What to Visit in Bulacan

What to Visit in Bulacan
In Philippine history, the province of Bulacan is one of those places that contains a lot of stories. This place is just few hours of travel from Metro Manila. Backpacking, with a friend, is so simple yet remarkable. People in the province are so accommodating and local delicacies are sumptuous to eat. Check our backpacking spots below:

Ambush Cave Yungib 1
Ambush Cave, Biak na Bato National Park
This ambush cave or Yungib 1 has a narrow and long cavern inside. There were several battles happened in this cave; this was the place where the Katipuneros brought the Spaniards and killed them. But instead of killing the Spanish soldier, the Katipuneros killed the other Katipuneros and the Spaniards killed the Spaniards, because the place was really dark and they didn't recognize that they were killing their own group members.

Hospital Cave Yungib 2
Hospital Cave, Biak na Bato National Park
This cave served as the Hospital during the Katipuneros.  This was the dwelling of those people who got shoot or got ill during the battle against the Spaniards. Together with the my two guides, we had a short prayer (in Portuguese or latin) in a form of a Pasyon (a native song)  for those people who sacrificed their lives just for our Freedom against the Spaniards.

Imbakan Cave Yungib 3
Imbakan Cave or the Yungib 3, Biak na Bato National Park
This Yungib III or the Imbakan Cave played a big role during the fight against the Spaniards.  This was the place where the Katipuneros (Filipino Revolutionaries) stored their foods, medicines, bullets, ammunition and other things that they were using during the fight.

Tanggapan Cave Biak na Bato 
 Tanggapan Cave, Biak na Bato National Park
This cave served as the office and the recruitment area of the Katipuneros (Filipino Revolutionaries) including Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, for their new members .  This is also the place wherein the new recruits were being oriented about the plans in fighting against the Spaniards.

Biak na Bato
Bahay Paniki Cave, Biak na Bato National Park
The Bahay Paniki Cave (House of Bats) is located 300 meters south of the Aguinaldo Cave.  This part of the National Park is not easy to penetrate due to some sharp and slippery boulders.  Since the area is composed of plants, it serves as the home of some poisonous snakes, scorpions and insects. The opening is really enormous and surrounded by huge boulders.

Cruz na Daan Bulacan
Cruz na Daan Church

San Ildefonso Bulacan
San Ildefonso Church
This church is one of the famous destination in the town especially for Roman Catholics.  According to some resident near this church, the construction of this church and convent started 1691 but due to some economic problems encountered in 1734, it wasn't finished.  The style of the facade is simple, almost has the same appearance with the other old churches in the Province.

Baliuag Bulacan
Baliuag Church - Baliaug, Bulacan
The church was built by Father Gregorio Giner.  But, in 1830, Father Esteban Diaz rebuilt this structure and in 1866 the Bell Tower was completed by Father Matias Novoa.  July 19, 1880, this church was damaged by an  earthquake and was repaired by Father Thomas Gresa. Constructed between 1769 to 1774, the style of Baliuag church is Baroque as seen on the facade and interiors.  Damaric tension is created by the interplay of volumes and openings.  The Practico is the late addition which mars the complete layout of style. - source: www.bulacan.gov.ph

Barasoain Church
Barasoain Church - Malolos City, Bulacan
Barasoain Church is also known as (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish) is a Roman Catholic church built in 1630 in Malolos City, Bulacan.    This church housed the revolutionary congress which was inaugurated on September 15, 1898,  Pedro A. Paterno was the President. It was here, that the congress, among other measures discussed and approved the Malolos Constitution.

Bulacan Provincial Capitol
This is also the place where the other government institutions/offices can be found.  It is also the place where you can find the office of the most powerful man in the government of the province. This compound is the location of the leading university in the province and the provincial museum which houses the history of Bulacan.

Jose Cojuanco Mansion
Jose Cojuanco Mansion in Malolos City, Bulacan
This is the old and original house of Jose Chichioco Cojuangco (July 3, 1896-August, 1976) he was the former Representative of the 1st district of Tarlac, Philippines from 1934 to 1946.  He is one of the roots of the Cojuangco clan.    He is the father of  the first woman President of the Philippines Corazon Aquino and grandfather of President Benigno Aquino III.This historical landmark is situated in Paseo del Congreso St., Malolos City Bulacan just few meters from Barasoain Church.

Casa Real Shrine
Casa Real Shrine in Malolos City, Bulacan
This house was built in 1580, became the town’s Casa Tribunal, Ayuntamiento, and Casa Presidencia Municipal and was the residence and Office of the Gobernadorcillo during the Spanish time.  It was the site of the Imprenta Nacional of the First Republic, where the revolutionary organs La Independencia, El Heraldo de la Revolucion, Kalayaan and Kaibigan ng Bayan were printed., the printing press of the 1896 Constitution and the Heraldo de Revolucion.

Basilica Minore de Immaculada Concepcion
Basilica Minore de Immaculada Concepcion in Malolos City (in front of Malolos City Hall)
In this convent, General Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy as President of the First Philippine Republic, held his office from September 10, 1898 to March 29, 1899.   It is now the seat of the Diocese of Malolos, and has been the bastion of faith for the past centuries and beside this old church is the tree planted by Pres. Aguinaldo.

Plaridel Church
Plaridel Church in Plaridel, Bulacan
 This is one of the Heritage Sites in Bulacan especially for the Catholics.  This Gorgeous structure is now 414 years old. The people in this area, with the help of the local government, are preserving it's historical value.  Around 1599 when Quingua (now Plaridel) was established.  During the British occupation (1762-1763)  this church was the place where the money and jewels of San Agustin in Intramuros, Manila were kept. 

Guiguinto Old Train Station
Guiguinto Old Train Station in Guiguinto, Bulacan
Built in 1661, the Estacion de Guiguinto (Guiguinto Train Station) is the towns most acclaimed historical landmark and heritage site.  It was upon this that the Katipuneros (Filipino guerillas during the Spanish Regime) ambushed a train from Dagupan, killing six friars, including the parish friar of Guiguinto, Fr. Leocadio Sanchez, and the Spanish doctor.  The incident inspired Severino Reyes to author the novel "Opera Wlang Sugar" which was later made into a movie entitled "Walang Sugat." - source: www.bulacan.gov.ph


Transportation: In EDSA Cubao we rode in a Baliuag Bus bound for Bulacan and alighted in a tricycle terminal by the highway (I am can't remember the name of the place but the bus conductor told us that it's the place where we can ride a tricycle to Biak na Bato National Park). We then rode in a tricycle to Biak na Bato. After our Biak na Bato adventure, our guide brought us back to the highway (we paid her extra for her motorcycle gasoline). Then we crossed the highway and rode in a bus with Manila signboard and alighted to Cruz na Daan and rode in a jeepney to San Ildefonso and Baliaug Church.

Second day, we first visited the provincial capitol, walked on the streets to Barasoain Church, Jose Cojuanco Mansion, Casa Real Shrine, and Basilica Minore Immaculada Concepcion. Then went back to the capitol and rode in a jeepney to Plaridel, Bulacan. Beside Plaridel Church, we rode in a jeepney to Guiguinto, Bulacan and alighted in front of a commercial supermarket and rode in a tricycle to the old train station.

Going back to Manila: in front of the commercial supermarket, we rode in a jeepney and alighted in a mini-terminal, by the highway, bound for Manila (drivers know this spot, don't hesitate to ask question). At the mini-terminal, we rode in a van to EDSA-Cubao.