CENTRAL LUZON
General Description
Central Luzon is one of the leading growth regions in the Philippines. It is strategically located at
the heart of Asia, and no other place with sea and
air travel and cargo facilities can equal Central
Luzon in terms of almost equal travel time in Asia.
Its location has been central enough for the area
to be the choice of FedEx's Asia One Hub and the
United
Parcel
Services
(UPS).
Only 66 kilometers away from Metro Manila,
Central Luzon is the gateway to the Northern
Luzon regions.
Central Luzon Region is located north of Manila,
the nation's capital. Bordering the region are the
regions of Ilocos, Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley regions to the north;
National Capital Region and CALABARZON to the south; and of waters of Manila Bay to the
south; South China Sea to the west; and The Philippine Sea to the east
It covers a total land area of 21,470 square kilometers, and is divided into seven (7) provinces,
namely: Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.
There are thirteen cities which include: Balanga from Bataan; Cabanatuan, Gapan, Muñoz,
Palayan and San Jose from Nueva Ecija; Olongapo from Zambales; Angeles and San Fernando
from Pampanga; San Jose del Monte, Meycauayan and Malolos from Bulacan; and Tarlac from
Tarlac.
Central Luzon region, also known as Region 3, comprises the largest plain of the Philippines; it
is called most of the country’s rice supply. It is one of the most active and energetic regions in
the Philippines. It is situated at the crossroads of Asia pacific. It serves as the gateway for
European and American business organizations desiring to penetrate Asia.
Central Luzon is the only region in the Philippines that is accessible through three (3)
international airports: Clark, Subic and the Ninoy Aquino International Airports.
FAST FACTS (Philippines & Central Luzon)
Entry Regulations
A valid passport is required for entry to the Philippines. Generally, foreign visitors from
countries with diplomatic relations with the Philippines are allowed to enter the country without
visas and may stay for 21days provided their passports are valid for at least
6 months and they hold return tickets. When staying for more than 21 days, a Tourist Visa,
which is valid for 59 days, is necessary. Permits and visas can be obtained from the Philippine
Embassies and Consulates.
The following are allowed to enter the country without a visa for a stay not exceeding seven (7)
days: holders of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR) passports, holders of British
National Overseas (BNO) passports, holders of Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR)
passports.
Further inquiries may be addressed to the Visa Division (tel. nos. (632) 834 3707 / (632) 834
4810, Department of Foreign Affairs or log on to www.dfa.gov.ph/consular/visa.htm.
Health Regulations
A certificate of vaccination against yellow fever is required for travellers coming from infected
areas.
Passengers suspected with Influenza-Like Illness will be assessed and evaluated for symptoms,
upon confirmation the passenger will be transported to the hospital for treatment.
Medical Facilities
Hospitals in the country are manned by highly skilled and competent doctors and nurses and
equipped with modern facilities. The unique Filipino brand of caring and compassion makes the
Philippines’ medical services at par with the best of the world.
The country boasts of a wide variety of medical healthcare groups to choose from. Its
healthcare system is largely patterned after the American model. There are private as well as
government run medical facilities, hospitals and clinics all over the country. Hotels and resorts
provide medical assistance as well. Towns and cities have health centers provide emergency
medical attention.
Customs Regulations
To facilitate customs examination, visitors are advised to fill in the Baggage and Currency
Declaration Form before disembarking. Visitors are allowed to bring in the following items dutyfree: reasonable quantity of clothes and jewelry; two bottles of wine or liquor of not more than
one liter each; 400 sticks of cigarettes or two tins of tobacco.
Baggage allowance is airline and destination dependent.
Prohibited and Regulated Articles
The unlawful importation of prohibited articles (i.e. marijuana, cocaine or any other narcotics or
synthetic drugs); firearms, guns, replicas, explosives and parts thereof, obscene, pornographic
and immoral articles, mislabelled, misbranded and adulterated articles of food and drugs;
gambling outfits and paraphernalia; used clothing and rags – [R.A. 4653]; elephant tusks and
their by-products; or those which violate the Intellectual Property Rights Acts (i.e. pirated DVDs,
VCDs and other imitation products); and regulated items (such as transceivers and
communications equipment; controlled chemicals, substances and precursurs, regardless of
quantity constitutes a violation of Tariff and Customs Code of the Philippines, as amended, and
other special laws and may subject you to criminal prosecution and/or fines and penalties.
Agriculture and Quarantine Regulations
Agriculture quarantine restricts the entry of animals, fish and plant products or their by-products
(such as meat, eggs, birds, fruits, etc.) Transport of endangered species and their by-products
is also retricted/prohibited by CITES/DENR regulations. Likewise, export of such products/byproducts must be referred to quarantine officers to ensure compliance with Philippine
regulations and requirements of country of destination. Failure to obtain prior import and/or
export permit from the Philippine Departmnet of Agriculture together with corresponding health
sanitary or phytosanitary certificate from country of origin and to declare the same may result to
seizure of aforementioned items or imposition of fines and/or penalties.
Foreign Exchange
Visitors carrying more than US$3,000 are requested to declare the amount at the Central Bank
of the Philippines counter at the customs area. Foreign currency taken out upon departure must
not exceed the amount brought in. Keep all exchange receipts for record purposes. Departing
passengers may not bring out more than P1,000 in local currency.
Airports and Facilities
The Philippines has four (4) international airports: the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA)
in Manila, Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Angeles City, Mactan-Cebu International
Airport in Lapu-lapu City, Cebu and the Francisco Bangoy International Airport in Davao City.
