Valenzuela City Guide

The beauty of Valenzuela lies in its versatility. It is a place where urban and rural, new and old, weave together, forming a beautiful tapestry of what Valenzuela is today. Then known as the Old Town of Polo, Valenzuela was part of the province of Bulacan established in 1623. Initially, this humble town was home to fishermen. Later, it was renamed Valenzuela to honor one of the physicians and leaders of the Katipunan, Dr. Pio Valenzuela.

In 1975, Valenzuela became part of Metro Manila, and 13 years later, it was classified as a highly urbanized city. Today, this city shows competitiveness, being one of the Philippines’ most liveable cities where business and investment opportunities abound aside from residential options. As proof, the city has won several awards, including the Seal of Good Financial Housekeeping, Most Business-Friendly City Award, and Galing Pook Awards, to name a few.

This city, though highly urbanized, still retains its suburban lifestyle due to its surroundings including the Tullahan River, Obando and Meycauayan in Bulacan, Navotas, Malabon, Quezon City, and Caloocan. 

MORE ABOUT VALENZUELA CITY

Due to its strategic location, it is no wonder that Valenzuela is becoming one of the preferred neighborhoods for residential and business purposes. Here are other stellar reasons why Valenzuela is one of the “it” places in Metro Manila:

The Northern Gateway to Metropolitan Manila

The MacArthur Highway and the North Luzon Expressway are the two main thoroughfares that traverse through Valenzuela City. These two roads make it easier for residents to move around the metro and have easy access to the provinces found in North Luzon. If you live in Valenzuela, it will be easy for you to go on quick getaways to escape the hustle and bustle of the metro momentarily.

Valenzuela’s location is also ideal for businessmen because it is at the center of Metro Manila and Bulacan. Entrepreneurs can tap into the market of these locations. The location is ideal for businesses that import goods from North Luzon.

“Economic Miracle of the Decade”

Influenced by its neighboring progressive cities such as Quezon City and Caloocan, Valenzuela transformed its vast verdant spaces into concrete lands. Today, small to large-scale industries like food products, metals, plastics, and textiles are present in the area. 

These businesses contribute to the city’s income that helps accelerate its economic growth. Valenzuela has experienced economic miracles due to these businesses. This industrial development has provided plenty of work opportunities to residents, which helped improve their economic status and way of living.

Connected to the Train System

The Metro Manila Subway is an underground rapid transit line in Metro Manila that spans 36 kilometers. Aside from the North-South Commuter Railway, this project will be the second direct airport rail link. This subway will start at Valenzuela and end at Asia World in Parañaque City. 

This train system will pass through the NAIA Terminals 1, 2, and 3, so it will be more convenient for residents in Valenzuela to go to and from the airport for leisure and business purposes.

PIT STOPS IN VALENZUELA CITY

Valenzuela City is an exciting place to be. The city houses different establishments that will make any resident’s living experience truly convenient and purposeful. These establishments are found in key city centers so that wherever in Valenzuela you live, you can access these establishments quickly and easily.

Schools and Universities

If you want to start a family in a house and lot for sale in Valenzuela, here are some of the educational institutions in the city where you can enroll your kids and have them get quality education:

  • Mary Immaculate School of Valenzuela
  • Our Lady of Lourdes College – Valenzuela
  • St. Catherine College of Valenzuela Inc.
  • La Consolacion College of Valenzuela
  • Montreal School of Valenzuela
  • Our Lady of Fatima University
  • St. Bernadette College of Valenzuela
  • Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela
  • Children of Mary Immaculate College
  • Valenzuela Polytechnic College

Clinics and Hospitals

Valenzuela is an ideal home even for retirees due to the number of medical institutions the city houses. The hospitals and clinics below are highly accessible and are found close to residences.

  • Valenzuela City General Hospital
  • Santissimo Rosario General Hospital 
  • Fatima University Medical Center – Valenzuela
  • Calalang General Hospital
  • Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital
  • Valenzuela Citicare Medical Center
  • ACE Valenzuela

Retail Centers

Shopping is one of the leisure activities you can enjoy with family and friends if you live or visit Valenzuela. These malls are home to different restaurants that serve local and international dishes. The unique dining experience makes an ordinary day memorable, especially if it’s spent with families and friends. The retail centers in the city include:

  • One Mall Valenzuela
  • Valenzuela Town Center
  • SM City Valenzuela
  • YIC City Square
  • Ever Gotesco Store
  • HCM Place Valenzuela City
  • Newstar
  • Arbortowne Plaza
  • Frontguild Valenzuela
  • Happy Go Shopping
  • Sky 360 Plaza
  • ARCA Plaza

MOVING AROUND IN VALENZUELA CITY

All forms of transportation are available in Valenzuela City, making commuting relatively easy. You can ride the jeepney to go around the city or tricycles if you are going short distances.

If you come from Caloocan City, you can ride a bus from Monumento, Rizal Avenue, and drop off at Jollibee on MacArthur Highway in Malinta, Valenzuela. Travel time takes around 26 minutes, depending on the traffic conditions.

