|Places to See|
- Arkong Bato, in Brgy. Arkong Bato, is an arch built in 1910 at the old national road passing through the old town of Polo before the construction of MacArthur Highway. It marks the boundary of Rizal (where Malabon formerly belonged) and Bulacan (where Polo formerly belonged).
- The Egbert Monument, at Sitio Tangke, Brgy. Malinta, is the site where Col. Harry O. Egbert of the 22nd U.S. Infantry was mortally wounded during the Philippine-American War.
- The Japanese Cemetery, at Brgy. Marulas, is located on a 500 sq. m. lot of the Bureau of Telecommunications Compound. It has a monument built by the Japanese government in honor of Japanese World War II dead.
- The Pio Valenzuela House, at Brgy. Pariancillo, is a reconstruction of the original house where Valenzuelalived and died. The original house, with its antique furniture, was razed during World War II.
- The San Diego De Alcala Church Ruins, housing the oldest church in Valenzuela, was built by Fr. Taranco and was later expanded and completed by Fr. Jose Valencia in 1632. It was razed to the ground during World War II, but the bell tower and gate have been preserved.
- The San Roque Church, in Brgy. Mabolos, dates back to 1763.
- The PNR Station, at Brgy. Dalandanan, was a major station of the old Manila Railroad Company.
- Fatima Shrine Complex (Brgy. Marulas)
- The Museo Valenzuela, at Fatima Ave., Brgy. Marulas, serves as the cultural and historical center of the city. It is the repository of Valenzuela's rich heritage and provides a venue for cultural, historical and artistic presentations as well as seminars on national and local issues.
- Valenzuela was formerly called Polo
- It began as part of Meycauayan (Bulacan)
- Valenzuela became a separate municipality in 1623
- Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo met here at the so called Bahay na Bato, in Brgy. Pulang Lupa, before proceeding to Malolos.
- In 1899, during the Philippine-American War, the Filipinos bravely resisted the American advance to Malolos at Malinta, burning Polo as they retreated.
- On September 6, 1899, with the coming of the Americans, military rule was established and later, Dr. Pio Alejandrino Valenzuela was appointed mayor.
- The first elected mayor was Rufino Valenzuela (1904-08).
- In 1963, the town and Polo in Bulacan were integrated into one town and renamed after Pio Valenzuela by virtue of Executive Order No. 46.
- On November 8, 1975, Valenzuela was incorporated into the newly formed Metro Manila was created by Presidential Decree No. 824.
- On February 14, 1998, it was made into a chartered city by virtue of Republic Act No. 8526 after a referendum conducted on December 20.
Valenzuela City is dry from April to November and wet from May to October. It is shelter from the northern and trade winds by mountain ranges but is exposed to the monsoons and cyclonic storms.
|Location and Topography|
Valenzuela City is bounded on the north by Meycauayan City (Bulacan), on the northeast by Caloocan City, on the west by Quezon City, on the southeast and south by Malabon and on the southwest by Caloocan City. 44.594 sq. km., highly urbanized first-class city (the sixth largest in Metro Manila) has a population (2000) of 485,433 spread out in 32 The city's land area is distributed as follows: 35.23% residential, 20.18% industrial, 12.42% agricultural, 11.21% open spaces, roads and railways, 8.9% fishpond and 7.85% commercial. Once a swampy land crisscrossed by creeks at the rim of Bulacan province, its topography is characterized by elevated and level terrain.
- Area (sq. kms.): 44.594 (the sixth largest in Metro Manila)
- Population (2000): 485,433
- No. of Barangays: 32
- Income Class: First
- Zip Code:
- Area Code: 632
|Where to Dine|
- Chopstix Express - 118 MacArthur Highway (beside Fatima College), Marulas
- Chowking - 2 MacArthur Highway
- Cindy's - 205 Pio St.
