Bulacan - Land of
When studying Philippine
History, Bulacan is one of the provinces that are usually
mentioned. Many notable heroes and patriots were born
in Bulacan. The list includes brothers Marcelo and Gregorio
del Pilar, Francisco ‘Balagtas’ Baltazar,
Maximo Viola, and Jose Corazon de Jesus. These individuals
were responsible in the formation of Philippine democracy
to what the Filipinos know now. Also, the city of Malolos
is where the first Constitution in Asia was drafted.
But Bulacan is not
only famous for its historical value. The province has
grown to become one of the lead suppliers of water and
energy for Metro Manila and nearby provinces, thanks
to the Angat, Bustos and Ipo Dam. Also, several commercial
resorts have been built in Bulacan, making it another
popular destination during summer.
1. Population - 2,826,926
(as of 2007 Census)
2. Land Area -2,265 sq. km
3. Capital - Malolos City
4. Language/Dialect - Tagalog, Kapampangan, English,
- Malolos City
- Meycauayan City
- San Jose Del Monte City
- Balagtas (Bigaa)
- Bulacan or Bulakan
- Doņa Remedios Trinidad
- San Ildefonso
- San Miguel
- San Rafael
- Santa Maria
Famous For ...
Congress at Barasoain Church
After the Declaration of Independence at Kawit, Cavite,
the Malolos Congress, established at the Barasoain Church,
drafted the first constitution of the Philippines. This
served as the next big step that the Filipino freedom
fighters took towards achieving liberty and sovereignty.
The municipality of Obando is famed for its fertility
dance festival. Here, couples who have not yet been
blessed to have a child dance on the street, believing
that their fertility will be increased. Other dance
here in the hope of finding their one true love.
The signing of the Pact of Biak-na-Bato in San Miguel
in 1897 between the Filipinos and the Spaniards happened
Places of Interest
Location: Barasoain Church, Brgy. San Gabriel, Malolos
The museum, managed by the National Historical Institute,
houses religious artifacts from the Spanish era. These
artifacts came from all over the province.
Bulakan / Bulacan Museum
Location: Provincial Capitol Compound, Malolos City,
It houses a collection of valuable relics and mementos,
articles, documents and handicrafts of the Philippine
Location: Brgy. San Agustin, Malolos City, Bulacan
A printing press during the Malolos Republic, the Casa
Real was restored in 1852 and converted into a municipal
library. It is now a museum under the management of
the National Historical Institute and serves as the
final repository of still existing memorabilia.
Location: Brgy. San Gabriel, Malolos City, Bulacan
This was the site of the Constitutional Convention of
the first Philippine Republic, making the Philippines
the very first Asian Government to promulgate a Constitution.
H. Del Pilar Shrine
Location: Bulacan, Bulacan
The shrine is in honor of the great propagandist and
editor of revolutionary paper La Solidaridad. It houses
several memorablia and photos of one of the great sons
Shrine and National Park
Location: San Miguel, Bulacan
This huge split boulder served as the hideout of revolutionary
forces during the Philippine-Spanish Revolution. The
shrine commemorates the Pact of Biak-na-Bato led to
the end of the Philippine-Spanish Revolution and the
exile of President General Emilio Aguinaldo to Hong
Location: Calumpit, Bulacan
The bridge serves as a silent storyteller of the long
battle between the American forces and the Filipino
revolutionary forces led by General Gregorio del Pilar.
de Guiguinto (Guiguinto Train Station)
Location: Guiguinto, Bulacan
An inspiration of Severino Reyes to author the novel
“Opera Walang Sugat”, the train station
was the site of a gruesome massacre conducted by the
Katipuneros. These freedom fighters ambushed a train
from Dagupan, Pangasinan, killing six friars, a parish
priest of Guiguinto and a Spanish doctor.
Location: Brgy. Agnaya, Plaridel, Bulacan
The marker commemorates the historic Battle of Quingua
(Plaridel at present) where the Filipinos triumphed
over the American forces. It also commemorates the death
of Col. John Stotsenberg, a prominent figure of the
de Sili Shrine
Location: Pandi, Bulacan
The shrine was built in memory of the more than 3,000
Katipuneros who died here in the hands of Spanish soldiers.