If you work in Makati, Valenzuela is just a good 40-minute drive via Maharlika Highway, R-8, and Mindanao Avenue. On the other hand, if your office is located in Quezon City, it will only take 15 to 25 minutes to reach QC from Valenzuela via C-5 or Congressional Avenue and Maharlika Highway. 

If you are going on excursions, the Valenzuela Gateway Complex Terminal in Paso de Blas is Manila’s northern provincial bus terminal. There are bus terminals in other parts of the city, including barangay Malanday and Karuhatan. Some of the buses in these terminals are going to destinations within Metro Manila with routes along EDSA. 

WHAT TO DO IN VALENZUELA CITY

If you choose to live in Valenzuela, there’s always a new thing you can do with family and friends, even your guests. These activities include being with nature, meeting new people, and learning about the culture.

Celebrate Fiestas

Every February 14 is a special non-working holiday in Valenzuela, not because of Valentine’s day, but to commemorate its cityhood. November 12 is declared as the city’s foundation day. Each barangay in Valenzuela holds its feast to honor the patron saints of bounty and harvest during April and May. If you are inviting guests over, it is best to have them during these months so that your visitors can see how colorful the feasts are in Valenzuela City.

Mano Po, San Roque Festival is celebrated every May 12 in Mabolo. The festivities include street dancing and procession to commemorate the feast of San Roque. 

Many single women attest that they have found their present husbands in the feast after dancing and praying in the procession. For those wishing to find true love, consider joining this colorful celebration and dance along with other single people. Who knows, the love of your life might be there. 

On November 12, don’t miss the Feast of San Diego de Alcala, a celebration for the oldest church in Valenzuela. Activities done during the feast include boat racing and street dancing. 

During this time, you also taste Valenzuela’s famous putong Polo, a small dessert made of rice flour whose origins are traced back to the town of Polo. Not only is this dessert delicious, but it has a long shelf life. During the Putong Pulo Festival, you can see the putong Pulo artistic creations of residents.

Go to Santorini Without Flying to Greece

One of the alluring tourist destinations in Valenzuela is the Oia Skygarden Resort, dubbed as the Santorini of Valenzuela. You can go here with family and friends if you want to go on a trip to Greece sans the expensive plane ticket fee. Aside from swimming, relaxing, and taking Instagram-worthy photos, the resort provides the opportunity to hold intimate celebrations in the cathedral that has a glass roof.

Go Fish!

The Tagalag Fishing Village is perfect if you want to be a little adventurous and catch fish yourself for a sumptuous meal. Fishing enthusiasts and families can enjoy bonding over this new recreational activity they can do together. Aside from fishing, this is also an ideal place to watch the sunset.

Go Out and Do Outdoor Activities

The following are some of the other tourist attractions in Valenzuela you should include in your itinerary if you want to go around the city to get to know your neighborhood more:

  • Valenzuela City People’s Park
  • Valenzuela City Family Park
  • Polo Mini Park
  • Arkong Bato
  • Harry C. Egbert Memorial
  • Museo Valenzuela
  • Libingan ng mga Hapon
  • National Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima
  • San Diego de Alcala Church
  • Hearts of Jesus and Mary Parish Church
  • Valenzuela Astrodome

POPULAR NEIGHBORHOODS

Valenzuela is divided into two congressional districts with a total of 33 barangays. These are the areas worth considering if you are scouting for the perfect location in Valenzuela City to build your dream home or establish your business. 

Paso de Blas

Paso de Blas is one of the barangays located at the heart of Valenzuela City. Maharlika Highway and service roads serve this barangay. Due to its high accessibility, plenty of industrial businesses are located along the highway. In the inner parts of the barangay, you can find different subdivisions, where you can buy or rent a house.

Punturin

This barangay is one of the closest barangays to Meycauayan, Bulacan. Though there are also numerous factories and warehouses in the area, there are still plenty of verdant vacant lots in the location. This is an ideal place to live for residents who want a perfect balance between rural and urban living.

Tagalag

Tagalag is a barangay close to Obando in Bulacan. This area is a fishing village where plenty of fish ponds are located. If you are interested in aquaculture, this is the ideal location to start your business since the Polo River and Meycauayan River are located in the barangay’s boundary. 

Palasan

Palasan is a barangay in Valenzuela with more residential communities than commercial and industrial areas. This is the location of Polo Memorial Park, a great outdoor place for families and friends to do outdoor activities such as exercising. 

Malanday

If you want access to Valenzuela’s fishing village, suburban areas, and highly urbanized areas, Malanday is the place to be. This barangay is home to plenty of houses, but there are still vacant lots in the area to build your home or business from the ground up. The area houses a hospital and several manufacturing-related companies. 

Karuhatan

If you want a fast-paced life, choose to live or start a business in Karuhatan, one of the busiest barangays in Valenzuela due to its location and the sheer number of subdivisions and commercial establishments. Here, you will find SM City Valenzuela. There are also two parks here, Valenzuela City People’s Park and Valenzuela City Family Park.

Bignay

Bignay is one of the uncrowded barangays of Valenzuela City. There are plenty of housing projects in the area where you can find ideal housing suitable for families and retirees. 

Photo from valenzuela.gov.ph

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