Saturday, November 18, 2017

Valenzuelano of the Month: Kent Ganayo, working student

Since the second semester has just begun, One Valenzuela believes that it is also the perfect time to share a story about a student whom other students may get their inspiration from. In this post, One Valenzuela is featuring Kent Ganayo, a 5th honor student and Student of the Year awardee during high school. Now, he is currently a third-year Electrical Engineering student at the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela (PLV). One Valenzuela first got acquainted with Kent in the PLV Library where he, together with his Engineering student friends, volunteered. After a while, she eventually saw him again serving customers and taking orders at the priority lane counter of McDonald's - South Supermarket Valenzuela branch. There, a brief kumustahan transpired. 

In a separate interview, One Valenzuela learned that he sends a portion of his wage from being a working student to his family in the province while the rest goes to his studies. One should understand that his present situation also brings about various challenges. Let us hear more about Kent:

Bakit mo naisipang maging working student?
Kasi nung first year po ako sa PLV, huminto po ako ng second sem dahil sa financial problem. Tapos umuwi po ako ng probinsya. Nag-TESDA po ako para macontinue po yung pag-aaral ko. Naka-dalawang TESDA po ako. Electronics po at Electrical Wiring. [May NC II na po ako.]

One Valenzuela saw Kent taking orders at the counter [snapshot].
Ibig sabihin, noong first year ka, first semester, okay ka pa. Nung second semester, umuwi ka ng probinsya. Mga almost one year? Tapos nag-apply ka sa McDonald's pagbalik mo?
Opo. Nag-apply po ako sa McDonald's noong bakasyon po. Nung enrolled na po ako, tsaka ako tinawagan. Dire-diretso na po siya.

Ano yung isa sa mga unang ginawa mo sa McDonald's noon?
Una po, sa lobby lang po ako. Nagseserve. Sumunod po sa kitchen. Nagbe-bread ng chicken. Mga ganun po. Ngayon po, nagca-counter.

Kumusta ang experience sa McDonald's?
Mahirap din po pag sabay-sabay ang schedule as a working student...Maganda po ang experience. Yung mga crew po, mababait po sila. Handa po silang magturo talaga.

Kung mayroon kang maia-advise sa mga working students na gaya mo, ano yung maishe-share mo sa kanila?
Kailangan po ayusin ang pag-aaral. Tapos sa schedule po, alamin po yung balanse. Time management po talaga. Kasi minsan, wala na rin pong pahinga. Mahirap pong mag-time management. Dapat po talaga ginagamit mo yung oras sa mga importanteng bagay. Dati po kasi, di ba, may panahon pa mag-gaming. Ngayon po, hindi ko na nagagawa. Pasok po sa school, review, tapos trabaho. Tapos pahinga po talaga. Mas naging focus po sa aral at trabaho. Tsaka po sa family.

Paano nakatulong ang iyong pagtatrabaho sa pagiging estudyante?
Malaking tulong po. Lima po kaming magkakapatid. Ang may trabaho po yung panganay kong kapatid at ako po. Pangatlo po ako. Yung pangalawa po, nag-aaral po ng Civil Engineering. Tinutulungan po kami ng kamag-anakan naming makatapos. Syempre, nakakahiya din po. Kaya nag-apply din po ako [ng trabaho]...Nakatulong po yung McDonald's sa akin kasi napapadalhan ko pa po sina Papa. Naba-budget ko po yung pera. Hindi na po ako nanghihingi ng pambaon. Tulungan po kami ng panganay namin... Dito rin po siya sa PLV graduate.

Nakakaraos din po. Minsan po, malaki din yung nabibigay ko sa pamilya ko.

Palagay mo, ano yung dapat na katangian ng isang working student para ma-survive niya ang isang semester? Kumbaga, survival pack.
Kailangan matiyaga at mapagpasensya po. Sa pagtityaga po, kasi nakakapagod po talaga ung pagtatrabaho. Halimbawa po galing sa school, tapos punta sa trabaho. Hanggang madaling-araw na po yun. Pasensya dahil po minsan mainit po ang ulo ng customer [kasi po gutom na]. Kailangan po, nakangiti palagi. Kailangan madali ka pong kausap.

Natutunan ko din pong maging matatag tsaka maging totoong tao. Matatag sa problema tsaka sa pagod po.


Kent Ganayo: a third-year Engineering student at PLV and a McDonald's crew.
Ano yung pinaka-memorable na naaalala mo sa McDonald's?
Nung pinuri po ako nung head po. Sa chicken po, nung nagbebread po ako. Ano raw po, yung chicken kasi daw po, maganda [ang pagkakagawa]. Tapos yung trainor ko po sa chicken, pinuri din po niya ako. Ayun po, yung compliment.

Libre na ang tuition sa school. Ano ang masasabi mo dito?
Malaking tulong po siya. Kasi hindi ko na po poproblemahin ung tuition. Dati po, umuutang pa po ako para sa pang-tuition. Si Kuya po, nagbabayad [paunti-unti]. Maliit lang din po kasi ang sahod ni Kuya eh... 

