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About Bulakan

Notable Citizens

 

 

Marcelo H. Del Pilar (Brgy. San Nicolas)

Lawyer, Journalist, Revolutionary. “Father of Philippine Journalism”, “The Great Propagandist”, “Mastermind of the Katipunan”, “Father of Philippine Masonry”, “The Soul of Separatism”, “Architect of the Revolution”. Founded in 1882 the “Diariong Tagalog”, the first periodical in the Tagalog language. Editor-in-Chief of “La Solidaridad” from 1889 to 1895. He was a dominant figure in the Propaganda Movement.

 

 

 

Francisco Balagtas Baltazar (Brgy. Panginay, which was still part of Bulakan when he was born in 1788)

“Prince of Tagalog Poets”, “Shakespeare of the Philippines”, Authored his masterpiece “Florante at Laura” in 1838.

 

 

Fr. Mariano Bernabe Pilapil (Brgy. San Jose)

Teacher, Linguist, Writer, Poet. “Cicero ng Wikang Tagalog”. Mentor of Francisco Balagtas. Elected as Deputy to the Spanish Cortez in 1813. Editor and Publisher of the “Pasyong Mahal ng Panginoong Hesucristo” or the “Pasyong Pilapil” in 1814.

 

 

 

Msgr. Mariano Villena Sevilla (Brgy. Sta Ines)

Nationalist Priest. First writer of Tagalog devotional books. He introduced in the country the Maytime devotion to the Virgen delas Flores in 1865 in the town of Bulakan, Bulacan. Writer of the “Flores de Mayonovenario in 1867. Founder and editor of “El Catolico Filipino” in 1898-1899. Beloved Parish Priest of Hagonoy, Bulacan from 1901 to 1922. Papal Awardee in 1920.

 

 

 

Fr. Toribio H. Del Pilar (Brgy. San Nicolas)

Nationalist Priest. Eldest brother of Marcelo H. Del Pilar. Exiled to the Marianas after being implicated in the Cavite Mutiny in 1872.

 

 

 

Gen. Gregorio H. Del Pilar (Brgy. San Jose)

Revolutionary. An Officer and a Gentleman. One of the youngest generals in the Revolution. He liberated the Province of Bulacan from Spanish Rule on June 24, 1898. Appointed by Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo as Military Governor of Bulacan and Nueva Ecija. Died as a martyr in the Battle of Tirad Pass in 1899.

 

 

 

Pitong Magigilas ng Pitpitan (Brgy. Pitpitan)

Revolutionaries. The “Seven Musketeers of Pipitan” were a group of loyal young men who joined Gregorio H. del Pilar in 1896-1899 in his many colorful battles. They composed of: 1) Julian H. Del Pilar, 2) Juan Socorro, 3) Adeodato Manahan, 4) Juan Mendez Catindig, 5) Isidro Wenceslao, 6) Felix De Jesus, and 7) Melencio Manahan.

 

 

 

Maria Rodrigo (Brgy. San Nicolas)

Revolutionary. Juan Luna used her as model in 1883-1884 for the sketch of his masterpiece “Una Bulaqueña”. The oil portrait which was finished in 1895 is now displayed in the National Museum and was declared a “National Cultural Treasure”. She served as a courier in the brigade of her cousin, Gen. Gregorio H. Del Pilar. She died in battle during the Filipino-American War.

 

 

 

Deodato Arellano (Cupang)

Revolutionary. First Supremo of the Katipunan. Brother-in-law of Marcelo H. Del Pilar. The Katipunan was founded in his house located at No. 72 Azcarraga St., Tondo, Manila on July 7, 1892.

 

 

 

Luis Arellano (Cupang)

Architect. He built in 1895 the Pinaglabanan Church in San Juan Del Monte. His brother Deodato was the First Supremo of the Katipunan. His son, Juan M. Arellano, also became an illustrious architect.

 

 

 

Gen. Anacleto Enriquez (Brgy. San Jose)

Revolutionary. Co-founder of Balangay Uliran, the Katipunan Chapter in Bulakan. Promoted as General at age 20 making him one of the youngest generals in the Revolution. Known in the Katipunan as “Matanglawin”, he died in the bloody Battle of San Rafael on November 30, 1896.

 

 

 

Col. Doroteo Birmingham Caragdag (Cupang)

Revolutionary, Lawyer, Statesman. Co-founder of Balangay Uliran, the Katipunan Chapter in Bulakan. Appointed by Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo as Governor of Cagayan de Oro. Elected as Representative of Zamboanga, 1934-1935.

