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Bustos, Bulacan

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Bustos
Municipality

Municipal Hall

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Map of Bulacan showing the location of Bustos

Bustos
Location within the Philippines

Coordinates:

1458N 12055ECoordinates:

1458N 12055E

Country

Philippines

Region

Central Luzon (Region III)

Province

Bulacan

District

2nd District

Founded

April 26, 1867

Barangays

14

Government[1]
Mayor

Arnel F. Mendoza (NUP)

Area[2]
Total

69.99 km2 (27.02 sq mi)

Population (2015 census)[3]


Total

67,039

Density

960/km2 (2,500/sq mi)

Poverty rate

5.9%

Demonym(s)

Bustosenyo

Time zone

PST (UTC+8)

ZIP code

3007

IDD:area code

+63(0)44

Income class

2nd Class

Electricity

Manila Electric Company

Consumption

19.66 million kWh (2003)

Bustos is a second class municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the 2015
census, it has a population of 67,039 people.[3]
With the continuous expansion of Metro Manila, Bustos is now included in the Greater Manila's builtup conurbation area which reaches San Ildefonso, Bulacan at its northernmost part.
Contents
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1History
2Geography
o 2.1Barangays
3Demographics
o 3.1Religion
4Economy
5Local government
6Festivals
7Landmarks and attractions
8Transportation
9Education
10Notable people
11Sister cities
12Images
13References
14External links

History[edit]
Bustos was a part of the town of Baliuag as its barrio during the Spanish Period. The town was
separated from Baliuag by a tragic incident when around 1860, a rainy Sunday, a group of natives
from Bustos with babies in their arms were on their way to St. Augustine Parish Church of
Baliuag for baptismal when they drowned when the raft or planceta they were riding capsized while
crossing the wild river of Angat due to the strong water current. This fateful event led the people of
Bustos to request and build their own parish church to be able to avoid crossing the wild river for
community safety. The people chose Holy Child Jesus (Sto. Nio) as their patron saint in honor of
those infants that died in the river.
Bustos also gained its independence from Baliuag in April 29, 1867 through the painstaking efforts
and sacrifices of its inhabitants with the integration of barrios Bonga Mayor and Bonga Menor. The
town got its name from Don Jose Pedro de Busto[s], a mining engineer from Asturias, Spain, and
right-hand of Simon de Anda y Salazar who was appointed tenyente heneral alkalde of Bulacan and
an aide of a Spanish Governor General of the Philippines during the late 1700s. But the town
became a part of Baliuag again during the American period. Bustos became also a part of the
historical World War II in the Philippines and it served as the headquarters of soldiers in the province
of Bulacan during the war in 1945.
Bustos was again separated from Baliuag and became a distinct municipality on January 1, 1916
during the Philippine Assembly through 4th Philippine Legislature Assemblyman Ricardo Lloret
Gonzalez. After a year when the town became a distinct municipality, the town inaugurated its

Municipal Hall on January 1, 1917. Leon Prado became its first local leader and served from 1917 to
1919. Padre Gabriel Alvarez served as the first parish priest of the institutionalized Sto. Nio de
Bustos Parish Church.
With the theme "BustoSentenaryo : Isang Daan tungo sa Ikasandaan", Bustos is about to celebrate
its 100th year founding anniversary in the same time with the 7th Minasa Festival and is expected to
happen at the month of January 2017.

Geography[edit]
Bustos is located at the center of five adjoining towns of Bulacan Province: San Rafael on
north; Pandi and Plaridel on south; Baliuag on west; and Angat on east. The land area are mostly
rice fields devoted for planting crops and agriculture. Some barangays of the town are covered by
irrigation system coming from Bustos Dam and Angat Dam on the Angat River. Bustos was once
hailed as one of the largest rice producers of the country and the Central Luzon Region, the Rice
Granary of the Philippines, and received the Hall of Fame award at Rice Achievers Award of 2014.

