Bulacan (PSGC: 031400000; ISO: PH-BUL), officially called the Province of Bulacan (or Lalawigan ng Bulakan in Filipino) or simply Bulacan Province, is a first class province of the Republic of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon Region (Region 3) in the island of Luzon, north of Manila (the nation's capital), and part of the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway Super Region. Bulacan was established on the 15th day of August 1578.
It has 569 barangays from twenty-one (21) municipalities and three (3) component cities (Malolos, the capital city; Meycauayan; and San Jose del Monte). Bulacan is located immediately north of Metropolitan Manila. Bordering Bulacan are the provinces of Pampanga to the west, Nueva Ecija to the north, Aurora and Quezon to the east, & Metro Manila and Rizal to the south. Bulacan also lies on the north-eastern shore of Manila Bay.
Bulacan prides itself for its rich historical heritage. The province figures prominently in Philippine History. Many national heroes and political figures were born in Bulacan. The province was also one of the first to revolt against Spain
(The province is honored as one of the 8 rays of the sun in the
national flag). In 1899, the historic Barasoain Church in Malolos, is
the birthplace of the First Constitutional Democracy in Asia. It is
also the cradle of the nation's noble heroes, of great men and women;
also home to many of the country's greatest artists, with a good number
elevated as National Artists.
Today, Bulacan is among the most progressive provinces in the Philippines. Its people—the Bulakeño (or Bulakenyo in Filipino)—are highly educated, enterprising and industrious.
It is well-known for the following industries: Marble and Marbleized
Limestone, Jewelry, Pyrotechnics, Leather, Aquaculture, Meat and Meat
Products, Garments, Furniture, High-Value Crops, and Sweets and Native
Delicacies, and a wide variety of high-quality native products.
Bulacan has fast become an ideal tourist destination, owing to its
vital role in Philippine history, and its rich heritage in culture and
the arts.
The province is popularly known for its historical sites; nostalgic old
houses and churches; idyllic ecological attractions; religious
attractions; colorful and enchanting festivals; swimming and various
themed attractions; and a wide selection of elegant native crafts and
sumptuous delicacies. It is also home to numerous resorts, hotels,
restaurants, and other recreational facilities.
Bulacan is bounded by Nueva Ecija on the north, Aurora (Dingalan) on the northeast, Quezon (General Nakar) on the east, Rizal (Rodriguez) on the southeast, Metro Manila (Valenzuela City, Caloocan City and Quezon City) on the south, Manila Bay on the southwest, and Pampanga on the west,
Several rivers irrigate the province of Bulacan; the largest one is
that of Angat. Angat River passes through the towns of Angat, San
Rafael, Baliuag, Plaridel (Quingua), and Calumpit. It flow thence into
the Pampanga River,
goes out again, washes Hagonoy and loses itself in the mangroves. The
banks of these rivers are very fertile and are covered with trees.
Bulacan is subdivided into 21 municipalities and 3 cities.
Bulacan lies in the southern portion of the fertile plains of Central Luzon. The area is drained by the Angat and Pampanga rivers. The Sierra Madre mountain range forms the highlands of Bulacan in the east. Angat Lake, which was formed by the Angat Dam is located in that area. The highest point in the province at 1170 meters is Mount Oriod, part of the Sierra Madre.
On January 19, 2008, an 18-hectare dump site, a new landfill that would also be a tourist attraction opened in Norzagaray,
Bulacan province. Ramon Angelo Jr., president Waste Custodian
Management Corp. stated: "I want them to see our system in our place
which should not be abhorred because we are using the new
November to April is generally dry while wet for the rest of the year. The northeast monsoon (amihan) prevails from October to January bringing in moderated and light rains. From February to April, the east trade winds predominate but the Sierra Madre (Philippines) mountain range to the east disrupts the winds resulting to a dry period. From May to September, the southwest monsoon (habagat).
The hottest month is May having an average temperature of 29.7°C
while the coldest is February with an average temperature of 25.1°C.
- Languages and Ethnicity
As it is part of the Tagalog cultural sphere (Katagalugan), Tagalog is the predominant language of Bulacan. Inhabitants also speak Kapampangan, which is the language of neighboring Pampanga.
According to the 2007 census (as of August 1 of the same year), there are a total of 2,826,926 Bulaqueños (or Bulakenyos or Bulaqueños) with annual population growth rate of 3.30 from the year 2000 to 2007, making Bulacan the second most populous province in the country.
It is also the 4th most densely populated province at 1,076 people per
square kilometer. There are ?? households in the province with an
average size of ?? persons, significantly lower than the national
average of ??. Bulacan had a median age of 23 years in 2000.
Population by year
Total Population by Region, Province and Municipality: Based on 1995, 2000 and 2007
|Region, Province, City, Municipality
|2. Balagtas (Bigaa)
|5. Bulacan or Bulakan
|8. Doña Remedios Trinidad
|11. Malolos City
|13. Meycauayan City
|20. San Ildefonso
|21. San Jose Del Monte City
|22. San Miguel
|23. San Rafael
|24. Santa Maria
U.N. Millennium Development Goals
In 2006, the Provincial Government received from Galing Pook - a
Special Citation on Local Capacity Innovations for the Millennium
Development Program in an awarding ceremony held last October 16 at the
Teatro Marikina in Marikina City. The province is one of the ten local
government units recognized for its pioneering effort in the
localization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and promoting
good governance. M.D.G. is a set of quantifiable, measurable, and
time-bound development goals and targets for global human development
set by UN member-states to be achieved by 2015.
Industries. The province of Bulacan is steadily becoming industrialized due to its proximity to Metro Manila. Many corporations put up industrial plants and site in Bulacan. Some of the businesses and industries include Agribusiness; Aquaculture; Banking; Cement Bag Making Ceramics; Construction; Courier; Education; Food/Food Processing; Furniture; Garments; Gifts, Houseware & Decors; Hospitals; Hotels, Resorts & Restaurants; Information and Communications Technology; Insurance; Jewelry; leather & leather tanning; Manpower; Manufacturing; Marble; Printing Press; Pyrotechnics & Fireworks Manufacturing; Realty/Real Property Development; Shoe Manufacturing; Textile; Trade; Transport Services; Travel & Tours; Other Services
- Agribusiness & Aquaculture
The rural areas still mostly depend on agriculture (in the plains) and fisheries (in the coastal areas) as a source of income. Some of the major crops are rice, corn, vegetables, and fruits such as mangoes; and various kinds of fishes and seafoods.
- Banking and Finance
Bulacan ia served by all major banks with more than 200 banks doing
business in the province. The entrepreneureal culture is supported by
the strong cooperative movement with total assest of over PhP 2 Billion.
- Transportation and Road Networks.
Bulacan is dubbed as "The Gateway to the Northern Philippines". The province is linked with Metro Manila primarily through the North Luzon Expressway and Manila North Road (well known as the MacArthur Highway) which crosses the province into Pampanga and western part of Northern Luzon (western Central Luzon, Ilocos and Cordillera Administrative Region). While taking the Cagayan Valley Road in Guiguinto, the road leads to Nueva Ecija and to the eastern part of Northern Luzon (eastern Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley Region).
The MacArthur Highway traverses the province from north to south.
Most major towns can be reached through the North Luzon Expressway. A
good number of motor vehicles owned largely by private individuals
provide mobility to Bulacan’s populace. Aside from five main highways
that traverse the province, all roads are widely dispersed throughout
Bus terminals of Baliuag Transit, California Bus Line, Sampaguita
Liner and Royal Eagle are in Baliuag, Balagtas and Hagonoy. The main
bus lines of Philippine Rabbit, Victory Liner, Aladdin Transit that
originate from their main terminals in Manila, Pasay and Quezon City
and travel northward to cities and towns in Pampanga, Tarlac and
Zambales, pass through Bulacan via the Tabang exit.
Public transportation within the province, like in most of the urban
areas in the Philippines, is facilitated mostly using inexpensive jeepneys and buses. Tricycles are used for short distances.
- Industrial Estate and Parks.
This is a partial list of Industrial sites in the Province.
