SLIDESHOW: The church that cradled democracy

By Jonathan Cellona,

Posted at Jun 12 2014 12:25 AM | Updated as of Aug 15 2016 12:30 PM

There was a time when Spanish authorities called this historical church ‘baras ng suwail’ or ‘dungeon of the defiant’. That’s because Barasoain had been a frequent meeting place for anti-Spanish and anti-colonial ilustrados.

But history has given Barasoain Church a more virtuous title: Cradle of democracy in the East.
This is where the first Philippine Congress was convened in September 15, 1898. It was also the venue for the inauguration of the first Philippine President, General Emilio Aguinaldo. And on January 20, 1899, the members of the Malolos Congress approved the Malolos Constitution.

Visitors of the Barasoain Church (also called the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish) can appreciate not just the religious significance but also the historical importance of this landmark in Malolos City, Bulacan.