Cafe Poblacion | Things to do in Caloocan City-Metro Manila
Specialties: CRISPY KARE KARE, LECHON POBLACION, HALO-HALO
|Open:||Open daily 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 pm; Sundays from 8:00 a.m.|
|Address:||G/F Vizione Plaza Bldg., 505 A. Mabini Avenue, Caloocan City, Metro Manila|
Lechon kawali is a popular Filipino dish of deep-fried pork belly, most loved for the crackling skin. This is the specialty of Rafael Restaurant,which started out as a garage operation by Caloocan long-time residents Cecilio and Evelyn Rafael in 1967 but, because of its popularity, expanded to occupy the entire ground floor of their ancestral home. Now run by their children, led by siblings Virgilio and Cely Rafael, the restaurant remains a popular lunch hangout of City Hall employees and other locals, serving a variety of Filipino food turo-turo style.
Specialties: LECHON KAWALI
The Cream Puff is a creation of octogenarian Virgie Ignacio, who createdthe Mabini Home Bakeshop over 50 years ago, starting out withcelebration cakes. It is her version of a profiterole, a French choux pastryball stuffed with a cream filling and topped with caramelized sugar. Thepastry is really dreamy as it is so light. It is also served frozen so it isrecommended that you let it sit for a minute before eating it so that thecream filling will literally melt in your mouth when you eat it. Mostpeople order this by the box for takeaway
Proclaimed as ‘Motorcycle Capital of the Philippines’ in 2016 by its Mayor Oscar Malapitan, the title was based on the city’s number of motorcycle units, a number of businesses, and economic revenue on the two-wheeled vehicle. The whole stretch of 10th Avenue of this city is littered with motorcycle shops, catering to those who want to purchase or fix a unit.
Things to do nearby
- Explore your taste buds with this local food tour in Malabon!
- Taste 5-6 different types of authentic and home-grown food from local street vendors and popular restaurants
- Learn about the traditions behind Malabon's food and culture from your entertaining foodie guide
- Discover the must-try dishes in the city, including delicacies!
- See 18 different galleries that celebrate the vibrant history of the oldest Chinatown in the world.
- Immerse yourself in different points of history through interactive parts of the museum.
- Relive the bustling town of Binondo as the center of commerce in the Philippines.
- Be in awe of the massive collection of displays that tells the whole story of Binondo.
Put aside 4 hours for a non-stop culinary treat as we eat our way around intimate alleys of Binondo! We'll walk around the streets of Binondo as we take in the rich Tsinoy history, chomp down authentic Chinese foods and gorge on specialty treats as we nibble our way through the heart of Chinatown. Definitely a wok for your stomach and the soul!
Where to stay
Located at 1 MacArthur Highway Corner Reparo St., Potrero, Malabon, this hotel is a great choice for all types of travelers seeking comfortable accommodations. It has clean interiors, quality facilities, and amenities that guarantee a memorable stay.
Safety, convenience and comfort – these are just but some of the service potentials is devoted to encapsulate as a true one-of-a-kind hotel experience in its class.Hotel 99 branches are situated in significant areas of Metro Manila that are within easy reach to available transportation such as the LRT and MRT. Hotel guests are being cheerfully greeted and accommodated by our friendly, highly trained staff.Our cozy, fully air-conditioned front office provides sufficient seating, cable TV, computer kiosks, and snacks and refreshments – a perfect place to receive guests and visitors. Wifi access is standard for easy access to the internet anywhere in the hotel. Not only one but two elevators provide faster access to and from the hotel floors. Exciting medley of rooms are available that suit every guests’ preferences and budget.
Caloocan is the third most populous country in the Philippines and there’s no way we won’t want to reach with you and cater you with what you need! Relish the limitless comfort of Hotel 99’s new rooms, facilities and amenities. Be enchanted by its party rooms and family rooms as part of Hotel 99’s new creation. No need to go far as we are very much accessible to major thoroughfares and public transporation. We are also near major commercial centers and private offices, near MCU which also has hospitals. Stay with us at Hotel 99 and experience its standards of hotel living. Be greeted by our fine-looking lobby with coffee shop and stay cozy just right there having a moment with your beverage. Ring out the old, ring in the new!
In 1970, Mr. Angelo King (AK), known as the patriarch of the King's group, noticed how well the motels are doing. Making mathematical computations in his head, AK's imagination caught re in the prospect of venturing into the motel business. He was bent on entering the business and decided to work on something most motels failed to give their clients QUALITY SERVICE.
It was in August when AK opened his first motel venture in Pasay City. He named it Anito Lodge, after a Tagalog god or deity. The first venture led to another. AK opened his second motel in 1973 and named it Vinta Lodge. It is located in Pasig where a potential market of moteliers is evident. Soon, more motels came under the belt of the King family.
The year 1980 not only meant the beginning of a new decade for the Company but it also marked the entry of AK's sons Archie and Wyden, who are said to be the prime movers of the Company's second generation of drive-in hotel expansion and growth in 1984. The advent started o with the opening of Akasya Lodge in Sta. Mesa, Manila; the Company started to evolve and setup district offices. Divided into North and South districts, they focused their attention to the problems and pressing concerns of each motel in a professionally managed manner.
From that time on, the company's thrust is to provide quality lodging hotels and services at premium prices. Amenities such as colored TV, bathtubs, Jacuzzis and air conditioners were likewise provided. Thus, the term "drive-in hotel" was coined for the succeeding Company establishments.
The almost simultaneous opening of Anahaw and Anito Royale in 1985 brought with it the introduction of mega rooms which where known as "VIP" rooms. They became popular and increased in number when talks of AK's imminent semi-retirement became prevalent.
It was then that Mr. Archie King (ARK) named his first hotel Panorama Enterprises, Inc. a 38-room property in Pasig, which he branded as "Victoria Court". This property was the most innovative and the classiest motel of its time because of its first class amenities - bigger rooms and thematic atmosphere.
Just after this, Fiesta lodge was purchased; it is now called Victoria Court Cuneta. Although it was operational upon purchase, renovation was done slowly but surely, restructuring and reshaping the establishments into an all-suite drive-in hotel better than Victoria Court Pasig, with its unique motifs, suite rooms, and mezzanine jacuzzis.
After a few years of operations, Victoria Court Pasig performed beyond expectation. This gave birth to the Victoria Court group, and soon, a logo was drummed up, depicting a classy but mysterious-looking lady in a hush-up motion, with a background of black and silver. It supposed
to embody a secret, and it means that apart from quality and fast service, Victoria Court also offers PRIVACY, COURTESY, PROMPT SERVICE, WORLD CLASS FACILITIES AND STATE-OF-THE-ART HOUSEKEEPING.The rest, as they say, is history.
At present, Victoria Court has 10 properties to its name.
As a dynamic Company, Victoria Court will not stop at 10 drive-in hotels. Hand in hand with its growth, the management is committed to delivering fast, friendly, and first class service to its guests.
To suit the discerning taste of our guests, the properties oer world class suites, each one distinct from the other, The most sought after suites are the Oval Office, Asgard, Austin Powers, Embassy, Divine, Cirque, Casino Royale, Princess Jasmin, and Moulin Rouge. From north to south of Metro Manila, the guests have a wide choice of rooms depending on size, design and locations: Standards, Deluxe and Suites with variants of mini-suites, regular suites and super thematic suites.
Getting there and around
G/F Vizione Plaza Bldg., 505 A. Mabini Avenue, Caloocan City, Metro ManilaGet directions