By jkennethlim September 23, 2022 In Philippines, Bulacan, Churches

Malolos Cathedral in Bulacan: Architectural Beauty

Are you visiting different churches in the Philippines? Well if you’re passing by the historical City of Malolos in Bulacan, best to pass by the Malolos Cathedral.

Passing By The Malolos Cathedral

Malolos Cathedral Side Trip

Now, we all know that Malolos Bulacan is famous for its beloved Barasoain Church. But guess what? There’s more to discover in this province, like the renowned Malolos Cathedral, also known as Basilica Minore dela Immaculada Concepcion. This captivating cathedral has gained popularity for its historical significance and cultural prominence.

You know who might have vivid memories of this place? General Emilio Aguinaldo, the former president of the Philippines. Believe it or not, the Malolos Cathedral served as his first presidential quarters. Yep, you heard it right! During Aguinaldo’s presidency, this remarkable cathedral became the seat of the government. Talk about making a bold statement!

Image of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception of Malolos at the Chapel of the Saints

Pope John Paul II declared ” The Malolos Cathedral”, its official name on Dec. 4, 1999, in commemoration of the people of Bulacan and their love for Virgin Mary.

Inside The Church

As I entered the church I saw the Neo-classical and Baroque architectural design of the building. Well, I didn’t really knew the type of architectural design it had at that time, but I did my homework. The church was burned down and reconstructed repeatedly a hundred years ago. Now, the Malolos Cathedral serves the needs of the faithful citizens around town and an instrument to deliver God’s Grace. Now considered as the ecclesiastical seat of the Diocese of Malolos, The Malolos Cathedral is the heart of the town proper of Malolos.

Adoration Chapel Malolos Cathedral

A Triangular Cone once crowned the Malolos Cathedral’s bell tower. The triangular cone at the top of the bell tower was removed and replaced by a concrete statue of the Immaculate Conception during a renovation of the Malolos Cathedral in 1970. Amparo Bautista donated the statue, and it’s still there..

Inside, you will see the memorial cross fronting the Basilica, Altars The miraculous image of Our Lady enshrined at the main altar, Altar of Nuestra Señora Del Carmen. At the right side of the church, a tower with bells on it can be seen.

Inside the church, figures of different saints are positioned everywhere. You will also find the usual nooks and crannies of churches in the Philippines.

On the left side of the church, there are sacred displays of commemorating the Virgin Mary, the Nuestra Señora Del Carmen and the Santo Entierro of the Catholics.

Santo Entierro, used in the Malolos Cathedral's Good Friday procession each year

Priest Throne

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As I go further inside, there is an Adoration Chapel for praying, imploring and for the faithful. Inside the Adoration Chapel, taking pictures is not allowed. I learned that the “got reprimanded” way, so I just passed by to pray and thank Him.

Cross on Malolos Cathedral

How To Get There (Malolos Bulacan)

To embark on this remarkable historical journey, head north of Metro Manila via the NLEX. Follow the northbound path until you reach the Tabang Exit. From there, make your way to the Malolos Junction, leading you to the heart of Malolos City. Keep an eye out for the municipal hall—it’s your landmark to guide you to the Malolos Cathedral.

Don’t forget to check out the Mass Schedules for the Malolos Cathedral before your visit. It’s always good to be in the know!

Well, that wraps up my memorable stopover at the Malolos Cathedral. Remember, when you visit, treat the church with utmost respect and seek permission before capturing any photos. Oh, and if you happen to explore the church even further, give my regards to Mang Herbert!

By the way, while you’re in the area, don’t miss the opportunity to swing by the Barasoain Church. It’s just a short 5-minute drive from the Malolos Cathedral. And if you’re up for a little adventure, venture a few extra kilometers to Lolomboy for the Korean Temple

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