city of the Philippines and capital of the province of Bulacan

Malolos is a city in the province of Bulacan, Philippines.

The Bulacan Provincial Capitol

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Malolos is the capital and second most populous city of the province of Bulacan, with more than 260,000 residents (2020). It was the site of the constitutional convention of 1898, known as the Malolos Convention, that led to the establishment of the First Philippine Republic, at the sanctuary of the Barasoain Church. The convent of the Malolos Cathedral served as the presidential palace at that time. Malolos gave birth to the first constitutional republic in Asia.

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The North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) provides access from Manila and Angeles, and exits near Malolos are Tabang and Santa Rita. Tabang exit is best used from Manila, while Santa Rita exit is best used from the north.

The MacArthur Highway passes through the city between Calumpit and Guiguinto.

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Golden Bee and First North Luzon Transit has buses between Manila and the towns of Hagonoy, and Masantol and Macabebe (the latter two in southern Pampanga). The main bus stop is on McArthur Highway, near the flyover.

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There are no trains to Malolos since the main line to La Union closed in the 1980s.

As of 2019, there is ongoing construction of an electrified standard-gauge railway to Clark International Airport in Angeles, Pampanga, and New Clark City in Capas, Tarlac. The first segment of that rail project will run up to Malolos. As of 2023, the line is still under construction, with opening estimated by 2025.

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Public transportation in Malolos is served by buses, jeepneys, and UV Express AUVs. The city is also served by tricycles, which offer their services on a for-hire basis.

Malolos is known for its Karatig Jeepneys which serves as an intra-city public transportation. The name came from the word karatig, which means nearby places or barangays. The Karatig jeepney is the smaller version of the jeepneys which usually have the size of about 3-meters long and can board 8-10 commuters at the back plus 2 passengers in the front seat. Longer models can accommodate about 10-12. Its capacity varies according to the jeep’s length and size. There are two Karatig routes around Malolos.

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  • 1 Bulacan Provincial Capitol View Park, Manila North Road. City park. Free.
  • 2 Malolos Cathedral (Immaculate Conception Parish Cathedral & Minor Basilica (Diocese of Malolos)), Estrella Street.  
  • 3 Emilio Aguinaldo Monument - Malolos, Barasoain Church Compd., Paseo Del Congreso.
  • 4 Museo ng Republika ng 1899, Paseo del Congreso, Plaza Rizal (in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish - Barasoain Church).
  • 5 Kalayaan Tree, Estrella Street (Malolos Cathedral (Immaculate Conception Parish Cathedral & Minor Basilica) (Diocese of Malolos)). Open 24 hours. Historical landmark. Free.
  • 6 Old Malolos City Hall, Jacinto Street, +63447916891. 8AM–5PM.

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  • 7 Barasoain Church. Erected in 1885, was the site of the very First Philippine Congress on September 15, 1898, and the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic on January 23, 1899. In this church the Oath of Office of Emilio Aguinaldo and Joseph Estrada as Philippine presidents took place. Within the premises of Barasoain Church, there are other historical markers installed by National Historical Commission, such as the Universidad Literaria y Scienifico de Filipina at Malolos Convent, General Emilio Aguinaldo Monument at Barasoain patio, and First Philippine Republic marker installed at left side of the main lateral wall of the church.    
  • 8 Casa Real, Paseo del Congreso, Plaza Rizal. 9AM-4PM. It was built in 1580 as Casa Tribunal and Casa Presidencia of the town gobernadorcillo. It became Spanish treasury in 1673. Declared National Shrine on October 4, 1965. Now it is the Museum of Philippine Political History.
  • 9 Museo ng Kasaysayang Pampulitika ng Pilipinas - Casa Real Shrine, Paseo del Congreso, Plaza Rizal, +63 44 662 6135. 8:30AM–4:30PM. National museum about Filipino political history in a former printing press building.

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  • 1 Malolos Sports & Convention Center, #10 MacArthur Hwy, +63 44 796 3326. Convention center.

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