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Municipality of Marilao
Façade of the Municipal Hall
Façade of the Municipal Hall
Official seal of Marilao
Ramdam na Serbisyo
Map of Bulacan with Marilao highlighted
Map of Bulacan with Marilao highlighted
Marilao is located in Philippines
Location within the Philippines
Coordinates: 14°45′29″N 120°56′53″E / 14.7581°N 120.9481°E / 14.7581; 120.9481Coordinates: 14°45′29″N 120°56′53″E / 14.7581°N 120.9481°E / 14.7581; 120.9481
Country Philippines
RegionCentral Luzon (Region III)
District4th District
FoundedApril 21, 1796
Barangays16 (see Barangays)
 • TypeSangguniang Bayan
 • MayorRicardo M. Silvestre
 • Vice MayorHenry R. Lutao
 • CongressmanHenry R. Villarica
 • Electorate83,432 voters (2016)
 • Total33.74 km2 (13.03 sq mi)
9.0 m (29.5 ft)
 (2015 census)[3]
 • Total221,965
 • Rank9 out of 1,489 Municipalities
 • Density6,600/km2 (17,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+8 (PST)
ZIP code
IDD:area code+63 (0)44
Climate typetropical monsoon climate
Income class1st municipal income class
Poverty ratePositive decrease 2.8%
• Revenue (2017)Increase PHP 0.691 billion (16.2%)
• Expenses (2017)Increase PHP 0.549 billion (10.1%)
• Total Assets (2017)Increase PHP 1.203 billion (21.8%)
ElectricityManila Electric Company
• Consumption132.66 million kWh (2003)
Native languagesTagalog

Marilao, officially the Municipality of Marilao, (Tagalog: Bayan ng Marilao), is a 1st class municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 221,965 people.[3]

With the continuous expansion of Metro Manila, the municipality is part of Manila's built-up area which reaches San Ildefonso on its northernmost part. Marilao is 22 kilometres (14 mi) from Manila and 23 kilometres (14 mi) from Malolos City.

Marilao is one of the 21 Philippine municipalities that have met the requirements for cityhood set by the Constitution and Local Government Code of the Republic of the Philippines and as agreed upon by the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP).[citation needed]


Long before the establishment as an independent town, Marilao traces its origin as little as a barrio. It was initially a barrio of its neighboring town Meycauayan and the Franciscan missionaries from Meycauayan built a visita (chapel) dedicated to Saint Michael the Archangel.

In April 21, 1796, the Barrio of Marilao was established as a pueblo as approved by the Alcalde Mayor of Bulacan and the Franciscan friars of Meycauayan, with the approval of Archbishop of Manila, the visita of San Miguel Arcangel became a town church where Padre Vicente de Talavera served as its parish priest. In 1913, Marilao completely became an independent town.



Marilao is politically subdivided into 16 barangays, all classified as urban.[4]

PSGC Barangay Population ±% p.a.
2015[3] 2010[5]
031411001 Abangan Norte 4.2% 9,424 8,665 1.61%
031411002 Abangan Sur 4.3% 9,625 9,788 −0.32%
031411003 Ibayo 4.6% 10,103 6,584 8.49%
031411004 Lambakin 19.3% 42,821 37,007 2.82%
031411005 Lias 5.8% 12,900 12,038 1.33%
031411006 Loma de Gato 25.9% 57,569 46,286 4.24%
031411007 Nagbalon 1.8% 4,015 3,766 1.23%
031411008 Patubig 3.4% 7,501 6,113 3.97%
031411009 Poblacion I 0.8% 1,826 1,661 1.82%
031411010 Poblacion II 2.5% 5,475 5,536 −0.21%
031411011 Prenza I 3.2% 7,065 5,827 3.74%
031411012 Prenza II 5.1% 11,229 6,507 10.95%
031411013 Santa Rosa I 4.9% 10,793 9,921 1.62%
031411014 Santa Rosa II 4.3% 9,648 8,510 2.42%
031411015 Saog 6.7% 14,950 11,445 5.22%
031411016 Tabing Ilog 3.2% 7,021 5,970 3.14%
Total 221,965 185,624 3.46%

Pollution and flooding[edit]

In 2007, Marilao, along with neighboring Meycauayan, share a slot in the list of the world’s 30 most polluted places in the developing world drawn up by a private New York-based institute. In its report, “The World’s Worst Polluted Places” for 2007, the Blacksmith Institute said: “Industrial waste is haphazardly dumped into the Meycauayan, Marilao and Obando River system, a source of drinking and agricultural water supplies for the 250,000 people living in and around”[6] the Meycauayan-Marilao area.

Marilao is also notorious for frequent flooding during the monsoon season. A section of MacArthur Highway near SM City Marilao is in particular, prone to floods. [7]


Population census of Marilao
YearPop.±% p.a.
1903 3,506—    
1918 4,202+1.21%
1939 5,682+1.45%
1948 6,206+0.98%
1960 9,206+3.34%
1970 16,128+5.76%
1975 21,017+5.45%
1980 35,069+10.78%
1990 56,361+4.86%
1995 68,761+3.80%
2000 101,017+8.60%
2007 160,452+6.59%
2010 185,624+5.45%
2015 221,965+3.46%
Source: Philippine Statistics Authority[3][5][8][9]

In the 2015 census, the population of Marilao, Bulacan, was 221,965 people,[3] with a density of 6,600 inhabitants per square kilometre or 17,000 inhabitants per square mile.

