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Malabon Travel Guide, Philippines

A Look at Malabon City

Malabon is one of the many municipalities that make up Metro Manila. It houses 340,000 people and is located north of the city. It is considered one of the most inhabited cities in Manila and is primarily an industrial and residential metropolis. Its total land mass sums up to 15.714 square kilometers. As of 1995, the city of Malabon accommodates 347,484 people.

Malabon is known as one of Metro Manila's sub-regions. It was informally called a part of the CAMANAVA which stands for Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, and Valenzuela City.

Political Subdivision

There are 21 Barangays in the city of Malabon. All these compositions are under one Congressional District. It is considered a first Class Municipality in the country.


Malabon played a vital role in the revolution of the Filipino's literary center. During Spain's colonization, the 'La Independencia' was printed. The latter was the voice of the revolutionary government and was on paper at Malabon's Asilo de Huertanos. The same site housed children who were orphaned by the 1882 plague.

The historical Malabon is now a coastal city. The main attractions in the area include the Aquarium and Malabon Zoo. These two places are home to exotic and endemic animals. The one-hectare of tropical rainforest also serves as a home to many unique fishes. These environmental sites are the main reasons why the city is frequented by the young and old alike. Aside from the pleasant scenery, the zoo is a learning center for preservation of wildlife.

Culture and Industry

The city is coined as the Local Venice. Because of the gradual sinking and the yearlong floods, it is no wonder why the city of Malabon was called this way.

Malabon is very famous for its Pancit Malabon. It is also known for a wide selection of exotic food choices like bibingka, puto bubong, puto sulot, sapin-sapin, camachile and broas. Tourists frequent several Malabon restaurants like Balsa, Pescadores, Rosy's Pancit Malabon, and Nanay's Pancit Malabon. Another famous area at the city is the Bulungan at Tanong Market which is a center for 'whispered' fish trading system.

Aside from its traditional restaurants, the city thrives through its fish sauce market, sugar refinery, and cigarette factories. It is also home to Ilang Ilang trees which are exported for perfume making.

City Celebrations

The city of Malbon is very famous for their Pagoda-Caracol festival. It is an annual celebration where churches join together to commemorate the Feast of The Immaculate Mary. The festival is popular for its fluvial parade at the river, street dancing, and the scrumptious meals set by every home and family in the city.

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