The Gateway to the Northern Philippines: Bulacan Neighborhood Guide

Chicharon. Fireworks. Cultural festivals. These are just a few things Bulacan is known for. For centuries, the locale served as one of the nearest getaway spots to Metro Manila. Many people come to the province to enjoy its savory snacks, relax in its resorts, and explore the heritage sites during the weekends or holidays.

Bulacan’s proximity to Metro Manila and other provinces within Central Luzon makes it one of the most strategically-located destinations people should add to their travel plans. But of course, there is more to the province than just tourist respites, crunchy delicacies, and lands where our heroes walked.

BRIEF HISTORY OF BULACAN

Bulacan spans over 2,796.10 square kilometers in the Central Luzon region and borders the provinces of Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Aurora Province, and the northwestern part of Quezon Province. Its current capital is Malolos, where the official seat of government is housed. Today, Bulacan flourishes in its industrial, commercial, tourism, and real estate sectors, making it one of the ideal locations for investments.

Where It All Started

Bulacan started as a settlement for fishermen, seafarers, hunters, farmers, and noble-blooded tribe members. Even before the Spanish came to Philippine shores, historical evidence reveals that the lands comprising Bulacan were centers of human activities, such as trade, commerce, and travel.

The earliest records of trade in Bulacan happened between its seafaring people in balangays (a type of lashed-lug boats made of wooden planks, dowels, and fiber lashings) and the people of Brunei, East Timor, Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, and parts of India. During this exchange, the local communities adopted some of the beliefs and practices of these nations, such as Buddhism and Hinduism. 

By the 10th to 12th centuries, foreign trade in Bulacan became stronger due to the Arabs, Chinese, and Indians coming into the area. This allowed the province to become a “storehouse” of various products and a center of commercial and industrial growth. People from Bulacan’s coastal areas also became expert seafarers.

Seafaring and international trade and commerce weren’t the only sectors that boomed. Coastal areas blossomed into human settlements where people put up houses and the earliest forms of commercial establishments. People also built various types of boats, canoes, and ships intended for carrying merchandise and transporting warriors to battlefields. 

Farming also began when the fishermen who settled on the coast of Manila Bay found that the soil was fertile and drained and irrigated by a network of streams and rivers. The early Bulakeños cultivated the land and grew vegetables, flowers, cotton plants, and verdant green orchards near their homes.

Bulacan reportedly derived its name from “bulak” (cotton) and “bulak-lak” (flower), plants that flourished even before the Spanish came. The beautiful women, or “mga magagandang bulaklak,” is also said to have inspired the province’s name.

A Cradle of Noble Heroes

In 1896, Bulacan was one of the eight provinces that first took arms against the Spanish colony. The Pact of Biak-na-Bato was signed in 1897, wherein it constituted that revolution leaders should flee to Hong Kong to “keep the peace” in the province. The revolutionaries received monetary indemnity from the Spanish government and bought firearms and ammunition, which they then used when they returned to the country.

The pretentious peace treaty may have paused the plans for change and liberty, but it didn’t stop Filipinos from carrying on with the revolution by the end of the year. Several other provinces resumed their resolve to regain their sovereignty and Filipino identity. 

By the middle of 1898, the revolution’s second phase began and cemented the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic in Malolos. Key places in this event are the Barasoain Church and Malolos Cathedral, where President Aguinaldo established his legislative headquarters and the Malolos Constitution was drafted and signed.

The Battle of Bangkusay, Philippine Revolution, Spanish-American War, and World War II are cataclysmic events that shaped Bulacan into the free and flourishing province it is today. Of course, the uprisings wouldn’t take place if it weren’t for the efforts and courage of the people who emerged to fight tyranny both by sword and pen. For that, Bulacan is hailed as the Cradle of Noble Heroes.

Some of the notable heroes born and raised in Bulacan include:

Marcelo H. del Pilar (Bulakan), also known by his pen name Plaridel, is the Great Propagandist of the Philippine Propaganda Movement. He was also a lawyer, writer, and editor-in-chief of the Diariong Tagalog and La Solidaridad. The town of Plaridel is named after him. 

