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BULACAN TRAVEL INFORMATION

Where to Stay in Bulacan | Brief History | Descriptions
Historical and Cultural Attractions | Natural Attractions | Religious Attractions
Man-Made Attractions | Festivals | Special Interest

BRIEF HISTORY

Bulacan SunsetThe province’s name is derived from the Tagalog word “bulak” meaning cotton, which was its former principal product.

Bulacan started with small fishing settlements along the coast of Manila Bay and expanded into the interior with the coming of the Spaniards. These settlements formed the nuclear of towns that were founded from 1572 (Bulacan and Calumpit) to 1750 (San Rafael). In 1848, the town of San Miguel was annexed to Bulacan from Pampanga.

Bulacan was one of the first eight provinces to rise against Spanish rule. The first phase of the Philippine Revolution ended with the signing of the Pact of Biak-na-Bato in San Miguel in 1897 between the Filipinos and the Spaniards, after which Aguinaldo was exiled to Hong Kong. The second phase saw the drafting of the constitution of the first Philippine republic by the Malolos Congress at Barasoain Church in 1898. The subsequently established republic had its capital at Malolos until President Emilio Aguinaldo transferred it to San Isidro, Nueva Ecija in 1899 when the Filipino-American war broke out.

When the Americans established a civil government in the Philippines, they held the first election in the country in the town of Baliuag, Bulacan on May 6, 1899.

Bulacan is the home province of some of the nation’s celebrated heroes: Francisco Baltazar (Balagtas), “The Prince of Filipino Poets,” Marcelo H. Del Pilar, “The Great Propagandist,” and Gregorio del Pilar, “The Hero of Tirad Pass.

BULACAN DESCRIPTIONS

Geography
Bulacan is in the southwestern part of Central Luzon. It is bounded on the north by Nueva Ecija, on the east by Aurora and Quezon, on the west by Pampanga, and on the south by Rizal, Metro Manila, and the Manila Bay.

Political Subdivision
Bulacan consists of 24 towns, with Malolos City as the provincial capital.

Population
Bulacan’s population is 1,502,343 and still growing.

Language/Dialects
The language used in the province is predominantly Tagalog. Other dialects used by the townfolks are Waray, Ilocano, Bicolano, and Kapampangan.

Climate
Like the rest of Central Luzon, Bulacan’s climate consists of two pronounced seasons: dry from November to April and wet for the rest of the year.

Major Industries
The province of Bulacan is veering away from being an agricultural area and becoming an industrialized one. Its proximity to Manila gives it the advantage of being a favored site of industrial establishments, including leather tanning, cement bag making, ceramic textiles, food processing, shoe making, and many others.

The majority of the rural areas, however, are still dependent on agriculture for their livelihood. Rice is the principal crop, followed by corn, vegetables, and fruits.

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HISTORICAL AND CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

Historical Attractions

Barasoain Church
(Malolos). Site of the Constitutional Convention of the First Philippine Republic.

Barasoain Church Historical Landmarks History Museum
Focuses on preserving the fruits of the Philippine Revolution as well as freedom and the Filipinos' heritage of democracy.

Barasoain Church Ecclesiastical Museum
Houses a collection of religious artifacts from all over Bulacan.

Hiyas ng Bulacan Museum
(Malolos). Houses a collection of valuable relics and mementos, articles, documents, and handicrafts from Bulacan during the period of the Philippine Revolution.

Casa Real Shrine
(Malolos). Served as the National Museum and the National Printing Press during the First Philippine Republic.

Malolos Cathedral
(Malolos). Served as the presidential quarters of General Emilio Aguinaldo, President of the First Philippine Republic.

Marcelo H. Del Pilar Shrine
(Bulacan, Bulacan). Shrine and birthplace of the country's great propagandist and hero.

Kakarong de Sili Shrine
(Pandi). A battle site where 3,000 Katipuneros died in the hands of Spanish soldiers.

