Metro Manila is too congested that sometimes we want a short, cheap, yet entertaining escape from the usual. Aside from Rizal, Tagaytay, Cavite, Batangas or Pampanga, Bulacan is near enough to do some day trip…
…a historical day trip it has been in the City of Malolos.
Malolos is the Capital City of the Province of Bulacan, located 45 kilometers north of Manila. It has been the site of the Constitutional Convention of 1898, known as the Malolos Convention, that led to the establishment of the short-lived First Philippine Republic. Many patriots and heroes of our country such as Emilio Aguinaldo, Jose Rizal, Gregorio del Pilar, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Antonio Luna have been part of this important event in our history.
Barasoain Church (Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish)
To my generation who are able to use or at least see the back of an old Ten Peso bill, this is that church. In history, it has earned the title of the Cradle of Democracy in the East and has been the site of the First Philippine Republic.
The museum is located just behind the Barasoain Church and you can get the explore for free (donations accepted).
Bulacan Provincial Capitol
The capitol is Art-deco designed by Juan Arellano erected in 1930.
In front of the capitol are the statues of writer, lawyer, and journalist Marcelo “Plaridel” H. del Pilar and the youngest General of Philippine Revolution, Gregorio del Pilar.
It has been a short yet educational rainy day tour, rich in culture and history. Of course, the day will not be complete without some food trip. (Blog re:Food trip at Surf Burger up next)!
How to go to Malolos:
For those with cars, Malolos is pretty much easy to go to via NLEX.
Via commute, there is a terminal of vans/fx going to Malolos located at the open parking of Trinoma near the side of SM North. Fare is at P60.00 each.
Going around the city is so easy, people are friendly and accommodating if asked for directions. If via commute, the jeepneys are interesting to try! They are the small versions of what we have in Manila.
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