Malabon City

Malabon City

Infobox Philippine city
infoboxtitle = City of Malabon

sealfile = Ph_seal_ncr_malabon.png locatormapfile = Ph_locator_ncr_malabon.png caption = Map of Metro Manila showing the location of Malabon.
region = National Capital Region
province = —
cityhood = May 7, 2001
districts = Lone District of Malabon City-Navotas City
barangays = 21
class = 1st class; urban
mayor = Canuto Senen Oreta (Lakas-CMD) (2007-2010)
vice mayor= = Arnold Vicencio (NPC-PMP) (2007-2010) areakm2 = 19.76
pop2000 = 338,855
popden2000 = 17,148

The City of Malabon is one of the cities and municipalities in the Philippines that make up Metro Manila. Located just north of Manila, the city has a population of approximately 340,000. 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 15.714 square kilometers.

Malabon is part of the sub-region of Metro Manila informally called CAMANAVA. CAMANAVA consists of Caloocan City, Malabon City, Navotas City, and Valenzuela City. 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.


Malabon, per legend, came from the word “maraming labong” which means plenty of labong, the edible bamboo shoots. Originally called the town of Tambobong, Malabon was founded as a “Visita” of Tondo by the Augustinian friars on May 21, 1599 and remained under the administrative jurisdiction of the province of Tondo from 1627 to 1688.

The newspaper "La Independencia" was first printed in Malabon’s Asilo de Huertanos, where orphaned children due to a plague in 1882 were housed. [ [, Malabon City: A sight of progress] ] [ [, Malabon City Hall] ]

Malabon was officially made a municipality of the newly-created province of Rizal on June 11, 1901 by virtue of Philippine Commission Act 137. When Philippine Commission Act 942 was promulgated, Malabon was merged with Navotas under a new government. On January 16, 1906, Philippine Commission Act 1441 separated Malabon from Navotas into two distinct municipalities of the Rizal province.

For 70 years, Malabon was 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 city on April 21, 2001, under Republic Act 9019 when Malabon was 407 years old.

Politics and government

Malabon City is governed by incumbent Mayor Canuto Oreta, Vice-Mayor Arnold D. Vicencion and 12 City Councilors, for Districts I and II. [ [, LIST OF NEWLY ELECTED LOCAL OFFICIALS, MALABON CITY] ]

On April 21, 2008, Malabon City’s newly-constructed 11-storey city hall building along F. Sevilla Blvd. in Barangay San Agustin, was inagurated 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.” [ [, PGMA to inaugurate new 11-storey Malabon City Hall building tomorrow] ] [ [ Inauguration of the new Malabon City Hall Building] ]

Heritage houses

Malabon houses several old homes of historical value: the Dionisio family home, Rivera house, Villonco house, Luna house, the Martinez house, Chikiamco house, the Rojas-Borja house, the Santos-Lapus house, the Luna house and Pantaleon Bautista house, SyJuco (formerly Gaza) house, and the Raymundo house considered to be the oldest located at Cayetano Arellano Street. Other old but well preserved heritage houses in Malabon include the Asilo de Huertano, the Paez House, and the Nepomuceno House. [ [, Malabon’s old houses survive time and tide] ]

Local Venice, industry and culture

The City of Malabon is a place famous for its Pancit Malabon. The city is tagged as the Local Venice, due to its variety of foods, such as puto sulot, puto bubong, sapin-sapin, broas, bibingka and the camachile. The culinary delights are abundant in its specialty eateries such as the Nanay’s Pancit Malabon, Rosy’s Pancit Malabon, the Pescadores Restaurant, and the Balsa sa Niugan, a floating restaurant with 350 seats. It is also known for the Bulungan at Tanong Market, the "bulungan" system or whispered bidding in fish trading. [ [, Malabon - The Local Venice ] ]

Other Malabon industries include sugar refinery, patis making, cigar making, fishing and Ilang-ilang trees flower extract production where the distilled perfume is exported. Its most famous festival is the "Pagoda-Caracol" is the most famous festival, a fluvial procession with street dancing to commemorate the Feast of Our Lady of Immaculate Concepcion every 8th of December.


Malabon City is composed of 21 baranggays:
*Hulong Duhat
*San Agustin


External links

* [ Official City Government Website]

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