Caloocan or Kalookan is a city in northern Metro Manila. Caloocan is a large suburb of Manila, and is predominantly residential, mostly home to people relocated from Manila's slums. There is also a noticeable lack of tourist attractions.
Once a large municipality of Rizal, Caloocan today is divided into two non-contiguous areas, urbanized South Caloocan and suburban North Caloocan (also known locally as Bukid as it used to be countryside of rice paddies), a result of the absorption of its several barangays (then barrios), most notably Novaliches, into Quezon City, established to be the capital of the Philippines.
The city, like the rest of Metro Manila, is served internationally by NAIA.
Take the LRT Line 1 and alight at either 5th Avenue or Monumento stations. You can also take the MRT and transfer to a bus at North Avenue and continue onward to Monumento, or take the LRT from Roosevelt or Balintawak stations up to Monumento.
Philippine National Railways (PNR) operates commuter trains between Tutuban or FTI stations (in Manila and Taguig respectively) and Governor Pascual station in Malabon. Trains call at 5th Avenue, 10th Avenue (Asistio) and Caloocan (Sangandaan).
- 1 5th Avenue-LRT Station, 1 Rizal Ave Ext, Gracepark. 5AM-9:30PM. his LRT 1 station sits at the intersection of Rizal Avenue and 5th Avenue, which is now called C-3 following its widening and extension to the port area of Manila.
- 2 Monumento-LRT Station, Grace Park West, ☏ . 5AM-9:30PM. This is a very busy interchange so expect packed trains and a queue to buy train tickets. There is a sm mega mall less than 5 minutes away. LRT trains are clean comfortable and have air con.
Caloocan is the terminus of the EDSA Carousel bus rapid transit line from Parañaque via EDSA. Other city bus routes also pass through Caloocan, originating from Bulacan or Parañaque via MacArthur Hwy, Rizal Ave and C-4 Road.
Victory Liner, which is headquartered in the city, has provincial services to its terminal near Monumento, and is the only provincial bus company serving the city. Other companies now only serve Cubao or Bocaue.
- 3 First North Luzon Transit, 12th Ave, Grace Park West.
- 4 Baliwag Transit, 2nd Avenue corner J.P. Rizal Avenue. 3AM–9PM.
Jeepneys connect Caloocan with Manila, Malabon, Quezon City and Valenzuela. Many of these take Rizal Ave to Monumento or M.H. del Pilar St across the old town. They are also the predominant way to reach North Caloocan.
Caloocan is served by EDSA and MacArthur Highway (Hwy 1), and C-4 Road (Rte 120). From Manila, it is connected via Rizal Avenue (Rte 150). The nearest expressways are North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) and the elevated Skyway. It takes about 40 minutes by driving to reach Caloocan.
North Caloocan is served by road via Novaliches in Quezon City or Valenzuela.
- 5 NLEX HarbourLink, 5th Street, Sangandaan. Metro Manila Skyway.
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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.
- 1 Bonifacio Monument (Monumento). This famous landmark of the city is located at the intersection of EDSA, Rizal Avenue, Mc Arthur Highway, and Samson Road. Made by National Artist Guillermo Tolentino, the monument commemorates the first encounter of the revolutionary group Katipunan, lead by hero Andres Bonifacio, with Spanish forces.
- 2 San Roque Cathedral (Caloocan Church), A. Mabini St, corner 10th Ave, Poblacion, ☏ . A Catholic church.
- Gubat sa Ciudad Resort - features several swimming pools and other water facilities for the whole family.
- 3 Caloocan City People's Park, #1403 8th Street, Grace Park East. 6AM–9PM.
- 4 Thai-To Taosit Temple, #113 M. H. Del Pilar Street, Grace Park East.
- 5 Ung Siu Si Buddhist Temple, J. Teodoro Street corner 6th Ave. Temporarily closed as of September 2023.
- 1 Green Paddle (Caloocan City), Unit 31 Grace Park Commercial Complex, 4th Avenue, corner A. Del Mundo Street, ☏ . 9:30AM–6:30PM. Table tennis facility.
- 1 999 Shopping Mall, General Luna Street corner Espina Street (at the back of the old Caloocan City Hall). 9AM-5PM.
- 2 SM City Grand Central, Rizal Ave Ext, Grace Park East, ☏ . 10AM-9PM.
- 3 Victory Central Mall Caloocan, Victory Liner Compund, ☏ . 10AM–9PM. Sprawling mall with 800 shops & eateries, including a food court, plus an indoor amusement center.
