Mindanao Avenue Garden Center: A New Garden Center in Quezon City !!!!

106 Mindanao Avenue, Barangay Talipapa , Novaliches, Quezon City, Philippines

Mindanao Avenue Garden Center

It was several months ago (around December 2013) , When i noticed  some plant stalls that have sprung-up along Mindanao Avenue near the Barangay Talipapa, Novaliches -Quezon City .

GVM Lucky Stone

GVM Lucky Stone had 2 branches ( Novaliches and Lagro)

Block 167 lot 23, Commonwealth Avenue Extension, Greater Lagro , Quezon City

Land line : 409-1260

rocks , stones, and garden accessories

Address: Quezon Avenue corner Agham road Bagong Pag-Asa, Quezon City

Landline: 494-76-38 Telefax : 436-53-28

Cellphone ( 0905-422-6966)

The area used to be a vacant lot being rented out to a trucking company  . I noticed  the beehive of activities started late December 2013 and early January 2014 when i saw some trucks load of plants and gardening materials that were busy unloading their stuffs.

Jack Waterfalls and Garden

Jack Waterfall and Garden specializes in man-made waterfalls and landscaping gardens. They sell concrete pots, indoor fountains, pedestal, koi ponds, grotto, wall fountains .

Landline – 379-63-03

Mobile-0916-798-4894

clay pots

When i visited the old Manila Seedling Bank Foundation last December 2013.   Some tenants told me that they they are looking for a place and they are still in negotiation with the lot owner in Mindanao Avenue , where they can relocate their plant and garden stalls.

Mang Victor

Mang Victor is one of the plant stall tenants in Greenhouse # 3  within Manila Seedling Bank compound . He specializes on native plants, orchids and ornamental plants.

Ms. Vangie Go- plant stall

I saw Ms. Vangie Go at her newly re-opened store within the center.  The selling area is smaller than what she used to have at the Manila Seedling Bank Foundation. She is still renovating her new place .

plant stall

The big move happened on the first week of January 2014 when almost all of the tenants were forced to find a place for their plants and gardening supplies . Each plant stall is allotted around 50 to 70 square meters . It is a whole lot less space compared to what they have when they are still at the Manila Seedling Bank compound.

stall selling bonsai

 They are now in the process of making it to a community . Each stall specializes in a particular plants or products .

semi-terete vandas

eatery

The combined area is around 3,600 square meters with around 30 stalls owners . Most of them are from Greenhouse #3 in Manila Seedling Bank hence they decided to include it in the signage.

Note: Mindanao Avenue Garden Center is also called ” Garden City ” by some of the tenants .  The 200 plus tenants were relocated in  different garden centers like  Farmers Center, Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon Memorial Circle and Mindanao Avenue with the largest number of stall holders.

Gat Andres Bonifacio 150th birth anniversary stamp and coin launching

Monumento Caloocan City- Philippines

President Benigno Simeon Aquino III together with Hon. Ceasar Sarino of the Philippine Postal Corporation during the presentation of the 150th birth anniversary commemorative stamp issued by the post office.

(Photo courtesy of  Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau)

I arrived shortly after 6:30 am near the Monumento Circle,  EDSA avenue and some streets were closed by MMDA and the traffic bureau . There were a lot of police men, army , presidential security guards , local city government officials from Caloocan, local schools , descendants of  Gat Andres Bonifacio , foreign dignitaries , National Historical Commission of the Philippines employees and passers-by.  This year’s theme : “Bonifacio: Dangal at Kabayanihan.”

President Benigno S. Aquino III receives a Bonifacio Commemorative Coin from Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Amando Tetangco, Jr., during the commemoration of the 150th Birth Anniversary of Gat Andres Bonifacio at the Bonifacio National Monument in Caloocan City on Saturday (November 30, 2013). In photo is Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan. (Photo by Robert Viñas / Malacañang Photo Bureau).

President Benigno S. Aquino III  short speech

(Photo  courtesy of Ryan Lim / Malacañang Photo Bureau).

Mr. Wildredo Bas ( center) and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines employees and technical staffs

I saw some NHCP employees and technical staffs and they gladly obliged to take a group photo despite of their hectic work load.

