Dakila. The Holy Cross had played a multitude of roles in lives of village folks of old Malolos. Like many of their neighbors, the people of old Dakila paid tribute to the Christian icon after finding the venerated Cross buried underneath their community grounds.
It was told that during the days, Dakila was community of only about 18 families. But as the population grew, the village was soon organized into a community center supervised by a cabesa, a respected resident of the village, At the onset of the rainy season, residents of the village gather together to dredge and widen the river to prevent it from overflowing and damaging their houses and properties. But upon reaching the community center, someone dug up a huge wooden cross near a bamboo tree. They placed the mysterious find temporarily at the bantayan and after several days, built a little altar or ermita where they enshrined the cross. Having been a part of their daily lives for long, the residents decided to hold a fiesta in honor of the Holy Cross, but the parish priest of nearby Sta. Isabel did not permit them in the abscence of an official chapel for their patron.
Not to be discouraged, the people thought it wise to just bring the Holy Cross to Sta. Isabel where mass could be held in its honor, and return to the village bearing the cross in procession. As a testimony to the Holy Cross’ divine role in the lives of the yet unnamed village, it was told that despite a strong typhoon that leveled its ermita, the icon was miraculously spared from damage. The people rebuilt the altar, but made representations with their parish priest to allow the construction of a permanent chapel for the Holy Cross in village.
When the chapel was finally completed, village folks unanimously called their community Dakila, the vernacular for many noble appelations such as honor, nobility, and worship, all in honor of their beloved Holy Cross.
Principally a farming community, citizens of Dakila planted rice, sugar cane, corn and vegetables. During the American regime, the title Cabesa of the village chief was changed to Tenyente del Barrio, literally, the leader of the barrio. When irrigation canals were built, rice became the principal harvest of the people.
4,288 as of 2007 Source: NSO Census of Population, 2007