We came across this rather strange looking castle while we were on our way to see if the LVN Studio Museum was still operating, so we had to stop and investigate. Apparently the castle was a school of baking and confectionery arts and charged a hefty 3,000 pesos for a day's course, with several summer classes offered on every Saturday. Inside the castle there was a store offering all kinds of tasty delights at affordable prices. Unfortunately we were in a hurry and did not have time to buy anything, but should you be in the area, i suggest you make the effort to visit this place. After all, how often do you come across a modern day castle in the heart of the city.
The castle is located at 45 Tauzon Boulevard in Cubao, Quezon City, just 10 minutes walk from the Cubao MRT Station.
We were just returning to EDSA in Cubao after visiting a couple of other attractions and we came across this temple, the gates were open so we had a quick look inside. It seems that a charity organisation is involved with this Buddhist Temple and they helped out considerably when typhoon Yolanda ripped through the Philippines a few months ago. There were a few monks around who were busy conducting their daily chores, as well as a few destitute locals who probably came for some type of help. The surroundings of the temple were extremely clean and the gardens has been well landscaped and were well looked after.
There was a teacher at the temple, Bikshuni Shi Heng Ji, who was also spiritual director. The temple followed the Mahayana Tradition .
We came across this Chinese Temple while wandering along Tauzon Boulevard, and turned left into Benitez Street in Cubao, Quezon City, but we were unable to get in as the two gates were locked and the only sign was in Chinese. I think it might be a private temple or even open at a certain time on a particular day of the week. Unfortunately i have been unable to find any information about this.
We read on the internet that LVN Studios had closed down in 2005 but there were references to a LVN Studio Museum with an entrance fee of 30 pesos and for this you could wander around the old studios and see some of the props etc. Unfortunately e only evidence remaining were the initials on the gate and a small fountain could be seen in the compound, but there was a large apartment block occupying part of the area where the studios used to be.
LVN was the biggest film making company in the Philippines, similar to MGM in the USA, and all the famous stars were under contract with LVN. LVN (De Leon, Villonco, Navoa families) was established in 1938 and produced many movies in the next 30 years. In '61 they stopped production of movies and concentrated on post production.
Anyway if you want to see the gate you will find it in Benitez Street near the intersection with Tauzon Street in Cubao!!