City of Navotas
Lungsod ng Navotas
—  Highly Urbanized City  —

Nickname(s): Fish Trading Capital of the Philippines
Motto: Integrity, Responsive, Self-sufficiency
Map of Metro Manila showing the location of Navotas.
Country Philippines
Region National Capital Region
Districts Lone District of Navotas City
Barangays 14
Established December 20,1827
Cityhood June 24,2007
 - Mayor John Reynald M. Tiangco (PMP)
 - Vice Mayor Patrick Joseph A. Javier (LP)
 - Sangguniang Panlungsod
 - Total 10.77 km2 (4.2 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 - Total 245, 344
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 1411, 1412, 1413, 1409, 1485, 1489, 1490
Area code(s) 2

The City of Navotas (Filipino: Lungsod ng Navotas) is a 1st class city in Metro Manila, Philippines. The city occupies a narrow strip of land along the eastern shores of Manila Bay. Navotas is directly north of Manila, west of Malabon City, and south of Obando, Bulacan.

Dubbed as the "Fish Trading Capital of the Philippines", Navotas is considered to be a very important fishing community with 70% of its population deriving their livelihood directly or indirectly from fishing and its related industries like fish trading, fish net mending, and fish producing having marginal percentage of inter-Island fish producers. Navotas occupies a portion of the Metropolitan Manila bound in the west with shoreline of Manila Bay, which is a strategic coastal front and suitable for all kinds of vessels.

Navotas is part of the informal subregion of Metro Manila called CAMANAVA. This subregion, aside from Navotas, includes the cities of Caloocan, Malabon, and Valenzuela. Navotas is perceived to be prone to flood especially during the rainy season and during high tide, but the national and local government are trying to alleviate the problem. Pollution and overpopulation are other problems that the government is trying to solve. Navotas is famous for fish sauce and shrimp paste (patis and bagoong in Tagalog respectively).

Navotas celebrates its foundation day every January 16 and it became a city after a plebiscite was held on June 24, 2007.[1]



The entire region of Navotas was once part of Malabon. According to one legend, the long and narrow delta extended unbroken from north to south along the seashore. The strip of land between the former district of Tondo, Manila and this town was eaten away by the sea until an opening was made. Water began to flow through the opening. The geographical change prompted the people to refer to the place as "butas", "nayon ng butas",or "nabutas",a Tagalog word that means breached or pierced through. What began as a natural channel developed into a regular waterway, now known as the Navotas River. In later years, the place came to be known as "Nabotas", then "Navotas".

It as also known as hacienda de Navotas, it was once owned by the Dominican friars until it was sold to the Pascual family during the early days of the American regime and developed into a residential estate.

San Jose de Navotas was the name given to the locality after its patron saint, Saint Joseph. On June 11, 1859, a "Superior Decreto" established a new parish and municipality under the supervision of Friar Matias Navoa. The populace was divided into two distinct groups, the naturales (locals) and the mestizos. Mariano Estrellas was the gobernadorcillo (petty governor) of the naturales and Mariano Israel, of the mestizos. Today, because records are incomplete, recognition is only given to the gobernadorcillos for the mestizos. A school in honor of San Jose was built and known as "San Jose Academy."

In 1904, the town was again merged with Malabon. Bernardo Dagala, a native of Navotas, was elected municipal president.

Historical timeline

  • December 20, 1827 – The movement for separation of Navotas which was then a part of Malabon (Tambobong).
  • February 16, 1859 – The date when the barrios of San Jose, Navotas and Bangculasi were separated from Malabon.
  • 1859 – Cavada, the year when Navotas became an independent town.
  • August 6, 1898 – Navotas joined the revolutionary government of General Emilio Aguinaldo.
  • June 11, 1901 – Navotas was eventually incorporated into the newly created province of Rizal enacted Act. No. 137.
  • January 16, 1906 – Navotas finally became an independent municipality with the enactment of Act. No. 1442 which separated it from Malabon.
  • January 16, 2006 - Navotas celebrated it's centennial
  • June 24, 2007 – Navotas became a city after a plebiscite was conducted.


