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    Nueva Ecija: San Jose Cathedral and the "Jinxed" Barangay

    San Jose, the so called onion capital, before the city was re-named by the Spaniards, was known as Kabaritan, named for the plant commonly seen in the area (much like the town of Cuyapo was named after the kiapo plant, same with Quiapo)

    Photos of San Jose City, Nueva Ecija:

    san jose nueva ecijathe welcome arch

    San Jose CathedralFacade of San Jose Cathedral (St. Josephs Cathedral)

    the cathedral apse/dome taken in front of Jollibee where Tutubi had breakfast (note the difference in color from pictures taken inside the car)

    Signspotting mode:

    A barangay (village) with a funny name that means jinxed or unlucky in Filipino if you pronounce it differently
    Rufina Homes is located in a jinxed barangay...joking!

    San Jose Tourism sites cites the Tanduyong festival held every 4th Sunday of April coinciding with the annual fiesta to celebrate this. Tanduyong is a variety of onion grown in the area. Another interesting place is Palasapas Falls said to be a popular picnic venue.

    Pupils of this elementary school seem to always see each other often thus the name :P

    Note: Photos taken in a moving car through a tinted window that's why some are slightly blurred,with color disparities and sometimes glass reflections. Some pictures cropped and added slight color adjustments but no major alteration.

    How to Get to San Jose City, Nueva Ecija:

    Driving Directions: On NLEX, take Sta. Rita Exit then just follow the route that will lead to Pulilan, Plaridel, Baliuag, San Ildefonso, and San Miguel, Gapan, San Leonardo, Sta. Rosa, Cabanatuan City, Talavera, Muñoz then San Jose.

    Those with motorcycles or want to avoid toll fees on NLEX can opt to go via MacArthur Highway passing through Caloocan, Valenzuela, Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto (Tabang), Plaridel, Pulilan, Baliuag, San Rafael, San Ildefonso, San Miguel , Gapan, San Leonardo, Sta. Rosa, Cabanatuan City, Talavera, Muñoz then finally San Jose City.

    Commute: Bus service to San Jose, Nueva Ecija is can be found on EDSA, Cubao Quezon City e.g. Baliwag Transit, Five Star Transit et al with signboards. Buses going to Banaue also pass by the city.

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    posted by GingGoy @ 8:06 PM,


    At Aug 3, 2008, 11:16:00 AM, Blogger Nanaybelen said...

    nice churches. spanish look talaga

    At Aug 3, 2008, 11:39:00 AM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    nanay belen, spanish looking but it looks recent and not old, probably a reconstruction.

    At Aug 3, 2008, 8:39:00 PM, Blogger Kyels said...

    How are you supposed to pronounce the name properly?


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    At Aug 5, 2008, 3:45:00 PM, Blogger x said...

    oh nice cathedral. i like the architechture.

    At Aug 5, 2008, 6:18:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    kyels, i don't know how to describe but you need to say it slowly to have the funny meaning.

    stella, you didn't give your email address, how can i email you?

    acey, nice indeed. didn't get to see the interiors though

    At Aug 6, 2008, 1:35:00 AM, Blogger escape said...

    hahaha... nice one. malasin=jinxed.

    At Aug 6, 2008, 5:03:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    The architecture of the church is very impressive. I should visit there when I go home.

    At Aug 6, 2008, 11:17:00 AM, Blogger pamatayhomesick said...

    may bago na naman akong papasyalan sa blog!

    At Aug 6, 2008, 2:23:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    your right. san jose cathedral is newly renovated. the kita-kita church also in san jose is much older although it is closed to the public during weekdays.

    my province really has some funny sounding barangay names like Barangay Canaan in Rizal, Barangay Balooga in Talavera and Barangay Palagay here in Cabanatuan.

    At Aug 6, 2008, 9:33:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    the dong, jinxed? :P

    photo cache, just near your home province, eh?

    everlito, welcome to my humble blog

    lawstude, I should've checked out that Kita-kita church. there's also Barangay Bading in Butuan :P

    At Aug 7, 2008, 1:40:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    interesting architecture. as to the school, good it was not named kitakits (lol)

    At Aug 7, 2008, 7:30:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Kita kita and malasin? Haha.

    /me likes the church. hehe

    At Nov 3, 2008, 3:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    willie of san jose city - i miss you.... very much!

    At Apr 17, 2009, 10:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    hello I am Sunny of Hong kong,and San jose city is my Hometown.I just want to correct how you translate the word "MALASIN" as you are reffering to one of the barangays.There are two meanings of this word,unfortunately youre using the wrong one.MALASIN means'to have a glance' or 'to look at it.(the next barangay to malasin is KITA-KITA)which means "I SAW YOU".NEXT TO KITA-KITA IS MY BARANGAY TAYABO which means "a POT"or "JAR"-thanks

    At Apr 18, 2009, 12:23:00 PM, Blogger GingGoy said...

    anonymous, hehe i know of the other meaning but it's very easy to use the unlucky one :P

    At Aug 25, 2009, 3:05:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    can anyone point me to cheap inn or lodge somewhere in San Jose, Nueva Ecija? I mean really cheap dives. I'm trying to travel with just the bare necessities: a camera, a few clothes and a couple of bucks, a'la chris mcCandless..

    At Dec 27, 2009, 5:02:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    nice place I found my true love in Sta. Rosa Sibut San jose City< Nueva Ecija his name is Romulo Africa

    At May 5, 2010, 8:54:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    gusto kong makapunta ng san jose sa pic plang kasi parang ang gnda na po ng place pero d ko alam pano mgpunta dun kung san pdeng magstay for a week...

    At Oct 12, 2011, 4:06:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    MALASIN --- to take a glance
    KITA-Kita --- I see you

    other barangays in San Jose with unique names include:

    TAYABO --- a pot
    PINILI --- chosen
    SIBUT --- a kind of Herb
    ABAR --- an egyptian royal name
    PORAIS --- named by the early inhabitants of the place who came from PURA, Tarlac.

    At Oct 12, 2011, 4:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The old cathedral structure at the downtown withstood the second world war, but off course it has to be renovated. Watch the movie "Tinimbang ka ngunit kulang" and you'll see some of San Jose's original edifices, including the old cathedral. The church located in Kita-kita is a parish church, while San Jose Cathedral is the central catholic church of the Diocese of San Jose (2nd district), Nueva Ecija.

    At Jul 6, 2012, 12:59:00 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

    "Malasin" is also a deeper Filipino word synonym to "tignan" or "saksihan" (e.g. Malasin mo giliw ang saksi ng aking pagmamahal... a line from a tagalog folk song).

    Also, there's also a possibility that since there are Ilocanos in the area, the word "Malasin" could probably be an ilocano word which means "halata"...


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