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Food Tasting at Trat’s Bar and Grill Restaurant

Trat’s Bar and Grill Restaurant hosted a 2-day Food Tasting Festival on January 12 and 13 ( Thursday and Friday ) for the first 200 walk-in customers . The event highlighted some of the new menus to be offered by the restaurant .

We took the opportunity to sample the new sample dishes. January 12 – sample soup was Maya-maya a type of local fish which is popular – We just ordered rice Php 15.00 per cup  and freshly squeezed lemonade juice which cost Php 40.00. According to Chef Angelo , the restaurant will be selling the maya-maya head soup and bulalo soup for Php 80.00 per order.

Maya-maya head soup

Some of the walk-ins were residents of Goodwill 1 and 2, Barangay Bagbag residents , Kingspoint Subdivision , Holy Child Academy ( Kingspoint branch) faculties and staffs , some came as far as Barangay San Bartolome and tricycle drivers of the place.

early bird customers during the first day 

Saw one of my former classmate Darwin Arnuco together with his friends who also ate there. He is one of the ‘suki’ regular customer at the restaurant.

Holy Child Academy staffs- Kingspoint branch

Holy Child Academy staffs and teachers were among the early bird during the second day .

Bulalo soup

The same group also organized a Kingspoint Community Food Tour a few years ago with the aim to promote the area as an ideal food hub for the residents of the place.

Chef Angelo S. Cerdon

We also had the chance to meet Chef Jose Angelo S. Cerdon ( Manager ) of the Trat’s Catering Services- Aside from tasty grilled barbecue , isaw and sizzling plate . The restaurant  also had a good selection of pancit ( noodles dishes ) . They can cater for a minimum pax of around 30 to 50 to as many as 1,000 people at any event.

Contact : 937-9562 and 937-73-22 / 0915-672-6535 / 0922-8641350

email : joseangelo_cerdon@yahoo.com

 

Connections : God in Everything and Everywhere Book by Rev. Father Tristan Jasper D. Laforteza

Christ the King of the Universe Parish, Kingspoint Subdivision, Bagbag, Novaliches -Quezon City

The author was invited by a friend and a relative for an early morning mass 6:00am  at the Christ the King of the Universe Parish in Kingspoint . This was a special day since a visiting priest from Parokya ng Ina ng Laging Saklolo of Bagong Silang, Caloocan City . There are two celebrant of mass .  According to Father Tristan , He is making rounds within parish churches within the diocese of Novaliches. He had already visited his 12th parish.

Reverend Father Tristan Jasper D. Laforteza together with parishioners 

Reverend Father Tristan Jasper D. Laforteza is a diocesan priest of the Diocese of Novaliches . He was born on January 23, 1985 at Gapan City , Nueva Ecija province. He grew up in Jordan Plains Subdivision , Novaliches , Quezon City where his family resides . He finished his primary education in 1997 at the Mater Carmeli School, Lagro , Quezon City . He then entered Maria Assumpta Seminary in Cabanatuan , Nueva Ecija where he finished his secondary education in 2001 .

Fr. Tristan continued his tertiary education  at the same seminary earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy in 2005 . In his desire to become a priest , he also entered the San Carlos Seminary  at Guadalupe , Makati City wherein he completed his Master’s Degree in Theology in 2010.

Christ the King of the Universe Parish 

Currently , He is a priest assign at the Diocese of Novaliches where the church badly needed repair and there is a chapel nearby which is under going construction . Proceed from the sale of the two books entitled  Connections : God in Everything and Everywhere published in 2012  and LunchBox published in 2013 by Claretian Publications.

parishioners bought books

The first book is written in English with 95 pages and the second book written in Filipino. Each book cost Php 200 

For those willing to help the causes of the Parokya ng Ina ng Laging Saklolo – Bagong Silang for the rehabilitation of their church and construction of a chapel .

Please call (09228418129 ) SUN (09173223909 ( Globe) 

Email: inisparish@ymail.com

 

 

MAMAloLa : Neighborhood Food Stall with Exotic Dishes

Block 4, Lot 6 Katipunan Avenue ( SB Road) Goodwill Homes 1 Subdivision Barangay San Bartolome , Novaliches -Quezon City 

MamaloLa is a neighborhood food stall which opened their 3rd branch in Novaliches area. The food stall if offering dishes which may seem exotic .