Airport Transport
Accredited taxis/car rental are available at NAIA.
Metered taxis and rent-a-cars are readily available at the airport (Angeles, Cebu and Davao) to
the city proper.
Hotel transfers: Hotel transport can be arranged with hotel representatives at designated
counters at the arrival lobby of the airport.
Terminal Fee/Departure Tax
Airport fees of P750 (about US$11) for international flights and P100-200 for domestic flights
(paid in Philippine pesos only) will be charged upon departure.
For Diosdado Macapagal International Airport terminal fee for international flights P600 and
domestic flight P150.
Subic Bay International Airport is open for military/special flights only.
Climate
The first half of the year, from January to May is the best time to visit the country. November to
February is cool, while March to May is hot and dry. June to October is rainy, with the months
between July to September characterized by typhoons. Average temperature is 78 degrees
F/25 degrees C to 90 degrees F/32 degrees C; average humidity is 77%. Some parts of the
country, such as Cebu, are warm and comfortable in all seasons and can be visited throughout
the year.
For up-to-date weather information, visit the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and
astronomical Services Administration (PAGSASA) website: www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph or call
PAGASA 24 hour hotline (632) 4338526.
Clothing
Light clothes, preferably cottons, are advisable. Jackets or sweaters are needed in upland
areas. Casual wear is the rule although formal parties may require a suit or Barong Tagalog for
men and a dressy frock for ladies.
When visiting churches or mosques, it is well to remember that shorts or provocative dresses
will be inappropriate.
Visitors are also advised to bring walking shoes, sunglasses, sunblock cream, insect repellent
and a wide brimmed hat.
Time
The Philippines is eight (8) hours ahead of the Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).
Language
The official languages are Filipino and English. Filipino, which is based on Tagalog, is the
national language. English is widely used and is the medium of instruction in higher education.
It is also the dominant language in business, government, the legal system, medicine, the
sciences and education. A large percentage of the media such as television, newspapers, and
entertainment are also in English. Major dialects spoken in the region are: Kapampangan,
Zambal, and Ilocano.
Government
The Philippines has a democratic type of government.
Religion
Majority of Filipinos (approximately 83%) are Catholic, about 5% are Moslems. The rest are
made up of smaller Christian denominations.
Currency and Credit Cards
Unit of currency is the Philippine peso, divided into 100 centavos. Bills are in: 20, 50, 100, 200,
500 and 1000 pesos. Coins come in 5, 10, 25 centavo and 1, 5, and 10 peso denominations.
Next to the peso, the US dollar enjoys wide acceptance. Most foreign currencies can be easily
exchanged at banks, hotels and authorized foreign exchange dealers. Remember to transact
only with banks and licensed foreign exchange dealer. Always keep receipts of transactions.
For a complete list of registered foreign exchange dealers/money changers by the Central Bank
of the Philippines, log on to www.bsp.gov.ph/banking/FXDMCRA_registry.pdf.
International credit cards such as Visa, Diners Club, Mastercard, American Express Card and
JCB are accepted in major establishments. It is advisable to use credit cards for major
expenses.
Business and Banking Hours
Private and government offices are open either from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or 9:00 a.m. to 6:00
p.m. Mondays to Fridays. Some private companies hold office on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to
12:00 noon. Most shopping malls, department stores and supermarkets are open from 10:00
a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily. There are 24-hour convenience stores and drugstores. Banks are open
from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, with automated teller machines (ATM)
operating 24-hours.
Communication Facilities
The international access code for the Philippines is +63. The outgoing code is 00 followed by
the relevant country code. Major towns, cities and popular tourists’ spots are covered by GSM
900 and 1800 mobile networks. There are also providers that offer International Roaming.
Phone units are rented in malls at reasonable price. Internet connections are available in
hotels, Internet cafes and major resorts all over the country.
Internet facilities
Internet facilities are available in most hotels and resorts and in several or cyber cafes all over
the country.
Drinking Water
Generally, tap water is not suitable for drinking in some areas. It is advisable to either buy
mineral water or boil tap water prior to drinking.
Driving License
An international driving license is valid for up to three months.
Electrical Current
Electrical current is 220 volts, 60 Hz, Two-pin flat blade attachments and two-pin round plugs
are used. A transformer is necessary for appliances with electrical current of 110 volts.
Tourist Information
The Department of Tourism (DOT) has a 24-hour Tourist Assistance Unit located at T.M. Kalaw
Street, Rizal Park, Manila. It can be reached at 524 1728 / 524 1660 or through its regional
offices.
The DOT Region III office is located at Hilaga Village, City of San Fernando, Pampanga can be
reached at (045) 961-2612 or 477-2499 or at the DOT Tourist Information Office located at
Marlim Mansions Hotel, Balibago, Angeles City with telephone numbers (045) 625-8525 or 4772498. For more information, please visit www.visitmyphilippines.com.