 

 

 

Pedro Serrano Laktaw (Cupang)

Revolutionary, Teacher, Writer, Editor. Eminent educator who became the private tutor of the young King Alfonso XIII of Spain. Authored “Diccionario Hispano Tagalo” in 1889. Founder of Lohia Nilad in 1889, the first masonic lodge in the country. He was a Delegate to the Malolos Congress in 1898-1899.

 

 

 

Don Ambrosio A. Delgado (Brgy. San Jose)

Revolutionary, Lawyer, Provincial Prosecutor of Bataan. He was a Delegate to the Malolos Congress in 1898-1899.

 

 

 

Don Simplicio S. Del Rosario (Brgy. Bagumbayan)

Revolutionary, Lawyer, Judge. He was a Delegate to the Malolos Congress in 1898-1899.

 

 

 

Don Aguedo Velarde (Bulakan, Bulacan)

Revolutionary, Lawyer, Judge, Statesman. He was a Delegate to the Malolos Congress in 1898-1899. Appointed to the Cabinet of Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo as Secretary of Public Instruction. Elected as Representative of the First District of Bulacan in the First Philippine Assembly, 1907-1909.

 

 

 

Don Santiago Icasiano (Brgy. Sta Ana)

Physician. He was a Delegate to the Malolos Congress in 1898-1899.

 

 

 

Don Trinidad Icasiano (Brgy. Sta Ana)

Lawyer. He was a Delegate to the Malolos Congress in 1898-1899. Elected Governor of Bulacan, 1912-1916.

 

 

 

Gov. Segundo Rodrigo (Brgy. San Jose)

Revolutionary. First Civil Governor of Bulacan, 1898-1899.

 

 

 

Pedro Gatmaitan Santos (Brgy. Bagumbayan)

Musician, Composer. He wrote the patriotic anthem, “Sa Magandang Silangan”, in 1898 which became the favorite song of Gen. Gregorio H. Del Pilar.

 

 

 

Rosa Sevilla Alvero (Brgy. Sta Ines)

Educator, Civic-Leader, Writer, Dramatist, Journalist, Suffragist. Niece of Msgr. Mariano Sevilla. Founded in 1901 the Instituto de Mujeres, the first non-sectarian school for girls. Co-founder of Federacion Catolica de Mujeres (Catholic Women’s League) and the Liga de Damas Filipinas. She sponsored the holding of the first Balagtasan in 1924, a form of debate using Tagalog poetry.

 

 

 

Valeriano H. Peña (Brgy. Matungao)

Poet, Novelist, Journalist. He authored in 1905 the first novel written in the Tagalog language, “Nena at Neneng”, which earned him the title “Ama ng Nobelang Tagalog”.  

 

 

 

Concepcion Felix Calderon (Bulakan, Bulacan)

Feminist, Lawyer, Civic-Leader, Suffragist. Founder of Asociacion Feminista de Filipinas, 1905. Founder of La Gota de Leche in 1907. Doña Concha was also the first President of the National Federation of Women’s Club of the Philippines.

 

 

 

Carmen V. De Luna (Brgy. Sta Ana)

Educator, Philanthropist. Co-founder of Centro Escolar University (CEU), 1907. President of CEU from 1934 to 1962.

 

 

 

Bishop Nicolas Zamora (Brgy. Matungao)

Protestant Leader. “Martin Luther of the Philippines”. He was the first Filipino Protestant minister. He founded in 1909 the Iglesia Evangelica Metodista en Las Islas Filipinas (IEMLIF), the first indigenous Protestant Church in the country.

 

 

 

Manolita Delgado Barreto (Brgy. San Jose)

Beauty Queen. Crowned as “Carnival Queen”, the country’s first prestigious beauty pageant, during the Manila Carnival of 1916.

 

 

 

Jacinto G. Manahan (Brgy. Pitpitan)

Writer, Labor Leader, Communist. Founder of Samahang Pagkakaisa ng Magsasaka in 1917 and President of Kalipunang Pambansa ng mga Magbubukid sa Pilipinas. 

 

 

 

Juan M. Arellano (Cupang)

Architect, Painter. Nephew of Deodato Arellano, the First Supremo of the Katipunan, and son of architect Luis Arellano. Sent by the American Government to study architecture in Drexel Institute in the United States as a pensionado or scholar. He designed the Jones Bridge (1921), Philippine Legislative Building (1926), Manila Central Post Office (1926), Bulacan Provincial Capitol Building (1930), Metropolitan Theater (1935), Misamis Occidental Provincial Capitol Building (1935), Negros Occidental Provincial Capitol Building (1936), and Cebu Provincial Capitol Building (1937). Along with Harry Frost, they created a design for Quezon City in 1940 as the new capital city. He held a one-man art exhibit at the Manila YMCA in 1960.

