Women of Malolos, Bulacan + My Casa Real Shrine Experience

Last year we had our field trip with different historical site in Malolos, Bulacan. We went to Barasoain Church, Casa Real Shrine and Gregorio del Pilar’s Tomb. I will make a separate post about the whole trip happened. For now, I will emphasize more about the braveness of 21 women of Malolos and my experience inside Casa Real Shrine.
Casa Real Shrine was built in 1580 at Malolos, Bulacan near in Barasoian Church. In its 400 year history, the two-story mansion was also used as the Ayuntamiento, Casa Tribunal del Pueblo and Casa Presidencia Municipal. The changes did not stop there, it also undergoes remodeling and other constructions. After many changes happened, it was demolished in 1965 to give way to the commercialization of Malolos.
Few walls and columns were left and citizens of Malolos thought it was the end their beloved landmark. Many of them rose in protest and the demolition was stopped. 15 years later a replica of the original building was built on the same site and it was declared as a National Shrine.
The shrine is now mainly dedicated to the 21 Women of Malolos, famous figures in the revolution. Rizal wrote a letter to these ladies to honor their courage of setting up a school against objections from the towns’ friars. The letter was printed in La Solidaridad, the propaganda movement’s newspaper published in Spain.
Dr. Nic Tiongson, a historian summarizes the essence of this famous letter of Rizal.
  • As a maiden, says Rizal, the woman should be valued by a young man not for her looks or sweet disposition, but for the strength of her character and sense of humor.
  • As a wife, the women should not be a slave to her husband, but rather a partner, shouldering half his travails, consoling and encouraging him.
  • As a mother, she should raise her children to love their fellow humans and their country and to value honor above all, including death.
  • As a human being, she should develop her mind, learn to love herself and make decisions on her own.
  • As a Christian the woman should equate holiness, not with external ritual like murmuring prayers and wearing scapulars, but with following one’s conscience no matter what.
  • As a citizen, the woman should understand that she is equal to all humans, assume her social responsibility and unite with all who fight for their rights. 
My Experience
Upon entrance to the grand old mansion, you will see the Imperial Press (printing machine) and the wooden staircase leading up to the spacious sala, where pieces of furniture are well worth to gaze and respect.
Also featured in Casa Real Shrine are exquisite Filipino costumes such as terno, kamisa and nightgowns worn by prominent women of Malolos have been preserved as well.
Hope you enjoyed reading about the contribution of 21 women of Malolos as well as looking upon the different features inside the Casa Real Shrine.

The Casa Real Shrine is located along the Paseo del Congreso in Malolos, Bulacan. Open for public viewing from Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 p.m. For inquiry contact the curator, Mrs. Corazon T. Sitjar, at telephone number +63 44 7912716.

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46 thoughts on “Women of Malolos, Bulacan + My Casa Real Shrine Experience

  1. Angela Bethea says:

    Great informative post! I really enjoyed looking at the costumes the most. I haven’t been around Bulacan much when I was still residing in the Philippines, but maybe someday I can still visit.

    xx, Angela Bethea of KoreanDoll.net

  2. Joy says:

    we miss to see it the last time we pass by Malolos, for I did not know of it hehe, well next time we will surely get to see it, beautiful ternos there 🙂

  3. jane says:

    woman should not be a slave to her husband indeed haha. Just go with the flow! and be just like friends and be happy haha i love that one! nice photos! i enjoyed the tour!

  4. betchai says:

    i so love the written message of Rizal honoring the 21 women of Malolos, indeed, women should be looked up by a man not by her looks but by strength of her character and sense of humor to lighten life’s up and downs.

  5. Juliana says:

    Your post transported me to the old days when women were clad in their finest. I haven’t been to this shrine myself. Maybe someday soon on my next vacation.

  6. Lisa says:

    Gone were those days when Filipina women wear those kind of dresses. Very feminine indeed. Nowadays, women wear pants and sometimes its hard to tell who is male or female.

  7. Rcel says:

    Nice share! It’s great to see these lovely authentic Filipino dresses via personal captures. I feel like I lived in the ancient time, very historical! 🙂

  8. ralph says:

    it’s nice to know that there’s a historical place dedicated to the brave women in our history… i would love to visit the place. Yahweh bless.

  9. Lainy says:

    I haven’t been there but thanks heaps for taking me there with you via this virtual tour. I immensely enjoyed it! Historical places such as this must be continuously funded by the government/

  10. Rd Llarena says:

    Very informative post! I’m wondering tho, who were the 21 women of Malolos 😀 I admire how rizal defined a strong Filipina and that I believe it holds true in our time.

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