The city of Valenzuela, or Lungsod ng Valenzuela, is a northern city of Metro Manila, the Philippine National Capital Region found in the main island of Luzon. Valenzuela, together with the cities of Malabon, Navotas, Taguig, Muntinlupa, and the municipality of Pateros, forms the outer ring of Metro Manila territories. The city is bordered to the east by Quezon City and northern Caloocan City, to the south by Malabon city and southern Caloocan City, to the west by the municipality of Obando in Bulacan province, and to the north by Meycauayan city, also in Bulacan. Its total land area of approximately 47 km2 is primarily used for industrial and residential developments.
Two major highways passes through the city—the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) and the MacArthur Highway. The NLEX serves as the main gateway to Metro Manila from the northern regions of the country. The most common means of transportation is via buses which traverse the McArthur Highway, and jeepneys that travel on the city’s minor streets. Tricycles are used for short distances, while taxi cabs can be used to travel any route.
Valenzuela was originally a fishing and agricultural town in Bulacan established in 1623. It was then known as Polo until it was changed into its present name in honor of Dr. Pio Valenzuela, the city’s most distinguished son and who had figured prominently in the Philippine revolution against Spain during the late 19th century. On November 7, 1975, Valenzuela was carved out of Bulacan province to become part of the conurbation of Metro Manila cities and municipalities. This move had brought much commercial and industrial growth to Valenzuela, making it a vital link between Metro Manila and northern Luzon. On February 14, 1998, after the much work and efforts of its residents and local government, Valenzuela was declared a city with the signing of the Republic Act No. 8526.
Residential Places in Valenzuela
Middle and upper class residents of Valenzuela often reside in the many subdivisions and villages found in the city. These gated communities are usually marked with a walled perimeter and guards at the gates to provide limited access. Their most common featured amenities are lighted streets, street sweepers, clubhouses or multi-purpose halls, and community recreation areas. Homeowner’s associations are often organized to address the upkeep of these amenities and establish cooperation among the residents.
Some prominent subdivisions and villages in Valenzuela include the ITC Woodlands Subdivision, Glenrose North Subdivision, Fortune Village, De Castro Village, Hiyas Homes Subdivision, Serrano Subdivision, Victoria Village, san Miguel Village, and Rizal village.
Hospitals and Universities of Valenzuela
Located in Valenzuela are numerous private hospitals and medical centers that are staffed with qualified and English-speaking medical practitioners. Most are equipped with modern medical facilities to provide accurate diagnosis and proper management. The largest and most prominent private hospital in the city is the Fatima medical Center, which is an integral part of the Our Lady of Fatima University. This tertiary teaching hospital stands along the McArthur Highway in Marulas, and boasts of its sophisticated and cutting-edge diagnostic, medical, and surgical equipment. It has a 200-bed capacity and features a fully-equipped emergency room, intensive care units, and pulmonary, ophthalmology, and ENT clinics.
A list of Valenzuela’s private and government hospitals are given in the table below:
Valenzuela Hospitals and Clinics
Name Address Telephone
Calalang General Hospital 16 R. Valenzuela Street, Marulas 361-5136
Carlos Clinic 8 Palasan Street 292-2814
F.M. Cruz Orthopedic & General Hospital Prudencia Subdivision Marulas –
F&P Hernandez Maternity & Lying-in Hospital #17 McArthur Highway, Marulas 293-5453
Fatima Medical Center 120 McArthur Highway, Marulas 361-5995, 293-2704 or 291-6644
M.V. Romano Hospital Balubaran, Malinta 432-4145 or 292-3460
Pasolo Maternity and Medical Center 87 Pasolo Street 292-2753
Sanctissimo Rosario General Hospital 2 Espiritu Street, Marulas 291-7011 or 291-6985
St. John’s Hospital 323 Malinta 292-0473 or 292-0521
Valenzuela City Emergency Hospital Poblacion, Polo 294-5137
Valenzuela General Hospital Padriga Street, Karuhatan 293-2936
Valenzuela is home to the main campus of the Our Lady of Fatima University, one of the Philippines’ top educational institutions for allied medical sciences. Among its offered courses, the university’s medical degree has earned the most influential international accreditations. It is recognized by the New York State Education Department and the Illinois State Board of Education. The university also boasts of its medical clerkship program with international hospitals, such as the Brooklyn Medical Center and Peninsula Hospital in New York, and Jackson Park Hospital in Chicago.