Goodwill Homes 1 stall

The first restaurant and food outlet opened about 1 year and half at Sauyo Road . This is the first branch. People from Sauyo, Bagbag and Fairview areas were its first customers.

Eventually they opened their second outlet store in Goodwill Homes 1 , San Bartolome Novaliches about 10 months ago .

life-sized crocodile serves as the official mascot 

 The Goodwill branch is smaller compared to the Sauyo road which had bigger place for dine -in customers. the food outlet had small patio area for those who wanted to order and take-out.

A couple of months ago the food business had opened their 3rd branch in Hillcrest Foood Park in , Novaliches -North Caloocan City .

Chinese style kikiam

Among the best sellers are Chinese -style vegetarian kikiam ( quekiam ) ( Php 35 each or 3 for Php 100)  and mix -meat and vegetarian style ( Php 60 )

MamaloLA menu board

Currently the food stall is getting popular among the residents of Goodwill 1, Kingspoint , San Pedo IX , California Village and nearby areas . Some of the foods they offer includes fried itik, Peking duck , fried crocodile , horse meat , goat meat, fried quail , crocodile soup among others. These foods are favorite pulutan ( finger food) or even exotic meal for special occasions.

frozen meat which are  among the best sellers-crispy pata ( pork head and meat ) itik and crocodile meat

The crocodile meat is cooked in different styles – steak ( Php 250 ) sisig (Php 200) adobo ( Php 200) kaldereta ( Php 200) bicol express ( Php 200 ) and croc soup #5 ( Php 180) The food stall is also offering Lechon buwaya ( crocodile ) but customer must pre-order at least 1 week in advance.

horse meat is cooked adobo style ( Php 120) , kaldereta (Php 120) and kilawin ( Php 120) One must try their dishes !

*Note: Prices posted above are subject to change without prior notice and depending on the availability .

Outlet Stores and Operation Hours

Block 4 , Lot 6 Katipunan Avenue (SB Road) Goodwill Homes 1 Subdivision , San Bartolome , Novaliches -Quezon City 

Globe # 0915-331-6503 Sun #0942-445 -30-74

10:00 am to 10:00 pm Everyday 

Sauyo Road main branch- 10:00am to 10:00pm Everyday 

Hillcrest Food Park , Camarin Road , Novaliches , Caloocan City 4:00pm to 3:00am Everyday 

 

 

 

 

Opening of Yarda : Trailer Food Business

Katipunan Avenue, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches -Quezon City , Philippines

Yarda is a Tagalog word for yard , Hence the name was given a another food area within Kingspoint Subdivision within Barangay Bagbag in Novaliches ( We did a food crawl within  Kingspoint Subdivision last year together with some friends ) . Food Park which had sprung within the area for the past 10 months. There is another one in King Alexander within Kingspoint Subdivision  .

Yarda with large rain trees

The author was invited by a friend who lives within the area during the soft opening last September 8, 2016 .  The mood was very festive and upbeat.  The concept is getting popular because people within the area wanted something new to eat without going very far . Traffic is quite horrendous within the area even on weekends.

Yarda 

The place is near the Kingspoint Parish and Goodwill Subdivision.  The place is clean and well-lighted .  There are 11 food stalls and most of the stall holders are first timers in the business.

the bar

The area is about 380 square meters with a sitting capacity of between 100 to 150 at any given day  .

Rub My Ribs

Rub My Ribs specialties includes baby back ribs with rice at Php 150 ,  barbecue grilled pork belly at Php 150 , bbq puller pork Php 150 , cajuned blackened fish Php 150

R Lapid’s 

R. Lapid’s Chicharon and Barbecue added Pinoy Budget Meals, Crispy pata , barbecue and German sausage .

Cumin

Cumin blends Mexican and Persian style

DJ’s Grill

DJ’s Grill specialties includes isaw, pork barbecue among others

The only downside for this place is there is not enough parking space . Yarda is open from 5:00pm to 11:00pm monday to thursday , friday , saturday from 5:00pm to 12mn and sunday 5:00pm to 11:30pm

Update : King MC BeeMadre E’ Figlio Bakeshop,  Kat’s Fusion and ByPass Burger had cease their operations, since the last feature . These establishment were located within Katipunan Avenue just few meters from each other.

