Korean- Japanese Store within Sierra Vista Subdivision in Novaliches

Korean and Japanese food lovers and resellers would be happy to know that there is another retail and wholesale store within Sierra Vista Residential Estate in the heart of Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon, Novaliches in Quezon City.

Korean and Japanese Food Products Store

The wholesale store had their soft opening mid-January 2021 and the author had a chance to visit the outlet early February 2021.

Korean -Japanese Store

Lactobacillus from Taiwan and Suntory drinks for sale

The offers retail and wholesale items which are from South Korea, Taiwan ( ROC) and Japan are well-loved consumer products. These includes Korean kimchi in tab, pocky sticks, ice cream, ice popsicles, samgyupsal grill, cookies, noodles, soy sauce,soft drinks, Korean soju, Japanese rice wine, among other merchandise.

If you are from California Subdivision, Goodwill Homes 1,Do√Īa Faustina Subdivision within Barangay San Bartolome. Vista Verde, Torres Village, Samonte compound within Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon, General Luis street and Barangay Caybiga in North Caloocan, one can purchase these items from the store. There are also customers who came from Barangay Bagbaguin and Paso de Blas in Valenzuela City.

Those who wanted to buy the items in retail may also visit Meat This Way franchise store within Kingspoint subdivision in Barangay Bagbag, Novaliches, Quezon City.

Mr. Lou Alfred Dela Cruz – sales personnel

Note: The store operation depends on the guidelines and enhance community quarantine restrictions imposed by the IATF and local government unit of Quezon City.

Store Outlet:

Lot 11, Block 7, Katipunan Avenue, Sierra Vista Residential Vista, Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon, Novaliches, Quezon City

Operations: Monday to Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Commercial Lots For Sale along Mindanao Avenue Extension

Mindanao Avenue extension which is accessible from different kinds of public transportation and is near major supermarkets, malls, subdivision, resorts and Mindanao Avenue exit of North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) had commercial lots available for sale. The commercial lots are near General Luis Malinis street which is a major thoroughfare which connects Quezon, North Caloocan and Valenzuela cities.


Mindanao Avenue corner General Luis Malinis streets are accessible to mass transportation and the proposed MRT station. ( for details please visit 888 Prime Ymaz through google or waze).

Commercial Lots

The area is near Quezon City, North Caloocan, Valenzuela, Malabon and Navotas area. With the completion of the Skyway Stage 3. The place is accessible to mass transportation and near big malls like SM, Robinson mall, churches and high populated areas.


Mindanao Avenue extension corner General Luis street, Caloocan City ( almost 90% completed as of March 2019 photo by the author)

Vista Verde Subdivision, Caybiga , North Caloocan City is located near Mindanao Avenue corner General Luis street.

Tamara and Villa Maria subdivision


Lots for Sale along Mindanao Avenue

Contact Person :

Arch. Wynona Nicole Parulan

Ymaz Builders – Project Architect / Marketing Representative
wynona.marketingymaz@gmail.com / 0926-064-2982


Travelling via General Luis Malinis Street

General Luis Malinis street is a narrow winding street which starts from intersection of Susano Road and Quirino Highway in Novaliches. The street connects several barangays ( Novaliches town proper/ (Poblacion), Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon of Novaliches, Quezon City, Barangay Caybiga / Kaybiga, Barangay Bagbaguin North Caloocan, Barangay Bagbaguin, Paso de Blas, Canumay, Fortune Village, Maysan and Malinta in Valenzuela. This street is between 8.89 to 9 kilometers long.


General Luis Malinis street ( via google map 2019)

Our small group tried to explore this part of Novaliches and the northern parts of Caloocan and Valenzuela. We have several friends and close acquaintances which live within these areas.


Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon ( General Luis street ) Quezon City side


folk story or urban legend that still circulates within Barangay Nagkaisang Nayon, Bugsok (present day Kaligayahan), Bagbag and Capri area would recall that Se√Īorita Nova and Se√Īor Lechi were lovers, however their families objected their relationship. The young couple while gathering fresh water mollusks along Tullahan/Tulyahan/ Tuliahan river met their untimely death. Eventually, people would name the place- Novaliches, in memory of the two ill- fated lovers.


