Considered as the smallest municipality in the Bulacan Province, Marilao is one of the fastest developing urban areas in Central Luzon. It is bound by the city of San Jose del Monte on the east, the municipalities of Obando and Bulacan in the west, Bocaue in the north, and Meycauyan in the south.
Marilao used to be a barrio of the then municipality of Meycauayan until 1796, when it established its independence as a separate municipality through an official act of the Spanish government on the feast day of Mahal na Señor, then patron of the municipality. It is located 20 kilometers north of Manila, and it can be reached through several ways. Of course, the quickest would be through a private vehicle. From Manila, one can get to Marilao in as fast as 15 minutes by passing through the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) or around 30 minutes via the McArthur Highway. If on a commute, there are notable buses with terminals in Cubao like Baliwag Transit, Victory Liner, Five Star Bus, and German Espiritu bus. A line of UV Express shuttle vans going to Bulacan are also parked at the MRT North EDSA station; a one-way trip from here to the municipality costs around PHP 45.
This small town is best known for its authentic Pinoy delicacies, such as suman pinipig—tube-shaped rice cakes topped with crushed pinipig (rice crispies) and grated buko (young coconut). Other delicious fares that Marilao is proud of include putong puti, putong pula, and kutsinta.
Marilao also has its own SM shopping mall. Located along McArthur Highway, SM City Marilao is one of the major place-markers of Bulacan where shuttle vans, taxis, and provincial buses usually drop passengers off. The mall features a green-themed monolithic structure, which complements the green scenery of the town. Its land area of 203,000 square meters is the second largest land area for a provincial SM Supermall, just next to SM City Pampanga. Over the next few years, SM will also build mid-rise condo towers next to the mall.
Owning a property in Marilao can turn out to be more than delightful as the small town is a well-known heritage district with vibrant suburbs and a neoclassical vibe. Looking for an affordable house and lot for sale in Marilao, Bulacan, is very easy. Brand-new houses with two bedrooms and complete with fine amenities are located in Golden Hills Panorama Subdivision in Barangay Loma de Gato, and usually cost around PHP 1.2 million to PHP 1.8 million. A more affordable single-detached house with a front and backyard is on offer for around PHP 650,000.
For those with a limited budget, the town also offers a lot of foreclosures, most of which are being marketed and sold by the country’s largest banks and brokerages. One of them is BFS, which offers foreclosed house and lots that can be had for as low as PHP 496,000. BDO also has a sizeable foreclosed inventory in the municipality; one example is a 514 square meter house situated in Meralco Village, which is on offer for PHP 8.087 million.