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. The municipality of Bocaue lies 24.5 kilometers northeast of Manila
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through the Gen. Douglas MacArthur Highway
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and is located at the mid-southwestern portion of Bulacan. The town is bounded on the north by the municipalities of Balagtas
Balagtas is a 1st class urban municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. According to the latest census, it has a population of 62,684 inhabitants in 11,834 households....
and a portion of the municipality of Santa Maria
Santa Maria, Bulacan
According to the 2007 Census, the population of Sta. Maria grew by 60,976 from 144,282 in 2000 to 205,258 in 2007, making it the third biggest LGU in Bulacan in terms of population. The municipality has a population density of 2,257.56 persons per km² in 24 barangays.Total income in Santa Maria was...
; by the municipalities of Marilao
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Obando is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Bulacan, Philippines. It is 16 kilometers away from the Philippine capital Manila. Obando is landlocked, bordered by two cities from Metro Manila namely Valenzuela City in the east, Navotas and Malabon City in the south, Bulacan in the north,...
on the south; a larger portion of Santa Maria
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on the east; a portion of the municipality of Bulacan
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on the extreme southwestern side; and a portion of Balagtas, Bulacan on the western side.
The town's name comes from the old Tagalog
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word "Bokawe" which refers to a type of long bamboo.