DESTINATION: THE PHILIPPINES - NORTHERN LUZON PART 1




BULACAN


Bulacan (Tagalog: Bulacan), (PSGC: 031400000; ISO: PH-BUL), (Tagalog: Lalawigan ng Bulacan), is a first class province of the Republic of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon Region (Region 3) in the island of Luzon, 50 km north of Manila (the nation's capital), and part of the Metro Luzon Urban Beltway Super Region. Bulacan was established 15 August 1578.

It has 569 barangays from 21 municipalities and 3 component cities (Malolos, the capital city; Meycauayan; and San Jose del Monte). Bulacan is located immediately north of Metro Manila. Bordering Bulacan are the provinces of Pampanga to the west, Nueva Ecija to the north, Aurora and Quezon to the east, and Metro Manila and Rizal to the south. Bulacan also lies on the north-eastern shore of Manila Bay.

Bulacan prides itself on its rich history. The province figures prominently in Philippine history. Many national heroes and political figures were born in Bulacan. The province was also one of the first to revolt against Spain. The province is honored as one of the 8 rays of the sun in the national flag. It is the home of the "Three Republics." These are the Republic of Real de Kakarong de Sili (1896) in Pandi, the Republic of Biak-na-Bato (1897) and the First Philippine Republic in Malolos (1899–1901). In recognition thereof, these three republics established in Bulacan have been incorporated in the official seal of the province of Bulacan.

In 1899, the historic Barasoain Church in Malolos was the birthplace of the First Constitutional Democracy in Asia. It is also the cradle of the nation's noble heroes, of great men and women; also home to many of the country's greatest artists, with a good number elevated as National Artists.

Today, Bulacan is among the most progressive provinces in the Philippines. Its people — the Bulaqueños (or Bulakenyo in Filipino)— are regarded as highly educated, enterprising and industrious.  It is well known for the following industries: Marble and Marbleized Limestone, Jewelry, Pyrotechnics, Leather, Aquaculture, Meat and Meat Products, Garments, Furniture, High-Value Crops, and Sweets and Native Delicacies, and a wide variety of high-quality native products.

Bulacan has fast become an ideal tourist destination, owing to its vital role in Philippine history, and its rich heritage in culture and the arts. The province is popularly known for its historical sites; nostalgic old houses and churches; idyllic ecological attractions; religious attractions; colorful and enchanting festivals; swimming and various themed attractions; and a wide selection of elegant native crafts and sumptuous delicacies. It is also home to numerous resorts, hotels, restaurants, and other recreational facilities.

History

At the height of the Filipino-Spanish conflict in the 1890s, Bulacan was one of the first eight provinces to take up arms against the Spaniards in 1896. In an earlier period during 1890, Malolos was a hot-spot of Liberal Illustrados, notably the "20 Women of Malolos", who exerted pressure for education under a Filipino professor. However, the first phase of the revolution ceased in 1897 with the signing of the Pact of Biak-na-Bato in San Miguel. Under its terms the leaders were to go to Hong Kong and reside there. Under the illusory peace created by the pact, the end of 1897 saw greater determination om the part of the Filipinos to carry on the revolution. In early 1898, the provinces of Zambales, Ilocos, Pampanga, Bulacan, Laguna, Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac. and Camarines rose again. In Central Luzon, a revolutionary government was organized under General Francisco Makabulos, a Kapampangan revolutionary leader of La Paz, Tarlac.

The U.S. Americans established a local Philippine government in the Philippines when they held the first election in the country in the town of Baliuag, Bulacan on May 6, 1899.

In February 27, 1901, the Philippine Commission officially transferred the seat of government to Malolos, and the Casa Real de Malolos was the seat of the Provincial Governor from 1900 to 1930 until the completion of the capitol building at the Brgy Guinhawa, Malolos City.

In 1942, at the height of World War II, the Japanese Imperial Army occupied Bulacan and made Casa Real de Malolos its headquarters.

In 1945, combined Filipino and American forces and local guerrillas attacked the Japanese Imperial Forces and liberated Bulacan.




Languages and Ethnicity
 

This is the list of Bulacan festivals and there are other local festivals to be recorded and documented.
  • Minasa Festival on the first week of January (Bustos)
  • Tugyaw Sto. Nino Festival (Bustos)
  • Halamanan Festival (Guiguinto)
  • Kasilonawan sa Obando (Fertility Rites, Obando)
  • Kalabaw Festival (Pulilan)
  • Anghel Festival (San Rafael)
  • Sto. Niño Festival (City of Malolos)
  • Halamang Dilaw (Marilao)
  • Pagoda Festival (Bocaue)
  • Chicharon Festival (Santa Maria)
  • Kawayanan Festival (City of Meycauayan)
  • Letson Festival (City of Meycauayan)
  • Libutan Festival (City of Meycauayan)
  • 14 de Noviembre Festival (Bulakan)
  • Libad ng Calumpit (Calumpit)
  • Salubong sa Quingua (Plaridel)
  • Bulak Festival (San Ildefonso)
  • Buntal Hat Festival (Baliuag)
  • Sambuklod Festival (City of San Jose Del Monte)
  • Mano Po San Roque (Valenzuela City)
  • Putong Pulo Festival (Valenzuela City)
  • Singkaban Festival: Linggo ng Bulacan (Malolos City)
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Singkaban Fiesta

Singkaban Fiesta (Sining at Kalinangan ng Bulacan), a festival of arts and culture in honor of Capitol's patron saint, "Our Lady of Victory", showcasing the traditional arts of "Balagtasan", "Kundiman" and folk dances amidst of the "Singkaban" arches. The festival is celebrated in every second week of September which is in conjunction with the "Linggo ng Bulakan". Linggo ng Bulacan (held during September 8–15), is a province-wide, week-long celebration consisting of various colourful cultural presentations, art and culinary exhibits, arts and skills contests, and the prestigious annual Dangal na FLipi Awards Night. Yearly, its activities vary depending upon the chosen theme for the year.


Longest Carabao Milk Candy (Pastillas de Leche)

Graced by Guest of Honor (LWUA) Prospero Pichay, the 2008 "Pista sa Nayon" (with the theme "Araw ng Magsasaka at Mangingisda") highlighted Bulacan's "Singkaban Festival". a 202.6-meter long "pastillas". Gov. Joselito R. Mendoza announced "We have successfully staged 202.6 meters long pastillas (4,000 kilos, made of 12,800 liters carabao milk and 1,600 kilos of white sugar, from San Miguel, Bulacan and San Ildefonso, Bulacan)." Mendoza said he applied for and submitted the feat to Guinness World Records' office. Further, residents also cooked 50 lechon (roast pigs), lechong manok (roast chicken), and 10,000 eggs.


Tourist Attractions

Meycuayan, Bulacan

  • Old Meycauayan Church, In 1668 the old Church edifice was constructed thus served as a mute witness to history of the town;
  • Gat Ciriaco Contreras Marker, a monument in memory of the commander who fought a fierce battle against the Spanish forces in barrio Langka ;
  • Acacia Tree – The late Pres. Manuel L. Quezon played under this tree in his childhood days;
  • Liputan Islands – Surrounded by fishponds and accessible only through water transportation;
    De Larisse Resorts & Pavilion, Meycauayan Golf Driving Range, and Emco Pavilion in Pandayan; Golden Cocoon Resort & Ancon Resort in Malhacan; Joeri's Resort & Pavilion in Lawa; Jerime Irish Pavilion & Villa Maria Ester Pavilion in Libtong

San Jose, Del Monte, Bulacan

  • Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto - is a replica of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France;
  • Grotto Mineral Spring – a natural spring believed to be miraculous;
  • Grotto Vista Resort - a premier resort showing an urban look with breath of country air;
    Kaytitinga Falls - a natural layered rock waterfalls;
  • Saint Joseph the Worker Parish Church - one of the oldest churches in San Jose del Monte;
    Mt. Balagbag - a 777 meters high mountain

Malolos City, Bulacan


Obando, Bulacan

  • Obando Church, venue of the famous "Fertility Dance" in honor of San Pascual Baylon, Sta. Clara de Asis and Virgen de Salambao (May 17–19);
  • Obando Town Fiesta – celebrated from May 17–19. Childless couples can take this occasion to appeal for heavenly intercession and dance to please the Virgin of Salambao, San Pascual de Bailon and Sta. Clara. Maidens and bachelors who want husbands and wives can dance for their mates. Farmers also thank the Virgin for bountiful harvests.

