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The Historical Barasoain Church

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How timely that this post is coming out nearing the celebration of Philippine independence, even if these pics have been taken way back during summer during anoher one of those “one-day, town-to-province-to-town” trips

(Like that one-day Baguio trip that resulted in a lunch at Hill Station).

For most of the Philippine consumers, the Barasoain Church is something remembered as some important landmark printed in the no longer circulated PHP 10.00 bill, or for those die-hard fans of former president Joseph Estrada, this was where he took his inauguration due to its significance during the centennial year of the Republic of the Philippines.

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Photo courtesy of www.wikipedia.com

 

Such is its significance because, this was where the Revolutionary Congress was held.

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Some had impressions that given its significance in history, was that the church may have been located on top of a hill. But it really is just in a street in Malolos, Bulacan. And for those not too alert in looking for it, can be overlooked as just another church.

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The Church pretty much retains its old facade as how it looked in the old bill. Beside it, there is a museum one can check out free of charge. Leave a little donation to ensure its upkeep.

Across the Church into the other end of the courtyard stands a statue of the very first president of the Philippine Republic: Emilio Aguinaldo.

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Emilio Aguinaldo

While his ascension is riddled with controversies ranging from mishandling of funds to accusations that he even eliminated allies who were rivals for leadership (like summary executions and assassinations of other recognized heroes in the Philippines), as per history, he is recognized as the very first Philippine president.

However you take how the Philippines was formed then, it cannot be argued that it has shaped how it is now. As to whether that is bad or good for its citizens, we leave it up to them to decide.

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It still really is necessary to look back to the past to know where you are headed in the future :)

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The Barasoain Church is located at Paseo del Congreso Street, Malolos City, Bulacan, Philippines

Directions:

  • Head north of Manila and pass through the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX)
  • There will be signs colored brown showing the Barasoain Church landmark. It will direct that you take the Tabang exit.
  • Exit NLEX and into Tabang exit. Follow the main road. and pay the necessary toll fee upon reaching the toll gate.
  • Just keep on driving straight for about eight kilometers. You will see the Malolos welcome arch as well as Paradise Hotel and Resort along this way.
  • As you reach a major intersection, there will be a ramp to a flyover. Keep right into the side road. Take a left on the intersection under the flyover. This leads you to Paseo del Congreso Street.
  • The Barasoain Church will be on your right, about 900 meters from the intersection. There will be a pay parking of PHP 40.00
  • To return back: Just back-track from the directions to get back to NLEX and back to Manila

 

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11 Comments to “The Historical Barasoain Church”

  1. michy says:

    I remember going there when I was in grade school. How time flies… :)

  2. Raymund says:

    This brings me a lot of High School memories, the last time I was there was ages.

  3. ahh. so that’s where the place in the 10 peso bill came from :)

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  5. Kim Soriano says:

    Hi,

    Good morning!
    I’m Kim Soriano, AE of OP Communications. I just want to ask permission to use the first photo of Barasoain Church above. This is for a Bank’s 2013 desk calendar. The client might also use the photo for their mural. If you will allow us, how much the photo would be? Thank you very much. :)

    Sincerely,
    Kim

    • rftreyes says:

      Hi Kim:
      Yes maybe we can discuss some terms on how the pic can be used. I’d like to advise, though, that this is the only resolution of the have left. If this resolution is ok, just let me know and will send an email on what we can work on.

      Thanks for your interest!

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