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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

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    posted by backpacking philippines @ 9:44 PM,


    At Jan 20, 2009, 1:00:00 AM, Blogger Nina said...

    I didn't know tha Museums in the Phils are also closed on Monday. Kala ko sa Europe lang yon :)

    At Jan 20, 2009, 9:47:00 AM, Blogger Photo Cache said...

    I've always wanted to visit this church. Thanks for featuring this.

    At Jan 20, 2009, 3:26:00 PM, Blogger the donG said...

    very interesting tutubi because last year i was actually targeting to visit all the places featured on the philippine peso bills.

    it's nice to see you feature it here.

    i think it was four years ago when i last visited this historical church.

    At Jan 20, 2009, 10:14:00 PM, Blogger backpacking philippines said...

    nina, that's the usual schedule here. coincides with the day off of priests... that's why there are also no funerals on mondays

    photo cache, now you can visit it as i posted the route going there :P

    the dong, i also featured the P1000 bill here...have you seen malacanang palace?

    At Jan 21, 2009, 5:23:00 AM, Blogger pieterbie said...

    Hey, that is one great piece of church architecture.

    At Feb 19, 2009, 5:27:00 AM, Anonymous Kent said...

    This is so nice! maski locally made in the Philippines, panalo pa talaga!


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