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Bulacan
Province
The Bulacan Provincial Capitol
The Bulacan Provincial Capitol
Flag of Bulacan
Flag
Official seal of Bulacan
Seal
Nickname(s): "The Gateway to the Northern Philippines"
Motto: Masaganang Lalawingang Pinanday ng Kasaysayan at Kabayanihan
(A Prosperous Province Forged by History and Heroism)
Map of the Philippines with Bulacan highlighted
Map of the Philippines with Bulacan highlighted
Coordinates: 15°00′N 121°05′E / 15.000°N 121.083°E / 15.000; 121.083Coordinates: 15°00′N 121°05′E / 15.000°N 121.083°E / 15.000; 121.083
Country Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Founded August 15, 1578 [1]
Capital Malolos
Government
 • Type Province of the Philippines
 • Governor Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado (National Unity)
 • Vice Governor Daniel Fernando (National Unity)
Area[2]
 • Total 2,796.10 km2 (1,079.58 sq mi)
Area rank 49th out of 80
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 2,924,433
 • Rank 3rd out of 80
 • Density 1,000/km2 (2,700/sq mi)
 • Density rank 5th out of 80
Demonym Bulakeño (Filipino) or Bulaqueño (Spanish)
Divisions
 • Independent cities 0
 • Component cities 3
 • Municipalities 21
 • Barangays 569
 • Districts 1st to 4th districts of Bulacan, Legislative lone district of the city of San Jose del Monte
Demographics
 • Ethnic groups Tagalog (90%), Bisaya (3%), Bicolano (2%), Ilocano (1%)
 • Languages Tagalog, Kapampangan, English
Time zone PHT (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3000 to 3024
Dialing code 44
ISO 3166 code PH-BUL
Website www.bulacan.gov.ph

Bulacan (PSGC: 031400000; ISO: PH-BUL) is a first class province of the Philippines, located in the Central Luzon Region (Region 3) in the island of Luzon, 50 km north of Manila (the nation's capital), and part of the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway Super Region. Bulacan was established 15 August 1578.

It has 569 barangays from 21 municipalities and three component cities (Malolos, the capital city; Meycauayan; and San Jose del Monte). Bulacan is located immediately north of Metro Manila. Bordering Bulacan are the provinces of Pampanga to the west, Nueva Ecija to the north, Aurora and Quezon to the east, and Metro Manila and Rizal to the south. Bulacan also lies on the north-eastern shore of Manila Bay.

Bulacan prides itself on its rich history.[citation needed] The province figures prominently in Philippine history. Many national heroes and political figures were born in Bulacan. The province was also one of the first to revolt against Spain. The province is honored as one of the 8 rays of the sun in the national flag. It is the home of the "Three Republics." These are the Republic of Real de Kakarong de Sili (1896) in Pandi,[4] the Republic of Biak-na-Bato (1897) and the First Philippine Republic in Malolos (1899–1901). In recognition thereof, these three republics established in Bulacan have been incorporated in the official seal of the province of Bulacan.

In the 2010 census, Bulacan had a population of 2,924,433 people, the highest population in Region 3 and second-most populous province in the whole Philippines (after Cavite).[3] Bulacan's most populated city is San Jose del Monte, the most populated municipality is Santa Maria while the least populated is Doña Remedios Trinidad.

In 1899, the historic Barasoain Church in Malolos was the birthplace of the First Constitutional Democracy in Asia. It is also the cradle of the nation's noble heroes, of great men and women; also home to many of the country's greatest artists, with a good number elevated as National Artists.

Today, Bulacan is among the most progressive provinces in the Philippines. Its people — the Bulaqueños (or Bulakenyo in Filipino)— are regarded as highly educated, enterprising and industrious.[citation needed] It is well known for the following industries: Marble and Marbleized Limestone, Jewelry, Pyrotechnics, Leather, Aquaculture, Meat and Meat Products, Garments, Furniture, High-Value Crops, and Sweets and Native Delicacies, and a wide variety of high-quality native products.[citation needed]

Bulacan has fast become an ideal tourist destination, owing to its vital role in Philippine history, and its rich heritage in culture and the arts.[citation needed] The province is popularly known for its historical sites; nostalgic old houses and churches; idyllic ecological attractions; religious attractions; colorful and enchanting festivals; swimming and various themed attractions; and a wide selection of elegant native crafts and sumptuous delicacies. It is also home to numerous resorts, hotels, restaurants, and other recreational facilities.

