Monday, May 23, 2011

Province of BULACAN

  Spirits soar at the sight of the historical province of legends; and what better place to visit than over memorable locations. The Barasoain Church, having earned the title as the Cradle of Democracy in the East, the most important religious building in the Philippines and also the site of the First Philippine Republic.

Journey On . . .

   "It's what you discover after you know it all that counts."

Just the Best!

Ctities                       2007 Population
Malolos City                       223,069
Meycauayan City                196,569
San Jose del Monte City      439,090

Towns                   2007 Population
Angat                                53,117
Balagtas (Bigaa)                62,684
Baliuag                            136,982
Bocaue                           105,817
Bulacan                            72,289
Bustos                              60,681
Calumpit                           98,017
Dona Remedios Trinidad   19,086
Guiguinto                           89,225
Hagonoy                          126,329
Marilao                             160,452
Norzagaray                       105,470
Obando                              56,258
Pandi                                  60,637
Paombong                           53,510
Plaridel                                99,817
Pulilan                                  85,008
San Ildefonso                       93,438
San Miguel                          138,839
San Rafael                            85,284
Santa Maria                         205,258

The Best of Everything

Baliuag Museum

Biak-na-Bato National Park, Biak-na-Bato – A huge split boulder which is a mountain hideout of the revolutionary forces during the Spanish regime and the place where the Malolos Constitution was signed by Gen. Aguinaldo and Pedro Paterno of the Biak-na-Bato Republic.

San Augustin Parish Church

San Francisca Reyes Aquino Shrine

Enriquez Ancestral House

Meyto Shrine
Calumpit -A marker of Christianization.
St. John the Baptist Church

Barasoain Ecclesiastical Museum
Malolos City -Repository of religious items and relics of the entire province of Bulacan, a museum managed by National Historical Institute showcasing a collection of municipal antiques and priceless array of artifacts.

Basilica Minore de Immaculada Concepcion
Malolos Citty -The 10th Basilica in the Philippines. Its convent was the presidential quarters ("Palacio Presidencial") of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo of the First Philippine Republic in 1898, presently the seat of the Diocese of Malolos, and has been the bastion of faith for the past centuries.

Bautista Mansion
Malolos City

Bulacan Museum
Malolos City -A museum housing a collection of valuable relics, mementos, articles, documents and handicrafts of the Philippine Revolution. Located in Malolos to promote the cultural heritage and tradition of the province. It is under the management of the Provincial Government of Bulacan.

Bulacan Heroes Park (Panlalawigang Liwasan ng mga Bayani sa Bulacan), which enshrined all the Philippine national heroes who hailed from Bulacan and officially became the Province of Bulacan's provincial heroes' park by the help of Center for Bulacan Studies since 2004.

Casa Real Shrine
Malolos City - Printing press of the First Republic, it was restored in 1852 and was converted into a municipal library. Now a museum serving as final repository of existing memorabilia.

Gen. Gregorio del Pilar Landmark - it was built in honor of the great hero of Bulakan and Tirad Pass and the first governor of the province of Bulacan

Kamistisuhan Houses – These structures, located at the Pariancillo of Malolos, typify the intricate architectural designs of Spanish buildings of the late 19th century. A classic example of this is the house of Don Jose Bautista (Bautista Mansion), which was built in 1877. It housed the Ministry of Interiors during the first Philippine Republic. The Mansion is situated along the nostalgic Kamistisuhan Street, this ancestral mansion was visited by the national hero Dr. Jose Rizal to convince Triumvirate of the Ten Gentlemen of Malolos to join the La Liga Filipina.

Marilao Catholic Church

Plaridel Catholic Church

St. John the Baptist Church -Built in 1572, is the oldest church in Bulacan. Constructed under the supervision of Augustinian priest Diego Vivar Ordoñez, 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

Siar Tree – Now known as the “Kalayaan Tree”. It was planted by Gen. Aguinaldo during a lull in the Malolos Convention. Aguinaldo is said to have conducted many political discussions here. Under the tree is a monument that symbolizes the meeting of Filipino revolutionaries represented by Gregorio del Pilar and Gen. Isidoro Torres; Don Pablo Tecson, an erudite legislator; Padre Mariano Sevilla, a nationalist leader of the church and Doña Basilia Tantoco, portraying a woman freedom fighter.