Marilao, Bulacan

  • National Shrine of the Divine Mercy;
  • Marilao Catholic Church, a 17th-century church;
  • La Prenza Dam – 1989 communal irrigation system; serves as a checkgate to prevent water overflow from destroying rice crops in the area;
  • Hanging Bridge – A 60-m long cable bridge linking barangays Lambakin and Sta. Rosa;
    Lustre Pavilion & Swimming Pool in Sarmiento Homes; Dad's Vineyard and Medina's Farm in Sta. Rosa; Villa Felomina Resort in Lias; Four Kings Resort in Abangan Sur; SM City Marilao;
  • Bulacan ICT Park, a special economic zone.  SM Marilao

Bocaue, Bulacan

  • Pagoda sa Wawa also known as the Pagoda Festival, a fluvial parade in honor of the miraculous "Krus sa Wawa", done every 1st Sunday of July, which is believed to have saved the life of a drowning old woman. The main feature of this fiesta is the Pagoda, which glides along the Bocaue River. The Pagoda is a guilty-decorated structure riding on a huge banca. People from all walks of life enjoy the ride on the Pagoda feasting on sumptuous food while the music plays.
  • Bocaue Museum, houses a collection of municipal antiques and priceless array of artifacts;
    D. Lour Pavilion in Igulot

Balagtas, Bulacan

  • Balagtas Monument and Museum – The monument was built in honor of Francisco "Balagtas" Baltazar, hailed as the Father of Tagalog Poetry, whose masterpiece, Florante at Laura, is very popular;
  • Bahay na Tisa (Constantine House) – One of the oldest known tile-roofed houses in the province, it was constructed in 1840 and exhibits a mixture of mestizo, Spanish and native Tagalog designs.

Santa Maria, Bulacan

  • Santa Maria Church, an 18th-century church, which is part and parcel of Bulacan's era that resisted the American regime;
  • Huseng Batute Marker – A simple marker in honor of the country's King of Balagtasan;
    Long Meadows Resort, Dad's Vineyard Resort & Butterfly Garden, Aqua Matina, and Pamar Wonderpool Resort in Mahabang Parang; Villa Natalia, Villa Carmen, Villa Antonia and Sitio Lucia Resorts in Pulong Buhangin; Lanesca Resort & 4-K Garden Resort in Catmon; Lanesca in Bulac; Cool Water Resort in Lalakhan; Vig Jam Resort in Balasing;
    Stone Bridge Resort in Tumana; Denverland in San Gabriel.

Guiginto, Bulacan

  • Guiguinto Gardens; Halamanan Festival; Garden City; C.M. Farm in Cut-cut; Golden Shower in Tabe; Hidden Mountain Rocks and Alcor Center in Tiaong; Luntiang Paraiso in Tabang; Old Train Station; 

Bulacan, Bulacan

  • Nuestra Señora de la Asunción Parish - the "oldest Roman Catholic Church in the province." It was here that Gen. Gregorio del Pilar distributed the pamphlets published and sent from Spain by his uncle Marcelo del Pilar during the revolutionary period against Spanish colonization in the late 19th century.
  • Marcelo H. del Pilar Historical Landmark and Museum – established in honor of the patriot, writer and editor of the revolutionary newspaper La Solidaridad.
  • Gen. Gregorio del Pilar Landmark - it was built in honor of the great hero of Bulakan and Tirad Pass and the first governor of the province of Bulacan
  • Resorts : Frequent destinations include Coolwaves and Bon-Bon Resorts in San Nicolas, Jojima Resort in San Francisco, Maglalang Resort and Ulit Resorts in Pitpitan, Villa Elena Resort in Taliptip, and Evangelista Resort in San Jose.

Pandi, Bulacan

  • Site of Kakarong Battle, site of the Republic of Real of Kakarong de Sili of 1896;
    Inang Filipina Shrine;
  • Pandi Catholic Church
    Resorts: Pandi Mineral and Batch Spring Resort – Famous for its mineral water which is found to have medicinal and curative effects;
  • Resorts: Villa Concepción in Barangay Masuso; Pandi Mineral Spring Resort in Poblacion; Fortune Ville Pool and Cabuhat Resort in Manatal Fresh Water Resort in Siling Bata; Licom Resort in Bagbaguin; Countryside Resort in Bunsuran II; Villa Aurora Resort in Mapulang Lupa

Plaridel, Bulacan

  • Battle of Quinwa Marker – Death marker of Col. John Strotsenberg of the Nebraska Volunteer Infantry

Pulilan, Bulacan


: San Isidro Labrador Church
: Pulilan Carabao Festival
– Hundreds of work animals, mostly carabaos, are led on a parade in streets of the town every 14th and 15 May, to honor San Isidro Labrador, the town's patron saint. The carabaos, decorated with garlands and shaved for the occasion, genuflect and kneel in front of the church;
:Pulilan Butterfly Haven;
:Pulilan Museum;
:Pugpog Resort in Balatong B; Pulilan Resort in Dampol 2A; Villa Lorenzo Resort, and Villa Cristia in Poblacion; MRC Resort in Tabon;
:Fisherfarms factory
:Nestlé Philippines Factory dairy


Norzagaray, Bulacan

  • Hilltop, the "Baguio" of Bulacan, located atop the Sierra Madre range;
  • Pinagcalan Cave – Served as the headquarters of the Katipuneros;
  • Ipo Dam – Used as a reservoir for the La Mesa Dam which distributes water to Metro Manila residents;
  • Angat Water Reservoir;
  • Pugpog River – A natural attraction in Bulacan which clear water originating from the Sierra Madre mountains;
  • Resorts : Pugpog River and Prince Resort in Poblacion; Bakas Resort in Matictic; Adventure Resort in Bigte; Falcon Crest Resort in Bitungcol

Paombong, Manila

  • Kapitangan Chapel – known as a pilgrimage area during Holy Week. As a way of repenting and sharing in the sufferings of Christ, worshippers whip themselves during the Holy Week. Also, religious rituals are celebrated in all the towns especially in Malolos, Plaridel and Pulilan. Famous for families owning old, life-sized "santos";
  • Ciudad Clementino Resort and Museum in San Isidro

Baliuag, Bulacan

  • San Agustin Church;
  • Lenten Processions – Unique processions featuring life-sized images depicting the life and death of Christ;
  • Baliuag Museum; Baliuag Clock Tower; Buntal Hat; El Niño Resort in Calantipay; J.E. Garden Resort in Sabang; Glorietta Park; Skate Park; Senior Citizen's Park; SM City Baliwag

Bustos, Bulacan

  • Mercado House, one of the several houses used as a fort by the Kapituneros. It boasts a unique architectural design of stone carvings on façade and walls.
  • Bustos Dam – The longest "sector gate" in the world. This is the huge reservoir of the Angat Hydroelectric plant at Barrio Hilltop, which serves as the source of electric power in the province and Metro Manila;
  • Sto Niño Church
  • St. Martin de Porres Orphanage - Batanes Ivatan style-like village.
  • Galilee Mansion and Garden Resort - Bible-inspired theme facility resort.
  • Bulacan Military Area(BMA park)

Angat, Bulacan

  • Sta. Monica de Angat Church, displays a marvelous Baroque architecture. Its interior replicates the famous Sistine Chapel.
  • Baras Bakal, a stone cave; the first choice of the Katipuneros before they finally selected Biak-na-Bato.
  • Angat Hydroelectric Dam – One of the largest dams in the country which supplies water to the Greater Manila area. It facilitates fishing and boating in a man-made lagoon and hunting in the nearby area.
Hagonoy, Bulacan

  • National Shrine of St. Anne, the only church in the Philippines where the relics of Saints Anne and Joaquim, parents of the Blessed Virgin, are venerated;
  • Princess Caroline Resort in San Miguel.

