Pulilan, Bulacan

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Bayan ng Pulilan
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(From top,left to right):Municipal Hall of Pulilan; San Isidro Labrador Parish Church;
Bantayog ng Magsasaka (top of Rural Bank of Florida);Carabaos kneeling in front of San Isidro Labrador Church
Official seal of Pulilan
Nickname(s): Pulo ng Ilan
"The Center of Commerce and Industry in Northern Bulacan"
"Home of the famous Kneeling Carabao Festival"
"The Town blessed by San Isidro Labrador"
Motto(s): Sa Bagong Pulilan, Kitang-kita Ang Kaunlaran
Anthem: Himno ng Pulilan
Ako ang Pulileño
Map of Bulacan with Pulilan highlighted
Map of Bulacan with Pulilan highlighted
Pulilan is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°54′N 120°51′E / 14.9°N 120.85°E / 14.9; 120.85Coordinates: 14°54′N 120°51′E / 14.9°N 120.85°E / 14.9; 120.85
Country  Philippines
Region Central Luzon (Region III)
Province Flag of Bulacan.gif Bulacan
District 1st District
Founded January 20, 1796
Barangays 19
 • Mayor Maritz Ochoa-Montejo (Liberal)
 • Vice Mayor Ricardo Candido (PDP-Laban)
 • Total 39.89 km2 (15.40 sq mi)
Highest elevation 40 m (130 ft)
Population (2015 census)[3]
 • Total 97,323
 • Density 2,400/km2 (6,300/sq mi)
 • Poverty rate Decrease 4.8%
Demonym(s) Pulileño, Pulileña
Time zone PST (UTC+8)
ZIP code 3005
IDD:area code +63 (0)44
Income class 1st class urban
• Revenue (2016) Increase PHP 323.86 million (10.1%)
• Expenses (2016) Increase PHP 282.30 million (25.4%)
• Total Assets (2016) Increase PHP 464.10 million (18.2%)
Electricity Manila Electric Company
• Consumption 63.65 million kWh (2003)
Website www.pulilan.gov.ph

Pulilan is a first class urban municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 97,323 people.[3]

The town is famous for its Carabao Festival where carabaos are paraded and kneel as they pass through San Isidro Labrador Parish Church, in honor to the town's patron saint, San Isidro Labrador.

Many years ago, Pulilan was primarily a little-known rural town in the northern part of Bulacan where its economy heavily dependent on farming and poultry raising. Most of the population committed their entire lives on farming as their livelihood. Today, the town is moving towards commercialization and industrialization as it is becoming one of the major growth-rate area and center of commerce and industry in the province.

Because of the major economic growth,due to presence of commercial establishments,real estates,industrial plants and major road projects.Pulilan has experienced increased in the total gross income in the past few years.The town's income in year 2014 was P254,593,126.17,an increase of P52,191,359.79 from its previous income in 2011. It surpass the income of fifteen municipalities in Bulacan such as San Miguel, Bocaue, Plaridel, Hagonoy and Calumpit.

With the continuous expansion of Metro Manila, the municipality is now included in Manila built up area which reaches San Ildefonso in its Northernmost part.


San Isidro was the former name of Pulilan and once a part of the ancient province of Pampanga. Long ago, it was called by the locals as "Pulo ng Ilan" because during those days it was inhabited only by few people. Several years later, the town was renamed "Pulilan", which was derived from "Pulo ng Ilan".


Pre-Spanish Period[edit]

The ancient town of Pulilan was first documented as Puliran in the Laguna Copperplate Inscription, a pre-colonial Philippine document written in 900 A.D. The native population at the time of the document were ruled by the sovereign Lord Ka-Sumuran (see Laguna Copperplate Inscription).

Declaration of Independence[edit]

An Augustian fray, Fray Vicente Villamanzaro, was made to declare the settlement of a town on January 20, 1796. It was assigned a patron saint, San Isidro Labrador, after whose name he wanted the town identified.

From the time the nation acquired its Independence the inhabitants of Pulilan have committed themselves in a determined effort to improve their lot. The influence of the Spanish, American and Japanese occupations, have in a measure, contributed to the promotion of their welfare, but the Pulileños, as they are known, treasure their great heritage.

The Kneeling Carabao Festival[edit]

San Isidro Labrador or Saint Isidore the Laborer, the patron saint of the farmers, is the patron saint of the town as well. The traditional date of his liturgical feast, which through not included in the General Roman Calendar has been celebrated for centuries in several countries and diocese is May 15. However, it is in the 14th day of May that Pulileños (people of Pulilan) celebrate the feast in honor of their saint by parading carabaos and making them kneel in front of the church as a sign of respect for their patron saint of farmers. Also included in the parade are cows, horses, street folk dancers, marching bands and floats of commercial establishments of the town.