- Jollibee - MacArthur Highway cor. M.H. del Pilas St., Malanday
- Jollibee - MacArthur Highway cor. Malinta (tel: 291-7888 & 440-0871)
- Jollibee - G/F, Royal Family Mall, Paso de Blas cor. Gen. Luis, Malinta Exit
- Pizza Hut - Gotaco Bldg. McArthur Highway
- Shakey's - 32 Gotaco Bldg. MacArthur Highway, Marulas
|Where to Stay|
- Cielo Azul Resort - Brgy. Balangkas
- Coolong Resort - Brgy. Pasalo
- Food Meal Resort - Brgy. Mapulang Lupa
- Diwata Court - MacArthur Highway (tel: 362-2938)
- Lampara Court - MacArthur Highway (tel: 362-2936)
- Larinel Resort - Brgy. Lawang Pulo
- Pacheco Garden Resort - Brgy. Walang Bato
- Paxton Hotel - 237 MacArthur Highway (tel: 364-357)
- Pontemar Resort
About 77% of the people speak Tagalog while the rest speak Bicolano (4.75%), Cebuano (4.54%), Ilocano (3.62%), Waray (3.3%), Hiligaynon (2.22%0, Kapampangan (1.53%) and Pangasinense (1.4%).
|How to Get There|
Distances (Valenzuela City to:)
|Tourist Information Center|
- City Tourism Office - City Hall, Maesan Road, Brgy. Poblacion (tel: 291-0672 & 443-2729)
- May 12 (Parancillo, St. Roche) - features the Sayawan sa Kalye, the city's version of the Ati-Atihan. It revolves around the celebration of the Feast of San Roque. The practice of street dancing dates back to 1763 when the residents of the place danced in the streets in thanksgiving for the departure of the British who invaded the place.
- July 11 - the city foundation day
- November 12 (San Diego Alcala)
- Asia Trust Bank - 245 Mac Arthur Highway, Karuhatan (tel: 292-5888, 444-0351, 292-5887 and 293-1403, fax: 293-1402)
- Banco de Oro - Extensive Lumber Compound, Km. 15, MacArthur Highway, Brgy. Dalandanan (tel: 292-1959; 292-3899 and 292-3974)
- Bank of the Philippine Islands - Km. 11, MacArthur Highway, Marulas (with ATM, tel: 291-8438 and 291-8449, fax: 291-9659)
- Bank of the Philippine Islands - MacArthur Highway cor. Daez St., Karuhatan (with ATM, tel: 291-7775 and 292-6285-88, fax: 293-1053)
- BPI Family Bank - Km. 14, MacArthur Highway, Malinta (tel: 292-0446 & 291-9523, fax: 292-0517)
- Chinabank - 614 MacArthur Highway, Malanday (tel: 432-9787, 292-6956-57, 445-3201 & 432-9785, fax: 292-6956)
- Chinabank - CBC Bldg., MacArthur Highway cor., Cordero St., Marulas (with ATM, tel: 293-8920, 293-5088-90, 293-6160 & 293-8919, fax: 293-5091)
- Equitable PCI Bank - Km. 13, MacArthur Highway, 1441 Karuhatan (with ATM, tel: 291-4785, 292-1711, 291-1828, 291-4783 & 291-4784, fax: 291-4783)
- Equitable PCI Bank - Km. 17, MacArthur Highway, Malanday (tel: 443-7539 & 443-7541, fax: 443-7541)
- Equitable PCI Bank - 769-771 MacArthur Highway (with ATM, tel: 291-2682, 444-5860, 294-5746, 444-5859 & 444-5743-44, fax: 291-2681)
- Equitable PCI Bank - Lot 16 & 17 MacArthur Highway (with ATM, tel: 293-2708, 293-2709, 293-2710, 294-6058, 291-6046, 291-6089 & 291-6049, fax: 293-2711)
- I Bank - Km. 12, MacArthur Highway cor. Serrano St. Marulas