Angeles City Tourism Office
Contact Person: Pamela Angeli Angeles - Flores
Position: City Tourism Officer
Office of the City Mayor, City Hall Bldg., Brgy. Pulung Maragul, Angeles City
Tel. No.: (63 45) 322-0507
Trunkline: (63 45) 322-7231/7238/893-2212 loc. 195
Mobile: 0917-511-0119
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.angelescity.gov.ph
Arayat Tourism Office
Contact Person: Marivi Luriz Maninag
Position: Tourism Coordinator
Office of the Mayor, Arayat, Pampanga
Tel. No.: (63 45) 885-0020/961-6008/0927-216-0601
Aurora Provincial Tourism Office
Capitol Compound, Brgy. Suklayan, Baler, Aurora 5200
Provincial Tourism Officer: Michael Palispis
Tel. No. (63 42) 209-4373 / 4211 / 0929-303-3506
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.aurora.ph
Balanga City Tourism Council
Contact Person: Eva Banzon
Position Chairman
Office of the City Mayor, Balanga City
Tel. No.: (63 47) 237-3019/3510/2949
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.cityofbalanga.gov.ph
Balanga City Tourism Office
Contact Person: Marieta Gonzales
Office of the Mayor, Balanga City
Tel. No.: (63 47) 237-3510/1837/2969/791-4008
Position: Officer-in-Charge
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.cityofbalanga.gov.ph
Baler Tourism Council
Office of the Municipal Mayor, Baler, Aurora
Municipal Tourism Officer: Arturo Angara
Tel No: (63 42) 209-4287 / 4373 / 4211 / 722-0067/ 0917-829-2737
Telefax: (63 42) 209-4287
Email: [email protected]
Bamban Tourism Office (Municipal Planning & Development Office)
Location: Bamban, Tarlac
Office of the Municipal Mayor, Bamban, Tarlac
Contact Person: Maritess Sigua (Municipal Tourism Officer)
Phone (63 45) 925-0050/0918-483-0114
Email [email protected]
Bataan Provincial Tourism Office
Contact Person: Ceasar Cuayson
Position Provincial Tourism Officer
Provincial Tourism Office, Capitol Compound, City of Balanga, Bataan
Tel. No. (63 47) 237-4785/4476
Fax No. (63 47) 791-4787
Email: [email protected] or [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.bataan.gov.ph
Bataan Tourism Council Foundation, Inc.
Contact Person: Mrs. Victoria Garcia
Position: Chairman
Provincial Tourism Office, Capitol Compund, City of Balanga, Bataan
Tel. No.: (63 47) 237-4785/4476/2413
Fax No.: (63 47) 791-4787
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.bataan.gov.ph
Bulacan Provincial Tourism Office
Contact Person: Divina Quetua
Position: Tourism Division Chief
Hiyas ng Bulacan Convention Center, Malolos Ciy, Bulacan
Tel. No. (63 44) 791-7335/662-7635/662-7635/0917-517-8182
Administrator's Office: (63 44) 791-8141
Mobile: 0917-517-8182
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.bulacan.gov.ph
Bulacan Tourism Council
Contact Person: Gigi Simbulan
Position: Chairman
Office of the Governor, Malolos, Bulacan
Tel. No.: (63 2) 890-0102/8258
Email: [email protected]
Bustos Tourism Council
Contact Person: Nonilon Manuel
Office of the Mayor, Bustos, Bulacan
Position: Chairman
Phone: (63 44) 892-0543
Mobile: 0926-687-7728
Bustos Tourism Office
Contact: June Santos
Position: Municipal Tourism Officer
Office of the Mayor, Bustos, Bulacan
Phone: (63 44) 892-0543
Mobile: 0917-918-9665
Cabanatuan City Tourism Office
Contact Person: Remedios Odra
Position: City Tourism Officer
Office of the City Mayor, Cabanatuan City
Tel. No.: (63 44) 600-6950 / 464-5470 / 463-1719/0917-566-9849
Email: [email protected]
Calumpit Tourism Office
2/F Municipal Bldg., MPDC Office, Balungao, Calumpit, Bulacan
Contact: Avelina Vicente
Position: Municipal Tourism Officer
Phone: (63 44) 913-1119 / 675-1892
Mobile: 0920-904-1796
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.calumpit.gov.ph
Capas Municipal Tourism Office
Contact Person: Marissa Vidal
Position Municipal Tourism Officer
Office of the Mayor, MacArthur Hwy., Sto. Domingo II, Capas, Tarlac
Tel. No.: (63 45) 925-0112 loc 109 (Tourism) / loc 124 (Mayor's Office)/ 925-0154
Telefax: (63 45) 925-0408 (Direct Line Office of the Mayor)
Mobile: 0922-280-7921
Mobile: 0918-285-3019 (Ms. Vidal)
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Castillejos Tourism Office
Contact Person: Oscar Foronda
Position Municipal Tourism Officer
Office of the Mayor, Castillejos, Zambales
Tel. No.: (63 47) 623-2285/2238/0928-744-3687
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Central Luzon Tourism Council
Contact Person: Ms. Lydia Co
Position Regional Chairman
Ninoy Aquino Plazuela, Tarlac City
Tel. No.: (63 45) 982-4051/1923
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.tarlaccity.gov.ph
City of San Fernando Tourism Office
Contact Person: Ching Pangilinan
Position: City Tourism Officer
City Touris Division, City Hall, Consunji St., Brgy Sto. Rosario, City of San Fernando,
Pampanga
Tel. No.: (63 45) 961-6640 / 5684 / 3328 loc. 211
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.cityofsanfernando.gov.ph
Clark Development Corp. Tourism Promotions Office (TPO)
Contact Person Noemi Garcia / Lycia Marzan
Position: Manager
Clark Development Corporation, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Tel. No.: (63 45) 599-2854 / 3222 / 9000
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.visitclark.com or www.clark.com.ph
Dilasag Municipal Tourism Office (Aurora)
Contact Person: Freddie Asis
Position: Municipal Tourism Officer
Office of the Mayor, Municipality of Dilasag
Phone: 0920-280-3184/0916-968-2605
Dona Remedios Trinidad Tourism Office
Contact Person Adler Paulino/Bong Abando