History[edit]

Main article: History of Bulacan

During the Conquest of Luzon by Adelantado Miguel Legazpi in 1571, Bulacan was reported to be well populated and rich. Initially there were only six encomiendas under the rule of the Alcalde Mayor in Bulacan: Calumpit (then an independent Alcaldia) Bulakan, Malolos, Meycauayan, Binto (present-day Plaridel), Guiguinto, and Caluya (present-day Balagtas). The encomiendas were later organized into Pueblos (towns). The first pueblo established in Bulacan was the town of Calumpit, founded by Agustinian friars in 1575.[5] Calumpit was also the birthplace of Christianity historcal documents told that Calumpit is a different and separated in Bulacan comprising the Provincia de Calonpite y Hagonoy together with Apalit.A time came,in 1578 Alcaldia de Calumpit and it was dissolved and annexed to Provincia de Bulacan. It has been said that in 1578 the Augustinians conquered Bulacan (the town after which the province was named).[original research?]The province of Bulacan (named Meycauayan it its antiquity), is on the island of Luzon, and is one of the most important “Alcadia de Termino”, Civil and politically it corresponds to the Audiencia y capitanía general de Filipinas, and spiritually belongs to the Archbishop of Manila.[6] The Franciscan friars Juan Plasencia and Fray Diego de Oropesa founded Meycauayan in the same year, and for a time it was the capital; people were able to flourish, and became so rich that the sons are six of the best in the province (Bocaue, Polo, San Jose del Monte, Santa Maria de Pandi, Obando and Marilao).[7] On the other hand Malolos also under Augustinian Order.During Spanish Period already existed as a Chinese settlement bearing the name Li-han,in which those people are rich tagalogs and Chinese who are excellent in commerce and trade was conquered by Spanish conquistador and constituted as Royal Encomienda by Adelantado Miguel Lopez de Legaspi in November 14, 1571 under Jeronimo Tirado and Marcos de Herrera.[8] The oldest document mentioning Malolos as a Civil Town can be found in Augustinian documents when the town of Malolos was accepted by the Augustinians to be its House of Order in June 11, 1580. Augustinians missionaries renamed the village of Lihan as Malolos a Pueblo or Town with its own Gobernadorcillo on 1580.

The Casa Real de Malolos. Served as the office and residency of the Governor of Malolos.

During the General Visitation of October 5, 1762 by, Sr. Doctor Don Simon de Anda de Salazar, the province was headed by Capitan Don Jose Pasarin, alcade mayor of the province.[9] 1795-96, Don Manuel Piñon was the alcalde mayor.[10] According to the "Guia de 1839", Bulacan province in the island of Luzon, Philippines, is governed by a mayor, consists of 19 pueblos, 36,394 tributes and 181,970 souls.[11] D. Felipe Gobantes, Alcalde of the province of Bulacan erected a stone column in the plaza of Bulacan in Memory of Fr. Manuel Blanco O.S.A. who died on April 1, 1845.[12]

In 1848 when the boundaries of Pampanga were changed, the region, which includes the important town of San Miguel de Mayumo and neighboring places that were formerly part of Pampanga, was adjudicated to Bulacan.[13]

Opening of the Malolos Congress (1898)

In an earlier period during 1890, Malolos was a hot-spot of Liberal Illustrados, notably the "20 Women of Malolos", who exerted pressure for education under a Filipino professor. However, the first phase of the revolution ceased in 1897 with the signing of the Pact of Biak-na-Bato in San Miguel. Under its terms the leaders were to go to Hong Kong and reside there. Under the illusory peace created by the pact, the end of 1897 saw greater determination om the part of the Filipinos to carry on the revolution. In early 1898, the provinces of Zambales, Ilocos, Pampanga, Bulacan, Laguna, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac. and Camarines rose again. In Central Luzon, a revolutionary government was organized under General Francisco Makabulos, a Kapampangan revolutionary leader of La Paz, Tarlac.

