When looking for things to do on an explore-the-outdoor weekend, Novaliches doesn’t usually make the cut. But what if we tell you that Novaliches is just like any other place you have on your list? You might not have heard some of them yet, so here are our suggestions.
Visit the Tandang Sora Shrine in Banlat Road. Melchora Aquino, or Tandang Sora, is a Filipina revolutionary. She is mostly known for her kindness towards the Katipuneros during the Spanish revolution. A shrine was built in her honor to commemorate her contributions.
Inaugurated in 2012, the shrine includes a 107-diameter monument of Tandang Sora to signify her age when she died. Her remains were transferred from the Himlayang Pilipino to the shrine. There’s also a museum that features her memorabilia from photos, coin, and bill bearing her face and the flower (hibiscus rosa sinensis) which was named after her as gumamela tandang sora.
Kilometers away from Banlat is Pugad Lawin. Although there are ongoing debates where the revolution actually started – or the point wherein Andres Bonifacio and thousand more Katipuneros tore their cedulas, Pugad Lawin remains to be a historic site. The Cry of Pugad Lawin Shrine epitomized the moment that occurred in August 1896. The shrine features the figures of Bonifacio, Tandang Sora, her son, Emilio Jacinto, and Dr. Pio Valenzuela, among others.
Did you know that La Mesa Eco Park is a park of Novaliches district? It is located in Greater Lagro. The watershed is one of the major natural hideaways in Quezon City. The 2,700-hectare park used to be a mere filtration plant before it became a reservoir.
Now, the park offers a wide array of facilities, features, and activities. Apart from the swimming pool, there’s a butterfly sanctuary, grotto, camping areas, boating and fishing lagoon, zip line and bungee jumping areas. Fishing rod, water bike, and bike rentals are also available on the premises. There are guided walk tour and hands-on lecture packages.
There is another park in Lagro called the Lagro Dulo Centennial Park. Located along Ascension Avenue, the park promotes sports and recreation. There are benches along the lanes where you can go biking or jogging. Other features are the kid’s playground, tabernacle, and badminton court.
Last year, Novaliches welcomed its very first food park in Nagkaisang Nayon. It’s just a few blocks away from Amaia Series Novaliches. The park features hundreds of stalls that offer Filipino and international cuisines. Kids’ menus such as burgers, pancakes, and shakes are also offered although the offerings are best for groups. The food park is open from 5 pm ’til 2 am.
Nova Food Park is like Maginhawa strEAT minus the crowd. But during weekends, the food park can get too jam-packed. You might have to wait for 20 to 30 minutes to get yourselves a table. So, be there as early as you can, around 5 pm if you are planning to go.
While in Novaliches, don’t forget to drop by at any of these places. It’ll be a time well-spent for sure!