Gregorio del Pilar (Bulakan) was Marcelo del Pilar’s nephew and one of the youngest revolutionary generals of the Philippine Revolution and the Philippine-American War. He died during the Battle of Tirad Pass, at age 24.

Trinidad Tecson (San Miguel) was named the “Mother of Biak-na-Bato” by Emilio Aguinaldo, as she was one of the female members of the Katipunan. She also served the Malolos Congress as a Commissary of the War. She has the nickname “Mother of the Philippine Red Cross” for founding the Philippine Red Cross.

Mariano Ponce (Baliuag) was a Filipino physician, journalist, and one of the active members of the Propaganda Movement. As a writer, he was a founding member of La Solidaridad. His most notable works were Efemerides Filipinas, a column on Philippine historical events published on La Oceania Española and El Ideal

Felipe Buencamino, Sr. (San Miguel) was Filipino lawyer who served as a colonel of the Spanish Army, before he switched sides and joined the Propaganda Movement. Buencamino was part of Aguinaldo’s cabinet during the First Republic of the Philippines. He also helped in drafting the Malolos Constitution.

Dr. Pio Valenzuela (Polo, present-day Valenzuela City) was a Filipino physician and revolutionary who led the Katipunan chapters in Morong and Bulacan. Valenzuela co-founded Kalayaan, a publication by the Katipunan. He was one of the people who tried to convince Dr. Jose Rizal to join the revolution.

Gat Ciriaco Contreras (Meycauayan), another brave Katipunero, was one of those who defended the Barrio of Langka in 1898. He served as a commanding officer of the Supremo faction of the Katipunan.

Commodore Ramon A. Alcaraz (Plaridel) was a naval office and World War II hero known for shooting down low-flying Japanese planes attacking US and Filipino troops. Alcaraz helped organize the Philippine Marine Corps during the Magsaysay administration.

Women of Malolos (various locations) is a group constituting 20 women hailing from the Tanchanco, Reyes, Santos, Tantoco, and Tiongson families, the sangley meztiza families residing in the Chinese community of Malolos. 

The 20 Women of Malolos include:

  • Elisea Tantoco Reyes (1873-1969)
  • Juana Tantoco Reyes (1874-1900)
  • Leoncia Santos Reyes (1864-1948)
  • Olympia San Agustin Reyes (1876-1910)
  • Rufina T. Reyes (1869-1909)
  • Eugenia Mendoza Tanchangco (1871-1969)
  • Aurea Mendoza Tanchangco (1872-1958)
  • Basilia Villariño Tantoco (1865-1925)
  • Teresa Tiongson Tantoco (1867-1942)
  • Maria Tiongson Tantoco (1869-1912)
  • Anastacia Maclang Tiongson (1874-1940)
  • Basilia Reyes Tiongson (1860-1925)
  • Paz Reyes Tiongson (1862-1889)
  • Aleja Reyes Tiongson (ca 1864-ca 1900)
  • Mercedes Reyes Tiongson (1870-1928)
  • Agapita Reyes Tiongson (1872-1937)
  • Filomena Oliveros Tiongson (ca 1867-1934)
  • Cecilia Oliveros Tiongson (ca 1867-1934)
  • Feliciana Oliveros Tiongson (1869-1938)
  • Alberta Santos Uitangcoy (1865-1953)

These twenty women aided revolutionaries in different socio-economic activities, such as providing supplies, educating fellow Filipinos, and attending important meetings. They became couriers for the revolution, hiding letters and plans from the Spanish to send to the Katipunan.

The Women of Malolos established the Instituto de Mujeres, an educational institution catered to women. Today, all that remains of the school is the historical marker retelling the heroic deeds of these empowered women. You can see the marker erected at Santo Niño Street, Malolos City.

The Birthplace of Artists

Heroes and revolutionaries aren’t the only people born and raised in Bulacan. Bulacan’s rich and colorful heritage is owed to its creative minds, ranging from poets to composers, writers, musicians, visual artists, and theater performers. Many of them received the National Artists of the Philippines awards.

Some of the legendary creative minds that painted Bulacan as a fertile ground of arts, music, and literature include:

Franciso Baltazar (Balagtas, formerly the town of Bigaa), born Francisco Balagtas y de la Cruz on April 1788, was a prominent poet and one of the greatest literary figures during the Spanish colonial period. His most famous works include Florante at LauraOrosman at Zafira, and La India elegante y el negrito amante.