Barangays[edit]
Bustos is subdivided into the following fourteen barangays (six urban, eight rural).[2]

Bonga Mayor
Bonga Menor
Buisan
Camachilihan
Cambaog
Catacte
Liciada
Malamig
Malawak
Poblacion
San Pedro
Talampas
Tanawan
Tibagan

Demographics[edit]
Population census of Bustos
Year

Pop.

% p.a.

1990

34,965

1995

41,372

+3.20%

2000

47,091

+2.81%

2007

60,681

+3.56%

2010

62,415

+1.03%

2015

67,039

+1.37%

Source: National Statistics Office[4]

In the 2015 census, the population of Bustos, Bulacan, was 67,039 people,[3] with a density of 960
inhabitants per square kilometre or 2,500 inhabitants per square mile.

Religion[edit]
Church and chapels:

Sto. Nio de Bustos Parish Church

Sto. Nio de Bustos Parish Church - located in Brgy. Poblacion


San Isidro Labrador Parish Church - located in Brgy. Liciada

List of covered chapels of the Parish Church of Sto. Nio de Bustos:

Sta. Monica and St. Augustine Chapel - located between Brgy. Bonga Mayor and Brgy. Tibagan
Sto. Rosario Chapel - located in Brgy. Bonga Menor
Chapel of the Holy Cross & Virgen Dela Rosa - located in Brgy. Tanawan
St. Joseph Chapel - located in Brgy. Cambaog
Immaculate Conception Chapel - located in Brgy. Malamig
Chapel of the Holy Cross - located in Brgy. Talampas
St. Peter the Apostle Chapel - located in Brgy. San Pedro
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel - located in Pitong Gatang, Brgy. Poblacion
San Roque de Catacte Chapel- located in Brgy. Catacte

Other religious groups:

Iglesia Ni Cristo - locale of Brgy. Bonga Menor, District of Bulacan North


Bustos Seventh-day Adventist Church - located in Brgy. Bonga Menor
Jesus is Lord Church (Bustos Chapter) - located in Brgy. San Pedro
Ang Dating Daan (Bustos) - located in Brgy. Poblacion & Brgy. Liciada
Disciple Bible Church In Catacte - Located In Brgy. Catacte Bulacan

Economy[edit]

Bustos Wet and Dry Public Market

The Bustos commercial center in the town proper is still expanding with the influx of more business
investors willing to venture in this small but flourishing town. In the present, the town has its one
public and few small private markets and businesses, a Banco de Oro branch, a 7 Eleven branch, All
Day Convenient Store, and Nesabel Wholesale & Retail Warehouse in Brgy. Poblacion, one mini
public market in Brgy. Liciada, & Tibagan Coop-Mart in Brgy. Tibagan.
Bustos has their own trademark product, the tasty and delicious finger food 'Minasa'. Minasa refers
to "Cassava Cookies", made from cassava flour, egg yolk, yeast, butter, and coco milk. It is
somehow compared to Uraro, another local delicacy. It is one of the famous treats from the province
of Bulacan which is traded in local and global market of Filipino pasalubong products. Way back
Spanish colonization era here in the Philippines, these Minasa cookies were made of sago starch
and not cassava. The main ingredient was changed because of the long production time of sago
starch and cassava starch was cheaper and easier to produce. Also, these were exclusively
produced and eaten by the elite Bulakeos for they are the only ones who can afford the ingredients
and had the equipment for the production of it. The word minasa in English is "molded". The process
of preparing Minasa is like making and baking cookies. The only thing special about Minasa is its
shape which was molded on a special wooden molder with intricate designs, commonly floral
designs, and it is baked in a hurno or a brick stone oven which adds to the yumminess of the cookie.
Minasa is said to be a part of history and culture of Bulacan because of those egg yolks that were
left in building old stone houses that were made of egg whites. Currently, there are stalls all around
Bustos selling this very delicious local delicacy making the municipality hailed as the "Home of
Minasa".
Bustos has a rural bank, the Rural Bank of Bustos, which is located at Gen. Alejo Santos Highway,
Brgy. Bonga Menor, beside the Bustos by-pass road going to Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija.
Other products, industries, & services:

