Saturday, April 28, 2012

Bernardo Park in Kamuning

The Bernardo Park is one of the many known places/landmarks in Kamuning. It was a park constructed during the tenure of former Quezon City Mayor Ponciano A. Bernardo, who served from 1947 until his death in 1949. (The park was later named after him).  It was also during Bernardo’s term when Quezon City was shortly designated as the Capital City of the Philippines in lieu of Manila.

The old Bernardo Park (late 1940’s) – View from EDSA

Bernardo Park Today (2012) – View from EDSA

During the 1950’s & 1960’s, Bernardo Park was one of the beautiful places to see in Quezon City, a place to go for a picnic, biking, skating, or sight-seeing.  My Nanay used to tell me the park was so popular then that a number of scenes from the movies of Sampaguita Pictures were filmed there.

As a child (late 70’s & early 80’s), Bernardo Park for me is a place to play >> ride a bike, skate, and go back & forth crossing the old bridge (as a challenge thing ^_^).  There was also the basketball court and across is the location of the swimming pool where they offer “free learn to swim” programs every year.  (I remember me and my cousins enrolled in that swimming program for three consecutive summers, with “Sir Luna” as our swimming coach :)).

Bernardo Park - 2012

Today, the biking/skating area of the park is now half its former size, the other half is a basketball covered court, and new mini-park picnic area was constructed on the other side of the Lagarian creek.

The mini-park on the other side of the creek 

(There used to be statues of animals here, with the big black carabao as my favorite. ^_^)

The Lagarian Foot Bridge 
The walkway of the foot bridge used to be made of wood where you can see through the creek beneath, now its sheets of metal.  The steel side railings seem to be the same original railings I used to hold on to as a child.

View of the mini-park from the foot bridge & part of lagarian Creek

The big boulders of adobe rock today  (also a part of the old original Bernardo Park).

The entrance to Bernardo Park along EDSA on the side of Ramon Magsaysay High School.
The steel gate to this pathway is always closed so you can enter the park via the basketball court near the foot bridge.

Rehabilitation efforts were made a couple of years ago to save Bernardo park. Renovations and constructions were made to make it still look inviting to nearby residents, but personally I wouldn't go there for leisure walks as vagrants (palaboys, homeless, etc.) seem to be always present whenever I pass through the area.

Now I only love the park for the good old memories they bring me.

Bernardo Park Area Map

Delgado Hospital in Kamuning

The Delgado hospital in Kamuning was established in 1948 as a maternity and children’s clinic servicing the early residents of Kamuning. 

Its founder, Dr. Jesus C. Delgado, started the clinic with the help of his wife, Carmen. Dr.Delgado was a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas in Manila and was a medical board examination topnotcher.  He died in the 1980’s and later on his heirs renamed the clinic “Dr. Jesus C. Delgado Memorial Hospital” or JDMH in his honor.

Old Delgado Hospital (1950's?)

Delgado Hospital or Dr. Jesus C. Delgado Memorial Hospital (2012)

Today,  JDMH is a licensed Department of Health (DOH) Level IV General Hospital and accredited by both PhilHealth and the Philippine Hospital Association.

With over a thousand qualified staff and visiting physicians, JDMH now offers a wide range of medical and health care services which include: Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pediatrics & Neonatology, Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Pulmonology, General Surgery, Pathology, Radiology & Sonology, Endoncrinology, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Oncology, Orthopedics, Urology, Opthalmology, ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat), Anesthesiology, Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, Dermatology, and Dentistry.

Hospital Address: No. 7 Kamuning Road, Kamuning, Quezon City

Telephone Nos.: (02) 924-4051, (02) 925-2991 to 97 (connecting all departments)

Email Addresses:,, and

Location Map:


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Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sacred Heart Sacred Scripture Study Program

 4 S Program SHJP - A Bible Study Program

Last week when I visited the office of the Sacred Heart Parish Church, I've found out that they are offering a scripture study program which they refer to as the "4 S Program".  With 4 topics covering the following:

  1. 4 S 1 What is the Bible and How to Use it?
  2. 4 S 2 What is the Old Testament? (Part 1)
  3. 4 S 3 What is the Old Testament? (Part 2), and
  4. 4 S 4 What is the New Testament?
Program Schedules:
Date: 1st Saturday of the month
Time: 7:30 - 9pm

Date: 2nd Sunday of the month
Time: 9:30 - 11am

Location: AVR Room

For any inquiries regarding the program, you may get in touch with Ms. Cecille at tel no. 929-0419.


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Sunday, April 8, 2012

Sacred Heart Parish Church

The Sacred Heart Parish (SHP) Church is really very special to me, it is where my family and I go to attend the holy mass. When I was young, I’ve attended and completed a number of “Simbang Gabi” here.  I was married in this church and all my 3 children were baptized here also.  This church has been a significant part of my life ever since I can remember.