Levi Celerio (Baluag) was a composer and lyricist awarded as National Artist of the Philippines for music and literature in 1997. Celerio is credited with writing over 4,000 songs and the only man who could play the leaf as a musical instrument by the Guinness Book of World Records. 

Katy de la Cruz (Bustos) was dubbed as the “Queen of Filipino Jazz, specializing in jazz vocals and torch songs. Her career as a singer has spanned over eighty years. Besides singing, de la Cruz is known as “Queen of Bodabil” (Philippine vaudeville), having once been the highest-paid entertainer at the age of eighteen.

Francisco Santiago (Santa Maria) was a composer and musician known as the Father of Kundiman Art Song. Santiago is celebrated as one of the greatest musicians in the Philippines, with Anak ng Dalita and Pakiusap as two of his well-known works. During the Japanese Occupation, Santiago served as the music director of the New Philippines Symphony Orchestra, which is now known as the Manila Symphony Orchestra (MSO).

Nicanor Abelardo (San Miguel) is another kundiman composer. Some of Abelardo’s well-known pieces are Mutya ng PasigNasaan ka, Irog?, and Bituing Marikit. Despite being a raging alcoholic, Abelardo became the director of the Jazz Band and Manila Hotel in 1923.

Jose Corazon de Jesus (Santa Maria), known by his pen name “Huseng Batute,” is a poet who used the Tagalog language to express the desire of the Filipinos to be free and independent from the American Occupation. De Jesus is known for writing the lyrics of Bayan Ko.

Francisca Reyes Aquino (Bocaue) was a folk dancer and academic known for her research on Philippine folk dances. She received awards such as the Republic Award of Merit, Ramon Magsaysay Award, and the National Artist of the Philippines for Dance. Aquino has written books such as Philippine National Dances (1946), Dances for all Occasion (1950), Foreign Folk Dances (1949), and Gymnastics for Girls (1947).

Guillermo Tolentino (Malolos) was a master sculptor known for designing the Bonifacio Monument erected in Monumento, Caloocan. Tolentino also designed and sculpted the Oblation, the famous statue of the University of the Philippines. For his work and creative mind, Tolentino was awarded a National Artist of the Philippines for Sculpture three years before his passing.

MORE ABOUT BULACAN

Bulacan was recently touted by the Department of Trade and Industry’s Cities and Municipalities Competitiveness Index (CMCI) as the 10th most competitive province in the Philippines last February 11, 2022. 

The province’s economic rise is partially due to its proximity to Metro Manila; this relationship spurs the province’s economic development. Back then, agriculture was the backbone of Bulacan’s economy. But nowadays, its economic sectors comprising different industries sustain the region and its people.

A Diverse and Booming Industrial Sector

The adjacency of Metro Manila to Bulacan ushers in industrialization. Corporations and real estate developers have set their marks on different cities and municipalities and established industrial plants that support the many businesses of the province. 

Some of Bulacan’s industries that continue to flourish include:

  • Banking and Finance
  • Education
  • Ceramics
  • Construction
  • Cement bag making
  • Pyrotechnics
  • Food processing
  • Garments
  • Marble and Limestone
  • Furniture making
  • Souvenirs (gifts and sweet delicacies)
  • Leather tanning
  • Hospitality
  • Restaurants
  • Jewelry making

These different industries open job opportunities for many, hence spurring more growth and sustainability in the province.

Flourishing Agriculture and Aquaculture

Farming has been the primary source of income and livelihood for Bulakenyos and Bulakenyas. Major crops include rice, corn, coffee, fruits, and vegetables. These farms also raise poultry and livestock, which in turn, supply meat, dairy, and other animal-based products to manufacturing plants, restaurants, and leather tanning businesses.

Growing flowers is also a huge part of Bulacan’s agricultural sector. In fact, Barangay Maguinao in the town of San Rafael is the headquarters of the Golden Bloom Orchids, a farm that primarily grows orchids, supplying to different floral shops in the Philippines. It is the biggest importer of orchid species from Thailand.