Nagkaisang Nayon welcome arch

General Luis corner Katipunan Avenue – This intersection which leads Katipunan Avenue ( a four lane avenue) to several subdivisions like Sierra Vista, California Village, Goodwill Homes 1, Kingspoint Subdivision, Lukaria street and connects Mindanao Avenue. Some residents would also refer this as part of SB diversion road, which was completed almost two decades ago.


jeepney which ply Novaliches -Malinta route

According to old residents and “Ang Kasaysayan ng Novaliches”book, There are two possible origin of the name- The area is known for livestock raising with herds of cattle, goat, sheep, carabao ranches within the locality. Novaliches also supplies fresh milk and kesong puti in Manila -hence the name was a corrupted term for Nueva de Leche.


Manuel Pavia y Lacy ( photo courtesy of wikipedia)

The widely accepted terminology was the title given to Governor General Manuel Pavia y Lacy ( 1st Marquez de Novaliches ). It was during his term that prisoners from bilibid and some volunteers clear vast tract of forest lands and cogon areas for cultivation and settlement in then Hacienda Tala, Hacienda Malinta and Hacienda Piedad which were friar properties.

Early History

Old residents would recall that they would call this road Novaliches-Polo road. This was renamed as one of Andres Bonifacio’s most trusted and loyal revolutionaries, General Luis Malinis ( however some local historians and historical documents would tell that he was not a resident of the place) who was killed during the Battle of Novaliches around November 17 and 18, 1896.

Novaliches was a hot spot for revolutionaries during the late Spanish era and the fighting continued until American era. Some of the Andres Bonifacio’s friends and allies like Tomas Geronimo and Canuto Dumalay had streets named after them near the town proper. They were beloved sons of the town.

According to memoirs by General Mariano Alvarez (GMA) ‚ÄúHe carried out the siege toward the end of November 1896. After a pitch battle, the Sons of the People at noon burned the civil guards‚Äô headquarters and the chapel where the enemies had entrenched themselves. Unfortunately, the brave General Malinis was killed by the Spaniards.‚ÄĚ

Agricultural, Residential and Industrial

Old time residents would recall that when both sides of the nine-kilometer road were still dotted by rice fields, cattle ranches and primary agricultural. Travel time from Valenzuela to Novaliches, and vice versa, was only 10 minutes 40 to 50 years ago. Industrial parks and warehouses started sprouting up in the mid- 1960’s. Now, travel time could be between 1hour to 1 1/2 hours long. Especially during morning rush hour, lunch time and late afternoon. There are big development plans in some parts of this street.


EconPack Corporation

There are several factories, schools, industrial warehouses, subdivisions, venue place/  resort, manufacturing plants, steel company, food parks, malls, churches, supermarkets, pet supplies, agricultural supplies, wet and dry market  which are found along the street.


signage going to north Caloocan


Diamond road corner General Luis street


street signage


Quiambao Coconut Lumber


overloaded tricycle with students

We also notice that traffic is quite heavy within General Luis street especially near schools, intersection and near wet market places.


Sacred Heart Parish -Dioceses of Novaliches


Tamara and Villa Maria subdivisions


Mindanao Avenue extension corner General Luis street, Caloocan City ( almost completed)


large pico mango fruits

The mangoes , tamarind and duhat trees that grows along the pedestrian area were already seedlings even before the streets were paved in concrete, This was according to some residents, They are gathering some unripe pico mangoes.


turn of a century ancestral house along General Luis corner Mindanao Avenue extension.


turn of a century ancestral house with sprawling garden


Elysian 727– a modern house and private resort with 5 feet infinity swimming pool which overlooks North Caloocan at nigh time ( a separate article on the resort and garden)


pilgrim christian baptist chapel


mid- century old ancestral house


Mejos Store and Eatery


blooming red plumeria and cacti


shoes and shoe repair outlet


Mr. Sapatos repair and shoe store


Vista Verde Executive subdivision


Captain Burger stall


AUV terminal near Vista Verde Executive Homes


pet and agricultural supplies store


pet store ( another angle)




grains and feeds


rice porridge and mami eatery


Naulpit poultry and pet store, barbershop, Japanese surplus and Marben bakery


century-old tamarind tree, modern house and mid-century ancestral house

Old time residents told us that the tamarind and mango trees found along the pedestrian walkways are already there for several decades when the street is still narrow. Some people believes that there are unseen spirits which dwell on those large trees.


