The next accessible powerhouse destination from the Metro
BY: JEOFF SOLAS
Bulacan is a province in the Philippines, part of Region 3 Central Luzon, that is known for its rich culture and heritage. It is home to some of the most stunning tourist sites that offer eco-friendly, accessible, and affordable experiences for visitors. Its accessibility to NCR makes it a perfect choice. From historical sites to natural wonders, here are a few hang-outs or destinations you should visit.
1. Massive attractions in the Philippine Arena - Ciudad de Victoria
Home to the colossal Philippine Arena in Bocaue, this 140-hectare hub of tourism is no less than spectacular & the arena itself is a marvel – with a whopping seating capacity of 55,000 people, it's officially the largest indoor arena on the planet!.
The Garden is a serene and peaceful spot that provides the perfect opportunity for both relaxation and reconnecting with nature. It's bursting with vibrance and stunning beauty, where colorful plants and flowers create an incredible landscape that will leave you with unforgettable experiences. Furthermore, it has some truly mesmerizing sights and amazing photo spots that are sure to make your experience even more memorable!
This summer, you can also now enjoy swimming in its Arena Wave Resort for a minimal entrance fee of Php300.00 for adults and PhP150.00 for kids.
Visiting this place is a must-do for everyone! Not only will you get to take amazing pictures with the huge teddy bear, the massive chess pieces, and the jumbo peacock – but kids will never get bored here. There's a playground, trampoline, mini-zoo, and life-size statues of popular animated and comic book characters!
Bulacan also has a vast number of private resorts, mostly located in private villages. These private resorts follow very creative designs from Bali to Boracay-themed interiors that offer very affordable packages to those who wish to have more intimate staycations. To find more of this list, simply visit the tourism offices and search for the accredited vacation rentals.
2. RFM Kampsite in Dona Remedios Trinidad
DRT is a mountainous area in Bulacan, which is often visited by nature lovers and adventure seekers. You can find several nature reserves, view decks, waterfalls, caves, batis or spring, adventure trails, and other tourist spots here 12. According to Bulakenyo.ph, there are 35 best waterfalls in DRT Bulacan to visit. Klook.com also recommends 13 Falls in Doña Remedios Trinidad where you can take a plunge in not one, not two, but 13 waterfalls.
RFK Kampsite is one of the new nature-loving tourist destinations that travelers frequently visit. It has a lot of instagrammable spots that can thrill any social media enthusiast who loves to take selfies, plus it has very comfortable villas to stay in overnight, and inflatable pools perfect this summer. It also features a modest dining facility where they provide home-cooked meals and a group of staff that is very friendly, showing the genuine Filipino hospitality.
3. City of Malolos - City life and history!
The capital of Bulacan has a lot of fascinating hang-out spots that could satisfy the cosmopolitan lifestyle, and still features historical destinations. Bulacan tours are incomplete without a visit to Barasoain Church. Officially known as Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, the church was the site of the first Philippine Congress in 1898 and the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic in 1899. The Malolos Constitution was also drafted here.
There are a lot of delightful venues in the city that you can enjoy while you do the “Walking Tour” such as the restaurant stop-overs in the Cafe Congreso that serves pizza Margherita, pasta, doughnuts, gelato, latte, and matcha, and many more.
At night, you can visit the Malolos Convention and try the wide array of trending food choices from its Night Market. The venue is an organic set-up of vendors supported by its local government.
If you are looking for pampering and relaxation, then we have very notable establishments like the Cotton Trees Spa in Guiguinto which is very spacious with beautiful interiors that offers massage services, and the Cooltura Salon and Spa which modestly feels like home, and specializes in professional all-male therapists for clients who prefer more pressure in their massages, this is located in Malolos.
Bulacan and its ongoing developments
Bulacan is expected to rise as a major growth area in northern Luzon with the completion of big-ticket infrastructure projects such as the North Luzon Expressway (Nlex) Connector, North-South Commuter Railway, and the Central Luzon Link Expressway. These projects will be complemented by the completion of the New Manila International Airport, another airport near Clark City.
In addition to these projects, there are also other infrastructure projects being prioritized by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) such as road widening.
As for commercial developments, Ayala Land Inc. is set to develop a 45-hectare property in San Jose del Monte City into a mixed-use estate called Altaraza. Megaworld Corp. is also developing a 35-hectare property in San Miguel into a mixed-use township called Capital Town.
Northwind Global City is Megaworld’s 85-hectare integrated township community located in between Marilao and Bocaue, Bulacan. It is located just 20 kilometers north of Metro Manila along North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) 2 and is set to become Bulacan’s first-ever metropolitan hub for business and lifestyle. It will have its themed commercial district, high-rise residential condominiums, hotels, and mixed-use developments.
The Ayala also has its Avida Parkfield Settings Pulilan, a house and lot residential development strategically located in Pulilan, Bulacan.
With these developments, sure enough, there will be more investors that will establish their businesses in the province. The youthful and energetic leaders led by Governor Daniel Fernando, along with Vice Governor Alex Castro, are providing a lot of opportunities to its locals and the rise of tourism destinations is exponentially growing in a very rapid manner up to this moment. So make sure to check Experience Travel and Living for more interesting updates from your favorite destinations.