Caloocan City Hall
|Motto: Moving from Vision to Victory|
Map of Metro Manila showing the location of Caloocan City
|Region||National Capital Region|
|Province||none (Former part of Rizal province until 1975)|
|Districts||1st and 2nd Districts of Caloocan City|
|Cityhood||16 February 1962|
|• Mayor||Oscar Malapitan (UNA/NP)|
|• Vice Mayor||Macario Asistio III (UNA)|
|• Sangguniang Panlungsod|
|• Total||55.80 km2 (21.54 sq mi)|
|• Density||27,000/km2 (69,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||PST (UTC+8)|
|ZIP code||1400 for Caloocan City Post Office|
Caloocan (sometimes spelled Kalookan) is one of the cities that comprise Metro Manila, the National Capital Region of the Philippines. Located north to northeast of Manila, Caloocan is the country's third most populous city with a population of 1,489,040 as of the 2010 census.
Caloocan is divided into two separate areas. Southern Caloocan City lies directly north of the Manila and is bounded by Malabon and Valenzuela to the north and west, Navotas to the west, and Quezon City to the east. Northern Caloocan City is the northernmost territory of Metro Manila; it lies east of Valenzuela, north of Quezon City, and south of San Jose del Monte, Meycauayan and Marilao in the province of Bulacan. Caloocan's northern part is much larger than its southern half.
Caloocan is divided into 188 barangays. The city uses a hybrid system for its barangays – all barangays have their corresponding numbers but only a few - mostly in the northern part - have corresponding names.
Among all cities in Metro Manila, only Manila, Pasay and Caloocan implement the so-called "Zone Systems". A Zone is a group of barangays in a district. Although a zone is considered a subdivision in the local government units, the people do not elect a leader for the zone in a popular election similar to the normal barangay or local elections. The zoning system is merely for statistical purposes. Caloocan has 16 Zones. The biggest zone in Caloocan is Zone 15 located in District 1 (North Caloocan) directly west of the second biggest zone in Caloocan which is Zone 16.
Barangay Bagong Silang (176) is the largest barangay in the country with a population of 221,874 people.
The city is historically significant because it was the center of activities for the Katipunan, the secret militant society that launched the Philippine Revolution during the Spanish occupation of the Philippines. It was in a house in Caloocan where secret meetings were held by Andrés Bonifacio and his men, and it was within the city's perimeters where the very first armed encounter took place between the Katipunan and the Spaniards.
The word caloocan comes from the Tagalog root word lo-ok; kalook-lookan (or kaloob-looban) means "innermost area". The City borders many other cities such as Quezon City, Manila, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela and San Jose del Monte in the north. During the formation of the province of Rizal, Caloocan was included in its matrix until 1975.
By the 1920s, Caloocan had annexed the neighbouring town of Novaliches, bringing its total area to about 15,000 hectares. When Quezon City was created in 1939, 1,500 hectares of land from Caloocan was to be given to the new capital city. Instead of opposing it, Caloocan residents willingly gave land to Quezon City in the belief it will benefit the country's new capital.
However, in 1949, Congress passed Republic Act No. 333, which redefined the Caloocan-Quezon City boundary. The barrios of Baesa, Talipapâ, San Bartolomé, Pasong Tamó, Novaliches, Banlat, Kabuyao, Pugad Lawin, Bagbag, Pasong Putik, which once belonged to Novaliches and had an area of about 8,100 hectares, were excised from Caloocan. This caused the division of Caloocan into two parts, the southern section being the urbanised portion, while the northern section becoming suburban-rural.
|Population census of Caloocan|
|Source: National Statistics Office|
As of 2010, the city has a population of 1,489,040 people which makes it the third largest city in the Philippines in terms of population.
Caloocan City's 10th Avenue area is well known for the clusters of motorcycle dealers and motorcycle spare parts dealers. Among the major and famous streets are P. Zamora Street and A. Mabini Street.
