This Feasibility Study was made possible by the guidance, supervision, cooperation and participation of the following: * To the Almighty God who always look up and secure the safety of the preparers in doing this project. * To our parents who always guide and give words of wisdom to inspire us in doing our best in preparing the Feasibility Study as well as giving their both financial and emotional support. * To our beloved intelligent Adviser, Ma’am Rui Oasay, who has greatly shared her knowledge to us with patience
and diligence in helping us meet the necessary works for the completion of our Feasibility Study. * To the Preparers, they who have given lot of efforts and consumed so much time to make the completion of the feasibility study are possible and successful within the given time.
Together, we sincerely acknowledge and give thanks the person/s mentioned above who have brought the success of doing this Feasibility Study. We are very grateful for this wonderful accomplishment.
This feasibility study aims to reawaken the minds of people in the culture of Buddhism and its relationship with the Philippines and other countries. It gives us the opportunity to educate ourselves more on another religion outside. The unique cultural resources of the Buddhist temple will serve as a basis for the cultural supply required by the local community as well as contributing to increase its tourism attractiveness.
Historically, Buddhism started in India and spread all the way through East Asia. The tradition goes as follows, “Siddhartha Gautama best known as the Buddha (“enlightened one”), was born the son of a chief of one of the tribes in the Himalayan foothills. After the fall of the Han Dynasty the empire was divided into territories north, southeast and southwest which became known as the Age of Division. During this division non Chinese were settling into the north China. North China was ruled by one or more non Chinese dynasties. This was the time where families judged themselves and others by their ancestors. Many families wanted to maintain the high culture in which many did extremely well in writing poetry and having sharp conversation.
They believe that Buddhists who continually engage in self-centered activities will be continually reborn into transmigration by karma. Chinese Buddhists have very detailed and precise beliefs in regards to the dying process and death itself. The most important thing at the time of transcendence or rebirth is one’s state of mind. The mind should be free from all worldly thoughts. Any family or friends should keep from any expression of grief, so not disturb the peace of mind of the person who is dying. When death is
eminent, the dying person should stay in a comfortable and peaceful place, while a professional or older family member chants Amitabha.
Buddhism made inroads into Philippines when the Srivijaya Empire in Malaysia gained prominence. This was the period in between 7th century to 13th century. Later, on the arrival of the Chinese and Indian merchants between the 14th – 20th centuries brought in the Buddhist knowledge as well as Buddhist iconography. Buddhist statues and artifacts’ from this era is a proof to the influence that Buddhism had amongst the people in Philippines.
Today, the Buddhist community in Philippines is relatively small, with Buddhist forming only 2% of the total population. However, despite this, Philippines still is the 20th largest country in the world as far as Buddhist population goes.
MISSION AND VISION STATEMENT
Tourist will gain eye-opening experience and knowledge of the temple and development of Buddhism in china, here in the Phil. Asia as a whole, and beyond. Enjoy a personal connection with the temple, inspired, building a strong foundation for the future. Develop as a great place.
To be a credible and respected organization, speaking out courageously for the protection of the environment. To be a world-class organization in which people are proud to work our values. Openness to learning: In all of our activities we are open to new insights and greater understanding of ways to improve our organization and ourselves. Service to stakeholders: We are committed to providing an excellent service to our stakeholders, which is courteous, helpful and timely in dealing with queries and requests.
To create an environment conducive and helpful to both our employees and customers, thereby encouraging our employees to work at their maximum capacity in being of service to our customers and also to protect and improve the natural environment for present and future generations. Enhancing temple’s organizational culture and structure.
Conserve architectural styles of the temple.
Revitalize the traditional arts, handicrafts, music, dress, and other traditional Lifestyles of Buddhist. Educating the society so they can utilize the benefits, services of the temple. Improving the quality of work life and job satisfaction for employees. Promoting diversity to protect individuals from discriminations and harassment.
