Marilao, Bulacan | Tourist Attraction
Tourist Attraction


The name of the town was derived from a plant called 'Dilaw', a type of shrub that can be found within the town. The origin of the Municipality of Marilao is closely linked with the political and cultural history of Meycauayan City. In fact, Marilao was just one of the barrios surrounding the Municipality of Meycauayan established by the Franciscans in 1578.

Due to Meycauayan's high rate of population growth and rapid pace of its economic advancement, one by one, the large barrios separated from the mother town and became individual municipalities. Among these barrios is the duly constituted Municipality of Marilao established on April 21, 1796.

The very first town church was constructed in a place known as Tawiran. The old chapel however, has stood 50 years before. On October 20, 1888, the municipal building was constructed beside the old chapel.

The inauguration of the first locomotive in the Philippines has brought Marilao the benefits of modern telegraph communications system together with other nine towns near Manila. However, it was not until March 24, 1889 that railroad construction was completed.

The creation of a separate town hastened the development of Marilao relative to other Municipalities in the province.

At present, Marilao has a total Land Area of 3,374 hectares. As of 2014 it has a population of 223,664 and consisted of 16 Barangays, namely: Abangan Norte, Abangan Sur, Ibayo, Lambakin, Lias, Loma De Gato, Nagbalon, Poblacion I, Poblacion II, Prenza I, Prenza II, Saog, Sta. Rosa I, Sta. Rosa II, Tabing-Ilog and Patubig.

Municipality of Marilao continues to excel in different manners, not only for inter-municipal but also outside the Province of Bulacan.
CHURCH
St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church
Was erected by Padre Vicente de Talavera in April 21, 1796. Its construction started in 1848 and was finished in 1868. The church was burned on 1899, rebuilt in 1902 and 1922 and finally in 1967 by Fr. Jose M. Salas.

The Parish celebrates its Patronal Feasts on May 8 and September 29. Its 28th Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Alberto D.J. Santiago succeeded Fr. Avelino G. Santos. Under Parochial Vicar, Fr. Francis Protacio S. Cortez III, OSA. It is a hundred-year-old spiritual edifice in Poblacion I considered as "Place marker" and serves as "Point Orientation" to the local residents and visitors.
The Church is under the jurisdiction and part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Malolos.

The mother church of the Diocese is the Malolos Cathedral located in Malolos City, Bulacan. The Diocese was erected in 1961 from its metropolitan, the Archdiocese of Manila. The Church was considered National Historical Site by National Historical Commission of the Philippines.
The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy
A church dedicated to the Divine Mercy in Marilao, Bulacan, Philippines. It was elevated to the status of National Shrine by Archbishop Orlando Quevedo of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. The first Mass was held at the site on February 2, 1992, the Feast of the Presentation.

At the back of the church is a model of Calvary with life-sized statues of Stations of the Cross.

The Guadalupe Chapel at the church basement where the picture of Our Lady is enthroned with its flowing water that pilgrims considered healing. The Rosary Hill, Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes is a place where people can pray for good health.

The Shrine offers the Little Poland Museum that feature depictions of the house and basement where Pope John Paul II lived, the Chapel where St. Faustina Kowalska had a vision of the Divine Mercy and the prison cell of St. Maximillian Kolbe where he was martyred.

The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy is a popular pilgrimage site for Catholics in Marilao, Bulacan. Almost every year a bulk of people not only from Marilao, but also from other places went here to witness the events such as; the penance.
FESTIVAL
Halaman Dilaw
Halamang Dilaw belongs to the family of Zingiberaceae. During the 1800's Halamang Dilaw was often mentioned by Father Joaquin Martinez De Zuñiga in his book: Status of the Philippines. According to him, Halamang Dilaw can be seen upon entering the Town, the reason why the natives named it Marilaw.

Halamang Dilaw Festival is celebrated annually, during the month of May. In Central Luzon, Bulacan's twin offerings from its regional Singkaban are the Halamanan Festival of Guiguinto and the Halamang Dilaw Festival of Marilao, which pay tribute to nature.

During the celebration, performers from the Town's residents bring out all the innovation and creativity on different competitions such as: Annual Search for Lakan and Lakambini ng Marilao, Street Dance Competition, Food Festival and many more.
MARILAO SPECIALTIES
Rosalie's
Considered as one of the best delicacies in Marilao, Rosalie's Bibingka tends to attract more tourists in Town.

Bibingka is a rice cake variety made from milled glutinous rice.
What makes Rosalies' Bibingka exceptional is its scrumptious toppings made from coconut milk.

Rosalie's Bibingka is situated in Barangay Sta. Rosa II and Patubig, Marilao, Bulacan.
Simeona's Pancit Marilao
A variety of pancit palabok distinct with its unique toppings.
Simeona's Pancit Marilao does not use the usual chicharon, but a mixture of flour and egg that is fried to golden, crispy perfection.

Simeona's Pancit Marilao is located at Barangay Poblacion I, Marilao,
Bulacan.
Marilao Puto (Puto Popular)
Marilao's famous Popular Puto & Cotchinta has been preparing quality traditional foods since 1947.

Most popular are the putong puti, pula and cotchinta. These traditional favorites, famous for their superior texture and taste, are desired bynatives and tourists alike. From single servings to party platters, for everyday or special occasions, customers keep coming back for more. Order from the menu in the restaurant or purchase from a complete line of delicacies offered in the store. Popular Puto & Cotchinta is located on McArthur Highway, Brgy. Saog, Marilao, Bulacan.
SHOPS
Jojo Manalo
25 years in the industry of Fashion, Jojo Manalo is a local fashion designer in Bulacan. His works are usually used in weddings, fashion shows as well as some local TV shows.

They're beautifully done and can be considered at par with more popularly known designers based in Manila.

Jojo Manalo Couture is situated in 2nd Flr. Midtown, Paseo del Congreso, Malolos, Bulacan.
Balik Bayan Handicrafts
In the past 46 years, Balikbayan Handicrafts has established its trade name given its proven tract record and management's formidable experiece in the business of retails, export, wholesale, manufacturing, and shipment of Philippin handicrafts.
Balikbayan Handicrafts' factory is situated in Barangay Abangan Sur, Marilao, Bulacan.
HOTEL AND RESORTS
Hidden Sanctuary Hotel and Resort
Has its expressive landscape on the one hand and its agile facility on the other, both engineered purposely to afford anyone's needed serenity, at its most extreme.

Your imaginary paradise on earth, Your Shangri-la in Marilao, Bulacan. Located at Barangay Camansi Prenza I, Marilao, Bulacan.
Dad's Vineyard Resort and Butterfly Garden
Is a place that offers a provincial setting with big trees and landscapes, it helps to take away your stress and pressure from city.
Located at Barangay Sta. Rosa II, Marilao Bulacan.