The city also has a number of shopping malls and stand-alone supermarkets and hypermarkets including Victory Central Mall, Puregold Monumento, Araneta Square, Uniwide Warehouse Club Monumento, and SM Hypermarket Monumento which are located in Monumento area in the south; and Zabarte Town Center and Puregold Zabarte, which are located in Barangay 175 Camarin area at the north.
Manila North Tollways Corporation (the concession holder of the North Luzon Expressway), is headquartered in Caloocan.
List of Mayors and Vice Mayors
|Municipality of Caloocan|
|Period of Tenure||Mayor|
|1952–1962||Macario Asistio, Sr.|
|City of Caloocan|
|Period of Tenure||Mayor|
|1962–1971||Macario Asistio, Sr.|
|1980–1986||Macario Asistio, Jr.|
|1988–1995||Macario Asistio, Jr.|
|City of Caloocan|
|Period of Tenure||Vice-Mayor|
|2013–2016||Macario Asistio, III|
The LRT-1 has a terminal at Monumento that passes through the city's 5th Avenue LRT Station. The railway traverses Rizal Avenue Extension and enters the City of Manila and Pasay City. The whole stretch can be travelled in about 30 minutes. Philippine National Railways also has a line, with its terminal at Samson Road, and passes through Caloocan railway station, Asistio Avenue railway station, & C-3 railway station.
The city has an extensive network of roads, the most prominent being Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, which begins in the Monumento area. Also, the North Luzon Expressway's Operations and Maintenance Center and the motorway's Balintawak Toll Barrier are in Caloocan City.
The city's most celebrated landmark is the monument to revolutionary Andrés Bonifacio, which stands on a roundabout at the northern terminus of EDSA. The memorial was erected in 1933, and consists of an obelisk with sculptures by National Artist Guillermo Tolentino. The monument marks the very first battle of the Philippine Revolution on 3 August 1896.
Recent renovations have been made on the environs of the monument, including the Bonifacio Circle, its former site, and the Caloocan stretch of EDSA, which is 100 metres away from the landmark. The whole area is known as Monumento.
City hall stands along A. Mabini Avenue in the southern part of the city, across the street from San Roque Parish Cathedral. The old city hall, on the other hand, still stands today in its present location at 9th Avenue. There is also a city hall in the northern part of the city. The city's District Office of the Bureau of Internal Revenue is along EDSA.
The city's lone public university is the University of Caloocan City (formerly Caloocan City Polytechnic College). Other educational institution of higher learning are the University of the East - Caloocan, ABE International Business College, Holy Redeemer School of Kalookan, World Citi Colleges, Caloocan Central Elementary School and Manila Central University. Several high schools, such as Caloocan High School, Maria Clara High School, Notre Dame of Greater Manila, Caloocan National Science and Technology High School (the First Ever Science & Technology High School in North Caloocan its students will only be admitted if they passed a competitive examination. Caloocan National Science and Technlogy High School is located on Congressional Road Brgy. 173, Bagumbong, Caloocan City.), Caloocan City Science High School, Caloocan City Business High School, Guardian Angel School, Holy Infant Montessori Center, Saint Benedict School of Novaliches, Saint Andrew School MHANLE Inc., Philippine Cultural College (Annex), Northern Rizal Yorklin School, Systems Plus Computer College, St. Mary's Academy of Caloocan City, St. Gabriel Academy, St. Clare College of Caloocan, Mystical Rose School of Caloocan, Holy Angel School of Caloocan Inc., St. Agnes Academy of Caloocan Inc., St. Therese of Rose School,Young Achievers School of Caloocan St. Joseph College of Novaliches,Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, Maranatha Christian Academy of Caloocan (Camarin), Camarin High School,Bagumbong High School, and the two campuses of La Consolacion College in which one is located in Novaliches in the northern part and the other one is located on the southern part, near the city hall. There is a campus here of Access Computer College, AMA Computer College Campus, a degree-awarding tertiary educational institution.
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A century-old Taoist temple, a landmark built by the Chinese community in 5th Avenue LRT Station.
Vicariate of Our Lady of Grace, Diocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Grace, Roman Catholic Diocese of Kalookan
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