Malolos

Malolos City, the thriving capital of Bulacan, is known for being home to the iconic Barasoain Church. But beyond this majestic church lies a city filled with historical landmarks and ancestral homes that have borne witness to countless Filipino heroes as they shaped important moments in Philippine history.

Start your journey in this historical city by visiting Barasoain Church, one of the country’s most important religious landmarks. Built in 1603, this “Cradle of Democracy in the East” was the site of three major events in Philippine history: the convening of the first Philippine Congress, the drafting of the Malolos Constitution, and the inauguration of the first Philippine Republic.

Don’t forget to snap a photo with the weathered brick facade and grand patio of this stunning piece of Spanish colonial architecture during your visit. You can also drop by the Barasoain Museum in the adjoining convent, an interactive museum that houses the historical and cultural treasures of the Malolos Congress.

Located just a short walk away from Barasoain Church is the Bulacan Museum. Travelers can learn more about local heroes and history by browsing through the museum’s collection of valuable relics, mementos, handicrafts, and documents from the Philippine revolution.

Another historic church worth visiting is the Malolos Cathedral, which once served as the executive palace of the first Philippine president, Emilio Aguinaldo. Step outside of the cathedral and you’ll find the Kalayaan Tree, a century-old Siar tree planted by Aguinaldo himself during a lull in the Malolos Convention.

One of the most interesting buildings you’ll find in the city is the Casa Real Shrine. Since its construction in 1580, this beloved landmark has served as a seat of government, printing press, treasury, military headquarters, and municipal library, among other things. Today it honors the 21 women of Malolos who bravely embodied feminist ideals during the Spanish colonial era.

Casa Real Shrine houses the relics of these 21 brave women, who wrote to Governor-General Valeriano Weyler in 1888 to ask for the establishment of a night school where they could learn Spanish. You can learn more about their journey by visiting Instituto Mujeres, where national hero Dr. Jose Rizal addressed his famous letter of encouragement to the women of Malolos.

Malolos is also famous for its Kamestizuhan Houses, a collection of grand ancestral houses owned by elite Chinese mestizo families. Take a walking tour around these elegant and beautifully crafted houses for a glimpse at their owners’ past lifestyles during the Spanish colonial era.

As you walk around the district, try searching for notable houses like the Adriano House, the Bautista-Uytangcoy Mansion, and the Arcadio Ejercito House, which served as a seat of Emilio Aguinaldo’s government during the Philippine Revolution.

Once you start feeling hungry from your journey, head on over to any of Malolos’ well-loved restaurants. Have a comforting bowl of hot goto (rice soup with tripe) at Citang’s Eatery, sample the popular Lomo Ribs (pork baby back ribs) of Kalye Mabini, or feast on authentic Bulacan cuisine at Bistro Maloleño.

Don’t forget to buy a box or two of the famous Mercy’s Empanada de Kaliskis before you leave. This signature Malolos delicacy adds a twist to the regular empanada (stuffed pastry) by giving it a crust resembling wafer-thin layers of rippled gold fabric. Other favorite Malolos delicacies you can take home from your trip are the traditional ensaymada and inipit pastries of Eurobake.

Top Rated Restaurants in Malolos Browse All

  1. CAFÉ+ Coffee.Brunch.Dessert
    4.6 Stars
    Café
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  2. Kalye Mabini
    4.9 Stars
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    14 Reviews View
  3. Hapag
    4.3 Stars
    Filipino
    29 Reviews View
  4. Guilbert's Place
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    13 Reviews View
  5. Citang's Eatery
    4.6 Stars
    Filipino
    11 Reviews View
  6. Bistro Maloleño
    4.1 Stars
    International
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  7. Funnside Ningnangan
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    6 Reviews View
  8. Gan Chan
    4.8 Stars
    Japanese
    4 Reviews View
  9. La Familia Sizzlers
    4.4 Stars
    Filipino
    5 Reviews View
  10. Stateside
    4.2 Stars
    American
    6 Reviews View

Top Rated Places in Malolos Browse All

  1. CAFÉ+ Coffee.Brunch.Dessert
    4.6 Stars
    Café
    44 Reviews View
  2. Kalye Mabini
    4.9 Stars
    Filipino
    14 Reviews View
  3. Hapag
    4.3 Stars
    Filipino
    29 Reviews View
  4. Barasoain Church
    4.6 Stars
    Historical Site
    14 Reviews View
  5. Guilbert's Place
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    13 Reviews View
  6. Citang's Eatery
    4.6 Stars
    Filipino
    11 Reviews View
  7. Bistro Maloleño
    4.1 Stars
    International
    11 Reviews View
  8. Funnside Ningnangan
    4.5 Stars
    Filipino
    6 Reviews View
  9. Gan Chan
    4.8 Stars
    Japanese
    4 Reviews View
  10. La Familia Sizzlers
    4.4 Stars
    Filipino
    5 Reviews View

Popular Areas in Malolos

  1. Sumapang Matanda

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