Position: Chairman/MPDC
Office of the Municipal Mayor, Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan
Tel. No. 0918-908-1519/0918-908-1524
Email [email protected]
Floridablanca Tourism Office
Office of the Mayor, Floridablanca, Pampanga
Contact Person: Elizabeth Alojado
Position: Tourism Coordinator
Phone: (63 45) 970-1539
Mobile: 0916-715-9630
Email: [email protected]
Gerona Tourism Council
Contact Person: Marita Abellar
Position Chairman
Poblacion 3, Gerona, Tarlac
Phone: (63 45) 608-8028
Mobile: 0920-439-6575
Greater Clark Visiors Bureau (GCVB)
c/o Angeles International Travel Service, 805 Don Juico Ave., Clarkview, Malabanias, Angeles
City
Contact: Edward David - Executive Assistant
Phone: (63 45) 888-2175
Fax: (63 45) 322-0801
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Guimba Municipal Tourism Office
Contact: Rhea Leyva
Office of the Mayor, Brgy. Sta. Veronica, Guimba, 315 Nueva Ecija
Phone: (63 44) 611-7950
Mobile: 0917-876-7011
Iba Tourism and Promotion Office
Contact Person: Rufina Arcega
Position: Municipal Tourism Officer
Office of the Municipal Mayor, Municipality of Iba, Zambales
Tel. No.: (63 47) 811-2910/811-2708/3583
Mobile No.: 0917-803-7245
Website www.zambales.gov.ph
Iba Tourism Council
Contact Person: Ofelia Huang
Position: Chairman
c/o Petron Service Station (near Victory Liner) or Office of the Vice Mayor, Iba, Zambales
Tel. No. (63 47) 811-2597/811-2050/0915-604-2695
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.zambales.gov.ph
Macabebe Tourism Council
Contact: Arch. Johnny Baluyut (Chairman) / Cristy Reyes
c/o Mayor's Office, Macabebe, Pampanga
Phone: (63 45) 921-1234 #265
Maria Aurora Municipal Tourism Council
Maria Aurora Municipal Hall, Maria Aurora, Aurora
Municipal Tourism Coodinator: Noel C. Dulay
Tel. No.: (63 42) 722-112/ 0919-372-4764/0915-675-0441
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.mariaurora-aurora.gov.ph
Mayantoc Municipal Tourism Council (Tarlac)
Contact Person: Roselyn Cacho
Position: Municipal Tourism Officer
Office of the Mayor, Mayantoc, Tarlac
Email: [email protected]
Meycauayan City Tourism Office
Contact Person: Elma Baltazar
Position: City Tourism Officer
4 Pagasa, Malhacan, Meycauayan City
Phone: (044) 935-2486
Mobile: 0915-998-7238
Munoz Science City Tourism Office
Contact Person: Dyan Aquino
Position: City Tourism Officer
Office of the City Mayor, Munoz, Nueva Ecija
Phone: (63 44) 456-0028/4560/4562
Mobile: 0927-498-0193
Nueva Ecija Tourism Services Office
Contact Person: Carolina Uy
Position: Provincial Tourism Officer
Maria Aurora Rd., Brgy. Singalat, Office of the Governor, Palayan City 3132
Tel. No.: (63 44) 982-3041 Trunkline /0910-888-8288
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.nuevaecija.gov.ph
Obando Tourism Council
Contact Person Rodolfo Alejo
Position Chairman
Office of the Municipal Mayor, Obando, Bulacan
Tel. No.: (63 2) 294-7097
Email: [email protected]
Olongapo Tourism Council Development Ass., Inc.
Contact Person: Erlinda Lim
Position:Chairperson
3rd Flr., Olongapo City Hall, West Bajac Bajac, Olongapo City
Tel. No. (63 47) 222-2073 / 0918-905-7857
Email: [email protected]
Olongapo City Tourism Office
Contact Person: Lorela Montoya
Position: Officer-In-Charge
G/F Olongapo City Convention Center, Old Hospital Rd., East Tapinac, Olongapo City
Tel. No.: (63 47) 224-1471
Tel. No.: Olongapo City Hall (63 47) 222-2206 / 2565 / 2232 / 4777 c/o Liezl Elica (Chief of
Staff)
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.olongapocity.gov.ph
Palauig Municipal Tourism Office
Contact Person: Danilo Timbol
Position: Municipal Tourism Coordinator
Office of the Municipal Mayor, Palauig, Zambales
Tel. No.: 0917-952-1533/0929-352-9424
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Palayan City Tourism Office
Contact: Kate Mighty DC Agbalog
Position Tourism Operations Officer
Office of the City Mayor, Palayan City
Tel. No.: (63 44) 958-1510
Mobile: 0927-404-9731
Email: [email protected]
Palayan City Tourism Council
Contact Person: Vision de Guzman
Position: Chairman
Office of the City Mayor, Palayan City
Tel. No.: (63 44) 463-1048
Email: [email protected]
Pampanga Arts, Culture and Tourism Office
Provincial Tourism Office, Capitol Cpd., Sto. Nino, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Contact: Arwin Paul Lingat(PTO) / Michelle Malonzo
Tel. No. (63 45) 963-0107/961-0538
Mobile: 0928-316-0433 (Michelle)
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.pampanga.gov.ph
Pantabangan Tourism Office (Nueva Ecija)
Contact Person: Emisonia Gante
Position: Tourism Operations Officer
Office of the Municipal Mayor, Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija
Mobile: 0917-881-3375
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Pilar Tourism Council (Bataan)
Contact Person: Alicia Pizarro
Position Chairman
Office of the Municipal Mayor, Pilar, Bataan
Tel. No.: (63 47) 237-4402/3001
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.bataan.gov.ph
Pulilan Tourism Office (Bulacan)
Contact: Santos Satos
Position: Municipal Tourism Officer
Address Office of the Mayor, Pulilan, Bulacan
Tel. No.: (63 44) 676-1234
San Jose City Tourism Office
Contact Person Lito Buenaventura
Position: City Tourism Officer
Address City Tourism Office, City Health Compound, San Jose City, Nueva Ecija
Tel. No.: (63 44) 511-1744
Email: [email protected]
San Jose del Monte City Information and Tourism Office
Contact Person: Dante Navarro