DESCRIPTION OF THE AREA
I. Geographic Location
Hwa Chong Temple is located inside the Hwa Chong Compound, which is situated in Narra Street, Northern Polytech, University of the East subdivision, Potrero, Malabon City.
MalabonCity is a coastal town situated in the northern part of Metro Manila. It is surrounded on the north and northeast by Valenzuela City, on the west and southwest by the municipality of Navotas and on the east and southeast by Caloocan City.
II. Land Area
Malabon has a total land area of 19.714 square kilometers.
Its climate split between a tropical wet and dry climate and a tropical monsoon climate. Humidity levels are usually very high which makes it feel much warmer. It has a distinct, albeit relatively short dry season from January through April, and a relatively lengthy wet season from May through December. IV. Demography and Economy
The vast expanse of water provided Malabon with the largesse that fed its people and was a thriving town long before the Spanish regime. The Malabon-Navotas coast is a vital port and fish trading center where the fish haul from the abundant fishing areas of Palawan and the Calamianes islands are brought. Commercial fishing and fish trading is the backbone of its economy that supported ancillary industries such as ship building and repair, ship chandler services, trading of fishing equipment supplies, fish net weaving, fish processing. Other economic activities include metal and wood working, soap making and food processing.
The industrious people of Malabon derived their sustenance not only from the sea but from the land as well. Thick bamboo groves that used to grow abundantly around the town was a rich source of edible bamboo shoots, or “labong” that is why people referred to the place as “maraming labong” or “malabong” for short, which means “plenty of bamboo shoots.” From this term, was derived the name of Malabon.
V. Historical and Cultural Background
Malabon is known in the olden days as Tambobong, the coastal city of Malabon is located on the northern part of Metro Manila and is one of the cities that form its outer ring. It is bounded on the west and southwest by Navotas City; on the southeast by Caloocan City; and, on the north and northeast by Valenzuela City.
While it is situated in the far fringes of Metro Manila’s urban sprawl, Malabon does not lag behind in historical significance. This coastal settlement was founded as a “visita” of Tondo more than four centuries ago by the Augustinian friars. Later, it became an important literary center that was instrumental in propagating the flame of nationalism and in keeping alive the aspirations for independence in the hearts of every Filipino. It is said that during the Philippine Revolution and the Philippine-American War, the revolutionary government first printed the “La Independencia” from an orphanage in Malabon as clearly indicated on the newspaper’s masthead.
The former name originated from the numerous tambo trees growing in the area. While the name that endured describes the abundant tender and edible shoots of the bamboo: “labong”, which was one of the original ingredients of Malabon’s signature dish: the Pancit “Malabon”. In the Spanish Era, the riverside town became the convenient vacation spot for the friars and government officials of the Intramuros. They were known to call the place Malabon. It was “mala” because of the mud that dirtied and ruined their expensive leather shoes and exquisite, long robes imported from Europe; and it was “bon/buen” for its restorative, fresh air and excellent cuisine.
Historians listed various years for the town’s foundation; being 1571, 1600, 1607 and 1670. Records show that March 21, 1599, Tambobong came under the administration of the Augustinian Friars as a bisita or parish along with the town of Navotas. However, after 260 years and within several years span, the twin towns were separated and rejoined and later rendered autonomous for posterity.
During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries, Tambobong benefited from its robust economic activities due to its proximity to the Walled City of Intramuros and the Galleon Trade in the Manila Bay Area.
In 1768, “Casa Regal de Tambobong”, a tribunal building was established indicating the town’s voice in legal and political affairs of the times. Tambobong’s further industrialization was manifested by the 1851 establishment in Hulo of a huge tobacco factory called “La Princesa” owned by the King of Spain.
1888 was highlighted by the first Trambia de Bapor that plied Malabon’s River system which was an efficient entry to the Northern provinces.
