Baliwag is one of the developing town in the province of Bulacan which is a haven of historical, ecological and cultural heritages. It is the major commerce, transportation, entertainment and educational center of Northern Bulacan. Many historic “firsts” were held in Baliwag such as the first ever local election in the country under the American regime, the first ever self-supporting clock tower in Bulacan, and now, they have the Glorietta Park as the first ever Go-WiFi Park powered by Globe Telecom among local government units in Bulacan.
We often underestimate this town. For others, it is known as a place for stop over when visitors or travelers are going to other nearby towns and cities. Baliwag, Bulacan is more than that. There are actually ton of places to visit and exciting things that you can do for a day or two in this town that’s why I’ve list down 10 of the things that you can do when you visit Baliwag.
1. Try the Killer Okoy at Gloria Romero’s.
This something that you shouldn’t miss if you will pass by Baliwag, Bulacan! Their Okoy is really to die for! It is made of shrimps, cornstarch, egg, salt and pepper to taste and it also has veggies like squash and carrots. I highly suggest to have your breakfast at Gloria Romero’s because aside from the Killer Okoy, their longganisa is also good!
2. Visit the Saint Augustine Parish Church
The Saint Augustine Parish Church is commonly known as Baliwag Church. It is a Roman Catholic church located in Plaza Naning at the town center. Its architectural style is Baroque as evidenced by the facade and interiors. It is one of the finest and elegant church I’ve visited. We went there on a Sunday that’s why the church was crowded. There are lots of people who attended the mass on that day. The church is a parish church of the Diocese of Malolos, which is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Manila and it is famous with its gigantic bell tower that rungs to call the attention of the townsmen of the mass that is about to happen.
3. Photo walk around the plaza
After Visiting the church, you can do a photo walk around the area. The plaza has beautiful spots where you can take some photos. Here are some of them
Andres Bonifacio Monument
Dr. Jose P. Rizal Monument
If there’s a Big Ben in London, Baliwag has a City Clock Tower that stands 3 stories high. It is is one of the popular Heritage attractions in the town.
The streets of the town is also picturesque!
4. Witness the Buntal Weaving at Lumang Munisipyo (old municipal building)
Buntal hat became one of Bulacan’s traditional crafts and the symbol of the municipality of Baliwag. They manages to carve a name on buntal hat weaving. They are exporting hats abroad and creates economic potentials for the people, primarily due to the expansion, experimentation and even lamentation of the Baliwagueṅos. At the old municipal building or the lumang munisipyo, you can witness the buntal weaving by the elderly.
5. Visit the Baliwag Museum and Library
On the 2nd floor of the old municipal building, there’s a museum of cultural heritage of Baliwag, Bulacan and a library that is opened to public with thousands of books to choose from different genres of choice.
6. Try the Famous Kalahi Pastillas de Leche
The Kalahi Pastillas de Leche is very famous in Baliwag. It is made only from pure carabao’s milk, and it is slowly cooked that gives its excellent taste! This is a great pasalubong to your family and friends. It is also a must-try!
7. Visit the Bahay na Bato in Baliwag University
One of the Instagram worthy places that you can visit in Baliwag is the Bahay na Bato. It is located inside the Baliwag University. Bahay na Bato is the remnants of the first classroom of the university. The first floor was renovated but still, the old structure remains. There’s a chapel and a multi-purpose hall inside.
8. Eat Rabbit Dishes
One of the fun and exciting thing that you can try in Baliwag is to eat rabbit dishes at Aven Nature’s Farm and Rabbitry. You can visit the farm and request Rabbit dishes like Sisig, Menudo, Tinola, Caldereta Sinigang, etc. If you are interested to book for a day tour at the farm, you can check the full details here.
9. Buy Pasalubong at Fernando’s Bakery
Fernando’s Bakery might sound familiar. It’s because they already dominate showbiz occasions specially birthdays of artists from ABS-CBN that get played up on television. It is the home of delectable cake, cupcakes, and different types of bread and pastries. If you pass by Baliwag Bulacan, you can buy your pasalubong at Fernando’s bakery.