Saturday, August 30, 2008

San Jose City and the Smiling Monkey

There are five cities in Nueva Ecija and San Jose City is the third City to be chartered. Like most of the towns in Nueva Ecija, there are rich fields of palay in the area. The City is more commercialized than Palayan City but less developed compared to Cabanatuan City. There is also nothing much to do here but just hang-around and rest or have a picnic at Tayabo Nature Park. San Jose City thou is a good stop-over for those who wish to go farther north heading to either Ifugao or Isabela.

The National Hero in front of the City Hall


Another Rice Field


A Farmer Crossing The River


The Bi-Centennial Kita-Kita Church


Kids Playing See-saw at the City Plaza


From what I have gathered from the Net, San Jose City is a 3rd class city (previously 2nd) in the province of Nueva Ecija. Of the province' five cities, it is the northernmost and closest to the Sierra Madre mountain range.

Before the Spaniards named it San Jose, the place was known as Kabaritan which is a plant commonly seen in the area. With its wide plains, agriculture is the main source of livelihood in the city. It is part of the rice granary of the Philippines. But the agricultural produce of the city also includes vegetables, fruits and onions. Every year the Tanduyong festival is held on April coinciding with the annual fiesta to celebrate bountiful harvest of onions. Tanduyong is a variety of onion grown in the area.


Charlie - The Smiling Monkey


Please see also my related posts about San Jose City here:

Tayabo Nature Park

Churches of Nueva Ecija

69 comments:

  1. The monkey is a stitch! Quite the geography lesson for me......never heard of some of the towns here.....nice shots, though.

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  2. ganda nung hagdanan na bato. plus si charlie.... makes my day. hehehe

    pwede ko magrab ang ilan sa mga pics mo? kung pwede lang.

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  3. ano itsura nung kabaritan plant?
    may kwento ba kung bakit bi-centennial kita-kita church ang tawag sa simbahn na yun?

    waahh..dami ko tanong..hehehe
    natuwa kasi ako kay charlie e=)
    para bang sinabihan ka nya ng..
    attorney, isang shot naman dyan..hehe

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  4. The smiling monkey reminds me of my son's favorite book, Curious George. It looks like Happy Charlie knows how to project for a Kodak moment.

    Di lang pang-kodak moment, pang close up smile pa :)

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  5. I LOVE the smiling monkey!
    This really made me smile.

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  6. feel na feel ni friend mag smile...

    sana ako din hahahha

    love ur blog sir...


    drop-by ka na mana sa blog ko.. link kita ha heheheh

    have a great day

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  7. Estupenda serie compaƱero, la sonrisa del mono es genial.
    Un abrazo

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  8. hahaha, charlie made my day kuya!
    mas maputi pa ata ngipn nya e. heheh.

    ingats palagi kuya. loves the pics btw=p

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  9. Beautiful city and of course Charlie's smile is really special!

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  10. simpleng simple ang city. typical city in the country pero parang ang peaceful ng lugar base sa mga kuha mo.

    yung san jose sana kabaritan na lang yung pangalan kasi ang dami na ring san jose sa pilipinas. hehehe...

    finally, astig yang charlie na yan ah! hindi mo alam kung inaantok or talagang nagpapacute lang.

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  11. LS: What a great trip around the city. There are so many familar names because the Spanish naming so many things in the USA.
    That monkey smile is precious and amazing.

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  12. kabaritan? hmmm... nice and Unique.

    and I thought only humans smile?

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  13. What a monkey!!!!! Thanks for it dude.... So many work is there for me now, to make use of this photo.... Thanks thanks....

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  14. i love the photo of the 2 kids on see-saw...a fun angle! charlie, by the way, reminds of a certain politician (hahaha).

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  15. Hi Norman! First of all many thanks for your comment on my post of 08.08.08 at 08h08 at Blogtrotter, now in Kos, Greece! It was great to read you there. Second, sorry for the long delay to come here, but August was a terribly busy month, as everybody else seems to be in vacation…
    Anyhow, I found sometime now to land here and enjoy your blog. Beautiful pictures and a fabulous monkey!!
    Wish you a great weekend!

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  16. mabuti pa si charlie, pinkish ang lips kahit hindi nakalipstik hehehe.

    bigay na bigay ang smile nya a.

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  17. Naks! Charlie is the attention getter!! Once you get to see his smile ( or wide grin), you forget the previous pictures. Charlie's smile is the only thing stuck in my mind.

    Do you have to pay him to smile and pose like that? He seemed healthy and well taken cared of. I hope he is because when ever i see chained/caged animals, it somehow saddens me.

    thanks for sharing!!!

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  18. These are great pictures. I love that monkey.

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  19. This is a great travel documentary!!!

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  20. Kakatuwa ang unggoy. Is he really known for smiling?

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  21. I'm feeling really agitated at the moment but the photo of the smiling monkey made me smile! So thank you for posting it up! Hehe!

    ;D

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  22. Happy Sunday Guys. Today I got to lot of cleaning in the house and I am all sweaty and dirty... and I am still not halfway thru.

    @ neva - these towns are around my area, its a lean season to travel so i am showing part of my area with all of you.

    Charlie indeed is a stitch.

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  23. @ redlan - yung hagdanan na bato at si charlie ay makikita sa tayabo nature park.

    sure bro, grab as much as you like. it's fine with me.