- First Bulacan Industrial City - Malolos City
- Intercity Industrial Estate - Wakas, Bocaue
- Bulacan Agro-Industrial Subdivision - Calumpit
- Bulacan Metro Warehouse (BMW) Center - Guiguinto
- Meycauayan Industrial Subd. I, II, III & IV - Meycauayan
- Meridian Industrial Compound - Meycauayan
- Muralla Industrial Project - Meycauayan
- First Velenzuela Industrial Compound - Meycauayan
- Sterling Industrial Park Phase I, II, III & IV - Meycauayan
- Grand Industrial Estate - Plaridel
- Sapang Palay Industrial Estates - San Jose del Monte City
- Agus Development Corporation - Sta. Maria
- Bulacan ICT Park - Marilao
The story of Bulacan really begins with cataclysmic changes in the
earth’s crust which, started during the late Cretaceous period, about
65 million years ago and eventually led to the formation of the
Philippine Archipelago and the China Sea out of the vast expanse of the
In this group of islands gradually isolated at the end of the last
glacial period from the Asian underbelly on the largest island of
Luzon, three mountain ranges, the Sierra Madre, the Zambales and the
highlands of Laguna and Batangas conspired with the great Central
Valley to produce tectonic stages and the patient gathering of effluvia
more than one million years ago, the Bulacan River and its delta on which, Bulacan is now built.
The earliest Bulacan men came on the scene towards the end of the
Paleolithic age about 250,000 years ago and was preceded by elephants
and rhinoceros whose fossils have been found in what are now parts of
the Province of Bulacan. He was like the rest of the human family of
his time, a caveman, feeding on small animals like bats which he
trapped and on the snails, crabs and shellfish which he found in the
mud of the deltaic swamp of his still nameless home. In time he
developed flake tools, adzes and chisels and drills and small stone
knives and suddenly mobile one day he began to move up and down the Bulacan River in crude boats.
And thus he learned to communicate and to trade. After many more
years he began to mine metal, to plant, to weave and to make glass and
jade ornaments for the women. The large Manila Bay, the Binoangan, the
Maycapiz and the Wawang Dapdap Rivers joined with the mighty Pampanga
River and the Bulacan River attracted a new population, the slim,
brown, lank haired Malays from the Malay Peninsula and Indonesia.
They came in ships called balangay, the name they gave their first
social unit, the clan village. During the reign of the Tang emperors in
the 10th century, Arab and Chinese traders began to come to Bulacan,
with both Indian and Chinese influences intensifying in the 11th and
12th centuries. Bulacan had by this time became an entreport and the
Bulakeños expert seafarers.
They built and sailed ships of many kinds, river canoes as well as
larger vessels to carry merchandise and as many as a hundred rowers and
30 fighting men. They lived in comfortable houses made of wood, bamboo
and palm leaf thatch, had a syllabary written on bark and bamboo,
played music, wore silk doublets and loin clothes or flowing skirts and
flimsy blouses and a great deal of jewelry.
They had devised a complicated social scheme of nobles, freemen and
serfs and buried their dead in formal graveyard (with grave furniture
consisting of imported Chinese pottery) at least one example of which
can still be seen in Bulacan today.
The history began when a small settlement of fishermen lived along
the coast of Manila Bay before the coming of the Spaniards. Later on,
these settlers became farmers after moving inwards as they discovered
that the land in the interior part was fertile and very much drained by
the network of rivers and streams. These settlers grew and flourished
into large and prosperous settlement now known as the province of
Quite interesting more on the country's prehispanic highlights was
the discovery of the Laguna Copperplate Inscription or the LCI at the
Lumbang River in Laguna in 1991 (and deciphered by Antoon Postma of
Mangyan Heritage Center in Mindoro). Historians such as Zeus Salazar of
the University of the Philippines considered the date of the LCI AD 900
as the start of the recorded Philippine history, not of 1521. This
copperplate was written in Kavi, an ancient script related to baybayin,
and contains the placename Binoangan (now a barangay of Obando), Pailah
(now Sitio Paila, San Lorenzo, Norzagaray), and Puliran (first to be
said somewhere in Laguna, but Postma announced that it was much near to
be Pulilan of Bulacan), and a native chieftain named Bukah in to which
Gatbuka in Calumpit probably derived. All of these were now part of
It is believed that flowers bloomed in the region when the Spaniards
came. Because of these sprawling green orchards, vegetables and
profusely flowering plants, as well as the beautiful women, this lovely
land had come to be called Bulacan as sort of shortened term for
"bulak-lakan" and/or a derivative of the word "bulak" (kapok or cotton) which abound in the province even before the Spaniards came.
But many historians disagree on where the name Bulacan came from: some say from the Kapampangan word burak, because the place was swampy and muddy, while others say from the word bulak, since the road to the capital town was once upon a time lined with rows of cotton trees. According to Bahay-saliksikan ng Bulacan (Center for Bulacan Studies),
this assumption was derived on the controversial Will Of Pansonum
(Christened as Fernando Malang Balagtas, descendant of the Kapampangans
who came from Kingdom of Achem in Sumatra, somewhere in 1380's -
1400's, and born at Tambugao [a topoplace between Calumpit and Apalit]
Another point of disagreement is the year it became a province: one document says 1578, but most other documents say Pampanga covered practically everything between Manila and Ilocos; even Tondo inhabitants spoke Kapampangan..
With the research conducted by the Bahay-saliksikan ng Bulacan in 2005,
then its director Prof. Reynaldo S. Naguit agreed that it was founded
in August 15, 1578. But if you will reviewed his references,
more particularly the report of the encomiendas of the Governor-general
Gomez Perez Dasmariñas to King Philip II and found something
According to the Relación de encomiendas en las Islas Filipinas,
which may be considered as the first census report of the Philippines
prepared by Governor Gómez Pérez de Dasmariñas in 1591, there were
75,000 "souls"in "Pampanga, which included Bataán and Bulacán."
Under the Provincia de Pampanga, its encomiendas was divided into 4 alcaldias,
- The Alcaldia de Bitis y Lubao (encompasses the today's towns of Lubao, Guagua, Floridablanca, Sasmuan, and Sta. Rita, and its capital was the Betis y Lubao [Betis is now part of Guagua]),
- Alcaldia de Candava (encompasses the today's towns of Northern Apalit, San Simon, San Luis, and Candaba as its capital),
- Alcaldia de Calonpite (more likely the Alcaldia de Calumpit and encompasses the today's towns of Macabebe, Masantol, Minalin, Sto. Tomas, part of Apalit, Hagonoy, Paombong, and Calumpit as its capital), and
- The Alcaldia de Bulacan (where its capital was at the present-day town of Bulakan
and encompasses he today's entire Bulacan, except those towns that were
part of Alcaldia de Calonpite and the Northern Bulacan, because the
northern part of Bulacan and Pampanga were then at the progress of
All of these alcaldias under Provincia de Pampanga, with one corrigmiento, and that was the Corigimiento de Batan (the today's Province of Bataan) were all became alcaldias during the time of Governor-General Gonzalo Ronquillo de Peñalosa
somewhere in 1580 according to Gov. Gen. Dasmariñas' report. Even
though there were created as alcaldias, still there were part of
Provincia de Pampanga, and the more exciting fact here was that
Dasmariñas' report tells us that the town of Bulakan was recognized as "the capital-town and encomienda of Provincia de Pampanga" and it only means that the seat of Pampanga's capital was then at Bulakan, Bulacan
before it became a separate province in Pampanga somewhere in 1680
(according to Dr. Jaime B. Veneracion's book 'Kasaysayan ng Bulakan')
or in 1755 (according to the Erreciones that can be found at the
Pampanga documents in the National Archives and also appeared at Fr.
Pedro A. Gallende's Angles in Stone: Augustinian Churches in the
In fact, many places in Bulacan bear Kapampangan names: Barangay King Kabayo in San Miguel (king is a preposition that means "in" or "at"); Quingua (now Plaridel) (quingua or kingwa is a verb that means acquired); Similarly, some folks believe that barrio Batasan (also in San Miguel) on the border with Candaba
came from Batasan Pambansa, but it's actually the Kapampangan word for
"shortcut"; Other places in Bulacan with Kapampangan names include
barrios Kapitangan, Longos, Calumpang and Iba in Hagonoy; Pinaod and Makapilapil in San Ildefonso; Mayumu,Ilug Bulo,Biclat and Cabio in San Miguel; Masukol and Binakod in Paombong; Dalig, Batin and Balagtas in Balagtas town; Penabatan and Inaon in Pulilan; Taliptip and Bambang in Bulacan town; and Talaksan in San Rafael.
Jean Baptiste Mallat
described Bulacan in his accounts, "The Philippines"(published in
1846), as "one of the richest, best cultivated , happiest and cleanest
[province] in the whole archipelago." According to him, Bulacan's major
products were as follows: rice; corn; coconut, the oil of which is used
for lighting and fuel; nipa; sugarcane; indigo which is made into
liquid paste; a little cacao; coffee which is as good as that from Moka
and of the same quality as that from Indan and Silang in the province
Mallat further described Bulacan's economic life during the 1840s:
Trade is very abundant in this province: its connections with
Manila, by sea as well as by land, facilitate development of trade.
