Located in Central Luzon, Bulacan is a first
However, there is more to the place than meets the eye. Here are some of the little-known tidbits about Bulacan:
1) Bulacan was founded in 1578
Bulacan was a part of La Pampanga (or Pampanga region) as one of the four alcadias (provinces). Alcadia de Bulacan is composed of the entire Bulacan today.
2) Bulacan got its name from cotton
The name Bulacan originated from the Tagalog word bulak, which means cotton. It is the former principal product of the province.
3) Bulacan lies in the southeastern part of Central Luzon
Bulacan’s land area of 262,500 hectares is bounded by the province of Nueva Ecija on the north, the provinces of Aurora and Quezon on the east, Metro Manila and the province of Rizal on the south, and the province of Pampanga on the west. Generally, Bulacan has a flat terrain, but is mountainous near its boundaries with Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Quezon, and Rizal.
4) Bulacan’s provincial capital is Malolos City
The province consists of 24 towns, including Malolos, its capital. Malolos is where the first constitution in Asia was drafted, as well as where the first elections were held for a Philippine-wide legislature during the Malolos Congress in 1898.
5) Bulacan is a hodgepodge of dialects
About 42 percent of the population in Bulacan is bilingual, with English as a second language. Although majority speaks Tagalog, some Bulaqueños still have have a distinct accent. Additionally, townfolks use other dialects such as Waray, Ilocano, Bicolano, and Kapampangan.
6) Bulacan is the Culture Capital of the Philippines
Bulacan is the place where rich history, tradition, and land lies. It is the only province in the Philippines that holds most of the most historic events in the country.
7) Bulacan is signified as one of the eight rays in the Philippine flag
Did you know that Bulacan was one of the eight provinces which fought against the Spanish tyranny in the late 19th century?
8) Bulacan is known as the Land of Heroes
The province is home to many talented Filipinos in the field of arts, music, and literature. Well-known heroes, such as Francisco Balagtas Baltazar (The Prince of Tagalog Poets/The Shakespeare of the Philippines), Marcelo H. Del Pilar (The Great Propagandist), and Gregorio del Pilar (The Hero of Tirad Pass) originated from this province.
9) Bulacan has a mountain hideout
Biak-na-Bato in San Miguel, Bulacan has a huge split boulder that served as the hideout of revolutionary forces during the Spanish regime.
10) Bulacan has several Spanish churches, ancestral houses and heritage structures
These are the San Agustine Parish Church (Baliuag), Meyto Shrine (Calumpit), San Juan Bautista Church (Calumpit), Casa Real Shrine (Malolos), National Shrine of the Divine Mercy (Marilao), Barasoain Church (Malolos), San Isidro Labrador Church (Pulilan), Kapitangan Chapel (Paombong), Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion (San Jose), Bahay Na Bato (Bustos), Bahay Na Tisa (Malolos), and the Baliuag Clock Tower.
11) Bulacan was under Japanese rule from 1941 to 1945
The Japanese Imperial Army invaded Bulacan in 1941. In 1945, the Filipino and American soldiers and guerillas attacked the army and liberated the province.
12) Bulacan celebrates Linggo ng Bulacan every September
During the week-long celebration, the local government holds traditional activities such as folk dances, kundiman, and balagtasan. Singakaban Festival (or Bamboo Festival) is celebrated alongside the Linggo ng Bulacan.
13) Bulacan is famous for Obando fertility dance
Obando fertility dance is unique to Bulacan – there are no other festivals in the country that features such activity. Held from May 17 to May 19, the colorful street dance include couples who want to have a child.
14) Bulacan is a home to wave resorts
Bulacan boasts of three of the most famous wave resorts in the country namely Eight Waves Waterpark and Hotel, Amana Waterpark, and Jed’s Island Resort.
15) Bulacan serves many exotic dishes, too
Among others, the locals are fond of tinolang palakang bukid (frog soup), pancit marilao, pastillas made from carabao’s milk, and empanada de kaliskis (chicken and pork pastel).
After reading the above, for sure, you know so much more about Bulacan as a province. Although it is becoming more urbane, its rich history is still at its core, making it a perfect location for a quick trip or a permanent residence.