Beyond Fish and Floods: Exploring the Navotas City Proper

Navotas, the north-westernmost city of Metro Manila. And for many of us, two F’s come into mind when we hear Navotas being mentioned: fish and floods.

The Urban Roamer has long been curious about Navotas and what it has to offer other than those two. Ever since having gone on that Malabon trip that included a stop at the city, it has always been a plan of this roamer to explore this part of the metropolis.

And finally, after years of plans that did not push through, it finally happened.

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“The Santos-Andres Ancestral House: Heritage Born Anew” on GMA News Online

It has been awhile since the Urban Roamer has written for another publication or site, but I am happy to announce that my little piece has made it to one of the leading news sites in the country, GMA News Online.

My piece published there is about the Santos-Andres ancestral house, a house which was formerly located along M. Naval Street in Navotas City to a more upland location in the hills of Antipolo, near the Hinulugang Taktak and the Antipolo Cathedral, giving a new lease of life to a house that was endangered from decay and encroaching urbanization in Navotas.

one can see on top the inscriptions “1917” (the year the house was built) and “RS” which stands for Roman Santos, the patriarch who lived in this house

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A glimpse of Navotas

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. Continue reading