Malolos City is the capital city of the province of Bulacan. It’s quite near to Metro Manila with only a distance of 45 kilometres north of Manila. It’s a very convenient place to visit if you’re already in Manila. The city is also one of the centers of education in Central Luzon region. Malolos is home to the first Philippine Republic and also the first Philippine Constitution was made in Barasoain Church and became the capital of the country during 1898 to 1899.
There are a lot of places to see and visit in the city and mostly consisting of historical places. The city is rich in history and there is never a shortage of things to do and experience and the locals are really friendly.
Here’s our list of ten places to visit in Malolos city:
1. Barasoain Church – The church is located in Paseo del Congreso and it was erected in 1885 and actually a second building because the first one was burned in May 1884. Barasoain Church is the site of the very First Philippine Congress in September 15, 1898, and where the Inauguration of the First Philippine Republic in January 23, 1899 was held.
2. Malolos Cathedral – The cathedral was built in 1580 and the Malolos Cathedral actually served as an Executive Palace during Aguinaldo’s Presidency.
3. Instituto Mujeres – The place is located in Sto Nino street just adjacent to Calle Pariancillo and it is the site where Rizal addressed his famous letter to the 21 women of Malolos who petitioned the Governor General Valeriano Weyler to have a night school for women on December 12, 1888.
4. Gregorio del Pilar’s Tomb – It is located at the front plaza of Bulacan Provincial Capitol and it contains the remains of the young general and has an equestrian statue of the hero of Tirad Pass.
5. The Kalayaan Tree – It is a hundred-year-old Siar tree, President Aguinaldo and other of his Officials holds some important meetings under this tree located in front of the Malolos Cathedral. So you can say that this tree knows a lot of secrets.
6. The Arcadio Ejercito Mansion – The mansion is located at the corner of the streets of Estrella and Pariancillo, The mansion was used as office of the First Philippine Republic’s Department of War.
7. Museo ng Bulacan, Hiyas ng Bulacan Museum Complex – The museum is located 500 m away from Barasoain Church that houses the works, artifacts, relics and writings of Francisco Balagtas, Marcelo H. del Pilar, Gregorio del Pilar, Mariano Ponce and other famous people of Bulacan. A good place to visit to learn more about our local heroes and a bit of history.
8. Barasoain Museum – This museum is located just across the hall of the Barasoain Convent and the museum is managed by the National Historical Institute. The place is open daily, 8am-5pm. Admission is free.
9. Adriano-Vasquez Mansion – The place is a beautiful old house that was once used to house Aguinaldo’s Gobierno Militar de la Plaza.
10. Casa Tribunal de Malolos – The place was built in 1800s and it was used as the Original and First Municipal Hall of Malolos from 1859 to 1899 and was later converted into a jailhouse during the First Philippine Republic.
Malolos is such a historical city and a lot of important historical events took place in this city. These are just some of the few places of interest that you can see when you go to Malolos city.
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Photo Credits (Wikimedia Commons): Malolos Cathedral by Chicodj