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Caloocan or Kalookan is a city, part of Metro Manila.

This highly urbanized city is in the northern part of Metro Manila and is subdivided into two congressional districts. It is a bustling city of around 1.4 million inhabitants, making it the 4th largest city of the Philippines in terms of population. It spans a combined but geographically separated land area of 55.8 km2., making it also the 2nd largest city in Metro Manila in terms of land area.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The city, like the rest of Metro Manila, is served internationally by NAIA.

By Line 1[edit]

Take the Manila Line 1 and alight at either 5th Avenue, or Monumento Stations. You can also take EDSA-plying buses, which sometimes pass by the Monumento area.

By bus[edit]

Provincial Buses (from the northern Luzon area)are known to have their main terminals in the Monumento area. The city is also the easiest connection to cities such as Subic, Olongapo, and Baguio.

Get around[edit]

If you need to use public transportation try [dead link], it will show you the right type to your destination.

Small but convenient and very affordable tricycles ply around the city. Just say where you are going and they will bring you as fast as possible. Fares are at the range of ₱30 (for single person payment) to ₱50 (if you want to ride the tricycle on a "special" basis - meaning you and your companions are the ones that will ride.)

Jeepneys also ply around with their own respective fixed routes. Metro Manila fares of a minimum of ₱9 is applied. The city is geographically divided in to 2 parts, Caloocan City North and South. Taking a tricycle from Bagong Barrio, for example, is a big no-no among drivers. And besides, it is also not allowed by the local government.


  • Bonifacio Monument - this famous landmark of the city is located at the intersection of EDSA and Rizal Avenue. Made by nationalist Guillermo Tolentino, the monument commemorates the first encounter of the revolutionary group Katipunan, lead by hero Andres Bonifacio, with Spanish forces.
  • Gubat sa Ciudad Resort - features several swimming pools and other water facilities for the whole family.






  • Kabayan Hotel Monumento, 535 Caimito Rd. corner McArthur Highway Monumento, +63 2 7022700. It offers 76 guestrooms, consisting of Premium, Superior, Family, Pad and Dormitory-type accommodations. Rooms are furnished with essential amenities such as air-conditioning, cable TV, and Internet connectivity. Some of its facilities and services include function/meeting rooms, business center with Internet facility, coffee shop, prayer room, safety deposit boxes, laundry and room service, and on-call massage service. From ₱1075.


Stay safe[edit]

Northern Caloocan has a bad reputation for crowded slums; exercise caution and stay away from any obvious slum area if you travel alone. Illegal drugs and petty crime is a major concern, so better stay away from rough areas.

Women travellers must avoid walking alone, especially near run-down areas. Rape cases are all too common in the city, though most cases involve local females. After a controversial ordinance was signed, wearing skimpy shorts in public locations, including city streets, can lead to a fine.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Pasay (by rapid transit)
CentralTondo  S Manila Line 1 WV icon.svg N  BalintawakRoosevelt Avenue
Becomes AH26 (N120) sign.svg to Manila and N1 (Philippines).svg to Valenzuela  N AH26 (N1) sign.svg S  BalintawakCubao

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