Inhabitants of the coasts engage in fishing; in the province are
counted about 15 hundred looms of which are manufactured stripped
cloths of silk and cotton, tapis, cambayas, sinamay. Shops are
primarily kept by women. Moreover, Bulacan has a great number of
beggars; it is not that they would lack work if they looked for it, but
it seems that in the lower class, there are many lazy and indolent
The history of the province from the Spanish occupation has been
replete with events worthy of recollection. As early as the time of the
coming of Legaspi to conquer Manila with two of his subordinate
officers, Martin de Goiti and Juan Salcedo, the 1000 Moro Bulakenyos
through their seafaring brothers from Hagonoy showed their instinctive
love of country by helping Bambalito,
a brave datu of Macabebe, a quite near town to Bulacan in Pampanga
(which according to Conquistas de las Islas Filipinas of Fray Gaspar de
San Agustin in 1590's he was a brave youth from Macabebe), and another
1000 Kapampangan Moros of Macabebe, Lubao, Betis, and some records
tells also Calumpit fought at the naval Battle of the Bangkusay Channel
on June 3, 1571. For Bahay-saliksikan ng Bulacan, as Bokal Ernesto
Sulit of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Bulacan on May 2008 recognized
it as part of Bulacan's celebration to the month-long National Flag and
Anthem Month (May 15-June 30, 2008), as the first recorded heroic deed
of the Bulakenyos in history. Here also in this battle, Spanish friars
and chroniclers recorded that Bulakenyos and Kapampangan Moro warlords
sent 40 caracoas (an ancient warboat and trading boat of the
Austrsnesians) to Tondo with lantakas
(a native cañon believed to be made in Capalangan, Apalit, Pampangan by
Panday Pira) and during that time a barangay having this caracoa means
royalty, prosperity, and power in the seas and rivers. This is also
recognized by Dr. Sonia M. Zaide as the first ever naval battle in the
By the time of Governor-General
and adelantado Miguel Legazpi in 1571, Bulacan was reported to be well
populated. The Spaniards organized the then existing barangays in
Bulacan into pueblos (towns). The first pueblo established in Bulacan
is the town of Calumpit. Calumpit was also the birthplace of Christianity in the province.
”The recorded history of Bulakan might as well start in 1572, when
Fray Francisco Vivar of Guadalajara, an Augustinian, opened missions in
Bulakan, Malolos and Hagonoy. He was the first to plant the Cross on
Bulakan soil with the help of the Sword. He arrived in the Philippines
from Mexico in 1570 and died in Pampanga in 1603. Three years later, in
1575, Calumpit was founded as a town. In 1578, Bulakan, Bulakan was
established as the capital town of the province. With Bulakan as the
center, the missionaries and the military might of Spain worked hand in
hand to subjugate the pagan population to accepth the Christian faith.
Fray Agustin Albuquerque established a mission in this town, then with
4,000 inhabitants. According to Fray Juan de Medina, O.S.A. “All the
Manila religious extol the “Indians” of this town as the most tractable
and most attached to the church.”
In the year 1578, the Franciscans founded the town of Meycauayan
thru the zealous work of Fray Juan de Plasencia and Fray Diego de
Old Meycauayan is composed of the different towns in the southern part
of Bulacan namely Bocaue, Polo,San Jose Del Monte, Obando, Santa Maria,
It was in 1580 that the town of Malolos founded. According to Blair
and Robertson, the name “Li-han” was the ancient Chinese name for
Malolos, whose princess bore the title of “Gat-Salihan” or Gatchalian.
The western town of Hagonoy became an independent town from Calumpit in
1581. The first Bulakeño uprising against Spanish rule occurred in
1587. The Chief of Bulakan, Esteban Tasi was executed with other
Bulakeño chieftains in the same year. Felipe Salonga who started the
revolt was exiled from Polo, Bulakan to New Spain, Mexico.
A Royal Decree in 1595 created the Archbishop of Manila, which has
jurisdiction of all the parishes in the province of Bulakan. The power
of the church bells was now encompassing more and more pueblos under
its sway. The Cross and Sword worked marvels in the organization of the
pueblos during the 17th century: the town of Bocaue was founded by the
Franciscans in 1606, followed by the town of Polo in 1623 by the
Franciscans and in 1628 Captain Fernando de Perona was appointed
Alcalde Mayor of the Province of Bulakan and also as military commander.
A three-year war occurred in Bulakan province (1638-1640) where
Chinese in many parts of Luzon revolted against Spain. There were more
than 300 Chinese rebels killed in Bulakan by the Spaniards and the
Bulakeños. Three years later (1643) another revolt took place led by
Don Pedro Ladia, a native of Borneo. Ladia claimed that he was a
descendant of Rajah Matanda, the petty King of Maynila in 1571. Ladia
styled himself King of the Tagalog. This rebellion was checked by Fray
Cristobal Enriquez. Ladia was arrested and sent to Manila where he was
The last town in the 17th century succumb to the power of the bells
was Paombong which became a town in 1650. The 18th century found
Baliuag a separate pueblo from Quingua in the year 1733. In 1750 the
Augustinians had 11 parishes in Bulakan, namely; Angat, Baliuag,
Bulakan, Dapdap (now the barrio of Sta. Ana), San Miguel, Guiguinto,
Malolos, Quingua, Hagonoy, Paombong and Calumpit while the Franciscans
had 9 parishes:Meycauayan, Bocaue, Polo, San Jose Del Monte, Obando,
Santa Maria, Marilao, Pandi, and Balagtas . October 4, 1762 marked the
Fall of Manila from the British invaders.
That same night Simon de Anda y Salazar left Manila aboard a small
banca for Bulakan, Bulakan. Early in the morning of October 5, 1762
Simon de Anda landed on the Bulakan, Bulakan pier. Incidentally, the
exact location of this wharf is the site of this writer’s residence. On
the same day Anda issued his first proclamation naming himself Captain
General and the Supreme Governor of the Philippines and President of
the Real Audiencia on account of the Fall of Manila to the British.
During the years 1745 and 1746 there were agrarian revolts in
several provinces near Manila, which included Bulacan, on account of
occupations of Filipino lands by religious orders. In a royal decree of November 7, 1751, it noted that in the provinces of Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Morong (Rizal) (especially in the towns of Hagonoy, Taguig, Parañaque, San Mateo, Bacoor, Cavite Viejo (Kawit), Silang, Imus, and Biñan
the people revolted because the religious orders had usurped "the lands
of the Indians, without leaving them the freedom of the rivers for
their fishing, or allowing them to cut wood for their necessary use, or
even to collect the wild fruits; nor did they allow the natives to
pasture on the hills near their villages the carabaos which they used
On January 18, 1763, Capt. Slay left Manila for Bulakan with a force
of 400 British soldiers, 300 Malabar Negroes and 2,000 Chinese allies.
The Alcalde Mayor and Fr. Agustin de San Antonio, the Recollect Curate
of Bulakan, fought them courageously but in vain. Fr. San Antonio died
heroically in defending this town against the British invaders. But his
death paved the way for unifying force among the Spaniards and
It was in this first battle of Bulakan that the Catholic Church was
burned. The British did not stay long in Bulakan, Bulakan. By June
1763, a strong force of Filipinos and Spaniards estimated at around
8,000 stormed the town under the command of Jose Pedro Bustos. With
heavy casualties the British were forced to retreat to Manila. For the
first time the valor of the Bulakeño soldier was recorded in our
In an article by Isidro C. Gregorio of Aliaga, Nueva Ecija published
in The Philippines Free Press on September 29, 1962, the following
portion appears: “The British issued a proclamation declaring Anda a
bandit and promising a reward of P5,000 for his capture, dead or alive.
Anda countered with an edict awarding 10 million pesos to anyone who
could kill or capture a British officer. While the fighting raged in
the Philippines, the Seven Years War came to an end, resulting in the
signing of a peace treaty on February 10, 1763. Called the Treaty of
Paris, it gave the Philippines back to Spain.
Accordingly, on May 31, 1764, Anda and his men entered Manila to
receive the city form the enemy. The turnover rites took place on that
same day in the patio of the Sta. Cruz Church. The British sailed away
after having occupied Manila for a year and a half.” The story of the
British occupation cannot be told without mention of the courage and
fighting spirit displayed by the Filipino warriors. In this connection,
General Draper wrote in his journal: “Had their skill or weapons been
equal to their strength and ferocity, it might have cost us dear.