San Rafael Church
(San Rafael). Site of the bloody battle between Filipinos and Spanish forces wherein the blood that cherished the church was ankle-deep.

Biak-na-Bato
(San Miguel). The rest of freedom fighters during the Philippine-Spanish war.

Bagbag Bridge
(Calumpit, Bulacan) Site of the longest battle between the Americans and Filipinos led by Gen. Gregorio del Pilar which took place in April 25, 1899. The bridge still standing serves as a reminder of the valor displayed by the Filipinos who triumphed against the American forces.

Cultural Attractions

Barasoain Church Historical Landmarks History MuseumBulacan Barasoain Church
Focuses on preserving the fruits of the Philippine Revolution as well as freedom and the Filipinos' heritage of democracy.

Barasoain Church Ecclesiastical Museum
Houses a collection of religious artifacts from all over Bulacan.

Hiyas ng Bulacan Museum
(Malolos). Houses a collection of valuable relics and mementos, articles, documents, and handicrafts from Bulacan during the period of the Philippine Revolution.

Casa Real Shrine
(Malolos). Served as the National Museum and the National Printing Press during the First Philippine Republic.

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NATURAL TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS

Baras Bakal
(Angat, Bulacan) A stone cave which was the first choice of the Katipuneros as a hideout before they finally selected Biak-na-Bato. It is now a popular picnic place.

Mash Gas Flame
(Angat, Bulacan) A rich flaming well located in Brgy. Poblacion.

Mt. Lumot
(Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan) One of DRT’s municipal parks, this mountain offers a wide array of eco-tourism activities like rock climbing, camping, mountain biking, mountain climbing, bushwalking, bird watching or simply enjoying the majestic view and landscape of the Sierra Madre Mountains.Bulacan Cave

Puning Cave
(Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan) A magnificent and well-preserved cave in Barangay Bayabas, this cave also has a spring running down from a mountain.

Tumutulo Falls
(Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan) Located at Barangay Bayabas, this breathtaking waterfall drops from a height of fifteen meters into an attractive setting of white stones and marble and cascades further into an old stone formation called Simbahan ni Lapud.

Verdivia FallsBulacan Falls
(Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan) Located in Barangay Talbak, this splendid waterfall is an ideal venue for group picnics and outings.

Aroma Beach
(Hagonoy, Bulacan) A sandy beach with aromatic plants, it is frequented by local picnickers during summer months.

Liputan Islands
(Meycauayan, Bulacan) Surrounded by fishponds, these islands are accessible only through water transportation

Bakas
(Norzagaray, Bulacan) Located on this site are giant limestones at the core of a river, formed like giant footprints. Townspeople claim these were actually the footprints of legendary giant Bernardo Carpio.

Hilltop
(Norzagaray, Bulacan) Also known as the Baguio City of Bulacan, this place mesmerizes tourists with a scenic view of the Sierra Madre Range. It is host to the Angat River Hydroelectric Plant of the National Power Corporation.

Pinagrealan Cave
(Norzagaray, Bulacan) The subterranean network of caverns which extends for more than one kilometer was the site of secret meetings of the Filipino revolutionary forces during the war against Spain in 1896.

Pug-pog River
(Norzagaray, Bulacan) A river with clear water coming directly from the Sierra Madre Mountains

Pandi Mineral and Bath Spring Resort
(Pandi, Bulacan) This natural attraction is famous for its mineral water which is found to have medicinal and curative effects.

Aguinaldo Cave
(San Miguel, Bulacan) Biak-na-Bato - At the lower mouth of the cave, one can sit on the rocks and cool off with naturally chilled air from an underground cold spring. The cave is entered via a higher orifice, and one must clamber down to get to the water's edge. A ten-minute boat ride into this eerie underground river leads to a stalactite-accented cavern where, at its center, a smooth triangular block of marble juts above the surface of the clear emerald water. Local lore claims it to be la mesa de Aguinaldo, the table on which Aguinaldo signed the historic peace treaty.