Bilang estudyante naman, ano yung ginagawa mo para maka-cope up ka sa klase?
Natutulog po muna ako pagkatapos, gigising. Kahit mga 5 hours na tulog po, okay lang. Tapos, magbabasa po saglit at sasabak sa school. Pagkatapos po sa school, may trabaho po. Ngayon po may pasok ako mamayang hapon hanggang hatinggabi. Minsan, 2:00am na din po. Closing. 

China-chat po ako ng mga classmates ko kapag mayroong kailangang gawin. Malaki po ang suporta [na binibigay ng mga kaibigan/kaklase ko]. Minsan nagpapaturo po ako kapag hindi ko naiintindihan. Kahit hindi ko po sila kaklase sa ibang subjects. 

Ano yung pangarap mo para sa pamilya mo? Kapag natapos mo yung pag-aaral mo?
Pangarap ko po, kumpleto po kami sa iisang bahay. Kasi, magkakahiwalay po kami talaga ngayon. Simple lang, pero masaya. Yun lang po yung pangarap ko. Simple lang talaga. Sama-sama po kami... 

Last po. Five years from now, karaniwang tanong. Saan mo nakikita ang sarili mo?
Nakikita ko po yung sarili ko sa isang field na may nakatayong building. Tapos may hawak po akong plano, yung electrical. Ganun po. Pangarap ko po talaga yung maging engineer... Nakakaiyak po...

The conversation ended in tears.

Warmest thanks to Kent for sharing his story. Salamat po and stay strong.

To Kent and to all the working students of Valenzuela City, One Valenzuela believes in you and your strength to surpass the struggles. Here's the needed pat on the back. Never lose the dream and make the challenges your catapult to success.  

Friday, November 10, 2017

It's a Date!: Pomodoro Pizza and Pasta Kitchen at Brgy. Dalandanan, Valenzuela City

Date nights call for new places to dine in. One Valenzuela and hubby rarely have these date nights recently, with a number of things going on in life. Searching for something new, Pomodoro Pizza and Pasta Kitchen came up on One Valenzuela's phone screen. After completing the grocery checklist at Puregold Dalandanan, off they went to Pomodoro. You won't miss it for it is just a few meters away from the grocery store's main entrance. 
Pomodoro Pizza and Pasta Kitchen is just a stone throw away from Puregold Dalandanan. One Valenzuela learned that the main goal why Pomodoro was established is to make people afford to eat good Italian-quality pizza and pasta more often.
Since One Valenzuela and her hubby were both satisfied with the veggie and fish themed dinner date that they had which was very affordable considering the taste (fresh and tasty) and the place (which was serenaded with songs that they like), she eventually learned more about Pomodoro Pizza and Pasta Kitchen by reaching out to the restaurant online. One Valenzuela learned that it first opened in Kapitolyo, Pasig City and that it has been operating for four years now. It was founded by a couple who left the corporate world to impact change in the food industry. To achieve this, they began to introduce Italian-quality pizza and pasta made affordable and available to many who come from different walks of life. After three years, the business expanded to different areas where good food is highly appreciated. The Valenzuela branch is a franchise outlet by the Aguilon Family who are locals of Valenzuela City. The Aguilons are loyal customers of the brand, with the matriarch saying that she has always dreamed of having her own pasta restaurant. "Here I am, now I [own one]," she said.

The dining area of Pomodoro Pizza and Pasta Kitchen: They say you can't buy happiness, but you can buy pizza.
As of this writing, Pomodoro has been featured twice on media. The feature in ABS-CBN's My Puhunan increased their popularity. The Angeles branch of Pomodoro was also featured in GMA News TV's Pop Talk segment.
Want it spicy? Add chili flakes. Want more cheese? Add more parmesan cheese. Love these condiments!
What are the bestsellers? According to Pomodoro, favorites for pastas are Carbonara Cremosa, Meatballs Spaghetti, and Smoked Fish pasta. The pizza comes in two sizes: 10 inches and 12 inches. The pizza bestsellers are the Amanti dela Carne (All meat pizza), Specialle dela Casa (House Special Pizza) and Quattro Formaggi (Four Cheese pizza). The house blend iced tea is also said to be a crowd favorite, with some customers even wanting to "get a whole pitcher for take out".

One Valenzuela and hubby had an awesome time eating the Il Giardino pizza which was served hot from the oven. As can be seen in the photo below, the pizza rocks a beautiful golden crust and the vegetable toppings are pretty generous. On the other hand, the Smoked Fish pasta complemented the pizza. Hubby added some chili flakes to his pasta plate, making it a bit more spicy. Yum.

Il Giardino, 10 inches (Php169). It's a vegetable pizza which has the following toppings: tomatoes, olives, bellpepper, garlic, mushrooms, and mozzarella. You may also opt to remove the mozzarella to go full vegetarian. Unlike the typical crust that you get from mainstream pizza shops, the crust of Pomodoro is not that oily. One Valenzuela and hubby also bought and took home a box of Quattro Formaggi for Little One Valenzuela which she ate with gusto.
Smoked Fish pasta comes at Php109 a plate. It has fresh tomatoes that hubby loved.

Including wine, coffee, and pastries in the menu to match the Italian line up of dishes is already among the plans of Pomodoro as well. For the meantime, you might want to check out the rest of the menu of Pomodoro here (from Pomodoro's FB page):


One Valenzuela is looking forward to the delivery service that Pomodoro will launch by December this year, thereby being able to reach more people, delivering pizza and pasta right at the doorstep.Welcome to Valenzuela City, Pomodoro!

