the Metro Manila City/Town Name Guide

There are questions that are not asked often but never fail to make heads scratch whenever they are asked. One of them being “how did this place get its name?”

Today, we will attempt to answer this question with regards to the origins behind the names of the cities and town (yes, as in one town) that comprise Metropolitan Manila. Some of the information that will be shared here may be of common knowledge to some, but it is still worth knowing. Who knows, you may be asked about in in a game show or something. 😉

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Roaming Malabon, Part 4: to the city center

As our day was winding down, our food tripping entourage headed south to Malabon’s city center, or what some may call the poblacion. But we had to make a stopover at yet another of Malabon’s landmark restaurants: the restaurant called Jamicos or what was known before as Judy Ann, which some locals still call it to this day.


So what makes this restaurant special, you might ask? The signage says it all: their special crispy pata all-looking so juicy and its enticing aroma. Some say it’s the best crispy pata experience found in the metropolis.


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Roaming Malabon, Part 3: at Brgy. Concepcion

There are 21 barangays that comprise the City of Malabon. Unfortunately, we were unable to visit all the barangays there during our little good trip. We did however manage to spend some time walking around one of the city’s most prominent barangays, and also one of the oldest: Brgy. Concepcion, named after the Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, to whom the parish was dedicated when it was established in the 19th century.


The Church of the Immaculate Conception in that said barangay was built way back in 1886, making it one of the oldest churches in the city. The church underwent a number of “makeover” changes in recent years, activities that were criticized by many as they did not help preserve the church’s history. Continue reading


Roaming Malabon, Part 2

Apart from its preserved heritage, Malabon offers quite an interesting culinary experience, A bit more varied than one might perceive. I was lucky to be part of a food trip around the city to experience Malabon cuisine, and some other interesting sidelights along the way.


Our first stop was a carinderia or eatery called Mely’s Carinderia. While on the outside it has the appearance of a regular carinderia we see on any neighborhood here, Mely’s has quite a reputation actually of being Malabon’s best carinderia. It’s not hard to see why, as this humble establishment offers quite a menu, most especially the famed tapang kabayo or horse meat. Not to mention the food there tasting that good. Of course taste is subjective.



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Roaming Malabon, Part 1

To the non-Malabon natives or to those who have no regular business, so to speak, in that city, Malabon is not one of those “go-to” places one feels going to. Compounded by the perceptions thanks to images of flooding and there being nothing much to see there, that attitude is understandable in a way.


the “legendary” floods of Malabon

So who would have thought that such a “flood-prone” area (which is actually caused more by high tides rather than floods) has such rich heritage character, something that is hard to find these days in an area so much urbanized as in Metropolitan Manila? This is what I discovered when I joined a little group who went on a food/heritage trip that took us around Malabon and a bit of nearby Navotas as well.

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