 

 

Kingspoint Subdivision Community Food Street : Walking Tour Around Neighborhood Restaurants

Kingspoint Subdivision ,Katipunan Avenue , Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches- Quezon City ,Philippines

Traffic is quite horrendous along Quirino Highway along the stretch of Novaliches going to the town proper . It was during the second term of Mayor Feliciano ” Sonny”  Belmonte around 2005 or 2006  when connecting roads and a bridge from General Luis street connected these subdivisions to Mindanao Avenue . 

King Ferdinand Street corner Katipunan Avenue on a quiet early sunday afternoon

This was quite a good relief to all people living in the northern part of Novaliches , DEPARO, VICAS- Caloocan , Bayan ng Novaliches , Camarin -northern Caloocan and as far as Valenzuela. It somehow eases the traffic and congestion and a better alternative road to avoid the heavy traffic.

http://www.mapmyrun.com/ph/gigmoto-bicol/sb-diversion-road-route-13791810

vicinity  map

The SB connecting road is located near Mindanao Avenue then Lukaria street passing several Kingspoint Subdivision roads like King Alexander and King Ferdinand before traversing the Katipunan Avenue then Goodwill Homes 1 Subdivision ( Barangay San Bartolome)  , California Village then a connecting bridge ( Tullahan river) passing Sierra Vista , Torres Village then General Luis Street  ( Barangay Nagkakaisang Nayon) . There are 2 swimming resorts Dona Remedios and California Garden Resort.

This is a 10.27 km Run in Novaliches, Quezon City, Philippines. The diversion road has a total ascent of 17.37 m and has a maximum elevation of 44.82 meters.

Emong Malunggay Pandesal , Angel’s Burger and Siomai King

Angel’s Burger opens its doors almost 3 years ago followed by Emong Malunggay Pandesal and Siomai King which is just beside a rice store.

Emong Pandesal takes pride as one of the few bakeries which is open 24 hours . Although they only sell pandesal .

Siomai King outlet beside a rice store

I have heard about the road linkages several decades ago , When some old folks would say that the subdivision is vital to the decongestion of traffic within Novaliches area. But it took a while before it became a reality . Since I think the government had to purchase some lands and right of way along the route of the diversion road.

Kate’s Fusion

Kate’s Fusion opened its business about a year ago , It is another quaint place to relax and to chill out.  It had a capacity of between 5 to 8 people inside and 4 people outside . The specialty of the place is their ice tea and coffee blend.

They also serve pica-pica meals ( pick-pick ) like kikiam, fried lumpia . The store has another branch somewhere in New Manila area.

People started to call the newly constructed diversion road as SB road ,Soon after several restaurants had opened its doors to the general public . A couple of days ago , We organized a small food trip along Kingspoint Subdivision together with some close friends and people living within the subdivision. This was like Part 2 of our Novaliches Food Trip way back in 2011.

Lay Cha

We decided to first eat at Lay Cha in Hokkien ( Chinese ) language is called ( Come and Eat)  , It was actually on the same spot where Ho Cha  ( Good  to Eat or Good Food ) used to be located . There was a change of ownership and name since it was last featured  back in 2010 . When one of the owners of Ho Cha died due to complication from diabetes in 2012 , The new owners had expanded their menus added from the original items like fresh Fujian- style Lumpia , Adobo -Chinese style and among others. Aside from old -time favorite beef mami and siopao.  The food is generally okey – There are also value meals for below  Php 100 . For those living within the area, I think it is better than some of the Fil-Chinese dishes in malls and even in Chinatown.

The sitting capacity of the restaurant is between 20 to 25 at any given day

According to their signage that the restaurant is open 24 hours a day, But they are closed on sunday and special holidays.

