Paombong is a quaint municipality located in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. Known for its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty, it offers a glimpse of the Philippines’ rural charm. Paombong is especially famous for its vinegar production, which is a significant part of its local industry.

History of Paombong, Bulacan

Paombong was initially part of Malolos’ barrios, detailed in Conquistas de Las Islas libro segundo by Fray Gaspar San Agustin. In June 1580, the Provincial Chapter at Tondo Convent established Malolos Town, led by Fray Matheo de Mendoza OSA. The town included the Barrios of Mambog under San Roque, Matimbo with Santa Cruz, and Paombong under Saint James Apostle. The Augustinians founded Paombong Convent in 1619, although Malolos friars still managed affairs. Despite early challenges, Paombong reverted to being a barrio and visita in 1638.

In 1639, Paombong moved from Malolos to Calumpit, then back to Malolos in 1649. Finally, on November 28, 1650, Paombong gained its own civil government, with Don Agustin Mananghaya as its first Gobernadorcillo. By the mid-1750s, Paombong evolved from cogon lands with few Tagalog residents into a growing community.

During the Revolution against Spain, Paombong’s coastal area witnessed key events in Philippine History as battlegrounds between Spanish troops and Katipuneros. General Isidoro Torres of Malolos strategically directed his troops to Barangays Masukol and Binakod to avoid Spanish forces. These encounters led to the barangays’ names. In 1898, Don Victorio de Leon became the first civilian to head the Municipal Government until 1900. Initially situated in the Paombong Church Convent, the local government later moved to Numerino Lindayag’s residence in Poblacion and then to the present Rural Health Center I. It eventually settled in its current location, serving as the Municipal Government headquarters.


  • Location: Paombong is located in the southwest of Bulacan province, covering a total land area of 46.34 square kilometers. It is bordered by Calumpit to the north, Malolos City to the east, Hagonoy to the west, and Manila Bay to the south. Situated approximately 47 kilometers from Metro Manila, this municipality serves as a bypass town accessible via the North Luzon Expressway and MacArthur Highway.
  • Climate: The municipality experiences a tropical climate, with dry and wet seasons. The dry season runs from November to April, while the wet season spans from May to October, coinciding with the monsoon rains.
  • Topography: Paombong features a flat terrain with fertile land, making it suitable for agriculture. The town is crossed by several rivers, which play a crucial role in irrigation, particularly for rice and vegetable farming.


  • Population: As of the latest census, Paombong has a population that reflects a diverse mix of urban and rural dynamics. The town continues to grow steadily, with residents who are proud of their heritage.
  • Language and Ethnicity: The primary language spoken in Paombong is Tagalog, reflective of the region’s cultural identity. The town’s population is predominantly of Tagalog ethnicity, showcasing the area’s rich Philippine heritage.
  • Religion: Catholicism plays a central role in the spiritual life of Paombong, with several historic churches dotting the landscape. Religious festivals and traditions are deeply ingrained in the community’s culture.