Location: Brgy. Minuyan, Norzagaray, Bulacan
The cave saw the three chapters of the Philippines’
quest for freedom and sovereignty. The Katipuneros used
this as a camp during the war against Spain, a hideout
for General Aguinaldo during the Philippine-American
War, and a garrison of the Japanese Imperial Army during
Location: Barrio Hilltop, Angat, Bulacan
This is the biggest dam in the country. It supplies
water and energy for Metro Manila and nearby provinces.
Location: Bustos, Bulacan
One of the longest “sector gates” in the
world, this huge reservoir of the Angat Hydroelectric
plant serves as the source of electric power in the
province and Metro Manila.
Location: Matictic, Norzagaray, Bulacan
According to legend, the depressions found here are
the footprint of mythical character Bernardo Carpio
and his pets. The area is surrounded by lush greenery.
Haven and Resort
Location: Brgy. San Francisco, Pulilan, Bulacan
This butterfly haven houses a collection of different
species of orchids and butterflies. It also has a garden,
antique museum, and swimming pools
Location: San Miguel, Bulacan
This part of Biak-na-Bato serves as the home of myriads
of fruit bats. At night, these creatures nearly darken
the sky as they go out of the cave to look for food.
Location: Brgy. Santa Cruz, Guiguinto, Bulacan
Found just outside the Tabang Exit, it exemplifies the
Guiguinteños ingenuity on gardening, landscaping,
Location: Norzagaray, Bulacan
It is used as a reservoir for the La Mesa Dam which
distributes water to Metro Manila residents. The dam
is surrounded by lush green forest which makes it ideal
for nature appreciation and other ecological activities.
Location: Baliuag, Bulacan
This Baroque style church was constructed from 1769
to 1774. Dramatic tension is created by the interplay
of volumes and openings.
Location: Calumpit, Bulacan
This is where the first Catholic Mass was held by the
Augustinian friars in 1572.
the Baptist Church
Location: Calumpit, Bulacan
Built in 1572, the St. John the Baptist Church is the
oldest church in Bulacan. Inside the church is a tunnel
that, according to history, was used by priests during
the Spanish regime to keep gold, religious statues,
and ornate jewelry hidden from the sight of treasure
Shrine of Saint Anne
Location: Hagonoy, Bulacan
Originally a chapel under the parish of Calumpit, it
became a church in 1731. It is the only church in the
Philippines where the relics of Saints Anne and Joaquim,
parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, are adored.
Minore de Immaculada Concepcion
Location: Malolos City, Bulacan
It is the tenth Basilica in the Philippines and serves
as the seat of the Diocese of Malolos.
Location: Brgy. Pag-asa, Obando, Bulacan
The church is the site of the Fertility Dance Festival
in honor of San Pascual Baylon, Sta. Clara de Asis and
La Concepcion de Nuestra, popularly known as Virgen
Our Lady of Lourdes
Location: Graceville, San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan
A replica of the Lourdes Grotto in France, the site
is a popular destination of Catholics during the Lenten
Season. It has a mock hill Calvary where life-sized
statues depict the passion and death of Jesus Christ.
Location: Angat, Bulacan
Estimated to be 400 years old, it displays a baroque
architecture with its interior similar to the famous
Place: Bulacan Province
Date: September 8 – 15
Singkaban is abbreviation for Sining at Kalinangan ng
Bulacan. This festival is in honor of the Malolos City’s
patron saint, Our Lady of Victory. It is also held in
conjunction with the Linggo ng Bulacan (Bulacan week).
Highlights of this festival include the traditional
Balagtasan (poetic debate), Kundiman, (folk songs on
love), folk dances, and other cultural presentation.
Wawa / Pagoda Festival
Place: Bocaue, Bulacan
Date: First Sunday of July
This fluvial parade is in honor of the Krus sa Wawa
(Cross of Wawa) found at the Bocaue River. This cross
is believed to have saved an old woman from drowning.
The highlight of the festival is the procession of the
cross via pagoda at the Bocaue River.
Place: Obando, Bulacan
Date: May 17-19
Devotees flock the streets of Obando and dances their
way to finding a lover or bearing a child. Farmers also
join in the dancing as a way of thanking the Virgin
de Salambao for a bountiful harvest.
Place: Pulilan, Bulacan
Date: May 15
The festival is in honor of the Pulilan’s patron
saint, San Isidro Labrador. During this event, working
animals, usually carabaos, decorated with garlands,
parade the street towards the church. Here, these animals
are made to kneel in front of the church as the priest