 

 

 

Pedro Gatmaitan (Brgy. San Nicolas)

Poet, Writer, Editor. Translator. Won the prestigious title “Hari ng Balagtasan” in 1925. He translated to Tagalog Rizal’s “Noli Me Tangere” and “El Filibusterismo”.

 

 

 

Juan Gatmaitan Santos (Brgy. Bagumbayan)

Musician, Composer. He wrote the popular kundiman, “Ang Dalagang Pilipina”, in 1928.

 

 

 

Benigno Ramos (Brgy. Taliptip)

Poet, Revolutionary, Writer, Journalist. Founder of Sakdal Movement against American colonialism in 1930. Used the pseudonym “Ben Ruben” in his many patriotic writings. One of the leaders of Kapisanan sa Paglilingkod sa Bagong Pilipinas (KALIBAPI) during the Japanese Regime. He co-founded the Makabayang Kalipunan ng mga Pilipino (MAKAPILI).

 

 

 

Aurelio Sevilla Alvero (Brgy. Tibig)

Poet, Lawyer, Educator, Youth Leader. Son of Rosa Sevilla Alvero. Best known for his “1896 (The Cry Awoke Balintawak)”, composed in 1934, one of the finest patriotic poems in English. Co-founder of Young Philippines, a nationalist party in the 1930s. Became a high official of Kapisanan sa Paglilingkod sa Bagong Pilipinas (KALIBAPI) during the Japanese Regime. He helped found the Makabayang Kalipunan ng mga Pilipino (MAKAPILI).

 

 

 

Eduardo Del Rosario (Brgy. Bagumbayan)

Olympian, Basketball Player, Coach. Member of the Philippine Basketball Team which competed in the 1936 Berlin Olympics in Germany. After World War II, he coached the National Team in various international events.

 

 

 

Fr. Emilio Gutierrez

Martyr. Parish Priest of Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion who was abducted by members of the Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon (Hukbalahap) while officiating the Midnight Mass on Christmas Day, 1944. He was martyred that same night in Sitio Babangad, San Nicolas, Bulakan, Bulacan.

 

 

 

Reynaldo Dante (Brgy. San Nicolas)

Award-Winning Film Actor. Deogracias Cristobal in real life, he won Best Actor in the first Maria Clara Awards in 1951 for the movie “Kamay ni Satanas” of Premiere Production. It was the first movie award-giving body in Asia, thus making Reynaldo Dante the first Best Actor in Asia.

 

 

 

Ben Perez (Brgy. Maysantol)

Award-Winning Film Actor. He won Best Actor in the first FAMAS awards in 1952 for the movie “Bagong Umaga” of Premiere Production.

 

 

 

Emilio Mar Antonio (Brgy. Bambang)

Poet, Journalist, Novelist, Editor, Radio Broadcaster. Wrote the award-winning poems “Ang Nayon Ko” in 1937 and “Ilaw” in 1938.  Held the prestigious title “Hari ng Balagtasan” from 1954 until his death in 1967.

 

 

 

Dr. Jesus Lava (Brgy. San Jose)

Physician, Communist, Revolutionary. Elected Representative of the First District of Bulacan, 1946. Secretary-General of Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas (PKP), 1950-1964. Also known as “Huk Numero Uno”.

 

 

 

Sen. Francisco A. Delgado (Brgy. San Jose)

Senator, Lawyer, Jurist, Diplomat, Statesman, Philanthropist. Sent by the American Government to study in the United States as a pensionado or scholar. Graduated cum laude in Master of Laws at Yale University. First Filipino active member of the American Bar Association.  Grandmaster of the Grand Lodge of Freemasonry, 1926-1927. Elected Representative of the First District of Bulacan, 1931-1934 and 1934-1935. Resident Commissioner to the U.S. Congress, 1935-1937. Justice of the Court of Appeals, 1936-1937. Signatory to the United Nations Charter, 1945. Commissioner in the Philippine War Damage Commission, 1946-1951. Elected Senator, 1951-1957. Permanent Ambassador to the United Nations, 1958-1962.

 

 

 

Dr. Jose R. Perez (Brgy. Bagumbayan)

Physician, Film Producer, Star Maker, Philanthropist. Executive Producer and General Manager of Sampaguita Pictures, 1951-1975. Founder of Vera-Perez Productions in 1957. Wrote several screenplays using the pseudonym “Jose Leonardo”. Discovered and paved the way for the stellar movie careers of Dolphy, Gloria Romero, Eddie Garcia, Lolita Rodriguez, Ramon Revilla, Sr., Susan Roces, Amalia Fuentes, Eddie Gutierrez, Vilma Santos, Nora Aunor, and more.

