Cultural and Heritage Park

Topics: Bulacan, Central Luzon, Luzon Pages: 7 (2206 words) Published: March 7, 2013
Bulacan is one of the 81 provinces in the Philippines and one of the 7 provinces comprising the Central Luzon Region. It is bounded by the provinces of Aurora and Quezon on the east, Nueva Ecija on the North, Pampanga on the West and Rizal on the Southeast and Manila Bay on the Southwest. It is dubbed as the “Northern Gateway from Manila” where the national trunkline road, Philippine-Japan Friendship Highway forks in the Cagayan Valley Region in the northeast and towards the rest of North Luzon in the north and northwest. Given such accessibility, it became a key factor that prompted private investors to develop several industrial estates in the province. Bulacan has also become an important link between the large and consolidated consumer market in Manila and the resource-rich provinces of North Luzon. Its strategic location greatly benefits the province compare to other provinces as well as its proximity to the NCR or Metro Manila where most of the development impulses originates. It is further highlighted in Central Luzon's regional development as it is expected to play an important role in realizing the "W Growth strategy of the Medium Term Development Plan of the Region."  It has a total land area of 279,610 hectares or roughly 15% of the total of Central Luzon or 0.9% of the country’s total land area. The province has 21 municipalities, 3 component cities and 569 barangays. Malolos city is the capital of the Province. Of the 21 municipalities and 3 components cities, Dona Remedios Trinidad (DRT) is the biggest municipalities having the total land area of about 93,296 hectares or almost 33% of the provincial land total, followed by the municipalities of San Miguel where Biak-na-Bato National Park is located. The history of the province from the Spanish occupation has been replete with events worthy of recollection. As early as the time of the coming of Legaspi to conquer Manila with two of his subordinate officers, Martin de Goiti and Juan Salcedo, the Bulakeños thru their seafaring brothers from Hagonoy showed their instinctive love of country by helping Raja Soliman, King of Manila, fight the Battle of the Bangkusay Channel. 

The history began when a small settlement of fishermen lived along the coast of Manila Bay before the coming of the Spaniards. Later on, these settlers became farmers after moving inwards as they discovered that the land in the interior part was fertile and very much drained by the network of rivers and streams. These settlers grew and flourished into large and prosperous settlement now known as the province of Bulacan. 

It is believed that flowers bloomed in the region when the Spaniards came. Because of these sprawling green orchards, vegetables and profusely flowering plants, as well as the beautiful women, this lovely land had come to be called Bulacan as sort of shortened term for "bulak-lakan" and/or a derivative of the word "bulak" (kapok) which abound in the province even before the Spaniards came. 

The signing of the Pact of Biak-na-Bato in 1897 was a brilliant chapter in the history of Bulacan. However, the crowning glory among the series of historical events in the province was the establishment of the Capital of the First Philippine Republic in Malolos. The Malolos Church and the Barasoain Church will be both remembered as the executive headquarters of President Aguinaldo and as the Legislative, from September 10, 1898 to March 29, 1899. It was also in Malolos that the famous and historical document, the Malolos Constitution, was drafted and ratified. 

Bulacan is also the cradle of noble heroes, of great men and women. The early people of Bulacan, being descendants of a freedom-loving race, had also risen in revolt like their brothers in other parts of the country. Bulacan was one of the eight provinces, which rallied behind the Katipunan's call for an all-out insurrection against the Spanish tyranny in the late 19th century. It produced the Great...
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