Malabon, officially the City of Malabon, (Tagalog: Lungsod ng Malabon), or simply known as Malabon City, is a 1st class highly urbanized city in Metro Manila, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 365,525 people.
|City of Malabon|
Malabon City Hall
Map of Metro Manila with Malabon highlighted
|Region||National Capital Region (NCR)|
|Province||none (Former part of Rizal province until 1975)|
|Founded||May 21, 1599|
|Chartered||June 11, 1901|
|Cityhood and HUC||April 21, 2001|
|Barangays||21 (see Barangays)|
|• Type||Sangguniang Panlungsod|
|• Mayor||Antolin A. Oreta III|
|• Vice Mayor||Bernard Dela Cruz|
|• Congressman||Jaye Lacson-Noel|
|• Electorate||194,733 voters (2016)|
|• Total||15.71 km2 (6.07 sq mi)|
|• Density||23,000/km2 (60,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+8 (PST)|
|IDD : area code||+63 (0)02|
|Climate type||Tropical monsoon climate|
|Income class||1st city income class|
|Revenue (₱)||1,133.7 million (2016)|
Located just north of Manila, it is primarily a residential and industrial town and is one of the most densely populated cities in the metropolis. It has a total land area of 15.96 square kilometers.
Malabon is part of the sub-region of Metro Manila informally called CAMANAVA, which consists of CAloocan, MAlabon, NAvotas, and VAlenzuela cities. Caloocan lies to the south and east, Navotas to the west, and Valenzuela to the north. Malabon also borders the town of Obando in the province of Bulacan to the northwest.
Legend considers the city's name to be a contraction of the Tagalog phrase maraming labóng ("plenty of bamboo shoots"), as the place once abounded in this edible root. Originally called Tambobong, Malabon was founded as a visita (hamlet) of Tondo by the Augustinians on May 21, 1599. It remained under the administrative jurisdiction of the Province of Tondo from 1627 to 1688.
Malabon played an important economic role in the late 19th century with the founding of La Princesa Tabacalera tobacco company in 1851 and the Malabon Sugar Company in 1878. La Princesa was under the corporate umbrella of Compañia General de Tabacos de Filipinas (owned by the Spanish Crown), while the latter pioneered the refined sugar industry in the Philippines.
Malabon was officially made a municipality of the newly created Province of Rizal on June 11, 1901 by virtue of Philippine Commission Act No. 137. When Act No. 942 was promulgated, Malabon was united with Navotas under a new government. On January 16, 1906, Act No. 1441 partitioned Malabon from Navotas into two separate municipalities of Rizal. The first Mayor of Malabon was Don Agustín Salamante, a Spanish mestizo originally from Cavite. The first Filipino Mayor of Malabon was Don Vicente P. Villongco. This was in 1899 at the onset of the American regime.
Malabon remained a municipality of Rizal until November 7, 1975, by virtue of Presidential Decree No. 824, when Malabon became a part of Metropolitan Manila or the National Capital Region. Malabon became a highly urbanized city on April 21, 2001, under Republic Act No. 9019, 407 years after its founding.
Malabon is one of the most densely populated cities in the Philippines and its low-lying, flat terrain makes it prone to frequent flooding, especially during high tides, heavy rains and when river and dams overflow. The four cities in CAMANAVA are commonly affected by interconnected rivers, one of which is the Tullahan River.
The river system used to be navigable and fishing was the major livelihood activity in the area. The river used to be wider and deeper with better quality water, and was a regular source of different species of fish, an important food source for local residents. Also, trees and crops like palay (rice) and vegetables used to be grown along the riverbanks. However, these agricultural plots have been replaced by industrial yards, which also became home to thousands of informal settlers who built makeshift dwellings without legal claim to the land.
Floods have worsened in recent years, occurring more frequently and reaching depths of several feet. Most affected are families in the communities that are along or near the riverbanks. The river has become narrower and shallower over the years, and its capacity to hold water has decreased. With more frequent intense rains, the riverbanks flood regularly and flooding reaches farther into low-lying and densely populated areas of the city
- Hulong Duhat
- San Agustin
Malabon City is now divided into 21 barangays.
|Barangays||District||Population||Area (km²)||Density (/km²)||Zip Code|
|Source: Philippine Statistics Authority|
Malabon belongs to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kalookan under the episcopal seat of Bishop Pablo Virgilo David. Almost 80% of the people here adhere to this religion. Today there are eight Roman Catholic Parishes in Malabon.
Other religions in Malabon include Iglesia Filipina Independiente (belongs to the Diocese of Rizal and Pampanga, Parish of La Purisima Concepcion de Malabon), Baptists, Jesus the Living Stone International Assembly of God, Iglesia ni Cristo or Church of Christ, Members of the Church of God International, Jesus Is Lord Church, IEMELIF and Seventh-day Adventist.
Malabon industries include sugar refinery, patis- (fish sauce) making, cigar-making, candle production, fishing and ilang-ilang flower-extract production (the distilled perfume is exported).
The Malabon City Tourism Office launched the Malabon Tricycle Tours in December 2014. The tours take visitors to eight heritage sites including the newly renovated 400-year-old San Bartolome Church as well as to notable heritage houses like the Raymundo House and Ibaviosa House.
On March 14, 2015, the tours started to offer visitors a unique gastronomic experience through visits to the city's home-based eateries. This culinary aspect was the brainchild of current Mayor Antolin Oreta III's wife Melissa Oreta, who is a chef by profession.
The Malabon Zoo and Aquarium, located in Potrero, is a small, humble zoo that features an array of caged animals, along with an aquarium and gardens.
