Bulacan is a province in the Philippines. It is located just north of Metro Manila and shares boundaries with Pampanga and Nueva Ecija in the north, and Manila Bay on the south west.


The province is divided into three component cities and 21 municipalities (or towns).



Native Bulakenyos speak and write Tagalog. As a matter of fact, a good number of famous Filipino writers hail from Bulacan. Francisco Balagtas (after whom Balagtas town is named) was born here and wrote "Florante at Laura", which is deemed a classic in Philippine Literature and is a required reading in high schools. Jose Corazon de Jesus ("Huseng Batute") and the National Artist Virgilio Almario also hail from Bulacan. It is safe to regard the province as one of the seats of the Tagalog Language.

Nevertheless, a good number of Bulakenyos can understand and speak English, thanks to mandatory English education in the country. In particular, the younger generation of Bulakenyos have more exposure with the mass media and the Internet and, thus, with English.

Get in

The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) is a major motorway that can get you into Bulacan from Metro Manila (particularly Quezon City and Valenzuela) and the neighbouring province of Pampanga. Exits in Bulacan include Marilao, Bocaue, Tabang, Sta. Rita and Pulilan. Comparatively and almost parallel to the NLEX, travellers can take the route of the McArthur Highway, stretching from the Bonifacio Monument in Caloocan City up to the Province of Pangasinan province in Northern Luzon.

Alternatively, passengers can travel to San Jose del Monte, Bulacan via Commonwealth Avenue and Fairview. City buses such as Mersan serve this area.

Get around

In the major highways, the main mode of transportation is through jeepneys.

There are also shuttle service/van service vehicles ("UV Express vans") that service longer routes within the province (for example, from Meycauayan to Malolos via the NLEX).

For the rest of the roads, you can get by tricycles.



Native delicacies

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