Pomodoro Pizza and Pasta Kitchen - Valenzuela Branch
Address: G/F Arca Strip Commercial Center, No.32 McArthur Highway, Brgy. Dalandanan, Valenzuela City (near Puregold Dalandanan and Valenzuela Action Center)
Open Hours: 11:00am to 9:00pm on weekdays; 11:00am to 11:00pm on weekends
Contact Details: 0935-388-6628
Like Pomodoro on Facebook here and on Instagram here.
Offers catering for occasions, reservations, and functions.

Other Branches:
-Kapitolyo, Pasig City (San Rafael cor. Sta. Rosa, Kapitolyo, Pasig City)
-Mandaluyong (Pioneer St. cor. Reliance St., Pioneer Street Market, Madaluyong City)
-Angeles City (Muceno Open Food Park, Angeles City and Yumhive Food Park, Angeles City)
-Bulacan (Gourmet Food Park, Baliuag, Bulacan)

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The Real Grill Burger: Barangay Lingunan's Homegrown Pride Makes it Big

Valenzuela City witnessed the grand opening of a homegrown burger joint's second branch just last October 26. It can be recalled that The Real Grill Burger (TRG) began as a weekend go-to place for those who want some satisfying burgers to end the demanding work week. Tucked in Barangay Lingunan, many would find their way to the humble garage of the Delesmos to have their well known burgers with equally clever names like Inside-Out Cheese, BJ Binurger ni Jack Daniels, and Baconstroyer grilled burgers.
The Real Grill Burger's opening on October 26, 2017. (Photo by The Real Grill)
Engr. Lester Delesmo recollects that together with a friend who knows his way in the kitchen, "Three months kaming nag-try-out ng mga patty, kung paano makukuha ung perfect patty para sa amin. Nag-market study kami. Then yun na, nagstart na kaming magtayo ng isang maliit na burger joint sa garahe. It started with four tables." The demand for their burgers grew through time, having diners from various places even beyond Valenzuela City. Thus, getting a commercial place to serve more people eventually came to the plan.
The Real Grill Burger's owner, Engr. John Lester Delesmo, relates his experience in establishing the local restaurant. He shared that he works as an employee on weekdays and opens TRG on weekends at Brgy. Lingunan.
One Valenzuela was glad to be invited to witness the opening of TRG's second branch. It is now easier for everyone to grab a TRG burger or two, being located at the Arca Strip Building beside Puregold Dalandanan and being just a few meters walk away from McArthur Highway. The second branch of The Real Grill Burger has a trendy industrial lay-out, providing a welcoming and modern ambiance to the diners.
Here's a snapshot of The Real Grill Burger's dining area.
The Real Grill team (Photo credit: Jane Frades)
While waiting for the food to come, a plate of putong pulo was served (only for the Grand Opening day). Who wouldn't love TRG? It's supporting local!
Other than the grilled burger mainstays, solid followers of TRG as well as newcomers are encouraged to try out the new menu items in the full restaurant. The must try's are the Spicy Everwing (Php175, 6-piece Buffalo wings, inspired by the Facebook game), Peppa Pork BBQ (Php130, 3 sticks of barbecue with rice), Carbonara (Php150.00), Tequila Lime Chicken (Php155.00), The Real Fried Chicken (Php320, one whole chicken), and the smoothies.
The first to come on the table are the side dishes: Kesodilla (Php95) and Beef Kesodilla (Php150). Each plate has a salsa dip for sharing. 
Carbonara (Php150) with grilled chicken on top. It was sooo creamy. 
Lasagna lovers, you might want this. The TRG lasagna has loads of savory sauce (Php80).
Inside-Out Cheese Grilled Burger (Php110) is a bestseller! Bite into the patty and you'll see the mozzarella stretch! Add Php35 for the fries and drinks. Better yet, if you want to try all the patties, get the TRG All-In (Php270). It has the Inside-Out, Baconstroyer, and Jack Daniels patties in one serving!  
Sausage Party (Php120). Grilled spicy sausage with lots of ground beef toppings on a bun. 
One Valenzuela visited The Real Grill Burger again, this time, together with her family and siblings to celebrate their father's birthday yesterday (Thank you for the treat, Tatay!). Other than the burger meals and pasta, they also ordered Keso Frito (Php110.00) and Tequilla Lime Chicken (Php155.00). These two are both new additions to the menu and are worth your money because they are good. Masarap, period. 
If you want to eat rice, pair it with a plate of Tequilla Lime Chicken (Php155.00). Will try the The Real Fried Chicken with a bigger group next time. 
Check out the complete menu over here (from TRG's Facebook page):


So what do you do when a homegrown burger joint joins the bigger restaurant pool? Gather up your family and friends to dine there. Giving support is just as simple as that. #eatlocal #supportlocal #valenzuelacity

The Real Grill Burger - Arca Strip Branch 
Address:  G/F Arca Strip Commercial Center, No. 32 McArthur Highway, Brgy. Dalandanan, Valenzuela City (beside Puregold Dalandanan and Valenzuela Action Center)
Open Hours: 11:00am to 10:00pm, daily (initial open hours)
Contact Number: 0917-838-1276
Like The Real Grill Burger on Facebook here.