The U.S. Americans established a local Philippine government in the Philippines when they held the first municipal election in the country in the town of Baliuag, Bulacan on May 6, 1899. At the beginning of the American rule,1899-1900 Malolos became the headquarters of the Military Governor of the Philippines Malolos at Casa Real in Malolos and in February 27, 1901, the Philippine Commission officially transferred the seat of government to Malolos, and the Casa Real de Malolos was the seat of the Provincial Governor from 1900 to 1930 until the completion of the capitol building at the Brgy Guinhawa, Malolos City.

In 1942, at the height of World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army occupied Bulacan and made Casa Real de Malolos its headquarters. In 1945, combined Filipino and American forces and local guerrillas attacked the Japanese Imperial Forces and liberated Bulacan.


Issues Concerning the Foundation Date[edit]

For a long period of time, Bulacan traced its founding as a province during the American Period at the reorganization of Philippine Provinces. To determine the true date of the province's foundation and to trace its roots in ancient period. Efforts and research conducted by Dr. Jaime Veneracion, Dr.Reynaldo Naguit of the Center for Bulacan Studies and Isagani Giron of the Samahang Pangkasaysayan ng Bulacan (Sampaka) shows that Bulacan was identified as a province as early as 1578. This is due to a cedulario found by the researchers which states Provincia de Bulacan and was dated 1578. With regards to exact date of foundation of Bulacan as a province, Veneracion correlated it with the practice of Spaniard of dedicating the founding a pueblo to the feast of a patron saint. In the case of Bulacan it is the Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion, which is also the patron saint of Bulakan town, the first capital of the province[1]

Geography[edit]

Bulacan is bounded by Nueva Ecija on the north, Aurora (Dingalan) on the northeast, Quezon (General Nakar) on the east, Rizal (Rodriguez) on the southeast, Metro Manila (Valenzuela City, Malabon City, Navotas City, Caloocan City and Quezon City) on the south, Manila Bay on the southwest, and Pampanga on the west.

Several rivers irrigate the province of Bulacan; the largest one is that of Angat. Angat River passes through the towns of Norzagaray, Angat, Bustos, San Rafael, Baliuag, Plaridel, Pulilan, and Calumpit. It flow thence into the Pampanga River, goes out again, washes Hagonoy and loses itself in the mangroves. The banks of these rivers are very fertile and are covered with trees.

Political[edit]

Bulacan is subdivided into 21 municipalities and 3 cities. As the population is concentrated in the southern half of the province, so are the legislative districts.

Name Type District (HOR) District (SP) No. of Brgy Zip Code
BULACAN Province 5 4 569 -
1. Angat Municipality 3rd 16 3012
2. Balagtas (Bigaa) Municipality 2nd 9 3016
3. Baliuag Municipality 2nd 27 3006
4. Bocaue Municipality 2nd 19 3018
5. Bulakan Municipality 1st 14 3017
6. Bustos Municipality 2nd 14 3007
7. Calumpit Municipality 1st 29 3003
8. Doña Remedios Trinidad Municipality 3rd 8 3009
9. Guiguinto Municipality 2nd 14 3015
10. Hagonoy Municipality 1st 26 3002
11. Malolos City Component City1 1st 51 3000
12. Marilao Municipality 4th 16 3019
13. Meycauayan City Component City2 4th 26 3020
14. Norzagaray Municipality 3rd 13 3013
15. Obando Municipality 4th 11 3021
16. Pandi Municipality 2nd 22 3014
17. Paombong Municipality 1st 14 3001
18. Plaridel Municipality 2nd 19 3004
19. Pulilan Municipality 1st 19 3005
20. San Ildefonso Municipality 3rd 36 3010
21. San Jose del Monte Component City3 Lone 4th 59 3023;
Sapang Palay 3024
22. San Miguel Municipality 3rd 49 3011
23. San Rafael Municipality 3rd 34 3008
24. Santa Maria Municipality 4th 24 3022
^1 Converted into a city under Republic Act No. 8754; ratified on October 8, 2002.
^2 Converted into a city under Republic Act No. 9356; ratified on December 10, 2006. .
^3 Converted into a city under Republic Act No. 8797; ratified on September 10, 2000..

Physical[edit]

Terrain
Bulacan lies in the southern portion of the fertile plains of Central Luzon. The area is drained by the Angat and Pampanga rivers. The Sierra Madre mountain range forms the highlands of Bulacan in the east. Angat Lake, which was formed by the Angat Dam is located in that area. The highest point in the province at 1,206[14] meters is Mount Oriod, part of the Sierra Madre.
The Sierra Madre Mountain Range as seen near Mount Oriod's summit.