Simborio Chapel

Tecson House
San Miguel

La Immaculada Concepcion Church
Santa Maria -an 18th-century church, , which is part and parcel of Bulacan’s era that resisted the American regime.

Marcelo H. del Pilar Shrine
Bulacan -Established in honor of the patriot, writer and editor of the revolutionary newspaper La Solidaridad.

Old Train Stattion

Francisco Balagtas Museum/Marker Birthplace
Balagtas -The monument was built in honor of Francisco “Balagtas” Baltazar, hailed as the Father of Tagalog Poetry, whose masterpiece, Florante at Laura, is very popular.

Baliuag Clock Tower

Shrine of Saint Andrew Kim

Obando Church -Venue of the famous "Fertility Dance" in honor of San Pascual Baylon, Sta. Clara de Asis and Virgen de Salambao (May 17–19).

Obando Town Fiesta – Celebrated from May 17–19. Childless couples can take this occasion to appeal for heavenly intercession and dance to please the Virgin of Salambao, San Pascual de Bailon and Sta. Clara. Maidens and bachelors who want husbands and wives can dance for their mates. Farmers also thank the Virgin for bountiful harvests.

Museo San Ysidro de Pulilan

Mercado House
Bustos -One of the several houses used as a fort by the Kapituneros. It boasts a unique architectural design of stone carvings on façade and walls.

Bagbag Bridge
Calumpit -Site of the first battle between Filipinos and American forces during the retreat of President Aguinaldo to the Ilocos Region

Battle of Quingua Monument

For sheer excitement and adventure, these festivals await you throughout BULACAN.

  • Minasa Festival on the first week of January (Bustos)
  • Halamanan Festival (Guiguinto)
  • Kasilonawan sa Obando (Fertility Rites, Obando)
  • Kalabaw Festival (Pulilan)
  • Anghel Festival (San Rafael)
  • Sto. Niño Festival (City of Malolos)
  • Halamang Dilaw (Marilao)
  • Pagoda Festival (Bocaue)
  • Kawayanan Festival (City of Meycauayan)
  • Litson Festival (City of Meycauayan)
  • Libutan Festival (City of Meycauayan)
  • 14 de Noviembre Festival (Bulakan)
  • Libad ng Calumpit (Calumpit)
  • Salubong sa Quingua (Plaridel)
  • Bulak Festival (San Ildefonso)
  • Buntal Hat Festival (Baliuag)
  • Sambuklod Festival (City of San Jose Del Monte)
  • Mano Po San Roque (Valenzuela City)
  • Putong Pulo Festival (Valenzuela City)
  • Singkaban Festival: Linggo ng Bulacan
Singkaban Fiesta
Singkaban Fiesta (Sining at Kalinangan ng Bulacan), a festival of arts and culture in honor of Capitol's patron saint, "Our Lady of Victory", showcasing the traditional arts of "Balagtasan", "Kundiman" and folk dances amidst of the "Singkaban" arches. The festival is celebrated in every second week of September which is in conjunction with the "Linggo ng Bulakan". Linggo ng Bulacan (held during September 8–15), is a province-wide, week-long celebration consisting of various colourful cultural presentations, art and culinary exhibits, arts and skills contests, and the prestigious annual Dangal nF Lipi Awards Night. Yearly, its activities vary depending upon the chosen theme for the year.

Pagoda sa Wawa 
Also known as the Pagoda Festival, a fluvial parade in honor of the miraculous "Krus sa Wawa", done every 1st Sunday of July, which is believed to have saved the life of a drowning old woman. The main feature of this fiesta is the Pagoda, which glides along the Bocaue River. The Pagoda is a guilty-decorated structure riding on a huge banca. People from all walks of life enjoy the ride on the Pagoda feasting on sumptuous food while the music plays.

 Pulilan Carabao Festival – Hundreds of work animals, mostly carabaos, are led on a parade in streets of the town every 14th and 15 May, to honor San Isidro Labrador, the town’s patron saint. The carabaos, decorated with garlands and shaved for the occasion, genuflect and kneel in front of the church

Province of Bulacan

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