Front facade of SHP facing Sct. Ybardolaza Street
and Image of Sacred Heart of Jesus found on the right side area of the main altar. 

Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes with St. Bernadette found on the corner of Sct. Ybardolaza & Sct. Fernandez Streets, facing SHP Church.

St. Joseph MIssion Center found on the opposite corner of the grotto. 
(at the corner of Sct. Ybardolaza and Sct. Fuentebella Streets)

The Church’s History (from

“The Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish - Kamuning is a Catholic parish in the Kamuning District of Quezon City in the Philippines. It was established on October 3, 1941. The parish has been in the pastoral care and administration of the Society of the Divine Word since even before its founding. Kamuning was a government housing project of then Philippine Commonwealth President Manuel Luis Quezon.

The Society of the Divine Word (SVD) was founded on September 8, 1875 by St. Arnold Janssen in Steyl, Netherlands. The SVD is one of the largest Ad Gentes Catholic religious male congregations in the world.

Kamuning, formerly known as Barrio Obrero II, was a housing project site for government employees and their families. Late in 1939, the Kamuning Residents’ Association sought pastoral care from the Society of the Divine World (SVD). The First Mass was celebrated where the Kamuning Public Market now stands, on that year’s Christmas Eve.

In the early 1940’s, the parish boundaries reached as far east toward Loyola Heights and westward up to the Mabuhay Rotonda. About a year later, on October 1, 1941, the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish was established, and it has been in the care of the SVD missionaries since then. Today, the parish covers five barangays – Kamuning, Sacred Heart, South Triangle, Kristong Hari, Kalusugan, and part of Obrero.”

Former Parish Priests
  • Fr. Theodore Buttenbruch (1941-1944)
  • Fr. Johann Simon (1944-1946)
  • Fr. Antonio Albrecht (1946-1958)
  • Fr. Fernando de Pedro (1961-1969)
  • Fr. Adeodato Malabanan (1969-1979)
  • Fr. Restituto A. Lumanlan (1969-1981)
  • Fr. Virgilio S. Mascardo (1981-1985)
  • Fr. Manuel B. Bongayan (1985-1990)
  • Fr. John O' Mahony (1990-1996)
  • Fr. Romeo M. Castro (1996-2002)
  • Fr. Manuel B. Bongayan, SVD (2002-2008)
  • Fr. Eduardo L. Guarin, SVD (2008-2011)
Schedule of Activities
  • Monday to Thursday, and Saturday: 5:15am, 6am, 7am, and 6pm
  • Friday: 5:15am, 6am, 7am, 12:15noon, and 6:30pm
  • Sunday: 5:30am (Tagalog), 6:30am & 7:30am (English), 8:30am & 9:30am (Tagalog), 10am & 11:30am (English), 4pm (Tagalog), 5:30pm & 7pm (English), and 8:30pm (Tagalog).

  • Tuesday to Saturday: 11:30am & 4:30pm
  • Sunday: 10:30am, 11:30am, 4:30pm

  • Tuesday to Saturday: 8am, 9:30am, 11am, 2pm, and 3:30 pm

  • Novena to Perpetual Help: Wednesday after 6am mass and again at 5:30pm before the 6pm mass.
  • Holy Hour Novena to the Sacred Heart of Jesus: Friday 5:30pm before the 6:30pm mass.
  • Holy Rosary: Monday to Thursday & Saturday after 6:00 pm holy mass, Friday after 6:30 pm holy mass every & Sunday 3:15 pm.

  • Every Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during Mass

Adoration Chapel
  • 7:00 am to 8:00 pm daily
For additional information please refer to SHP Flyer shown below:

Sacred Heart Parish Church Location Map


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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Free Medical Consultation Service

To all Kamuning residents with health problems or those suspecting that they have one, you now have the chance to seek professional medical advice for free.

 Mercury Drug Kamuning-L.Shianghio Branch is offering free medical consultation service this month of April 2012, particularly on the following dates:

April 3, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26, and 28, 2012 OR every Tuesdays, Thursday, and Saturdays of the month except during the Holy Week (Maundy Thursday & Black Saturday).

Address:  #10 Kamuning Road corner L. Sianghio St. Quezon City
Telephone Nos.:   (02) 410--6412 and (02) 927—0891

Consultation Time:  Between 9am to 6pm
Medical Doctor: Dr. NiƱo Jeryl Dela Torre 

The free medical consultation service is a part of Mercury Drug Corporation’s program, the “Bantay Kalusugan” Free monthly clinic. Aside from the free medical consultation, the program also aims to provide the public access to free blood pressure check-up, free blood sugar screening, free hair/scalp/skin consultation, and free massage.