After the American Revolution of 1896-1898, Twentieth Century Malabon became a town of the Rizal Province through the Philippine Commission Act No. 137. It was reunited with the town of Navotas through Philippine Commission Act No. 942. Six years later, in January 6, 1906, Malabon and Navotas were reestablished as two distinct towns.
I. Historical and Man Made Attractions
Balsa sa Niugan
Started in July 1998, Balsa sa Niugan is owned by Mr. Santy Geronimo, a native from Niugan, balsa has 350 seating capacity, a native inspired place with 43 workers. It has a total land area of 5,000 sq. meters, in both land and water. Located at the heart of Malabon, Balsa was originally a fishpond converted into a floating restaurant and a fishing garden. Its natural landscape, fishing and open dining facilities make it a pleasurable place for guests to dine. San Bartolome Church
It is a known fact that the history of the Philippines is relevant to the growth of Christianity. Without exemption, this was the experience of the historical path of San Bartolome Church. Tambobong, the original name of Malabon was founded as a visita of Tondo on May 21, 1599 and continued as such until 1611. The term visita refers to a town or barrio not erected yet as an independent town or parish.
In 1614, it was made as an independent parish and on the 17th of May 1614, Fr. Luis Gutierrez, OSA, became the first parish priest.
From 1614 up to 2003 a total of 101 priests served the church. Angel C. Cacnio’s Art Gallery
It is the depository of paintings and sculptures done by the noted members of the Sining Tambobong Foundation. Contemporary and Modern Malabon painters and sculptors are members of this Foundation. Their works are displayed in both national and international art exhibitions. Epifanio Cristobal Delos Santos Monument
Generally regarded as the foremost scholar, Epifanio de los Santos, a Malabon native, reaffirms what the Filipino can accomplish with his native genius & ability coupled with proper background & incentive. With the possible exception of Rizal, Epifanio de los Santos went one step further than most of the brilliant minds who preceded him because of his versatility. Chung-Gu Korea Friendship Park
This park is dedicated to give life and meaning to the city’s desire to establish the real foundation for a lasting world peace through the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations with our neighboring countries. It was constructed with the hope of further strengthening the friendship ties between the people of Malabon City, Philippines and the people of Chung-Gu District, Taejon City, Korea. Malabon Zoo and Aquarium
A well kept and unique conservatory of both endemic and exotic animals, including a large variety of unusual fishes stashed inside a one-hectare tropical rainforest environment. An amusing destination for the old and the young, it indulges its visitors with the distinct privilege to pet wild animals that normally avoid human contact. The zoo is likewise an accommodating classroom for nature lovers because it educates people on environmental preservation of forests and wildlife. Residence of Luis Santos Jr.
Depository of revolutionary documents and Spanish artifacts. Malabon’s contribution to the nation’s history for independence are reflected from the display of various revolutionary materials used by the revolutionary soldiers of Malabon.
II. Festivals and Events
Malabon’s Foundation Day & Cityhood Anniversary
15 April to 21 May 2012
– A Grand celebration of Malabon’s Foundation & 11th Cityhood Anniversary. Different activities were lined-up for the celebration including the Takbo para sa Kalikasan, Kulinarya Festival, Photo & Art Exhibit, and the Mutya ng Malabon. Pagoda (Fluvial Parade) and Caracol (8th and 9th of December)
This yearly religious celebration is in honor of the patroness of Malabon – Our Lady of Immaculate Conception. The Grand Pagoda of fluvial parade is done at night along Malabon-Navotas River as a gesture of thanksgiving of fishermen for the bountiful fishing. The Caracol (streetdancing) has the same objective, it is done in the afternoon before the Pagoda and is being
sponsored by the city. Luglugan Pancit Malabon Festival (10th of December)
Considered as one of its kind culinary festival in Metro Manila. Highlight of the event other than streetdancing, and marching band exhibition is the presentation of the Giant Bilaos of Pancit Malabon.