Pulilan is one of the 21 towns of Bulacan province, located in about its center—from north to south. It lies 50 kilometres north-west of Manila, the capital city of the country and 20 kilometres away from the Malolos, the capital of the province. It has an area of about 4,073 hectares. It is bounded on the north by Apalit in Pampanga; on the east by Baliuag; on the south by Plaridel; and on the west by Calumpit. The Angat River cutting its way through the eastern edge of Baliuag, and the southern fringes of Pulilan down to the tributary of Manila Bay south-west of Calumpit, serves as the boundary with Plaridel. Its feature is flat and the soil is suited to farming.


Based on the Köppen climate classification system, the climate in Pulilan is tropical. It said that there is significant rainfall here most of the months. February is the driest month while the rainiest month is July. Dry season covers the months of January to April and wet season covers the months of May to December.

Climate data for Pulilan
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 30.0
Daily mean °C (°F) 25.5
Average low °C (°F) 21.1
Average precipitation mm (inches) 18
Source: climate-data.org[4]


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Pulilan is politically subdivided into 19 barangay. The biggest barangay in terms of land area is Dulong Malabon while the most populated barangay is Poblacion and the least populated barangay is Sta. Peregrina.

No Barangay Land Area
No. of Increase/Decrease
in Population
1 Balatong A 119 Urban 1,553 1,656 103
2 Balatong B 191 Urban 3,402 3,691 289
3 Cutcot 322 Urban 4,844 7,152 2,308
4 Dampol 1st 146 Urban 5,602 6,028 426
5 Dampol 2nd-A 116 Urban 3,001 4,225 1,224
6 Dampol 2nd-B 148 Urban 3,958 4,706 748
7 Dulong Malabon 546 Urban 4,180 3,926 -254
8 Inaon 350 Urban 7,530 8,037 507
9 Longos 119 Urban 5,105 5,426 321
10 Lumbac 124 Urban 3,958 4,073 115
11 Paltao 218 Urban 5,705 6,543 838
12 Peñabatan 310 Urban 1,925 1,996 71
13 Poblacion 227 Urban 11,858 12,227 218
14 Sta. Peregrina 151 Urban 1,335 1,553 369
15 Sto. Cristo 154 Urban 6,405 6,831 426
16 Taal 242 Urban 5,711 6,774 1,063
17 Tabon 237 Urban 3,649 4,355 706
18 Tibag 129 Urban 2,845 4,235 1,390
19 Tinejero 126 Urban 3,278 3,889 611
- TOTAL 3,975 85,844 97,323 11,479


Population census of Pulilan
Year Pop. ±% p.a.
1903 9,665 —    
1918 10,160 +0.33%
1939 12,693 +1.07%
1948 16,843 +3.19%
1960 20,436 +1.62%
1970 28,923 +3.53%
1975 34,234 +3.44%
1980 38,110 +2.17%
1990 48,199 +2.38%
1995 59,682 +4.09%
2000 68,188 +2.90%
2007 85,008 +3.09%
2010 85,844 +0.36%
2015 97,323 +2.42%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][6][7]

In the 2015 census, the population of Pulilan, Bulacan, was 97,323 people,[3] with a density of 2,400 inhabitants per square kilometre or 6,200 inhabitants per square mile.

The continuous increase in the population of Pulilan may not only be cause of the growing population of the natives but also to the influx of migrants from nearby places.

Literacy rate[edit]

Based on the Demographic Profile of the Municipality of Pulilan,the total number of households in 2008 are 17,002. Ninety-nine percent of the total number of household members are literate. They are able to read and write a simple message in any language or dialect.


Like a majority of municipalities in the Philippines, most of the inhabitants of Pulilan are adherents of the Catholic Church. This is evident by their strong faith and devotion to the town's patron saint, San Isidro Labrador.

