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Physical characteristics Area Population Total (2000) 2,173,831 Density 13,080/km 166.20 km

Novaliches is the northern district of Quezon City, Philippines. Contents [hide]

1 History 2 Major establishmets 3 External links 4 Original Source

[edit] History The name Novaliches probably came from the surname of a Spanish governor general, Marquis de Novaliches. The town was once part of Rizal province before being ceded to Quezon City in the 1940's. This district is among the largest in the city, having shared boundaries with the two sections of Caloocan City, Valenzuela City, San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan and Montalban, Rizal. The oldest part of the city

is in the town center, aptly named Novaliches Bayan. But because of population growth the density of people gradually widened reaching up the edge of the La Mesa Reservoir (Lagro and Fairview). In 1999, a plebiscite was held among the voters of Quezon City to determine the cityhood of Novaliches. The proposed creation of "Novaliches City" would have resulted in the secession of 15 barangays from Quezon City. At the plebiscite's end, votes that were against the separation heavily outnumbered those that were in favor. [edit] Major establishmets The La Mesa Dam Watershed occupies the eastern portion. The Dam supplies much of northern Metro Manila's water supply. Adjacent to the watershed is the La Mesa Eco-Park, where you can stroll and unwind at Metro Manila's only forest space. Also located in the park areconvention centers, picnic areas, swimming pools, an orchidarium, and a large lagoon for boating activities. It was also the site of the rowing and dragon boat events for the SEA (South East Asian) Games. Rowing is regularly done here. Premier malls have been built recently in this area such as SM City Fairview, Robinsons Place Novaliches, Fairview Center Mall, colleges like FEU (Far Eastern University)-NRMF, AMA Computer College Fairview Campus, National College of Business and Arts (NCBA),Montessori College; high schools like Saint Luke's School of Novaliches, Faith Christian Academy of Novaliches, Sto. Nio De Novaliches School, St. Theresa's School of Novaliches, Sacred Heart Academy of Novaliches, Our Lady of Lourdes School of Novaliches, Mater Carmeli School, Little Merry Hearts Montessori Center, Holy Child Academy, and many others. Various SMEs (small to medium enterprises) are also booming in Novaliches, with offices and services offering health care, money transfer, software development, online trading, and many others. [edit] External links

Quezon City official government website Interactive map of Quezon City Unofficial website of Quezon City Quezon City using MapQuest Quezon City, the largest city in terms of population Teresa Heights Novaliches, Quezon City Official Website

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Origin of Novaliches: History of Settlement

On February 2, 1854, Feast of the Presentation, General Manuel Pavia y Lacy arrived in Manila to serve as the 62nd Governor General of the Philippines Islands. Having defended the child queen Isabela II from the claims of her uncle Prince Carlos, he was awarded earlier with the title of Marquez of Novaliches, a small village 60 kilometers away from the city of Valencia. One of his first projects in the Philippines was to establish a penal colony where prisoners would be given lands and their freedom as long as they developed the area of settlement. When they cleared the area, they called it Hacienda Tala because it was like a star that had fallen in the heavily forested area. It then attracted people from Meycauayan, Polo, San Mateo and Montalban to form a larger community. When Gen. Manuel Pavia left on October 28, 1854, the settlement grew to comprise the nine barrios at present: Bagbag, San Bartolome, Bagbaguin, Kaybiga, Llano, Bagombong, De Paro, Camarin, Tala and five sitios: Kapre, Damong Maliit, Pasong Putik, Maligaya and San Agustin. The inhabitants therefore decided to form a municipio with a Gobernadorcillo: Presidente Munisipal, Teniente Mayor, Cabeza de Barangay and proposed to name it in honor of Gen. Manuel Pavia, Marquez de Novaliches. In January

26, 1856, the 64th Governor-General Manuel Crespo y Cebrian therefore officially established the town of Novaliches. In the same year Archbishop Jose Aranguren, OAR, sent the Augustinians under Padre Andres Martin to establish the first Church in the newly established municipio dedicated to Nuestra Senora de la Merced. It was in Novaliches that Andres Bonifacio organized the Katipunan so that the first shot of the revolution was fired on August 24, 1886, in Pugad Lawin, and the second shot at Binuksok, Novaliches. When the Katipuneros massacred Gen. Luis and his soldiers and burned the convent, the Church was left abandoned by the Augustinians for almost 35 years. Only in 1931 did the clergy return with the diocesan priests: Padre Paterno Bernabe, Padre Nicolas San Juan, Msgr. Hernando Antiporda, Padre Francisco Santiago, Padre Segundo Alto. In 1990, the present area of Novaliches came under the Ecclesiastical Districts of Kalmana and Quezon City. In 1994, the new District of Quezon City North was established by Jaime Cardinal Sin, DD, and was headed by Most Rev. Francisco Claver, SJ, and Msgr. Felipe Ocol as his Episcopal vicar. In 1996, Most Rev. Teodoro Bacani, took over the two districts of Kalmana and Quezon City North where Msgr. Alfonso Bugaoan, jr., served as Episcopal vicar. In March 2002, the new Ecclesiastical District of Novaliches comprising the bulk of Quezon City North and Kalookan North comprising 51 parishes was established with Bishop Bacani as her District Bishop and Fr. Gerardo Tapiador as her Episcopal vicar. The Diocese was formally established on December 7, 2002 and was canonically erected on the 16th of January, 2003 from its metropolitan, the Archdiocese of Manila by the late pope John Paul II with the appointment of Bishop Teodoro C. Bacani, Jr., as the first Bishop. The Bishop appointed the first Vicar General, Fr. Gerardo Tapiador, first Chancellor, Fr. Jaime Lara, and first Oeconomus, Fr. James Gaa. The seat of the Diocese, dedicated to Jesus, The Good Shepherd, located at Regalado Avenue Ext., Fairview Park I, Novaliches, Quezon City. On June 10, 2003, when Bishop Bacani took a leave, Most Rev. Antonio R. Tobias, DD, then the Bishop of San Fernando, La Union, was appointed concurrently as the Apostolic Administrator of Novaliches on June 19, 2003. He was formally appointed Bishop of Novaliches on November 2003 and was installed at the Good Shepherd Cathedral on January 26, 2004. More than a century old, duhat tree stands as silent witness to the history of a free Philippines By: Severino C. Samonte, Philippine News Agency June 9, 2012 4:58 PM