Fishing is another source of income and livelihood in Bulacan. The province is rich in fisheries ranging from ponds and rivers to dams and waterlogged areas, including the Bustos Dam, or the Angat Afterbay Regulatory Dam. Marine species that grow in Bulacan’s fishing spots include bangus (milkfish), tilapia, hito (catfish), and prawns.

Proudly “Tatak Bulakenyo”

Bulacan’s industrial growth sustains small-business owners and locals. In 2004, the ‘Tatak Bulakenyo” program was launched to bolster economic activity in the province. The program promotes the government’s anti-poverty thrust by providing entrepreneurship opportunities to many.

Products by the ‘Tatak Bulakenyo” program include:

  • Sabutan bags
  • Buntal products
  • Salabat
  • Polvoron
  • Inipit
  • Garbanzos
  • Pandesal de Baliuag
  • Pastillas
  • Chicharon
  • Sausage relleno
  • Tahong chips
  • Longganisa
  • Atsarang dampalit
  • Atsarang Indian mango
  • Bagoong alamang
  • Honey bee products

Tatak Bulakenyo products are available in Bulacan’s souvenir shops and marketplaces. The next time you buy these delicacies for your pasalubong, know that you’re helping many small-scale entrepreneurs bring food to the table and live every day.

It’s More Fun in Bulacan

Bulacan is a hotspot of tourism. Its proximity to Metro Manila and other places in Central Luzon ushers visitors to come and enjoy the province’s different respites. Tourists will never run out of things to do here because the region offers heritage sites, eco-resorts, food-tripping hubs, and recreational resorts for them to relish.

While the pandemic may have crippled Bulacan’s tourism sector, efforts from the local government continue to promote the province’s beautiful getaway destinations. In June 2021, the Department of Tourism bared its plans to recover Bulacan’s tourism sector. The initiative includes promoting farm tourism in Calumpit, culinary tourism in Malolos and Marilao, and eco-tourism spots in Doña Remedios Trinidad, Norzagaray, San Miguel, and San Rafael.

Today, with vaccinations rolling out all over the country, Bulacan’s tourist spots gradually reopen and welcome more visitors. While quarantine and safety procedures are still promoted and practiced, the province’s tourism sector will likely boom and expand in the future as more people are enticed to explore the province’s various destinations.

PIT STOPS IN BULACAN

Shopping Hubs

Bulacan’s development has prompted shopping hubs, such as malls and markets, to mushroom in its different locations. These shopping hubs are the perfect places to dine, watch films, shop for souvenirs, and enjoy landscaped urban parks. Some of the shopping complexes in Bulacan include:

  • Balagtas Town Square
  • St. Agatha Square
  • Walter Mart Guiguinto
  • Bocaue CityMall
  • Graceland Mall
  • Robinsons Place Malolos
  • Sterling Square Mall
  • The Marketplace
  • SM City San Jose del Monte
  • Starmall San Jose del Monte
  • Eco Commercial Complex
  • The Centro Mall
  • Sampol Market
  • Malolos Seafood Market
  • Plaridel Public Market
  • Balagtas Public Market
  • Good Farmers’ Fruits and Vegetables
  • CROSSING Wet and Dry Market 
  • Lolomboy Public Market
  • Fortune Market
  • Pamilihang Bayan ng Marilao

Educational Institutions

Bulacan is home to many public and private educational institutions. These schools offer programs ranging from preschool to undergraduate levels. People moving in the residential areas of Bulacan won’t worry about where to send their kids off for a brighter and prosperous future as their potential homes will be close to educational institutions such as:

  • Bulacan Central Christian School
  • Gen. Gregorio H. del Pilar Elementary School
  • Guiguinto Central School
  • Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Bulacan
  • Sta. Faustina Academy
  • Obando National High School
  • Taliptip National High School
  • Colegio De Roma
  • Faith Academy of Bulacan
  • Lourdes College of Bulacan
  • Bulacan State University
  • Norzagaray College
  • MT. Carmel College
  • Baliuag University
  • Santa Clara de Montefalco College, Inc.