Ms. Kathy San Gabriel and Professor Xiao Chua of PTV channel 4

I was able to meet Professor Xiao Chua and Ms. Kathy San Gabriel of PTV channel 4 . After a short chat with them – I showed some of the 150th commemorative Andres Bonifacio stamps which they aired LIVE.

Ms. Kathy San Gabriel holding the commemorative 150th birth anniversary commemorative stamp during the LIVE telecast

Hon. Amado Tetangco ( Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas governor) Hon. Cesar Sarino ( Philippine Postal Corporation president)

Atty. Gregorio Bonifacio together with NHCP chairperson  Dr. Maria Serena Diokno  presentation of the 150th birth anniversary Andres Bonifacio commemorative stamps

Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office – Manuel  Quezon III  ( undersecretary )  , NHCP chairperson Dr. Maria Serena Diokno, Atty Gregorio Bonifacio ( descendant )  and Mr. Dante Distrito ( descendant )

descendants of Gat Andres Bonifacio together with Undersecretary Mr. Manuel L. Quezon III , Dr. Maria Serena Diokno , NHCP Executive Director Mr.  Ludovico Badoy

descendants of Gat Andres Bonifacio

I had the opportunity to meet some of  Gat Andres Bonifacio descendants from Procopio Bonifacio ( brother ) they are very active with the 150th anniversary preparations in Novaliches . Novaliches is one of the most important stronghold for the Katipunan movement and a lot of prominent old- families like Kabesang Serrano are members of the Katipunan.

Mr. Edardo Bonifacio together with Heroes del 96 Community members

Note: Commemorative 150th Gat Andres Bonifacio coin are available for SALE at the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas while the Commemorative 150th Gat Andres Bonifacio stamp are available for SALE at the Philatelic Division – Manila Central Post Office , Liwasang Bonifacio – Ermita , Manila

 STAMP Technical Description

Kind of Issue                              : Commemorative

Perforation                             : 14

Denomination and Quantity     : P10.00 ……..150,000 (4 designs)

Printing Process                   : Litho – Offset (4 colors)

Souvenir Sheet                          : P150.00 ……8,000 pieces ( quantity)

Paper                                      : Imported Unwatermarked

Date of Issue                              : November  30, 2013

Printer                                     : Amstar Company, Inc.

Last day of sale                         : November  30, 2014 (as stock allows)

Layout Artist                           : Mr. Victorino  Z. Serevo

Sheet Composition                                   : 12 (3 x 4)

Size of stamp                             : 30 mm. x 40 mm.

Size of Souvenir Sheet              : 102.5 mm. x 68 mm.

Designs                                     :

Stamp 1 –   Roderick C. Macutay, Pasig City, winner, Open Category

Stamp 2  –   Julius R. Satparam, Legazpi City, Albay, winner, Open Category

Stamp 3  –  John Mark Nathaniel Troncales, TUP, winner, Student Category

Stamp 4  –   Marrion Dabalos, FEU, winner, Student Category

Note” I would sincerely ” THANK ” NHCP  people for their accommodation during the event.

Website links:

Philippine Postal Corporation: https://www.phlpost.gov.ph/

Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas :http://www.bsp.gov.ph/

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 .

Promotion:

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: mostauthentic@mdjuan.com.ph

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

Links:

Laguna Lake Development Authority: http://www.llda.gov.ph/

MD Juan Enterprises: http://www.mdjuan.com.ph/

MD Juan Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MDJuanjeeps

TESDA : http://www.tesda.gov.ph/

Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto in San Jose del Monte , Bulacan

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto complex ,  San Jose del Monte City – Bulacan province

I woke up early morning and quickly packed my things, this is like a yearly retreat to the famous Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine in San Jose del Monte City of  Bulacan.

Our Lady of Mercy Shrine in Novaliches

I then rode a jeepney going to the town of Novaliches visiting Our Lady of Mercy Shrine in the heart of the town.   I would visit the place on a regular basis.  This is my first time to bring a camera to document the pilgrimage together with some friends waiting at the grounds of the church.

