The province of Bulacan in Central Luzon is birthplace to many of the nation’s greatest men and women. Often touted as the “heart and soul of the Philippines”, it possesses a rich cultural heritage and takes pride in its colorful history. Bulacan is also home to many local artists, craftsmen, and artisans whose skill and talent are recognized and appreciated worldwide. The province is also growing to be one of the top investment destinations for successfully embracing modern industries and enterprises.
Bulacan takes its name from the Tagalog word for cotton (bulak), which used to be its main product. Bulacan started as small fishing settlements along the coast of Manila Bay that gradually expanded inwards when the Spanish colonizers came.
There are several key events in history that took place in Bulacan; among them the signing of the Pact of Biak-na-Bato in San Miguel (1897) signaling the end of the first phase of the Philippine Revolution, the drafting of the constitution of the first Philippine Republic by the Malolos Congress at the Barasoain Church (1898), and the first election in the country under the American-established civil government in Baliuag (1899).
The province is among the first eight to rise up in arms against Spanish rule. Bulacan gave birth to a number of national heroes including “The Prince of Filipino Poets” Francisco Baltazar, “The Great Propagandist” Marcelo H. Del Pilar, and “The Hero of Tirad Pass” Gregorio Del Pilar.
Places to See
Its rich historical and cultural heritage is more than enough reason to go see Bulacan. Main tourist attractions include the Barasoain Church, Biak-na-Bato Shrine, and Biak-na-Bato National Park, where tourists can go spelunking and experience other outdoor activities. Bulacan also offers a wide range of local delicacies including minasa of Bustos, crunchy sitsaron from Sta. Maria and Bocaue, and ensaymada and inipit of Malolos. There are also several festivals to visit, as well as golfing, resort, dining, and shopping destinations.