: (8) 645-3654

Operations: Mondays to Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Trendy and Affordable Shoes at the Sapatos Festival 2019

Trendy and affordable shoes, sandals, bags, wallets, leather belts and pouch bags dominate this year’s ” Sapatos Festival”.


i love marikina standee and sapatos festival tent

Marikina is not only known for her rich heritage landmarks, churches, museums and food, but also the shoe industry. Among the patrons of the shoe industry is the former first lady Imelda R. Marcos, President Rodrigo Duterte, countless of local and international celebrities.


marikina landmark

A trip to the city is incomplete without shopping for shoes, sandals and other leather crafts.


sapatos festival tent

Trendy and Affordable

The designs are trendy and affordable to all age brackets and lifestyles.


Azulis bag collection


Valentino shoes since 1932


Chrissie Bags

 There were 48 shoe manufacturers participated in the festival, which features quality and affordable shoes, bags, belts and other leather products made by Marikina’s craftsmen.


Gibson Shoes
Gibson shoes brand name Antonio Manila
Erika Shoes

Shoes, sandals, leather goods sold at the bazaar range from at P200 to P3,000.

           I took time to explore the booths within the center.


Checkpoint shoes

Checkpoint Shoes had nice trendy designs, quality materials and yet affordable. The shoes can be worn as casual, semi-formal and formal affairs. They also have casual shoes which can be worn by men and women.

The company also maintains 4 outlet stores which includes : Marikina Trade Fair, Marikina Shoe Gallery, Shoe Center- Greenhills, San Juan, Park Mall, Cebu.

Facebook Page:

Contact :  645-3654


Vestrada Fashion Bags

Vestrada Fashion Bags had pouch bags, ladies bags and bags for teenagers and men.


Pads Shuz


Merel Shoes


Dream Step Shoes


Dream Step Shoes with colorful designs

Rawhide leather Exclusive
Rawhide leather Exclusive – offers different kinds of leather crafts like wallet, pouch bag, men’s bag, women bag and key chain holder made from leather.
Tatay Oly booth together with President Rodrigo Duterte

Tatay Orlando Santos, 71, who made the shoes worn by President Duterte in his last State of the Nation Address.


The shoe festival will run until Dec. 29 in the city’s Freedom Park in Barangay Sta. Elena.  There is no entrance fees and the general public is invited to come and shop.


Schedule : Sundays to Thursdays – 9:00 am to 7:00 pm , Fridays to Saturdays 9:00 am to 8:00pm

How to Commute:

Jeepney route:
1.) Ali Mall/ Cubao/ Araneta Center to Calumpang/ Bayan jeepney route and comfortably arrived about 30 minutes. Paid the driver ( Php 12.00)

Then, walked about 10 minutes towards the Freedom Park within the Marikina Cityhall grounds.

2.) AUV Express from Cubao to Marikina

Meet and Eat Restaurant in Marikina

Eat and Meet Restaurant just recently opened and is known for their hot stone gill steaks and nice ambiance. The sitting capacity for the restaurant is between 30 to 45 people with an outdoor area and a KTV room at the second floor .

premium steaks cuts from US and Australia are cooked over heated hot stone grill

The restaurant walls had a lot of car tin plates, poster of beetles and period pieces of vintage and vintage reproduction. It is nice to meet a fellow collector Mr. Juphet Navida and wife.

vintage reproduction poster of popular cultural and musical icon of the 1960’s Beetles

Land Rover poster

The place boast of thematic collection of car tin plates and celebrity poster.

beverage , coffee posters

According to the proprietor, He would go around some thrift shops in Manila and nearby places just to scout these vintage and vintage reproduction poster.

Restaurant Menus

steak presented in a sizzling plate

Barbecue Pork Ribs with Rice and Vegetables

Pasta Negra– this pasta had a thick black ink sauce made from squid ink and topped with baby squid. ( Php 185)

steak cooked at the hot stone grill with sauce and mash potatoes

For additional Php 15, one can have an unlimited rice and drinks from their selected menu set.

Ways to Commute:

There are many ways on how to commute going to this place.

1.) From Cubao Aurora Avenue- Take SSS Village jeeps orHow  AUV express , The jeep will pass this street – Php 16.00 from Cubao-Aurora to Katipunan Street.

2.) From LRT Katipunan,  there are jeepneys and auv express which ply the route.

3.) There is another route from Commonwealth Avenue / Fairview to Marikina

Facebook Page:

Address: 90 Katipunan Sttreet.CMT Building ground floor,   Concepcion Dos Marikina City

Operation : Everyday from 11:00 am to 12:00 midnight

Contact :5602595 / 0917-5667665





Revisiting Montare Food and Events Place

Montare Food and Events Place had a lot of interesting menus and the event place had a lot of customers not only in Marikina but also at nearby places. A lot of them are repeat customers,Who wanted to have their moments at the place.


It had been 5 months , Since we last visited this event and food place . It had greatly improved and new menus were introduced . Montare started to get notice last year by foodies , yuppies , online sites and had a very photogenic place. The food prices are not that expensive and are of quality ingredients .

All the stalls got a new designs and was refurbished  by BYGG Manila . Some of the materials came from recycled materials. The place had a good garden space with a lot of mature date palms and nice flowering shrubs .

Contact Person : Mr. Patrick Dayot (+63 (0917-813-4727)

function room

The lower floors can cater to family functions such as weddings, corporate events , product launching ( 80 to 150 pax) . The second floor room can accommodate between 25 to 35 people . One can tailor fit and customized the food depending on the occasion.

Montare food stalls 

Here are some of the Menus

Nachos – with a lot of cheese toppings, This is ideal for sharing between 3 to 5 . What is nice about the food at Monatare is that one can customized the menu according to one’s taste and preference. Let us say one like more spice

These scallops are perfectly cooked with the right amount of spices

clam chowder

The clam chowder is creamy with the right amount of ingredients , the bread is also good. MUST TRY

clam chowder , seafood delight , steak with gravy and grilled romaine lettuce 

Fried Spring chicken – This is deep fried with side condiments like banana ketchup and a choice of calamansi , chilies or soy sauce. MUST TRY

Hamburger with deep fried potato chips

What is nice about the hamburger and chip is that customers can customized the add-on for extra chips and others. The chip is crispy and not salty. MUST TRY

Singapore style fish balls, kani strip and fish bread

There are a lot of food choices from grilled ribs, clam chowder , Mexican inspired , Asian fusion , Filipino , pasta and dessert selection.


Likewise there are also good selection of local beers and international brands.

Montare Food and Event Place will be celebrating their 1st anniversary with a BIG Bang, for more information about their events, menus and other promos , Please try to visit their FB page .

Montare FB page

Address: Lot 12 Centro de Buenviaje Commercial , Mayor Gil Fernando corner Aquilinia Street , Marikina City 

 Landline :(02) 907 1382

Operations: Everyday – 3pm to 12mid-night



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