During our group’s last trip to Malabon, we managed to pass by but not got around its neighbor across the river: the now City of Navotas. In fact, it can be said that Malabon and Navotas are “siblings” as they share a common history. Navotas after all used to be part of Malabon or Tambobong (as Malabon was known before) a couple of times before becoming an independent town outright in 1906.
Navotas also shares the same affinity for the water, (including the issue of flooding) as well as almost having the same economic profile as Malabon. But being located right along the shores of the body of water that is the Manila Bay, Navotas is the one that is more “connected” to the water, giving its people an affinity and a means of livelihood over the years with a thriving fishing industry there.
Even until today, with the rapid urbanization process in many parts of the metropolis, this city has managed to thrive in these conditions and has somehow become indispensable in answering the seafood needs of the metropolis like fish, oysters, and shrimp to name a few.
Hopefully I can do a more thorough piece on Navotas if the opportunity arises in the future.
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