On January 19, 2008, an 18-hectare dump site, a new landfill that would also be a tourist attraction opened in Norzagaray, Bulacan province. Ramon Angelo, Jr., president Waste Custodian Management Corp. stated: "I want them to see our system in our place which should not be abhorred because we are using the new state-of-the-art technology."[15]

Climate
November to April is generally dry while wet for the rest of the year. The northeast monsoon (amihan) prevails from October to January bringing in moderated and light rains. From February to April, the east trade winds predominate but the Sierra Madre (Philippines) mountain range to the east disrupts the winds resulting to a dry period. From May to September, the southwest monsoon (habagat).

The hottest month is May having an average temperature of 29.7 °C (85.5 °F) while the coldest is February with an average temperature of 25.1 °C (77.2 °F).

Demographics[edit]

Population census of Bulacan
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1948 394,000 —    
1960 515,000 +2.26%
1970 738,000 +3.66%
1975 900,000 +4.06%
1980 1,096,000 +4.02%
1990 1,505,219 +3.22%
1995 1,784,441 +3.24%
2000 2,234,088 +4.94%
2007 2,826,926 +3.30%
2010 2,924,433 +1.24%
Source: National Statistics Office12[3]
Languages and ethnicity
As it is part of the Tagalog cultural sphere (Katagalugan), Tagalog is the predominant language of Bulacan. SOME inhabitants also speak Kapampangan, which is the language of neighboring Pampanga.
Population
According to the 1 May 2010 census, there are a total of 2,924,433 Bulaqueños (or Bulakenyos) with an annual population growth rate of 2.73 from the year 2000 to 2010,[3] making Bulacan the second most populous province in the country.[16] It is also the 4th most densely populated province at 1,076 people per square kilometer. There are 588,693 households in the province with an average size of 4.8 persons. Bulacan had a median age of 23 years in 2007.[17]
Total Population by Region, Province and Municipality: Based on 1995, 2000, 2007, and 2010[18][19]
Region, Province, City, Municipality1 1-Sep-953 1-May-003 1-Aug-073 1-May-10
Central Luzon 7,092,191 8,204,742 9,720,982 10,137,737
BULACAN 1,784,441 2,234,088 2,826,926 2,924,433
1. Angat 39,037 46,033 53,117 55,332
2. Balagtas (Bigaa) 49,210 56,945 62,684 65,440
3. Baliuag 103,054 119,675 136,982 143,565
4. Bocaue 69,718 86,994 105,817 106,407
5. Bulakan 54,236 62,903 72,289 71,751
6. Bustos 41,372 47,091 60,681 62,415
7. Calumpit 70,839 81,113 98,017 101,068
8. Doña Remedios Trinidad 11,194 13,636 19,086 19,878
9. Guiguinto 52,575 67,571 89,225 90,507
10. Hagonoy 99,423 111,425 126,329 125,689
11. Malolos City 147,414 175,291 223,069 234,945
12. Marilao 68,761 101,017 160,452 185,624
13. Meycauayan City 137,081 163,037 196,569 199,154
14. Norzagaray 51,015 76,978 105,470 103,095
15. Obando 51,488 52,906 56,258 58,009
16. Pandi 40,520 48,088 60,637 66,650
17. Paombong 33,149 41,077 53,510 50,940
18. Plaridel 66,355 80,481 99,817 101,441
19. Pulilan 59,682 68,188 85,008 85,844
20. San Ildefonso 69,319 79,956 93,438 95,000
21. San Jose del Monte 201,394 315,807 439,090 454,553
22. San Miguel 108,147 123,824 138,839 142,854
23. San Rafael 58,387 69,770 85,284 85,921
24. Santa Maria 101,071 144,282 205,258 218,351
^1 Source: National Statistics Office
^2 Details may not add up to totals due to rounding.
^3 Figures are from NSO census and considered correct and exact.

UN Millennium Development Goals[edit]

In 2006, the Provincial Government received from Galing Pook - a Special Citation on Local Capacity Innovations for the Millennium Development Program in an awarding ceremony held last October 16 at the Teatro Marikina in Marikina City. The province is one of the ten local government units recognized for its pioneering effort in the localization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) and promoting good governance. M.D.G. is a set of quantifiable, measurable, and time-bound development goals and targets for global human development set by UN member-states to be achieved by 2015.