Laurence & Laurenz Tapsilogan at iba pa

Laurence & Laurenz Tapsilogan at Iba Pa started its operation way back around 2007 . This place serves home-style dishes and TAPSILOG meals . The main clientele were the joggers and people within the community . It had quite a big sitting capacity compared to the other restaurants within the location.

The place can sit anywhere within 35 to 50 people at any given time. It had an extension (patio area)  for those who smoke and  wanted to enjoy the outdoor ambiance.

The place had also a small sari-sari store attached to the restaurant and  had a coffee vending machine .  Since part of King George street was closed to traffic , It serves as an alternate parking area for those who wanted to eat their TAPSILOG meals at wee hours of night and early morning.

The restaurant meals needs to level-up with the other competitors around the area, despite being one of the pioneers within the area.

Budget for RICE Topping Meal is between Php 65 to Php 95.00 per order.

There are 17 variants of Rice Topping meal – However not every items are available .

There is also Hot Sizzling plate , price range is from Php 95 to Php 120 per order .

Operation : 24 Hours -Excluding Holidays

Contact : 788-10-91 / 0921-6690959

Correto Coffee and Pastry , Blen Bliss Salon and Johns Cookers

Johns Cookers

Johns Cookers opened their store around 3 years ago along Katipunan avenue , The people quickly fell in love with their grilled burgers and southern style-fried chicken .

fish and fries – beer battered fillet fish , deep fried and serve with fries Php 120 per order

The Kingspoint branch can accommodate up to a dozen people at any given day, we prefer take-out . Do not be deceived with the quaint size of the restaurant, it is one of the cleanest and had a wide array of menus to choose from. It is at par with some commercial fast food outlet which does not deliver after a certain period of time.

southern fried chicken with french fries

What we like about this restaurant is the ability to deliver within the community past 8:30pm, KFC Novaliches branch does not deliver after 8:30pm .

Location : #53 Katipunan Avenue, Kingspoints Subdivision,  Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches Quezon City  store tel# is 9363218.

There is another branch located at # 8 Examiner Street , West Triangle , Quezon City

Telephone # 423-1900

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/johns.cookers.5

Madre E’ Figlio Bakeshop and Restaurant

Madre E’ Figlio Bakeshop – This bakeshop , pizza place and restaurant is one of the favorite hang-out place of residents of Kingspoint , San Pedro and Goodwill Homes . It is quaint and its bread and menus are at par with leading bakeshops and restaurants .

The Frap Bar

There are 7 kinds of frap flavors to choose from -Price range from Php 65 small, Php 75 medium and Php 95 large

Set Meals also includes boneless bangus at Php 95, Lumpiang Shanghai at Php 75, Sisig at Php 95, Chicken fingers at Php 75, Buffalo Wings at Php95 , Longgnisa Meal at Php75

donuts

Among  favorites are its donuts, egg pies, ensaymadas , pastas and pizzas . The restaurant also accepts pre-orders and delivery

the sitting capacity is between 10 to 15 people

Location : Block 46 Lot 7 Katipunan Avenue corner King Henry Street. Kingspoint Subdivision , Bagbag , Novaliches, Quezon City

Phone : (0922-855-7759) 417-5953

Operation Hours: 6am to 10pm

Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MadreEFiglioBakeshop/

Risbee  Fried Chicken

This is a small outlet which started its operation way back in the late -1990’s along Kingspoint Subdivision and it had some outlets along Quirino Highway .

The  said outlet is owned by Risbee Fried Chicken . It competes with the other fried chicken around the vicinity by being cheaper . They also sell pre-cut choice pieces like legs, neck, wing, leg and half chicken which is quite popular among beer drinkers for ( pulutan ) finger food . Whole chicken cost Php 145 a piece. They also come with their own version of gravy .

Their operation is early afternoon until late evening – sometimes quite erratic . The only downturn is that their cooking oil used for deep frying their chicken seems to be old .

The small stall is tuck in a corner along Katipunan Avenue near Goodwill Homes arch. There is also a small karinderia -style adjacent which serves tricycle drivers and workers.