Aside from its medicine and allied medical courses, the university also offers degrees in computer science, hotel & restaurant management, commerce, psychology, zoology, biology, criminology, education, marine engineering, and marine transportation. Associated degrees and graduated studies are also offered.
Tertiary educational institutions in Valenzuela that provides instruction and training in various fields include the Our Lady of Lourdes College, Saint Louis College-Valenzuela, Children of Mary Immaculate College, and the city-owned Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela and Valenzuela City Polytechnic College. Also located in the city are several bible and theological colleges, such as the Biblical Seminary of The Philippines, Febias College of Bible, and the Asia Graduate School of Theology.
Commercial Places in Valenzuela
Located in the city is the SM Supercenter Valenzuela, which is part of the country’s largest chain of malls owned and developed by SM Prime Holdings. Standing along the McArthur Highway in Barangay Karuhatan, its 3-level structure houses its anchors of SM Hypermarket, SM Foodcourt, and SM Cinemas, as well as a number of boutiques, service shops, and popular fastfood chains. Some prominent retail and service shops found in the SM Supercenter are Giordano, Hangten, Guess, Plains N Prints, and Mossimo for men and women’s apparel; ITTI Rusty Lopez, and Mendrez for shoes; • National Bookstore, Booksale, and Filbars for books and magazines; Gandang Ricky Reyes and Going Straight for hair salons; and Tronix, PC Gadgets, and CD-R King for CD’s and computer devices
Large supermarkets found in Valenzuela are Puregold Supermarket in Dalandan and South supermarket in Malinta. These establishments compliment the city’s open-air public markets.
The city’s nightlife is not as varied and established as the ones found in Manila, Makati, or Quezon City. Nonetheless, several notable karaoke bars and restaurants are located in the city. The foremost area in the city where dining establishments are clustered together is at the SM Supercenter. Some of the prominent restaurants found at the SM Supercenter include the Filipino restaurants Max’s, Bacolod Chicken Inasal, and Inihaw Express, American pizzeria and burger joint Pizza Hut and Wendy’s Hamburgers, Japanese restaurant Tokyo Tokyo, and Mister Donut Café.
Other notable restaurants in the city are Chopstix Express in Karuhatan and beside the Fatima Medical Center, Cindy’s Hamburger on Pio Street, Little Caesars Pizza! Pizza! on Sampaguita Street in Karuhatan, and Tsc Japanese Restaurant at the Puregold Supermarket.
Karaoke bars and music bars in the city include the Huneez Restaurant and Videoke Wifi Zone found along the McArthur Highway in Karuhatan, and Karaoke Hub and Congo Grille at the SM Supercenter.
Service Establishments of Valenzuela
The city’s electricity is provided by the Manila Electric Company or MERALCO. Formerly the Manila Electric Rail and Light company, the company owns a central franchise on 22 cities and 89 municipalities which includes the areas of Metro and Mega Manila. The MERALCO branch office is located along the McArthur Highway in Malanday where applications for service and bill payments can be transacted.
The major telecom company that services the city is the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT). It provides traditional fixed telephony and internet access via dial-up and digital subscriber line (DSL). Applications for service and bill payments may be done by visiting its Valenzuela business office on Maysan Road in Malinta.
Alternative telephone and internet service providers in the city are BayanTel of Bayan Telecommunications and Globelines of Globe Telecom. The former provides internet access via Digital subscriber line (DSL), while the latter offers wireless broad band. SmartBro of Smart Communications, a subsidiary of PLDT, also offers broad band connection.
Globe Telecom and Smart Communications, together with Sun Cellular of Digitel Communications, are the three major cellular network service providers in the Philippines. All three companies have a nation-wide coverage and offers subscription packages to suit any income brackets. Applications for postpaid subscriptions may be done by visiting their centers at SM Supercenter or any major shopping center in the metro. On the other hand, prepaid subscriptions simply require a SIM card that can be bought at their centers or at phonecard booths.
The Valenzuela Police Station is the Philippine National Police Northern district’s fourth station. The Valenzuela City Police Station is located on Maysan Road, with several sub-stations and police community precincts are found in all barangays.
Embassies in Valenzuela
Valenzuela has no foreign embassies and consulates in its vicinity. The bulk of these diplomatic missions have their offices located in the cities of Makati and Manila.