Although armed chiefly bows, arrows and lances, they advanced up to
the very muzzles of our guns, and kept repeating their assaults…” The
Fall of British in Bulakan marked a new epoch. It was a period of
reconstruction: the government buildings were reconstructed but the
church had to wait for another 50 years before it could be
reconstructed from the ruins of war.
The Fall ushered in an era of peace that would last for more than a
century. The Spanish colonizers also envisioned the use of the Cross
and the Plow in giving the people of the pueblos under the bells an era
of peace, progress and prosperity. In 1763 San Miguel was founded as a
town by Miguel Pineda who became the first capitan municipal of the
town. Vast tracts of land were cultivated and planted to the golden
grain which brought bountiful harvest of the basic food. In 1782 Angat
became a separate town from Bocaue.
The missionaries encourage the people of Angat to develop the iron
mines for the production of harrows and plows for the peasants. The
plows and harrows and other agricultural implements helped accelerate
the agricultural development of the province. In 1792 the town of Sta.
Maria was founded followed by Marilao in 1796. In that same year
Pulilan was founded by Augustinian friars. The symbol of this town up
to the present is the carabao, the peasants’ beast of burden.
In 1848, the towns of San Miguel, Baliuag (including Bustos), Pulilan, and Quingua (now Plaridel) was annexed to Bulacan from Pampanga.
First Philippine Republic
At the height of the Filipino-Spanish conflict in 1890s, Bulacan was
one of the first eight provinces to take up arms against the Spaniards
in 1896. However the first phase of the revolution ceased in 1897 with
the signing of the Pact of Biak-na-Bato
in San Miguel. Under it terms the leaders were to go to Hong Kong and
reside there. Under the illusory peace created by the Pact, the end of
1897 saw greater determination pm the part of the Filipinos to carry on
the revolution. In early 1898, the provinces of Zambales, Ilocos,
Pampanga, Bulacan, Laguna, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac. and
Camarines rose again. In Central Luzon, a revolutionary government was
organized under General Francisco Makabulos, a Kapampangan
revolutionary leader of La Paz, Tarlac.
By the middle of 1898, the second phase of the revolution broke out and culminated with the establishment of the First Philippine Republic.
Reynaldo Naguit's Hinubog sa Batong Buhay: Mga Dakilang Bulakenyo sa
Kasaysayan (published by the Bahay-saliksikan ng Bulacan in 2004) noted
that on June 1, 1898, Gregorio del Pilar attacked at the midnight the
cazadores of the Spaniards in Bulakan, Bulacan. After the ranging
smokes of the revolutionaries of del Pilar, at the break of the
morning, Spaniards hided inside the Paroquia of the Nuestra Señora de
la Asuncion and later surrendered with them. Also on this day, San
Miguel de Mayumo was also liberated. June 10, 1898 San Ildefonso was
next to be liberated. Following Biak-na-Bato on June 21, 1898, and
finally on June 24, 1898 in Bulakan, Bulacan, the Spaniards finally
liberated the Province and a treaty of surrendering was signed between
the Spanish governor of the Province and del Pilar, the first Filipino
governor of Bulacan appointed by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo on June 19, 1898
to be the military dictator of Bulacan and Nueva Ecija. For the first
time, the Philippine flag was hoisted and the national anthem was
played by a band for the first time while the Spanish flag was strikes
down on the pole, with a feast celebrated for the whole day.
August 22, 1898 Gen. Aguinaldo announced that Malolos will be the
next capital of the Philippines, as it was formally became the seat on
September 9, 1898 upon the revolutionary government arrival at Malolos.
The Malolos Cathedral and the Barasoain Church became the executive headquarter of President Aguinaldo and the legislative headquarter of the Malolos Congress, respectively.
The Americans established a local Philippine government in the
Philippines when they held the first election in the country in the
town of Baliuag, Bulacan on May 6, 1899.
In book, The Philippines and Round About (published in 1899), George
John Younghusband described the town of Malolos during the height of
the Philippine-American War:
In Malolos, we saw considerable numbers of Spanish prisoners,
bare-headed, bare-footed, and in rags, performing all the most menial
offices as domestic servants to individual natives or as public
scavengers. Every railway station was guarded by insurgent troops, and
every train at each station was carefully examined by them. Not even an
American can travel without a passport, and the only safe and
convenient nationality to assume is that of a British subject.
Japanese Occupation and World War II
In 1942, entering the Japanese forces in Bulacan.
In 1945, combined Filipino and American forces including local
recognized guerrillas attack from the Japanese Imperial forces
liberated in Bulacan.
The Historical Parishes in Bulacan
- Angat : Santa Monica de Hippo - 1683
- Balagtas : San Lorenzo de Diacono y Martir - 1621
- Baliuag : San Agustin de Hippo - 1752
- Barasoain : Our Lady of Mt. Carmel - 1630 (the Barasoain Church)
- Bocaue : San Martin de Tours - 1606
- Bulacan : Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion - 1578
- Bustos : Santo Niño de Bustos - 1867
- Calumpit : San Juan de Bautista - 1672
- Doña Remedios Trinidad : Nuestra Señora de Lourdes - 1989
- Guiguinto : San Ildefonso de Toledo - 1641
- Hagonoy : Santa Ana de Nazareth - 1581
- Malolos : Nuestra Señora La Virgen Immaculada Conception - 1580 (the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception
- Marilao : San Miguel de Arcanghel - 1796
- Meycauayan : San Francisco de Assisi - 1578 (Parish of St. Francis of Assisi)
- Norzagaray : San Andres de Apostol - 1587
- Obando : San Pascual de Baylon - 1754
- Pandi : Nuestra Señora Immaculada Conception - 1911
- Paombong : Santiago de Apostol - 1619
- Plaridel : Santiago de Cuantioso - 1602
- Pulilan : San Isidro de Labrador - 1749
- San Ildefonso : San Ildefonso de Toledo - 1885
- San Jose Del Monte : San Jose de Obrero - 1751
- San Miguel : San Miguel de Mayumo - 1763
- San Rafael : San Juan de Dios - 1758
- Santa Maria : Nuestra Señora La Purissima Concepcion - 1792
- Valenzuela : San Diego de Alcala - 1623
Tatak Bulakenyo Program
Launched in 2004, the "Tatak Bulakenyo" (Bulacan Brand) Progam was
conceptualized to stimulate the economic activity in the province and
sustain the anti-poverty thrust of the government through the promotion
of entrepreneurship. The program's beneficiaries are potential micro,
small and medium-size enterprises in the province.
- Through the Tatak Bulakenyo program, the Provincial Government of
Bulacan, through the Provincial Cooperative and Economic Development
Office (PCEDO), is able to enhance Bulacan product quality and value by
providing the following assistance: Improvement of the packaging design
- Following the basic business requirements;
- Providing technical assistance to manufacturers/producers; and
- Extensive marketing and promotion efforts.
Tatak Bulakenyo Products
- Apple Juice w/ Menthol
- Fruit Juice Drink
- Gingerale (Salabat in Filipino)
- Kapeng Tagalog (Coffee)
- Native Chocolate Drink
- Bibingkang Lamoteng Kahoy
- Custard Cake
- Pinipig de Leche
- Special Cassava Cake
- Sweet Preserves - Garbanzos
- Sweet Preserves - Langka
- Sweet Preserves - Macapuno
- Breads, Sweets and Pastries
- Chocolate Coated Polvoron
- Lengua de Gato
- Otap Bread
- Pandesal de Baliuag
- Polvoron de Pinipig
- Puto Pao
- Honey Bee Products
- Tomato Jam
- Fish and Seafoods
- Bagoong Alamang
- Bagoong Isda
- Bottled Sardines
- Burong Isda
- Sausage Relyeno
- Tahong Chips
- Tinapang Tilapya
- Mushroom Meat Products
- Ortega's Best
- Relish, Condiments and Dips
- Atsarang Ampalaya
- Atsarang Dampalit
- Atsarang Indian Mango
- Atsarang Kangkong
- Atsarang Papaya
- Lechon Sarsa
- Pickled Fish
- Pickled Jerkins
- Pickled Vegetables
- Sukang Bulacan (Paombong)
- TET Sarsa
- Tuba nd Sasa
North Food Exchange
The North Food Exchange (NFEx) is the economic system center
for a sustainable community development focused primarily on making the
agro-fishery industries globally competitive. Thus, the North Food
Exchange is an agricultural and fishery products exchange center
(wholesale and retail) designed to modernize food distribution. It will
host agri-industrial utilities and services in its 130 hectare area.
