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Barasoain Church, Malolos Congress and the First Philippine Republic
Right after checking out a subdivision lot in Malolos he's paying for for quite sometime now, Tutubi, before heading back to Manila, turned right under the flyover to Paseo de Congreso that will be his usual sidetrip to a historic place in Malolos, Bulacan.
When they got to the destination, his mommy recognized the facade of the church they saw as the one featured on the old ten peso bill: Barasoain Church.
About 2 kilometers from Malolos crossing stands the historic Barasoain church, the site where the Malolos Congress inaugurated on September 15, 1898 with Pedro Paterno as president and drafted the Malolos Constitution (chiefly by Felipe Calderon). The Malolos Constitution was ratified on January 21, 1899. This piece of history is the foundation of the first constitutional republic in Asia.
facade of the historic Barasoain Church, Malolos, Bulacan
the historic church featured on the old ten peso bill, the site of the proclamation of Asia's first republic a monument remembering the Malolos Congress that drafted and promulgated the Malolos Constitution
The First Philippine Republic was formally established on January 21, 1899, in Malolos, Bulacan, and ended abruptly when Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo was captured by the Americans, aided by Macabebe scouts, in Palanan, Isabela on March 23, 1901.
Later events led to the Americans taking over the country and transformed itself from "Land of the Free" to a "land of enslavers," from a Nation to an Empire in order to realize their "manifest destiny" through the use of benevolent assimilation.
Barasoain Church was also the site of the inauguration of the short-lived presidency of Joseph Estrada who was ousted during the so-called EDSA Dos and ushered in the reign of PGMA.
Beside Barasoain Church is the Barasoain Ecclesiastical Museum but Tutubi wasn't able to enter since it was a Monday, the usual day when museums in the Philippines are closed.
In front of the historic edifice is a patio and plaza with a monument of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of the Republic of the Philippines.
There are two markers installed in front of the church: one by the National Historical Institute and another by the University of the Philippines
How to get to Malolos, Bulacan:
Commute to Barasoain Church: Board a bus to Bulacan (e.g. Baliwag Transit on EDSA, Cubao) and alight in front of Bulacan Provincial Capitol just after passing the flyover (viaduct) of Malolos crossing. Transfer to a jeepney/multicab with signboard Malolos (or ride a tricycyle) and drop off in front of Barasoain Church (on your right)
Driving directions to Malolos: From Makati, head towards EDSA then proceed to NLEX and take Tabang Exit (the exit immediately after the Shell gasoline station). The road (Manila North Road) will pass by Guiguinto then Malolos after a straight drive. When you reach the flyover at the so called Malolos Crossing, choose Ilalim to turn left to Paseo de Congreso where Barasoain Church is about 10 minutes from Crossing. Ample parking space available at the patio in front of the historic church.
Other historical places in Bulacan according to the official website of Bulacan Provincial Government:
Enriquez Ancestral House, Bulacan Meyto Shrine, Calumpit St. John the Baptist Church, calumpit Barasoain Ecclesiatical Museum, Malolos Basilica Minore de Immaculada Concepcion, Malolos Bulacan Museum, Malolos Casa Real Shrine, Malolos Pinagrealan, Norzagaray Tecson House, San Miguel Marcelo H. del Pilar Shrine, Bulacan Biak-na-bato National Park, San Miguel Baliuag Museum, Baliuag Old Train Statio, Guiguinto Kakarong de Sili, Pandi Mercado house, Bustos Battle of Quingua, Plaridel Bagbag Bridge, Calumpit