Marilao, Bulacan

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Official seal of Marilao
Map of Bulacan showing the location of Marilao
Map of Bulacan showing the location of Marilao
Marilao is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°45′29″N 120°56′53″E / 14.75806°N 120.94806°E / 14.75806; 120.94806Coordinates: 14°45′29″N 120°56′53″E / 14.75806°N 120.94806°E / 14.75806; 120.94806
Country Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Bulacan
District 4th District
Founded 1796
Barangays 16
 • Mayor Juanito "Tito" H. Santiago (LP)
 • Total 33.74 km2 (13.03 sq mi)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 185,624
 • Density 5,500/km2 (14,000/sq mi)
 • Registered Voters 87,282
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3019
Dialing code 44
Income class 1st class urban

Marilao is a first class, highly urban municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the 2010 NSO census, it has a population of 185,624 inhabitants.[3] With the continuous expansion of Metro Manila, the municipality is part of Manila's built-up area which reaches San Ildefonso on its northernmost part.

Marilao is one of the 21 Philippine municipalities, informally called "League of 21", that have met the requirements for cityhood set by the Constitution and Local Government Code of the Republic of the Philippines and as agreed upon by the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).


Long before the establishment as an independent town Marilao traces its origin as a little as a barrio.It was initially a Barrio of Meycauayan and the Franciscan Missionaries from Meycauayan built a visita dedicated to San Miguel Arcangel.

In April 21, 1796, the Barrio of Marilao was established as a pueblo as approved by the Alcalde Mayor of Bulacan and the Franciscan friars of Meycauayan with the approval of Archbishop of Manila, the visita of San Miguel Arcangel became a Town Church were Padre Vicente de Talavera was its parish priest.

Municipal government[edit]

Town Hall Plaza

Just as the national government, the municipal government of Marilao is divided into three branches: executive, legislative and judiciary. The judicial branch is administered solely by the Supreme Court of the Philippines. The LGUs have control of the executive and legislative branch.

The executive branch is composed of the mayor and the barangay captain for the barangays.[4] The legislative branch is composed of the Sangguniang Bayan (town assembly), Sangguniang Barangay (barangay council), and the Sangguniang Kabataan for the youth sector.

P30M Municipal Hall of Marilao[edit]

Located at Brgy. Patubig, the new Town Hall's construction began on 2011 and the landmark building was officially blessed and inaugurated on July 12, 2012.[5][6] It was formally opened by Mayor Epifanio V. Guillermo and Juanito H. Santiago, Vice Mayor; the building was designed by Architect Ardel J. Santos.[7](geographical coordinates: 14° 45' 28" North, 120° 56' 54" East)[8]

The seat of Government is vested upon the Mayor and other elected officers who hold office at the Marilao Town hall. The Sanguniang Bayan is the center of legislation.[9]


Marilao is politically subdivided into 16 urban barangays.[10]

No. Barangay Population
1 Abangan Norte 8,665 Urban
2 Abangan Sur 9,788 Urban
3 Ibayo 6,584 Highly Urban
4 Lambakin 37,007 Urban
5 Lias 12,038 Urban
6 Loma de Gato 46,286 Urban / Most Populous
7 Nagbalon 3,766 Urban
8 Patubig 6,113 Highly Urban
9 Poblacion 1st 1,661 Urban
10 Poblacion 2nd 5,536 Highly Urban / Town Center
11 Prenza 1st 5,827 Urban
12 Prenza 2nd 6,507 Urban
13 Santa Rosa 1st 9,921 Urban
14 Santa Rosa 2nd 8,510 Urban
15 Saog 11,445 Highly Urban
16 Tabing-ilog 5,970 Highly Urban

Elected Officials[edit]

  • Mayor Juanito H. Santiago
  • Vice Mayor Andre Favian D. Santos
  • Councilors:
    • Jun Bob J. Dela Cruz
    • Divina Espiritu-Reyes
    • Allane T. Sayo
    • Arnold T. Papa
    • Irma G. Celones
    • Marlon O. Villamar
    • Mark Joseph L. Guillermo
    • Wilfredo D. Diaz
Marilao Public Market


Population Census of Marilao
Year Pop.   ±% p.a.  
1990 56,361 —    
1995 68,761 +4.06%
2000 101,017 +8.00%
2007 160,452 +6.83%
2010 185,624 +4.98%
Source: National Statistics Office[3]

Attractions and festivals[edit]

SM City in Marilao

Himig ng Marilao[edit]

The Himig ng Marilao (Marilao Hymn) is the official municipal anthem of the Municipality of Marilao. It was composed by Gener Javier. And is used in occasions (such as school/municipal flag ceremonies, inauguration of new official and et cetera). The lyrics are inscribed below:


Masdan mo ang bayan ko, Marilao, Mahal kong bayan Sagana sa Biyaya ng Poong Maykapal.

Ang bawat mamamayan, Ay pag-asa ng kanyang Inang Bayan, Kahit na mapasaan man, Ay iyong ikararangal.

Bayan ko ay may dangal, Ligaya kong siya'y mapaglingkuran, Sa puso't diwa ako'y nakakintal, Ang iyong kagitingan!

  • Ito ang bayan ko! Marilao, Marilao, Marilao! Tuwina ay may pagpapala, Bayan ng Bulacan!

[Repeat *]

(To sing the full song it is repeated TWO times)

St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church[edit]

St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church

The April 21, 1796, (Heritage) St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church was erected by Padre Vicente de Talavera. 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.[11] It is hundred years old spiritual edifice in Poblacion I considered as “place marker” and serve as “point of orientation” to the local residents and visitors.[12]

The Church is under the jurisdiction and part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Malolos[11][13] (Dioecesis Malolosinae, a diocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines). 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.

Marilao, part of the World's "Dirty 30" polluted cities in 2007[edit]

In 2007, The City of Meycauayan and the town of Marilao in Bulacan province share a slot in the list of the world’s 30 most polluted places in the developing world drawn up by a private New York-based institute. In its report, “The World’s Worst Polluted Places” for 2007, the Blacksmith Institute said: “Industrial waste is haphazardly dumped into the Meycauayan, Marilao and Obando River system, a source of drinking and agricultural water supplies for the 250,000 people living in and around”[14] the Meycauayan-Marilao area. Marilao also shares border with Caloocan City.


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