Rice and other agricultural products


Poultry & swine raising and other dairy products
Bag making and handicrafts in Brgy. Cambaog
Bakeries
Pastry making
Food processing and retail selling
Garments and embroidery
Metal-crafting
Furniture making
Fishpond raising
Recreational facilities and services
Souvenir items
Cafeterias & restaurants

Resorts and hotels

Local government[edit]
Based on the 2016 Philippine Local and National Elections, the following local officials were elected
and inaugurated:
Mayor: Arnel F. Mendoza (LP)
Vice Mayor: Leonardo "Ading" L. Leoncio (LP)
Members of the Sangguniang Bayan:

Juliet Dela Cruz (IND)


Francis Albert "Iskul" G. Juan (LP)
Leo T. Santos (LP)
Edwin N. De Guzman (LP)
Orlando "Orly" De Guzman (LP)
Romulo "Mulong" Lazaro (LP)
Aprille Keith Lazaro (LP)
Antonio "Tommy" L. Punongbayan (LP)

Barangay Chairmen:

Brgy. Bonga Mayor: Rodolfo "Boy" G. Nepomuceno


Brgy. Bonga Menor: Soliman "Sol" C. Santos
Brgy. Buisan: Emilio M. Dela Cruz
Brgy. Camachilihan: Lercita "Enchie" G. Cristobal
Brgy. Cambaog: Armando L. Lalu
Brgy. Catacte: Ponciano "Poncing" D.R. Concepcion
Brgy. Liciada: Martin S.J. Angeles
Brgy. Malamig: Virgilio "Boy" S. Paglinawan
Brgy. Malawak: Virgilio R. Suarez
Brgy. Poblacion: Edwin N. De Guzman
Brgy. San Pedro: Enrique "Ricky" G. De Leon
Brgy. Talampas: Armando A. Ortega
Brgy. Tanawan: Francis Albert "Iskul" G. Juan
Brgy. Tibagan: Antonio "Tony" S. De Guzman

The Municipality of Bustos is one of the 185 city/municipality recipients (out of 1,490 cities and
municipalities) who received the 2015 Seal of Good Local Governance in the whole country. The
criteria is based on these following points: transparency in government, charity for the poor, disaster
preparedness, strong campaign against criminality, and being supportive in economy and business.
The plaque of recognition is given by the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Festivals[edit]

Minasa Festival

Bustos is famous for its Minasa Festival showcasing the town locally made food products like the
irresistible delicacies Minasa cookie and the dry-like wafer crispy Barquillos. Celebrated during the
month of January in the same time with the feast of their patron saint Holy Child Jesus, the Minasa
Festival event is a televised week-long festivity of street dancing parade in colorful costumes and

also features a row of makeshift stalls selling local food and merchandise inside the municipal
compound; live band concerts of well-known performers; photo contest and exhibits; traditional
Filipino games as well as singing and dancing competitions among every barangay and school of
the town; and is a famous tourist-attracting event in the province. It started in the year 2011 and
celebrated annually with the participation of Bustosenyos and tourists globally. It also became a
headline on a broadsheet of The Philippine Star in 2014 on its 4th year of celebration in the theme
"Mas Pinasayang Minasa Festival" through its chief photographer Valentino Rodriguez. The Sto.
Nio de Bustos Parish Church also hold its lively Tugyaw (Tugtog at Sayaw) street dancing and the
"Bata-Bata" festival (where children are dressed like the image of Sto. Nio) every year in honor of
Holy Child Jesus, the patron saint of the municipality, as the first activities to the next Bustos Town
Fiesta.

Bustos Town Fiesta

Celebrated in honor of the Holy Child Jesus, the Sto. Nio Festival of Bustos is always celebrated in
the month of January in the same date as the feast of the Holy Child in the Philippines. Carnivals
and bazaars are always present while the Sto. Nio Parish commonly has its variety show in its patio
area. Celebrities were commonly invited to join the feast. Roads in Brgy. Poblacion up to Brgy.
Tanawan were commonly filled with people and stranded vehicles due to traffic during the peak day
of the feast.

