Bulacan popularly known as the Land of the Heroes
Bulacan is a province in the Philippines, located in the Central Luzon Region (Region III) in the island of Luzon, 11 kilometres north of Manila (the nation’s capital), and part of the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway Super Region. Bulacan was established on August 15, 1578. It has 569 barangays from 21 municipalities and three component cities (Malolos the provincial capital, Meycauayan, and San Jose del Monte). Bulacan is located immediately north of Metro Manila. Bordering Bulacan are the provinces of Pampanga to the west, Nueva Ecija to the north, Aurora and Quezon to the east, and Metro Manila and Rizal to the south. Bulacan also lies on the north-eastern shore of Manila Bay. Bulacan’s most populated city is San Jose del Monte, the most populated municipality is Santa Maria while the least populated is Doña Remedios Trinidad. In 1899, the historic Barasoain Church in Malolos was the birthplace of the First Constitutional Democracy in Asia.
More popularly known as the Land of the Heroes, Bulacan is one of the eight provinces who fought for democracy during the Philippine Revolution against Spain in 1896. Playing such significant role in the country’s democracy left Bulacan with many historical sites which all become witnesses of the Filipinos’ plight during the war. It had been a home for some of the country’s national brave men including Francisco Baltazar, Marcelo H. del Pilar, and Gregorio del Pilar. Every art form—music, theatre, sculpture, dance, film, visual arts, and literature—are also represented in this province as some of our national artists regarded it as home. Aside from being a historic and cultural province, people also get the impression that Bulacan is full of stores selling local delicacies and firecrackers. However, many people don’t know that the province also boasts natural wonders including caves, waterfalls, mountains, and rivers that are all begging to be explored. How to get there? 1st option by car. The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) is a major motorway that can get you into Bulacan from Metro Manila (particularly Quezon City and Valenzuela) and the neighbouring province of Pampanga. Exits in Bulacan include Marilao, Bocaue, Tabang, Sta. Rita and Pulilan. Comparatively and almost parallel to the NLEX, travellers can take the at-grade McArthur Highway, stretching from the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City up to Pangasinan. Asian Highway 26 enters Bulacan from Nueva Ecija, running south towards Manila. It follows NLEX near Malolos. 2nd option by bus. There are provincial buses to and from Manila to most key cities and towns in the province.Baliwag Transit. Serves the municipalities along the Cagayan Valley Road, especially Baliuag, the bus line’s namesake and headquarters. San Jose del Monte is served by city buses from Metro Manila, mostly via Fairview in Quezon City. Local Products “Tatak Bulakenyo Program” was launched in 2004, conceptualized to stimulate economic activity in the province and sustain the anti-poverty thrust of the government thru the promotion of entrepreneurship. The program’s beneficiaries are potential micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in the province. Tatak Bulakenyo Products comprises sabutan bags, buntal hats, beverages, and even jams. To name a few local products are Inipit, Lengua de gato, Minasa, Pandesal de Baliuag, Polvoron de Pinipig, Bibingkang kamoteng kahoy, Pinipig de leche, Garbanzos, Fish and seafoods, Bagoong Alamang, Sausage Relyeno, Tahong chips, Honey bee products, Tomato jam, Chicharon, Longganisa, Mushroom meat products, Ortega’s Best, Atsarang dampalit, Atsarang indian mango, Atsarang kangkong, Atsarang papaya, Lechon sarsa, Pickled fish, Pickled jerkins, Pickled vegetables, Sukang Bulacan and Tuba nang sasa.
Activities to do in Bulcan. 1st activity. Take yourself back in time with the old Meycauayan PNR station, one of the few two-story PNR stations in the Philippines. 2nd activity. Know about the bravery of our native ancestors through the Battle of Quinga monument in Plaridel. 3rd activity. Commemorate the life, heroism, and death of Marcelo H. Del Pilar at the Plaridel Shrine in Bulakan, Bulacan. Know about him more by exploring the two-story museum library of the shrine and visiting his monument and tomb. 4th activity. Visit the house-turned-museum of Jose Bautista at Malolos where the first meeting of La Liga Filipinas was held. It is an absolute showroom of antique chandeliers, furniture, ceiling murals, paintings, religious icons, memorabilia, and heirlooms including the original flag of KKK. 5th activity. Check out the Casa Real Shrine in Malolos. It served many important purposes during the Spanish and American colonization periods. 6th activity. Say a prayer at Meyto Shrine in Calumpit. This is considered as the cradle of Christianity in the province since this is where Augustinian friars held the first Catholic mass in Bulacan. 7th activity. Drive around the Bustos Heritage Houses which all feature unique architectural attributes. All of these houses miraculously survived World War II. 8th activity. Visit the house-turned-municipio-turned-museum library of revolutionary Dr. Joaquin Gonzalez at Baliwag. The National Museum declared this building as an Important Cultural Property, which houses antique photographs, busts, and memorabilia of the town’s notable heroes. 9th activity. Know more about Baliwag’s history and culture in their century-old Baliwag Library and Museum. 10th activity. Explore the Biak-na-Bato National Park at San Miguel, Bulacan. While learning about history, you can also try various activities like rappelling, caving, and swimming. 11th activity. Chase the sunset at Mt. Balagbag by following the Licao-Licao trail either by foot, bike, or ATV. With a difficulty level of 2/10, Mt. Balagbag is perfect for beginners and it boasts an overlooking view of the Ortigas skyline. It is located at the boundaries of San Jose del Monte, Bulacan and Rodriguez, Rizal. 12th activity. Swim for free at the cool and clear waters of Bakas River in Norzagaray. 13th activity. Discover the hidden paradise that is Bitbit River in Norzagaray and practice your rappelling skills at Bitbit Bridge at Norzagaray. 14th activity. Try spelunking from one cave to another since Bulacan is blessed with several caves: Madlum, Bayukbok, Tanggapan, Bahay Paniki, and Balingkupang Caves (San Miguel), Pinagrealan Cave (Norzagaray), Puning Cave (Doña Remedios Trinidad), Bulusukan Cave (San Ildefonso), and Malangaan Cave (San Rafael). 15th activity. Discover the Secret Falls (San Miguel), the Verdivia Falls (Doña Remedios Trinidad), and Kaytitinga and Ocho-Ocho Falls (San Jose del Monte). 16th activity. Have a relaxing dip at Hugis Gitara Spring at Doña Remedios Trinidad. 17th and last activity. Discover the beauty of Mount Manalmon and Mount Gola in a twin day hike and trek across the Madlum River and Bayukbok Cave to appreciate the lovely rock formations at San Miguel.
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