Local government[edit]

Current officials[edit]

2019-2022 Municipal Officials of Marilao
Position Name Party
Mayor Ricardo "Ricky" M. Silvestre PDP-Laban
Vice Mayor Henry R. Lutao PDP-Laban
Divina "Deby" Espiritu-Reyes PDP-Laban
Arnold T. Papa PDP-Laban
Allane T. Sayo NUP
Irma G. Celones PDP-Laban
Mark Joseph L. Guillermo PDP-Laban
Ariel "Aye" P. Amador PDP-Laban
William "Willy" R. Villarica PDP-Laban
Marlon O. Villamar PDP-Laban

Past Mayors of Marilao[edit]

Mayor In office

Martin Villarica 1913–1919
Ceferino Santiago 1912–1922
Canuto Santo Tomas 1922–1925
Agripino San Miguel 1925–1928
Honorio Ramos 1928–1931
Miguel Villarica 1931–1934
Ricardo de Vera 1934–1937
Andres Roxas 1937–1940
Miguel Villarica 1941–1944
Benito Sta. Rosa 1945–1946
Justino Cruz 1946–1947
Miguel Villarica 1948–1951
Mario Santiago 1956–1971
Nicanor Guillermo 1972–1984
Abelardo T. Dalmacio 1984–1986
Mario De Guzman Villarica 1986–1987
Israel Guevarra 1987–1988
Abelardo T. Dalmacio 1988–1992
Epifanio Guillermo 1992–1995
Leoncio Duran, Jr. 1995–2004
Epifanio Guillermo 2004–2013
Juanito H. Santiago 2013-2019
Ricardo Silvestre 2019-present


The Pambayang Dalubhasaan ng Marilao Municipal College of Marilao is a public college in Marilao. The public primary and secondary schools in Marilao are governed by the Department of Education-Provincial Schools Division of Bulacan. Several private schools in Marilao also provide education services.

Public High Schools

  • Assemblywoman Felicita G. Bernardino Memorial Trade School(AFGBMTS)
  • Prenza National High School(PNHS)


National Shrine of the Divine Mercy[edit]

National Shrine of the Divine Mercy

It was elevated to the status of National Shrine by Archbishop Orlando Quevedo of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. The first mass was held at the site on February 2, 1992, the Feast of the Presentation. Located in Brgy. Santa Rosa I.

On the occasion of the World Apostolic Congress on Mercy in 2017, a 38-meter Statue of Merciful Jesus was built here.[10]

San Miguel Arcangel Parish Church[edit]

St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church

The Parish celebrates its patronal feasts on May 8 and September 29. Its 28th Parish Priest, Rev. Fr. Alberto D.J. Santiago succeeded Fr. Avelino G. Santos. Under Parochial Vicar, Fr. Francis Protacio S. Cortez III,OSA.[11] It is hundred years old spiritual edifice in Poblacion I considered as “place marker” and serve as “point of orientation” to the local residents and visitors.[12]

St Michael the Archangel Parish is under the jurisdiction of the Latin Rite Diocese of Malolos,[citation needed] a suffragan of the Archdiocese of Manila canonically erected in 1961. The mother church of the Diocese is the Malolos Cathedral located in Malolos City, Bulacan.

Our Lady of Fatima Parish Church[edit]

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Located in Brgy. Loma de Gato.

Our Lady of Mercy Quasi-parish Church[edit]

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Located in Brgy. Loma de Gato.

There are also a presence of other religions in Marilao like the Iglesia ni Cristo,Jehova's Witnesses, Born Again Christians, Members of Church of Gode International and etc.

Landmarks and attractions[edit]


  1. ^ "Municipality". Quezon City, Philippines: Department of the Interior and Local Government. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Province: Bulacan". PSGC Interactive. Quezon City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority. Retrieved 12 November 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e Census of Population (2015). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. PSA. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Bulacan, Philippines: Marilao, Bulacan: General Info". Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  5. ^ a b Census of Population and Housing (2010). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Total Population by Province, City, Municipality and Barangay. NSO. Retrieved 29 June 2016.
  6. ^, Meycauayan, Marilao in world’s ‘Dirty 30’-- report
  7. ^ "Flood remains gutter-deep along McArthur Highway in Marilao, Bulacan". GMA News. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 31, 2019.
  8. ^ Censuses of Population (1903–2007). "Region III (Central Luzon)". Table 1. Population Enumerated in Various Censuses by Province/Highly Urbanized City: 1903 to 2007. NSO.
  9. ^ "Province of Bulacan". Municipality Population Data. Local Water Utilities Administration Research Division. Retrieved 17 December 2016.
  10. ^ UCA News
  11. ^ [1] Archived 2014-02-02 at the Wayback Machine
  12. ^ [2]

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