Things You Probably Didn't Know About the City of Malolos

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

From January 17 to January 23, the historic city of Malolos in the province of Bulacan will hold its annual Fiesta Republica - a festival of Philippine culture and history. And to give you an idea of what's in store, here are some interesting facts about Malolos.

Things You Probably Didn't Know About the City of Malolos

1. It is the birthplace of Inipit
You know that popular snack we buy in grocery stores? The one that is mass produced? Well, Inipit the dessert orginated in Malolos.
Photo credit: Sharlene Ferfas

2. It has its own version of Empanada and Ensaymada
Empanadang Kaliskis is Malolos's take on the empanada. Its defining feature is its shell which looks like a croissant but is as crispy as a potato chip. And while Empanadang Kaliskis is more likely to induce a heart attack because of the high oil-content, it is undeniably one tasty treat. Perfect for merienda!
Empanadang Kaliskis
Malolos's ensaymada, on the other hand, had ham and cheese in it. It is also as big as a plate. Unfortunately, according to the locals, the original recipe for the Ensaymadang Malolos was never written down and was passed down through oral instruction. So when the last of the recipe keepers failed to pass it down, the recipe died with her. Although, this doesn't seem to stop local street vendors from selling their own version of the Ensaymadang Malolos.

3. The 1899 Malolos Constitution was the first republican constitution in Asia
The Political Constitution of 1899, or the Malolos Constitution, was written by Felipe Calderon and Felipe Buencamino. It was enacted on January 21, 1899 in the Barasoain Church.

The Preamble reads:
"Nosotros los Representantes del Pueblo Filipino, convocados legítimamente para establecer la justicia, proveer a la defensa común, promover el bien general y asegurar los beneficios de la libertad, implorando el auxilio del Soberano Legislador del Universo para alcanzar estos fines, hemos votado, decretado y sancionado la siguiente"
(We, the Representatives of the Filipino people, lawfully convened in order to establish justice, provide for common defence, promote the general welfare, and insure the benefits of liberty, imploring the aid of the Sovereign Legislator of the Universe for the attainment of these ends, have voted, decreed, and sanctioned the following)

4. It is the site of one of the earliest posh communities
In the Anglo-American war, the Chinese that were based in the Philippines fought on the British side. When the British left, the Chinese married Filipinas to avoid being deported. The Americans, wary of the capacity of the Chinese to revolt, decided to keep them all in once place. This area became known as Kamestizuhan. The Tantocos, the Cojuangcos, the Uitangcoys, the Reyeses, were some of the Chinese mestizos who lived in this elite community.
The facade of the house of Dr. Luis Santos in Kameztisuhan
Dr. Santos' house boasts of the ceiling that was painted by National Artist Fernando Amorsolo
Outside Dr. Santos' house is also a sculpture by National Artist Guillermo Tolentino
5. One of Jose Rizal's last literary works in Tagalog is a letter to the women of Malolos
When the women of Malolos succeeded in establishing a school, Marcelo del Pilar requested Rizal to write them a letter commending their efforts. The former specifically asked Pepe to write the letter in Tagalog which makes it one of his last works in the language. Noli and Fili were all written in Spanish.

An excerpt of Rizal's letter
Malolos sure has some fascinating stories up its sleeves! Check out the schedule of events for the Fiesta Republica and make sure to head over to this historic city this January!

Vamos a Malolos!

Cheers to the next adventure!

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  1. The ensaymadas I've tried from Malolos have so far been pretty good. I can't imagine how much better the original recipe would've been. Too bad it died.

  2. I agree. It was unfortunate that the original recipe is now gone. As for the ensaymadas you've tried, are these the ones with the itlog na pula?

    Thank you for dropping by, Isel. :)

  3. Yes. With ham and itlog na pula. The first time my mom brought one, I was weirded out by the combination, but when I tried it, it was actually pretty good.