Calumpit, Bulacan

  • St. John the Baptist Church(Built in 1572), is the oldest church in Bulacan. Constructed under the supervision of Augustinian priest Diego Vivar Ordoñez, the church has been a mute witness to the Filipinos' struggle against Spanish, American and Japanese rule. Inside the church is a tunnel that, as legend would have it, was used by priests during the Spanish regime to keep gold, religious statues and ornate jewelry hidden from the sight of treasure hunters;
  • Meyto Shrine – A marker of Christianization;
  • Bagbag Bridge, site of the first battle between Filipinos and American forces during the retreat of
  • President Aguinaldo to the Ilocos Region;
  • Libad Festival – The town's patron saint, San Juan, is honored with gay fluvial parade as the main attraction for the celebration;
  • Jed's Island Resort in Gatbuca and El Bueno Resort in Longos

San Rafael, Bulacan

  • San Rafael Catholic Church – site of the bloody battle between the Filipinos and the Spanish forces wherein the blood that drenched the church was ankle-deep;
  • Royal Northwoods Golf and Country Club
  • San Rafael Dam and After Bay Resort in San Rafael;
  • Malangaan spring in Tukod;
  • Villaflor Resort in Capihan;
  • Villa del Carmen Resort in Capihan;
  • Violago Resort in Maasim;
  • San Rafael Christian Ret. Farm Resort in Pasong Callos;
  • 8 Waves Waterpark in Ulingao;
  • Villa Krizelna Resort;
  • and the 4 hectare Golden Bloom Orchid farm in Maguinao.

Dona Remedios, Trinidad

  • Torch of Freedom Marker – Erected for one of the guerilla base camps during World War II; Puning Cave; Baras Bakal Spring Cave; Madlum Cave; Mt. Bato Falls; Tumutulo Falls; Mt. Lumot

San Ildelfonso, Bulacan

  • Grotto Central Cement – A memorable place because of the grotto and the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary, as well as the beautiful landscape and natural scenery;
  • Bulusukan, a garrison of the "insurrectos" during the Spanish Regime;
  • Sand Spring – Believed to have some medicinal values;
  • Bahay na Pula; Filipinas Resort, Paul Cruz Resort, and Vanguardia Resort in Sapang Putol;
  • Jenerosas Resort and Carmi's Resort in San Juan; Villa Cecilia Resort in Gabihan

San Miguel, Bulacan

  • Biak-na-Bato National Park, Biak-na-Bato – A huge split boulder which is a mountain hideout of the revolutionary forces during the Spanish regime and the place where the Malolos Constitution was signed by Gen. Aguinaldo and Pedro Paterno of the Biak-na-Bato Republic;
  • Buencamino House – A marker honoring the leading cabinet member of the revolutionary government of Aguinaldo. As a student of UST, he led the first student activist demonstration in 1869 and put up wall posters along the Puente de España;
  • Ancestral Home of Former Cong. Jose "Boji" Cabochan – The grandson of Don Felix de Leon, who was a close friend of Dr. José Rizal;
  • Viola House – The original owner id Dr. Maximo Viola, companion of Dr. José Rizal in Europe during the time the latter was writing his two famous novels;
  • San Miguel Catholic Church – Centuries-old (more than 200 years old) edifice built by Augustinian friars;
  • Siojo House – Owned by the Siojo Family of which former NBI Dir. Alfredo Siojo Lim is a member;
  • Doña Narcisa B. de Leon House – Owned by Doña Sisang of LVN Pictures, two of whose grandchildren are film director Mike de Leon and Ambassador Narcisa "Ching" de Leon-Escaler;
  • Sibul Spring – Famous for its medicinal effects. The crystal spring water comes from the Sierra Madre Mountains;
  • Madlum Cave – Another scenic spot where stalagmites and stalactites delights excursionist and nature lovers;
  • Tilandong Cave – A natural fall which is now tapped as a source of electric power as well as irrigation;
  • Tecson House

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The famous Barasoain Church in Bulacan


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                                           Capitol Mini Forest and Children Park in Malolos


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Inang Filipina Shrine - in memory of the Philippine heroes of the Battle of Kakarong de Sili.


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This is one of the first republics formed in the Philippines. Kakarong Republic" was the first and truly organized Revolutionary Government established in the country to overthrow the Spaniards antedating event the famous "Malolos" and the "Biak-na-Bato Republic".



Bulacan Provincial Capitol


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PAMPANGA

Pampanga  is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is the City of San Fernando. Pampanga is bordered by the provinces of Bataan and Zambales to the west, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija to the north, and Bulacan to the southeast. Pampanga also lies on the northern shore of Manila Bay. Angeles City, although within the geography of Pampanga, is classified as a first-class, highly urbanized city and has a government independent of Pampanga.

The name "La Pampanga" was given by the Spaniards who found the early natives living near the river banks. It also served as the capital of the archipelago for two years from 1762–1764 during the British invasion of Manila. The word pampang, from which the province's name originates, means river bank. Its creation in 1571 makes it the first Spanish province in the Philippines. The Province of Pampanga is the culinary capital of the Philippines.

Pampanga is served by the Clark International Airport, which is located at Clark Freeport Zone, some 16 kilometers north of the provincial capital.



People and Culture

The inhabitants of Pampanga are generally referred to as Kapampangans (alternatively spelled Capampañgan), Pampangos, or Pampangueños.

Kapampangan is one of the eight provinces in the country to have revolted against Spain. The population has produced two presidents, three chief justices, a senate president, the first Filipino cardinal and many outstanding personalities in public service, education, diplomacy, journalism, the arts and sciences, entertainment and business.

History

Pampanga is the first province and the richest spoil created by the Spaniards in 1571. It was named after the Indung Kapampangan River, the largest river in the former empire. Ancient Pampanga's territorial area used to include portions of the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac and Zambales in the big Island of Luzon of the Philippine Archipelago.


Pampanga, one of the richest provinces in the Philippines, was re-organized as a province by the Spaniards on December 11, 1571. For governmental control and taxation purposes, the Spanish authorities subdivided Pampanga into towns (pueblos), which were further subdivided into districts (barrios) and in some cases into royal and private estates (encomiendas).

Due to excessive abuses committed by some grantees of private estates, the King of Spain prohibited in 1574 the awarding of private estates (encomiendas). However, the royal decree was not fully enforced until the year 1620. In a report of Philippine encomiendas on June 20, 1591, Spanish Governor Gomez Perez Dasmarinas reported to the King of Spain that La Pampanga's encomiendas were Bataan, Betis y Lubao, Macabebe, Candava, Apalit, Calumpit, Malolos, Binto, Guiguinto, Caluya, Bulacan and Mecabayan. The encomiendas of La Pampanga at that time had eighteen thousand six hundred and eighty whole tributes.

Pampanga which is about 850 square miles (2,200 km2) in area and presently inhabited by more than 1.5 million people, had its present borders drawn in 1873. During the Spanish regime it was one of the richest Philippine provinces. Manila and its surrounding region were then primarily dependent on Pampangan agricultural, fishery, and forestry products as well as on the supply of skilled workers. As other Luzon provinces were created due to increases in population, some well-established Pampanga towns were lost to new emerging provinces in Central Luzon.

During the 17th century, The Dutch recruited men from Pampanga as mercenaries who served the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army, known as Papangers  contingent which was a part of the larger Mardijkers community. Their legacy can still be found in North Jakarta, however there are no traces of their descendants, except for a small community currently lives in Kampung Tugu.

The historic province of Bataan which was founded in 1754 under the administration of Spanish Governor General Pedro Manuel Arandia, absorbed from the province of Pampanga the municipalities of Abucay, Balanga, Dinalupihan, Llana Hermosa, Orani, Orion, Pilar, and Samal.

The old Pampanga towns of Aliaga, Cabiao, Gapan, San Antonio and San Isidro were ceded to the province of Nueva Ecija in 1848 during the term of Spanish Governor-General Narciso Claveria y Zaldua. The municipality of San Miguel de Mayumo of Pampanga was yielded to the province of Bulacan in the same provincial boundary configuration in 1848.

In 1860, the northern towns of Bamban, Capas, Concepcion, Victoria, Tarlac, Mabalacat, Magalang, Porac and Floridablanca were separated from Pampanga and were placed under the jurisdiction of a military command called Comandancia Militar de Tarlac. However, in 1873, the four latter towns were returned to Pampanga and the other five towns became municipalities of the newly created Province of Tarlac.

On December 8, 1941, Japanese planes bombed Clark Air base marking the beginning of the invasion of Pampanga.

Between 1941 and 1942, occupying Japanese forces began entering Pampanga.

