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 )

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Holy Cross Memorial Park Horticulture Walk

Holy Cross Memorial Park is one of the private memorial parks located in Barangay San Bartolome , Novaliches , Quezon CityMetro Manila that is a favorite place for joggers and a perfect place to relax .

rows of anahaw palm

ficus trees lined the street going to the park

The park is home to more than 150 species of trees and flowering plants  plus about two dozen known birds. Every Year there were at least  75,000 to 150,000 people who visit the  their beloved ones who are buried . There is a also a group joggers from different associations.

Spathodea campanulata or African Tulip Tree

This tree species  was probably introduced to the country  from tropical Africa during the American regime. In certain parts of the world, it is known as the Fountain Tree as well as the Flame of the Forest.

This is a popular ornamental tree in the tropics and is much appreciated for its showy reddish-orange or crimson flowers. It can provide ample shade and because of its bright flowers, it’s always a colorful addition to any garden. The wood is difficult to burn, so the tree is also valuable for fire resistant landscaping. It is cultivated in parks, gardens, and along roadsides. It is commonly seen growing around Metro Manila and Tagaytay area and is often considered an evergreen, though it sheds its leaves during summer.

The flower buds form a ball-shaped cluster. Each brown banana-shaped flower bud is filled with water, forming a natural water pistol when squeezed. The outer buds bloom first before the inner ones. The tree blooms year round and a flower lasts about 3 days. The ripe pods split open into a woody, boat-shaped form. Children use them in boat races, by placing the opened pods in a fast flowing drain.

Medicinal Value:

Though there is no reported folkloric use here in the Philippines, Its leaves, root bark, stems, and fruits yield alkaloids, tannin, saponin, steroids, terpenoids, and flavonoid and are used in African medicines. In some African countries, the stem bark is used as a paste for healing wounds as it has anti-microbial properties. In Ghana, the stem bark and leaf are used for treatment of dyspepsia and peptic ulcer; while the leaf, root bark, and fruit is used for arthritis and fractures.

Though there is no reported folkloric use here in the Philippines, its leaves, root bark, stems, and fruits yield alkaloids, tannin, saponin, steroids, terpenoids, and flavonoid and are used in African medicines. In Africa, the stem bark is used as a paste for healing wounds as it has anti-microbial properties. In Ghana, the stem bark and leaf are used for treatment of dyspepsia and peptic ulcer; while the leaf, root bark, and fruit is used for arthritis and fractures. The stem bark is also used for toothaches and stomach aches while the root bark and seeds are used for stomach ulcers.

a traditional Chinese-style family mausoleum

This tree can survive in shaded areas, but it requires full sunlight exposure to be able to grow fast and bloom with an abundance of flowers. It can even grow faster when there is plenty of moisture though it endures droughts by shedding leaves.

Couroupita guianensis or Cannon Ball Tree

Couroupita guianensis, whose common names include Ayahuma or  Cannonball Tree, is an  tree allied to the Brazil nut (Bertholletia excelsa), and is native to tropical northern South America and to the southern Caribbean . In India it has been growing for the past two or three thousand years at least, as attested by textual records; hence it is possible that it is native to India also. It’s part of the family Lecythidaceae and grows up to 25m (82ft) in height.

flower

The “Cannonball Tree” is so called because of its brown cannon-ball-like fruits. The majority of these trees outside their natural environment have been planted as a botanical curiosity, as they grow very large, distinctive flowers. Its flowers are orange, scarlet and pink in color, and form large bunches measuring up to 3m in length. They produce large spherical and woody fruits ranging from 15 to 24cm in diameter, containing up to 200 or 300 seeds a piece.

Introduction:

This introduced species was probably brought to the country during the American regime . Its decorative flowers and fruit makes this tree ideal as a focal point in large gardens and estate. However it is not recommended to plant this tree in small garden spaces .

The tree gets its common name from the large, spherical fruits it produces. The fruit falls from the tree and cracks open when it hits the ground when mature, often causing the sound of a small explosion. The fruit emits an unpleasant aroma when exposed to the air. Individual seeds within the “ball” are coated with hair, which is thought to protect the seed when it is ingested and may also help in the passage of the seed through the intestines.

Traveller’s palm

Ravenala madagascariensis, commonly known as  Traveller’s Palm, is a species of plant from Madagascar. However , horticulturists do not consider this plant as a true palm(family Arecaceae) but a member of the bird-of-paradise family, Strelitziaceae.this plant is the sole member of its genus. This plant was introduced to the country during the early American regime and is widely distributed as a common landscaping plant material.

