A Traveler’s Serendipitous Journey to Malabon

 

After browsing at Tutubi’s and Ivan Henares’ blog articles about Malabon, I became excited to have a D-I-Y tour of Malabon’s old towns. But this time I did not encounter any trouble for doing an unplanned tour (never did I experience one in all my travelers except one in Los Baños). In fact, I want to describe this journey as a serendipitous experience for several reasons.  

 

 

First, it was the town’s fiesta making the atmosphere colorful and the mood of the people festive, second I met a Malabon old timer who toured me to see the old houses in Barangays Concepcion and Baritan and third, I had an unexpected meeting with Monchet Lucas, one of the prime movers in promoting some parts of Malabon as heritage and tourist centers.

 

With all these, I’ve dedicated an entire week to share my serendipitous journey to Malabon.

 

 

Malabon Fiesta

   

Today, the Malabon town center or “bayan” celebrates its 367th foundation. Make shift stalls along streets surrounding the church and the city hall display and sell various merchandizes, believe it or not came from far away provinces. 

 

 

Malabon was known for its knives, one stall sells knives of diffrernt sizes, from small slicers to huge bolo called the Sangbarlome which is named after the town’s patron San Bartolome Apostol. However, I was told that the knives were manufactured in Apalit since there are no more pandayan or smiths in Malabon to this day (I have no confirmation on this).  

 

   

  

Also sold on streets are the papier mache horses from Pakil in Laguna. I’ve learned that this is a common practice during fiestas. Since the Spanish times, merchants would bring their wares where a fiesta is being held. 

 

  

 

Aling Vangie who owns a kakanin store at no. 13 Pasalubong Center (tel no.: 630.32.60) in Antipolo and other dealers of sweet treats have come all the way from the Marian town to sell their various kakanins and have set up a stall within the church compound in Malabon.  

 

  

 

Speaking of kakanins, one of Malabon’s pride is Dolor’s Kakanins that makes delicious sapin-sapin, bico, ube halaya, kalamay, kutchinta, puto and more. To meet demand of their increasing popularity, Dolor’s Kakanin has opened several branches in Malabon and some in the Metro Manila. 

 

 

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  1. good pm sirs,

    i am student in UPD, and i researching about environment in Artex Compounds, sadly i cant measure the exact distance from UPU to Malabon city (Artex compounds ). please kindly help me to get this information.

    Regards,
    Ern

  2. I wish that the river can be cleaned and bring it back where it was nice to swim during the high tide.

  3. I did know that your a fitness buff eric.

    If only I knew about that Chinese resto I would have gone there for lunch. The do-it-yourself walking tour made me so hungry.

    It’s still a good trip. It’s my pleasure to feature Malabon.

  4. Thank you for this wonderful series on Malabon!

    I used to go to Malabon with friends to play badminton — as often as twice a week, but I never got a chance to see the town as you had. Neither was I able to join Richard’s tour … sayang!

    Anyway, on that stretch of road leading to the church, a few meters from Dolor’s and on the other side of the street is a small but wonderful Chinese restaurant. The food is superb! There came a time when I’d drive over to Malabon just to enjoy the food served in this eatery.

    Cheers!

  5. I’ve learned from Monchet Lucas that Architect Bautista is currently in Singapore. I got in touch with him last year when inquired about the Malabon. But I was tno able to push for the tour that time.

    When I contacted him at NCCA, I’ve learn from them that he has already left the agency last December. So, I opted for a DIY tour of Malabon hihihi, which turned out enriching.

  6. paete no longer makes those horses anymore. I can only see a few. what you saw there were traditional horses even the color and rough finish made by people of pakil who sell them during fiestas. (i experienced selling them horses as a child helping my mom make ends meet during summer during Pakil’s turumba).

    I would love to cover malabon on dec 8 if time permits (a monday so i have to file a leave first). I hope to again see richard bautista currently in singapore

  7. Thanks your blog again Tutubi that gave inspiration to discover about our country.

    I saw several paper mache horses in Paete I beleived it originated there. Though the dealer who went to Malabon said that they came all the way from Pakil to sell their horses in time for the fiesta.

  8. hmmm…i was cited here😛

    i’m planning an “unplanned” return trip to Malabon in summer. will visit other places not covered by the tour.
    btw, those paper mache originated in Paete and not Pakil though the art is now being practiced by neighboring towns like Pakil particularly the barrios of casinsin and kabulusan (across the lake)


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