Meycauayan City is known for its jewelry and tanning industry. It is also home to several industrial parks, mostly located at Barangays Iba, Camalig and Pantoc.
During the colonization of the Spaniards, Meycauayan was known as Mecabayan. In 1591, its status was encomienda.
Meycauayan was then one of the largest municipalities in Bulacan. The towns of San Jose del Monte, Bocaue, marilao, Valenzuela, Obando, Santa Maria, Balagtas and Pandi were once part of the political jurisdiction of the town. During the Spanish colonization, the Spanish authorities tapped Meycauayan’s adobe (volcanic tuff rocks) reserves which were used for building stone housed and fortifications in and out of town. Majority of the adobe rocks that were used in building the walls of Intramuros, Manila’s “old walled city” were imported from Meycauayan.
On March 5, 2001, the municipality was declared as a component city by virtue of Republic Act 9021, but its conversion was rejected by the voting people of Meycauayan in a plebiscite.
On December 10, 2006, by virtue of Republic Act 9356, voters in Meycauayan ratified the conversion of Meycauayan into a component city of Bulacan through another plebiscite. It became the province’s third city, joining San Jose del Monte and Malolos.
Population/ Language/ Area
Meycauayan City is a first class, highly urbanized city, in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. The city is located about 19 kilometers (12 mi) north of Manila and about 22 kilometers (14 mi) south of Malolos City, the provincial capital city. It is bounded by the town of Marilao to the north, Valenzuela City to the south, Caloocan City (North) to the east, and the town of Obando to the west. It encompasses an aggregate area of 22.1 square kilometers (8.5 sq mi), representing 1.17 % of the total land area of the province of Bulacan. According to the 2010 census, it’s population reached to 199, 154.
The city is generally surrounded with plain land and gentle rolling hills. Comfortably above sea level, this terrain is an interweaving of greenery and concrete road network. The slope of the land dips towards a west to north westerly direction. River, natural lake and drainage waterways envelope and criss-cross the area.
Products and Services
Meycauayan City is very famous for its jewelry and leather industries. For years, Meycauayan has been the hub of jewelry production in the Philippines and in Asia. It is famous for its very affordable jewelries.
Meycauayan also prides itself on its leather goods. Shoes, bags and every kind of leather product has been traditionally manufactured here. A number of leather tanneries still operate in Meycauayan, which over the years have converted the city into a hub for leather goods.
Meycauayan City is the economic, industrial, commercial, financial and educational centre of southern Bulacan.
- Liputan Islands – it is surrounded by fishponds. These islands are accessible only through water transportation.