List of Catholic churches and chapels[edit]

Exterior of Mahal na Señor Jesus Nazareno Chapel in Lumbac
No Name Location
1 San Isidro Labrador Parish Church Población
2 San Roque Chapel Longos
3 Sagrada Familia Chapel Cutcot
4 Santo Cristo Quasi-parish Santo Cristo
5 Santa Cruz Chapel Paltao
6 San Francisco Chapel San Francisco, Población
7 San Judas Tadeo Chapel Tinejero
8 Virgen dela Medalla Milagrosa Chapel Balatong
9 San Roque Chapel Inaon
10 Santa Peregrina Chapel Santa Peregrina
11 Birheng Biglang Awa Chapel Poblacion
12 Nuestro Señor Jesús Nazareno Chapel Lumbac
13 San Juan Evangelista Chapel Dampol 1st
14 Santo Niño Chapel Tabon
15 San Isidro Labrador Chapel Dulong Malabon
16 San Pedro Chapel Tibag
17 San José Chapel Dampol 2nd-A
18 Sagrada Familia Chapel Dampol 2nd-B
19 Our Lady of Lourdes Chapel Taal
20 Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish Penabatan


Municipal Hall
Mayor of Municipality of Pulilan
"Alkalde ng Bayan ng Pulilan"(in Tagalog)
Maria Rosario "Maritz" Navarro Ochoa-Montejo

since June 30, 2016
Style Mayor, Honourable Mayor
Residence Pulilan Municipal Hall Main Building, Francia St. Brgy. Poblacion, Pulilan, Bulacan
Appointer Elected via popular vote
Term length 3 years ("maximum of three consecutive terms")

Just as the national government,the municipal government of Pulilan is divided into three branches which are the executive,legislative and judiciary.

The Local Government Units (LGUs) have control of the executive and legislative branch. While the judicial branch is administrated solely by the Supreme Court (SC).

The executive branch is composed of the mayor and barangay captain for the barangay. The legislative branch is composed of the Sanguniang Bayan (town council) and Sanguniang Barangay (Barangay council). The council is in charge of creating the municipality's policies in the form of ordinance and resolution.

The Mayor is the executive head and leads the municipal department in executing ordinances and improving public services.The Vice Mayor heads a council consisting of 10 members:8 councilors and 2 ex-officio members.

Current officials[edit]

Here is the list of the newly elected officials of the Municipality of Pulilan:

Municipal Government of Pulilan Officials (2016-2019)
Position Name Term Votes
Party Other team
or alliance
Mayor Maritz Ochoa-Montejo 1st term 19,217 Liberal
Vice Mayor Ricardo Candido 1st term 20,884 PDP-Laban Team Let's Go Pulileño
Councilors Enoc "Jayjay" Santos Jr. 3rd term 25,551 PDP-Laban Team Let's Go Pulileño
Rolando "RJ" Peralta Jr. 2nd term 25,090 Liberal
Atty. Renan Castillo 3rd term 21,739 PDP-Laban Team Let's Go Pulileño
Rodolfo "Rudy" Arceo 1st term 20,292 Liberal
Bernardino "Bernard" Santos 2nd term 19,442 Liberal
Reynaldo "Jr" Clemente Jr. 2nd term 19,082 Liberal
Restituto "Tito" Esguerra 1st term 17,285 Independent Team Let's Go Pulileño
Lauro "Puroy" Valenzuela 2nd term 17,172 Liberal
  • Maritz Ochoa-Montejo is the First Female Mayor of Pulilan and one of the few female officials in the Philippine government while Ricardo Candido,a former councilor won as the Vice Mayor in a tight race over his closest rival Dr. Carlo Castillo,son of the former Vice Mayor Elpidio Castillo.
  • Five of the current councilors of Pulilan are from Liberal Party while the two other councilors are from PDP-Laban and one councilor ran as an Independent candidate.

Past officials[edit]

2013-2016 Municipal Officials
Position Name Party
Mayor Vicente Esguerra Sr. Independent
Vice Mayor Elpidio Castillo Independent
Ricardo "Rec" Candido Independent
Richard Nethercott UNA
Gilbert "Atorni" Muñoz Independent
RJ Peralta Independent
Enoc "Jayjay" Santos Jr. Independent
Lauro "Puroy" Valenzuela Independent
Bernardino "Bernard" Santos Independent
Atty. Renan Castillo Independent
2010-2013 Municipal Officials
Position Name Party
Mayor Vicente Esguerra Sr. Liberal
Vice Mayor Elpidio Castillo Liberal
John "Pasalubong" Nethercott Liberal
Ricardo "Rec" Candido Lakas
Oliver "Orly" Angeles Liberal
Reynaldo "Jr" Clemente Jr. Liberal
Gilbert "Atorni" Muñoz Lakas
Enoc "Jayjay" Santos Jr. Liberal
Efren Sulit Liberal
Billy Ilaga Liberal

Association of Barangay Chairmen (ABC)[edit]

