After Pinto Art Museum, we decided to do another out-of-town museum trip. It felt like going on an educational field trip again, like when we were kids. A field trip! Where? Up north of Manila! The province where our language was born: The province of Bulacan.
The province of Bulacan is a 2 hour bus ride from the Manila. It was believed that our language, Tagalog, originated from this province. It also housed the famed Barasoain Church in Malolos City, where the Malolos convention was held. Built during the Spanish era, Barasoain Church has been around for decades and famous for its complex ceilings and wall paintings and for being commemorated on the Ten-peso bill (now depreciated). It also served as a backdrop for the Malolos Convention of 1898. It was the point on which the first Philippine Constitution was convened.
The first version of the constitution included the basic civil rights, separation of the church and the state, and the creation of a national assembly that would act as the legislative arm of the republic.
The museum, which was previously used as a convent, is filled with a rich source of historical data, including documents and artifacts explaining how the Malolos Convention was convened in 1898. The museum boasts of interactive and digital displays that allows visitors and students to know more about the Philippine Revolution and revolutionary Politics.
Malolos City Museum (Museo ng Republika ng Malolos)
Paseo del Congreso Road, Brgy. San Gabriel, Malolos City, Bulacan, Philippines
(044) 662-5725 / (+63) 917 6564175
Museum Hours: Tuesdays-Sundays, 8am to 4pm
Admission is free, but donations are accepted.