During the Counter-Insurgencies under the Japanese Occupation from 1942 to 1944, Kapampangan guerrilla fighters and the Hukbalahap Communist guerrillas fought side by side in the province of Pampanga, attacking and retreating the Japanese Imperial forces for three years and few months of fighting and invasion.

The establishment of the military general headquarters and military camp bases of the Philippine Commonwealth Army was active from 1935 to 1946 and the Philippine Constabulary was active from 1935 to 1942 and 1944 to 1946 in the province of Pampanga. During the military engagements of the Anti-Japanese Imperial Military Operations in Central Luzon from 1942 to 1945 in the province of Bataan, Bulacan, Northern Tayabas (now. Aurora), Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales, the local guerrilla resistance fighters and Hukbalahap Communist guerrillas, helped the U.S. military forces fight the Imperial Japanese armed forces.

In the 1945 liberation of Pampanga, Kapampangan guerrilla fighters and the Hukbalahap Communist guerrillas supported combat forces from both Filipino and American ground troops in attacking Japanese Imperial forces during the Battle of Pampanga until the end of the Second World War. The sending the local military operations of local Filipino soldiers and officers of the Philippine Commonwealth Army 2nd, 21st, 26th, 3rd, 31st, 32nd, 33rd, 35th, 36th and 37th Infantry Division and the Philippine Constabulary 3rd Infantry Regiment was recaptured and liberated the province of Pampanga and fought against the Japanese Imperial forces during the Battle of Pampanga.

After the Second World War, The operations in the main province of Pampanga was downfall insurgencies and conflicts between the Philippine Government forces and the Hukbalahap Communist rebels on 1946 to 1954 during the Hukbalahap Rebellion.

The 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo displaced a large number of people with the submersion of whole towns and villages by lahar.

Tourist Attractions

Festivals

The colorful Giant Lantern Festival held annual in December in San
Fernando.


Throughout the year, various towns and cities within the Province of Pampanga celebrates feasts honoring their patron saint. These fiesta days are listed below:

  • Angeles City — Second Sunday of October "Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario de La Naval de Angeles"
  • Apalit — June 28,29 and 30 "San Pedro Apostol"
  • Arayat — November 25 "Santa Catalina Alexandria"
  • Bacolor — Third Sunday of November "Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario de La Naval de Bacolor"
  • Candaba — November 30 "San Andres Apostol"
  • Floridablanca — May 1 "San Jose Talapagobra"
  • Betis — July and December "Santiago Apostol"
  • Guagua — December 8 "La Purisima Concepcion"
  • Lubao — August 28 "San Agustin de Hippo"
  • Mabalacat — February 2 "Nuestra Señora de la Divina Gracia"
  • Macabebe — September 10 "San Nicolas Tolentino"
  • Magalang — August 24 "San Bartolome Apostol"
  • Masantol — May 8 "San Miguel Arcanghel"
  • Mexico — May 4 "Santa Monica"
  • Minalin — Second Sunday of May "Santa Monica"
  • Porac — November 25 "Santa Catalina Alexandria"
  • City of San Fernando — May 30 "San Fernando Rey"
  • San Luis — June 21 "San Luis Gonzaga"
  • San Simon — October 12 "Nuestra Señora del Pilar"
  • Santa Ana — July 26 "Santa Ana"
  • Santa Rita — May 22 "Santa Rita de Casia"
  • Santo Domingo - August 8 "Sto. Domingo De Guzman"
  • Santo Tomas — December 21 "Santo Tomas Apostol
  • Sasmuan — December 13 "Santa Lucia Martir"

In addition to the town fiesta many barangays within each municipality celebrates a local fiesta also honoring a particular patron saint.

Heritage Churches and Shrines

  • St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Floridablanca, Pampanga
  • San Vicente Ferrer Parish Church, Calulut, City of San Fernando
  • Our Lady Of Grace Parish Church, Mabalacat
  • Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando, City of San Fernando
  • St. James the Apostle — Betis Church, Betis, Guagua (National Cultural Treasure)
  • San Agustin Church, Lubao (National Historical Landmark)- Oldest in Pampanga
  • San Guillermo Church, Bacolor
  • Sta. Catalina Church, Arayat
  • Sta. Ana Church, Sta. Ana
  • Sta. Monica Parish Old Belfry, Mexico
  • San Jose old Visita, San Jose Matulid, Mexico
  • San Luis Gonzaga Church, San Luis
  • Sto. Rosario (Holy Rosary) Church, Angeles City
  • Sta. Monica Church, Minalin (National Cultural Treasure)
  • La Purisima Concepcion Church, Guagua
  • St. Peter Parish Church, San Juan, Apalit
  • San. Andres Apostol Church, Candaba
  • San Bartolome Church, Magalang
  • Shrine of the Lord of the Holy Sepulcher of Angeles City (Apung Mamacalulu), Angeles City
  • Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes, Cabetican, Bacolor
  • Pio Chapel, Porac
  • Sta. Catalina Church, Porac
  • San Nicolas de Tolentino Church, Macabebe
  • San Miguel Archanghel Church, Masantol
  • Sta. Rita Church, Sta. Rita
  • Sta. Lucia Church, Sasmuan
  • Sto. Tomas Church, Sto. Tomas
  • Nuestra Senora Del Pilar, San. Simon
  • Goddess of Peace Shrine (Buddish)[Filipino-Japanese Friendship] Lily Hill, Clarkfield, Pampanga

Recreational Facilities and Leisure Parks


Historical Landmarks

Angeles City Historical Sites
  • Fort Stotsenburg
  • Old Pamintuan Residence
  • Don Juan Nepomuceno Residence
  • Holy Family Academy Building
  • Camalig
  • Bale Herencia
  • Angeles Post Office Building (now houses the Angeles Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Center)
  • Lily Hill
  • Bale Matua
  • Bayanihan Park (formerly Astro Park)
Salakot Arch
  • Museo Ning Angeles
City of San Fernando Heritage District
Bacolor Historical Sites
  • San Guillermo Parish Church (the Sunken Church)
  • The Sunken Shrine (Cabetican)
  • Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University
  • 100th kilometre Bataan Death March Marker
Mabalacat Historical Site
  • Kamikaze Shrine
Lubao Historical Site
  • San Agustin Parish Church, Lubao Old Church
  • Pres. Diosdado Macapagal Residence/Library & Museum
Arayat Historical Sites
  • St. Catherine Alexandria Parish Church
  • Mt. Arayat
  • Cong. Dadong Dam

Natural parks

  • Mt. Arayat National Park (Arayat)
  • Scenic Candaba Swamps and Wild Duck & Birds Sanctuary (Candaba)
  • Mt. Pinatubo Crater (Pampanga/Tarlac/Zambales)
  • Dara Falls (Porac) - Pampanga's version of the Pagsanjan Falls of Laguna
  • Miyamit Falls & Porac Peak (Porac)
  • Cong Dadong Dam (Arayat)
  • Maruring Falls (Mabalacat)
  • Lahar Canyon (Porac & Bacolor)
  • Muñoz Park - (Minalin)

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I.  Mabalacat, Pampanga


 RECREATIONAL SITES

Paradise Ranch Leisure Park & Wildlife Sanctuary.

Sitio Monicayo, Barangay Calumpang, Mabalacat City, Pampanga

Zoocobia Fun Zoo Children's Paradise

Sitio Monicayo, Barangay Calumpang, Mabalacat City, Pampanga

El Kabayo Riding Stables

Gil. Puyat Ave. Clark Field, Mabalacat City, Pampanga

Marina Golf & Country Club

Brgy. Mamatitang, Mabalacat City, Pampanga

Greenville Waterpark Resort and Grand hall

Dau Exit NLEX, Dau, Mabalacat City, Pampanga

Mabiga Island Resort

Brgy. Mabiga, Mabalacat City, Pampanga

Villa Rustico Resort

Camatchiles, Mabalacat City, Pampanga

SPORTS AND ECO-TOURISM AREA

Sacobia Hills

Brgy. Calumpang, Marcos and Macapagal Villages, Mabalacat City, Pampanga

Haduan Water Falls

Sitio Haduan, Barangay Marcos Village, Mabalacat City, Pampanga

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II. Arayat, Pampanga

ANNUAL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

November 25

Town Fiesta

A celebration in honor of St. Catherine De Alexandria

December 6

Mangga Festival

The abundance of mango or MANGGA in Arayat is very distinct. Every barangay has hectares of mango plantation, that’s why they came up with a celebration to promote the local fruit.

