Northern Manila (CAMANAVA) District (3rd District)

The Bonifacio Monument Caloocan by Zarate123

Exploring the Northern Manila District

The Northern Manila District, (AKA CAMANAVA District from the first syllable of its four component cities) often bustling with vibrancy and culture, is an intriguing area to explore within the sprawling urban expanse of Manila, Philippines. Known for its historical landmarks, bustling markets, and diverse neighborhoods, this district offers a rich tapestry of experiences for both residents and visitors. With a land area of 126.42 sq. km or 48.81 sq. miles as of 2020 it had a population of 3,004,627.

Caloocan City, separated into South and North due to geographical separation, with a combined 2020 population of 1,661,584 is the fourth-most populated city in the Philippines. The southern part of the city has a 2020 population of 583,329 and the northern southern part of the city has a 2020 population of 1,078,255.

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Malabon City, just north of Manila had a 2020 population of 380,522, you can take the Malabon Tricycle Tour to eight different heritage sites.

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Navotas City, with a 2020 population of 247,543 it is known as the Commercial Fishing Hub of the Philippines as it city has the third largest fish port in all of Asia.

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Valenzuela City with a 2020 population of 714,918 is the sixth most populous city in the NCR and the eleventh most populated city in the Philippines.

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Historical Significance

The Northern Manila District is steeped in history, with notable landmarks that tell the stories of Manila’s past. A key historical site is the famous La Loma Cemetery, one of the oldest cemeteries in Manila, which dates back to the Spanish colonial era. It provides a glimpse into the architectural styles and the socio-cultural landscapes of the time.

Cultural Hotspots

Culture thrives in the numerous communities within the district. One can explore the streets of Caloocan or visit Malabon City for a taste of local cuisine and to participate in vibrant local festivals. These areas are also known for their unique culinary offerings, particularly seafood and traditional Filipino dishes that are best explored through local eateries.

Economic and Social Aspects

The Northern Manila District plays a crucial role in the economy of the greater Manila area. It hosts a blend of industrial establishments and commercial centers that drive the local economy. Moreover, suburban residential communities continue to grow due to the district’s strategic location and accessibility.

The district is also a melting pot of various socio-economic classes, contributing to a dynamic social structure that influences everything from local politics to community events.

Challenges and Opportunities

Like many urban areas, the Northern Manila District faces challenges such as traffic congestion, urban sprawl, and socio-economic disparities. However, these challenges also present opportunities for development and improvement in infrastructure, community programs, and environmental sustainability initiatives, which are critical for the future growth of the district.


The Northern Manila District is a complex, lively area full of opportunities for cultural immersion, historical exploration, and socio-economic activities. It embodies the contrasts and potentials of urban life in Manila, making it a crucial area for both its heritage and its role in shaping the future of the city. As such, it continues to be a focal point for understanding the broader narratives of Manila’s development and cultural evolution.

When traveling you may need to purchase a few items before you come like a new camera or laptop. It is always a good Idea to be prepared. Also read my blog on What Should You Buy Before Travelling? – Philippine Tourism and Statistics (


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