Arnel Papa is a top-caliber Bulakeno talent. His accessories, made from crystals, stones and carabao horns, have been featured in top fashion magazines. They are much sought after by the country's fashionista crowd.
Dr. Maximo Viola
San Miguel, Bulacan
Dr. Maximo Viola (1857 - 1933) - Here in Barrio Sta. Rita, San Miguel, Bulacan was born Maximo Viola, a friend and traveling companion in Europe of Jose Rizal, who advanced the money needed for the printing of Rizal's novel Noli Me Tangere. Dr. Viola and Dr. Rizal toured Europe together, May - June 1887, visiting various cities in Germany, Austria, Hungary and Switzerland. One of the places they visited was Leitmeritz, Austria, the hometown of Professor Ferdinand Blumentritt.
Malolos City, Bulacan
Born in 1890, Malolos, Bulacan, Guillermo Tolentino is the foremost sculptor and National Artist. His famous works include the U.P. Oblation and the Bonifacio Monument in Kalookan (d. July 12, 1976).
Marcelo H. del Pilar Historical Landmark
Brgy. San Nicolas, Bulacan, Bulacan
Although Marcelo H. del Pilar was a lawyer, he excelled as a propagandist. A master of Tagalog, he harnessed the power of the spoken and written word to open the eyes of the masses to Spanish abuses. Del Pilar spoke anywhere he could summon a crowd—the plaza, tienda, cockpit, even gatherings like fiestas. In 1882 he put out Diariong Tagalog, a nationalist newspaper. When lack of funds forced him to stop publication, he produced pamphlets making fun of friars.
The Soul behind the “Sol”
Unable to tolerate del Pilar's radical activities, the Spanish authorities ordered his arrest. However he was a step ahead of them. Del Pilar slipped out of the country and headed for Spain where he became part of the Reform Movement, an activist organization launched by expatriate Filipinos, including Jose Rizal and Graciano Lopez Jaena. The Movement instigated a propaganda war to persuade the Spanish government in Madrid to introduce social and political reforms in the Philippines.
Del Pilar's arrival in Barcelona in 1889 hastened the founding of La Solidaridad, the movement's mouthpiece. Lopez Jaena was its first editor; after several issues, Del Pilar replaced him.
Del Pilar worked hard, writing, editing, influencing progressive Spaniards to take up the Filipino cause. He often missed his meals, at first because of his busy schedule but later because he had no money to buy food as the newspaper ran out of funds. Fatigue, hunger, and lack of proper clothing made him gravely ill. He died of tuberculosis on July 4, 1896.
Marcelo H. Del Pilar Historical LandmarkThe Marcelo del Pilar Historical Landmark is the exact site where the propagandist was born on August 30, 1850. His remains are buried beneath his monument, which stands beside a stone relief highlighting his life, ideals and heroism.
The museum contains copies of publications he edited. The most prominent of these is a bounded compilation of La Solidaridad issues. The Sol's first issue rolled off the press on February 15, 1889, in Barcelona, and came out regularly twice a month for six years.
The Marcelo H. del Pilar Historical Landmark is located in Barangay San Nicolas, Bulacan, Bulacan. Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Source: http://www.nhcp.gov.ph/)
San Miguel, Bulacan
Nicanor Abelardo (1893 - 1934) - He was born in San Miguel, Bulacan on 7 February 1893. He was the eldest son of Valentin Abelardo and Placida Sta. Ana; finished music at the University of the Philippines in 1912 and at the Chicago Musical College in 1932. Because of his famous Kundiman renditions and music that reflects beauty of the environment, he was declared as the "Makata ng Musika." He was known for his famous songs "Nasaan ka irog" and "Mutya ng Pasig." He died on 1 March 1934 in Manila