A trip to Barasoain Church sometimes. Always a pleasure to visit some historical places in our own country. The historic Barasoain Church in Malolos City is the birthplace of the First Constitutional Democracy in Asia.
Barasoain Church is also known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish. It has been called “The Cradle of Democracy in the East.”
Barasoain Church has been considered as the Philippines’ most historic church. One of the most religious building in our country, a Roman Catholic church built in 1630 in Malolos City Bulacan. It is the site of the First Philippine Republic. This church served as the session hall of Malolos Congress, the first congress in the Philippines held in September 15, 1898.
One historical event was happened when the former President Joseph Estrada vowed his oath of presidency in 1998 at the altar of the church, causing him to be the only president who took his oath in Malolos, the same as Emilio Aguinaldo did.
Barasoain Church is frequently visited by most Filipinos and even foreigners from different sides of the country. And because of its popularity and old age, many people would plan to celebrate exciting beautiful wedding, baptism, first communion and other religious activities in this church.
The term “Barasoain” was derived from aplace in Spain to which the missionaries found the place in Malolos in striking similarity. When the Spanish-Filipino revolution broke-out, revolutionaries coined the term “baras ng suwail“, which means “dungeon of the defiant.”
The monument of Emilio Aguinaldo in front of the church. General Aguinaldo established the Malolos Republic (The First Philippine Republic) in the Barasoain Church in the year 1899.