Bulacan is one of the most historical provinces in the Philippines. From the Malolos Constitution to the Battle of Quingua, many momentous events in our country’s story took place here. It’s also rich in culinary tradition and natural resources, making it a great destination for short vacations.
So for you weekend warriors out there, we created a list of the must-visit tourist spots in Bulacan! Choose between natural wonders, cultural landmarks, and delicious food for a fun weekend with the gang.
Tour Angat Rainforest Eco-Park, Norzagaray
The Angat Watershed isn’t only responsible for the potable drinking water or the electricity within Manila and its surrounding towns and provinces. It’s also home to a diverse species of flora and fauna native to the Philippines. A tour at the Angat Rainforest Eco-Park, which is part of the Angat Dam Complex, is a valuable learning experience for children and adults alike about the importance of preservation and sustainability.
Take a quick look at the Eco Center, where you can learn about the creatures inhabiting the forest. Go for a walk or a drive around the park and get a front row view of the largest dam in the country. Or go on a picnic under trees and simply enjoy nature in comfort. Or better yet, do all of the above! Park entrance is Php25 for the day.
Bustos Heritage Park, Bustos
Compared to other heritage towns in the country, Bustos is not as large or strictly preserved. However, the local government has put in an effort to highlight what has remained of the town’s colonial history. The Bustos Heritage Park is a small complex in the town center where tourists can take a leisurely stroll under the trees and enjoy the beautiful Spanish mansions around the plaza.
Some of the local old Spanish houses, like the Lopez House, are open for visits when arranged through local tour operators such as Lakad Pamana. Meanwhile, the famous Mercado House can be admired from the exterior. The latter is especially notable because of its unique bahay-na-bato architecture that was common only in the Bustos area. And while you’re there, don’t forget to try their local delicacies, minasa and barquillos.
Check out the Battle of Quingua Monument, Plaridel
The monument for the Battle of Quingua, which happened on April 23, 1899, was originally built by the Americans to commemorate Col. John M. Stoltenberg’s death on the field of battle. To boost nationalism and historical appreciation, the tourism board of Plaridel built a mural behind the original monument to highlight the courage of the Filipinos who resisted the American attack.
The mural features scenes from the battle in bas relief, including key characters such as Gen. Gregorio del Pilar and Col. Pablo Ocampo Tecson. It also features intricate carvings, which lend depth and richness to the artwork. It’s a great stop in between Bustos and Malolos, where one can pause and take pride in the legacy of the Filipino soldiers who fought for our freedom.
Visit Barasoain Church, Malolos
Perhaps one of the most historically prominent churches in the country, present-day Barasoain Church was completed in 1859. It became a regular meeting place for the Katipunan during the Philippine-Spanish Revolution. It was also the sight of the Malolos Congress, or the First Philippine Congress, where a constitution for the new Republic of the Philippines would be discussed. This later came to be known as the Malolos Constitution.
A tour in this church isn’t only enjoyable for architecture buffs, but also a lesson in history. Afterward, you can stroll down Malolos’ historic town center to get a full effect of why this city has been designated a National Historical Landmark and a Heritage Town.
Biak-na-Bato National Park, San Miguel
Who would have thought that a province known mostly for its rice fields is also one that holds many subterranean wonders? The Biak-na-Bato National Park, for instance, contains hundreds of small and large caves within its land area. There are caves that used to be the medical headquarters for Katipuneros, caves where the KKK used to hold meetings, caves where the revolutionaries ambushed enemy soldiers, and the list goes on. Hire an experienced guide at the entrance, and they can tell you all about the mysteries the national park holds.
It’s also a great spot for river trekking, as most of the caves are connected by crystal clear streams of water. It’s also a great side trip for climbs to Mt. Manalmon and Mt. Gola.