CAMANA Experience – The Countryside Tour of Metro Manila


Early morning assembly at LRT Buendia Station (Pasay).  Board the first trip (ETD Buendia Station: 0510 H ) of  LRT  for Caloocan City ( Monumento Station). Other participants may opt to proceed straight to Bonifacio monument ( own arrangement. Official tour of Bonicacio Monument is 0600 H. 

Take the tree steps leading to the monument representing the three centuries of Spanish rule. 

The most popular landmark of Caloocan City is the 45-foot pylon and figures cast in bronze monument of  Andres Bonifacio, known in the Philippine history as the Great Plebian and  father of Katipunan. Commonly known as the “monumento” area,  is located at the northern terminal point of the Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) where it meets Rizal Avenue . The road heading west of the monument is Samson Road, named after the Katipunero who was the cabeza of Barrio Pugad Lawin Balintawak, where the “Cry of Balntawak”  took place.

It was created by Guillermo E. Tolentino, one of the National Artists of the Philippines  to commemorate the events that led to the formation of the revolutionary government in 1896. . At its base is a platform-like structure with figures symbolized the Philippine Revolution. The pylon is composed of five parts which correspond to the five aspects of the Katipunan-Kataastaasan, Kagalanggalang na Katipunan ng mga Anak ng Bayan (KKK). The monument stands on a base in the shape of an octagon whose eight sides symbolize the first eight provinces placed under martial law for revolting against Spain and the eight rays in the Philippine flag.

At the center is Bonifacio, standing in silent defiance holding a bolo and a revolver, surrounded by his second-in-command and “Brains of the Katipunan” Emilio Jacinto and other Katipuneros. The monument is also surrounded by other figures which portray the suffering of the Filipino people during the Spanish colonial rule. Prominent among them is the figure of a man being garroted which symbolized the execution of the Filipino secular priests Fathers Jose Burgos, Mariano Gomez, and Jacinto Zamora on February 17, 1872, by itself a watershed event that paved way to the Revolution itself.

The city of Caloocan was a part of Tondo, whose territory extended to the foothills of Marikina, San Mateo and Montalban in the east, Tinejeros, Tanza and Tala Rivers in the North; San Francisco del Monte, Sampalok, Sta. Cruz and Tondo in the South; and Dagat-Dagatan or Aromahan in the West. Caloocan was part of history, which unfolded during the 1896 Philippine Revolution. The fast growing cosmopolitan city of Caloocan is now referred to as the Motorcycle Capital of the Philippines”.

Then, board private transportation for a short drive to the city of Navotas, popular for its fishing port where  regular delivery of freshly catch from  surrounding waters are dropped and bid out (bulungan system),  round the clock. The city thrives on shipyards, fish-preparation plants, and fishponds and now, the    first locally established Marine Tree Park in the National Capital Region.

Enjoy a sumptuous Boodle native breakfast at “Pia’s”.

Navotas,  some to kilometers north of Manila is better known as the Fishing Capital of the Philippines with its population deriving their livelihood directly and indirectly from fishing and its related industries like fish trading, fish net mending, and processed fish is one of the coastal settlements along Manila Bay  of Metro Manila.  

Proceed to Barangay Tanza, north western tip of Navotas, the gateway to the Marine Tree Park.  Flocks of varying species of birds (egrets, terns, herons and other migratory and resident birds) greet the visitors as one makes it way to Batasan River, the cleanest river in Metro Manila. The scenery is made more beautiful and refreshing by the mangroves that line the river. Latest inventory of the area about 20 plant species, mostly mangroves, thrive there, with the bungalon variety covering the largest area.

As for fauna, the survey recorded at least three species of crabs, 14 species of shellfish and about 11 bird species. Some 2,000 birds—including egrets, terns, kingfishers, gulls and plovers—come to the island during winter in the northern or southern hemispheres. Chinese egret, an endangered migratory specie has made the area its habitat.

The boat ride continues to sitio Isla Pulo covering about 30 hectares, Sitio Pulo is a long and narrow island connected to the mainland by a 500-meter-long bamboo bridge. This long, rickety bamboo bridge serves as the main access to the Navotas Marine Tree Park.

The importance of mangroves to Navotas City cannot be understated.  Lying below sea level, mangroves help mitigate the impact of typhoons on the coastal city. Replanting of bungalon mangrove specie which once thrived in the area is part of the rehabilitation process.

At the cross road of the boat ride is a vantage view of the peripheries of Navotas, Malabon and even Obando, Bulacan where one can view the famous Obando parochial church. Encounter fish folks in their daily activities of shrimping, fishing and crabbing.

Return to Tanza port and board waiting vehicle for Malabon. Known for its iconic Pansit Malabon, the City of Malabon is also popular for its homegrown local cuisines: pospas arrozcaldo, Dolor’s bibingka, crispy para, master siomai and more. On board the local tricycles indulge on a food tasting expedition of the local cuisines. First stop is the by invitation only “lugawan” for morning snacks. Lunch is at (Jamico’s Restaurant) with its famous “crispy pata of Malabon”.

Visit of heritage houses which are still inhabited by descendants of their owners. Be amazed by the stories behind these houses as told by the owners themselves. Malabon river which separates the cities of Malabon and Navotas is also the thriving boat building complex where 80% of dry docking services is served here.

Cap the day with the afternoon snacks of native merienda.



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