2013-2018 Barangay Chairman
Barangay Name
Balatong A Laureano P. Sicat
Balatong B Teresita SP. Ilagan
Cutcot Rodolfo SA. Rivera
Dampol 1st Oscar G. Gapac
Dampol 2nd-A Aurora Q. Valencia
Dampol 2nd-B Francisco F. de Jesus
Dulong Malabon Ruben C. Santos
Inaon Alfredo M. Arceo
Longos Armando P. Tandoy
Lumbac Elena S. Andan
Paltao Edgardo SA. Villanueva
Peñabatan Angel Capala
Poblacion Ryan Espiritu
Sta Peregrina Jorge C. Santos Jr.
Sto Cristo Dennis M. Cruz
Taal Ramon F. Bonifacio
Tabon Felino DR. Cruz
Tibag Renz Bryan C. Esguerra
Tinejero Manolito J. Peralta

Official seal[edit]

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The official seal of the municipality of Pulilan serves as the towns identity for many years. Each of the symbols incorporated into this emblem represents the glorious past of the town and its culture and traditions. It includes the following:

  • The Kneeling Carabao - is where the town is famous of. Every 14 May, the feast of the Kneeling Carabao is celebrated as a festival and at the same time a thanksgiving for their ever guiding patron saint San Isidro Labrador.
  • San Isidro Labrador Parish Church - the home of their patron saint. This is the religious center of the town where religious activities, particularly worship services are held.
  • Rice Fields - the major source of income in the municipality.
  • Nipa hut - the ancient house or residence of most of the Pulileños.
  • Mango tree - are abundant in the town and one of the major industry here.
  • Bamboo pieces - it serve as the border of the emblem. It also represents how Pulileños are resilient and optimistic after all calamities.


Pulilan Public Market

The municipality of Pulilan has basically an agri-based economy. Farming, fishing, swine, and poultry raising were the dominant economic industries and livelihood of the natives of the town prior to the influx of industries towards the end of the century.

Major industries[edit]

  • Flowers/ornamental plants
  • Food/food processing
  • Garments
  • Gifts/House decors
  • Marble/marble processing
  • Poultry and hog raising
  • Furnitures


Tourism is one of the emerging industry in the municipality of Pulilan. Every year, thousands of tourists visited this magnificent town. Most of the tourists come to witness the Kneeling Carabao Festival wherein the town is prominent. It is a bountiful occasion where different kinds of buffalos such as carabaos led the parade in the streets of the town together with the street dancers, marching bands and colorful floats. When they reach the church, they kneel in front of it as giving respect to their saint. This spectacular yet remarkable festivity is held every 14 May, one day before the feast of San Isidro Labrador, the town's patron saint. This is not only a tribute on their patron saint but also to the carabaos for their hard work during farming season. This festival is also a celebration for a year-long bountiful harvest. Pulilan is not only well known for its festival but also famous because of numerous tourist attractions located in the vicinity of the town.

San Isidro Labrador Parish Church[edit]

San Isidro Labrador Parish Church

San Isidro Labrador Parish Church is where the carabaos during the feast are made kneel as tribute to the their patron saint. This is a 19th-century baroque church located at the Kabayanan or the town's administrative center (Poblacion). It is also a famous pilgrimage site in Bulacan during the Holy Week or "Kuaresma". The Museo San Ysidro Labrador is also situated here. (For more information, see San Isidro Labrador Church).

Pulilan Municipal Trial Court[edit]

Museo de Pulilan is the new name of Pulilan Municipal Trial Court after it was restored in 2013. It is also known by the locals as the former Gabaldon Building located in Barangay Poblacion near the Municipal Hall Compound. Now, it is one of the famous tourist destinations not only in the municipality but in the whole province of Bulacan because of its cultural and historical features.Inside this museum are different sculptures,paintings and old documents about the history of the town.

Adriano Salvador Heritage House[edit]

Adriano Salvador Heritage House

It is dubbed as the "Malacañang of Pulilan", in 1908 this historical house served as the joint municipal of two ancient towns of Quingua (Plaridel) and San Isidro (Pulilan).

Casanova-Aguirre Ancestral House[edit]

Casanova-Aguirre Ancestral House

This ancestral house is one of the most well-preserved old house in Bulacan. It is situated near the boundaries of barangay Poblacion and Lumbac. This is a famous tourist spot in the entire town because of its preserved beauty and scenic view. It is also known as the site of the 2006 Filipino romantic film, Moments of Love, starring Iza Calzado and Dingdong Dantes.

Aguirre Centennial House[edit]

This Centennial House is located inside the Butterfly Haven Resort and one of the main tourist attraction inside the resort because of its unique and distinct architecture. This 100-year-old house is owned by the family of Revenue Deputy Commissioner Lita Aguirre.