The Katipunan Tree stands in what is now the campus of the Metro Manila College in Novaliches, Quezon City. Photo from the blog, 'Collector's Connection', at

Tweet The online news portal of TV5 MANILA - When I visited the century-old Katipunan tree of Novaliches last week, I read once again the 32-year-old marker at its base: "This tree was a mute witness to historic events. This very site where it stands was once a wooded hill which was a staging area of the Katipuneros during the Philippine Revolution. Under this tree, the Katipuneros held meetings, treated their wounded. Andres Bonifacio, founder of the Katipunan, was here on several occasions." The duhat tree (Syzygium cumini), is about two kilometers from La Mesa Dam and the old Barangay Pasong Putik (now Lagro) in Novaliches, where Tandang Sora, the Grand Old Lady of the Revolution, was arrested by the Spaniards in August 1896 prior to her imprisonment at the Bilibid Prisons in Manila and eventual exile to Guam. The place is also just five kilometers north of the heroine's birthplace at the now renamed Barangay Tandang Sora, formerly called Gulod ng Banilad or Banlat, Novaliches. The "duhat" tree also witnessed the gallantry of the Katipuneros of 1896, headed by Gat. Andress Bonifacio. In the early months of the 1896 revolution against Spain, the "duhat tree," located in the then municipality of Novaliches, province of Manila, served as shade to Katipuneros during their various meetings. Historical records show that Melchora Aquino or "Tandang Sora," was present in several of these meetings held under the protective shade of the duhat tree. It was also there where Tandang Sora used to treat wounded Katipuneros as a result of their frequent encounters with the Spanish soldiers. In recognition of the important role played by this tree for the cause of the then infant revolutionary movement, it was officially named as "Katipunan tree" in l980 to perpetuate the memory of Bonifacio and his brave men.

The ancient tree continues to stand, swaying with the wind, and annually witnessing the celebration of the country's Independence Day every June 12. Despite its being over 100 years old, the historic duhat tree in Novaliches, Quezon City, continues to bear fruits, although not as big and succulent as those it used to produce during its younger years. Estimated to be more than 150 years old, the heritage tree, renamed "Katipunan" tree after the revolutionary society founded by Andres Bonifacio on July 7, 1892, is actually located in Barangay Kaligayahan, Novaliches, birthplace of "Tandang Sora," and site of the first bloody encounter between the "Katipuneros" and the Spanish forces on Aug. 26, 1896, or three days after the historic August 23 "Cry of Pugad Lawin." The tree is a source of pride for Novaliches, a former town of Rizal province which is now divided between Quezon City and Caloocan City. The National Historical Institute (NHI) and the Tree Preservation Foundation of the Philippines Inc. (TPFPI) officially declared the tree as a Katipunan tree in 1980 to perpetuate the memory of the revolutionary organization that launched the Philippine Revolution against Spanish rule in August 1896. The ancient tree, when it was officially marked and renamed Katipunan tree, originally measured six meters in diameter at the base and about 50 feet in height. The shade generated by its outspread branches encompassed about 30 feet in diameter. It is now within the compound of the 65-year-old Metro Manila College (MMC), formerly the Novaliches Academy, the pioneer secondary educational institution in Novaliches. Due to its old age, its height has actually been reduced to about 25 feet (considering the gradual loss of many of its branches which had not re-grown) and the shade it generates is half smaller. Mrs. Natividad M. Villano, director for Student Affairs of the Metro Manila College (formerly the Novaliches Academy), said that every June 12, the heritage Katipunan tree is the center of a simple Independence Day celebration held under the joint auspices of the Knights of Columbus-Novaliches District Assembly of the Saint Maximilian Kolbe Parish Church and the Metro Manila College. I wish I could grow the same tree species in my own backyard. I picked up about a dozen of its overripe black fruits, which had fallen to the ground. At home, I put them in a big can with soil, hoping that during this rainy season, some of them, though smaller than those I had seen last year, would sprout into seedlings, which I can replant someday to replace the historical tree when it "finally bows of existence due to old age." Barangay SAN BARTOLOME Barangay Captain LAMBERTO L. PASCUAL Int. 659 Quirino Hi-way

419-7386 MA. JOSEFINA G. BELMONTE-ALIMURUNG Quezon City Vice Mayor, 2010 to 2016 Presiding Officer, Quezon City Council Tourism Development Czar of Quezon City Vice Chairperson , Quezon City Disaster Risk and Reduction Management Council EDUCATION 1996 MA Archaeology, Institute of Archaeology,University College London 1995 MA Museum Studies, University of Leicester, United Kingdom 1992 AB Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University ACHIEVEMENTS AND RECOGNITIONS 2011 Paul Harris Fellow, Rotary Foundation of Rotary International 2011 Ambassador of Peace, Universal Peace Federation 2010 Gawad Gabriela ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS 2010 Present President Congressional Spouses Foundation, Inc. 2001 2010 President Quezon City Ladies Foundation, Inc.


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