The Lingunan branch remains open on weekends (Saturday and Sunday), 3:00pm to 11:00pm.
Address: 143 P. Gregorio Street, Barangay Lingunan, Valenzuela City

Saturday, October 14, 2017

The Chowking Branch at South Supermarket Valenzuela is on its soft opening!

Chowking is a staple fast food restaurant for One Valenzuela and she was really happy to find that another branch is built beside South Supermarket Valenzuela. One Valenzuela was busy shuffling papers at the office when she learned from a friend that this particular branch is already open. Clocking out in the afternoon, she went straight to the new Chowking branch.
Here's a snapshot outside the new Chowking restaurant beside South Supermarket Valenzuela.
This Chowking branch has two floors. The branch manager, Ms. Lhen, mentioned that it has a seating capacity of about 141 persons. She also added that it is among those few branches which have a drive thru! It's One Valenzuela's first time to try a Chowking drive thru. Here are some snapshots below. Tara, let's take a look at this Chowking branch!

A shot of the counter. 
This is one of the areas where you can dine on the second floor. What One Valenzuela likes about this spot is that...
...you can see the Valenzuela City People's Park at the other side of the road! A view of the park is definitely one of the things that she looks forward to as she eat her usual Chowking favorites.
Here's the Drive Thru! If she remembers it right, there are only 12 Chowking branches which have this service as of this writing (hoping she got the number correct). The first store to have a Drive Thru is located at Urdaneta, along McArthur Highway.
Like the usual Drive Thru, a selection of meals is available for one to choose from.
And here's a quick shot of the Meaty Wonton Mami that One Valenzuela ordered before it gets eaten!
Hay, this post made her miss the hearty wonton mami. Congrats, Chowking! 
No formal open hours is available for this branch yet (will update this eventually). For the official Facebook page of Chowking, kindly click here.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Valenzuelano of the Month: Mang Juanito of SLAX'S Jeans, Rincon, Valenzuela City

Mang Juanito of SLAX'S Jeans has been sewing and repairing pants for about 45 years.
Every now and then, One Valenzuela's pairs of jeans would need some repair. The buttons go missing. Zippers get damaged because of the typical wear and tear. Thinning areas of the maong pants require patching because of her long walks.

Mang Juanito, 67, of Barangay Rincon is just the right person who can answer such needs, sewing those well-loved pants and giving them a second (and sometimes a third or fourth) chance to be worn again. One Valenzuela noticed how Mang Juanito would carefully mind each pair of jeans like its his own. One Valenzuela also learned that he was a master cutter / tailor then and has been sewing pants for about 45 years already! Here's One Valenzuela's brief account of Mang Juanito Galong on being a tailor since the 1970's:

Gaano katagal na po kayo dito sa Valenzuela City?
Since 1972. Dito na rin sa Rincon.

Nananahi na po kayo noon?
Oo. Noong lumipat ako rito, namamasukan pa ako bilang master cutter ng pantalon. Puro pantalon. Sa Quezon City. Almost one year lang yun. Tapos 1974, dito na ko nanahi.

Ganun na po pala kayo katagal na mananahi. Sa pwesto pong ito?
Doon kami sa dulo. Sa kabila. Nangungupahan kami doon sa kabila.Tapos noong araw, sinabi ko sa may-ari na magpagawa ng pwesto. Sinuggest ko sa may-ari na magpagawa ng pwesto, kaya nalipat ako rito. Mga 1983 (nandito na ang pwesto). Bata ka pa nun, (baka) wala ka pa.
SLAX'S Jeans at Barangay Rincon, Valenzuela City
Tama po, wala pa po ako noon. Doon po kayo natuto sa Quezon City manahi?Marunong na kong manahi noon. Master cutter ako noon, may amo ako. Amo ko noon yung kapatid ni Gov. Singson.

Ano po ang karaniwang ginagawa ninyo sa isang araw bilang mananahi?
Nananahi, nagtatabas. Kasi (noon) dito, may mananahi akong iba. Ako ang may-ari, may mananahi pa ako. Kasi noong 1970's, malakas ang tahi namin, di ko kayang mag-isa. Kaya kumuha ako ng mananahi. Bale ang mananahi ko, walo noong araw. Walo ang tao ko, ang empleyado ko.

Nagbubuo ako, nagtatabas ako (ng pantalon). Ako ang pinaka-master cutter. Ngayon nagre-repair din. Dito, lahat. Maghapon.

Karaniwan po, magkano ang tabas at iba pang serbisyo?
Kumporme kasi. Kung repair lang, putul-putol, Php30.00 ang isang putol. Pag gagawing baston, Php50.00. Liliitan (ang pantalon). Kapag bubuuin, Php300 ang labor nun. Walang tela. Kapag may kasamang tela, Php600.00 ang isang pantalon.

Ano naman po ang natutunan ninyo bilang mananahi lalo na at matagal na po kayong nananahi? 
Sa experience?  Ang pananahi ay magandang hanapbuhay. Kasi dito, lahat, mae-experience mo. Mula sa pagharap sa tao, pakikisama sa tao. Tapos dati, nagtricycle pa ako noong araw. Nagta-tricycle na ako, nananahi pa ako. Sideline ko para sa pamilya.

