The refuge you can call home

Barasoain Church in Malolos, Bulacan, is the site of the First Republic of the Philippines.

Bulacan has always been a refuge.

A century ago, he served the Katipuneros wishing to escape the Spanish regime. Today, it serves those who want to escape the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila.

The province, however, is more than just a getaway. Located north of Metro Manila, it is a place that offers a long history, many sights and promising opportunities for the future. If you are looking for a place to live just outside of the city, this province is definitely worth considering.

Let’s take a look at what this so-called “cradle of the nation’s noble heroes” has to offer.

The Provincial Capitol of Bulacan is one of the many impressive destinations in the town of Malolos.

Past and future perspectives

The first Philippine Republic was established in Bulacan under Emilio Aguinaldo, the first president of our country. Local sites such as the Barasoain Church, the old Guiginto train station, and the Parish Church of Saint-Jean-de-Dieu hosted various historical events during the Spanish period.

Although he has deep roots in the past, Bulacan has a lot to look forward to for the future. The province is poised to be transformed by upcoming infrastructure projects.

On the one hand, Metro Rail Transit (MRT) line 7 should link San Jose del Monte, Bulacan, to North Avenue, Quezon City. This rapid transit line will significantly reduce the travel time between the two endpoints to 35 minutes from the current three hours. Construction of this extension line is currently underway.

Another ongoing project is Bulacan International Airport. Although still in its infancy, the airport has many excited Bulakenyos as it is planned to become Metro Manila’s main airport, replacing the current Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). Scheduled to open in 2026, this project will certainly propel the province to unprecedented heights of economic success.

With its rich history and even richer outlook, Bulacan is an emerging gem in the North. Those who can recognize its potential now will certainly benefit from the progress it makes in the near future.

The current MRT-7 line will reduce the travel time from Quezon City to Bulacan to approximately 35 minutes.

Malolos in brief

Malolos, in particular, is a must-see destination. Capital of Bulacan, this city was the seat of the Constitutional Convention of 1898. Today it serves as a bustling commercial hub as it is strategically located between Metro Manila and Clark, Pampanga. Its location makes it an ideal home for people working in the metro but aspiring to country life.

If you are just in Malolos for sightseeing, several historical sites are worth a visit. The Barasoain Church, the Basilica Minore de Immaculada Concepcion, the Casa Real Sanctuary and the Bautista Mansion are just a few tourist attractions that you should visit here.

The city, however, is a place worth calling home. The area is quite complete in its offerings with regard to basic needs. There are several hospitals to choose from in case of an emergency, such as Bulacan Provincial Hospital, Malolos Sacred Heart Hospital and Malolos Maternity Hospital. Meanwhile, your children can choose to study at Centro Escolar University, Bulacan State University, University of Regina Carmeli College, among other schools. And, when it comes to shopping, you can visit malls such as Puregold Malolos, The Cabanas South Supermarket, and Robinson’s Mall.

Perhaps the best draw of Malolos is its proximity to Cubao and North Edsa. It is easily accessible from Metro Manila via the MacArthur National Highway or the Tabang exit of the North Luzon Freeway, making it attractive to daily commuters.

Bulacan State University is one of the many reputable schools that you can send your kids to in Bulacan.

Full of potential

Whether you are a history buff or an opportunity seeker, Bulacan is the place to be. Its strategic location, its rich culture and its many offerings make it an ideal home. More than a refuge, this province is fast becoming one of the most promising powers in the Philippines.

If you’re currently in the market looking for a new address, Bulacan should be on your list. This province offers an ideal balance between city life and country life, making it the perfect place to feel at home.


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