Feel the heart and soul of the Philippines in Bulacan province. Its history and tradition, its land, culture and people are truly a melting pot of the past and the present, the old and the new, the countryside and the urbane. Bulacan is noted as the land of heroes, beautiful women, progressive cooperatives, and small and medium-scale industries. It is also known for excellent craftsmanship in making jewelries, leather crafts, buntal hats, pyrotechnics, furniture and garments. Just a few minutes north of Manila by car, Bulacan provides an accessible and welcome respite from the pressures of city life.
The province’s name is derived from the Tagalog word bulak or 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 nucleus of towns that were founded since 1572. 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 town in 1897 between the Filipinos and the Spaniards. 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 first capital at Malolos. When the Americans established a civil government in the Philippines, they held the first election in the country in the town of Baliuag on May 6, 1899. Bulacan is the home province of heroes like Francisco Baltazar, the Prince of Filipino Poets; Marcelo H. Del Pilar, the Great Propagandist; and Gregorio del Pilar, the Hero of Tirad Pass.
How to get there
All buses bound for northern parts of Luzon pass through Bulacan. Malolos is a near 30-minute ride from Manila. Baliuag Transit and Victory Liner in Cubao have buses that leave every half hour for Baliuag, Hagonoy and Malolos.
Light, casual clothes are recommended. An umbrella and a raincoat are must-brings during the rainy season. When shopping in a public market, haggle for the cheapest price. Always bring loose change when taking public transport to avoid inconvenience.
Explore Our Unique Heritage
Casa Real Malolos (Museum of Philippine Political History)
The first printing press of Bulacan, Casa Real is now a museum that contains relics from the First Philippine Republic and items from various presidencies.
Marcelo H. Del Pilar Shrine, Bulacan
This is a museum dedicated to the erudite propagandist and chief editor of the revolutionary newspaper La Solidaridad.
Barasoain Church, Malolos
Barasoain housed the earliest democracy in Southeast Asia and contains vital collection of ecclesiastical artifacts, as well as a lights and sounds museum.
Kakarong de Sili Revolutionary Memorial, Pandi
The memorial commemorates the sacrifice of 3,000 Katipuneros.
Meyto Shrine, Calumpit
This is the cradle of Christianity in the province, where the first Catholic Mass was held by the Augustinian friars armed with cross in 1572.,
Nature At its Best
Biak-na-Bato National Park, San Miguel
This 2,117-hectare national park boasts several campsites, a 3-kilometer long river channel, and various cave formations like the Aguinaldo Cave and Paniki Cave that has a large population of fruit bats.
View from here the magnificent lpo Dam reservoir, or picture the Sierra Madre mountain range that borders the eastern area of Bulacan.
Puning Cave, Doña Renedios Trinidad
The Puning Cave complex is a series of caves that can be reached via a six-hour hike.
Verdivia Falls, Doña Remedios Trinidad
Watch the waters from the Sierra Madre tumble into the hillsides as you hike through Barangay Talbak. This is ideal for bikers, mountaineers, and day hikers.
Complete your tour of Bulacan with its mouthwatering potpourri of delicacies like chicharon, pastillas, ensaymada, minasa, puto, otap, yema and longganisa. Make your trip more memorable with handmade products like bags, candles and accessories. This summer, experience Bulacan! (DOT Region 3)