The Philippines’ heart and soul could be felt in Bulacan. The province has history, tradition, culture, and people that are uniquely Filipino. Many observers describe the first class province as a ‘melting pot’ of the country’s old and new, past and present, and the urban and countryside.
In history, Bulacan has always been noted because of its land heroes. It is home to several of the most celebrated Filipino heroes: Marcelo H. del Pilar (The Great Propagandist), Gregorio H. del Pilar (The Hero of Tirad Pass), and Francisco ‘Balagtas’ Baltazar (Prince of Filipino Poets). The province has also been reputed for its adorable women, small and medium scale industries, and progressive community cooperatives. Excellent craftsmanship is also identified with it because it is source to many of the country’s garments, leather crafts, and jewelries.
Bulacan has become a reputable resort haven in the island of Luzon. It is just a few minutes away from the northern portion of Metro Manila by any land vehicle. It is one of the provinces in the Region 3 or Central Luzon area. The province has 24 municipalities and is the second most populated in the country with a head count of about 2.83 million people. Malolos City is its capital.
The province is popular among local tourists because of the many historical sites found in its areas. The Barasoain Church in Malolos City is the site where the first ever Constitutional Democracy in Asia was established. Other historical landmarks include Malolos Cathedral, Casa Real Shrine, Bagbag Bridge, San Rafael Church, and Biak na Bato. All played important roles in the revolts against the Spanish colonizers.
Bulacan is the ‘Northern Gateway from Metro Manila’ for obvious reasons. All land transport pass the major highways located in the province. It is also known for offering everything that any vacationer could hope for: ideal and peaceful areas for unwinding and reinvigoration. There are many private resorts with swimming pools that could be found across the province.
Festivals make Bulacan more colorful and interesting.
Pagoda sa Wawa – held in Bocaue every first Sunday of July. It is a fluvial parade that honors a miraculous tradition.
Fertility Dance in Obando – from May 17 to 19 is flocked by couples who do not bear any child. It is believed that dancing in the feast could help any woman become fertile enough for conception.
- The Horse Festival – on December 29 to 30 brings herds of horses in colorful costumes parading the streets of the town of Plaridel to revere St. James the Apostle.
How to get there
Buses travel to Bulacan from Metro Manila all day, everyday. The province is just a few minutes away from the metro.