What to see and do in Baliuag, Bulacan Province
The town of Baliuag is 40 kms away from Metro Manila located in Bulacan Province part of Central Luzon. The town of Baliuag (sometimes spelled as Baliwag) is now a developing municipality to be considered as city soon. In fact, there is SM Baliuag mall in this humble town. Bulacan is known for history as the land of heroes because majority of Philippine heroes originated from this province. If you happen to come here, I will share to you my experience as someone living here for quite some time. I first visited Baliuag Bulacan in 2016. Not really a touristy place but I am writing this blog in case you will visit Baliuag at least you have an idea on what to expect. The town is just simple and kind of laid back.
HOW TO COMMUTE TO BALIUAG, BULACAN:
BALIWAG TRANSIT is servicing mostly Bulacan and Nueva Ecija routes. BALIWAG TRANSIT busses are located in Cubao, Pasay and Caloocan. They usually operate from 5:00 AM-9:00 PM. They have a Facebook page that you can follow for updated schedules. You can also opt for another bus company that also caters Baliuag service which is called FIVE STAR BUS with terminals in Pasay and Cubao. However, the difference is that FIVE STAR busses will drop you off at the highway along SM Baliuag instead of “Baliuag loob”, loob means inside, so then you will have to take a tricycle to get to “Baliuag loob” in town center that they also call Poblacion. Meanwhile, the BALIWAG TRANSIT will take you directly to the final stop in Baliuag loob at the town center nearby the clock tower in front of the church. Please don’t be confused that some BALIWAG TRANSIT busses will not really go to Baliuag and will go to other destination provinces. To be safe, check the front signage and ask to confirm with the bus driver/conductor.
First, getting to BALIWAG TRANSIT main two terminals in Metro Manila
Going to Cubao Terminal – Take LRT2 or MRT3 line and alight in Araneta-Cubao station or Take city busses A/B/C drop off at Farmer’s market in Cubao then walk 400 meters outside along EDSA road. You can find the BALIWAG TRANSIT Terminal usually in green color. Travel time from Cubao to Baliuag is 2-3 hours depending on the traffic.
Going to Caloocan Terminal- Take LRT 1 and get off at R.PAPA or 5th avenue station then ride jeepney tell driver to drop you off in Baliwag Transit Terminal located in 2nd avenue in Gracepark. Travel time is 2 hours from Gracepark, Caloocan to Baliuag, Bulacan.
Going to Pasay Terminal – You will not find Baliwag Transit terminal in Pasay. However, in my experience, I was able to get on a Five Star bus in Pasay that can take me to Baliuag highway when I arrived at NAIA airport. Travel time is approximately 5 hours passing through EDSA. You can take chances if you are coming from NAIA airport and South areas of Luzon like Cavite or Batangas BUT the frequency and intervals of busses are not reliable unlike the two main terminals above.
Note that Baliwag Transit Busses going to Baliuag have last trip schedule from Pasay at 5:00 PM, Caloocan at 7:00 PM, Cubao at 9:00 PM in the evening weekdays and weekends. Beyond that you have to check with Five Star bus if there are still busses that can take you to Baliuag highway up to midnight. I have tried this and the fare used to be the same with the former. If you travel late at night and there are no busses available, there could be private shuttle van service just outside the Cubao terminal that will charge you Php 85.00 per person for a shared ride going to Baliuag. You just have to be patient in waiting and be vigilant of your surroundings because Cubao can be a sketchy place and ride sharing could be dangerous so I don’t really recommend traveling beyond the last trip. However, I am not sure if these shuttle vans are still operating this pandemic.
Fare update on the bus 2019 is Php 81.00 per person/one-way from Cubao/Caloocan to Baliuag. It’s a typical airconditioned bus with television (no toilet/USB).
COVID-19 YEAR 2022 UPDATE: The fare from Caloocan to Baliuag becomes Php 97.00 per one way and possible to increase to Php 120.00 due to rising fuel cost. Still a 2-hour travel so far.
Usually there are vendors selling various snacks and drinks at the terminal. ONLINE BOOKING of the bus seats is not available. You can just walk-in at the terminal, get your seat in the bus then wait for the conductor to give you the tickets collect the fares. Cash is only accepted.
Getting around: Ideally you have to ride in a single motorcycle or bicycle to be able to go around Baliuag, Bulacan as taxis and public jeepneys do not have route within Baliuag. But there is a jeepney service if you go outside Baliuag to neaby provinces like Pulilan, Plaridel, San Rafael, Malolos, Meycauayan.
If you do not own any type of bike, you have to hire a tricycle and pay Php 25.00-50.00 each ride within Baliuag area depends on distance as of 2019. The rate will not matter even if there is only one passenger or two person as it is a contract basis. Each tricycle can carry up to four passengers.
COVID-19 YEAR 2022 UPDATE: The tricycle fare becomes Php 40.00-Php 80.00 within Baliuag area. Unfortunately as of this time, there is no other public transportation option aside from the tricycle.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO BALIUAG – 10 RECOMMENDATIONS
1.) The Baliuag Clock Tower
2.) St. Augustine Church
3.) Street foods in Poblacion market
4.) Visit the Baliuag Museum ( under renovation )
5.) Relax and attend events at the Glorietta Park
6.) NIGHT LIFE : GOURMET FOOD PARK, THE PLAYGROUND FUN + FOOD PARK, THE CRUZINE PLACE FOOD PARK
7.) SEE MUNICIPAL HALL especially on Christmas Season
8.) Bird watching at Candaba Bird Sanctuary
9.) Try Filipino Lugaw Tokwa Baboy
10.) Visit Historical Heritage Park at Bustos
BEST TIME TO VISIT BALIUAG, BULACAN
LENT SEASON EVERY MARCH OR APRIL – Attend the longest parade of the Saints in Carrozas over 100+ life-size display of floats on a Good Friday event (Holy Week Procession)
CHRISTMAS SEASON – Start from the month of September until December native stalls become open at the Baliuag park beside St. Augustine church. A must try Filipino pastries like Puto Bumbong and Bibingka with free Salabat or ginger tea. We, Filipinos celebrate Christmas as early as September. It’s always my favorite place to eat and chill during Christmas season.
Puto Bumbong and Bibingka Price range: Php 30.00 per serving.
Hope I’m able to share to you details about Baliuag. Please feel free to share and comment to my blog.
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