NATURAL ATTRACTION

Mt. Arayat

Mount Arayat stands in the middle of the flat Central Luzon Plain. It is considered a mystical mountain, the legendary home of Aring Sinucuan/ Sinkuan/ Sucu or the Fairy known as diwata Mariang Sinukuan
The northern or higher Peak can be accessed on a route from Pampanga Agricultural College in Magalang, Pampanga, taking a similar time to reach the peak, however, this route takes you through the Arayat Ampitheatre and the so-called White Rock which legend claims to be the Home of Aring Sinucuan or Sinukuan.

Mount Arayat National Park

Mount Arayat National Park Located at San Juan Baño in Arayat, Pampanga has a trail to the southern Peak, taking around 3–4 hours to reach the peak.

Pampanga River

(formerly known as Rio Grande de Pampanga -- Great River of Pampanga) is the second largest river in the island of Luzon, next to Cagayan River and the third largest river in the Philippines. It is located in the Central Luzon region and traverses the provinces of Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Tarlac and Quezon.

MAN-MADE ATTRACTION

Churches/Shrines

St. Catherine Parish Church

The original structure is very much intact but slight revisions have been made to its interiors. Quite remote, the church underwent restoration in the 1980’s. The church is 52m long, 12m wide, and 9m high.

FOOD

Local Restaurant

Kabigting’s Halo-halo

Located at Poblacion, Arayat, Pampanga Raymond Kabigting

Patio de Sta Lucia Restaurant

Brgy. Plazang Luma, Arayat, Pampanga
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John and Nina’s Fastfood

Brgy. Plazang Luma, Arayat, Pampanga
Raymond Kabigting


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III.  FLORIDABLANCA

ANNUAL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

May 1

San Jose Festival

The festival is being celebrated in honor of the town’s patron saint, St. Joseph the worker.

NATURAL ATTRACTION

Palakol River River

(San Jose, Floridablanca,Pampanga)
Located in the northeastern part of Floridablanca, about 8 kms from the town proper and 31 kms from the City of San Fernando, Sito Palakol along the Gumain River is simply known as the ’summer place’ to the local community. It is blessed with a continuous crystal clear water

Mt. Susung Dalaga Mountain

(Nabuklod, Floridablanca, Pampanga)

Swimming Area of Tineten River

(Camachile, Floridablanca, Pampanga )

Nabuklod Mountain

(Nabuklod, Floridablanca, Pampanga)

MAN-MADE ATTRACTION

Churches/Shrines

St. Joseph Parish Church

Formerly a hacienda of Lubao called San Jose de Calumpaui, the town was renamed Floridablanca after the Count of Floridablanca, Spain (Don Jose Monino), who reportedly owned vast tracts of land in the town. Fr. Jose Hernandez served as the first prior after the town became a parish in 1867, the same year Calumpaui became Floridablanca. Fr. Luciano Morron Ylla constructed the church and convent in 1887. The parish was under the Augustinians until 1960.


Heritage House

White House

Built during Spanish time

Bahay Kastila

Built during the Spanish time and owned by Don Alfredo)
Paguiruan, Floridablanca,Pampanga

Bridge

Hanging Bridge

Sto. Rosario, Floridablanca, Pampanga

Basa Air Base

The base was built and used by the US Army Air Corps before the Second World War and was captured and used by the Japanese Imperial Army Air Force during the early stages of World War II. Combined American and Philippine Commonwealth military forces were eventually able to recapture it during the later stages of the war.

FOOD

Local Restaurant

Shawn Grael Fast Food

R.P. Songco St. Poblacion Floridablanca, Pampanga
0999-723-8355

Bariotic Eat All you can

R.P. Songco St. Poblacion Floridablanca, Pampanga
0947-732-9782

Thick Pizzarella

Sta Maria St. Poblacion, Floridablanca, Pampanga
(045)970-1389

Razon’s Restaurant

Sta Maria St. Poblacion, Floridablanca, Pampanga 407-1004

Kerr Restaurant and Catering Services

Poblacion, Floridablanca, Pampanga

RESORT

Aqua Blanca Resort

Valdez, Floridablanca, Pampanga
(045)907-1269
No Overnight stay, Entance: P80.00, Cottage: P600/P350/P1000

Florida Resort

Valdez, Floridablanca, Pampanga
Swimming Pool and Recreational Area

Funtime Resort

Brgy. Valdes, Floridablanca, Pampanga 970-0992 

Greatwaves Resort

Brgy. Mabical, Floridablanca, Pampanga 0922-892-2473
Opens from 8:00am-10:00pm. Entance fee: P100-120, Cottage: P350-600, Special offers: Karaoke bars, Zipline, Jacuzzi, Wall Climbing, Wave pool.

Jaia Resort

Brgy. Valdes, Floridablanca, Pampanga 0927-441-3878 

Dolphine Resorts

Brgy. Fortuna, Floridablanca, Pampanga 0917-491-8011
Offers overnight stay, with package P600 with pool P1500 3pax, without entance, P70 per pax, Day P50-60, Night P60-70, 4 swimming pools, Function hall, Videoke and Store

Wilmas Garden Resorts

Brgy. San Nicolas, Floridablanca, Pampanga 0918-607-7660
Available for Events only eg., Seminar, Retreat, Family Reunion with Villa P300-P6000, with Function hall, Swimming pools, Gym, Chapel, Prayer and Garden

Blue Lagoon Resort

Gutad, Floridablanca, Pampanga 0920-271-7961

Baseline Resort and Hotel

Brgy. San Nicolas, Floridablanca, Pampanga

TJJ Resort

Brgy. Cabangcalan Floridablanca, Pampanga 0920-2080-232
All in one (Restaurant, Swimming pool, Karaoke bar, and Firing range)

Lalam Pulu Resort

Brgy. Calantas Floridablanca, Pampanga
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Freshwater, 2 swimming pool (Adult), 2 Swimming pool (kids). Villas (kubo nipa hut), Function hall, Fish pond and Catering services.

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IV.  MACABEBE

ANNUAL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Town Fiesta

The town's fiesta is held annually on September 10 in honor of San Nicolas de Tolentino (St. Nicholas of Tolentino), the town's patron saint.
Barangay Fiestas
• Barangay Sta. Maria (has the largest area among other barangays in Macabebe) celebrates fiesta every Last Sunday of April in honor of St. Mary, Mother of Jesus.
• Barangay San Jose celebrates fiesta every 3rd Sunday of March in honor of St. Joseph.
• Barangay Sto. Rosario celebrates fiesta every 1 May in honor of The Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary.
• Barangay San Rafael celebrates fiesta every 24 October in honor of St. Raphael the Archangel
• Barangay San Juan celebrates fiesta every 24 June in honor of St. John the Baptist, people splash water to each other.
• Barangay San Gabriel and barangay Caduang Tete celebrates fiesta every 2nd Sunday of May in honor of St. Gabriel the Archangel.
• Barangay San Isidro celebrates fiesta every 15 May in honor of St Isidore the Farmer.
• Barangay Sto. Nino celebrates fiesta twice a year one is every 3rd Sunday of January and the other one is every 3rd Sunday of April in honor of the Sto. Nino.
• Barangay Batasan celebrates fiesta every 2nd day of February in the honor of Nuestra Senora de Candelaria and the "Presentation of the Lord Parish".
• Barangay Santa Rita celebrates fiesta every 22 May in honor of St. Rita.
• Barangay San Roque celebrates fiesta every 1st Sunday of May in honor of Saint Roch but the Western celebrates his death every August 16 (13)
• Brgy. Sta. Lutgarda celebrates fiesta every 1st Sunday of May and 16th day of June in honor of the birth of their patron Apung Sta. Lutgarda.
• Brgy. San Vicente celebrates fiesta every first Sunday of April.
• Brgy. San Francisco celebrates fiesta every second Sunday of April.
• Barangay Castuli celebrates their fiesta every last Saturday of February in honor of Our lady of Lourdes.
• Barangay Mataguiti celebrates their fiesta every 1st Sunday of May and known for having a "libad" or boat procession in honoring the lord Jesus Christ cross as their patron.
• Barangay Candelaria celebrates fiesta every 2nd day of February and known for having a "libad" or boat procession in honoring the Nuestra Senora de Candelaria.
• Barangay Caduang Tete celebrates fiesta every 2nd Sunday of May.