Lenten Season/Holy Week

The annual Holy Week Lenten observance is observed nationwide, but in contrast with the revelry
and grandiose of a regular merrymaking festival, Bustos' Semana Santa is celebrated plain and
simple. The procession of saints is a spectacular scene to watchthe long line evening parade of
scintillating series of life-sized biblical images atop a moving elaborate floats depicting the life and
death of Jesus Christ. Some of the notable images in the procession are Ang Pananalangin ni
Hesus sa Halamanan of Perez Family, Santo Entierro of Mercado Family, the Century old "La Pieta"
and St. Mary of Bethany of Gaddi Family. The popular among the youth is the Bustos Theater
Guild's Cenaculo stage drama and hundreds of bloody back whipping and cross-carrying penitents
around each village done traditionally called Penitensiya or penitence both showing sacrifices of
Jesus Christ.

Marian Processions and Thanksgivings

The Grand Marian procession is held every last Sunday of October in Sto. Nio Parish in honor of
Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary and the yearly traditional Santacruzan and the thanksgiving feast
celebrations (after a bountiful rice harvest) in almost every barangay.

Manok-Manok Festival

"The feast of St. Peter the Apostle in brgy. San Pedro, the origin of the barrio's name, has already
started its festival in reference about the rooster that crowed three times when Peter denied Jesus
Christ.

Feast of San Isidro Labrador

Held during 14th or 15th of May, the Feast of San Isidro Labrador is celebrated at Brgy. Liciada in
honor of their parochial patron saint Isidore the Laborer. Nine days before the festival, processions
are happened during 5:30 in the morning and novena masses in the evening.

Landmarks and attractions[edit]

Library, Museum and Heritage Park (Brgy. Poblacion)

Tourism is one of the sources of income of the municipality of Bustos. Its destinations are always
used as filmmaking area. Famous tourist attractions are as follows:

Bustos Rubber Dam and Park - also known as Angat Afterbay Regulator Dam, it is the longest
rubber dam in Asia and second in the world; an ecological tourist attraction and long time
favorite place for school activities, picnics, reunions, civic gatherings etc.; renovated with the
partnership of the government of Japan from 1918 to 1922; located 5 km upstream from Bustos.
One of the longest sector dams in the world, it is an after-bay reservoir of the Angat
Hydroelectric Power Plant at Brgy. Hilltop, Angat, Bulacan. Within the grounds of the dam is the
Conrado Mercado Monument; located in Brgy. Tibagan.
Mercado Ancestral House & other stone houses - famous for its intricate stone carving
created way back in the Spanish times. Ancestral houses, mostly located at Brgy. Bonga Menor,
have the distinctive Bustos look: stone pilasters and columns extending up to the ceiling with
wood kept to a minimum in the second storey. Located near one another on the road leading to
Angat, they include the Cunanan Ancestral Home, the Lopez Ancestral Home, the Perez
Ancestral Home and the Mercado Ancestral Home. The last mentioned, the most impressive and
best preserved, was built in the mid-1800s and has Baroque-style carved stone corner pilasters,
carved stone garland and crucifix motifs in the entrance, chrysanthemum designs, decorative
reliefs, molave planks with narra sidings, capiz windows, moveable panels, graceful grilles. peep
holes for rifles to aim at tulisanes and a period oil lamp. A sculpture garden is dedicated to the
Modernist Conrado Mercado.
Letras y Figuras de Bustos - a stone carving of the municipal's name, "Bustos" in all caps,
inspired by the intricate design of the Mercado Stone House and the people of Bustos' most
favorite finger food, Minasa; located inside the municipal compound in front of the Bustos
Municipal Hall in Brgy. Poblacion.
General Alejo Santos Bridge - bridge connecting the towns of Bustos and Baliuag crossing
the Angat River.
Villa Florencia - a popular destination of filmmakers and photographers alike; located in Brgy.
Poblacion.
Bulacan Military Area Monument - built in September 1943 in the leadership of General (then
Captain) Alejo Santos as Philippine Legion, a guerrilla unit against the Troops of Japanese
Empire that is founded in the wide yard of the house of Alejo Santos in Brgy. Bonga Menor.
Dedicated for the soldiers and veterans of the World War II, recognized by the National
Historical Institute of the Philippines; main area for Minasa Festival activities; located beside the
Bustos Heritage Park in front of Bustos Municipal Hall inside the municipal compound in Brgy.
Poblacion.
Pablito V. Mendoza, Sr. Gymnasium - the first municipality-owned indoor gym in Bulacan,
located beside the Bulacan Military Area Monument inside the municipal compound in Brgy.
Poblacion.

