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Mandaluyong History, Philippines


Lounged at the heart of Metro Manila, Mandaluyong City proudly stands as the 18th largest metropolitan area in the world. Its outstanding rate of development hailed it as one of the most progressive economic centers in the Philippines.

Little do people know that this city slept as a silent residential suburb back then. Bound on the north by the San Juan municipality and on the south by Makati, Mandaluyong is now strategically located in an economically well-off sanctuary.

Filipino Moslems were the first dwellers of the land, so the city was formerly known as the “Kingdom of Namayan”. With the coming of the Spaniards, they introduced Christianity and the barrio was named as San Felipe Neri. Furthermore, the barrio parish served as a secret relay station during the propagation of the Katipunan when the league was hot in the eyes of the Spaniards. Moreover, Mandaluyong has become a component municipality of Metro Manila. With the other component municipalities and cities, Mandaluyong also experienced numerous physical and economic transformations. It came a long way from being a forested hill. Efforts naturally paid off, as Manadaluyong is now host to a number of shopping malls and even some big-time companies and businesses.

Because of the slow and easy progress of the city, the city’s grand dads proclaimed it as the Millennium City and just recently named it as the new tiger city of Metro Manila.

How the city got its name, Mandaluyong has great stories to tell. One source claims that a tree called luyong was very abundant in the city and residents would use it for canes and in making home furniture. Spaniards connected the word “daluyong” (“big waves from the sea”) to the city, thanks to its giant waves that lash out into the adjoining hills of the wide lowland.

Still, local natives would like to stick with the folklore that there was a handsome young man named Luyong who fell in love with the chieftain’s daughter named Manda. Because the chieftain did not like the boy, Manda and Luyong decided to leave, and people who were left behind referred to the place where they have gone as Mandaluyong, easily deriving it from the names of the couple.

Now, Mandaluyong towers over the rest of the cities in the metro because of its highly urbanized and progressive nature.

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