Clinics and Hospitals

Healthcare and other medical services are within reach for future residents of Bulacan. Notable clinics and hospitals within the province are:

  • SMC Multi-Specialty Clinic
  • Klinika Bulakan Multispecialty Clinic & Laboratory
  • Ace Diagnostic Center
  • Marquez Medical Skin and Facial Clinic
  • Galela Multispeciality Clinic & Diagnostic Center
  • Gregorio del Pilar District Hospital
  • Jesus Of Nazareth Hospital
  • Romel Cruz Hospital
  • St. Paul Hospital Bulacan, Inc.
  • Guiguinto Polymedic Hospital
  • San Ildefonso Medical Hospital

Churches

Bulacan has served as a center of religious flourishment during the Spanish colonial period. Several Roman Catholic churches have been built in the province’s areas, with some rebuilt and renovated to preserve their structural integrity. While Roman Catholicism is the predominant religion in the province, there are other places of worship that cater to other faiths and beliefs. 

Some of the churches you’ll find in Bulacan include:

  • San Ildefonso de Toledo Parish Church
  • Parokya Ni San Jose Manggagawa
  • Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Nuestra Señora de la Asunción
  • San Isidro Labrador Parish
  • Minor Basilica and Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
  • Barasoain Church
  • Minor Basilica of La Purísima Concepción
  • Parish and National Shrine of the Divine Mercy
  • Parish of Saint Francis of Assisi
  • Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes
  • Blessed Hope Baptist Church
  • Cathedral of Praise – Bulacan
  • Christian Bible Baptist Church – Guiguinto Bulacan
  • Tree of Life United Methodist Church
  • Jesus Is Lord Church Balagtas

Museums and Historical Landmarks

As one of the provinces that rose against the Spanish colonial era, Bulacan is a cradle of historical events shaped by both local and foreign influences. Many of the events that happened in the province are preserved in relics and artifacts stored in museums and shrines. Some locations are marked with monuments to commemorate the valiance and courage of our forefathers.

Learn more about the occurrences that made Bulacan it is today by visiting museums and historical sites such as:

  • Marcelo H. del Pilar Shrine
  • Barasoain Ecclesiastical Museum
  • Tecson House
  • Meyto Shrine
  • Enriquez Ancestral House
  • Bulacan Museum
  • Baliuag Museum
  • Casa Real Shrine
  • Mercado House
  • Old Train Station in Guiguinto
  • Bagbag Bridge
  • Pinagrealan Cave
  • Kakarong de Sili Shrine

Dining Spots

What road trip will be complete without food? Bulacan offers eateries and food hotspots to satiate your cravings. Plan your next gastronomic adventure in dining spots such as:

  • Hapag Events Place and Restaurants
  • Nina’s Fried Itik Restaurant
  • Bistro Maloleño
  • Citang’s Restaurant
  • Yumgyeopsal
  • Bistro Ambrosio at St. Agatha Resort
  • Hiromitsu Restaurant
  • Kamayan sa Villares
  • Lee Foo Panciteria
  • Cafe Apolonio Restaurant
  • Amigoo’s Steakhouse
  • Ganchan Japanese Cuisine

Resorts and Nature Parks

Bulacan is a favorite spot for field trips and weekend getaways. Throughout the years, pool resorts and nature parks have mushroomed in cities and municipalities. These excursion destinations are close to Metro Manila and other parts of Central Luzon. 

Plan your next vacation at:

  • 8 Waves Waterpark & Hotel
  • Jed’s Island Resort
  • Los Arcos de Hermanos
  • Bahay ni Kuya Resort
  • Kalinaw sa Kalawakan
  • Amana Waterpark
  • Hidden Sanctuary Hotel and Resort
  • Lawiswis Kawayan Garden Resort & Spa
  • Sitio Antonio Wavepool Resort
  • Adventure Resort
  • Puning Cave
  • Ipo Dam View Deck
  • Pulilan Butterfly Haven
  • Reyes Strawberry Farm
  • Bakas River

WHAT TO DO IN BULACAN

Visit Different Churches

Bulacan is a popular site for Visita Iglesia during Lent season as the province has many centuries-old churches still intact and operational. The oldest and most-visited churches include: 

  • Barasoain Church in Malolos
  • Parish of Sta. Monica in Angat
  • Parish of San Pascual Baylon
  • Parish of San Agustin in Baliuag
  • San Juan Bautista Parish Church in Calumpit

These churches aren’t just places for prayer and worship. They also serve as a repository of Bulacan’s past and how to transcend to the present and future. The best part? You don’t have to wait for Holy Week to explore Bulacan’s prized cathedrals and chapels. These are open Monday to Friday and offer mass schedules on the weekdays and weekends.