Barangay 166, Caybiga, North Caloocan pocket garden


Barangay Caybiga Hall


Caybiga Elementary School


Dayn’s Barbershop

Dayn’s barbershop just opened their business few months ago. They have a cheap haircut promo price which starts at Php 35 for children and adults. Haircut normally cost between Php 40 to Php 50 in other parts of the barangay.


camote cue, banana cue, turon and maruya

Our tour lead us to other barangays like Barangay Bagbaguin, North Caloocan , Barangay Bagbaguin and Paso de Blas in Valenzuela. Stopping to some well known eateries, 24/ 7 tapsilogan, lugawan and sizzling plate.


signage along kilometer 19

My friend also told me that there used to be mini-buses which ply the route from Santa Cruz/ Doroteo Jose several years back.

Out tour lead us to a well-known supermarket mall ( near NLEX Malinta exit) and back to the town of Novaliches, where we parted ways.

How to commute:

There are jeepney which ply Novaliches-Malinta route

There is also a bus from Santa Cruz/ Doroteo Jose to Malinta ( General Luis street)

References and Bibliographies:

Personal communications from several residents of Nagkaisang Nayon, Caybiga, Vista Verte, Torres Village,Jordan Plains, Millionaires Village, Deparo, Bagbaguin and Paso de Blas.

Dr. Mamerto Serano Miranda, History of Novaliches Academy

The Man Behind Metro Manila College, Mamerto S. Miranda ( souvenir program )

Calairo Franco,Rosalina M. and Calairo Emmanuel Franco: Ang Kasaysayan ng Novaliches, 1997 ( ISBN 971-91843-0-2 )

Himagsikang 1896: G. Miranda Book Store, 1995

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 staff.

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 )

Sunflower cottage family resort and personal collection

Meaning of Sunflower

No flower can lift spirits quite like sunflower can. Bright and cheery, bold yet comfortable, the sunflower is a warm and caring gift. With brilliant yellow petals that surround the flower’s center, sunflowers have an unmistakable sun-like appearance that has made them a passionate flower choice for many. Sunflowers come in a number of varieties, ranging from small to large and from daylight yellows to sunset reds.

Sunflowers originated in the Americas in 1000B.C., where for centuries they were cultivated as a valuable food source. The use of sunflower images as religious symbols has also been documented in some native societies. With the European exploration of the New World, the sunflower was brought to new areas, and the flower’s popularity eventually spread as the rest of the world began to appreciate its beauty and sustenance. Artists throughout history have appreciated the sunflower‚Äôs unique splendor, and those of the Impressionist era were especially fixated on the¬†flower .¬† Today, sunflowers continue to provide a resource for commonly used seeds and oil, but they have also become recognized as a floral symbol of great significance.

nipa hut with sunflower motifs and design

The way they move their massive heads to meet the sun make them a flower of spiritual attainment, flexibility, and opportunity. They are also symbolic of good luck, wealth and ambition. Give sunflowers away to someone who is working toward a goal and needs a big break in their lives. They are also an excellent housewarming gift as the receiver embraces new opportunities in the form of hearth and home.

collection of various home decor items ranging from mugs, pot holder , plates, kitchen wares with sunflower designs

A collector and an active member of various horticultural organization , Mrs. Ime Lopez owner of this wonderful resort style with sunflower as a theme , said that seeing her collection of sunflowers make her relaxed.

Sunflower cottage  signage

According to her ,  part of the family compound is rented out to warehouse operators, while her family occasionally used the area for parties and family gatherings. This resort style compound is located in Darlucio street coner Mindanao Avenue near the Rolling Hills Resort in Valenzuela City.

collection of tea cup set, plates , wall clock with sunflower designs

Mrs. Lopez  said that  sunflower had a lot of  meaning in her life . Much of the meaning of sunflowers stems from its namesake, the sun itself. Wild sunflowers are often photographed with their tall stalks and bright petals stretched towards the sun. This unique behavior, known as phototropism, is a motif that has appeared in many ancient myths and is viewed as a symbol of loyalty and constancy. Their physical resemblance to the sun has also influenced their meanings. The sunflower’s petals have been likened to bright yellow rays of sunshine, which evoke feelings of warmth and happiness. In addition, the sunflower is often associated with adoration and longevity.

For a flower which reflects so many of the sun’s positive characteristics, it is little surprise that people enjoy basking in the sunflower‚Äôs warming glow. With the sense of brightness and warmth that sunflowers naturally impart, they have become an ideal choice for sending sentiments of cheerfulness and sunny thoughts.

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