Mula sa walo, ako nalang mag-isa. Kasi hindi na uso ang pananahi ng marami ngayon. Paisa-isa nalang. Karamihan ay repair. Dati, pasadya (ang pagpapagawa ng pantalon). 1970's. Ang patahi noong araw, nagsisimula sa Php8.00 lang. Pero mahal na yun noong araw. Tapos naging Php15.00. Tumaas ng tumaas kasi tumataas din ang (presyo) ng materyales. Ang tailoring, may puhunan din yan eh. Kapag may nagpatahi sa iyo, bibili ka ng sinulid. Bibili ka ng zipper. Bibili ka ng butones. Kailangan lahat yan. Maraming kailangan. Hindi basta-basta na isang klase. Hindi mo mabubuo ang isang pantalon kung wala ang mga iyon. Di ba? Kailangan, kumpleto yun. Tapos, kailangan may makina ka...
Mang Juanito works on his sewing machine.
May challenge po ba kayo na nalagpasan bilang mananahi na gusto po ninyong ibahagi?
Kasi noong mga panahon na iyon, 1970's to 1980's, maganda pa ang trabaho. Mga 1980's pataas na, humina na ang tahi. Dahil nauso ang mga ready made. Noong nauso ang ready made, bihira ang nagpapaputol. Bihira ang nagpapatahi...Dati nagready made din ako ng kaunti. Wala, hindi umasenso. Kasi ang gusto ng mga tao.... orig-orig (original)...mga Levi's, Wrangler, Amco. Noong araw. Mahal yun. Ang tela nun, mahal din.

Yung mga panahong yun, nag-aaral din ang mga anak ko. Sabay-sabay. Kaya nag-sideline nalang din ako ng tricycle. Nakapagpatapos din ako ng 4 na bata. Dahil sa pananahi. Nagtulungan kaming mag-asawa.  Mananahi din ang asawa ko eh.

Bilang isang mananahi, ano po ang nais ninyong iparating sa iba pa pong nagtatrabaho? 
Kailangan mahaba ang pasensya. Kailangan marunong ka ring makisama. At ang pananahi, lifetime. Maski may edad ka na, pwede ka pang manahi. Basta kaya mo pa. Hindi naman ako tapos ng pag-aaral, pero natutunan ko ang tailoring... Mas maganda ang kita sa tailoring kaysa mamasukan. Maski ngayon. Kung ikukumpara mo sa namamasukan na pangkaraniwan,  mas maganda ito. Dito, kung marunong ka sa lahat (ng gawain), maski saan, pwede ka. Kasi ang tao, nagdadamit. So kahit nasa isang tabi ka, isang sulok, pero kung magaling ka manahi, dadayuhin ka ng tao.  

Message ko lang eh, kailangan maging masipag sila. Masikap. Sipag at tiyaga. Kasi ang tao kapag walang sipag, wala. At sa kahit anong hanapbuhay, kung di ka nagtiyaga, wala...At kapag hindi ka marunong makisama, malabo kang umasenso. Di ba? Yun ang mga kailangan natin.

Sincerest thanks po, Mang Juanito, for sharing your story.

If you would like to have your jeans repaired by Mang Juanito, his humble shop, SLAX'S Jeans, is located at No. 71 Rincon Road, Barangay Rincon, Valenzuela City. It is open from 8:00am to 8:00pm daily.








Thursday, August 24, 2017

Ang Sagot ni Stella: Isang Tula para kay Fidel

Youtube Trailer by Viva Films
It is also currently being shown at SM Center Valenzuela.

Isang Tula para kay Fidel
(Sagot ni Stella sa 100 Tula para kay Stella)

Pasensya ka na. Alam mo namang music talaga ang passion ko. Pero heto, sinubukan kong gumawa ng isang tula para sa iyo.

Kay tagal din ng panahong ginugol mo sa akin,
Nabulag nga yata ako't hindi ko napansin,
Nalango sa mga ambisyon ko’t naisin,
Kasama ang ‘sang boteng beer at kutkutin.

Alam kong gumuho ang iyong mundo,
Dibdib mo’y tila isiniksik sa masikip na buslo ,
Matapos ang lahat, sana ako ay mapatawad mo,
Manatili ang mga ala-ala noong first year pa tayo.  

Naaalala mo pa ba noong binanggit ko ang iyong ngalan sa entablado?
Tsaka yung sinabi ko sa banyong… paano kaya kung naging tayo?
Di ba’t napakasarap balikan ng ating nakaraan?
Masayang malungkot na kabanata ng ating kabataan.

Sadya mang hindi inadya na ang panahong ito’y maging atin,
Na ako’y maging iyo, At ika’y maging akin,
Masugatan man at magdugo ang iyong damdamin, 
Ika’y magpakatatag at magpatuloy pa rin.

