5 Best Things To Do In Caloocan, Philippines: Your Guide To Bliss

things to do in caloocan philippines

Caloocan is a city located in the southern part of the Philippines. In 2015, the annual census confirmed that at that point Caloocan had around 1.5 million people, quite densely populated. On the flip side, it is actually the fourth most populated city in the Philippines - that gives you an idea of how many people you will be interacting with, here.

This town is a culturally and historically vital part of the Philippines. If you look in the history books, Caloocan (written as Kalookan in the national language) was actually where the secret military was initiated and used to hold secret meetings during the war when the Spaniards tried to conquer the Philippines. Kind of cool huh? Now let me fill you in on the good stuff.

1. Swimming pool resorts - Gubat sa Ciudad Resort

Gubat sa Ciudad Resort is in Bagumbong in Caloocan and just looking at it, who would not want to go there? It has a very friendly, quiet and serene environment where families can come to enjoy a holiday or for people to hold company team building activities. There is a huge swimming pool which is just perfect for everyone, be it mom, dad or the kids because there is more than enough room for everyone. This place is just one of those where you go and never want to go back home. It will surely help you escape reality for a while.

Gubat sa Ciudad Resort

Address: Caloocan, Metro Manila, Philippines

Price: from 3.98 USD

Access: 15 minute drive from Caloocan City using Camarin Rd and Congressional Rd

Contact: +63 975 156 4888

Facebook: Gubat sa Ciudad Resort

2. Swimming pool resorts - Villa Celedonia Valley Resort

The second resort, ladies and gents, is called Villa Celedonia Valley resort. Here, there are many activities for you to do including swimming pools, a children’s park, a tennis court and a basketball court. Not only does it have lots to do but it is also very affordable. The swimming is open to visitors for both day and night swimming, so what are you waiting for!

Villa Celedonia Valley Resort

Address: Bagumbong Street, Caloocan, 1400 Metro Manila, Philippines

Price: from 4 USD (night swimming) / 3 USD (day swimming). Cottage Fee 5 USD - 12 USD

Opening Hours: Open throughout the day and evening

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: 12 minute drive north of Caloocan City using the Old Zabarte Road

Contact: +63 2 962 6221

3. Swimming pool resorts - Luzviminda Resort

Last of the swimming pool resorts, we have the Luzviminda Resort. This one is in Deparo, in Caloocan. There are so many things to enjoy here - it will be your mini-paradise. Why? Well, there are a lot of rooms and suites you can choose from, from the smallest to the biggest. As for the fun, well, we have the pool, a basketball court for you to practice your Lebron James skills, several karaoke machines to bring out the Beyoncé in you and finally nipa huts. ‘What is a nipa hut’? A nipa hut is a hut on stilts and an icon of Filipino rural culture.

Luzviminda Resort

Address: Teofilo Samson Ave, Caloocan City North, 1421 Metro Manila, Philippines

Opening Hours: Open all day every day

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Access: 13 minutes southwest by car using Camarin Road

Contact: +63 917 795 4002

Near by Food: Jolibee on Zabarte Road

4. Dining at Greenwich Pizza, Vikings, Mister Kabab and others

Pizza Express, Greenwich, London
Source: Photo by user Ewan Munro used under CC BY-SA 2.0

There are many beautiful and inexpensive fine dining restaurants in Caloocan where you can indulge your taste buds, to the max. First of all, let’s talk about Filipino cuisine - it is amazing. Of course, we can’t cover all the top restaurants here, so instead I will bring you my top five.

Greenwich is a pizza restaurant in Caloocan that you should not pass on. Then we have Mister Kabab which serves Middle Eastern, Persian and Mediterranean food -this one is one of my favorites. The third is Leoning’s Pancit Palabok where you will get some of the best Filipino and Asian food. Fourth on the list is KALBOrger’s Vicas Branch, which has not only received excellent reviews but has great food.

I had to save the best for last - Vikings. This joint is easily one of the best restaurants you will ever visit. It is appropriate for vegetarians and has an options for gluten-free meals. Before you leave Caloocan, be sure to visit these lovely restaurants.

Website: Greenwich Pizza

Facebook: Mister Kabab

Shopping and more

We all love shopping, right? And no, I’m not just talking about clothes and shoes. There is so much more that you can shop for in Caloocan City with its numerous shopping centers. SM Center Sangandaan is one of them, and here you can get many things, including food, electronics, souvenirs and so much more. Then we have Holiday Island which is another famous shopping center that has people flocking in daily.

Website: SM Center Sangandaan

Facebook: Holiday Island

5. Enjoy local culture at the Pajotan festival

This festival takes place on the last Sunday of January and is very colorful. The name comes from the word ‘maypajo’ which is a local variety of mango. Every year, thousands of people attend this celebration to enjoy the food, music, and dance. It is usually a spectacular event. If you are looking for a day to let go and have fun, then this festival should be on your agenda. A very popular cultural event in the Philippines, it is also a goldmine for memorable photos! The colors, costumes, and calmness are what separate this festival from any other you will ever come across.

Pajotan festival

Address: Maypajo, Caloocan City

Duration: around 3 hours required.

Near by Food: Jolibee on A.Mabini Street, opposite Caloocan City Hall

Website: Pajotan festival

A feast for the senses

Caloocan is a breathtaking place with many great places to visit and is a place where you will create many memories and good times not to be forgotten. Moreover, you will not stop talking about it all. So go ahead - take that chance and visit Caloocan. The Philippines is such a beautiful country and it is rich in culture, mainly because of places like this.

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