Position City Information and Tourism Officer
Office of the Mayor, San Jose del Monte City, Bulacan
Tel. No.: (63 44) 691-6018/6680/1803
Mobile: 0921-710-9526
Email: [email protected]
San Jose Tourism Council
Contact Person: Dindo Talplacido
Position: Chairman
Office of the City Mayor, San Jose City
Tel. No.: (63 44) 511-1111/7950
Email: [email protected]
San Leonardo Tourism Council
Contact Person: Liza gross
409 San Anton, San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija
Tel. No.: (63 44) 486-7656/880-5808/971-0089
Email: [email protected]
San Leonardo Tourism Office
Office of the Mayor, San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija
Contact Person: Engr. Bernardo Garcia / Josephine de Guzman
Position: Tourism Operations Officer / Tourism Operations Assistant
Tel. No.: (63 44) 604-3005/0910-248-7145
San Luis Municipal Tourism Office
Brgy. 2, Poblacion, San Luis, Aurora
Municipal Tourism Coordinator: Abigaile Ormilla
Mobile 0919-462-7387
Email: [email protected]
Sierra Madre Tourism Council
Office of the Mayor, Laur, Nueva Ecija
Contact Person John Joe Samano
Position: Chairman
Mobile No. 0918-694-9242
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (FSC Tourism Department)
Contact Person: Junellan Divinagracia
Position Manager
H8211 MCO Bldg., Burgos St., cor Causeway Rd., Subic Bay Freeport Zone 2222
Tel. No.: (63 47) 252-3143/3375/2319
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.subicbay.com.ph
Website: www.sbma.com
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (Tourism Department)
Contact Person: Raul Marcelo / Portia Zabala / Nida Rojo
Position: Deputy Administrator for Tourism Development
2/F, Bldg. 662, Taft St., Central Business District Area, Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Tel. No.: (63 47) 252-4655 (Manager's Office) / 252-4149 (Secretary's Office) / 252-4195
(Admin Office) / 252-4197 (Special Events) / 252-4154 (VIP Services) / 252-4123
(Beautification) / 252-4242 (Tourism Information) / 252-4229/4788/4194 (Accreditation c/o Rodel
Mayor)
Fax No.: (63 47) 252-4194
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected] (Nida Rojo)
Email: [email protected] (Rodel Mayor)
Website: www.subicbay.com.ph
Website: www.sbma.com
Talavera Tourism Office (Nueva Ecija)
Contact Person: Elman Maniquiz
Position Information & Tourism Officer
Office of the Mayor, Talavera
Tel. No.: (63 44) 411-0285
Tarlac City Tourism Office
Contact Person: Wilfredo Toldanes
Position City Tourism Officer
Ninoy Aquino Plazuela, Tarlac City
Tel. No. (63 45) 982-4051/1923
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.tarlaccity.gov.ph
Tarlac Provincial Investment Tourism and Information Office
Contact Person: Ma. Asuncion Y. Fronda
Position Provincial Investment, Tourism and Information Officer
Provincial Information Office, 2/F Provincial Capitol Bldg., Capitol Hills, San Vicente,Tarlac City
Phone: (63 45) 800-1607/1499 / 1949 / 982-1234 loc 148
Telefax (63 45) 982-1363
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Zambales Provincial Tourism & Investment Promotions Office
Contact Person: Librada 'Badith' Guevarra
Position: Provincial Tourism Officer
2nd Flr., Office of the Governor, Provincial Capitol Bldg., Iba, Zambales
Tel. No.: (63 47) 811-7216/7218
Office of the Governor (63 47) 811-3228/7203
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.visitzambales.com or www.zambales.gov.ph
Zambales Tourism Council Foundation
Contact Person: Dr. Teresa Yap
Position Secretary
Capitol Bldg., Iba, Zambales
Tel. No.: (63 47) 252-1853/5212
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.visitzambales.com
Emergency Numbers
Philippine National Police (PNP)
Public Information Office:
Telephone No.: (02) 725 5115
PNP 24-hour hotline
Telephone No.: (02) 722 2353 / 722 9587
Patrol 117:
117
Regional Police Office/Office of the Regional Director
Camp Olivas, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
(045) 961-2980 / 860-2943
Aurora Police Provincial Office
Camp Capt. Victor Ravina, Brgy. Sabang, Baler, Aurora
Cellular Phone: 09193312398
Bataan Police Provincial Office
Camp Cirilo S. Tlentino, Balanga City, Bataan
Telephone No.: (047) 791-1511 / 2618
Bulacan Police Provincial Office
Camp Gen. Alejo S. Santos, City of Malolos, Bulacan
Telephone No.: (044) 662-0273 / 790-6063 / 662-5861
Nueva Ecija Police Provincial Office
Burgos St., Cabanatuan City
Telephone Number: (044) 463-0926 / 600-0365
Pampanga Police Provincial Office
Capitol Compound, Sto. Niño, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Telephone Number: (045) 963-3874
Tarlac Police Provincial Office
Camp Macabulos, San Vicente, Tarlac City, Tarlac
Telephone No.: (045) 982-1972
Zambales Police Provincial Office
Camp Conrado D. Yap, Sto. Rosario, Iba, Zambales
Telephone No.: (047) 811-2885 / 811-1602
Public Holidays
January 1
New Year’s Day
February 25
EDSA Revolution Day
April 9
Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor)
May 1
Labor Day
May 7
Jose Abad Santos Day
June 12
Independence Day
Last Sunday of August
National Heroes Day
Movable
Eid-ul-Fitr (end of month of fasting)
Last Friday of October
Fiestang Apu (Angeles City only)
November 30
Bonifacio Day
December 8
Immaculate Concepcion (Angeles City only)
December 11
Pampanga Day
December 25
Christmas Day
December 30
Rizal Day
During the Catholic observance of Holy Week (Lenten season), Maundy Thursday and Good
Friday are declared as holidays.