Other point of interest[edit]

  • SM Center Pulilan
  • Robinsons Townville Pulilan
  • Padre Pio Fortress
  • Pulilan Welcome Arch
  • Tabon Sun Signal Tower
  • Dampol Signal Tower
  • Pulilan Town Plaza
  • Municipal Hall of Pulilan
  • Bantayog ng Magsasaka (Top of 7/11 Crossing)
  • Dambana ni San Isidro
  • Big Ben Farm
  • Pulilan Butterfly Haven (Poblacion)



Pulilan can be accessed through private vehicles, jeepneys, tricycles, and even buses. Public Utility Jeepneys (PUJs) stationed at Robinsons Townville which have routes passing through Pulilan Regional Road (or N115 of the Philippine highway network) and several barangays to Lumbac, Dampol 2nd-B and to its nearby town of Calumpit. Tricycles, on the other hand, serve the interiors of barangays and residential areas.

Major roads:

  • Pulilan Regional Road (N115, Pulilan to Calumpit)
  • Pulilan–Plaridel Diversion Road
  • Old Cagayan Valley Road
  • Doña Remedios Trinidad Highway (part of AH26, Pulilan to Baliwag)
  • NLEX Pulilan Exit
  • Pulilan-Baliwag Diversion Road/commonly known as Pulilan Bypass Road (Under construction)



  • Our Lady of Mercy General Hospital (Longos)
  • Dr. Magdalena Reyes Memorial Hospital (formerly The Good Shepperd Hospital) (Poblacion)
  • F.M Cruz Orthopedic and General Hospital


  • Numerous Dental and Medical Clinics
  • Manalo-Cruz Medical (Maternity and Lying-in Clinic)
  • Roque-Baez Medical Clinic
  • St. Patrick Medical Clinic (Poblacion)
  • Bernardo-Cruz Medical Clinic
  • Ma. Trinity Diagnostic Center (Paltao)
  • Hilario Medical Clinic
  • Eye Clinic (Poblacion)
  • Pulilan Doctors
  • St. Claire Clinic
  • Milen Medical Clinic
  • Villa Mendoza Dental Clinic

Rural Health Units:

  • Rural Health Unit 1 - Poblacion
  • Rural Health Unit 2 - Cutcot


Pulilan has numerous public and private-owned school where many of the Pulileños went to study. Here are the list of some schools,academies,institutes and colleges that are located in Pulilan.

Bulacan State University Pulilan

Public Elementary and High Schools[edit]

No Name Location
1 Pulilan Central School Poblacion
2 Marciano del Rosario Memorial Elementary School Longos
3 Sto. Cristo Elementary School Sto. Cristo
4 Taal Elementary School Taal
5 Rufino Cruz Memorial Elementary School Dampol 1st
6 Inaon Elementary School Inaon
7 Sta. Peregrina Elementary School Balatong B
8 Balatong Elementary School Balatong A
9 Tabon Elementary School Tabon
10 Dulong Malabon Elementary School Dulong Malabon
11 Segundo Esguerra Sr. Memorial Elementary School Dampol 2nd A
12 Dampol 2nd B Elementary School Dampol 2nd B
13 Sta. Peregrina High School Balatong B
14 Dampol 2nd National High School Dampol 2nd-A
15 Bajet-Castillo High School Longos
16 Engr. Virgilio V. Dionisio Memorial High School Poblacion

Private Elementary and High Schools[edit]

No Name Location
1 Liceo de Pulilan Colleges High School Longos
2 College of Our Lady of Mercy High School Longos
3 Academia de Pulilan Cutcot
4 Montessori School of Pulilan Poblacion
5 Colegio de Santa Philomena Paltao
6 Dear Jesus Montessori School Sto. Cristo
7 His Sanctuary Christian Academy Poblacion
8 Holy Angels Academy of Pulilan Paltao
9 La Consolacion Montessori School of Pulilan Inc. Poblacion
10 Padre Pio Colegio de Pulilan Sto. Cristo
11 Mary Chile's Colleges of Arts and Sciences Lumbac
12 Praise Christian Learning Academy Dampol 2nd B
13 Pulilan Christian Revival Crusade Academy Dampol 2nd B
14 Sang Wook International School Longos
15 St. Dominic Academy Poblacion
16 St. Gabriel Academy of Pulilan Paltao
17 St. Michael Academy Foundation Dampol 1st


No Name Location
1 Bulacan State University Pulilan Campus (formerly Bethlehem Marian School of Pulilan) Paltao
2 Polytechnic University of the Philippines (Pulilan Campus) Poblacion
3 College of Our Lady of Mercy of Pulilan Foundation Inc. Longos
4 Next Generation Technological College (Pulilan Campus) Cutcot
5 Liceo de Pulilan Colleges Inc. Longos



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