The NFE is likewise designed as a show-window for Philippines as well
as Southeast Asia global products. It is also an information and
The NFEx was established to achieve the Provincial Government of
Bulacan's (PGB) vision for a stronger middle class. The Facility is
designed to provide the system, opportunity and infrastructure for the
economic, physical, educational, cultural and spiritual trasformation
of not only Bulakenyos, but the entire Filipino.
The NFEx will eventually become the economic system center for
sustainable development and will primarily focus on making the
province's agro & fishery industries globally competitive.
The NFEx is a joint project of the Provincial Government of Bulacan,
South East Asian Commodities and Food Exchange, Inc. (SACFEI) and the
Foundation for People Development.
 NFE Components
- Transport Interchange
- Produce and Wet Market
- Dry and Cold Storage Facilities
- Slaughterhouses for Hog, beef and Chicken
- Fish and Seafood Processing Plants
- Vegetable Processing Center
- Export Processing Center
- Industrial/Export Processing Zone (Light to Medium Industrial Plants)
Bulacan is noted for its advanced methods in both secondary and
tertiary education. The Bulakeño students excel in different academic
disciplines that made the province of Bulacan among one of the best
areas of teaching in the Philippines aside from Metro Manila. The
province is home to several nationally recognized public and private
educational institutions such as the Bulacan State University (Main, Satellite & International Campuses), University of Regina Carmeli (the "only Catholic University in the province"), and Centro Escolar University (Malolos Campus).
- Primary and Intermediate Education
Bulacan has a total of 473 public Elementary schools, 435 public schools under the Department of Education (DEPED) Division of Bulacan and 38 public schools under the Division of City Schools of Malolos.
- Private Schools
There are many privately-owned (by individual or group) and
church-operated schools established in the city. Private Schools in the
province are member of Bulacan Private Schools Association (BULPRISA)
While in Malolos, private schools are organized as Malolos City Private
Schools Association (MACIPRISA)
 Secondary Education
Bulacan has a total of 68 public high schools, national and provincial. Sixty-five (65) under the Department of Education (DEPED) Division of Bulacan and three (3) public high schools under the Division of City Schools of Malolos.
The following are the top public secondary schools in Bulacan based on students' performance and teaching effectiveness arranged in alphabetical order.
- Bulacan State University Laboratory High School, City of Malolos
- Calawitan High School, San Ildefonso
- Calumpit National High School (formerly San Marcos High School), Calumpit
- Marcelo H. del Pilar National High School, Malolos City
- Mariano Ponce National High School, Baliuag
- Meycauayan National High School, Meycauayan
- Obando National High School,Obando
- Parada High School, Santa Maria
- Prenza National High School, Marilao
- Pulong Buhangin National High School, Santa Maria
- Ramona S Trillana High School, Hagonoy
- San Ildefonso National High School, San Ildefonso
- San Miguel National High School, San Miguel
- Sapang Palay National High School, City of San Jose del Monte
- Sta. Monica National High School, Hagonoy
 Tertiary Education
The following are the top colleges and universities in Bulacan: (In alphabetical order)
- AMA Computer College (AMACC), City of Malolos
- AMA Computer Learning Center (AMACLC); Baliuag, Cities of Malolos, Meycauayan & SJDM
- ABE International College of Business & Accountancy, City of Malolos
- Baliuag University, Baliuag
- Bulacan Merchant Marine Academy, Balagtas
- Bulacan Agricultural State College , San Ildefonso
- Bulacan Polytechnic College , City of Malolos (Main), Obando, San Miguel, City of San Jose Del Monte
- Bulacan State University - Main Campus, City of Malolos
- Bulacan State University - Satellite Campuses, Bustos; Bulakan, Bulacan; City of San Jose Del Monte
- Centro Escolar University (Malolos), City of Malolos
- College of Saint Anthony, City of San Jose Del Monte
- Fernandez Colleges Baliuag, Bulacan
- Immaculate Conception International College of Arts and Technology, Santa Maria
- Jesus Is Lord Colleges Foundation, Inc., Bocaue
- Mariano Quinto Alarilla Polytechnic College, Meycauayan
- Meycauayan College, Meycauayan
- Norzagaray College, Norzagaray
- Polytechnic University of the Philippines, Santa Maria Extension, Santa Maria
- Saint Mary's College of Meycauayan, Meycauayan
- University of Regina Carmeli, City of Malolos
- Saint Mary's College of Baliuag, Baliuag
- St. Augustine School of Nursing, Malolos City
- STI College-Sta. Maria, Santa Maria
- Sienna College, City of San Jose del Monte
- Baliuag Polytechnic College, Baliuag
- TESDA Korea-Philippines Information Technology Training Center, Guiguinto
- Philippine Womens University - Bulacan, Baliuag
 Current Government Officials (2007-2010)
- Governor: Jonjon Mendoza
- Vice Governor: Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado
- Provincial Board Members
- Christian D. Natividad,
- Vicente C. Cruz Sr.
- Patrocino F. Laderas
- Atty. Ramon Posadas
- Ariel S. Arceo
- Ernesto S. Sulit
- Enrique V. Viudez II
- Glenn B. Santos
- Enrique A. delos Santos
- Eulogio C. Sarmiento III
- Congressional Representatives
 Previous governors
 Notable Bulaqueños
 National Heroes and Patriots
The early people of Bulacan, being descendants of a freedom-loving
race, had also risen in revolt like their brothers in other parts of
the country. Bulacan was one of the eight provinces, which rallied
behind the Katipunan's call for an all-out insurrection against the
Spanish tyranny in the late 19th century. The Bulakeños take fierce
pride in their history and tradition and they live by these glories. By
these glories, they are quick to display leadership and seek fullest
commitment to national goals.
- Marcelo H. del Pilar (Kupang, San Nicolas, Bulakan), the Great Propagandist
- General Gregorio del Pilar (San Jose, Bulakan), one of the youngest generals in the Philippine Revolutionary Forces during the Philippine Revolution and the Philippine-American War who led his men in the Battle of Tirad Pass.
- Francisco Balagtas (Panginay, Bigaa), author of the "Florante and Laura"
- General Isidoro D. Torres (Matimbo, Malolos),
He established Katipunan chapters in Bulacan. He was among the
revolutionaries who left their homes in Bulacan and brought their
respective families to the forest when the revolution began. He headed
the 6,000-strong Filipino army that marched in the parade at the
inauguration of the Philippine Republic on January 23, 1899. He was
also one of the revolutionary leaders who fought the Americans.
- General Anacleto Enriquez (San Jose, Bulakan),
second in command to General Isidoro D. Torres in the Bulacan
Revolutionary Movement, led his contingent in the Battle of San Rafael.
He is the youngest Bulakeno General of the Revolutionary Movement
against Spain at 20 years old. His death led to General Gregorio del
Pilar to join the revolution.
- Colonel Vicente Enriquez (San Jose, Bulakan), younger brother of General Anacleto Enriquez and right hand man of General Gregorio del Pilar in the Battle of Tirad Pass.
- Mariano Ponce (Baliwag), a physician who was a leader of the Propaganda Movement
- Pio Valenzuela (Polo),
a physician and patriot who was among the leaders of the Katipunan. He
secretly established Katipunan branches in many areas in Morong and
Bulacan. He helped Emilio Jacinto establish the Katipunan paper,
Kalayaan, using stolen types from the Diario de Manila. He was chosen
to see Jose Rizal in Dapitan to Convince the latter to support the
revolution. To fool authorities, he was accomplished by a blind man who
pretended to be a patient of Dr. Rizal
- Maximo Viola (San Miguel de Mayumo),helped Jose Rizal and other propagandas work for justice and changes in the government of the Philippines.
- Eusebio Roque (Maestrong Sebio)
- Jose Corazon de Jesus (Santa Maria, his father's hometown), also known as "Huseng Batute"
- Trinidad Tecson (San Miguel de Mayumo),
she was given the title "Mother of Biak-na-Bato" by Gen. Aguinaldo.
Along with three other companions, she went to the courthouse in
Kalookan to seize firearms. They overpowered the Guardia Civil and
carried away their guns. She with the revolutionaries in 12 battles
under five Filipino generals and organized groups of women to nurse
wounded Filipino soldiers.