Mga Bahay at Yaman ni St. Martin de Porres - has its Batanes Ivatan style-like
village.;[5] popular destination for filmmakers alike, located in Brgy. Bonga Menor.
Alejo Santos Memorial Museum/Bulacan Military Area Shrine and Museum - built in honor
of General Alejo Santos together with the BMA soldiers; exhibits the documents and pictures of
Alejo Santos and the weapons they used; located in Brgy. Bonga Menor.
Libingan ng mga Kawal ng Bulacan Military Area - located in Brgy. San Pedro; resting place
of unknown heroes who fought for Bulacan Military Area.
Portico de Busto Events Place - located 30 minutes from NLEx Mindanao Avenue Exit (Brgy.
Poblacion); view of Mount Arayat and Angat River awaits; named in honor of Don Pedro Jose de
Busto, where the town Bustos also got its name.[6]
Malamig Park Resort - resort located in Brgy. Malamig; tourist spot during summer season.
Bustos Heritage Park, Library, and Museum & Paraiso ng mga Bata - favorite place for
culminating activities; children's playground and past time area for people of Bustos; in front of
Bustos Municipal Hall.
Brgy. Bonga Menor Ancestral Houses - a row of Spanish-designed old houses; the mini Kalye
Crisologo of Vigan, Ilocos Sur in Bustos.
Galilee Wonderland Resort and Hotel - a Bible-inspired theme resort; first of its kind in the
country; located in Brgy. San Pedro.[7]
Sto. Nio de Bustos Parish Church - built in memory of those babies who died in the tragic
accident in the wild river of Angat and used as a separate parish from the Baliuag. The present
stone church under the aegis of the Holy Child can be attributed to Fr. Gabriel Alvares, OSA
who replaced the makeshift church and convent in 1872. Both the church and convent were
destroyed by revolutionaries in 1898. The church has been largely renovated and all that
remains of the previous church are the old stone walls at the side and back. It has been rebuilt in
a sort of Gothic style.[8][9] A bell cast by Hilario Sunico in 1877 and is locally referred to
as Batingaw ng Bustos is displayed at the church patio.[10]
Daily Bread Retreat House & Resort - located in Brgy. Bonga Menor; a great vacation &
retreat house because of its nature-friendly environment, located in Brgy. Bonga Menor.
Bahay Resiklo - an environment-friendly house that is filled with reused and recycled stuffs with
its new purpose; model of the town not only as environment-friendly place but also as economicfriendly place to go; located in Brgy. Camachilihan.
Roll of Honor - located at the municipal compound at Brgy. Poblacion; a stone-made list of
individuals who caught the attention due to their contributions in the municipality of Bustos.
Some of them are the leaders who pushed the separation of Bustos from Baliuag wayback
Spanish colonization. On the left side is the list of 591 citizens who died in Japanese invasion.
Torch of Freedom - located in front of Sto. Nio Parish Church; built in memory of 23,000
guerillas who became part of the Bulacan Military Area, for the Bulacan people who suffered,
and for those who sacrificed their own lives to achieve liberty. A quote can be seen behind the
torch, "to those who died to keep the fire of our cause forever burning".
Save the Unborn Movement Marker - built contemporaneously with the 85th anniversary of the
municipality's independence.
Miracle Rice Farming Marker - built as the boundary between barangays Bonga Mayor and
Tibagan, this marker also signifies that former president Ferdinand Marcos and his
vice, Fernando Lopez, planted miracle rice in the field of Bustos contemporaneously with the
2nd anniversary of the Land Reform Program.
Las Minasas Gigantes - a stone sculpture that represents the iconic and historical confection of
Bustos, the Minasa cookie; located inside the Bustos Heritage Park in front of Bustos Municipal
Hall.