FESTIVALS
Aguman Sanduk (Fellowship of the Ladle)
Date: January 1
Venue: Minalin, Pampanga
The Aguman Sanduk of Minalin is celebrated in the afternoon at 2 p.m., January 1 (start at Sto.
Domingo Church), while the rest of the country takes a break from the previous night's New
Year revelry, and there's no one to catch the boys and men of this sleepy fishing town wear
their mother's lipstick and put on their wive's dresses. The strange and largely secret tradition
began in 1934; even Mayors and parish priests are said to have also joined hundreds of men
who parade annually on the street in full transvestite bloom. At the end of the day they choose
the Aguman queen, who is usually the ugliest of the cross-dressers.
Contact Person: Office of the Municial Administrator
Tel. No. (63 45) 878-0306 / Mobile 0916-392-9404
Kuraldal
Date: Jan 6
Venue: Sasmoan, Pampanga
The Kuraldal of Sasmuan occurs during the week of the town fiesta on January 6, when
Kapampangans from neighboring towns gather in front of the chapel of St. Lucy and dance for
favors all night. As soon as the mass ends at 8:00 p.m., the rowdy entry of the brass band
signals the start of non-stop dancing that lasts till 3:00 a.m. Barren women are said to get
pregnant after the festival. What is unique about this event is the mix of pagan and Christian
elements shown in the tribal beat that the crowd dances to, and the rowdy adulation around the
statue of St. Lucy. Contact Person Lilibeth Yambao Tel. No. (63 45) 900-0306
Malatarlak Festival
Date: January
Venue: Tarlac City, Tarlac
Malatarlak Festival, held in Tarlac City, derives its name from a Negrito word which means
grass that grows abundantly in the area. The grass family contains plants of vast economic,
ecological and historical importance including wheat, rice, rye, corn, barley, sugarcane, bamboo
and an array of grassland species. The festival features various contingents of school children
garbed in grass-inspired costumes - painted with black soots - all merrily dancing to the beat of
local tunes and ethnic instruments made of bamboo. Contact Person Wilfredo Toldanes Tel. No.
(63 45) 982-4051/1923
Sto. Nino Festival
Date: Jan. 25
Venue: Malolos City, Bulacan
The biggest expression of devotion to the Holy child Jesus in the entire Luzon island. The event
features a week long celebration cum exhibits, a procession featuring more than a hundred
caros of diverse images of the the Sto. Nino. Contact Person: Divina Quetwa
Tel. No. (63 44) 662-7635/791-7335/662-7635
Ibon-Ebon Festival
Date: February 6 -7
Venue: Candaba, Pampanga
One of the more colorful events in Pampanga, the Ibon Ebon Festival (literally means 'bird egg') initiated by Mayor Jerry Pelayo features the municipality of Candaba as the home of
thousands of migratory birds from different parts of the globe, and at the same time showcase
its growing duck-egg industry. Among the activities featured during the two-day event include:
street-dance performance by Tribung Dumara and other schools' contingents, exhibits and trade
fair at the Ms. Earth Park, bird-inspired fite flying exhibition, itik race and boat race along
Pampanga river.
Aurora Surfing Cup
Date: February 12-15
Venue: Baler, Aurora
Every February, the province of Aurora plays host to the Aurora Surfing Cup, which through the
years, has established a steady following of local and international surfing enthusiasts. The
province boasts of internationally recognized surf sites such as Sabang Beach (beach break),
Cemento Beach (reef break), and Charlie's Point (river mouth break). The best waves in these
areas come around October to March. Contact Person: Michael Palispis Tel. No. (63 42) 2094373/4211
Philippine International Hot-Air Balloon Festival
Date: 2nd Thurs-Sun of February
Venue: Clark, Pampanga
Held every 2nd weekend of February in Clark, the annual festival features air-sporting events
like hot-air balloon competition, aircraft maneuvers and precision flying, ultralights, RC
Demonstration Flying, sky diving, aircarft rally, rocketeering, flag jump, balloon bursting
competition, kite flying, trade fair, carnival rides and nightly concerts. The participation of
international hot-air balloons from all over the world draws thousands of people to the site to
witness the early morning balloon fly-out and late afternoon fly-in. The festival was initiated by
the Department of Tourism in 1994 by then Secretary Mina Gabor to rescucitate the fledgling
spirit of the Kapampangans - only three years following the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. The
tourism regional office led by Regional Director Ronaldo Tiotuico handled the initial stages of
the project in cooperation with Clark Development Corp. and the local government of Angeles
City before turning it over to the Hot Air Balloon Club of the Philippines under the leadership of
Capt. Joy Roa of Air Ads, Inc. in 1999. For information on the current festival, visit
www.philballoonfest.net or http://www.philskies.net/library/pihabf2008/ or send query to
[email protected] [email protected] [email protected] Contact Person: Air Ads, Inc.