NATURAL ATTRACTION

Pampanga River River

(formerly known as Rio Grande de Pampanga -- Great River of Pampanga) is the second largest river inthe island of Luzon, next to Cagayan River and the third largest but most important river in the Philippines. It is located in the Central Luzon region and traverses the provincesof Pampanga, NuevaEcija,Bulacan, Tarlac and Quezon

MAN-MADE ATTRACTION

San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Fernando has jurisdiction over the 1575 San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish Church. It was founded in 1575 under the advocation of San Nicolas de Tolentino. The heritage church measures 70 metres (230 ft) long, 17 metres (56 ft) wide and 11 metres (36 ft) high. The facade of the church has scantly ornamentation and its architectural symmetry is lost amid and the various forms assumed the windows and the main entrance. Simple neo-classic lines of the facade.
Macabebe is also home to San Gabriel Parish Church.

San Rafael de Archangel Parish Church

Located at San Rafael, Macabebe, Pampanga

Eugenio Blanco Residence

(1898) The oldest house which is located at Sta. Rita, Poblacion, Macabebe, Pampanga

Lagman Ancestral House

White House of Macabebe- San Rafael, Macabebe, Pampanga

Reyes Ancestral House

San Rafael, Macabebe, Pampanga



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V.  MEXICO, PAMPANGA

ANNUAL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

Every Good Friday

The faithful remember the passion and death of Jesus by the pondering of the Seven Last Words of Christ and the “Tanggal” (a re-enactment of how Jesus’ body was taken down from the cross). After the "Prusisyung Pasu at Pamangutcut" (Procession of the Scenes and Burial of Christ), the traditional “Burul” (literally means: wake) where the Santo Entierro seems to be in a wake follows. In here people would visit and pray before the image. After which, in the midnight of Good Friday, there is a procession of the Virgen de Soleded (Our Lady of Solitude). The said procession is a ‘silent procession’ meditating and joining with the Virgin’s sorrow. Usually, single men and women join the procession believing that they will be blessed in their opted state of ‘single blessedness' in life.

Easter Sunday Celebration

The faithful joins the whole of Christendom in the celebration of Easter. During the day, the Filipino tradition of "Salubong/Encuentro" is being done. After which is the "Pacbung Judas" or the burning of Judas' effigy follows on. Rev. Fr. Mark Manabat
May 4

Mexico Town Fiesta

Mexico's town fiesta is celebrated in honor of its patron saint: Saint Monica (Mother of Saint Augustine). Rev. Fr. Mark Manabat

September 4

Feast of Virgen dela Consolacion y Correa (Our Lady of Consolation and Cord; Patroness of the Augustinian Order)

The people of Mexico celebrate the feast of Virgen dela Consolacion y Correa (Our Lady of Consolation and Cord; Patroness of the Augustinian Order) during which they receive blessed cinctures imitating the gesture of the Blessed Virgin Mary giving her own cincture to Saint Monica during her grief and sorrow due to her son's misgivings. Rev. Fr. Mark Manabat

December 15-24

Lubenas Pascu

The Mexicanos welcome the Christmas Day by the annual "Lubenas Pascu". It is during this celebration that they parade colorful lanterns and decorated carozzas. According to Tantingco: Lubenas came from the word novena, which means nine days, referring to the nine-day simbang gabi. But while the rest of the country was content with attending dawn masses for nine consecutive days, Kapampangans went a step farther by holding a procession on the eve of every simbang gabi, i.e., they had a procession after dinner, which means they slept late, and then woke up before dawn for the simbang gabi (or simbang bengi in Kapampangan). Rev. Fr. Mark Manabat

April 24 Mexico Day This is regarded as the Mexico Day, following the date of the establishment of the town and parish in April 24, 1581 (Also the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Augustine). During the said day, the parish organizes the Augustinian Festival as a tribute to the Augustinian forefathers of the town. During the said Festival, a procession of different Augustinian saints and blesseds is being done. Among the images joining the procession are: Saint Monica, Saint Augustine, Saint Nicholas of Tolentino, Saint Rita of Cascia, Saint Thomas of Villanova, Saint John of Sahagun, San William the Hermit, Saint Magdalene of Nagasaki, Saint Ezequiel Moreno, Our Lady of Consolation and Cord among others.

MAN-MADE ATTRACTION

Churches/Shrines

Sta. Monica Church and St. Benedict Convent

The Sta. Monica Parish Church was built by Fr. Jose dela Cruz in 1665, but was destroyed during the Second World War. What remains is just the Belfry Tower of the former Augustinian-run church.
Near the 17th century Belltower of Mexico, one can also find the St. Benedict’s Institution de Mexico, an Augustinian convent that was constructed in time with the Sta. Monica Parish Church in 1665. Although Augustinian records such as the Estado of 1612 indicates that Mexico has one convent and two priests during that time.

San Jose Matulid Chapel (oldest chapel in Asia)


Mexico, Pampanga  is also known for the San Jose Matulid chapel, which is believed to be the oldest Catholic chapel (commonly called as visitas by the locals) in Pampanga. Based on the accounts of Augustinian friars, the visitas of Masansan and Matulid were established along with the town of Nuevo Mexico (now Mexico) in April 24, 1581. Although there is no direct record of the exact date of construction of the San Jose Matulid chapel, the locals claim that it is older than the Sta. Monica Parish Church, which was built by Fr. Jose dela Cruz in 1665.

 

Sto. Domingo De Guzman Parish Church

In honor of Saint Dominic De Guzman

Heritage Site

Catigbak Residence

Parian Mexico

Panlilio Residence

Parian Mexico

Bienvenido Panlilio Residence

Parian Mexico

Felipe Hizon Residence

Parian Mexico

Lillian Lising- Borromeo Culinary Museum

Parian Mexico
Lilian Borromeo

ENTERTAINMENT

SM City Pampanga Cinema

Located at Lagundi, Mexico, Pampanga
+63(45)9637681

Beverly Golf Course

Located at Masamat, Mexico, Pampanga

Mexico Amusement Center

Located at Sto. Rosario, Mexico, Pampanga
Ernesto Punzalan

Lakeshore

Located at Masamat, Mexico, Pampanga
Contact: Ralph Alcazar Jr., REB ZAM 13-07(R)
Mobile: +63 920 606 6690; +63 922 867 6982

FOOD

Restaurant

Lillian Borromeo’s House (Kapampangan Food)

Parian, Mexico
Lilian Borromeo

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VI.  SAN LUIS, PAMPANGA

ANNUAL FESTIVALS AND EVENTS

June 21

San Luis Town Fiesta

A celebration for the feast of town patron saint, St. Aloysius Gonzaga

NATURAL ATTRACTION

Pampanga River River

(formerly known as Rio Grande de Pampanga -- Great River of Pampanga) is the second largest river in the island of Luzon, next to Cagayan Riverand the third largest but most important river in the Philippines. It is located in the Central Luzon region and traverses the provinces of Pampanga, Nueva Ecija,Bulacan, Tarlac and Quezon.

MAN-MADE ATTRACTION

Churches/Shrines

St. Louie Parish Church

Its façade can compare immeasurably with existing Spanish-style church edifices and architectural design. The church is located in a place that used to be called Cabagsac, referring to the proliferation of fruit bats. In fact, today, a fishnet is permanently installed high above the altar precisely to catch thousands of bats that are roosting inside the church. The interior is dark, has an ambience of antiquity and mystery and overpowering odor of bat urine. The main attraction is the three-tower facade, perhaps one of its kind in the country. Not to be missed is the ancient cemetery located in a hidden corner at the back of the church, with some tombstones dating back to the 1800s and bearing the names of the town's prominent families, including Taruc.

Heritage House

Bulanadi House

Located at Poblacion, San Luis, Pampanga

Loreto Punzalan House

Located at Poblacion, San Luis, Pampanga

FOOD

Local Restaurant

Selamat Restaurant

Sta. Cruz Poblacion beside San Luis Elem. School

Ihaw Grill (Derangan Grill)

across the road Sto. Tomas

Pipanganan king Park

San Sebastian Poblacion

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RESORT

Villa Serma

Sto. Rosario, San Luis, Pampanga
Swimming Pool and Recreational Area

Si Malakas at Si Maganda

Sitio Tabun San Jose, San Luis, Pampanga 0917-463-4382
Swimming Pool and Recreational Area

Franco Resort

San Roque, San Luis, Pampanga 0920-328-5105
Swimming Pool and Recreational Area

Garden Resort

San Jose, San Luis, Pampanga
Swimming Pool and Recreational Area


MORE OF PAMPANGA TOWNS SOON!