Past Mayors

Mayor Year of Service
John Rey M. Tiangco 2010 - Present
Tobias Reynald M. Tiangco 2007 - 2010
Tobias Reynald M. Tiangco 2001 - 2007
Cipriano Bautista 1998 - 2001
Felipe Del Rosario Jr. 1986 - 1998
Victor B. Javier 1986
Dr. Felipe Neri Del Rosario
Roberto Monroy
Tomas Gomez
Pacifico G. Javier
Hermogenes Monroy
Angelo Angeles
Alejandro Leongson
Canuto Celestino
Arcadio Jiongco

Mission and Vision

  • Vision: "Navotas as a Marina City in a well ordered urban landscape serving as a regional fishing hub with a healthy and empowered community in a sustainable environment governed by a transparent, dedicated, responsive and financially self-sufficient local Government."
  • Mission: "To harness all resources to serve the needs of its constituency towards industrialization and urbanization through the dedicated and accountable public official and empowered citizenry."


Navotas is a coastal town in the northwest part of Metro Manila. It is a narrow strip of land with an aggregated shoreline of approximately 4.5 km. In the north, Navotas shares a common border with the town of Obando, Bulacan, along Sukol Creek. Along the eastern border runs the Binuangan River, the Daang Cawayan River, the Dampalit River, the Batasan River, the Navotas River, the Bangculasi Channel, the Malabon Channel and the Estero de Maypajo.

It is bordered on the north by Obando, Bulacan along Sukol Creek; on the south by the city of Manila; on the east by Daang Binuangan River, Bangkulasi Channel, Malabon Channel and Estero de Maypajo; and on the west by Manila Bay.


Navotas is politically subdivided into 2 districts, with a total of 14 barangays:

District 1

  • Bagumbayan North
  • Bagumbayan South
  • Bangkulasi
  • Navotas East
  • Navotas West
  • Northbay Boulevard, North
  • Northbay Boulevard, South
  • San Rafael Village
  • Sipac-Almacen

District 2

  • Daanghari
  • San Jose
  • San Roque
  • Tangos
  • Tanza

Catholic Churches

  • San Ildefonso Parish
  • San Jose de Navotas Parish
  • San Roque de Navotas Parish
  • San Lorenzo Ruiz and Companion Martyrs Parish
  • Sta. Cruz Parish


Coordinates: 14°35′0″N 121°0′0″E / 14.583333°N 121°E / 14.583333; 121

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Navotas — 1 Original name in latin Navotas Name in other language State code PH Continent/City Asia/Manila longitude 14.66667 latitude 120.95 altitude 5 Population 0 Date 2011 07 31 2 Original name in latin Navotas Name in other language Navatos, Navotos… …   Cities with a population over 1000 database

  • Navotas — ▪ Philippines       town, central Luzon, Philippines. The town lies between Manila Bay and Dagatdagatan Lagoon opposite Caloocan City, just north of Manila. It is an important fishing centre for the metropolis and accounts for a large portion of… …   Universalium

  • Navotas — Navọtas,   Stadt und größter Fischereihafen der Philippinen, nördlich von Manila in der Hauptstadtregion Metro Manila, 186 000 Einwohner …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Navotas Polytechnic College — Politeknikong Kolehiyo ng Navotas Motto Quality, Dependability, Integrity Established 1994 Type …   Wikipedia

  • Navotas local elections, 2010 — Navotas mayoral elections, 2010 2007 ← May 10, 2010 → 2013 …   Wikipedia

  • Navotas City — Infobox Settlement official name = City of NAVOTAS other name = native name = Lungsod ng Navotas nickname = Fishing Capital of the Philippines settlement type = motto = imagesize = image caption = flag size = image seal size = 100px image shield …   Wikipedia

  • Legislative district of Malabon City-Navotas City — Philippines This article is part of the series: Politics and government of the Philippines …   Wikipedia

  • Legislative district of Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela — The lone Legislative District of Malabon Navotas Valenzuela was the representation of the municipalities of Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela in the Regular Batasang Pambansa from 1984 to 1986, where it elected 2 assemblymen at large. Lone… …   Wikipedia

  • Metro Manila — This article is about the capital region of the Philippines. For the capital city, see Manila. For the former province, see Manila (province). For other uses, see Manila (disambiguation). Metropolitan Manila Kalakhang Maynila… …   Wikipedia

  • Malabon — City of Malabon Lungsod ng Malabon   City   Seal …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.