People Here Are Called: Bulake%uFFFDas/os Known as: The Land of Heroes Known for: excellent craftsmanship as in its jewelries, leather crafts, and garments Top Landmarks and Tourist Spots: Barasoain Church also known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Paris is a Roman Catholic church built in 1630 in Malolos City, Bulacan. Having earned the title as the Cradle of Democracy in the East, the most important religious building in the Philippines, and the site of the First Philippine Republic, the Church is proverbial for its historical importance among Filipinos. Pinagrealan Cave Pinagrealan cave is a subterranean network of cave in Norzagaray Bulacan is full of history and untold story. This is a natural refuge used by Filipinos during struggle against Spain and the Americans and during the last world war. Year 1896 the cave was a site of secret meeting and a camp of the Filipino revolutionary forces during the war against Spain. In the year 1898, during the Filipino-American war, it was used as hideout of General Emilio Aguinaldo (The first President of the Philippines) It was also used as a sanctuary by the Japanese Imperial Army when the Philippines was liberated by American Forces. Major Crops: Rice, corn, vegetables, and fruits Major Industries: Leather tanning, cement bag making, ceramic textiles, food processing, shoe making Tourism Assets: Historical sites Brief History: Bulacan started with small fishing settlements on the coast of Manila Bay and expanded into the interior with the coming of the Spaniards. These settlements formed the nucleus of towns that were founded from 1572 (Bulacan and Calumpit) to 1750 (San Rafael). In 1848, the town of San Miguel was annexed to Bulacan from Pampanga. Bulacan was one of the first eight provinces to rise against Spanish rule and is an integral part of the Philippine history. The first phase of the Philippine Revolution ended with the signing of the Pact of Biak-na-Bato in San Miguel, Bulacan in 1897 between the Filipinos and the Spaniards. Gen Emilio Aguinaldo was then exiled to Hong Kong. Next saw the drafting of the Constitution of the first Philippine Republic by the Malolos Congress at Barasoain Church in Bulacan in 1898. The newly-established republic by Pres Emilio Aguinaldo then declared Malolos as its capital. When the Americans established a civil government in the Philippines, they held the first election in the country in the town of Baliuag, Bulacan on May 6, 1899.