- Land Bank - GBT Bldg., Oreta Subd., Maysan Road cor. G. Taruc St., Malinta (tel: 292-1971, 292-3688 & 292-1478, fax: 292-0114)
- Metrobank - Gen. Luis cor. G. Molina Sts., Bgy. Bagbaguin (tel: 983-8547; 983-7856; 983-7855; 983-8548 & 443-5904, fax: 983-7857)
- Metrobank - 235-I MacArthur Highway, Karuhatan (tel: 291-5212)
- Metrobank - Km. 16, MacArthur Highway, Brgy. Malanday (tel: 292-3747; 292-2181 & 432-0162, fax: 292-3838)
- Metrobank - MacArthur Highway, Malinta (tel: 292-7520; 293-2148; 293-2014 & 291-9966, fax: 293-1898)
- Philippine Bank of Communications - 246 MacArthur Highway, Karuhatan (with ATM, tel: 291-5253 & 291-5196, fax: 291-5197)
- Philippine National Bank - AGS Bldg., No. 8 MacArthur Highway, Marulas (tel: 291-2741, fax: 291-2742)
- Philippine National Bank - 313 MacArthur Highway, Karuhatan (tel: 291-2827, fax: 292-3997)
- Prudential Bank - Prudential Bank Bldg., Km 13, MacArthur Highway (tel: 292-0656 & 292-0669)
- PS Bank - 90 MacArthur Highway (tel: 291-6464, fax: 291-8435 & 432-8664)
- Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation - MacArthur Highway, Marulas (tel: 293-9409, 291-6634 & 277-7592, fax: 293-9408)
- Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation - 85-87 MacArthur Highway, Marulas (tel: 291-6592-93, 291-9551 & 293-8378, fax: 293-6204)
- Security Bank - Km. 14, MacArthur Highway, Malinta (tel: 292-8170 & 292-8171, fax: 292-7311)
- Unionbank - PDRC Bldg., MacArthur Highway, Karuhatan (tel: 292-6231 & 291-7971)
- United Coconut Planters Bank - 246 MacArthur Highway, Karuhatan (tel: 291-5224-25 & 293-1389-90, fax: 291-5194)
- United Coconut Planters Bank - 584 MacArthur Highway, Malanday, (with ATM, tel: 292-2266, 292-1928 & 292-3657, fax: 292-1921)
- United Coconut Planters Bank - Servando Bldg., Paso de Blas, Malinta, (tel: 293-2811, 292-7727 & 293-3840, fax: 292-7727)
- United Overseas Bank - Unit # 186-A, BBB Commercial Complex, Arty Subdivision, MacArthur Highway, Karuhatan (tel: 445-0334, 292-4840, 432-5534 & 291-6616, fax: 292-4791)
- Calalang General Hospital - 16 R. Valenzuela St. (tel: 361-5136)
- Our Lady of Fatima Medical Center - 120 MacArthur Highway (tel: 293-2703 & 293-2706)
- Fatima Medical Center - 120 McArthur Highway (tel: 361-5995, 293-2704 & 291-6644)
- Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital - Poblacion, Polo (tel: 294-5137)
- Valenzuela General Hospital - Padriga St., Karuhatan (tel: 294-5137)
- F.M. Cruz Orthopedic & General Hospital - Prudential Subd., Marulas
- F & P Hernandez Maternity & Lying-in Hospital - 17 MacArthur-Highway, Marulas (tel: 293-5453)
- M.V. Romano Hospital - Balubaran, Malinta (tel: 432-4145 & 292-3460-61)
- Pasolo Maternity and Medical Center - 87 Pasolo St. (tel: 292-2753)
- Sanctissimo Rosario General Hospital - 2 Espiritu St., Marulas (tel: 291-7011 & 291-6985)
- St. John's Hospital - 323 Malinta (tel: 292-0473 & 292-0521)
- Fire Station - Oreta Subd., Malinta (tel: 899-9035 & 729-1453)