Bahay Paniqui (House of Bats)
(San Miguel, Bulacan) Biak-na-Bato - On the other side of the river along the left trail is a cave, probably the largest in the Biak-na-Bato area, that houses myriads of fruit bats. Visitors are warned against disturbing the bats with their flashlight beams and flash photography, but are encouraged to witness the amazing flight of the bats out of the caves at sunset.

Biak-na-Bato Nature Park
(San Miguel, Bulacan) Biak-na-Bato, nature park located 12 kilometers from the municipality of San Miguel de Mayumo, provides a unique eco-adventure steeped in history. It is a mountain gorge sliced by the Balaong River that flows from Calumpit in Bulacan and empties into Candaba Swamp in Pampanga. The river trail winds through Aguinaldo's former natural fortress and leads to caves of natural and historical significance, observation outposts and ruins of stone fortifications. Near the end of the trail is a stone cliff with carvings, possibly over a hundred years old.

Cuarto-Cuarto Cave
(San Miguel, Bulacan) Biak-na-Bato - A cave with many rooms or cuartos, it is accessed by crawling through a low entrance with a downward slope about seven meters long. Swifts and swallows nest in the nooks and crevices of this cave. These birds' nests are harvested and used as the main ingredient on the popular Chinese bird's nest soup.

Madlum Caves
(San Miguel, Bulacan) The caves are characterized by three grand portals where stalactites and stalagmites abound -and leads to a 50-meter long cavern. Large pinnacled vertical rocks abound on the banks of nearby Madlum River. To the right of the first portal is the statue of Mother Mary to whom residents pay homage on a regular basis. It is believed to be the place where St. Michael, the town's patron saint, was found. This place which offers a scenic view delights excursionists and nature lovers.

Sibul Spring
(San Miguel, Bulacan) The crystal-clear water that springs from this natural wonder is famous for its medicinal effect.

Tilandong Falls
(San Miguel, Bulacan) A natural fall which is now tapped as a source of electric power as well as for irrigation purposes

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RELIGIOUS TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS

Sta. Monica Church
(Angat, Bulacan) One of the most beautiful churches in the Philippines and also one of the oldest, estimated to be 400 years old. It displays a marvelous baroque architecture with its interior replicating the famous Sistine Chapel.

St. John the Baptist Church
(Calumpit, Bulacan) Built in 1572, the St. John the Baptist Church is the oldest church in Bulacan. Constructed under the supervision of Augustinian priest Diego Vivar - Ordonez, the church has been a mute witness to the Filipinos' struggle against Spanish, American and Japanese rule. Inside the church is a tunnel that, as legend would have it, was used by priests during the Spanish regime to keep gold, religious statues and ornate jewelry hidden from the sight of treasure hunters. It is the birthplace of Christianity in the province.

Church of Hagonoy/ St. Anne's National Shrine
(Hagonoy, Bulacan) Church of Hagonoy (Bulacan) – Originally a chapel under the parish of Calumpit, it became a church in 1731 with Fr. Juan Albarran, an Augustinian as the first curate. It was rebuilt in 1871 by Fr. Ignacio Manzanares. The church was taken over by the Filipino clergy in 1896 with Fr. Clemente Garcia as the first Filipino curate. He was succeeded by Fr. Dr. Mariono Sevilla from 1902-1922, Fr. Exequiel Morales, 1922-1936. Fr. Celestino Rodriguez, curate since 1936 improved the church assisted by the Congregation of the Religiosas de la Virgen Maria (R.V.M.). It made into a national shrine to honor the mother of the Blessed Virgin, St. Anne. This is the only place in the country where the relics of Sts. Anne and Joaquin, parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, are venerated.

