Cultural Malabon

Riding into Malabon traffic directs me to General Luna St., which is the main street in the city. Along this stretch I found a culturally rich area. I have lived in nearby Manila for years and felt silly that I've never explored this city until this trip. Malabon feels slightly provincial, friendly, and easy to navigate. It's a perfect day trip and as the city develops its tourism, it should consider marketing to bikers and integrating bike infrastructure to its plans. 

 San Bartolome Church

San Bartolome Church

 Plaza outside San Bartolome

Plaza outside San Bartolome

 A large grotto at the side of the church 

A large grotto at the side of the church 

 Heritage homes like this one are found along General Luna street. Most appear to be abandoned. The caretaker here said there are no rooms for rent here. Of course I tried to see if I could stay a night! 

Heritage homes like this one are found along General Luna street. Most appear to be abandoned. The caretaker here said there are no rooms for rent here. Of course I tried to see if I could stay a night! 

 The iron work! The balcony! The wood details! Who's house is this and can you please open it to the public?! 

The iron work! The balcony! The wood details! Who's house is this and can you please open it to the public?! 

 Don't mind me, I'm tired and sweaty here, but was happy to find Cupes and Cones, a coffee shop along General Luna. I was craving a real coffee and something sweet. I happened to also catch the owner, Ronald who is an architect. He told me about the initiatives to revive General Luna street which include certificates or stickers issued by the City for designated tourist spots and plaques for the heritage structures. 

Don't mind me, I'm tired and sweaty here, but was happy to find Cupes and Cones, a coffee shop along General Luna. I was craving a real coffee and something sweet. I happened to also catch the owner, Ronald who is an architect. He told me about the initiatives to revive General Luna street which include certificates or stickers issued by the City for designated tourist spots and plaques for the heritage structures. 

 The Church of the Immaculate Conception 

The Church of the Immaculate Conception 

 Another heritage home on General Luna St. This one seems to be well preserved. I will have to come back to see what stores are on the first floor. If tourism takes hold here the ground floor shops would make great souvenir shops since it is across the street from the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Next store is the Barangay hall and a basketball court. The two lane streets are already quite bikable, but the city could think about putting in bike racks in this area since there is a cluster of uses. 

Another heritage home on General Luna St. This one seems to be well preserved. I will have to come back to see what stores are on the first floor. If tourism takes hold here the ground floor shops would make great souvenir shops since it is across the street from the Church of the Immaculate Conception. Next store is the Barangay hall and a basketball court. The two lane streets are already quite bikable, but the city could think about putting in bike racks in this area since there is a cluster of uses. 

 A floating restaurant at the Dampa sa Paseo, a private "island" in the Paseo de San Antonio area of Malabon. 

A floating restaurant at the Dampa sa Paseo, a private "island" in the Paseo de San Antonio area of Malabon. 

 The fish ponds at Dampa sa Paseo are one of the last in Malabon in an area which used to be filled with them. They have since been filled in for development and the fish pond industry has moved further from the city center. Dampa de Paseo rents boats and charges a fee for fishing at the pond. Here a girl, Isabella spends her birthday with her friends fishing. 

The fish ponds at Dampa sa Paseo are one of the last in Malabon in an area which used to be filled with them. They have since been filled in for development and the fish pond industry has moved further from the city center. Dampa de Paseo rents boats and charges a fee for fishing at the pond. Here a girl, Isabella spends her birthday with her friends fishing. 

 Biking up Gov. Pascual street I stumbled across the Malabon Zoo. For 150 pesos I got to walk around some questionable animal cages. This is the only photo I wanted to show from that experience- large river fish. The zoo has a bear, several tigers, monkeys, birds, deer, snakes, and crocodiles. 

Biking up Gov. Pascual street I stumbled across the Malabon Zoo. For 150 pesos I got to walk around some questionable animal cages. This is the only photo I wanted to show from that experience- large river fish. The zoo has a bear, several tigers, monkeys, birds, deer, snakes, and crocodiles.