Steeped in history and blessed with natural and man-made scenery, Pampanga offers several sight-seeing options for visitors. Pampanga has always enjoyed the title "The Culinary Center of the Philippines". It is populated by resourceful hardy folk who are justifiably proud of their famous Kapampangan cuisine. The capital, City of San Fernando, is world famous for the annual Lenten re-enactment of the crucifixion of Christ. It is also famous for its Giant Lantern Festival where huge lanterns measuring 20-ft in diameter rise to the occasion to thrill thousands of people with their kaleidoscopic interplay of sounds and colors. The province has remnants of a long and colorful history. It has centuries-old houses, a booming night life center and a myriad of tourist destinations, the site of world-class resorts, casinos, duty-free shopping and golf courses in Clark. Brief History
Pampanga was already the site of thriving settlements along riverbanks or "pampang" before the Spaniards came. The inhabitants were referred to as "Kapampangans" or "the people by the river bank". Martin de Goiti explored Pampanga and was established in 1571. In 1754, a strip from Dinalupihan to Orion, was ceded to Bataan. In 1848, the province lost five towns to Nueva Ecija and San Miguel to Bulacan. By 1860, its northern district was made into a separate comandancia. This district was made a part of Pangasinan in 1874, and the towns of Mabalacat, Magalang, Porac and Floridablanca were returned to Pampanga. Since the early 20th century, the province has been a hotbed of agrarian troubles, mainly because of its many estates under powerful landlords. During World War II, Pampanga was the base for a guerilla unit known as "Hukbalahap" which resisted the Japanese. The huks later formed the nucleus of local communist insurgency after the war, but it was suppressed in the early 1950's. It resurfaced as the New Peoples Army in the 1960's. Pampanga was the home province of Diosdado Macapagal, 9th President of the Philippines, and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, incumbent and 14th President of the Republic. Adventure Packages
Mt. Arayat in Arayat, Pampanga. Rising above sea level by 3,300 ft., this legendary wonder of Mother Nature boasts of lush green vegetation and wildlife sanctuary. Visitors to the area are welcomed by its envigorating mountain air coupled with nature's serenity. At the foot of the mountain, visitors are prone to experience the rejuvenating effect of cool mountain spring at the Arayat National Park. This legendary mountain is about 90 kms. north of Manila or a mere one-and-a-half hour drive.Activities Recommended: Mountain Climbing, Hiking, Camping. (Mabalacat and Bacolor) Sunken Villages. Witness how volumes of pyroclastic flow deposits from the volcano transformed a community in Mabalacat and Bacolor into a virtual no man's land. Visit their church which was half-buried under heavy volume of pyroclastic volcanic debris. For the more adventurous, try an eight-hour hike to the slopes of the volcano with Pasig-Potrero River (Delta 5) in Porac as jump-off point. A magnificient 5-ft. waterfall awaits survivors of this tour. Or try the 2-day mountain climbing adventure to the steep crevices of Mt. Pinatubo via Sapang Uwak in Porac, Pampanga. Even the trip to Sapangbato in Angeles City via Sacobia streambed in Sito Target is worth remembering. Prolific waterfalls and cool mountain springs await the intrepid explorer. One's Pinatubo tour is never complete without a visit to any of the resettlement sites in Mabalacat and Bacolor. Witness the ever growing tourism industry and prosperity in the area. Climate
Pampanga has two (2) pronounced seasons: dry season from November to April and wet the rest of the year. Famous For
Buro/fermented rice with small shrimps Betute (stuffed frog) Kamaru (mole crickets sauteed in garlic and onion) Sisig (Pork cheek, grilled to a crunchy perfection, chopped and mixed with chicken...
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