Transportation[edit]

North Luzon Expressway has a by-pass road that passes through the municipality of Bustos that
shortens the transportation of goods and passengers from some areas in Bulacan going to Metro
Manila and vice versa. The Bustos by-pass road passes through Gen. Alejo Santos Highway at
Brgy. Bonga Menor, Bustos, Bulacan and travels to NLEx Bocaue Toll Plaza leading to Quezon
City on the other side and Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija on another side of which is under
construction.

Education[edit]

Faade of Bulacan State University-Bustos Campus (Brgy. Poblacion)

The Bulacan State University - Bustos Campus (BulSU-Bustos) is one of the largest satellite
campuses of the university. It was established in 1976. In the past twenty five years, BulSU-Bustos
has evolved from its focus on two year vocational and technical courses to its current emphasis on
preparing students for careers in education and industrial technology. The curriculum also includes
introductory classes in engineering for those students planning to transfer to the main campus. In
keeping with the university's vision and mission, BulSU has become one of the higher education
institutions in Bulacan on a par with leading learning institutions in the region.
From the year it was founded, the campus grew physically from sharing a roof with the Bustos
Elementary school to a five-room former public market building to the imposing campus of today.
The school grew as well from offering vocational and technical courses and trade secondary school
curriculum and two-year technical education courses, to the four-year and five-year degree
programs that it now offers. The campus boasts of its upgraded and revitalized curriculum.
List of high schools:

Alexis G. Santos National High School located in Brgy. Liciada. (Public High School)
Cambaog National High School - located in Brgy. Cambaog. (Public High School)
Colegio de Sto. Nio de Bustos - located in Brgy. Poblacion. (Private Elementary & High School)
Holy Child Academy - located in Brgy. Poblacion; The oldest secondary school in Bustos.
(Private Elementary & High School)
Mary and Jesus School - located in Brgy. Tanawan. (Private Elementary & High School)
Notre Christi Academy of the Philippines - located in Brgy. Poblacion. (Private Elementary &
High School)
Dr. Pablito V. Mendoza, Sr. Memorial High School - located in Brgy. Malamig. (Public High
School)
Shekinah Christian Academy of Bulacan - located in Brgy. Malamig. (Private Elementary & High
School)
Tibagan National High School - located in Brgy. Tibagan. (Public High School)

List of public elementary schools:

Bustos Central School - located in Brgy. Poblacion.


Bonga Mayor Elementary School - located in Brgy. Bonga Mayor.
Bonga Menor Elementary School - located in Brgy. Bonga Menor.
Camachilihan Elementary School - located in Brgy. Camachilihan.
Cambaog Elementary School - located in Brgy. Cambaog.
Catacte Elementary School - located in Brgy. Catacte.
Liciada Elementary School - located in Brgy. Liciada.
Malamig Elementary School - located in Brgy. Malamig.
Dr. Ramirez Elementary School - located in Brgy. Malawak.
San Pedro Elementary School - located in Brgy. San Pedro.
Simplicio S. Del Rosario (SSDR) Elementary School - located in Brgy. Talampas.
Tibagan Elementary School - located in Brgy. Tibagan.