Go Swimming

Need to unwind from work without going too far? Plan your weekend hangout at Bulacan’s pool resorts. These recreational respites mentioned above have rooms and hotel-like suites you can rent for overnight or staycations. The resorts offer different types of pools suitable for kids, teenagers, and adults. Plus, these resorts have spots intended for taking cute and aesthetic photos or your social media feeds.

Now, if you’re after a more natural getaway spot, head over to the springs and waterfalls of Bulacan. Dip your toes into the fresh, cold water, and enjoy the greeneries around. You’ll reconnect with nature and recharge your physical and mental states, helping you get ready for your next workdays.

Try Out Different Local Food

Part of immersing yourself in Bulacan’s culture is to try different food and snacks in the area. Include a food-tripping schedule in your Bulacan itinerary to explore various local delicacies such as Ensaymada Malolos, barquillos, pastillas, cassava cookies, inipit de leche, and chicharon.

Bulacan’s delicacies are perfect as pasalubong or gifts for your loved ones. Have stopovers at local eateries and souvenir shops on your trip to the province’s resort or heritage destinations. Order some Bulacan specialty snacks and delicacies and bring home the province’s local flavors with you.

Enjoy Festivals

Bulacan has festivals featuring street dances, contests, various performances, and delicious local food. Some of these celebrations highlight local cuisine, while others are held during the feast day of saints and venerated Catholic figures. Bulacan’s feasts are an expression of how locals and devotees celebrate and express their faith.

Some of the popular festivals in Bulacan include:

  • Halamanan Festival of Guiguinto (January 23)
  • Baliuag Lenten Procession of Baliuag (Every Holy Week)
  • Liputan Fluvial Parade of Marilao (1st or 2nd Sunday of May)
  • Luyang Dilaw Festival of Marilao (May 2)
  • Kneeling Carabao Festival of Pulilan (May 14 to 15)
  • Obando Fertility Rites Festival (May 17 to 19)
  • Feast of the Holy Cross of Wawa of Bocaue (1st Sunday of July) 

POPULAR NEIGHBORHOODS IN BULACAN

Malolos

Malolos is a first-rate city and the capital of Bulacan. It was the site of the constitutional convention of 1898, known as the Malolos Convention. This convention led to the establishment of the First First Philippine Republic at Barasoain Church’s sanctuary, making the old cathedral the first presidential palace before Malacañang.

Today, Malolos is a thriving metropolis shaped by history and modern developments. Its proximity to Metro Manila also spurred the growth of its various infrastructure, industries, and commercial establishments. 

With this, Malolos is a promising area for employment opportunities and properties viable for residential and commercial purposes. People searching for homes may look into neighborhoods such as Camella ProvenceNorthfields Executive Village, and Grand Royale

Baliuag

The town of Baliuag, sometimes spelled Baliwag, was primarily an agricultural center during the Spanish colonial era. The farms offered stable jobs for many farmers and workers and supplied fine produce for markets and households. Baliuag’s farms mainly produced rice and various local fruits.

While Baliuag’s agricultural industry is still present and continues to provide jobs and food to people, modern technology and developments paved the way for Baliuag to be a burgeoning town and probable candidate for cityhood. Today, the area is the center of education, commerce, entertainment, and public transportation in Northern Bulacan. It’s also where you can find local delicacies such as chicharonputopastillas de leche, and the famous Baliwag Lechon Manok.

Baliuag’s status as a prime municipality made it a part of Manila’s built-up area. The town’s notable residential projects include Camella Prominenza, Brighton Baliwag, Lessandra Baliwag, and Casa Segovia.