- 21 Women of Malolos Malolos,
- Felipe Buencamino Sr. (San Miguel de Mayumo),
he joined the revolutionary movement and fought in the battles of
Kamansi and Mount Arayat. He helped write the Constitution of the
Philippine Republic at Malolos. He was named to the Aguinaldo cabinet
as "secretario de fomento" or secretary of development.
- Dr. Joaquin Gonzalez (politician) (Baliwag),
one of the drafters of the Malolos Constitution. During the revolution,
he was assigned by Aguinaldo to head the Universidad
Cientifico-Literaria de Filipinas (the forerunner of the University of
- Nicolas Capistrano (Angat),
He was a general of the Cagayan de Oro revolutionaries in a guerilla
war against the Americans from 1899 to 1901. He served both civil and
military chief of the revolutionary government in Misamis. After the
war, he was elected member of the Philippine Assembly of 1909.
- Felipe Salvador (Baliwag),
He joined the Katipunan when the revolutionaries from Balintawak
arrived in his hometown in Bulacan in 1896. When Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo
was captured by the Americans in 1900, he fled to the mountains and
founded the Santa Iglesia, a messianic society that aimed to overthrow
the American colonial government.
- Sancho Valenzuela,
He owned a wrope-making business along the banks of Pasig River in
Bacood, Sta. Mesa. There, after work, he and his workers secretly made
bolos, iron-typed spears, and sharpened bamboo lances in preparation
for the revolution. They also gathered stones at the riverbank to use
later as "missiles." He led 100 men in attacking the police barracks at
Sampaloc, But they met a bigger Spanish force in Sta. Mesa and in the
unsuing battle, he lost many of his men and was wounded. Despite the
situation, he managed to help carry the dead and wounded back to his
Bulacan is also home to many of the country's greatest artists, with a good number elevated as National Artists.
The following artists were named as National Artists of the Philippines (listed in chronological order of membership):
- Francisca Reyes Aquino (Bocaue), National Artist in Dance (1973)
- Amado V. Hernández (Hagonoy), National Artist in Literature (1973, posthumous award)
- Guillermo Tolentino (Malolos), National Artist in Sculpture (1976)
- Gerardo de Leon, National Artist in Film (1982)
- Honorata Atang dela Rama, National Artist in Theater and Music (1987)
- Col. Antonio Buenaventura (Baliuag), National Artist in Music (1988)
- Ernani Cuenco, National Artist in Music (2000, posthumous)
- Virgilio S. Almario (San Miguel), National Artist in Literature (2003)
 Religious figures
 Scientist and Inventor
 Politicians, Ambassadors and Military Men
- Gen. Alejo Santos (Bustos), former Governor of Bulacan and Secretary of National Defense during the Garcia Administration.
- Blas Ople (Hagonoy),
journalist and politician who held several high-ranking positions in
the executive and legislative branches of the government.
- Roberto Pagdanganan (Calumpit),
former Governor of the Province of Bulacan (1989-1998); National
President, League Of Provinces of the Philippines (1990-1998); National
President, Boy Scouts of the Philippines (1995-1997); Secretary,
Department of Agrarian Reform (January 20, 2003-January 20, 2004);
Secretary, Department of Tourism (February 2004-September 2004);
Chairman and President, Philippine International Trading Corporation
(September 2004 - March 2007); Chairman, Philippine Southeast Asian
Games Organizing Committee (PhilSOC) (2004 - 2005).
- Herbert Constantine M. Bautista, MPA, MNSA (Malolos),
now Quezon City Vice Mayor (on his fourth term, 1st in 1995, then in
2001 to present). He is also the President of the National Movement of
Young Legislators (NMYL)
- Crispin Beltran (San Jose del Monte), politician and a labor leader; former Representative of "Anak Pawis" partylist.
- Daniel Fernando (Guiguinto), also known as "Ka Puroy"; former Board member of "Sanguniang Panlalawigan."
- Teodulo Natividad (Malolos), former Representative of first district of Bulacan
- Lt. Gen. Cardozo M. Luna (San Ildefonso), current Philippine Ambassador to Netherlands and former Vice Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, former commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command and Central Command, and member of the PMA "Makabayan" Class of 1975.
- Jose Maria Delgado (Malolos), First Philippine Ambassador to the Vatican.
- Francisco Afan Delgado (Malolos),
Resident Commissioner to the United States House of Representatives
(74th Congress) from the Philippine Islands January 3, 1935 - February
14, 1936; Ambassador to the United Nations, September 29, 1958 -
January 1, 1962
 Other Popular Figures
Popular Celebrities, Film and Television Artist, Broadcasters, Journalists, etc.
- Regine Velasquez (Balagtas and Guiguinto),
popularly known as the "Asia's Songbird", a very popular singer,
actress, record producer, and TV host. Other says, she is the "Icon"
for the gays in the Philippines.
- Bert Marcelo (Baliuag), prominent television personality whose trademark high-pitched infectious laughter earned him the popular moniker "Tawa."
- Joey de Leon (Malolos), multi-talented Filipino comedian/TV host; he is one of the popular hosts of the long-running noontime variety show Eat Bulaga!. His grandfather once became the municipal mayor of Malolos.
- Milagros S. Enriquez (Bulakan), noted historian and cuisine expert.
- Rey Valera (Meycauayan), singer, songwriter, music director and film scorer..
- Bryan Termulo, singer, First-Runner up of a national talent show, Pinoy Pop Superstar
- Kyla (Calumpit), or Melanie Hernandez Calumpad (real name), R&B singer and actress
- Jamie Rivera, pop and gospel-music singer
- Evette Palaban (Malolos), one of the SexBomb Girls dancers
- Orange and Lemons(Bulakan) band members
- Daniel Fernando (Guiguinto), also known as "Ka Puroy"; a television and film actor; his breakthrough movie was the 1985 Regal Film's "Scorpio Nights", directed by Peque Gallaga.
- Diana Zubiri, or Rosemarie Joy Garcia (real name), a film and television actress and a model, and wife of (Ray John Iturralde).
- Ella Cruz, a child actress since 2006.
- Sharlene San Pedro, or Sharlene Santos San Pedro is a Filipina child actress
- Krystal Reyes (Santa Maria), or Jolina Marie B. Reyes (real name), is a child actress.
- Jewel Mische, a television actress; Ultimate Sweetheart of StarStruck: The Next Level
- Michelle Aldana, beauty pageant winner.
- Maricar Balagtas (Plaridel), 2004 "Binibining Pilipinas" - Universe.
- Cheche Lazaro, broadcast journalist
- Arnold Clavio (currently lives in Plaridel), popular radio and television newscaster and news anchor in GMA Network and DZBB.
- Lhar Santiago (Malolos), showbiz news anchor in GMA Network.
- Proseso Marcelo, radio Christian ministry broadcaster
- Dely Magpayo, radio broadcaster
- Vergel Meneses (Malolos), nicknamed "The Aerial Voyager"; professional basketball player in Philippine Basketball Association (PBA)
- Lydia de Vega (Meycauayan), or Lydia de Vega-Mercado, a former track and field athlete; she was once acknowledged as the fastest woman in Asia.
- Billy Mamaril (Bocaue), a Filipino professional basketball player currently playing with the Barangay Ginebra Kings.
- Eddie Villanueva (Bocaue), religious leader of Jesus Is Lord Church
- Teresita Reyes (Malolos), popularly known as "Mama Sita"; founder of Mama Sita’s famous line of mixes and sauces
- Luz Ocampo (Malolos), one of the last practitioners of the art of pabalat (pastillas wrapper) making.
- Jesús Manuel Santiago (Obando), or Jess Santiago, is a Filipino male poet, songwriter, singer-composer, protest musician and translator.
- Florentino V. Floro, world-famous Filipino dwarf judge; he made several statements that he was psychic and claimed to frequently communicate with invisible dwarves.
- Carlos A. Santos-Viola (San Miguel), an architect. He is best known for designing and building churches for the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) religious group.
- Gabriel A. Bernardo (Malolos), Born March 14, 1891. Father of Philippine Librarianship
- Angel Locsin (Sta. Maria), Angelica Colmenares in real life. Philippines' finest actress portraying Mulawin and Darna in GMA 7 and Lobo in ABSCBN 2.
- Rodney Santos
, Basketball Player. Former NCAA MVP played for San Sebastian Stags. He
also played in PBA for Purefoods, Alaska, Ginebra, and Coca Cola teams.
Also, he representing the country to compete in Asian Games for
Philippine Centennial team coached by Tim Cone
- Reynold "Pooh" Garcia (San Jose del Monte City), is a Filipino singer-comedian.