King Point Ihaw-Ihaw , Goto at Bulaluhan ,Kingspoint Bar and Grill,  / Red Vent and Citypoint  Milk Tea and Bakeshop

King Point Ihaw-Ihaw, Goto at Bulaluhan , Kingspoint Bar and Grill / Red Vent, Citypoint Milk Tea and Bakeshop

These restaurants are located within a commercial building along Katipunan Avenue corner King Henry Street.

These establishments opened a little more than 2 years ago and it primary caters to the residents living within the subdivision.  We tried eating at the King Point Ihaw-Ihaw and tasted their goto which only cost Php 10 per bowl without hard boil eggs .  They also have grilled liempo and barbecue . There is also the Citypoint Milk Tea and Bakeshop.

Trat’s Chill and Grill House /  Trat’s Sizzling and Grill House

Trat’s Chill and Grill House  sometimes called Trat’s Sizzling and Grill House.  This bar and grill restaurant opened its door sometime late 2009 and owned by Chef  Jose Angelo S. Cerdon. It used to be a hole in wall type with few tables and chairs until several years later.

part of the restaurant is garage area converted into bar .

There used to have a car wash business beside the restaurant , then it was converted into a billiard area before it was re-converted into part of the restaurant.

sizzling sisig , barbecue is perfect companion for any beer

Sizzling Sisig  Served ( Php 70 ) or (Php 110) with rice . One of the favorite (pulutan) finger food  for beer drinkers .

Flaming Tuna For seafood lovers who want their tuna fish in sizzling plates.  Price P130.

Rice Topping Tapsilog, Tocilog, and more “silogs” Price range  P60 to P100.

Crispy PataPhp 320 per order good for sharing with 3 to 5 people

Trat’s barbecue with vinegar

Barbecue is a MUST TRY , It cost Php 17 per piece , It used to cost Php 15 when they started selling them.

It is one of our favorite restaurant within the area when it comes to noodles, barbecue , sizzling plate, street foods like isaw, betamax , hotdog and grilled food.

pancit bihon

The only downturn is that it can take between 15 minutes to 25 minutes when you order their noodles (It can take a while before they can serve it) . It used to be priced at Php 60.00 when they started offering them several years back.

PANCIT BIHON, MIKI-BIHON ,MIKI, CANTON Priced at P70 per order, Ideal for two or three people. They also have bilao style -for large orders.

The restaurant also accepts catering and special orders.

Operation Hours: 5:00PM TO 12MN Mondays to Sunday except Holidays

Address: Lot 8 Block 26 Katipunan Street , Kingspoint Subdivision , Barangay Bagbag , Novaliches, Quezon City

Contact Person: Chef Jose Angelo S. Cerdon -Manager

Telephone: 937-9562/ 939-7322 Cellphone # 0915-672-6535 / 0922-864-1350

Email : joseangelo_cerdon@yahoo.com

Facebook Page: Trats Sizzling and Grill House

There is another restaurant beside known as Cerdon Videoke and Restaurant which also serves home-style meals. They are an old-time residents of Kingspoint Subdivision. They are also relatives .

Meal viand cost from Php 20 for vegetables and Php 30 -Php 50 for meat – for less than Php 100 -one can order 1 rice with vegetables , meat and a small softdrink.

R&B Fried Chicken and Restaurant

R&B Fried Chicken and Restaurant started as a small fried chicken stall way back in 2011. People know that this is the authentic Risbee Fried Chicken which is famous for their deep fried chicken .

deep fried chicken

A deep fried chicken cost Php 165 and it comes with their own version of gravy and for an extra Php 5.00 you can order atchara

A few months ago, it was closed for several weeks and a larger restaurant was opened to cater the growing needs of the community. They also added new menus like pancit , rice toppings meal, grilled menus, buffalo wings , bulalo soup.

The physical appearance of the restaurant seems inviting with red colored paints, hanging plants, Capiz lights and patio -outdoor settings.

Operation Hours: 11:00am until 12mid-night , everyday except first Sunday and Third Sunday of the month ( closed)

For pre-orders and take-outs :0925-4715688 / 0927-3275950 / 664-6467

King Mc Bee and R & B Chicken House- early afternoon

King MC Bee had just recently open their doors – They are offering hamburger , cheesburger , siomai, fried chicken , spaghetti, ramen , mami  and juice . They are offering Buy 1 take 1 burgers . There are 3 to 4 burger outlets within the radius of 1 kilometer of each other. There is another burger joint near EL Pueblo condominium.