Bocaue

Bocaue is another first-class municipality in Bulacan. It’s dubbed as the Fireworks Capital of the Philippines, as it houses the largest firework-making industries in the country. You’ll find several of Bocaue’s fireworks stores outlining the long stretch of MacArthur Highway.

Besides fireworks, Bocaue is a center of local cuisine and performing arts. Notable dishes in the town include Bocaue-style liempocrispy patachicharon, and sinuso (pork breasts). These delicacies are available at eateries and food hubs near residential and commercial communities within the municipality.

San Jose del Monte

San Jose del Monte, often referred to as SJDM, is another first-rate component city spanning the south of Bulacan. Hailed as Bulacan’s Rising City, its growth is spurred by the industrial, tourism, and property sectors. The city’s close location to Metro Manila also ushers in new developments and infrastructure that push it to become a prime metropolitan area.

SJDM’s major industries include agriculture, livestock, poultry, wholesale, and retail. Factories and manufacturing plants are present in the area’s thriving districts, including Francisco Homes, Towerville in Minuyan, Northgate in Santo Cristo, Palmera in Kaypian, and Grotto in Graceville.

Meanwhile, some of the most vibrant residential developments in SJDM are Villa BelissaAmaresa 2Colinas VerdesKelsey Hills, and Camella Monticello.

HOW TO GET AROUND BULACAN

Bulacan’s close proximity to Metro Manila spurred the expansion of different public transportation modes and thoroughfares that link the province to the capital metro. The development of highways and expressways, namely the North Luzon Expressway, MacArthur Highway, and Cagayan Valley Road in Guiguinto, has made traveling from Bulacan to Metro Manila and its neighbors within Central Luzon shorter.

Buses are the primary modes of transportation in Bulacan. Notable bus line terminals within the province include Baliwag Transit, Inc., California Bus Line, Golden Bee Transport, Sampaguita Liner, and Royal Eagle. 

On the other hand, buses from Victory Liner, Philippine Rabbit, and Aladdin Transit hail from Manila, Pasay, and Quezon City. These lines travel northward to other locations within Bulacan, Pampanga, Zambales, and Tarlac. The availability of these various bus lines means more efficient and comfortable travel to and from Bulacan.

For shorter distances, Bulacan has tricycles, jeepneys, and inexpensive buses available. These are available at poblacion areas and close to the province’s roads. Future residents won’t have any inconvenience getting to essential establishments or destinations within Bulacan and its neighbors.

INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS IN BULACAN

North Luzon East Expressway

The North Luzon East Expressway (NLEE) is a prospective freeway linking Metro Manila to the eastern portion of Central Luzon. NLEE starts at the endpoint of La Mesa Parkway and the junction of the under-construction C-6 in San Jose del Monte and runs all the way to Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija. Once completed, NLEE will decongest the Central Luzon portion of Maharlika Highway and serve as a faster alternate route to Cagayan Valley.

MRT Line 7

The ongoing MRT Line 7 has a total of fourteen stations, with the northernmost platform housed at San Jose del Monte Bulacan and the last at the North Triangle Common Station in Quezon City. This train line cuts traveling time from SJDM to Caloocan and Quezon City from hours to minutes.

The conjunction of the MRT Line 3 and LRT Lines 1 and 2 at the North Triangle Common Station makes traveling to various parts of Metro Manila faster and easier. Commuters won’t have to wait in traffic jams or switch from one bus to another to get to their destinations.

Renovation of the North-South Commuter Railway

Another rising infrastructure in Bulacan is the renovation of the old stations of the North-South Commuter Railway (NSCR). This train line stretches from the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga all the way to Calamba, Laguna. 

Train structures in Balagtas, Calumpit, Guiguinto, and Malolos will be renovated to complement the new design of the modern railway station. However, certain structures of Bulacan’s stations will be preserved and intended to be a repository of the Philippine National Railway’s history.

New Manila International Airport

Traveling to Bulacan via air will be made possible through the proposed New Manila International Airport. A project introduced by the San Miguel Corporation, this new airport is set to decongest the number of flights and runways of Ninoy Aquino International Airport. 

The culmination of the New Manila International Airport is predicted to triple the number of tourists coming to the Philippines. It will boost Bulacan’s tourism sector and open up employment opportunities for many.

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