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CLARK, TARLAC, PAMPANGA


NAYONG PILIPINO




A CULTURAL TIME MACHINE FOR THE PHILIPPINES

Are you looking for a cultural and historic tour of the Philippines all without traveling throughout the entire country? Then you need look no further and you should visit Nayong Pilipino for a taste of everything Philippines. Here you’ll find a unique Filipino village, otherwise called Nayong Pilipino, contained within a 45 acre amusement/theme park type environment.

This park is essentially a representation in a miniature-version of the diverse Philippines and its culture, all in one place. This recreational/leisure/history-learning facility is divided into numerous geographically-sectionalized display areas. Here you’ll find representations of regions such as Cordillera Central, Ilocos, Tagalog, Bicol, Visayas, and Mindanao and so forth.

Each region represented contains a typical residential building, landmark-structure and/or representation of Pilipino geography including characteristic landscape indicative of the specific regions. For example, the Cebu Region has the famous Bohol’s Chocolate Hills while one of the examples for the Visayas Region is a replica of the historic Magellan’s Cross.

Some of the Philippines famous hero’s and political figures residences are also featured in this very unique facility. Visiting these structures is like taking a trip in a time-machine to another perspective of place and time in Philippine history.

A SPANISH-INSPIRED COLONIAL PLAZA AREA

The central part of Nayong is where you’ll find the realistic, old-Spanish-styled, Colonial Plaza area complete with cobblestone pathways and other authentic replicas of historic Philippine structures such as the Barasoain Church where a mass is actually held every Sunday. The Colonial Plaza is modeled after promenade centers similar to the parks in the Vigan region with an authentic gazebo structure and more. This is reminiscent of the architecture of the Northern Luzon area of Vigan that has the honor of owning the oldest surviving old-Spanish architecture in the Philippines. Antique churches, official buildings, and residences, cobbled narrow streets, and horse-drawn carriages may all be found in this interesting bit of Filipino/Spanish nostalgia.

MALAKAS AND MAGANDA

As children Filipinos, are told the story of Malaka and Maganda? This is old Pilipino folklore dating back to the origin of the Filipino people and passed on through generations. It portrays the native people’s legend of how man and woman came into existence. This legend is explored, displayed and depicted with characters and native surrounding at the park.


BARASOAIN CHURCH

The term "Barasoain" was derived from the Filipino word "baras ng suwail", which means "dungeon of the defiant". As the place where Filipinos would congregate who were defiantly in opposition to the laws the conquerors of the Philippine brought to the country. Originally named after a historic church in Navarra, Spain, many historic events and revolutionary movements occurred at the original Barasoain church in Malolos, Bulacan, Philippines. This beautiful structure recreates this historic church in its entire splendor.


Barasoain Church at Nayong Pilipino at Clark



IFUGAO VILLAGE

Ifugao is a province of the Northern Philippines of Luzon consisting of mountainous, rugged terrain, dramatic river valleys, and wonderfully, lush-green forests. The world-famous Banaue Rice Terraces are the main tourist attraction in the province and replicated at Nayong Filipino. The original terraces were an ingenious innovation by local Ifugao natives over 2000-years ago. These terraces were carved into the mountains without any machinery, providing level-steps where the farmers of the area could plant rice on plateaus, in an otherwise slopped region that doesn’t allow for proper irrigation of the crop. In this section of the park, you will also find an authentic Ifugao Village featuring typical Ifugao houses.
Ifugao Village at Nayong Pilipino Clark, Philippines



AETA VILLAGE(The Philippines First People & Community)



KALINGA VILLAGE

Kalinga is a landlocked province in the north section of the Cordillera Region. The name Kalinga is derived from the Ibang and Gaddang "Kalinga" which means “headhunters.” In years past, headhunting was considered noble and it symbolizes bravery amongst men. In this beautifully remote region, tourist sights include marvelous waterfalls, hot springs, rice terraces and subterranean rivers. Nayong Pilipino-Clark allows individuals to take a peek into the rich Kalingan way of life, their structures, history and terrain.

REPLICA OF DR. JOSE RIZALS HOUSE (OUR NATIONAL HERO)

Learn of this history and see a replication of the original house of Dr. Jose Rizal at Nayong Philipino complete with furnishings from the period. This man was a Filipino of great and varied learning. He was a true nationalist, and during the Spanish colonial era was one of the most well-known supporters for transformation of from Spanish rule in the Philippines. He always promoted peaceful means of revolution rather than forceful measures. Two novels written by Rizal exposed the cruelties of the Spanish colonizers in the Philippines. These books were titled: Noli Ne Tangere and El Filibusterismo. The Spaniards were concerned that his propaganda would insight the Filipino people to revolt. So he was sentenced in a mock trail on December 30, 1896 and shot by firing squad at Dagong Bayan, now Luneta Park in the Manila area. This made him a martyr and a catalyst of the Philippine Revolution which was later led by Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Aguinaldo. He is considered a national hero and the anniversary of Rizal's death is celebrated as a national holiday in the Philippines.

Replica of Dr. Jose Rizal's House


REPLICA OF  EMILIO AGUINALDO'S HOUSE (FIRST PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT)

Learn the history of this great Filipino leader and view a replica of his house along with appointments and furnishings, characteristic of the day. Aguinaldo was considered to be the first president of the Philippines, also the youngest president of the country. He was a Filipino general and fought for independence. He was crucial to the struggle for Philippine independence during the Philippine Revolution against Spain and fought against the Americans and initially opposed American occupation of the Philippines. At a later date, he eventually pledged his allegiance to the United States government.

Replica of Emilio Aguinaldo's House at Nayong Filipino in Clark


REPLICA OF APOLINARIO MABINI'S HOUSE (ONE OF THE PHILIPPINES' HEROES)

Read details of this former Filipino leader and view an authentic recreation of Mabini’s house, complete with period furnishings and decorations. As a Filipino who maintained the position as the first prime minister of the Republic in 1899 Mabini was crucial in the fight for Philippine independence. He was a prolific writer, a doctrinaire who wrote the constitution for the first Philippine republic of 1899-1901. He was born in Talaga, Tanauan City, Batangas of poor parents. In 1896 he contracted an illness that led to the paralysis of his lower limbs. As a member of Rizal's La Liga Filipina group, he worked secretly for reforms against the Spanish. In 1896 he was suspected as collaborating with the opposition and somehow involved in the revolution and was arrested. He was later released to a hospital when the Spanish authorities realized of his handicap.


Replica of Apolinario Mabini's House at Clark Nayong Filipino


PLAZA AVAILABLE FOR SPECIAL DAY EVENTS

If you are hosting an event such as a wedding, anniversary, birthday, picnic, debut, corporate team building event, or simply want to enjoy a relaxing opportunity to teach Filipino history to your kids while spending some quality-time with family and friends, the Colonial Plaza area is the perfect venue. Amidst the sprawling rustic grounds and historic ambience one can enjoy this uniquely-eloquent spot for weddings. Lodges or nipa huts are strategically located in various park areas to offer little sanctuaries for your group activity or simply for blissful tranquility.

OVERNIGHT SEMINARS, TEAMBUILDING EVENTS AND PARTIES

For a taste of something new, why not consider a special environment to conduct your team building, seminars, or even embark on a one-of-a-kind honeymoon retreat? Nayong Pilipino will ensure that your stay is comfortable and enjoyable no matter what the function and provide a venue that is the most interestingly different around. There are many varied levels of lodging to choose, depending on the number of occupants and your budget. Rooms can be booked either with or without air conditioning units. Rooms are cozy with soft beds and clean, fully-functional toilets and baths.

ADDRESS AND PHONE

Nayong Pilipino Historic Filipino History
Clark Expo
Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines 2009
WHEN YOU CALL, BE SURE TO MENTION YOU FOUND NAYONG PILIPINO HISTORY PARK ON THE CLARK SUBIC MARKETING WEBSITE TO CHECK FOR POSSIBLE PROMOTIONS
  • Group or Educational Tour Bookings Call: 045-499-0695 or 0908-723-9514
  • Tel. No. 045-599-7568 or 045-499-1179
If calling from inside the Philippines use the numbers as they appear above. If calling from outside the Philippines drop the "0" and add "the country code "63" Example: "6345" then dial the remaining number.