Marilao Catholic Church
Church of Marilao (Bulacan) – Originally a chapel, Fr. Vicente de Talavera erected the first church on 21 April 1796 simultaneously with the founding of the town and parish of Marilao. St. Michael the Archangel was enthroned patron saint. A bigger church was constructed in 1848 and was finished in 1868. It was gutted by fire during the Fil-American War. The church was reconstructed to its original size in 1922. Restoration was fully done in 1967 under the supervision of Fr. Jose M. Salas.

Church of Meycauayan
The first church was destroyed by a typhoon in 1588. The construction of the present church was started shortly after 1668 when the town was moved from Lagado to the present site. Reverend Francisco Gasuena, OFM, who built the belfry in 1800, preached the gospel in China for six years, and was expelled from that kingdom due to opposition to his religious teachings. He served this parish for 31 years and died here on Nov. 18, 1831. The convent and church were seriously damaged by the typhoon of 1882.

Obando Church
Church of Obando (Bulacan) – The church of Obando was built by the Franciscan Order headed by Rev. P. Manuel de Olivencia, the first curate of Obando on 29 April 1754. The second church was destroyed by heavy shelling during the 1945 liberation. It was rebuilt for 2 years through the help of parishioners under Rev. P. Marcos C. Punzol. Obando town fiesta is celebrated every 17th - 19th of May in honor of San Pascual Baylon, Santa Clara de Asis, patroness of fishermen & farmers, and La Concepcion de Nuestra or known as Virgen de Salambao. This church is the venue of the famous fertility dance - a three-day dancing where childless couples appeal for heavenly intercession to the Virgin Mary.

Church of Quingua
(Plaridel, Bulacan) – This was the first church built in this old town by the Augustinian mission from 1580-1595. It was transferred to the town proper in 1605. The church was improved in 1722. The first Filipino parish priest Rev. P. Victorino Lopez joined the revolutionary movement as a leader under the command of Kapitan Jose Serapio. The convent was made the American headquarters in 1898.

San Miguel Catholic Church
(San Miguel, Bulacan) More than 200 years old; built by the Augustinian friars

Sta. Maria Church
Church of Sta Maria (Bulacan) – The town of Sta Maria de Caboan was founded in 1602 and called San Miguel till 1613. Its first minister was the Rev. Antonio de la Llane. A church, built in 1613 by the Rev. Gerocino Vasquez, was destroyed during the Chinese uprising of 1639. Another church completed in 1669, succumbed to earthquakes in 1880. In 1891, the Rev. Leopa

Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes
(San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan) This shrine is an exact replica of the Lourdes Grotto of France. It features a mock hill Calvary where life-sized statues depict the passion and death of Jesus Christ. Local and foreign tourists flock to this place during Lenten season.

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MAN-MADE TOURISTS ATTRACTIONS

Angat Hydroelectric Plant
(Angat, Bulacan) One of the country's largest dams, it supplies potable water and energy to Metro Manila and nearby areas. It facilitates fishing and boating in a man-made lagoon and hunting in the nearby area.

Bustos Dam
(Bustos, Bulacan) The dam is one of the longest sector-gates in the world and serves as the huge reservoir of the Angat Hydroelectric plant at Barrio Hilltop. The dam was built in 1922 and serves as the source of electric power in the province and Metro Manila. It features a cool picnic haven with an inspiring scenery.

Apo Iru Gatbuca
(Calumpit, Bulacan) Known as "Pottery Country", Apo Iru Gatbuca is the biggest producer of pots in the whole of Bulacan. So vast is the pot-making industry that most residents make their living out of pottery. Local artisans transform an ordinary mass of clay into an exquisite work of art - some of which are even made into glazed decorative ceramics.

C & B Orchid Farm
(Calumpit, Bulacan) A vast orchid plantation showcasing 300,000 different varieties and species. The farm is beautifully landscaped into a colorful mini-park with picnic sheds, pebbled walkway, benches and a chapel. The farm also features different farm implements invented by the farm owner, Don Isidro Bonifacio.