Economy[edit]

Industries
The province of Bulacan is steadily becoming industrialized due to its proximity to Metro Manila. Many corporations put up industrial plants and site in Bulacan. Some of the businesses and industries include Agribusiness; Aquaculture; Banking; Cement Bag Making Ceramics; Construction; Courier; Education; Food/Food Processing; Furniture; Garments; Gifts, Houseware & Decors; Hospitals; Hotels, Resorts & Restaurants; Information and Communications Technology; Insurance; Jewelry; leather & leather tanning; Manpower; Manufacturing; Marble; Printing Press; Pyrotechnics & Fireworks Manufacturing; Realty/Real Property Development; Shoe Manufacturing; Textile; Trade; Transport Services; Travel & Tours; Other Services
Agribusiness & aquaculture
The rural areas still mostly depend on agriculture (in the plains) and fisheries (in the coastal areas) as a source of income. Some of the major crops are rice, corn, vegetables, and fruits such as mangoes; and various kinds of fishes and seafoods. Orchid farming by Golden Bloom Orchids at Brgy. Maguinao, San Rafael, Bulacan
Banking and finance
Bulacan is served by all major banks with more than 200 banks doing business in the province. The entrepreneureal culture is supported by the strong cooperative movement with total assest of over PhP 2 Billion.
Industrial estate and parks

This is a partial list of industrial sites in the province.

  • First Bulacan Industrial City - Malolos City
  • Intercity Industrial Estate - Wakas, Bocaue
  • Bulacan Agro-Industrial Subdivision - Calumpit
  • Bulacan Metro Warehouse (BMW) Center - Guiguinto
  • Meycauayan Industrial Subd. I, II, III & IV - Meycauayan
  • Meridian Industrial Compound - Meycauayan
  • Muralla Industrial Project - Meycauayan
  • First Velenzuela Industrial Compound - Meycauayan
  • Sterling Industrial Park Phase I, II, III & IV - Meycauayan
  • Grand Industrial Estate - Plaridel
  • Sapang Palay Industrial Estates - San Jose del Monte
  • Agus Development Corporation - Sta. Maria
  • Bulacan ICT Park - Marilao[20]
  • Golden City Business Park - Wakas, Bocaue
  • Sterling Industrial Park - Marilao

Income[edit]

Bulacan got the top place for "LGU's with Highest Gross Income" (PhP 1,717,600,000.00) and "Top Spender by LGU's" (PhP 1,349,420,000.00), and third (3rd) among the "Top Provinces with Generated Biggest Net Income" (PhP 368,180,000.00) according to the 2006 ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT - LOCAL GOVERNMENTS of the Commission of Audit.[21] The first time to top the perennial top placer, which was the Province of Cebu.[22]

The province got the top place for "LGU's with Highest Gross Income" (PhP 1,807,600,000.00), second (2nd) in "Top Spender by LGU's" (PhP 1,372,160,000.00), and third (3rd) among the "Top Provinces with Generated Biggest Net Income" (PhP 434,830,000.00) according to the 2007 ANNUAL FINANCIAL REPORT - LOCAL GOVERNMENTS of the Commission of Audit.[23]

Based on the Commission of Audit's 2008 Annual Financial Report for Local Governments, the province's total gross income had increased to PhP 1,965,633,000.00 (including the subsidies and extra items). Its expenses had also increased to PhP 1,641,325,000.00, which brings a total net income of PhP 324,308,000.00.[24]

This is the list of the top income earners in Bulacan from 2010 to 2012:

Rank Cities Total Income year 2011 [25] Total Income year 2012 [25]
1 San Jose del Monte City
P812,808,000.00
P777,660,000.00
2 Meycauayan City
P776,913,350.71
P770,607,495.31
3 Malolos City
P593,840,000.00
Rank Municipalities Total Income year 2011 [25] Total Income year 2012 [25]
1 Santa Maria
P372,213,332.28
P369,850,000.00
2 Marilao
P358,356,367.52
3 Norzagaray
P290,092,000.00
4 Baliuag
P271,374,445.04
5 Guiguinto
P210,930,677.70
P186,895,552.41
6 Pulilan
P202,401,766.38
7 San Miguel
P193,092,342.56
P189,750,000.00
8 Bocaue
P178,713,019.75
9 Plaridel
P170,476,189.78
P168,540,106.16
10 Hagonoy
P170,040,000.00
11 Calumpit
P168,370,000.00
12 San Ildefonso
P160,178,322.87
13 San Rafael
P140,709,458.85
14 Balagtas
P140,347,358.20
15 Doña Remedios Trinidad
P116,794,317.34
P113,370,000.00
16 Bulakan
P115,730,000.00
17 Obando
P98,137,235.65
P87,113,993.41
18 Angat
P95,648,247.76
P95,450,000.00
19 Bustos
P95,551,790.35
P94,000,000.00
20 Pandi
P92,473,414.47
P101,012,646.66
21 Paombong
P79,350,000.00

Transportation[edit]

Portion of the North Luzon Expressway in Guiguinto.

Bulacan is dubbed as "The Gateway to the Northern Philippines". The province is linked with Metro Manila primarily through the North Luzon Expressway and Manila North Road (better known as the MacArthur Highway) which crosses the province into Pampanga and western part of Northern Luzon (western Central Luzon, Ilocos and Cordillera Administrative Region). While taking the Cagayan Valley Road in Guiguinto, the road leads to Nueva Ecija and to the eastern part of Northern Luzon (eastern Central Luzon and Cagayan Valley Region). Bulacan will be accessed by the future C-6 Road connecting the provinces of Rizal and Cavite and the cities of Taguig, Parañaque and Muntinlupa in Metro Manila.

The MacArthur Highway traverses the province from north to south. Most major towns can be reached through the North Luzon Expressway. A good number of motor vehicles owned largely by private individuals provide mobility to Bulacan's populace. Aside from five main highways that traverse the province, all roads are widely dispersed throughout Bulacan.

Bus terminals of Baliuag Transit, California Bus Line, Sampaguita Liner and Royal Eagle are in Baliuag, Balagtas and Hagonoy. The main bus lines of Philippine Rabbit, Victory Liner, Aladdin Transit that originate from their main terminals in Manila, Pasay and Quezon City and travel northward to cities and towns in Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales, pass through Bulacan via the Tabang exit. Other bus companies that travel to Bulacan include Baliwag Transit, First North Luzon, Five Star, Agila Transport, Phil. Corinthian, Mersan, Mayamy, RJ Express.

Public transportation within the province, like in most of the urban areas in the Philippines, is facilitated mostly using inexpensive jeepneys and buses. Tricycles are used for short distances.

Education[edit]

College of Information and Communications Technology (Bulacan State University)

The province is home to several nationally recognized public and private educational institutions such as Baliuag University (First school granted full autonomy in Region 3), the Bulacan State University (Main & Satellite Campuses), Bulacan Agricultural State College (San Ildefonso & DRT Campus), Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Sta. Maria Extension Campus and Pulilan Campus) and Centro Escolar University (Malolos Campus)

Primary and intermediate
Bulacan has a total of 473 public Elementary schools, 435 public schools under the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Bulacan and 38 public schools under the Division of City Schools of Malolos.
Secondary
Bulacan has a total of 68 public high schools, national and provincial. Sixty-five (65) under the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Bulacan and three (3) public high schools under the Division of City Schools of Malolos.
Private schools
There are many privately owned (by individual or group) and church-operated schools established in the city. Private schools in the province are member of Bulacan Private Schools Association (BULPRISA) While in Malolos, private schools are organized as Malolos City Private Schools Association (MACIPRISA)

Government[edit]

Bulacan Provincial Capitol, Malolos City.

Current government officials (2010–2013)[edit]

Provincial Board Members

First District:

  • Michael C. Fermin
  • Felix V. Ople
  • Therese Cheryll B. Ople

Second District:

  • Atty. Ramon R. Posadas
  • Atty. Enrique V. dela Cruz, Jr.