When I was in elementary, my classmates and teachers in school would always ask me if I was able to go to the famed grotto.  Knowing my roots, I would tell them that we always visit the place during summer time and the place was quite rugged then with asphalt-paved roads leading to the shrine.

statute of Blessed Immaculate Concepcion within the main plaza

My aunts and uncles always tell me that they would come in the 1960’s and 1970’s to the place to participate in Via Crucis (way of the cross) on their way to the shrine. They would recount that they would buy fresh vegetables, fruits, live poultry and native orchids after they visited the place.

Our Lady of Lourdes Church complex located in Barangay  Gaya-gaya , San Jose del Monte City , Bulacan

Novaliches Grotto

Most people in Metro Manila and even in Novaliches area will always refer the place as Our Lady of Lourdes Novaliches- Grotto  rather than  San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.  I tried to ask some old –time residents of the town. Some say that before the development of the San Jose del Monte area, Most of the public utility vehicles would ply the route of  Quirino Highway ( formerly called Manila -del Monte Garay Road or Ipo road before 1960’s  )  passing Novaliches, Quezon City area of Fairview, Barangay Pasong Putik , Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon, and then passing the Caloocan – Novaliches areas of Tala, Amparo, and Tungkong Mangga ( Tungko ) of  San Jose del Monte .

trash are left within the ground by thousands of devotees , while camping tents showed that some of the visitors held over night vigils at the premises

Another resident told me , That due to the proximity of the grotto to Novaliches and during old days ( since there are no proper demarcation lines dividing Novaliches to San Jose del Monte City ) Most people would recall Novaliches as a reference. The journey from Novaliches ( town proper ) to the shrine would be anywhere between 45 minutes to 1 hour and 20 minutes .

Bicycle groups from different parts of Metro Manila and nearby areas would come to the grotto

motorbikes

enterprising residents of nearby subdivisions rent their garage and vacant lots  for minimal fees for those who brought their cars, bicycles and motorbikes.

” Noong 1960’s and 1970’s hindi pa konkreto ang daan papuntang grotto ,  ang kalimitang daan ng mga namamanata ay mula sa Quirino Highway dating tawag na Manila -del Monte o Ipo Road  , Novaliches bago pa maayos ang Commonwealth Avenue. ” ( During the 1960’s and 1970’s when the road are not yet concrete going to grotto most of the devotees would use Quirino Highway  formerly called Manila-del Monte or Ipo Road , Novaliches  before Commonwealth Avenue was finished) .

main plaza as viewed from  the second floor of the church

Another popular route is via Fairview – This is the jump-off point going to the famed grotto. There are jeepney routes , bus and AUV plying the route .  there are buses from Baclaran which have GROTTO or Tungko signage .

welcome arch of  Barangay Graceville , San Jose del Monte, Bulacan

Tungko Grotto

Residents of Tungkong Mangga would rather dispute the name  ( Novaliches Grotto ) . They  would  recount that the area boast of  big mango orchards and market , Hence the name of the place was derived .

The famed grotto is near Tungkong Mangga  so we normally called the shrine as ” Tungko Grotto” or even ” Santa Maria Grotto”  . It must be the visitors  which probably named the grotto as part of Novaliches , since there are regular jeepney route going there  . This was according to one of the resident of Barangay Graceville .

Eventually bus and jeepney drivers would shorten the name to Tungko   .

Other Names:  Grotto- Bulacan , Grotto- Spring ,  Grotto- Vista Church , Grotto Church , Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto , Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto and Church  , Guanzon Estate Grotto , San Jose del Monte- Grotto ,  Santa Maria Grotto  , Bulacan Grotto , Lourdes Shrine .

This mango tree is located within the property and long lines of devotees trek the hilly terrain going to Calvary hills

Aside from mangoes ,  There are vegetables , camote , cassava, rice fields , corn, banana ,   ilang-ilang plantations in the locality  .  Native orchid gatherers would peddle their orchids on the roadside.

plant peddlers selling ornamental plants, flowering plants, liliums and orchids near the grotto

Now,  most of the area are highly urbanized and most of the old plantations are now converted into  subdivisions or commercial zones.

main altar of the church

Another route going to the grotto is riding the bus from different parts of Metro Manila .  There are also special buses and private vans for hire that ply the route during Holy Week.  Another route is via Trinoma , and SM North Edsa .

