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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
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.
Such is its significance because, this was where the Revolutionary Congress was held.
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.
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.
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.
It still really is necessary to look back to the past to know where you are headed in the future 🙂
The Barasoain Church is located at Paseo del Congreso Street, Malolos City, Bulacan, Philippines
- 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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