Bustos, Bulacan

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Municipal hall
Municipal hall
Flag of Bustos
Official seal of Bustos
Map of Bulacan showing the location of Bustos
Map of Bulacan showing the location of Bustos
Bustos is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°57′N 120°55′E / 14.950°N 120.917°E / 14.950; 120.917Coordinates: 14°57′N 120°55′E / 14.950°N 120.917°E / 14.950; 120.917
Country Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Bulacan
District 2nd District
Founded 1867
Barangays 14
 • Mayor Arnel Mendoza (Liberal)
 • Total 69.99 km2 (27.02 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 62,415
 • Density 890/km2 (2,300/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3007
Dialing code 44
Income class 2nd Class; partially Urban

Bustos is a second class partially urban municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 62,415 inhabitants.[3]

With the continuous expansion of Metro Manila, the town is now part of metropolitan Manila's conurbation, stretching San Ildefonso.


Bustos was once a part of its neighboring town, Baliuag during the Spanish and American colonial period. The town was separated from Baliuag by tragic incident when around year 1860 a group of natives with babies in their arms were on their way to a church in Baliuag for baptismal when they accidentally drowned and perished when the raft they were riding capsized while crossing the wild river of Angat. This fateful event led the people of Bustos to request and build their own parish church and decided to chose the Holy Child Jesus as their patron saint in honor of those infants that died in the river.

Bustos also gained its independence from Baliwag in 1867 thru the painstaking efforts and sacrifices of its inhabitants. The town got its name from Don Pedro Jose de Busto[s], an aide of a Spanish Gov. General of the Philippines during the late 1700s. But the town became a part of Baliuag again during the American period. Bustos was again separated from Baliuag and became a distinct municipality in 1917.


Bustos is politically subdivided into fourteen barangays (six urban, eight rural).[2]

  • Bonga Mayor
  • Bonga Menor
  • Buisan
  • Camachilihan
  • Cambaog
  • Catacte
  • Liciada
  • Malamig
  • Malawak
  • Poblacion
  • San Pedro
  • Talampas
  • Tanawan
  • Tibagan


Population census of Bustos
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 34,965 —    
1995 41,372 +3.42%
2000 47,091 +2.62%
2007 60,681 +3.69%
2010 62,415 +0.94%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]


Bustos Public Market.

Bustos commercial center in the town proper is still expanding with the influx of more business investors willing to venture in this small but flourishing town. Presently, the town has one public and few small private markets in brgy. Poblacion and one mini public market located in brgy. Liciada.

Products and industries:

  • Crops
  • Poultry and Swine raising
  • Bag Making
  • Bakeries
  • Food processing
  • Garments and Embroidery
  • Metalcraft
  • Furniture
  • Fishpond
  • Recreational Facilities and Services


Bustos is famous for its month of January Minasa Festival showcasing the town locally made food products like the irresistible delicacies Minasa cookie and the dry-like wafer crispy Barquillos. The Minasa Festival event is a televised week-long festivity of street dancing parade in colorful costumes and also features a row of makeshift stalls selling local food and merchandize inside the Municipal compound; live band concerts of well-known performers, photo contest and exhibits; traditional Filipino games as well as singing and dance competitions among every barangay and school of the town. The Sto. Niño de Bustos Parish Church also hold its lively 'Tugyaw' street dancing and the 'Bata-Bata' festival (where children are dressed like the image of a Sto. Niño) every year in honor of the Holy Child Jesus. The annual Holy Week Lenten observance is another one on the list. Although observed nationwide and in contrast with the revelry and grandiose of a regular merrymaking festival, Bustos Semana Santa - celebrated plain and simple esp. the procession of saints is still a spectacular scene to watch—the long line evening parade of scintillating series of life-sized biblical images atop a moving elaborate floats depicting the life and death of Jesus Christ; the popular among the kids Bustos Theater Guild 'Cenaculo' stage drama and hundreds of bloody back whipping and cross-carrying penitents around each village. Not to be missed also is the Grand Marian procession held every year in brgy. San Pedro in honor of the feast of the Virgen of Lourdes and the yearly traditional Santacruzan and the Thanksgiving feast celebrations (after a bountiful rice harvest) in almost every barangay. The feast of St. Peter the Apostle, also in brgy. San Pedro has already started its first 'Manok-Manok' festival in reference about the rooster that crowed three times when Peter denied Jesus.

