More than just floods: Places to visit in Malabon

Darryl Esguerra
PUBLISHED April 16, 2018 02:05 pm

(Inside Manila) Malabon City is considered “Venice of the Philippines” due to its year-long floods and gradual sinking. Aside from its predominantly Atlantic ambience, it is also famous for its Pancit Malabon, kakanin and other culinary delights that are abundant in specialty eateries. The city is one of the most densely populated cities in the country and its low-lying, flat terrain makes it prone to frequent flooding, especially during high tides, heavy rains and when rivers and dams overflow.


These are the things people know about Malabon, but little do they know, the city is full of history, and culture, and is truly rich with emerging destinations. 


Here are some of them:


San Bartolome Church



San Bartolome Church. Photo: https://jerny.com


The church's titular is Malabon's patron saint, Saint Bartholomew the Apostle whose feast day falls on every 24th day of August. During the World War II, San Bartolome Church endured heavy damages and restoration began only in 1951. San Bartolome Church now has seven bells, two of which are devoted to Santa Rita and one to San Bartolome. The church is regarded as one of the most beautiful examples of ecclesiastical architecture that Spain has left this country.


Sy Juco House



Sy Juco House/Mansion. Photo: Whats Up PH


Malabon is home to some of the oldest heritage houses in Metro Manila. Among them is the Sy Juco House which was built in 1869, used as a school, a tobacco factory, and a private home for a Swiss-Filipino family. The original architectural design of the house was spared from the war, thanks to the Swiss flag conspicuously waiving at the house’s window during the years of Japanese occupation.


Ibaviosa House



Ibaviosa House. Photo: https://jerny.com


Another heritage house that stood the test of time is the Ibaviosa House that was originally made of bamboo and nipa. The pre-war ancestral house was completed in the early 1940s and was owned by the Ibaviosas. Beside the house is their Patis Factory. The Ibaviosas are also known for their successful product, Malabon Patis.


Angel Cacnio Gallery



Angel Cacnio Art Gallery. Photo: https://jerny.com


This gallery and home hold the best collection of Angel Cacnio’s creative works, sculptures, and paintings, not only by him but also from his sons and other paintings of Malabon artists collected by his wife. Cacnio was a recipient of numerous citations due to his art legacies including the design of our 100 and 20 pesos bills.


El Casa Katipunero



El Casa Katipunero. Photo: Whats Up PH


Back in the revolution in the late 1800’s, a Katipunero, Apolinario Marcelo, built the house. The House primarily built as a home and then eventually used as a hiding place for the Katipuneros. Aside from being a meeting place of secrecy, the house’s ground floor once served as a storage room for rice.


Artes de Paseo Art Gallery



Artes de Paseo. Photo: Artes de Paseo Website


Located along Paseo De San Antonio, Gov. Pascual Ave., Artes de Paseo is home for aspiring Malabon artists and a venue for exhibits, workshops and events. From Philippine National Artists to up and coming artists, the Gallery offers a wide variety of work that celebrates Filipino creativity and originality.


Malabon Zoo and Aquarium



Malabon Zoo and Aquarium. Photo: Wikimapia.org


The zoo houses various animals and vast array of tropical fishes which is open for public tour. An amusing destination for the old and the young, it indulges its visitors with the distinct privilege to pet wild animals that normally avoid human contact. The zoo is an accommodating classroom for nature lovers as it educates people on the environmental preservation of forests and wildlife.


Malabon Tricycle Tours


All these could be visited manually or thru booking Malabon’s Tricycle Tour. The program is a Malabon government tourism project developed to provide jobs for the local community of Malabon. It involves going around the heritage houses in Malabon while enjoying a food trip. To make it more fun, you will ride a tricycle as part of the tour to go from one stop to another.


The following are the Malabon Tricycle Tour Packages:


Package A – Heritage Tour (P250.00 / person)


Package B – Food Trip Special (P750.00 / person)


Package C – Food & Heritage Tour (P900.00 / person)


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