Notable people[edit]

Alejo Santos - popularly known as "Manong"; a World War II hero; former Secretary of National
Defense of the Philippines under the late President Carlos P. Garcia; former Military Governor of
Bulacan province; ran in the Philippine Presidential Elections before but lost to former
President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Katy de la Cruz - also known as "Mommy Kate"; "Queen of Philippine Vaudeville/Bodabil",
"Queen of Filipino Jazz" and awarded as FAMAS Best Supporting Actress.
Skabeche -Ska band based in Bulacan; composed and interpreted the Official Themesong of
Minasa Festival.
Luzviminda Tancangco - also known as "Baby"; first non-lawyer and woman commissioner of
the Philippine Commission on Elections. She was also its first female acting chairman (1998
1999).
Bishops Paulino, Nepomuceno, and Lopez - The "Tres Obispos" (3 Bishops) of Bustos. The first
and only small town in the whole archipelago ever to produce 3 Catholic Clergy Bishops at the
same time.
Conrado Mercado, Sr. - locally known as "Mr. Irrigation"; first National Irrigation Administration
(NIA) Assistant Administrator; Original owner of the Mercado Ancestral House in Brgy. Bonga
Menor; the government created a statue for him to serve as a memorabilia for him and his
contributions.
Conrado Mercado, Jr. - most successful Bustosenyo in the aspect of arts; famous metal-sculptor
and painter; one of the greatest artists produced by the University of Santo Tomas; enlisted as
one of UST's Alumni Permanent Roll of Honor; gained the Outstanding Thomasian Award in the
field of arts; honored by the City of Manila with the Patnubay ng Sining Award; founded the
Philippine Association of Figure Artists and became the president of Society of Philippine
Sculptors; his artworks are placed in the Paraiso ng mga Bata in front of the Aklatang Bayan ng
Bustos being part of the Bustos Heritage Park.
Minister Jesus Hipolito - former Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Minister.
Rear Admiral Hilario Ruiz - former flag officer and chief of the Philippine Navy; one of the twelve
members of the Rolex 12 (also known as Omega 12) who was personally handpicked by then
President Ferdinand Marcos, along with then Defense Minister Juan Ponce Enrile,
then Philippine Constabulary chief Maj. Gen. Fidel V. Ramos, and others, as his personal
advisers during the historical Philippine Martial Law period.

Local heroes:

Etoy/Anacleto Enriquez - one of the youngest heroes who fought in the battle in San Rafael,
Bulacan on November 30, 1896; classmate and childhood friend of the Hero of Tirad

Pass Gen. Gregorio del Pilar; together with his brother Vicente, they joined the KKK on 1895
which was authorized by the Katipunan leader Andres Bonifacio to organize a group of
Katipuneros in Bulacan area which was named as Balangay Uliran; as one of the organizers of
the Balangay Uliran, he served as the vice president of the organization together with Doroteo
Karagdag as the President; led the invasion in Cuartel de Guardia Civil.
Kapitan Bindoy Hilario/Herminigildo Prado - led the opposition against the Spanish colonizers
who wanted to pursue the Juez de Cuchillo in 1897 and won; became the municipal captain of
Bustos; became the coordinator of 11th district of Bulacan under the American Colonization
consisting of Barangay Poblacion and Barangay Tanauan; became the first chief-of-police of the
municipality of Baliuag.
Maestrong Sebio/Gen. Eusebio Roque - one of the heroes of Battle of Kakarong de Sili; led the
group of soldiers and civilians when Infanterias de Guardias Civiles are attacked by the Spanish
colonizers in 1897.

Sister cities[edit]

Valenzuela City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Images[edit]

Gen. Alejo S. SantosBridge[11] crossing over the Angat River

Bulacan Military Area (Brgy. Poblacion)

Gen. Alejo S. Santos Shrine & Museum (Brgy. Bonga Menor)

San Rafael-Bustos-Plaridel-Balagtas By-pass Road (Brgy. Bonga Menor)

Dr. Pablito V. Mendoza, Sr. Multi-purpose Gymnasium (Brgy. Poblacion)

Letras y Figuras de Bustos (Brgy. Poblacion)

Bustos Community Hospital (Brgy. Poblacion)

Conrado "Mr. Irrigation" G. Mercado Monument at Bustos Dam (Brgy. Tibagan)

Angat Afterbay Regulator Dam or Bustos Dam(Brgy. Tibagan)