(Capt. Joy Roa) Tel. No. (63 2) 833-3264 / 831-4939 / 551-2780 Fax No. (63 2) 831-4939 or call
mobile : 0929-314-9191 Website www.flyaai.com or www.asianairsafari.com
Aurora Foundation Day
Date: Feb 13 - 19
Venue: Baler, Aurora
The most awaited event during the celebration of the annual Aurora Foundation Day is the socalled 'Karansa': a Street Dancing Competition where the concept of cooperation and unity
called 'Paatag' prevails as the overall theme of the day's hilarious activities. The weeklong
activity includes singing and dancing competition, parade of the eight towns of the province with
matching thematic floats and beauty queens, Search for Bb. Aurora and a streetside tourism
and investment exhibits. The festival culminates in a beach party and fireworks display. A
wreath-laying ceremony takes place at the foot of the monument of Dona Aurora Quezon before
the end of the festival. Contact Person: Michael Palispis Tel. No. (63 42) 209-4373/4211
Caragan Festival
Date: February 28
Venue: Mabalacat, Pampanga
Held every 3rd week of Feruary as part of the month-long celebration of the town fiesta of
Mabalacat, Pampanga, the event is named after the first chieftain known as Caragan of the said
town who happens to be an Aeta and married to a Mabalaquena named Laureana Tolentino.
The highlight of the festival is the street parade featuring all of Aeta culture and heritage.
Contact Information: Pampanga Arts and Culture Office, Tel. No. (63 45) 961-0538 / 963-0107
Anao Town Fiesta
Date: March 13-15
Venue: Municipality of Anao, Tarlac
Founding anniversary of the town of Anao in Tarlac featuring events such as Miss Anao beauty
pageant, street dancing, games called Laro ng Lahi para sa Kabataan, non-stop ballroom
dancing and thanksgiving mass.
Contact: Mayor Edgardo Felipe
Phone (63 45) 493-2023/
Email [email protected]
Paynauen 'Duyan' Festival
Date: April 19 - 23
Venue: Iba, Zambales
Paynauen Festival in Iba, Zambales which commemorates the provincial capital's founding
anniversary (founded in 1611) traces its origin from a Zambal word which means rest or
pahingahan - the ancient name of Iba before the Spanish conquistadores founded the village on
the shore of the Bancal River in 1611. The festival is the brainchild of Vice Mayor Benjamin
Farin, Jr. It features photo competition and exhibit, sand sculpture competition, skate boarding,
2-cock derby, carabao race, beauty pageant, kite flying, banca race, boxing tournament, street
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Zambales Mango Festival
Date: April 23 - 26
Venue: Iba, Zambales
The event is a celebration of a bountiful harvest of mangoes and other agricultural products
which the province is so known for. It is aimed to highlight the must-see attractions and places
of interest in all its towns. Among the activities during the event include Hataw Saya Street
Dancing Competition, trade fair and exhibit, Lakbay Zamables Cycling Competition, PINAKA
Product Display, Mango Fruit Stand Competition, Agri-Karera ng Kalabaw, Huli Mo, Biik Mo,
Alaga ko si Bantay Competition, Sand Sculpting Competition, Mango Mixing Bar-tending
Competition, Mango Ultimate Dance Showdown, Mango Jam and Pie Making and much more.
Contact Information: Zambales Provincial Tourism & Investment Office, Badit Guevarra, Tel. No.
(63 47) 811-7221/7216/7218 Website www.zambales.gov.ph or www.visitzambales.com
Sibit-Sibit Summer Festival
Date: April 25 - 27
Venue: Olongapo City (Brgy. Barreto)
The name Sibit-Sibit was derived from the name of small paddle-driven bancas used for fishing
during the early days when Brgy. Barreto was yet called Sitio Maquinaya. During fiestas,
fisherfolk hold banca race using pure human strength to win the competition. Today, the festival
competition includes motorized banca race and sail boat competition to add fun and excitement
to the activity. In the summer of 1996, the idea came to mind when then barangay Kagawad
Carlito A. Baloy set sail to stage the 1st Sibit-Sibit Festival at Driftwood Beach. It was held
yearly but later was shelved for various reasons. The event was revived by the city Government
under the leadership of Mayor James J. Gordon Jr. in 2006.
Tanduyong Festival
Date: April 25
Venue: San Jose City, Nueva Ecija
San Jose City prides itself as the "Onion Capital of the Philippines" and is a leading producer of
onion, garlic, rice and vegetables. Every year, on the fourth Sunday of April, the people of San
Jose dance through the main street in a colorful, enchanting celebration of the blessing of the
harvest. On festival day, the streets are filled with contingents of dancers outfitted in striking,
multi-hued native costumes. Exotic rhythms of improvised musical instruments fill the air as the
dancers gyrate and sway to the beat of life. Special activities included are: beauty contest,
tourism and trade fair, awarding ceremony and cultural shows. Contact Person Lito
Buenaventura Tel. No. (63 44) 511-1744
Pastillas Festival
Date: Month of May
Venue: San Miguel, Bulacan
The festival is a tribute to one of the town's famous sweets - pastillas de leche (carabao milk
candies). The town was formerly known as San Miguel de Mayumo, so called because it was
renowned for the sweets made there. Among the events in the festival are demonstrations on
pastillas cooking and the craft of making pabalat, the lacey pastillas wrappers made of rice
paper.