Saint Bernadette of Lourdes statute within the ground

We quickly lined-up and rode the jeepney going to GROTTO. We were amazed that all the people were also pilgrims like us!

arch leading to stations of the cross, calgary and rosary hill , spring water , grotto and picnic grove and amphitheater

History:

Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine Complex located in Barrio Gaya-gaya , San Jose del Monte City , Bulacan  .The six hectares Lourdes Shrine Complex was formally inaugurated on February 11, 1965 . Some local say that  there were  already pilgrims  going to the shrine as early as 1963 .

Our Lady of Lourdes grotto replica within the complex

 Several thousands of people from all walks of life came to give thanksgiving, gave flowers and to offer prayer. Some would also came to bathe in the natural spring, located below the statute of Our Lady. According to her biographer, it was the happiest moment of Mrs. Anita Guanzon’s life after over 4- years of hard and backbreaking works that stands her faith –copying the exact replica of the Lourdes Grotto in France to her native land for all people to witness and experience the miracle that healed her. It was her greatest gift to all humanity in this part of the world.

discarded crutches seen on the left side of the grotto, these are apparently left by the devotees who were cured of their disabilities upon visiting the place.

Miracle:

It was on February 1961 when Mrs. Anita Guidote-Guanzon had barely 6 months to lived when she went to Lourdes, France on a pilgrimage . When she was declared cured of her cancer upon her return from France , she decided to built a grotto as an act of her Thanksgiving.   From the early 1960’s till her death on March 31, 1990  Mrs. Guanzon and her husband would try to supervise the improvements , fund raising and construction of the church within the property.

benefactors who donated for the causes , construction of the church and complex.

Among the notable contributors are Doña Josefa E. Marcos  mother of President Ferdinand E. Marcos , Doña Trinidad de Leon vuida de Roxas, Doña Leonila vuida de Garcia, Doña Luz Banzon vuida de Magsaysay, Secretary and Mrs. Jose Aspiras , Reverend Father Patrick Peyton , Don Gonzalo Puyat and Family , Don Vicente Madrigal and Family , Mr. and Mrs. Juan A. Nakpil Sr. , Elizalde and Company , Guanzon family and long list of contributors.

The property is now being supervised by her daughters . The heirs also recognizes Bishop Cirilio Almario Jr. of Malolos , Bulacan who approved the complex to have their own chaplains . His eminence Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin had performed mass in the church twice . President Gloria Macapagal -Arroyo inaugurated the carillon bells in the church in 2010 .

Attraction and Landmarks :

Aside from the spring water which is believed to be miraculous that is located just beneath the grotto  , pilgrims can visit the other attractions  like life-sized statutes of the stations of the cross.

devotees light blue and white candles in front of the crucified Christ

Rosary Hill with 155 giant concrete beads, Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes where people can pray in silence for good health, the Grotto of the Resurrection.

life sized statutes of the crucifixion

The area is also good for photographers and bird watchers , They can easily spot lowland bird species during early in the morning or early evening within the complex.

scale model of the Basilica of Lourdes in France

There is a Little Poland Museum which features the house and the basement where Pope John Paul II lived, the chapel where St. Faustina had a vision of the Divine Mercy and the eerie Prison Cell of St. Maximillian Kolbe where he was martyred. The complex is now run by Mrs. Marietta Guidote-Guanzon viuda Picache de Holmgren.

mini- amphitheater and picnic grove where families can use for eating and picnic activities.

Grotto Religious Store located within the complex sells religious item, calendar, rosaries , candles , spring water from Guadalupe chapel near the grotto , books  and postcards.

native delicacies for sale within the vicinity

Interesting  Note : It is best to come early to visit the site  ( especially during lent , summer months and weekends )  , some streets may be closed to traffic due to increase number of people visiting the pilgrim site.  Jeepneys plying Novaliches route would park about 500 meters from the gate of the grotto while bus will only allow up to Tungkong Mangga ( Tungko) and visitor to the site may walk for about 1 kilometer .  Traffic is heavy along the Quirino Highway .