King Mc Bee and R& B Chicken House at night

The name King Mc Bee is quite catchy , But it will take more time before people can  recall their name and their food. There is also a local pizza few months ago which operates in a nipa hut but seems nowhere to be found. I also think that the store being situated in a corner lot within a few meters away from Holy Child Academy ( Kingspoint branch)  and Kingspoint Montessori students are its primary clientele.

It seems that food business establishments within Kingspoint subdivision are fond of using the word ” KING ” in reference to the place maybe.  Proof that the area had a big potential of being a community food street.

Note: We tried sampling of food in almost all the places that we went, Some are take-out orders since the sitting capacity of the restaurants are quite small . We only missed eating at Corretto Cafe , Cha Dao ( coffee and milk tea) , Citypoint Milk Tea  and Kitchen Mix since everyone do not like cakes , coffee , milk tea and are already full . Prices quoted are subject to change without prior notice by the owners of these establishments.

There are about 20 food establishments along this stretch .

*We are planning to have another round of food tour at nearby Goodwill Homes and California Village a few months from now . Goodwill Homes had some interesting restaurants and home-style karinderia meals to offer.

New Adobo Flavour Pandesal at Kambal Pandesal ” Pambansang Ulam Meets Pambansang Pandesal “

Kambal Pandesal Outlet , Katipunan street , San Bartolome, Novaliches, Quezon City-Philippines

I was having a quick stroll around the neighborhood and saw a mini-van with tarpaulin poster of FREE taste ( libre patikim)  with catchy tagline ” Pambansang Ulam Meets Pambansang Pandesal !”  National Dish Meets National Bun.

L-R Mr. Carlos , Harold , Christine, Niel ,Arjun and Ms. Jelie

Curiosity struck me and i decided to approach the bakery and i wanted to buy a few pieces of the adobo pandesal .

I was approached by Ms. Jelie Bonto -Ads Wolf and was offered an adobo pandesal in exchange for an honest comment about their new product.

It was being retailed at Php9.00 per piece. It was not that bad . They launched this new pandesal last September 2015 just in time for the San Miguel Corporation anniversary .

For more products and nearby outlets try to visit their official faceook page:

Kambal Pandesal

A Journey to Himlayang Pilipino in Tandang Sora

Philand Extention, Barangay Pasong Tamo, Tandang Sora , Quezon City – Philippines

driveway going inside the memorial park

Himlayang Pilipino is a 37-hectare memorial park located in Barangay Pasong Tamo, Tandang Sora. It used to be around 5 hectares when it was first established in 1971. A tall wall complete with sentry watch tower replicates old intramuros . I think it completes the historical ambiance and paying tributes to the victims of the last world war.

moog ng intramuros ( intramuros wall fortification -replica)

The Aguirre Group acquired Saint  Peter Memorial Park from its original owners, the Francisco- Bautista family.  The replica fortification of Intramuros ( Moog ng Intramuros ) walls were built in the 1970’s . It is complete with watch tower and fortification and walls. however going up to the walls is restricted .

Dambana ng Alaala

It eventually acquired more lands for the expansion project in the late 1970’s until achieving the 37 hectares . They are still expanding the park by buying more adjacent lands and a construction of a 2-storey columbarium near its perimeter walls.

Francisco -Bautista family mausoleum ( founder of the memorial park)

It was known back then as Saint Peter Memorial Park and was owned by the founder of Saint Peter’s Life Plan and Memorial Services until it changed the ownership .

Saint Vincent Seminary and Church- ( This seminary is located along Tandang Sora avenue , a few kilometers way from the memorial park) 

chapel

The chapel is located at the center of the main park and serves as a focal point of the memorial park.

interior of the chapel

The memorial park is located near within subdivisions and residential areas.  This is not my first time to visit this place . I have visited this countless of times , since we have some distant relatives and family friends that were interred and buried within the grounds. 

