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Marilao

Despite being a highly urban district, the municipality of Marilao still preserves elements of its rich history through its stunning religious landmarks, which are known among pilgrims as some of the most prominent in Bulacan province. But before Marilao became a completely independent town in 1913, it was actually a barrio of its neighboring city, Meycauayan.

Marilao first earned its name because of the abundance of a certain yellow, or dilaw_, plant in the area. Because of these widespread yellow plants, natives began calling the place "_Marilaw." In the 1800s, this yellow plant was often mentioned by the Spanish priest, Father Joaquin Martinez de Zuñiga, in his book entitled “Status of the Philippines in 1800.”

Today, Marilao is known for its colorful and lively Halamang Dilaw Festival, an annual celebration held every month of May to pay tribute to nature. During the festivities, locals can let loose and unleash their creativity by joining food festivals, beauty pageants, and street dance competitions.

One of the main tourist attractions you’ll find in Marilao is the National Shrine of the Divine Mercy, a well-known pilgrimage site for Catholics in Bulacan. Behind the church, you’ll find a model of Calvary with life-sized statues of the Stations of the Cross. You can also pass by the Guadalupe Chapel in the basement level, where a large image of Our Lady of Guadalupe is on display.

Fans of religious architecture can also check out the centuries-old St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church, which was originally completed in 1868. Commonly known as the Marilao Church, this 19th-century structure features Philippine barn-style Baroque architecture. The church was also deemed a National Historical Site by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines.

Those who want to wind down or spend some quality time with friends and family can head to the Hidden Sanctuary Hotel and Resort, one of the most popular swimming resorts in Marilao. Here, guests can relax in the place’s cottages and cabanas, grab a bite to eat in the Hidden Sanctuary Grill & Restaurant, or go for a refreshing dip in the resort’s wave pools.

Don’t forget to sample some of the municipality’s famous specialty snacks like Rosalie’s Bibingka (local rice cake), Pancit Marilao (variation of the local noodle dish, pancit palabok), and the delicacies of Popular Puto and Kutsinta. You can also pass by Balikbayan Handicrafts for locally crafted home decor and other souvenir items.

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  7. Tokyo Tokyo
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  8. Pancake House
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  9. Pancake House
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  10. Dairy Queen
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