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The rich culture of Baliwag waves hand of welcome to most tourist from other towns and countries. The colorful festivals held in Baliwag and the artistic engineering of the churches in town receives hundreds of fascinations. In addition, with these magnificent picture perfect views, the Baliwag Clock Tower also stood amidst the busy town of Baliwag welcoming everyone as they stop over the place. Noted with its Baroque design of architecture, St. Augustine Parish Church is Baliwag’s prime church named after the town’s patron St. Augustine that is locally known as Tata Usting. The church is founded in between 1769-1774 but is tormented by an earthquake in 1863. The church is reconstructed into its now beauty in 1880 by catholic patriots and devotees in Baliwag. The church is famous with its gigantic bell tower that rungs to call the attention of the townsmen of the mass that is about to happen. Now, the Baliwag Church has served more than hundreds of weddings and baptisms as well as final bid of goodbye during funeral masses. As a town populated by mostly catholic devotees, Baliwag also have more than handful of churches and quasi parishes located in every barangay one of which is the Mt. Carmel Church located in Sabang. The church is famous of its marble and bricks ensembles that seems to mimic some castle like ambiance. The iconic Iglesia ni Cristo Church for the Iglesia devotees of the town is also a remarkable piece of art visited in the town of Baliwag. More than churches, Baliwag still remains to cast wide range of tourist attraction such as the Old Municipal Building that now serves as a Museum of Cultural Heritage. It is also opened as a public library with thousands of books to choose from different genres of choice. The Greenery Baliwag is one of a Tagaytay like ambiance famous among event place seekers. The place is distinguished by its light house that creates vivid views of picture perfect sunset. La Jardin and The Venue is also a famous place where most events, birthdays, and other special occasions are catered. The annual fiestas held in every barangay of Baliwag is one of the main reason of most foreign and local tourists that visits Baliwag every now and then. The festive celebration of townsmen despite tight budgeting proves how Baliwagenyos stand the trials they’ve been through as the year pass by. The colors of Baliwag tourism is a living painting of its colorful heritage. It is a picturesque that draws the cheerfulness and resilience of Baliwagenyos through the test of time.

  • Baliwag Procession
  • Greenery
  • St. Augustine Church
  • Baliwag Clock Tower
  • Baliwag Museum & Library

Every Holy week, in the observance of Catholic religious activities in the Philippines, some churches are holding a Lenten procession which starts at 7:00 in the evening of Good Friday from the Church and ends at the Church.   The procession has carriages with statues of Jesus Christ and other biblical icons which depicts the story of Jesus’ crucifixion.  The number of carriages varies in every Church because it depends on its community on how many families or organization has their own and who has enlisted to join the procession. St. Augustine Parish Church in Baliuag, Bulacan holds the record of the longest Lenten procession in the Philippines with the number of carriages that does not fall below eighty annually which is being held on Holy Wednesday and Good Friday.  The procession would finish in almost two hours. The carriages vary in sizes and shape, from simple to luxuriously decorated, manually being pushed and pulled to roll its wheels, some are motorized or carried by a truck, and some with the aid of electric generators  to light all the lights in the carriage.  Most are attractively fascinating and you would conclude that the owner is from a wealthy family with the lavish and laborious decorations and size of the carriage.  Some carriages could occupy the width of the street and others have long bamboo stick poles that the crews on the carriage would extend to hold upward the electrical cables that are dangling which may trap the tip of the gigantic size of the carriage.

The Greenery, a wedding events place is a hub for any special occasion. It has three theme-based venues that can accommodate the creativity of the bride and groom in creating their perfect event. The three venues are: pavilion, lighthouse and open garden. The pavilion has a grand ballroom for an elegant setting. The lighthouse is located by the river for couples that like the water and a cool breeze for their big day. The open garden has a vast open space that can accommodate any gathering with a long guest list. The Greenery, formerly known as TGI Pavilion started in 2001 with only one venue. After years of operation, it has grown to be a full- blown resort that caterers specifically to the bride-and-groom-to-be.

The Saint Augustine Parish Church of Baliuag, commonly known as Baliuag Church, is a Roman Catholic church located in Plaza Naning at the poblacion (town center) of Baliuag, in Bulacan province, Philippines. The church is a parish church of the Diocese of Malolos, which is a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Manila.

The parish was established by the Augustinians in 1733 under the patronage of Saint Augustine of Hippo. The town’s feast is celebrated every second Sunday of May. During the church’s Great Jubilee celebration in the year 2000, the Diocese of Malolos designated the Baliuag Church as one of the 11 pilgrimage churches in the province of Bulacan.

Baliuag Church’s architectural style is Baroque as evidenced by the facade and interiors. Its massive reredos is massive and a complex work of art reflecting the Spanish and Latin American architecture integration with indigenous Philippines works of art. The church has one of the most imposing buttresses and foundations. Its massive limestone, gravel and sand, steel and bricks structure had been designed to withstand revolts and rebellions, as evidenced by its fortresses facade.

In the town plaza of the poblacion of Baliuag, Bulacan stands the Clock Tower, reputedly the only self-supporting clock tower in Bulacan. The clock tower is one of the popular Heritage tourist attractions in this town, and one of the most pictured landmarks in Baliuag. A stone’s throw to the north is the equally-picturesque baroque Church of San Agustin, and to the west is the circular Glorietta Park, established in 1905.

The tower stands three stories tall and it’s supposedly the clock the church adheres to. When the clock strikes 6 in the evening, the church bells start ringing for the Angelus. Apart from that, I have found very little information on the web regarding the Clock Tower, like when it was erected and whether it replaced some other tower before. I suppose a trip to the municipal hall will provide some answers.

The Baliuag Museum and Library, or Museo ng Baliuag (Sentro ng Kalinangan at Kasaysayan ng Baliuag, formerly known as “Lumang Municipio” or Old Municipal Building) is the town’s center for historical and cultural heritage.

The landmark Baliuag Municipal Library and Museum is owned by the Local Government. The heritage-historic Spanish-colonial house (mansion) is the official repository (established in 1998 as a natural history and ethnography museum) of Baliuag and Bulacan province.

Baliuag Museo is located in Town Proper, Old Municipal Bldg., Cagayan Valley Road, Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan in the Republic of the Philippines. It is 150 meters from the heritage St. Augustine Parish Church of Baliuag.

The century-old Museo ng Baliuag is administered by Baliuag Tourism Secretary Rosie Q. Bautista and Gaspar U. Resurreccion (Museum and Librarian III In-charge with the assistance of Library Staff, Heherson C. Cruz, Librarian).

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