Chrysalidocarpus  lutescens called palmera / butterfly palm

  Local folk called this palmera because of its fronts and commonly used as an ornamental plant and backdrop for flower arrangements . This is a common palm found in most pan-tropical countries around the world.

A slender , clustering palm that can grow height to more than 12 meters. The graceful yellow green leaves and can reach up to 2 meters. This palm is native to Madagascar and was introduced in the early 20th century in the country as landscaping material. It is now commonly found in parks , private homes and this palm is also popular as indoor potted plant.

a flowering palm

Cassia fistula, known as the Golden shower tree , is a flowering plant in the family Fabaceae,   native to southern Asia, from southern Pakistan east through India, Mayanmar and south to Sri Lanka.

Golden shower tree or Cassia fistula

It is the national tree of  Thailand, and its flower is Thailand’s national flower. It is also state flower of Kerala in India and of immense importance amongst Malayali population.  This is a very popular plant throughout its range and has medicinal and folkloric uses.

Hyophorbe lagenicaulis or bottle palm

Bottle palm was introduced to the country some  20 to 30 years ago via Bangkok, Thailand  and Florida nurseries  , Filipino landscapers usually used this palm to landscape the front lawns  of the houses. The compact growth of this palm is ideal for those who do not have large spaces. There are specimen sized palm planted in some exclusive villages in Forbes Park , Corinthian Garden, Valle Verde, Ayala- Alabang  and in Greenhills .

Chua family mausoleum

Bottle Palm has a large swollen (sometimes bizarrely so) trunk. It is a myth that the trunk is a means by which the palm stores water. Bottle Palm has only four to six leaves open at any time. The flowers of the palm arise from under the crown shaft.

Roystonea regia or Royal Palm

Royal palm was introduced to the country during the late Spanish period and was planted in public places such as in Malecon drive ( aka Bonifacio Drive) , Intramuros , Hardin Botanico de Manila now known as Mehan Garden .

Roystonea is a genus of eleven species  of monoecious palm, native to the Caribbean Islands and the adjacent coasts of  Florida , Central and South America. Commonly known as the royal palms, the genus was named for Roy Stone, an engineer in the US Army . It contains some of the most recognizable and commonly cultivated palms in tropical and subtropical regions.

Champaka trees planted in one of the family graves

The flowers are used in Southeast Asia for several purposes. They are primarily used for worship at temples whether at home or out, and more generally worn in hair by girls and women as a means of beauty ornament as well as a natural perfume. Flowers are used to be floated in bowls of water to scent the room, as a fragrant decoration for bridal beds, and for garlands.

rows of anahaw palm

Aside from its wealth of plants and birds, Holy Cross Memorial Park  is the final resting place of controversial massacre victims of Vizconde family and Mr. Renato Victor A. Ebarle Jr. son of  Undersecretary Renato Ebarle Sr.who works for the Office of the Presidential chief of staff during the Arroyo presidency.

final resting place of Mr. Renato Ebarle Jr.

Mr. Renato Ebarle Jr. died in a tragic road rage shooting incident which involve the son of  Mrs. Marilyn Aguilar -Pollard in November 18, 2009 .  There are also unique tombstone and family mausoleum located within the memorial park .

castle inspired mausoleum

Assistant Pastor Lina C. Almeda tomb

Assistant Pastor Lina C. Almeda is the wife of Pastor Wildie E.Almeda of Jesus Miracle Crusade International Ministry , her tomb is a mecca for the followers of JMIC members.

She was fervent in teaching about loving, obeying, and totally surrendering one’s life to the Lord. She was passionate about living and teaching a life of holiness. She died on January 24, 2004.

Mussaenda philippica variety aurorae

This is a tropical shrub or sub-shrub that will grow to 10ft tall in tropical areas, but more likely will reach 1-3ft tall in containers. Clusters (corymbs) of small, tubular flowers with five spreading lobes bloom in summer, however it is the large and colorful, ovate, leaf-like sepals (to 3” long) that provide the real ornamental display. Some individual flowers in each cluster will develop a single enlarged sepal. Elliptic to ovate, bright green leaves (to 6” long). Hybrids typically feature flowers in red and/or yellow with showy sepals of white, bright red or pink.