To read more information about the program and for schedule & location of other free medical service in the future, you may visit their virtual clinic HERE.

Hope you can share this good news to your love ones, friends, and neighbors in Kamuning.

God Bless!



Easter Sunday Activity at Mercury Drug Branches

Announcement to all residents of Kamuning as well as other areas near Mercury Drug Branches:

In celebration of the 2012 Easter Sunday, Mercury Drug Corporation will be having an Easter Egg Surprise Activity on all of its branches on April 08, 2012.

To join - just visit any of their branches near you.

Click HERE to view Mercury Drug branches in and near Kamuning area.

Happy Easter Sunday Everyone!



Mercury Drug Stores in Kamuning

For those looking for the nearest Mercury Drug Branches in Kamuning, here is a list including those located near Kamuning.  All four branches are open daily and offer grocery/food items.  (See location map below this post):

1.      Kamuning – Sianghio Branch (Near Delgado Hospital)

Address:  #10 Kamuning Road corner L. Sianghio St. Quezon City
Contact Nos.:   (02) 410--6412
(02) 927—0891
            Store Hours :    Open 24 Hours

2.      QC Kamuning – EDSA Branch

Address:   Kamuning Road corner EDSA, Quezon City
Contact Nos.:   (02) 929-0289
            (02) 929-1651
(02) 426-9621
            Store Hours :    7am to 10pm 

The next two branches are very near Kamuning Area:

3.      Quezon City West Kamias Branch

Address:   No. 2 Kamias Road corner EDSA, Quezon City
Contact Nos.:   (02) 442-0715
(02) 442-3873  
            Store Hours :    7am to 10pm

4.      EDSA Nepa Q-Mart Branch

Address:   EDSA corner K-10th Street, Quezon City
Contact Nos.:   (02) 921-8470
(02) 922-6114
            Store Hours :    Open 24 Hours

Location Map of Mercury Drug Branches:


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Friday, April 6, 2012

Tesda Training Center in Kamuning

I want to share this Tesda-Accredited training center that opened up around two years ago very near our home in Kamuning.  It is located on the site of the former Quezon City Girls Scout of the Philippines Council on K-F Street.

The Admin Officer assigned at the center is Ms. Mira Macatao, a very good friend of mine and a former high school classmate at Trinity College of Q.C. (now Trinity University of Asia).

The training center is officially called the "Quezon City Skills Livelihood Training Center" or QCSLTC for short. It offers free vocational courses to qualified Q.C. residents. Courses include bartending, housekeeping, barista, and other skills in-demand here and abroad.

Here are more details of what I've learned about the center. Hope you can share it to those you think will benefit from these free training courses. ^_^

The Quezon City Skills Livelihood Training Center

The QCSLTC is an accredited TESDA Training Center and recognized by the Quezon City Government.  It is being managed by the Ilaw ng Bayan Foundation.  The foundation is headed by Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte (Ma. Josefina G. Belmonte-Alimurung).

The training center is located along K-F Street, Barangay Kamuning, Quezon City. Office hours are from 8am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday and with telephone No. 411-6771.

You can visit their Facebook page here.

Courses Offered:

·        Wellness Massage/Hilot - 15 Days Training Duration
·        Small Engine – 15 Days Training Duration
·        Barista – 20 Days Training Duration
·        Bartending – 46 Days Training Duration
·        Food & Beverage Services – 42 Days Training Duration
·        Housekeeping  - 55 Days Training Duration
·        Household – 27 Days Training Duration

Training Schedules (Monday to Friday - 8am to 5pm): 

APRIL 2012  
April 10, 2012 -  May 9, 2012
April 10, 2012 - May 22, 2012
April 10, 2012 - May 18, 2012
April 25, 2012 - May 18, 2012
April 30, 2012 - May 22, 2012
Small Engine

MAY 2012 
May 14, 2012- June 26, 2012
May 14, 2012 - June 26, 2012
May 18, 2012- June 26, 2012
May 21, 2012 - June 19, 2012
May 28, 2012 - June 19, 2012

JUNE 2012  
June 1, 2012 - June 22, 2012
Small Engine
June 4, 2012 - July 17, 2012
June 27, 2012 - July 20, 2012
Wellness Hilot

Click HERE to view schedule for the 3rd quarter of 2012 
(July to September 2012)


        Quezon City Resident
        At least High School Graduate
        Not presently employed or enrolled during training.


        Barangay Clearance
        Application Form
        4 Passport Size Photo (White Background)
        4 1x1 ID Photo (White Background)
        Passed the Qualifying Exam, and
        Submit any of the following:
a)   High School Diploma
b)   Transcript of Record
c)    Registration Card
d)   Certification from the school graduated
e)   Class Cards
f)    Form 138

QCSLTC Location Map:


You may also learn a TESDA course via online - FREE!