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NAYONG PILIPINO




A CULTURAL TIME MACHINE FOR THE PHILIPPINES

Are you looking for a cultural and historic tour of the Philippines all without traveling throughout the entire country? Then you need look no further and you should visit Nayong Pilipino for a taste of everything Philippines. Here you’ll find a unique Filipino village, otherwise called Nayong Pilipino, contained within a 45 acre amusement/theme park type environment.

This park is essentially a representation in a miniature-version of the diverse Philippines and its culture, all in one place. This recreational/leisure/history-learning facility is divided into numerous geographically-sectionalized display areas. Here you’ll find representations of regions such as Cordillera Central, Ilocos, Tagalog, Bicol, Visayas, and Mindanao and so forth. 

Each region represented contains a typical residential building, landmark-structure and/or representation of Pilipino geography including characteristic landscape indicative of the specific regions. For example, the Cebu Region has the famous Bohol’s Chocolate Hills while one of the examples for the Visayas Region is a replica of the historic Magellan’s Cross.

Some of the Philippines famous hero’s and political figures residences are also featured in this very unique facility. Visiting these structures is like taking a trip in a time-machine to another perspective of place and time in Philippine history.

A SPANISH-INSPIRED COLONIAL PLAZA AREA

The central part of Nayong is where you’ll find the realistic, old-Spanish-styled, Colonial Plaza area complete with cobblestone pathways and other authentic replicas of historic Philippine structures such as the Barasoain Church where a mass is actually held every Sunday. The Colonial Plaza is modeled after promenade centers similar to the parks in the Vigan region with an authentic gazebo structure and more. This is reminiscent of the architecture of the Northern Luzon area of Vigan that has the honor of owning the oldest surviving old-Spanish architecture in the Philippines. Antique churches, official buildings, and residences, cobbled narrow streets, and horse-drawn carriages may all be found in this interesting bit of Filipino/Spanish nostalgia.

MALAKAS AND MAGANDA

As children Filipinos, are told the story of Malaka and Maganda? This is old Pilipino folklore dating back to the origin of the Filipino people and passed on through generations. It portrays the native people’s legend of how man and woman came into existence. This legend is explored, displayed and depicted with characters and native surrounding at the park.


BARASOAIN CHURCH

The term "Barasoain" was derived from the Filipino word "baras ng suwail", which means "dungeon of the defiant". As the place where Filipinos would congregate who were defiantly in opposition to the laws the conquerors of the Philippine brought to the country. Originally named after a historic church in Navarra, Spain, many historic events and revolutionary movements occurred at the original Barasoain church in Malolos, Bulacan, Philippines. This beautiful structure recreates this historic church in its entire splendor.


Barasoain Church at Nayong Pilipino at Clark



IFUGAO VILLAGE

Ifugao is a province of the Northern Philippines of Luzon consisting of mountainous, rugged terrain, dramatic river valleys, and wonderfully, lush-green forests. The world-famous Banaue Rice Terraces are the main tourist attraction in the province and replicated at Nayong Filipino. The original terraces were an ingenious innovation by local Ifugao natives over 2000-years ago. These terraces were carved into the mountains without any machinery, providing level-steps where the farmers of the area could plant rice on plateaus, in an otherwise slopped region that doesn’t allow for proper irrigation of the crop. In this section of the park, you will also find an authentic Ifugao Village featuring typical Ifugao houses.
Ifugao Village at Nayong Pilipino Clark, Philippines



AETA VILLAGE(The Philippines First People & Community)



KALINGA VILLAGE

Kalinga is a landlocked province in the north section of the Cordillera Region. The name Kalinga is derived from the Ibang and Gaddang "Kalinga" which means “headhunters.” In years past, headhunting was considered noble and it symbolizes bravery amongst men. In this beautifully remote region, tourist sights include marvelous waterfalls, hot springs, rice terraces and subterranean rivers. Nayong Pilipino-Clark allows individuals to take a peek into the rich Kalingan way of life, their structures, history and terrain.

DR. JOSE RIZALS HOUSE

Learn of this history and see a replication of the original house of Dr. Jose Rizal at Nayong Philipino complete with furnishings from the period. This man was a Filipino of great and varied learning. He was a true nationalist, and during the Spanish colonial era was one of the most well-known supporters for transformation of from Spanish rule in the Philippines. He always promoted peaceful means of revolution rather than forceful measures. Two novels written by Rizal exposed the cruelties of the Spanish colonizers in the Philippines. These books were titled: Noli Ne Tangere and El Filibusterismo. The Spaniards were concerned that his propaganda would insight the Filipino people to revolt. So he was sentenced in a mock trail on December 30, 1896 and shot by firing squad at Dagong Bayan, now Luneta Park in the Manila area. This made him a martyr and a catalyst of the Philippine Revolution which was later led by Andres Bonifacio and Emilio Aguinaldo. He is considered a national hero and the anniversary of Rizal's death is celebrated as a national holiday in the Philippines.

Replica of Dr. Jose Rizal's House


EMILIO AGUINALDO'S HOUSE

Learn the history of this great Filipino leader and view a replica of his house along with appointments and furnishings, characteristic of the day. Aguinaldo was considered to be the first president of the Philippines, also the youngest president of the country. He was a Filipino general and fought for independence. He was crucial to the struggle for Philippine independence during the Philippine Revolution against Spain and fought against the Americans and initially opposed American occupation of the Philippines. At a later date, he eventually pledged his allegiance to the United States government.

Replica of Emilio Aguinaldo's House at Nayong Filipino in Clark


APOLINARIO MABINI'S HOUSE

Read details of this former Filipino leader and view an authentic recreation of Mabini’s house, complete with period furnishings and decorations. As a Filipino who maintained the position as the first prime minister of the Republic in 1899 Mabini was crucial in the fight for Philippine independence. He was a prolific writer, a doctrinaire who wrote the constitution for the first Philippine republic of 1899-1901. He was born in Talaga, Tanauan City, Batangas of poor parents. In 1896 he contracted an illness that led to the paralysis of his lower limbs. As a member of Rizal's La Liga Filipina group, he worked secretly for reforms against the Spanish. In 1896 he was suspected as collaborating with the opposition and somehow involved in the revolution and was arrested. He was later released to a hospital when the Spanish authorities realized of his handicap.


Replica of Apolinario Mabini's House at Clark Nayong Filipino


PLAZA AVAILABLE FOR SPECIAL DAY EVENTS

If you are hosting an event such as a wedding, anniversary, birthday, picnic, debut, corporate team building event, or simply want to enjoy a relaxing opportunity to teach Filipino history to your kids while spending some quality-time with family and friends, the Colonial Plaza area is the perfect venue. Amidst the sprawling rustic grounds and historic ambience one can enjoy this uniquely-eloquent spot for weddings. Lodges or nipa huts are strategically located in various park areas to offer little sanctuaries for your group activity or simply for blissful tranquility.

OVERNIGHT SEMINARS, TEAMBUILDING EVENTS AND PARTIES

For a taste of something new, why not consider a special environment to conduct your team building, seminars, or even embark on a one-of-a-kind honeymoon retreat? Nayong Pilipino will ensure that your stay is comfortable and enjoyable no matter what the function and provide a venue that is the most interestingly different around. There are many varied levels of lodging to choose, depending on the number of occupants and your budget. Rooms can be booked either with or without air conditioning units. Rooms are cozy with soft beds and clean, fully-functional toilets and baths.

ADDRESS AND PHONE

Nayong Pilipino Historic Filipino History
Clark Expo
Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga, Philippines 2009
WHEN YOU CALL, BE SURE TO MENTION YOU FOUND NAYONG PILIPINO HISTORY PARK ON THE CLARK SUBIC MARKETING WEBSITE TO CHECK FOR POSSIBLE PROMOTIONS
  • Group or Educational Tour Bookings Call: 045-499-0695 or 0908-723-9514
  • Tel. No. 045-599-7568 or 045-499-1179
If calling from inside the Philippines use the numbers as they appear above. If calling from outside the Philippines drop the "0" and add "the country code "63" Example: "6345" then dial the remaining number.

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