References and Bibliography:

The Grotto  Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes by Ms. Marietta Guanzon -Holmgren copyright February 11, 1992

Ruth Harris, Lourdes: Body and Spirit in the Secular Age, Penguin Books, 1999, p. 52.

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto pamphlets

personal interview with some residents of San Jose del Monte , Novaliches- Bayan, Novaliches – Caloocan city and Tungkong Mangga

Website : San Jose del Monte government : http://www.csjdm.gov.ph/

Website : Bulacan Government : http://www.bulacan.gov.ph/sjdm/

Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lourdes_grotto

Novaliches Food Trip

Novaliches Food Trip

It was a hot day last November 30, 2011, when a small group of food bloggers and friends decided to have a quick food tour . I told the group that since Novaliches is quite a large territory which consists of Caloocan and Quezon City side. It is wise to just concentrate on this particular stretch along Quirino Highway. This impromptu tour was organized by the author.

Naks ! Sarap

Naks ! Sarap Food House

This restaurant open sometime in 2009 in an old house within Barangay Talipapa near the corner of Mindanao Avenue and Quirino Highway.  This restaurant instantly got noticed by commuters and weary travelers that were stuck in the horrendous traffic jam along the main highway  during the rush hours. Their slogan is SARAP Lutong Bahay, Pagkaing Pinoy suggest that their Filipino cuisine are prepared in home- style cooking . Their promo ” ABOT-Kaya Mas Masayang Busog Eat All You Can buffet promo ” is a hit among their customers. Their buffet meal which is available from breakfast, lunch and dinner starts at P119.99 . They used to have a Php 99.99 buffet meal promo sometime in 2010  and is one of the cheapest buffet meal promo in this part of Novaliches.  The restaurant offers between 20 to 25 dishes in their promo and can accommodate at least 75 people at any given time  .

facade of Naks ! Sarap Food House

Naks Food House instantly became a by-word for those people who lived within the area who wanted a value for their hard-earn money . This restaurant was also featured in several television shows like Pop Talk of GMA -QTV channel 11, Balitang Tapat of TV channel 5 , local food and travel bloggers.

The restaurant also accepts reservations and the place is ideal for birthdays  , baptism, wedding , debut, meetings , conference, company team building , Christmas party and among others . The restaurant had a special function room with KTV and sound system readily available for these events.

Address: 542 Quirino Highway , Barangay Talipapa , Novaliches, Quezon City

Contact Person: Ms. Dada or Buboy

Operations: 9:00 am to 9:00 pm everyday

Telephone # 391-82-95 / 379-74-34

Telefax # 455-65-81

Kokko’s Barbeque Plaza

Kokko’s Barbeque Plaza

Located a few meters away is Kokko’s Barbeque Plaza  in Barangay Talipapa along Quirino Highway , Novaliches .

If you want a taste of grill foods, then you should try this restaurant. one of the  amenities of this place is  its  videoke lounge area .

China Pot               

China Pot

This is one of the personal favorite of the author, This restaurant had change their name several years ago and operates on a daily basis. Among its specialties are its chopseuy and pancit sa bilao . Located just a few meters away from the Naks Food House ,  this restaurant had also a KTV and had a sitting capacity of between 75 people to 100 people. The restaurant also have its value combo meals .

Store Operation :Everyday

 Address: Beside the main entrance of  Saint Dominic 9 Subdivision ,  Marigold Street corner  Quirino Highway , Barangay Talipapa , Novaliches , Quezon City

Telephone :939-59-87

Ocampo’s Breadline  Bakery

Ocampo’s Breadline

This bakery is considered by local residents of the place as one of the iconic landmarks of  Barangay San Bartolome area. This is also a favorite (tambayan) hang-out place for the students of nearby schools . The bakery started its operations about 20 years -ago and is considered as one of the best local bakery .

Residents of Rockville Subdivision would call this as ” Bakery of Stars” in reference to its celebrity clientele and local politicians that are seen to frequent this bakery. Television crew of TV channel 5 would also used the bakery for their location shoot.

