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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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