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  24. @ doc rio - sibuyas daw yun so siguro parang mahabang dahon lang. di ko pa rin nakikita eh lols.

    bicentennial yung kita-kita church kasi more than 50 years old na yun ngayun.

    kakatuwa talaga si charlie, dapat siguro magkaroon sya sarili post lols.

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  25. @ juleste - i was amazed at how charlie always smile when i put my camera on. great.

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  26. @ carletta - glad i made you smile. (or charlie)

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  27. @ ice - salamat sa pagbisita, i'll check your blog later ice. have a great day too.

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  28. @ my-so-called-quest - hey doc, how's the exam? sana di ka nadistract ni charlie lols.

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  29. @ dot - i agree, charlie is indeed special.

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  30. @ the dong - i agree, ang dami lugar na san jose. pati barangay mron noon, parang Rizal, lahat ng place meron.

    alam mo si charlie pag nakababa camera ko nakasibangot, pag kukunan sya nakangiti na.

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  31. @ fishing guy - my country was ruled first by spain before your country gave us independence so lots of spanish sounding places and names here.

    charlie is filipino thou. lols.

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  32. @ kris jasper van dyke - lols. i also though so, until i saw Charlie.

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  33. @ selerines - the photo is good as yours. do what you want with it, just be sure to acknowledge me lols.

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  34. @ luna miranda - those kids are having a good time, and so is charlie.

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  35. @ gmg - good day to you sir, thanks for always visiting and glad you also enjoyed reading my blog.

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  36. @ nanaybelen - all smile nga hehehe. kaka toothbrush siguro.

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  37. @ em - i agree, i put him last so that you could see the other pics first. lols.

    dont worry about charlie, there is a family there who takes good care of him. they chained him when he gets out of a large cage. charlie also has a family living in a nature park.

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  38. @ luke wiley - thanks, charlie is really special.

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  39. @ jules - thanks jules. i appreciate it.

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  40. @ abaniko - yup. sya lang sa mga unggoy doon ang mahilig mag smile.

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  41. @ kyels - you are welcome. glad charlie perked you up.

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  42. "alam mo si charlie pag nakababa camera ko nakasibangot, pag kukunan sya nakangiti na."

    >>> astig nga talaga yang si charlie. baka pwede sya maging artista. check mo baka may iba pa syang nagagawa.

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  43. Kakatuwa si Charlie, dapat kunin yang model ng close-up.

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  44. Aww. Charlie is sooo cute. Can I take him home?

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  45. nanonood kb ng trip na trip sa channel 2? naku e swak na swak ka dun.

    nice place ha. great captures.

    lam mo pwede na kita bigyan ng titulo..."Ang Pambansang Lakwatsero". hehe.

    keep posting! have a nice day Lawstude! ;)

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  46. Hahaha...good capture on the smiling monkey. He really smile or giggle. You must be acting funny to make him smile...lol.

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  47. Nice pictures, thanks for sharing, my granddaughter liked the monkey.

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  48. Beautiful City, photo's, & history! Love the cobblestone wall and steps! And of course the "smiling Monkey!" :)
    Another great post Lawstude!
    Enjoy the last day of August!
    Cat

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  49. That monkey has quite a mischievous smile. Hehe. Well it seems like a typical rural city, quite peaceful as I may add

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  50. @ the dong - oo nga ano. sige babalikan ko one time.

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  51. @ vinzent - tama. paging procter and gamble lols.

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  52. @ vanessa - di ko alam kung pwede pero may nakikita ko bahay na may unggoy eh so baka pwede rin.

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  53. @ iriz - uy ang ganda ng title salamat. di ako masyado nanonood sa channel 2 eh pero ang gusto pinapanood eh living asia channel.

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  54. @ alicesg - he just smiles a lot when i aim to take his photo. just really funny camera critter.

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  55. @ margaret cloud - wow, i am glad she liked Charlie. thanks for the visit.

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  56. @ catherine - thanks. august was great, cheers for a better september.

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  57. @ ferdz - thats one good way of describing the smile - mischievous. the city was indeed very rural and typical. thanks for the visit.

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  58. hindi ko alam kung natatawa ako dun sa monkey or hindi... parang nakakaloko ang ngiti! hahaha! nainggit ako sa inyo ni dong kaya nagpost na rin ako ng mga pictures

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  59. ganda ng paga-rip rap ng hagdan sa park pati yung church maganda din. at pang-close up pa yung smile ni charlie. hehe

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  60. that's a very wide shallow river in your photos!

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  61. @ ifoundme - hahaha. cute nga eh. welcome to the world of photo-travel blog. hope you post more.

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  62. @ beero - i agree, that stair and charlie is both located at tayabo nature park.

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  63. @ carlotta1924 - glad it made you laugh.

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  64. @ mediterranean kiwi - yup, the current is not that strong so the farmer is safe in crossing it.

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  65. That monkey is a HIT ! How did you manage to make him smile?

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  66. Paano mo napangiti yan? Pang-postcard yang si Charlie,Lawstude!

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  67. just a correction, sir.... San Jose City is a 2nd Class City. the hierarchy of cities according to income class is arranged in descending order Class 1 being the highest and 5th class city is the lowest in order. cabanatuan is a first class city while san jose is a 2nd class city.

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