Among the favorite specialty of this bakery  are its special butter-cream ensaymada , ham and cheese ensaymada  , ube ensaymada, custard cake, donuts, caramel brownies, mongo and pandan loaf, mongo bread, pan de coco, monay  and local pizza .

Address: #1 Rockville Avenue, Rockville Subdivision , Barangay San Bartolome, Novaliches , Quezon City

Telephone # 936-72-72

Operation : 5:00 am to 9:00pm everyday

We also roamed around the subdivision and saw a couple of interesting karinderias and Mang Boy Alfredo’s Lugawan.

C and A Mami House

C and A Mami House

C and A Mami House was named after the husband and wife tandem of Mr. Carlos  Lim and Mrs. Amparo Lim a long time resident of the area . They started their restaurant operations in 1978 and eventually opened another branch within the Novaliches town proper a few years later . They had to closed the Novaliches town proper branch sometime in the late 1980’s due to stiff business competition and lack of restaurant staffs.

Ms. Maricel Tinio

According to Ms. Maricel Tinio -(cashier of the restaurant and a niece of the owner ) , The restaurant is a favorite hang-out place for television crews of then ABC- channel 5 before the management was bought by Mr. Manuel V. Pangilinan present chair of Kapatid TV channel 5. Local customers of the mami ( noodle ) store would dubbed the restaurant  ” mamihan ng mga taga-channel 5 ”  noodle store of channel 5 , while there are a few people who would  also dubbed the store as ” kainan ng artista”  where celebrities would eat .

 C and A Mami House and Janet’s Pares House  are located near  Kapatid channel 5   station

” Madaming nag-order at kumakain dito na mga taga- channel 5 , ang alam namin pati sa mga taping nila nag-order din sila”.  The restaurant received a lot of orders and dine -in clients from channel 5 and even during their taping they would also order from us ” .

Hung along their wall is a picture of Ms. Sheryl Cruz a well-known actress together with the owners of the place.

Aside from Ms. Sheryl Cruz,  local politicians , councilors and television reporters would also frequent their place. Well known Kapamilya ABS-CBN channel 2 stars Mr. Coco Martin ( actor and commercial model) Mr. Ogie Diaz ( showbiz reporter / radio reporter  and talent manager ) also ate at their restaurant.

Chami – one of the specialties of the restaurant

Among the restaurant specialty is Chami– their ingredients includes minced pork , onions, bell pepper , sayote, celery, squid ball , cabbage, sprinkle with black pepper to taste and topped with chopped leaves of spring onion . Beef and Chicken mami noodles , pancit bihon, pancit canton, miki bihon , canton bihon mixed.

Siopao Asado with special sauce

Their Siopao Asado is a bit spicy due to the black pepper and the taste is comparable to other well-known siopao and their Pork Americana is also a sure hit among its patrons. The restaurant also serve break fast meals like tapsilog, porksilog, chicksilog , daing na bangus and value meals like beef caldereta and beef steak .

The restaurant maintains a quaint ambiance and can accommodate up to 40 people. The store also accepts catering and reservations. For take-outs, the minimum delivery order is Php 300.00 and they only delivers within Barangay San Bartolome, Gulod , RP and Holy Cross areas.

This is considered as one of the best Filipino- Chinese restaurant in this part of Novaliches. With over 30 years in the business and countless of celebrities, local politicians and television personalities tucked into its long list of its customers, a visit to this restaurant is highly recommended.

Address: 792 Quirino Highway  , RP , Novaliches, Quezon City

Operations: 6:30 am to 10:00 p.m. everyday

Telephone # 937-61-92 / 937-78-55

Carinderia / Eateries near TV5

About a decade ago, these eateries along Quirino Highway near then ABC channel 5  provides cheap meals to the employees, drivers, students and the crowd within the vicinity . these eateries  provide stiff competition to the existing restaurants near the television  station. Despite its quaint size and sanitation issues, These eateries still attracts a lot of loyal patrons  .