Origin: named after Donya Aurora Aragon- Quezon , wife of a former President Manuel Luis Quezon of the Philippines .

White Mussaenda also commonly called  Virgin Tree or Donya Aurora can be grown as ornamental in parks and public gardens or along roadsides, byways and highways. Use in landscaping, this plant serves well as a decorative specimen with its showy blooms and would fit beautifully in home gardens too! Attractive to butterflies, bees,  and insect pollinators as a nectar plant.

tombstone with Tagalog inscription

family mausoleum with interesting cathedral -like dome

                                                            a circular family mausoleum ( some architectural details  have some  similarities of planetarium in Luneta )

The golden form of Golden Vietcha or Adonidia merrillii  golden is widely used as landscaping plant

This is a mutant variety of the, Bunga China , Bunga de Jolo, Manila Palm or Christmas Palm.The palm can reach up to  a height of 15-20 feet. The gently arching fronds are bright green and grow lushly from the top of the crown shaft. They grow to a length of 5 feet with leaflets up to 2 feet long by 2 inches wide.

Two foot long, branched flower stalks emerge from the area where the crownshaft meets the gray trunk. Pale green flower buds open into spidery cream-colored blossoms.

Tale of Discovery:

One mutant palm that has made a lot of growers much richer is the so-called Golden Veitchia. This is a golden mutation of the ordinary Bunga China or Veitchia merrillii. This was first discovered in the garden of Mr. Cesar Pecson in Singalong, Manila, in the mid-1980s. It came from the fruits of a Bunga China planted beside the gate of Pecson’s home.

According to Mr. Zacarias  Sarian , While having snack  in Pecson’s garden,  Mr. Sarian  saw some of the seedlings that sprouted from the fallen fruits on the ground had golden leaves. He suggested to Pecson that he pot those golden seedlings and then sell them at the Baclaran plant market where he had a stall. That’s exactly what he did and was glad to sell them at only P25 per seedling. When he observed that people were buying his seedlings, Pecson raised his price. He raised all the more when the plant traders from Bangkok learned about the Golden Veitchia and bought everything that was available.

Somehow traders from Bangkok and Malaysia were able to buy some seedlings of the mutant variety which they re-package the name Golden Butia or Golden Vietcha !

Many of the local growers made money by selling some of their full grown plants to landscapers at a high price. Some of the plants they retained bore fruit and they also produced Golden Veitchia seedlings which they were able to sell at a good price.

In Thailand, the Nong Nooch Garden Resort is now growing Golden Veitchia by the hectares and is selling them at a high price. The price of the mutant variety sky rocketed and even reach a several thousand of pesos !This has made not a few growers not just a little richer.

Since the Thai’s were very good in cultivating the mutant strain , they were able to successfully marketed in mass quantities  in just matter of years .

Now, the price of the mutant variety is more affordable but still more expensive then the ordinary form.

                                       Bread Fruit/ Kamansi/ Rimas (Tagalog ) Kolo

Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is a species of  the mulberry family, Moraceae  growing throughout Southeast Asia and most Pacific Ocean islands. Its name is derived from the texture of the cooked fruit, which has a potato-like flavor, similar to fresh-baked bread.

The ancestors of the Polynesians found the trees growing in the northwest New Guinea area around 3500 years ago. They gave up the rice cultivation they had brought with them from ancient Taiwan, and raised breadfruit wherever they went in the Pacific (except Easter Island and New Zealand, which were too cold). Their ancient eastern Indonesian cousins spread the plant west and north through insular and coastal Southeast Asia. It has, in historic times, also been widely planted in tropical regions elsewhere.

                                                                                         Banaba tree in bloom

Lagerstroemia speciosa  is a  decidious tropical flowering tree, 5 to 10 m high, sometimes growing to a height of 20 meters. Leaves, large, spatulate, oblong to elliptic-ovate, 2-4 inches in width, 5-8 inches in length; shedding its leaves the first months of the year. Before shedding, the leaves are bright orange or red during which time it is thought to contain higher levels of corosolic acid). Flowers are racemes, pink to lavender; flowering from March to June. After flowering, the tree bears large clumps of oval nut like fruits.

Author’s note: Most of the trees and plants that the author featured in the horticulture walk blooms on a seasonal basis. It is wise to plan  the tour in order to see what is flowering for a particular month.