 Florante at Laura

It was later changed to its current name due to the company owner’s idea of making the whole place a historical site other than a normal memorial park.

Emilo Jacinto shrine

General Emilio Jacinto, He is also known as the “Brain of the Katipunan”—counts as among the many heroes of the Philippine Revolution that are buried in Himlayang Pilipino. Jacinto wrote for the Katipunan’s paper, Kalayaan, under the pseudonym Dimasilaw; he authored the Kartilya ng Katipunan as well. Jacinto died of malaria on April 16, 1899 at the age of 24. The monument  was created by the sculptor Mr. Florante Caedo and unveiled on December 15, 1976.

Gabriela Silang cement mural

Some of these sculptures are Emilio Jacinto, Gabriella Silang, Teresa MagbanuaMalakas at si Maganda, Florante at Laura and many more.

Himlayang Pilipino is known for having sculptures portraying some of the most famous people and events from Philippine history and legends.

Tandang Sora ( Melchora Aquino )  monument crafted by renowned artist Florentino Caedo

Melchora Aquino shrine

History:

In today’ present memorial park , It is part of Banlat – ( then Caloocan City) – this is also the place where Melchora Aquino home and estate is located . The present area ( Himlayang Pilipino ) is part of the vast estate and where Katipuneros fought the Spaniards into the vast forested areas which presently covered Project 8 , Barangay Talipapa ( Novaliches , Quezon City ) to Pasong Putik , Busok in Novaliches .

rain tree of acacia – some of these trees were already there when the park was opened to the public

The forest where Tandang Sora gave Bonifacio and his men refuge and healing became the latter’s second home. No one knocked at Tandang Sora’s door who was not invited in. To the hungry she offered the bounty of her table.  To the sick and the wounded she offered the healing touch of her hand. The weary mind and body she offered the solace of her home.

Melchora Aquino tomb

Her remains were re-interred  from Mausoleum of the Veterans of the Philippine Revolution at the Manila North Cemetery from 1919 to 1970 then Himlayang Pilipino from 1970 until 2012 .

In time for her birth i-centennial last January 6, 2012 Melchora Aquino remains was transferred to  Tandang Sora National Shrine in Banlat, Quezon City.

Today this site is not a forest anymore but a refuge still. It is now Himlayang Pilipino – The Filipino’s resting place. Here the legends and myths of our people and the history of our lands have been given concrete form in murals and sculptures.

posh mausoleum- although fewer ( the park had its own share )

Historical Personalities and Celebrities :

It is a showcase of Filipino art and culture and a testimony to the courage and strength of the Filipino soul. Thus, with the assistance of the Bayaning Filipino Foundation, Inc., the remains of Filipino heroes were transferred to the Himlayang Pilipino Memorial Park which has served as the repository of the remains of Tandang Sora for  over 40 years and General Emilio Jacinto where monuments crafted by renowned artist Florentino Caedo have been erected in memory of their heroism and patriotism.

There are several well-known personalities which were buried within the memorial park, among them are Mr.Salvador ” Bubby ” Dacer, Mr. Manuel Amoranto Ramirez  ( writer)  , Mr. Rolando Santos- Tino ( Poet, dramatist  dramatist, director, actor, set and costume designer, critic, essayist and educator ) .Mr. Lito Calzado and Ms Maria Antonia Ussher ( parents of actress Iza Calzado ), Secretary Oscar Orbos parents and some relatives were also buried .

There are also celebrities , well- known politicians and  who bought family lots and immediate families were buried.

African tulip tree and ficus growing

Recreation

There are joggers and bicycle groups which visit the park on a regular visit. Most of them are residents of nearby subdivisions and those with families interred inside the memorial park. The park also boast of some native trees ,  magnificent sculptures and host to native birds.  There is also a chapel where one can silently pray .

Vicinity Map:http://www.openstreetmap.org/way/136078724

Himlayang Pilipino Memorial Park: himlayangpilipino.com.ph

Himlayang Pilipino Plans: http://www.hppiplans.com/

Facebook Page: Himlayang Pilipino

Link to previous post: Melchora Aquino bi-centennial

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