 Andito lang,
Stella




Saturday, August 19, 2017

Eatsploring Malabon without Leaving Valenzuela City

Just last month, One Valenzuela was able to eatsplore a part of Malabon, one of Valenzuela's neighboring cities. It was an unplanned treat of a dear kindred soul (Salamat!) after a very long and hot day at work. The spontaneous trip led the troop to Gov. Pascual Avenue where one may find several go-to places which are very popular among locals and visitors alike.  
Governor Pascual Avenue, Malabon City 
Although Malabon seems so near, being waist-deep in all the daily tasks can make a visit to this city a bit of a challenge. So, is it possible to eatsplore some Malabon food fare without leaving Valenzuela City? Yes! Just in case you are craving for some pancit malabon or a good boodle fight with the barkada, One Valenzuela would like to share to you two Malabon-based food establishments which have branches in Valenzuela City:

Nanay's Pancit Malabon
Moms are the best and when one sees a restaurant or a humble diner with the word Nanay, you would probably feel at home. In 2015, Nanay's Pansit Malabon won the Battle of the Best Pancit Malabon in GMA's Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho (You can read more about it in the Certified Foodies blog). 
Nanay's Pancit Malabon along Gov. Pascual Avenue, Malabon City
You will see this bilao-made trophy near the counter.
Solo order of pancit malabon and a quekiam.
Malabon Address: No. 37 Gov. Pascual Avenue, Malabon City (Main)
Open Hours: 8:00am to 6:00pm, daily
Contact Number: (02)281-0449

Where to Find Nanay's Pansit Malabon in Valenzuela:
According to the owner, who is a grandson of Nanay's pioneer, the Valenzuela branch has been serving pansit for about 8 years now.
Nanay's Pansit Malabon along McArthur Highway, Malinta, Valenzuela City
Valenzuela Address: McArthur Highway, Malinta, Valenzuela City (in front of San Isidro Labrador Parish Church)
What to Buy (For Take Out): Bilaos of Pansit Malabon (Php150 to Php1,300, depends on the size); Puto Bilao (Php170); Puto and Pichi-pichi
Open Hours: 9:00am to 6:30pm, daily
Contact Number: (02)225-0722; (02)514-4018; 0923-7473852 (Accepts delivery)
No official Facebook account, but found this one instead.

La Mesa de Mikay Boodle Fight House
This is a well-known dining place for those who would like to eat in groups. Best to use one's bare hands (Sarap magkamay!) to dig the hot garlic rice, boneless fish, as well as some grilled meat and squid. La Mesa de Mikay offers many food sets named after the barangays of Malabon, namely, Catmon, Muzon, Dampalit, Concepcion, Tinajeros, Niugan, and Maysilo.
La Mesa de Mikay at BNR Compound, Malabon City
Brgy. Catmon Boodle Fight Food Set (Php380, good for 2-4 persons). It has garlic rice, liempo, boneless daing (fish), ensaladang talong (eggplant), sibuyas/kamatis (onions/tomatoes), bagoong, itlog na pula (salted egg), and iced tea.
Malabon Address: No. 29-31 BNR Compound, Governor Pascual, Malabon City
Open Hours: 3:00pm to 12:00 midnight, weekdays
                     12:00nn to 12:00 midnight, weekends
Contact Number: (0995)428-4564

Where to Find La Mesa de Mikay in Valenzuela (opening soon!):
La Mesa de Mikay announced on their Facebook page that it will have its second branch at Captains Yard. It will have its soft opening on August 26, 2017 (Saturday). 
Photo Credit: La Mesa de Mikay FB page
Valenzuela Address: Captains Yard, G. Lazaro Street, Barangay Dalandanan, Valenzuela City (near Valenzuela City Astrodome)
What to Buy: Any of their food sets which would fit your budget and your tummy(Php380 to Php820 in their Malabon branch)
Captains Yard Schedule Open Hours: 4:00pm to 12:00midnight 
Like La Mesa de Mikay on Facebook here for updates.

------
Saan pa kaya dadalhin si One Valenzuela ng kanyang mga paa?
Drop a line below or e-mail: onevalenzuelano@gmail.com. Would love to hear from you!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Veterinary Clinics and Grooming Centers in Valenzuela City

Best friends come in many forms.
Bantay needs to have his shots? How about some grooming? A bit unwell? The following is a partial list of veterinary clinics in Valenzuela City which was first collated by Mr. Rob Dimailig of ValPack. The main goal of having this post is for Valenzuela City pet owners to have an easy access to information on the location and contact details of the nearest clinics in their area. One Valenzuela called each of the clinics on the list for permission to post and for updates on their services. Some information are also available at TheFilipinoVet.com. She is still waiting (and hoping) for some clinics' approval to be included in the list.

Thank you very much po to ValPack and all the clinics which participated. This will be very beneficial to all our fellow residents, fellow furparents.

One Valenzuela urges everyone to take care of their pets like family. Being responsible pet owners, let us give them the needed vaccinations, regular check-ups (not only when they are very sick), exercise, and proper diet. This will definitely help us keep them healthy and avoid unwanted illnesses.

Updates? Please e-mail onevalenzuelano@gmail.com and the author will be barking glad for your suggestions. This list will be updated from time to time. 

Last Update: July 2017

BERNARDINO VETERINARY CLINIC
Clinic Veterinarian: Dr. Cesar Bernardino
Clinic Address: 211 McArthur Highway (in front of Shakey's beside SM Valenzuela)
Clinic Hours: 8:30am-5:30pm (Monday to Saturday)
Tel No. (02)734-8975 / (02)819-4805
Visit Bernardino Veterinary Clinic on Facebook here.