Landmarks and attractions[edit]

Museum and Heritage Park (Poblacion).
  • Bustos Dam - longest rubber dam in Asia and second in the world; long time favorite place for picnickers, reunions, civic gatherings etc.
  • Mercado Ancestral House - famous for its intricate stone carving.
  • Villa Florencia - a popular destination of filmmakers and photographers alike.
  • Bulacan Military Area monument
  • PVMendoza gymnasium - the first municipality-owned indoor gym in Bulacan.
  • Freedom of Torch monument
  • St. Martin de Porres Orphanage - Batanes Ivatan style-like village.
  • Alejo Santos Museum
  • Malamig Park Resort
  • Heritage Park
  • Bonga Menor Ancestral Houses - a row of Spanish-designed adobe old houses. the mini Vigan of Bustos.
  • Galilee Mansion Garden and Resort - a Bible-inspired theme resort. first of its kind in the country.
  • Sto. Niño de Bustos Historic Church


The Bulacan State University - Bustos Campus (BulSU Bustos) is one of the largest satellite campuses in the university. It was established in 1976. In the past twenty five years, BSUB has evolved from its focus on two year vocational and technical courses to its current emphasis on preparing students for careers in education and industrial technology. The curriculum also includes introductory classes in engineering for those students planning to transfer to the main campus. In keeping with the university's vision and mission, BSUB has become one of the higher education institutions in Bulacan on a par with leading learning institutions in the region.

From the year it was founded, the campus grew physically from sharing a roof with the Bustos Elementary school to a five-room former public market building to the imposing campus of today. The school grew as well from offering vocational technical courses and trade secondary school curriculum and two-year technical education courses, to the four-year and five-year degree programs that it now offers. The campus boasts of its upgraded and revitalized curriculum.

List of high schools:

  • Shekinah Christian Academy of Bulacan - brgy. Malamig
  • Holy Child Academy - brgy. Poblacion (the oldest secondary school in Bustos)
  • Colegio de Sto. Niño - brgy Poblacion
  • Mary and Jesus School - brgy. Tanawan
  • Tibagan HS - brgy. Tibagan
  • Notre Christi Academy of the Philippines - brgy. Poblacion
  • Cambaog HS - brgy. Cambaog
  • Alexis Santos HS - brgy. Liciada

Famous people from Bustos[edit]

  • General Alejo "Manong" Santos - a World War 2 hero; former Secretary of National Defense and Military Governor of Bulacan province.
  • Katy de la Cruz - also known as "Mommy Kate"; Queen of Vaudeville", "Queen of Filipino Jazz" and FAMAS best supporting actress.
  • Luzviminda "Baby" Tancangco - former COMELEC commissioner
  • Bishops Paulino, Nepomuceno and Lopez - The "Tres Obispos" (3 Bishops) of Bustos. The first and only small town in the whole archipelago ever to produced 3 Catholic Clergy Bishops at the same time.
  • Conrado "Mr.Irrigation" Mercado - former NIA asst. administrator.
  • Minister Jesus S. Hipolito - Former DPWH Minister
  • Comodore Ruiz- Former Flag Officer Philippine Navy



  1. ^ "Official City/Municipal 2013 Election Results". Intramuros, Manila, Philippines: Commission on Elections (COMELEC). 11 September 2013. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Province: BULACAN". PSGC Interactive. Makati City, Philippines: National Statistical Coordination Board. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c "Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay: as of May 1, 2010". 2010 Census of Population and Housing. National Statistics Office. Retrieved 10 October 2013. 

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