 

 

 

Sen. Francisco A. Rodrigo (Brgy. San Jose)

Senator, Poet, Playwright, Translator, Radio and Television Broadcaster, Columnist, Teacher, Lawyer, Freedom Fighter, Constitutionalist, Statesman. Wrote the comedic play “Sa Pula, Sa Puti” in 1939. He translated to Tagalog the foreign classics “Cyrano de Bergerac” and “Martyr of Golgotha”. As a lawyer, he authored “Philippine Modern Legal Forms” and “Handbook on the Rules of Court”. Earned a Legion of Honor Award for his historic marathon radio broadcast over DZBB covering the Presidential Elections of 1953. Elected Senator, 1955-1961 and 1961-1967. Hosted the popular television show “Mga Kuro-kuro ni Soc Rodrigo” on ABS-CBN, 1970-1972. Fought against the Marcos Dictatorship persistently. A political detainee three times: 1972, 1978, and 1982. His column “Mga Tilamsik ng Diwa”, a compilation of patriotic poems which appeared in Malaya, We Forum and The Philippine Star had a wide following. Appointed by Pres. Corazon Aquino as Commissioner in the 1986 Constitutional Commission. He popularized the use of bakya, a traditional Filipino footwear.  

 

 

 

Leticia Perez-De Guzman (Brgy. Bagumbayan)

Educator, Cultural Worker, Women’s Rights Advocate.  Co-founded the Bayanihan Dance Company in 1957 and became its long-time Executive Director. President of Philippine Women’s University. Appointed as the first Executive Director of the National Commission on the Role of Filipino Women in 1975.

 

 

 

Maria “Maring” Del Rosario (Brgy. Bagumbayan)

Marian Visionary. On January 17, 1958, Maring saw a vision of the Blessed Virgin Mary inside the patio of the Nuestra Senora de la Asuncion Church, Bulakan, Bulacan. In the vision, the right hand of the Virgin was holding a blue cross and the left hand was holding a rosary. The Virgin was said to have introduced herself as the “Queen of Heaven” and urged Maring to bring the youth to her. Since then, Maring started the devotion to the “Our Lady of the Blue Cross”. 

 

 

 

Don Ramon R. Meneses (Brgy. Bambang)

Aquaculturist. Pioneered in cultivating algae as food for fish. Dubbed as “Hari ng Palaisdaan”. Ba Ramon became a national sensation when the article, “Bulacan’s Barefoot Millionaire”, about his rags-to-riches life was published in 1958 at Sunday Times Magazine.

 

 

 

Amb. Pura Santillan-Castrence (Brgy. Matungao)

Diplomat, Writer, Linguist, Translator, Columnist, Teacher, Philanthropist. Designated in 1959 as Minister Counselor in Bonn, Germany. Pres. Diosdado Macapagal appointed her Ambassador in 1964, making her the “First Filipina Ambassador”. She could write essays in six languages: Tagalog, English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian. Her series of essays on “The Women Characters in Rizal’s Novels” were published in 1960. Awarded the French Legion of Honor and the Gawad Dangal ng Haraya by the National Commission on Culture and the Arts.

 

  

 

Jose “Pepe” Wenceslao (Brgy. San Jose)

Film Director, Scriptwriter, Composer. Prolific director of comedy and musical films in the 60s, 70s and 80s. He directed big stars such as Dolphy, Helen Gamboa, Chiquito, Vilma Santos, Tito, Vic & Joey, and more.  Wrote songs for movies using the pseudonym “Pewen”.

 

 

 

Vicente “Ting” Bernabe (Brgy. San Francisco)

Musician, Composer. As leader of the Advisors Band, he composed the disco classic “Yugyugan Na” in 1978.

 

 

 

Dante G. Santos (Brgy. Maysantol)

Industrialist, Philanthropist.  Founder and President of the Philippine Appliance Corporation (PHILACOR). President of Philippine Airlines. Member of the Agrava Fact Finding Board in 1983-1984 whose Majority Report confirmed that the Ninoy Aquino Assassination was a military conspiracy.

 

 

 

Jonathan Darca (Brgy. Bambang)

TV Commercial Model, Teen Star, Actor. As a boy, he starred in a hit television ad of Tanduay Rhum. He eventually joined the popular teen show “That’s Entertainment” on GMA Network. Acted in the acclaimed film “Lucia” in 1991 together with legendary actress Lolita Rodriguez.  

 

 

 

Mila S. Enriquez (Brgy. San Jose)

Food Historian, Writer, Cultural Worker. Civic Leader. She held cooking demos in the country and abroad to promote Filipino food. Authored “Kasaysayan ng Kaluto ng Bayan” in 1995, and co-authored “Bulakenya: Anyo at Kasaysayan ng Baro’t Saya” in 1999.