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Quezon City
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Region National Capital Region
Mayor Feliciano "Sonny" Belmonte, Jr. (Lakas-CMD)
Barangays 142
Physical characteristics
Area 166.20 km²
Total (2000) 2,173,831
Density 13,080/km²

Novaliches is the northern district of Quezon City, Philippines.



The name Novaliches probably came from the surname of a Spanish governor general, Marquis de Novaliches. The town was once part of Rizal province before being ceded to Quezon City in the 1940's. This district is among the largest in the city, having shared boundaries with the two sections of Caloocan City, Valenzuela City, San Jose del Monte City in Bulacan and Montalban, Rizal. The oldest part of the city is in the town center, aptly named Novaliches Bayan. But because of population growth the density of people gradually widened reaching up the edge of the La Mesa Reservoir (Lagro and Fairview).

In 1999, a plebiscite was held among the voters of Quezon City to determine the cityhood of Novaliches. The proposed creation of "Novaliches City" would have resulted in the secession of 15 barangays from Quezon City. At the plebiscite's end, votes that were against the separation heavily outnumbered those that were in favor.

Major establishmets

The La Mesa Dam Watershed occupies the eastern portion. The Dam supplies much of northern Metro Manila's water supply. Adjacent to the watershed is the La Mesa Eco-Park, where you can stroll and unwind at Metro Manila's only forest space. Also located in the park are convention centers, picnic areas, swimming pools, an orchidarium, and a large lagoon for boating activities. It was also the site of the rowing and dragon boat events for the SEA (South East Asian) Games. Rowing is regularly done here.

Premier malls have been built recently in this area such as SM City Fairview, Robinsons Place Novaliches, Fairview Center Mall, colleges like FEU (Far Eastern University)-NRMF, AMA Computer College Fairview Campus, National College of Business and Arts (NCBA), Montessori College; high schools like Saint Luke's School of Novaliches, Faith Christian Academy of Novaliches, Sto. Niño De Novaliches School, St. Theresa's School of Novaliches, Sacred Heart Academy of Novaliches, Our Lady of Lourdes School of Novaliches, Mater Carmeli School, Little Merry Hearts Montessori Center, Holy Child Academy, and many others.

Various SMEs (small to medium enterprises) are also booming in Novaliches, with offices and services offering health care, money transfer, software development, online trading, and many others.

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