Politics and governmentEdit
On April 21, 2008, Malabon City's newly constructed 11-storey city hall building along F. Sevilla Blvd. in Barangay San Agustin, was inaugurated by Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Malabon's 7th City anniversary. It was dubbed as a “potential business center of the city,” a one-stop shop for government transactions, due to its state-of-the-art facilities such as 3 high-speed elevators and the new city hall building and its offices' “digital system.”
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The city is considered as the local Venice, due to year-long floods and gradual sinking. The City of Malabon is a place famous for its Pancit Malabon and its predominantly Atlantic ambience. It is also famous for other variety of foods (kakanin), such as puto sulot, puto bumbong, sapin-sapin, broas, bibingka and camachile. The culinary delights are abundant in its specialty eateries.
Malabon houses several old homes of historical value: the Dionisio family home, the Rivera house, the Villongco house, the Luna house, the Martinez house, the Chikiamco house, the Rojas-Borja house, the (Teodoro) Luna house, the Santos-Lapus house, the Pantaleon Bautista house, the Syjuco (formerly Gaza) house, and the Raymundo house, considered to be the oldest located along C. Arellano Street. Other old but well-preserved heritage houses in Malabon include the Asilo de Huérfanos, the Paez House, and the Nepomuceno House.
Notable people of MalabonEdit
The city of Malabon is also home for famous personalities including Epifanio de los Santos (historian and hero), Armida Siguion-Reyna (Actress), Nathaniel Padilla (sport shooter) also his father Tom Ong who competed at the 1972 Summer Olympics and 1976 Summer Olympics (shooting), Jimmy Mariano (Former Olympian and professional basketball player) Don Pedro A. Siochi (one of the founding fathers and the first president of the Philippine Constructors Association, Inc. in 1945), Doña Carmen S. Villongco (one of the founders of LVN Pictures, Inc. in 1936), Prudencio S. Lacson (one of the founders of Manila Teachers' in 1950's), Cipriano J. Lacson (owner of the historical Luneta Hotel since 2007), Florentino P. Cayco, Sr. (founder of Arellano University), Timoteo Paez (hero), Nonoy Marcelo (cartoonist), Ildefonso Santos (poet) and his son Ildefonso P. Santos Jr. (National Artist in Architecture), Gregorio Sanciangco (writer), Loren Legarda (senator), Angelika de la Cruz (actress), Erik Santos (artist and singer), Rochelle Pangilinan (actress), Phil Younghusband (football player), Dexter Facelo of Alamid band (songwriter of the famous song Your Love), the eight-division world champion Manny Pacquiao lived in Malabon when he was starting as a pro boxer at the age of 16, Ben Tumbling (notorious Filipino gangster), Aljur Abrenica (Actor), Lean Alejandro (Activist), Teresa Aquino-Oreta (Politician), Rich Asuncion (actress), Ashley Cabrera (child actress), Benedicto Cabrera (artist), Linda Ty Casper (Writer), Ching Arellano (actor), Rafael Crame (Military General), Von Flores (actor), Jennica Garcia (actress), Nathalie Hart (actress), Antonio Leviste (Politician), Janet Lim-Napoles (scam artist), Erwin Mallari (artist), Ismael Mallari (writer), Karel Marquez (actress), Jewel Mische (Model), Vaness del Moral (actress), Antolin Oreta (politician), Tito Oreta (politician), Michael Pangilinan (singer), Don Pepot (actor), Rhian Ramos (actress), Gregorio Sancianco (Lawyer), Federico Sandoval II (politician), José Zabala-Santos (artist), Jessica Marasigan (Model), and CJ de Silva (painter).
- The De La Salle Araneta University is the seventh campus of De La Salle Philippines. It was formerly known as the Gregorio Araneta University Foundation which was established in 1946 as the Araneta Institute of Agriculture in Bulacan, then transferred to Malabon the year after. In 1978 it was renamed as the Gregorio Araneta University Foundation. Integration of the university to the DLS System started since 1987 and in 2002 became an official member of the system. The university specializes in Veterinary Medicine and Agricultural Sciences.
- As an agricultural University - Salikneta Farm (formerly known as Saliksik-Araneta) located at the City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan. Its total land area is 64 hectares of farmland originally owned by Gregorio Araneta University Foundation. The wide farmland is used for forestry and agricultural operations for student training purposes. Aside from serving as a laboratory and research facility, an agricultural-forestry-ecology-tourism-integrated farm complete with recreational facilities such as horse back riding, carabao cart-pulling for passengers, fishing, camping, mini-zoo and conference area is envisioned in Salikneta.
- Arellano University-Jose Rizal Campus and Elisa Esguerra Campus, established in 1950, is the fifth campus of Arellano University.
- The City of Malabon University (CMU) is the city university. It is located in Barangay Longos, Malabon City.
- There are also TESDA-accredited schools in the city. It includes the City of Malabon Polytechnic Institute, I.Learn Center Philippines, St. Catherine Institute of Technology,and St. Amatiel College.
- Malabon National High School or MNHS is the pilot secondary school and the most populous school in the city. The school offers three curriculum: Engineering and Science Education Program (ESEP; popularly known as Special Science Class or SSC), Special Program in the Arts (SPA) and the K-to-12 Education Curriulum.
- There are other twelve public secondary schools in Malabon namely the Malabon National High School and Malabon National High School-Concepcion Voc-Tech Annex, Tinajeros National High School and Tinajeros National High School-Acacia Annex, Catmon Integrated School, Col. Ramon Camus Integrated School, Longos National High School, Panghulo National High School, Potrero National High School, Tañong Integrated School, Tañong National High School and Tugatog National High School.
- There are also a number of private schools in Malabon area such as St. James Academy, Immaculate Conception Parochial School, St. Therese of the Child Jesus Academy, to name a few.
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