|Places to See|
- The Church of St. John the Baptist, built in 1575, is one of the oldest in the country. Church and convent was started by Fr. Diego Vivar Ordoñez and finished before 1779. The tower was reconstructed in 1829 by Fr. Antonio Llanos but was burned by revolutionaries in 1899. It was originally built with underground escape tunnels which led to the river to provide an avenue for escape for priests with the church treasury if attacked by robbers. Revolutionaries and Spaniards are also buried in the tunnels. During World War II, it was Japanese Gen. Tanaka's last battlefield.
- Bagbag Bridge, at Brgy.Caniogan and Sto.Nino, is the site of the April 25, 1899 Philippine-American War battle between the Americans and Filipinos led by Gen. Gregorio del Pilar.
- Meyto Shrine, the site of the first Catholic Mass held by Augustinian friars in 1572, is also home of one of in the oldest crosses in the country.
- Calumpit was founded on March 10, 1572 (Bulacan’s oldest town) by Fr. Diego Vivar Ordoñez
- It was accepted as a visita on Tondo on May 3, 1572.
- Bagbag Bridge was the site of a fierce battle between Filipino forces led by Gen. Gregorio del Pilar and the American forces on April 26, 1899.
- The town was named after a hardwood kalumpit tree (Ferminalis edulinis).
Calumpit is the birthplace of:
- Gregorio T. Velasquez (September 2, 1901-July 29, 1989) - National Scientist in tropical phychology
The town's rainy season starts late May and ends around November; and its dry season begins in November and lasts until April.The average annual rainfall is 255.3 mm., with the month of August having the highest month average rainfall of about 304mm. The annual number of rainy days is 175 days.
Calumpit's cottage industry is pottery-making. The town is also known for its freshwater lobsters (ulang) and small delicious and spicy sausages called longanisang calumpit.
|Location and Topography|
Calumpit is located on the left bank of the Quingua River, near the mouth of Manila Bay. It is bounded on the north and west by Apalit and Macabebe, both in Pampanga, respectively; and on the southwest, southeast and east by Hagonoy, Malolos City and Pulilan.
- Area (sq. kms.): 56.25
- Population (2007): 98,017 Kalumpitenos
- No. of Barangays: 29
- Income Class: First
- District: First
- Zip Code: 3003
- Area Code: 044
|Where to Dine|
- El Barrio Restaurant - MacArthur Highway
- Lea & Caren Garden Restaurant & Catering Services - 452 Pio Cruzcoza. Cel: (0916) 310-0897.
|Where to Stay|
- Amazing Grace Resort, in Brgy. Calizon, has rooms, cottages and swimming pools. Tel: 675-7213.
- El Bueno Resort - Brgy. Longos (tel: 202-4451)
- Jed's Island Resort, along MacArthur Highway in Brgy. Gatbuca, has 250 rooms (airconditioned suites and non-airconditioned cottages), restaurant, convention hall, eight swimming pools, jacuzzi, basketball court, tennis court, four-hectare fishing lagoon, skating rink and offers horseback riding and water biking. Tel: 202-5320, 675-2459 & 675-1652. Cel: (0917) 952-8810 & (0917) 254-3338. Manila booking office: 178 Banawe St., Quezon City. Tel: (632) 741-4480, 741-4490 & 741-4476.
- La Terrazo Celebration & Relaxation - Brgy. Calumpang (tel: 675-0241 & 675-0636)
About 96.3% of the townspeople speak Tagalog
|How to Get There|
Distances (Calumpit to):
- Manila: 55 kms. (45 mins., Baliwag Transit, Masantol Bus Transit, Metro Shuttle Transit, Philippine Rabbit, Philippine Rapid Transit, Saulog Transit, Sierra Madre Liner and Victory Liner)
|Tourist Information Center|
- Municipal Planning and Development Office - Poblacion (tel: 675-1892)
- June 24 (Libad Festival, St. John the Baptist) - features the traditional basaan (dousing of water with each other). In Brgy. Capalangan, there is a fluvial parade where people sway to the music of brass bands or rondallas aboard a huge, decorated pagoda.
- Holy Week - features dramatic Lenten shows
- Bulacan Maternity & Children's Hospital (25 beds) - Brgy. Caniogan
- Calumpit District Hospital (50 beds) - Brgy. Caniogan
- J. N. Gran Gen. Hospital (25 beds)
- Sta. Cruz Hospital (30 beds) – Brgy. Poblacion (tel: 913-1462)