 Bulacan Festivals and Fiestas
Bahay-saliksikan ng Bulacan (Center for Bulacan Studies) of the
Bulacan State University will soon to publish (probably on the year
2009) a special publication about the Bulacan celebrations and
festivities entitled Makulay na Bulacan: Mga Makukulay na Pagdiriwang sa Bulacan.
For a meanwhile, this is the list of Bulacan festivals and there are other local festivals to be recorded and documented.
- Paglalayag Festival of De La Costa Homes III (City of San Jose del Monte)
- Halamanan Festival (Guiguinto)
- Kasilonawan sa Obando (Fertility Rites, Obando)
- Carabao Festival (Pulilan)
- Angel Festival (San Rafael)
- Sto. Nino sa Pariancillo Malolos)
- Luyang Dilaw (Marilao)
- Ligiran sa Wawa(Bocaue)
- Kawayanan Festival(Meycauayan)
- Liston Festival(Meycauayan)
- Libad ng Calumpit (Calumpit)
- Salubong sa Quingua(Plaridel)
- Bulak Festival (San Ildefonso)
- Buntal Hat Festival (Baliuag)
- Singkaban Festival: Linggo ng Bulacan
- Santisima Trinidad Fiesta:Barihan,Malolos City
 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), 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. hagonoy(Desposorio festival)
 Longest carabao milk candy
Graced by Guest of Honor (LWUA) Prospero Pichay,
the 2008 "Pista sa Nayon" (with the theme "Araw ng Magsasaka at
Mangingisda") highlighted Bulacan's "Singkaban Festival". a 202.6-meter
long "pastillas". Gov. Joselito R. Mendoza announced "We have
successfully staged 202.6 meters long pastillas (4,000 kilos, made of 12,800 liters carabao milk and 1,600 kilos of white sugar, from San Miguel, Bulacan and San Ildefonso, Bulacan)." Mendoza said he applied for and submitted the feat to Guinness World Records' office. Further, residents also cooked 50 lechon (roast pigs), lechong manok (roast chicken), and 10,000 eggs.
 Recent events
 Bulacan P 11-billion bulk water supply project
On December 12, 2007, Bulacan and the Metropolitan Waterworks and
Sewerage System (MWSS) signed an agreement for the development of an
P11-billion bulk water supply project. Ayala-owned Manila Water Co. Inc. will implement the project. MWSS and Manila Water will provide a financial package of an infrastructure grant, a P10-million development assistance and a P10-million royalty fee to the towns of Norzagaray and Doña Remedios Trinidad, which will host the water supply project.
 ICT Park jobs allotment
Bulacan Governor Joselito Mendoza announced before thousands of
students who graduated from the College of Information and
Communication Technology of the Bulacan State University that 3,000 jobs will be allotted for the Business Processing Outsourcing and call center company (PLDT) that will be built in the Marilao, Bulacan ICT Park, a special economic zone.
Mendoza said 300 Information Technology graduates will be employed by
Bulacan government for the general revision of the Capitolyo
computerization, particularly the Bulacan Satellite-Based Geographic
Information System (SBGIS) Project. (PIA-Bulacan).
 WDACL ABK2 - TEACh
A 4-year school project for child workers highlighted the
Philippines' observance of 2008 World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL).
Accordingly, representatives of the DOLE, WDF, CCF, and other social
partners in the national drive against child labor gathered at the
Bulacan State University (BSU) to mark WDACL, on June 13, 2008. ABK2
(Pag-aaral ng mga Bata Para sa Kinabukasan) or TEACh (Take Every Action
for Children) project will be implemented with grants from the United
 Points of interest
||Points of Interest
(19 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) through Meycauayan Exit; Manila North Road (MacArthur Highway) through Valenzuela City.
Old Meycauayan Church, a 400 year old edifice serving as a mute witness to history of the town;
Gat Ciriaco Contreras Marker, a monument in memory of the commander who fought a fierce battle against the Spanish forces in Bancal;
Acacia Tree – The late Pres. Manuel L. Quezon played under this tree in his childhood days;
Liputan Islands – Surrounded by fishponds and accessible only through water transportation;
De Larisse Resorts & Pavilion, Meycauayan Golf Driving Range, and
Emco Pavilion in Pandayan; Golden Cocoon Resort & Ancon Resort in
Malhacan; Joeri’s Resort & Pavilion in Lawa; Jerime Irish Pavilion
& Villa Maria Ester Pavilion in Libtong
|San Jose del Monte City
(28 km from Tungko-Manila)
|Important Road Networks: Quirino Highway through Caloocan City, North; NLEX through Bocaue Exit via Bocaue and Sta. Maria; Bulacan-Rizal-Manila-Cavite Regional Expressway (under planning)
|Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, a replica of the Lourdes Grotto in France. it features a mock hill calvary where life-size statues depicting the passion and death of Jesus Christ;
Grotto Mineral Spring – Located on a rolling hill, the natural spring is believed to be miraculous;
Grotto Vista Resort in Gaya-Gaya; Cresta del Monte Resort and Palmera
North Winds Resort in Sto. Cristo; Natural falls in San Isidro; Dalisay
Farm in Tungkong Mangga
(45 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: NLEX via Tabang Exit; MacArthur Highway
- Barasoain Church - Also known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish.
A national shrine, the historic Barasoain Church is the site of the
Constitutional Convention of the first Philippine Republic, making the
Philippines the very first Asian Government to promulgate a
Constitution. It was the Seat of the First Philippine Republic on Sept.
15, 1898 to the last week of Feb. 1899 under the presidency of Pedro
Paterno. In its convent the Universidad Literaria Cientifica de
Filipinas (or Universidad Literaria de Filipinas) was first housed. It
also boasts of a light and sound museum under the management of
National Historical Institute.
- Malolos Cathedral and Convent, known as Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception 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.;
- Casa Real Shrine,
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.
- Barasoain Ecclesiastical Museum – 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Barasoain Museum – A museum managed by the National Historical Institute where the religious artifacts of the province are displayed;
- Museo ng Bulacan
– 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 Provincial Capitol, seat 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.
- Institute de Mujeres – The place where the 21 women of Malolos, addressed by Dr. Jose Rizal in his famous letter, conducted classes.
- Atlag United Methodist Church,
founded in 1901, considered as the one of the oldest Protestant church
in the country and the oldest in the City, as well in the Province.
||Points of Interest
(17 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: Bulacan-Obando road via Bulacan, Bulacan; Polo Road via Valanzuela City
|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.
(22 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: NLEX via Marilao Exit; MacArthur Highway
|National Shrine of the Divine Mercy;
Marilao Catholic Church, a 17th century church;
La Prenza Dam – 1989 communal irrigation system; serves as a checkgate to prevent water overflow from destroying rice crops in the area;
Hanging Bridge – A 60-m long cable bridge linking barangays Lambakin and Sta. Rosa;
Lustre Pavilion & Swimming Pool in Sarmiento Homes; Dad’s Vineyard
and Medina’s Farm in Sta. Rosa; Villa Felomina Resort in Lias; Four
Kings Resort in Abangan Sur; SM City Marilao;
Bulacan ICT Park, a special economic zone.
(27 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: NLEX via Bocaue Exit; MacArthur Highway; San Jose-Bocaue Road
|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.
Bocaue Museum, houses a collection of municipal antiques and priceless array of artifacts;
D. Lour Pavilion in Igulot
(30 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: NLEX via Bocaue Exit; MacArthur Highway
|Balagtas Monument and Museum – 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;
Bahay na Tisa (Constantine House) – One of the oldest
known tile-roofed houses in the province, it was constructed in 1840
and exhibits a mixture of mestizo, Spanish and native Tagalog designs.
(32 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: NLEX via Bocaue Exit; MacArthur Highway via Bocaue Intersection; Quirino Highway via Sapang Palay
|Santa Maria Church, an 18th-century church, , which is part and parcel of Bulacan’s era that resisted the American regime;
Huseng Batute Marker – A simple marker in honor of the country’s King of Balagtasan;
Long Meadows Resort, Dad's Vineyard Resort, Aqua Matina, and Pamar
Wonderpool Resort in Mahabang Parang; Villa Natalia, Villa Carmen,
Villa Antonia and Sitio Lucia Resorts in Pulong Buhangin; Lanesca
Resort & 4-K Garden Resort in Catmon; Lanesca in Bulac; Cool Water
Resort in Lalakhan; Vig Jam Resort in Balasing;
Stone Bridge Resort in Tumana; Denverland in San Gabriel.