- 4 Pandayan Bookshop (Caloocan Branch), #1403 Rizal Ave Ext, Grace Park East (in CVC Supermarket), ☏ . 9AM–7:30PM. Pandayan Bookshop, founded in 1993, is a 40-store chain spread across Central Luzon, Cagayan Valley, Calabarzon, and northern Metro Manila. The usual size of our stores is around 200 square meters.
All these are around the Andres Bonifacio National Monument:
- 1 Perry's Chicken House, 159 12th Ave, Corner 8th St, East Grace Park.
- 2 Tapa ni Mama, 138-B Asuncion, Morning Breeze.
- 3 Tony's Eatery/Restaurant, 8th Ave, East Grace Park.
- 4 Tapsilogan Ni Mama Leng, 267 D. Aquino St. (between 9th and 10th Ave., Grace Park West).
- 5 CyPao Foodtrips, #155 Baltazar I, Grace Park West, ☏ . 9AM–8PM.
- 6 Padi's Point Restaurant and Bar, Grandz Commercial Building, McArthur Highway, Calle Cuatro, ☏ , , firstname.lastname@example.org. 6PM-3AM. Serves Filipino, grill, seafood, Spanish dishes.
- 7 SamgyupSalamat, Morning Breeze Subdivision, Manila North Road (in Grandz Commercial Center). 11AM–1:05AM.
- 8 The Hawker International Buffet, #3 General Pio Valenzuela Street (at Sobel Hotel), ☏ . Daily dinner buffet (6-10PM).
- 9 Tora-San Grace Park, #149 11th Ave, Grace Park East. Noon–11:30PM.
- 10 Amber-Caloocan Branch, ☏ . 8AM–9PM. Takeout restaurant for the best Palabok, Spaghetti, Pichi-Pichi.
- 11 New Silver Crown Panciteria, Inc., #255 Samson Road, Sangandaan, ☏ . 9:30AM–8PM.
- 12 Tong Yang-SM City Grand Central Branch, Level 3, SM City Grand Central, Grace Park East, ☏ . 11AM–9PM.
- 13 JT's Manukan Grille, #1401 Araneta Ave, Potrero (in LTO Caloocan Branch). 10AM–10PM. Owned by Filipino veteran actor Joel Torre.
- 14 Tutong’s Laksa-Caloocan Branch, Filipino Building, 2F plaza, Libis Espina Street, ☏ . 11AM–midnight. Asian restaurant.
- 15 The Alley by Vikings, 2nd level, Ayala Cloverleaf, A. Bonifacio, ☏ . 11AM–2:30PM, 5–9PM.
- 16 Orient Pearl Seafood and Restaurant, #1406, 10th Ave, Grace Park West, ☏ . 10AM–10PM. Seafood restaurant.
- 1 The Hideout Bar and Restaurant, 69 Caimito Road corner Lapu-Lapu Street, ☏ . 3PM–5:30AM.
- 2 Padi's Point-Caloocan Branch, Grandz Commercial Building, McArthur Highway, Calle Cuatro, ☏ . 5PM–midnight.
- 3 D'Bliss Comedy Bar, Caimito Road. 5PM–5AM. LGBTQ+ friendly place.
- 4 Starbucks-EDSA Caloocan Branch, #340 Epifanio de los Santos Ave, Grace Park East, ☏ . 7AM–1AM.
- 5 Cha Tuk Chak - Monumento, #1403 Benin Street, Grace Park East.
- 1 Kabayan Hotel Monumento, 535 Caimito Rd. corner McArthur Highway Monumento, ☏ . 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.
- 2 Chill Hotel Monumento, General Pio Valenzuela Street, ☏ . Check-in: 11AM.
- 3 Sobel Hotel, # 3 General Pio Valenzuela Street, ☏ . Check-in: 2PM, check-out: noon.
- 4 Hotel Sogo - EDSA, Caloocan, Bonifacio Public Market, Epifanio de los Santos Avenue, ☏ .
- 5 Hotel Sogo - LRT Monumento, 5th Floor, LRT Northmall, Rizal Ave Extension, ☏ .
- Internet cafes. 24 hours. All over the city. from ₱10.
- 1 TNC-Monumento Branch, #270 Samson Road. 9AM–midnight. internet rentals.
Northern Caloocan has a bad reputation for giant 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 those areas.
Women travelers 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.
|Routes through Caloocan|
|Central ← Tondo ←||S N||→ Balintawak → Roosevelt Avenue|
|Becomes to Manila and to Valenzuela ←||N S||→ Balintawak → Cubao|