Barasoain Church (also known as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Parish) is a Roman Catholic church built in 1630 in Malolos City, Bulacan. Having earned the title ‘Cradle of Democracy in the East,’ Barasoin is the site of the First Philippine Republic.
Founded by Augustinian Missionaries in 1859, the church is also renowned for its architectural design and internal adornments. The original church was burned during the outbreak of the Philippine Revolution and underwent renovation.
The church is a witness to significant events in Philippine history. While it has been a temporary residence of General Aguinaldo, three major events took place in Barasoin: the convening of the First Philippine Congress (September 15, 1898), the drafting of the Malolos Constitution (September 29, 1898 to January 21, 1899), and the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic (January 23, 1899).
The church was designated a National Shrine on August 1, 1973. Unusual for newly elected presidents in the Philippines, the church has been a venue in the official oath-taking of General Emilio Aguinaldo and former president Joseph Estrada.
Mabuhay ang Barasoain!