III. Products, Delicacies and Cuisines
Ube kutchinta, biko, kalamay de mais, putong puti, pichi-pichi, sapin-sapin, turones de casoy, yema and pastilles are some of the famous delicacies of Dolor’s Kakanin. For many years, they remained as the #1 maker of these foods due to their unique style & tastes. Rufina Patis
Mrs. Rufina Lucas was making “bagoong” when she discovered the golden taste of the “juice” of the bagoong. She thought of selling it to her friends and neighbors until it became a big business and an industry. After 100 years, Rufina Patis is famous in the Asia-Pacific Region, the U.S., and in other places where there are Filipinos who are looking for the taste of patis or fish sauce. Pancit Malabon
The real Pancit Malabon was made up of fat “bihon” or rice noodles and boiled in a meat or chicken broth. The preparation has toppings of cabbage and sprinkled with smoked fish. The three smart housewives and turned entrepreneur.: Impong Panyang, Aling Rosy and Aling Pluming started the preparation with their own respective styles and hence, contributed in making Malabon as the famous originator of this food.
I. Destination Development
Hwa Chong Temple of Buddha is well-known in Malabon and is often being frequented by the Filipino-Chinese as a place for Buddhist worship and
offering. This feasibility exhibits some planning processes to develop it as a tourist destination.
This temple is a place of interest for those tourists or local residents who want to see cultural value, historical significance, built beauty and amusement opportunities. At the ground floor of Hwa Chong Temple they do devotional meditation practices such as radiating loving-kindness to all living beings. An elevated statue of Buddha, surrounded by offerings of incense, candles, and flowers, rests at the center. We add carpet that will decorate the floor. It also has museum that showcasing statue of Buddha may made of a variety of materials such as marble, gold, wood; sacred objects and relics. It also includes images, pictures or photographs of Buddhist monks and masters which is located at the second floor. At the last floor of the temple we set up a souvenir shop where tourists can buy different Chinese treasures. For the sustainability of the temple we hire engineers to evaluate the stability of the building.
This feasibility aims to reawaken the minds of people in the culture of Buddhism and its relationship with the Philippines and other countries, create appropriate employment, maintain natural environment, and deliver a quality visitor experience. The unique cultural resources of the Buddhist temple will serve as a basis for the cultural supply required by the local community as well as contributing to increase its tourism attractiveness. II. Layout Plan
III. Vicinity Map
It is located at Northern Polytech, U.E Subdivision, Potrero, Malabon City. This temple is well-known in Malabon and is often being frequented by the Filipino-Chinese as a place for Buddhist worship and offering.
I. Organizational Chart
1st Floor of the Temple
This temple is often being frequented by the Filipino-Chinese as a place for Buddhist worship and offering.
2nd Floor of the Temple
Dedicated to a collection of Buddha statues and their replicas.
The wall of the temple was adorned with statues from the Chinese Buddhist canon. You can “adopt” one of these figures to place on the wall by making a donation. Each comes with a numbered label, at this point there had to be hundreds of them on the wall.
The different kinds of Statues that you can see in our temple.
Amitabha means boundless light and boundless happiness. Amitabha is one of the most ancient dhayani buddhas.
Shakyamuni Buddha Statue brings peace and
enlightenment in your body and mind.
Medicine Buddha is also known as Healing Buddha. He is said to dispense spiritual medicine when properly worshipped. It is even believed that an efficacious cure may be accomplished by merely touching the image.
“God of Divine Wisdom”, whose worship confers mastery of the Dharma. He was a Chinese saint. People believe that the worship of Manjushree can confer upon them wisdom,
memory and intelligence.
3rd Floor of the temple
The Chinese Treasures
The Eminent Sangha Museum
Burning the Incense, it is one of the ways to pray.
Lighting the Joss Stick
Exploring the temple’s New Year Bazaar, a grand festival that offers traditional snacks and foods, flower arrangements, Chinese calligraphy demonstrations, exciting raffles. We also promote the health benefits of the vegetarianism by giving our visitor the opportunity to enjoy the vegetarian cuisine.