Bulacan or locally known as the “Lalawigan ng Bulakan” is one of the nearest provinces to Metro Manila in the north of the Philippines and has 3 known cities consisting of Malolos, the capital city, Meycauayan, and San Jose del Monte. Bulacan is just located north of Metro Manila so you can just go ahead and visit Bulacan if you’re just in the area. The easiest way to go is to take the LRT up to Monumento and take van or jeepneys to various areas of Bulacan.
The province of Bulacan is well known for its rich history and its important role during the wars and early history of the Philippines. The climate of Bulacan is fairly nice and like the rest of Central Luzon the climate consists of just two seasons dry and wet season better get there when it’s not the rainy times so you can enjoy the sights much better.
Here’s a list of ten places that you should visit in Bulacan:
1. Enriquez Ancestral House – The house was constructed during the 1850’s and it is one of the ancestral houses found in San Jose, Bulacan. Some of the documents of one of Philippines’ heroes , Marcelo H. del Pilar were located in this house and the place also houses a museum of rare antiques and historical artifacts.
2. Meyto Shrine – This place is where the first Catholic Mass was held by the Augustinian friars in 1572.
3. Barasoain Ecclesiastical Museum – This museum is managed by the National Historical Institute, the museum houses a collection of antiques and priceless and beautiful selections of artifacts.
4. Bulacan Museum – This museum houses a collection of valuable relics and some articles, documents and handicrafts of the Philippine revolution. A good place to visit to learn more about the history of Philippine revolution.
5. Casa Real Shrine – The place was a printing press during the Malolos Republic, and it was restored in 1852 and converted into a municipal library. Now it is a museum under the management of the National Historical Institute.
6. Kakarong de Sili Shrine – The shrine stands is on the site where the revolution in Bulacan took place where more than 3,000 Katipunero revolutionaries died, and on this site is where the Republic of Real de Kakarong de Sili of 1896 was established.
7. Tecson House – This house used to be a headquarters of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and it was said that the three sons of the owners of the houses used to be officers who served in the revolutionary army of Gen. Aguinaldo.
8. Marcelo H. del Pilar Shrine – Del Pilar was a patriot, writer, editor of the revolutionary paper La Solidaridad and he is honored with this monument in Bulacan where he lived most of his life. He’s also one of the recognized heroes of the Philippines who played a crucial role during the revolution era.
9. Old Train Station – The station was built in 1661, and now is one of the town’s most acclaimed historical landmark and heritage site.
10. Pinagrealan Cave – This cave is a subterranean network of caverns extending more than a kilometer deep and was used by The Katipunero Revolutionaries during the war against Spain as a camp in 1896 and also during the Filipino-American War in 1898 as hideout of General Emilio Aguinaldo.
These are just some of the interesting and historical sights that you can find in Bulacan. There are lots more to explore and to visit. Make sure to check these out on your next visit to Bulacan.
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