Also known as the Basilica Minore dela Nuestra Señora de Immaculada Concepcion(Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, in English), Malolos Cathedral is a must-visit for tourists who are interested and fascinated by the country’s rich and colorful religious and historical background. The church is hard to miss as it sits right at the center of Malolos City.
Although the structure has been painted with a light blue color, it is evident from its architectural neo-classic design that it is not of this time. It is also just within a kilometer away from the Barasoain Church, another building of historical and religious importance found in the history-rich city of Malolos. Also just walking distance from the Basilica are several other historical attractions such as the Casa Real Museum, the Bautista Mansion, and the Malolos Municipal Hall.
Location: Town Plaza, Malolos City, Bulacan
How to get there:
- From Metro Manila, go to NLEX northbound.
- Take Tabang Exit (right after Shell Service Station after Bucaue Exit). Go straight.
- At Malolos Junction, turn left under the flyover. Malolos Cathedral is approximately a kilometer from the junction/flyover and is at the center of Malolos City proper. (Take note that in going to the Cathedral you will pass by the equally famous Barasoain Church).
- The seat of power of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo—the first president of the Republic of the Philippines — in in 1896.
- A century-old tree known as the Kalayaan Tree (Tree of Freedom) – located right in front of the church; said to have been planted by Pres. Aguinaldo during a lull in the historic Malolos Convention.
- Presently the seat of the Diocese of Malolos, and has been the bastion of faith in Bulacan for the past centuries.
- Nearby attractions:
- Casa Real Museum
- Bautista Mansion
- Barasoain Church
- Barasoain Ecclesiastical Museum
- Bulacan Museum
- The church traces its beginnings with its first building made of light materials which was erected in 1591.
- The current church building was consecrated in 1826.
- It was heavily damaged in the earthquakes of 1863 and 1880.
- It was renovated but was subsequently burned by the revolutionaries in 1898 to delay the American’s pursuing Gen. Aguinaldo during the Filipino-American War.
- The church was heavily renovated starting in 2008, with portions of the facade and interior having been altered.