There are about 30 small eateries located near the station. Since Willie Revillame joined “Kapatid Network“, the human traffic steadily  increase due to the popularity of   ” Will Time Big Time ”  (formerly known as WillingWillie). This area is now a very popular “tambayan” hang-out place among the fans of  this prime time variety game show.

Janet’s Pares House

Janet’s Pares House

A home grown restaurant which uses the traditional home-cooked style meals started as a small pares eatery with few seats sometime in year 2000 in General Luis Street, Novaliches . Janet’s Pares House was derived from the name of the owner .

 pork barbeque , grilled food and sago’t gulaman

The eatery primarily caters to the  residents of nearby villages and subdivisions, passers-by , students and workers at nearby factories. Word of mouth quickly spread that their clientele base soon expanded to nearby barangays and adjacent areas like Caloocan City and Malinta in Valenzuela City.

I hope someday to  interview the owners of the restaurant, which according to the store manager is quite reluctant to give interviews. ( I hope this is just the own opinion of the staff ) .

Take-out counter

The restaurant gradually expanded its menus and other viands.  Among the top favorites are Lugaw ( rice porridge ) ,  Puto , Tapsilog, Beef Pares serve with rice , Crispy Pata , Sizzling Sisig ,Siopao Asado and Bola-bola , Beef Mami , Miki- Bihon, Chopsuey Rice, Barbecue  and Janet’s Fried Chicken and at least a hundred more meal viands .

Lugaw ( rice porridge ) is among the restaurant’s  top favorite

Its Marianito -RP branch was opened about 6 years ago , the store can accommodate at least 75 people had  second floor and third floor which can also serve as a function area .

Janet’s Miki-Bihon with pork liver, kikiam, vegetables , carrots , bits of lean pork and beans

Locals would swear that a trip to Novaliches is incomplete without  a visit to this homegrown landmark restaurant. From its humble beginnings , now this restaurant had four branches scattered within Novaliches and Fairview area .

Halo-halo ( mix-mix)

Food, travel  bloggers and local media networks like those of TV channel 5 had already featured this restaurant . There is also an unofficial Facebook page which serves as promotional tool for their customers and local patrons .The restaurant also accepts catering services, reservations and delivery on a specific routes .

Address: 784  Quirino Highway corner Marianito street,  RP , Novaliches, Quezon City ( in front of SM Novaliches and a few meters way from TV channel 5)

street signage

Operations: 24 hours everyday

Telephone # 938-95-16 / 938-24-14

Contact person : Ms. Aira (0923-42-11011) RP branch

Branches : Novaliches Bayan -General Luis street ( main branch) , Novaliches- Bayan-Susano Road(937-37-12) , Lagro-Ascension Road in Fairview , Quezon City

JJT  Lugaw Ihaw Sentral

JJT  Lugaw Ihaw Sentral

The group then cross the Novaliches- Tullahan bridge then walked towards Buenamar street . We saw the catchy slogan ” Pagkaing Mura Pagkain Malasa”  Cheap Food , Food that is Tasty ,  this eatery specialty is its  inihaw and lugaw  which is a hit among the students and jeepney drivers ,employees of nearby business establishments and passers-by . Eat all you can unlimited  rice meal promo is a sure come-on for those which had a big appetite for rice which is the principal stable for most people.

This eatery operation usually peak during lunch time and after office hours  from people returning home from office would buy inihaw  and  rice porridge  from the outlet.

Address: Buenamar Street , Novaliches , Quezon City

Ernesto’s Eksotik Restaurant

Ernesto’s Eksotik Restaurant

This bar and restaurant is a must for those people looking for a different kind of food and ambiance .  This is also one of the few places in this part of  Novaliches which had  a garden  venue that can accommodate up to 100 people .  One of its in house specialties are its exotic dishes like Tapag Usa ( Deer meat )  taken from deer farms in Nueva Ecija . This  restaurant capacity on ground floor can accommodate around 40 and its second floor can accommodate up to 30 people.

Moks catering which is the catering arm of the restaurant located a few blocks away.

Buenamar Street , Novaliches , Quezon City

 Telephone : 418-53-61

Operation: 4pm to 4am ( variable closing time )