Sergio Bayan
(Calumpit, Bulacan) The place produces export-quality religious products and icons. Tourists flock to the shop area to witness workers transform an ordinary mass of clay into an exquisite work of art.

National Manpower Youth Center
(Guiguinto, Bulacan) A center formed by the national government to help out-of-school youth by training them for jobs and livelihood projects.

Hanging Bridge
(Marilao, Bulacan) A wooden bridge connecting Brgy. Lambakin and Brgy. Sta. Rosa. This place offers a scenic view of the surrounding area.

Ipo Dam
(Norzagaray, Bulacan) The place is a water impounding dam made famous by its name synonymous with gallantry, bravery and heroism. It is used as a reservoir for the La Mesa Dam which distributes water to Metro Manila residents. The green virgin forest and sky blue water make Ipo Dam an attractive place to visit.

Pulilan Butterfly Haven
(Pulilan, Bulacan) Located along San Francisco Street, this butterfly sanctuary is also a perfect place for nature lovers where they can witness the butterfly’s fascinating life cycle, enjoy lush greenery which provide an ideal habitat for the butterflies and experience nature in an oasis of beauty and tranquility with butterflies flitting from one flower to another.

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FESTIVALS

Bulacan Festiival
Sto. Nino Festival

(Malolos; last Sunday of January). The biggest expression of devotion to the Holy Child Jesus in the Luzon island.

Lenten Procession
(Baliuag; Holy Wednesday and Good Friday). A lavish display of religious fervor that only the people of Baliuag can manifest in a hundred richly adorned giant carozas depicting the passion and death of Jesus Christ.

Pagoda sa Wawa
(Bocaue; first Sunday of July). A fluvial parade in Bocaue in honor of the miraculous "Krus sa Wawa," a dramatic tradition inspired by centuries-old tales.

Fertility Dance
(Obando; May 17-19). Dance your way to finding a lover or bearing a child on the feast days of San Pascual Baylon, Sta. Clara de Asis, and Virgen de Salambao.

Horse Festival
(Plaridel; December 29-30). Herd of horses with colorful tilburies are seen parading in the streets of Plaridel in reverence to St. James the Apostle.

Singkaban Festival
(Malolos; September 8-10). A festival of arts and culture in honor of the capitol's patron, Our Lady of Victory, showcasing the traditional arts of the "Balagtasan," folk dances, and the "Kundiman" amidst the display of Singkaban arches.

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SPECIAL INTEREST TOURS

Lakbay-Kasaysayan
A historical tour experience for the youth to remember and appreciate the beginnings of Philippine history and constantly relive true Filipino values.

Lakbay-Kongreso
A walk tour of the site of the 1st Constitutional Convention that occurred in the historic town of Malolos. Side Tour: Enseymada and Inipit Making.

Lakbay-Kagitingan
A tour of the different battles sites of the Philippine Revolution in Bulacan. Side Tour: Pottery Making.

Lakbay-Republika
A tour of the historic sites of the three Republics. Side Tour: Pastillas/Minasa Making.

Lakbay-Kalikasan
Bulacan is close to the pristine mountains of Sierra Madre that extends its natural beauty to its eastern towns.

Pasyal-Tanawin
A day-tour of the NPC Water Reserve in Norzagaray.
Lakbay-Kweba. A 3-day eco-tour in Biak-na-Bato for nature lovers.

Akyat-Bundok
A 3-day tour experience on top of Sierra Madre Mountain.

Baybay-Ilog
A 3-day river tour on the coastal areas of Bulacan.

Lakbay-Kalinangan
Bulacan is a haven of colorful festivals, religious traditions, and artistic excellence. Its cultural heritage provides tourists a meaningful and exciting experience of the Bulacan way of life.

Lakbay-Simbahan
A Holy Week tour on the religious sites in Bulacan.

Lakbay-Fiesta
A seasonal day tour experience of the exciting fiestas in Bulacan.

Lakbay-Kaluto
A culinary tour of the various cuisines and delicacies in Bulacan.

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