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HoCha- a traditional mami house on the block

Ho- Cha Mami House and Restaurant first started its operation three years ago at a corner lot located in Katipunan road corner King George street near the Christ the King of the Universe Parish within the Kingspoint Subdivision in Barangay Bagbag , Novaliches , Quezon City .

Ho Cha Mami house and restaurant

Ho Cha is a Hookien- Chinese term for good to eat .  The mobile mami push cart style vending is similar to any  mami vendor in the city . It’s first clientele were the ordinary tricycle drivers, taxi drivers,  joggers ,  sunday church goers , passers-by and ordinary folks which lived nearby .  There are only 2 type of beef menu (way back  then) ordinary beef mami and special beef mami ( with  hard boiled eggs ) .   Business operations  started small with  stainless steel noodle pushcart,  a handful of  kitchen equipment, bowls ,mono-block chairs, tables ,spoon and fork   .

beef mami  push cart style service

According to one of the faithful patron of the restaurant  “Gusto namin  humihigop ng mainit na beef mami ” , We wanted to sip hot beef mami. Compared to instant noodles, this had all the original ingredients including beef stock , beef  meat , spring onions and traditional mami served the fast-food way!

Satisfied customers started to bring in more customers, by the word of mouth and personal advertising of their friendly proprietors  ,  More and more people became loyal clientele . Another reason for the expansion of their customer base  was the  store is  strategically located within the main thoroughfare (short-cut route ) from  Mindanao Avenue to  Bayan – Novaliches town .

Soon after-wards, the proprietors decided to rent the small  commercial space ( former sari-sari store space) and ventured into opening a carinderia- style restaurant serving Filipino- Chinese cuisine like adobo, Chinese kikiam Que Kiam , orange chicken , siopao , Yang Chow fried rice, adobong pata tim , pancit bihon , lumpiang shanghai  among others.

Now ,this mami house can  add the growing list of  some local celebrities , staffs and crews of giant television networks to the lists of people who ate  in this   restaurant.

Pictures of their visit and acquaintances with the owner were posted in one corner of the store (  picture souvenir corner )  TV channel 5 comedy show Lokomoko High and WOW Mali used to film their restaurant . These  gag shows  features different comedy sketches, spoofs, and even musical numbers that will tickle the funny bone of viewers, young and old alike.

The store had also adopted a unique logo with Chinese character and a Chinese man in thumbs -up with chopstick  .  Now , the home- style restaurant had 4 branches located within Metro Manila like in Tondo , Novaliches and a concessionaire store in Pure Gold – Commonwealth branch.

The proprietor told the author that Ho Cha is soon to open franchising to interested parties and also accepts catering and pack meals packages for delivery .

HO CHA Mami House and Restaurant

Location: Katipunan Avenue corner King George street ( near Christ the King of the Universe Parish , Kingspoint Subdivision, Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches , Quezon City

Store Hours: Monday to Saturday 6:00am to 7:00pm

Contact Information: (+632) 440-85-69

Kingspoint Parish- Christ the King of the Universe Parish

This is the Kingspoint parish or more popularly known as Christ the King of the Universe Parish its feast day is celebrated every third sunday of November.

The parish since its beginnings  in the mid- 1970’s was under the jurisdiction of Parokya ng Pagkabuhay– (Resurrection of Our Lord Parish) Pagkabuhay road  ( Bagbag, Novaliches ) until early 2002 were it became an independent parish had a resident priest and a community center.

This parish had grown tremendously over the past 30 years , from a small chapel with barely a few dozen sitting capacity to several hundred  hosting several communities from Kingspoint subdivision and the adjacent areas.

The church underwent 3 major renovations in mid 1980’s , 1990’s  and 2000’s  on the same site .  The present day church belfry-  ground level also served as a small souvenir shop were religious items such as rosary, prayer booklets, mass cards are sold.

Mr. Ogie Alcasid and Micheal V.

Yaya and Angelina movie pictures courtesy of GMA films

The church served as a location on several television series in the past and most notably the ” Yaya and Angelina ” the spoiled brat movie starting Mr. Ogie Alcasid and Micheal V.  which was shown last September 23, 2009.

” Angelina the 7 year -old spoiled brat girl was ringing the bell tower ” in a portion of the movie .

Joining the cast are some of today’s most talented stars such as Iza Calzado, Aiko Melendez, Jomari Yllana, Leo Martinez, Roxanne Guinoo, Sheena Halili, Victor Aliwalas, Pekto Nacua and John Feir.