Friday, October 8, 2010

Weekend in Malolos, Bulacan

After months of hibernating from this page. Here I am seriously back in the forms and energized from my latest travel.
As everybody prepares for their semestral break, my preparation was to visit some historical sites in Bulacan.
Planned it last September.

First on the list in touring Bulacan is the historical Barasoain Chuch.
As we all know, we only see the figure of this famous Barasoain Church at the back of our P10.oo bill.
One weekend last month, the church was right in front of my eyes and it was much better than the one I only see in the money.

The church also known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish was built in 1630. It has earned the title as the "Cradle of Democracy in the East" and they say that it is the "most important religious building in the Philippines" having been the seat of first government of the country.

Barasoain church was founded by in Augustinian Missionaries in 1859. Considered one of the most beautiful churches in the Philippines for its unique architectural design. Philippines' first president General Emilio Aguinaldo and the 13th president Joseph Estrada were inaugurated in this church.

(The Altar)

(Barasoain's Garden)

(President General Emilio Aguinaldo's transpo)

(Malolos Museum)

(Tarlac Rep. Jose C. Cojuangco's ancestral home)

(Aside from historical tourist spots, Bulacan is also known for their affordable Christmas decors)

How to get there:
By private vehicle, from Manila, go to NLEX.
Take TABANG exit to your right. Then drive straight until you hit Guiguinto, Bulacan.
Continue driving until you see the Malolos flyover. Do not pass on the flyover.
Take the lower lane and make a left turn.
From that flyover turn, the church is just about 2 kilometers away.
You will see Barasoain Church on your right side.