Services Offered:
  • Preventive Medicine (Vaccinations, Parasite Control)
  • Surgery
  • Pet Nutrition: Dog Food, Treats and Accessories
  •  Grooming Service

CITYGATE ANIMAL CLINIC
Senior Veterinarian/Owner: Dr. Felipe Garcia, Jr.
Clinic Address: 634 Mc Arthur Highway, Malanday, Valenzuela City (before Caltex Malanday, alongside Jollibee)
Clinic Hours: 9:00am - 6:00pm (Monday to Saturday); 9:00am to 12:00nn (Sundays)
Tel No. (02)279-9696

Services offered:
  • Surgical type of clinic
  • General procedures ( consultation, vaccination, etc.)

DR. ISAGANI ESTEBAN ANIMAL SHOP & VETERINARY CLINIC
Clinic Address: 121 Maysan Road, Paso de Blas, Valenzuela City
Tel No. (02) 725-9601


JM PADRINAO (Marulas Branch)
Clinic Veterinarians: Drs. Juanito and Mitzi Padrinao
Clinic Address: 3-C Magsaysay St., Dona Ata Subd., Marulas, Valenzuela City
Tel No. (02) 440-0228

Also has two more branches:
Malinta Branch Address: 381 Mc Arthur Hiway, Malinta, Valenzuela City (near Infinity Meals)
Telephone Number: (02) 287-8558
Fatima Branch Address: 140 Mc Arthur Highway, Marulas, Valenzuela City (Near Fatima Dambana)
Telephone Number: (02) 443-3238


PET MANIA VETERINARY CLINIC
Clinic Veterinarian: Dr. Alfredo Mark Guarin
Clinic Address: 2610 Verceles Compound, Gen. T. De Leon, Valenzuela City 
Clinic Hours: 9:00am-10:00pm (Monday to Sunday; last appointment around 9:30pm)
Telephone Number: 736-1887
Mobile No. 09232940139 
Email Address: petmania.vc@gmail.com
Visit Pet Mania on Facebook here. 

Services:
  • Consultation and general health checks
  • Deworming and vaccination (Anti-Rabies, Dog Basic Protection Program, Cat Basic Protection Program)
  • Blood tests (CBC, Blood Chemistry)
  • Health certificates for pet travel
  • Ultrasound services
  • Surgical services
  • Grooming services (by Appointment)
  • House Call (by appointment ; locations served : Valenzuela City, selected areas of Malabon, Caloocan, Quezon City and Manila)

Here are two more Veterinary Teaching Hospitals that One Valenzuela and her pets have been to (outside Valenzuela City):

De La Salle Araneta Veterinary Teaching Hospital 
Address: Victoneta Avenue, Malabon
Contact Number: (02)361-8875 (for updating)
Hospital Hours: 8am to 5pm, Monday-Friday
                          8am to 4pm, Saturday (for updating)

UP Veterinary Teaching Hospital 
Address: University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City
Contact Number: (02) 928-5436 (for updating)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Finding Rizal in the Library: Nung si Rizal ay Bata Pa... (When Rizal was Young...)

Today, One Valenzuela witnessed the unveiling of the Dr. Jose Rizal marker in the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela, the local tertiary institution in Valenzuela City, during his 156th birth anniversary commemoration. The event piqued her interest and up she went to the Valenzuela City Library to get a brief perspective about the young Jose Rizal. 
Jose Rizal's 156th Birth Anniversary
 Citing from the book Jose Rizal: The Man and the Hero, Chronicles, Legacies, and Controversies by Ronnie Espergal Pasigui and Danilo Hipolito Cabalu (2014):
A book about Rizal from the Valenzuela City Library
"As a local family with enormous business skills, Rizal's parents blended education, culture, family life, and local politics into a new sense of Philippine nationalism. In 1863, the introduction of general primary education in the Philippines contributed to the rise of an even larger class of educated Filipinos. Young Jose Rizal immediately became a top-flight student. At the age of three, he learned the alphabet and the prayers from his mother Teodora Alonso, who was his first teacher. Other early teachers of Rizal included Maestro Celestino, Maestro Lucas Padua, and Francisco Mercado's classmate, an old man named Leon Monroy, who gave introductory lessons in Latin to Rizal. The death of Monroy paved the way to Jose's schooling in Binan with Justiniano Cruz.

As a young boy, Jose was called "Ute" by his brother and sisters. The townspeople of Calamba called him "Pepe" or "Pepito"." (Pasigui & Cabalu, 2014, p.27)

From the short narrative, One Valenzuela saw the importance of the individuals around the child. The parents, through Teodora Alonso, and teachers mentioned above served as Rizal's guide, as his educators, who played key roles in his life. Relating it to the present times, one may see how that concept is not changed. Parents and teachers will always be vital in developing children who can become assets of the community in the future. 

Happy Birthday, Papa J!


Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Busog Like a Boss: Dining at Bossing's Buffet - SM Valenzuela

One would usually think of going outside the city to eat in a buffet restaurant and that would usually entail a lengthy travel from Valenzuela. Thus, when a new buffet restaurant opened at SM, One Valenzuela was very glad that residents no longer need to be stressed out in traffic to have that sumptuous  eat-all-you-can dining affair with family and friends. If you are a frequent visitor of SM in Karuhatan, you might have probably seen Bossing's Buffet located at the second level of the mall. Come to think of it, since it is within the city, you can spend more time eating (rather than be stuck in heavy traffic!) and save on your travel expenses as well.   
Bossing's Buffet at the second floor of SM Center Valenzuela opened last March 27, 2017. Other than Valenzuela City residents, there are also diners coming all the way from Malabon, Bulacan, Quezon City, and Pasig.
(Credit for all photos: Jane Frades, unless otherwise stated)
Bladimer Usi's Slice of Life drawings give Bossing's Buffet that very Pinoy vibe. His creations are inspired by the great artist, Larry Alcala, 
The Bossing's Buffet cook and supervisor happily welcome every diner in the restaurant.
Bossing's Buffet in SM Center Valenzuela is the second branch of Bossing's Grill, a popular Filipino buffet restaurant (from the known restaurateurs Larry Cortez and Executive Chef Mau Arjona), in Ali Mall, Cubao. A group of Valenzuelanos, composed of a director, an accountant, teachers, and supervisors, pooled their resources to bring Bossing's Buffet in the city. One Valenzuela and her good friend Jane Frades were able to talk with Dr. Ummie Barberan, President and General Manager of Bossing's Buffet, during their visit on a fine Monday evening. Upon learning the story of how the restaurant was established, both of them were clearly inspired with the efforts and perseverance that these Valenzuelanos have to put in to give that good buffet experience to Valenzuelanos and all buffet lovers. 

With the price of Php326.00 (Php299.00 + 10% service charge) per person, eating at Bossing's Buffet won't break the bank. For those wanting to save more, Bossing's Buffet charges 15% less if you eat between 3:00 to 5:00pm and 20% less if you dine from 8:30pm onwards. You also have the option of adding Php25.00 for unlimited drinks. 
Buffet spread at Bossing's Buffet. Fellow Valenzuelanos brought this buffet experience to the city. Eating at Bossing's is one way of supporting the growth of local entrepreneurship in Valenzuela. #supportlocal #eatlocal #eatsplorations in #valenzuelacity
More diners on a Monday evening. Bossing's has a looot of customers on weekends! (Read: Family Day) So for those who want to have the buffet for themselves, Monday is a good day to escape the usual crowd. 
Here's a closer look
The following dishes were on the table spread during One Valenzuela's visit: grilled pusit, fried chicken, calamares, fish fillet, bagnet, different types of Pinoy ensalada, pancit guisado, ginataang langka, halabos na tahong, cream dory in white sauce, sinigang na bacon, kaldereta, spicy chicken, and seafood shanghai. For the soup, hot sopas, seafood tinola, and sinigang na ulo ng salmon were served. The desserts on that night included cake, gelatin, tapioca mango, and maruya. Dr. Ummie explains that the menu is very dynamic for it changes within the day. For instance, if a dish has been consumed, a different dish will be served to replace it. Scroll down to check some of the dishes that Bossing's Buffet offers. 
Various ensalada
Grilled pusit is among the bestsellers of Bossing's Buffet. You should also grab their Bagnet, Sinigang na Bacon, Fried Chicken, and Calamares.
The bagnet was so crunchy and very tasty. Don't miss this, okay?
When your bacon is served differently: Sinigang na bacon of Bossing's Buffet. The bacon is so tender! This one is definitely a winner for One Valenzuela!

Crunchy seafood shanghai  
Sisig lovers, check this out!
The Beef Caldereta was so good too!
What's on One Valenzuela's plate: a drumstick, a slice of cream dory in white sauce, calamares, a piece of bagnet, and a scoop of sisig. 
Ending the dinner with dessert. One Valenzuela particularly likes the Tapioca Mango for it refreshes the palate.

One thing that you will like about Bossing's Buffet is that you can eat there without the usual time limitations commonly imposed by mainstream buffet restaurants. Yes, you can eat at Bossing's even during merienda time, unlike other buffets which are usually closed within the mentioned period. On a related note, Dr. Ummie said that they keep the food fresh and change the spread in less than three hours. By following this rule strictly as well as other cleanliness policies, the Department of Health gave the "Excellent" rating to Bossing's Buffet for maintaining its sanitation standard. And that's great to know! 
Dr. Ummie with teachers of Bagong Barrio National High School, Caloocan City who are celebrating their successful comprehensive examination. Congratulations!
Celebrations at Bossing's Buffet. With a seating capacity of 120 people, Bossing's Buffet can welcome a large crowd. (Photo from Bossing's Buffet Facebook page)
Function room of Bossing's Buffet. It can accommodate up to 50 persons.
Helping out the local community: Bossing's Buffet supported Valenzuela National High School in the recently held Brigada Eskwela last May. (Photo from Bossing's Buffet Facebook page)
One Valenzuela, indeed, felt full like a boss - satisfied with the food that she had for dinner. And she thinks that is what Bossing's Buffet would want every dining guest to experience.

------
Bossing's Buffet-SM Valenzuela
Address: 2nd Floor, SM Valenzuela, Karuhatan, McArthur Highway, Valenzuela City
Contact Number: (0933)914-9370 / (0933)914-9378
Open Hours: 10:00am to 9:00pm daily
For updates, like and follow Bossing's Buffet on Facebook here.