Bakas River: Bulacan’s Underrated Tourist Spot

Hit morning talk show Magandang Buhay recently decided to give back to their wonderful hosts by creating special episodes dedicated to Jolina Magdangal-Escueta, Karla Estrada, and Melai Cantiveros-Francisco. The episodes are meant to explore and showcase the hometowns of the three moms, and hopefully, help a few locals along the way.

For their first episode, the show had focused on Jolina, putting the spotlight on her upbringing in the heart of Quezon City, but also exploring her roots in Bulacan. Before her family had moved to the big city—where she had spent most of her life in—she was born and raised in Hagonoy, Bulacan, and coming back to Bulacan again after so long was nothing short of nostalgic.

The places featured in the special Bulacan episode included the historic Bakas River in Norzagaray, a cultural icon for the locals of Norzagaray, but sadly underrated by the rest of the Philippines. Derived from the Tagalog word meaning “a trace” or “a mark,” a single glance upon this majestic river is enough to leave a mark upon that would last a lifetime.

The river’s cultural significance stems even farther than that, however, and according to the locals, the story behind Bakas river is that the legendary Bernardo Carpio set foot in Matictic leaving a huge foot print or trace on one of the limestone rock formation. The other footprint left by the giant is said to be in Biak na Bato in San Miguel, Bulacan.

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Other places that were visited by the Magandang Buhay team include the homes of Jolina’s relatives, as well as the Norzagaray Elementary School, where Jolina had surprised loyal Kapamilyas by treating them to a small get-together right then and there.

It was a nostalgic and eye-opening trip, indeed, not only for the audience, but for the entire Magandang Buhay staff, and most especially for Jolina herself. She was able to reconnect with her childhood, and showed countless other Filipinos the true beauty that was simply hidden under the surface of Norzagaray, Bulacan.

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