(34 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: NLEX via Tabang Exit
|Guiguinto Gardens; Halamanan Festival; Garden City;
C.M. Farm in Cut-cut; Golden Shower in Tabe; Hidden Mountain Rocks and
Alcor Center in Tiaong; Luntiang Paraiso in Tabang; Old Train Station;
(35 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: MacArthur Highway through Guiguinto or Balagtas, or National Road through Obando
|Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion Parish - the "oldest Roman Catholic Church in the province."
It was here that Gen. Gregorio del Pilar distributed the pamphlets
published and sent from Spain by his uncle Marcelo del Pilar during the
revolutionary period against Spanish colonization in the late 19th
Marcelo H. del Pilar Historical Landmark and Museum – established in honor of the patriot, writer and editor of the revolutionary newspaper La Solidaridad.
Frequent destinations include Coolwaves and Bon-Bon Resorts in San
Nicolas, Jojima Resort in San Francisco, Maglalang Resort and Ulit
Resorts in Pitpitan, Villa Elena Resort in Taliptip, and Evangelista
Resort in San Jose.
(41 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: NLEX via Bocaue Exit- Sta. Maria
|Site of Kakarong Battle, site of the Republic of Real of Kakarong de Sili of 1896;
Inang Filipina Shrine;
Pandi Catholic Church
Pandi Mineral and Batch Spring Resort – Famous for its mineral water which is found to have medicinal and curative effects;
Villa Concepcion in Barangay Masuso; Pandi Mineral Spring Resort in
Poblacion; Fortune Ville Pool and Cabuhat Resort in Manatal Fresh Water
Resort in Siling Bata; Licom Resort in Bagbaguin; Countryside Resort in
Bunsuran II; Villa Aurora Resort in Mapulang Lupa
(41 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: NLEX via Sta. Rita Exit
|Battle of Quinwa Marker – Death marker of Col. John Strotsenberg of the Nebraska Volunteer Infantry
(45 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: NLEX via Sta. Rita Exit or Pulilan Exit; Daang Maharlika
|Pulilan Carabao Festival – Hundreds of work animals, mostly
carabaos, are led on a parade in streets of the town every 14th and
15th of 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;
Pulilan Butterfly Haven;
Pugpog River in Balatong B;
Pulilan Resort in Dampol 2A;
Taps Swimming Pool & Playgroung, Villa Lorenzo Resort, and Villa Cristia in Poblacion;
MRC Resort in Tabon;
Merryland Resort in Taal
(46 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: NLEX via Bocaue Exit - Sta. Maria By-Pass Road - Sta. Maria-Norzagaray Road
|Hilltop, the "Baguio" of Bulacan, located atop the Sierra Madre range;
Pinagcalan Cave – Served as the headquarters of the Katipuneros;
Ipo Dam – Used as a reservoir for the La Mesa Dam which distributes water to Metro Manila residents;
Angat Water Reservoir;
Pugpog River – A natural attraction in Bulacan which clear water originating from the Sierra Madre mountains;
Pugpog River and Prince Resort in Poblacion; Bakas Resort in Matictic;
Adventure Resort in Bigte; Falcon Crest Resort in Bitungcol
(47 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: NLEX via Tabang Exit, MacArthur Highway through Malolos City
|Kapitangan Chapel – known as a pilgrimage area during Holy
Week. As a way of repenting and sharing in the sufferings of Christ,
worshippers whip themselves during the Holy Week. Also, religious
rituals are celebrated in all the towns especially in Malolos, Plaridel
and Pulilan. Famous for families owning old, life-sized “santos”;
Ciudad Clementino Resort and Museum in San Isidro
(50 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: NLEX via Sta. Rita Exit- Daang Maharlika- Cagayan Valley Road
|San Agustin Church;
Lenten Processions – Unique processions featuring life-sized images depicting the life and death of Christ;
Baliuag Museum; Baliuag Clock Tower; Buntal Hat; El Niño Resort in Calantipay; J.E. Garden Resort in Sabang; Glorietta Park; Skate Park; Senior Citizen's Park; SM City Baliwag
(52 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: Cagayan Valley Road (from Baliuag); Bustos-Angat Road
|Mercado House, 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.
Bustos Dam – The longest “sector gate” in the world. This is the
huge reservoir of the Angat Hydroelectric plant at Barrio Hilltop,
which serves as the source of electric power in the province and Metro
Sto Niño Church;
Antique Adobe Stone House – Built during the Spanish era.
(52 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: NLEX via Bocaue Exit- Sta. Maria By-Pass Road-Sta. Maria-Norzagaray Road- Angat-Norzagaray Road
|Sta. Monica de Angat Church, displays a marvelous Baroque architecture. Its interior replicates the famous Sistine Chapel.
Baras Bakal, a stone cave; the first choice of the Katipuneros before they finally selected Biak-na-Bato.
Angat Hydroelectric Dam – One of the largest dams in the country
which supplies water to the Greater Manila area. It facilitates fishing
and boating in a man-made lagoon and hunting in the nearby area.
(53 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks:
|National Shrine of St. Anne, the only church in the Philippines where the relics of Saints Anne and Joaquim, parents of the Blessed Virgin, are venerated;
Princess Caroline Resort in San Miguel.
(54 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: NLEX via Pulilan Exit; MacArthur Highway
|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;
Calumpit Church – Built in 1575, it has a built-in tunnel where
revolutionaries and Spaniards were buried during the war. Also, the
last battlefield of Gen. Tanaka of the Japanese Imperial Army. It is
the birthplace of Christianity in the province;
Meyto Shrine – A marker of Christianization;
Bagbag Bridge, site of the first battle between Filipinos and American forces during the retreat of President Aguinaldo to the Ilocos Region;
Libad Festival – The town’s patron saint, San Juan, is honored with gay fluvial parade as the main attraction for the celebration;
Jed’s Island Resort in Gatbuca and El Bueno Resort in Longos
(58 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks:
|San Rafael Catholic Church – site of the bloody battle
between the Filipinos and the Spanish forces wherein the blood that
drenched the church was ankle-deep;
Royal Northwoods Golf and Country Club
San Rafael Dam and After Bay Resort in San Rafael;
Malangaan spring in Tukod;
Villaflor Resort in Capihan;
Villa del Carmen Resort in Capihan;
Violago Resort in Maasim;
San Rafael Christian Ret. Farm Resort in Pasong Callos;
8 Waves Waterpark in Ulingao;
CnB Craft Private Resort in Maguinao.
|Doña Remedios Trinidad
(65 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: DRT Highway; Cagayan Valley Road (from Baliuag)
|Torch of Freedom Marker – Erected for one of the guerilla base camps during World War II;
Puning Cave; Baras Bakal Spring Cave; Madlum Cave; Mt. Bato Falls; Tumutulo Falls; Mt. Lumot
(66 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks:
|Grotto Central Cement – A memorable place because of the
grotto and the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as the
beautiful landscape and natural scenery;
Bulusukan, a garrison of the "insurrectos" during the Spanish Regime;
Sand Spring – Believed to have some medicinal values;
Bahay na Pula; Filipinas Resort, Paul Cruz Resort, and
Vanguardia Resort in Sapang Putol; Jenerosas Resort and Carmi’s Resort
in San Juan; Villa Cecilia Resort in Gabihan
(75 km from Manila)
|Important Road Networks: Cagayan Valley Road (from Baliuag)
|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
Buencamino House – A marker honoring the leading cabinet member
of the revolutionary government of Aguinaldo. As a student of UST, he
led the first student activist demonstration in 1869 and put up wall
posters along the Puente de España;
Ancestral Home of Former Cong. Jose “Boji” Cabochan – The grandfather of the former Congressman Don Felix de Leon was a close friend of Dr. Jose Rizal;
Viola House – The original owner id Dr. Maximo Viola, companion
of Dr. Jose Rizal in Europe during the time the latter was writing his
two famous novels;
San Miguel Catholic Church – Centuries-old (more than 200 years old) edifice built by Augustinian friars;
Siojo House – Owned by the Siojo Family of which former NBI Dir. Alfredo Siojo Lim is a member;
Doña Narcisa B. de Leon House – Owned by Doña Sisang of LVN
Pictures, two of whose grandchildren are film director Mike de Leon and
Ambassador Narcisa “Ching” de Leon-Escaler;
Sibul Spring – Famous for its medicinal effects. The crystal spring water comes from the Sierra Madre Mountains;
Madlum Cave – Another scenic spot where stalagmites and stalactites delights excursionist and nature lovers;
Tilandong Cave – A natural fall which is now tapped as a source of electric power as well as irrigation;