Third District:

  • Rino V. Castro
  • Enrique V. Viudez II

Fourth District:

  • Eulogio C. Sarmiento III
  • Enrique A. delos Santos, Jr.
  • Romeo Allan M. Robes
Ex-officio Board Members

PCL President:

  • Ariel S. Arceo

ABC President:

  • Mark Cholo I. Violago

SK President:

  • Mark Jerome Anthony D. Santiago
Congressional representatives

Governors[edit]

Main article: Governor of Bulacan

Bulacan festivals and fiestas[edit]

This is the list of Bulacan festivals and there are other local festivals to be recorded and documented.

  • Minasa Festival in the first week of January (Bustos)
  • Tugyaw Sto. Nino Festival (Bustos)
  • Halamanan Festival (Guiguinto)
  • Kasilonawan sa Obando (Fertility Rites, Obando)
  • Kalabaw Festival (Pulilan)
  • Anghel Festival (San Rafael)
  • Sto. Niño Festival (City of Malolos)
  • Halamang Dilaw (Marilao)
  • Pagoda Festival (Bocaue)
  • Chicharon Festival (Santa Maria)
  • Kawayanan Festival (City of Meycauayan)
  • Letson Festival (City of Meycauayan)
  • Libutan Festival (City of Meycauayan)
  • 14 de Noviembre Festival (Bulacan)
  • Libad ng Calumpit (Calumpit)
  • Salubong sa Quingua (Plaridel)
  • Bulak Festival (San Ildefonso)
  • Buntal Hat Festival (Baliuag)
  • Sambuklod Festival (City of San Jose Del Monte)
  • Mano Po San Roque (Valenzuela City)
  • Putong Pulo Festival (Valenzuela City)
  • Singkaban Festival: Linggo ng Bulacan (Malolos City)

Singkaban Fiesta[edit]

Singkaban Fiesta (Sining at Kalinangan ng Bulacan), a festival of arts and culture in honor of Capitol's patron saint, "Our Lady of Victory", showcasing the traditional arts of "Balagtasan", "Kundiman" and folk dances amidst of the "Singkaban" arches. The festival is celebrated in every second week of September which is in conjunction with the "Linggo ng Bulakan". Linggo ng Bulacan (held during September 8–15), is a province-wide, week-long celebration consisting of various colourful cultural presentations, art and culinary exhibits, arts and skills contests, and the prestigious annual Dangal nF Lipi Awards Night. Yearly, its activities vary depending upon the chosen theme for the year.

Longest carabao milk candy[edit]

Graced by Guest of Honor (LWUA) Prospero Pichay, the 2008 "Pista sa Nayon" (with the theme "Araw ng Mga puso") highlighted Bulacan's "Singkaban Festival". a 202.6-meter long "pastillas". Gov. Joselito R. Mendoza announced "We have successfully staged 202.6 meters long pastillas (4,000 kilos, made of 12,800 liters carabao milk and 1,600 kilos of white sugar, from San Miguel, Bulacan and San Ildefonso, Bulacan)." Mendoza said he applied for and submitted the feat to Guinness World Records' office. Further, residents also cooked 50 lechon (roast pigs), lechong manok (roast chicken), and 10,000 eggs.[26][27]

Recent events[edit]

Bulacan P 11-billion bulk water supply project[edit]

On December 12, 2007, Bulacan and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) signed an agreement for the development of an P11-billion bulk water supply project. Ayala-owned Manila Water Co. Inc. will implement the project. MWSS and Manila Water will provide a financial package of an infrastructure grant, a P10-million development assistance and a P10-million royalty fee to the towns of Norzagaray and Doña Remedios Trinidad, which will host the water supply project.[28]

ICT Park jobs allotment[edit]

Bulacan Governor Joselito Mendoza announced before thousands of students who graduated from the College of Information and Communication Technology of the Bulacan State University that 3,000 jobs will be allotted for the Business Processing Outsourcing and call center company (PLDT) that will be built in the Marilao, Bulacan ICT Park, a special economic zone. Mendoza said 300 Information Technology graduates will be employed by Bulacan government for the general revision of the Capitolyo computerization, particularly the Bulacan Satellite-Based Geographic Information System (SBGIS) Project. (PIA-Bulacan).[20]

WDACL ABK2 - TEACh[edit]

A 4-year school project for child workers highlighted the Philippines' observance of 2008 World Day Against Child Labor (WDACL). Accordingly, representatives of the DOLE, WDF, CCF, and other social partners in the national drive against child labor gathered at the Bulacan State University (BSU) to mark WDACL, on June 13, 2008. ABK2 (Pag-aaral ng mga Bata Para sa Kinabukasan) or TEACh (Take Every Action for Children) project will be implemented with grants from the United States Department.[29]

Points of interest[edit]

Meycauyan City[edit]

San Jose del Monte[edit]

  • St. Joseph the Worker Parish Church
  • Parokya ni San Pedro Apostol Church
  • San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila Parish
  • Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto Shrine
  • Madre Alessadra House of Prayer
  • Grotto Mineral Spring
  • Mt. Balagbag
  • Kaytitinga Falls

Malolos City[edit]

  • Barasoain Church
  • Malolos Cathedral
  • Casa Real Shrine
  • Kalayaan Tree
  • Barasoain Museum
  • Bulacan Provincial Capitol,
  • Adriano-Vasquez Mansion
  • Bautista-Uytangcoy Mansion
  • Capitol Mini-Forest Park
  • Jose Cojuangco Mansion
  • Robinsons Place Malolos

Obando[edit]

Marilao[edit]

Bocaue[edit]

Balagtas[edit]

  • Saint Lawrence Deacon & Martyr Parish Church
  • Saint Joseph the Worker Parish Church
  • Bahay na Tisa (Constantine House)
  • Balagtas Monument and Museum

Santa Maria[edit]

Guiguinto[edit]

  • Guiguinto Gardens
  • Garden City
  • Guiguinto Old Train Station
  • Halamanan Festival

Bulakan[edit]

  • Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion Parish Church
  • Marcelo H. del Pilar Historical Landmark and Museum
  • Gen. Gregorio del Pilar Landmark

Pandi[edit]

  • Real de Kakarong de Sili
  • Amana Water Park Resort
  • Immaculate Conception Parish Church

Plaridel[edit]

Pulilan[edit]

  • San Isidro de Labrador Parish Church
  • Pulilan Museum
  • Pulilan Carabao Festival
  • Casanova-Aguirre Mansion

Norzagaray[edit]

  • St. Andrew, the Apostle Church
  • Santuario de la Paz Memorial Park
  • Monument of Sinfroso de la Cruz
  • Angat Dam
  • Hilltop
  • Pinagrealan Cave
  • Ipo Dam
  • Pugpog River

Paombong[edit]

  • St. James the Apostle Parish Church
  • Ciudad Clementino
  • Kapitangan Chapel

Baliuag[edit]

Bustos[edit]

  • Mercado Ancestral House
  • Bustos Dam
  • Sto Niño Church
  • Brgy. Bonga Menor Ancestral Houses
  • St. Martin de Porres Orphanage
  • Sto Niño Church
  • Bulacan Military Area

Angat[edit]

  • Angat River
  • Baras Bakal
  • Don Vicente Villarama & Dona Rafaela Capistrano Ancestral House
  • Sta. Monica de Angat Church
  • Angat Hydroelectric Dam
  • Saint Joseph Sub-Parish Chapel
  • Santa Rita de Cascia Quasi-Parish Church

Hagonoy[edit]

  • National Shrine of St. Anne
  • Bulacan Garden
  • Parong-Parong Chapel

Calumpit[edit]

  • St. John the Baptist Church
  • Calumpit River
  • Meyto Shrine
  • Bagbag Bridge

San Rafael[edit]

Doña Remedios Trinidad[edit]

  • Nuestra Señora de Lourdes Parish Church
  • Torch of Freedom Marker
  • Puning Cave
  • Baras Bakal Spring Cave
  • Mt. Bato Falls
  • Tumutulo Falls
  • Mt. Lumot
  • Madlum Cave

San Ildefonso[edit]

  • Don Ramon Ilusorio Mansion
  • Saint Ildephonsus of Toledo Church
  • Gonzales Violago Veneracion Century Old House (TIPAN)
  • Grotto Central Cement

San Miguel[edit]

  • Biak-na-Bato National Park
  • Sibul Springs
  • Mount Manalmon
  • Madlum Caves and River
  • San Miguel de Arkanghel Church
  • Tilandong Falls
  • Santiago Residence
  • Manuel L. Lipana Residence
  • Villaseñor Residence
  • Villacorte residence
  • Siojo Residence
  • De Leon Residence

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  29. ^ gmanews.tv, DOLE to start school project for child workers

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