Pulilan Carabao Festival
Date: May 14 - 15
Venue: Pulilan, Bulacan
An annual festival featuring hundreds of water buffaloes (carabao) parading along the streets of
Pulilan followed by a throng of colorful floats and farming machines - all celebrating the feat of
their patron saint, San Isidro de Labrador. The popular beasts of burden are cleaned and waxed
to an ebony shine, their horns festooned with garlands of flowers, and and made to take a bow
before the town church by performing the traditional genuflection - an incredible feat that never
fails to mesmerize local and foreign visitors. One week before the the feast day, a number of
agri-related events are held in the town to primarily focus on and promote the economic
development programs of the local government. Farmers hold contest such as carabao races,
best crops competition and other folk children's games. Prizes are at stake for the best-looking
carabao, the most skillful and the cleanest, the best themed-cart float, among other events.
Obando Fertility Dance
Date: May 17 - 19
Venue: Obando, Bulacan
Devotees from all over dance their way to find a lover or be rewarded with a child on the feast
days of San Pascual Baylon, Sta. Clara de Asis and La Concepcion de Nuestra known as
Virgen de Salambao every May 17 - 19. Be enthralled by rythmic dances of men and women
accompanied by traditional brass bands - all garbed in Filipiniana attire.
Calumpit Libad Festival
Date: June 23
Venue: Calumpit, Bulacan
The colorful event is celebrated on June 23, the day before the fiesta, when a fluvial procession
in honor of the town's patron saint, St. John the Baptist, is held on the Pampanga river which is
made more festive by the presence of a host of decorated pagodas and bancas of every
barangay. While the procession goes on, people dance while townsfolk watch in merriment
along the riverbanks, and the traditional "Basaan" (water splashing) including the throwing of
plastic-packed food keep people on their toes. Contact Person: Office of the Mayor
Tel. No. (63 44) 425-4136
Taong Putik
Date: June 24
Venue: Aliaga, Nueva Ecija
Taong Putik originated from a unique practice of the devotees of Saint John the Baptist in
Bibiclat, Aliaga, Nueva Ecija. Their bodies are completely coated with mud and adorned with
vines, banana leaves or dried coconut leaves to hide their identity and as an act of humility and
penance. The ritual starts as the curtain of the early dawn rises on June 24 - as the streets of
Bibiclat becomes the stage for the unfolding of the performance of the devotees of the Fiesta ni
San Juan Bautista. The Taong Putik (mud men) ask for alms and candles from the people and
offering them at the church during the special mass celebrated at 7:00 in the morning. Devotees
are also known as "San Juan or nag-sa-San Juan" by the townsfolk of Aliaga because they
imitate Saint John the Baptist who hid his role as the chosen one to baptize Jesus Christ by
wearing animal skin to deceive those who were after his head. A special mass and procession
follow, with the taong putik in attendance. Thereafter, they wash up, symbolizing rebirth, They
dress up and partake of the fiesta food and drink, music and merrymaking.
Apung Iru Fluvial Parade
Date: June 28 - 30
Venue: Apalit, Pampanga
The Apung Iru Fluvial Parade in Apalit, Pampanga begins on June 28 when the ivory image of
St. Peter, sitting on a papal throne, is transferred by boat from its permanent shrine in Brgy.
Capalangan to Brgy. Sulipan, and culminates on June 30 when the image is returned.
Thousands of devotees line both sides of the river shouting, waving leaves and flowers, and
splashing in frenzy as the layered pagoda bearing the statue passes by accompanied by
hundreds of boats. The floating pagoda, which bears the brass band and about 70 people
dancing the traditional Kuraldal, is pulled along the river by swimmers who call themselves the
Knights of St. Peter. During the fluvial procession, thousands of revelers on the riverbanks
perform the annual shower of packed food containing boiled eggs, rice, and canned sardines
meant for the swimmers. The annual event never fails to attract thousands of local and foreign
tourists.
Pagoda sa Wawa
Date: 1st Sunday of July
Venue: Bocaue, Bulacan
Held annually on the 1st Sunday of July in the town of Bocaue, the festival features a fluvial
parade in honor of the miraculous "Krus sa Wawa". A huge pagoda bearing the image of the
Krus accompanied by some 200 devotees symbolizes a dramatic tradition inspired by centuriesold tales. It is believed that the mounting of such a festival assures the agricultural town of
Bocaue a bountiful harvest. Pagoda sa Wawa, in the truest sense, is an exploration of the
medium of the water or the river to dramatize the meaning of Christianity in the lives of the local
folks. Legend says that a wooden cross was seen drifting along the Bocaue River one day of
July, in the year 1850. Found at the intersection of two tributaries, the cross was left to float by a
local fisherman named Crispin Mendoza and tested on which direction it would go. And when
the tide led it naturally to the direction of Bocaue, it was brought immediately to the church to
become the parish's principal object of veneration, eclipsing on most occasions the original
patron saint of the town, Saint Martin of Tours. Boat races, nine-day prayers, games, revelry
and races are all done in the river before the Miraculous Cross is transferred to the church
where it will be enshrined for the entire year. Contact Person Rommel Villanueva (Municipal
Administrator) Tel. No. (63 44) 692-1234/3038
Sabutan Festival
Date: August 22-25
Venue: San Luis, Aurora
The Sabutan Festival in the town of San Luis, province of Aurora highlights the importance of
growing palm trees locally called Sabutan on the community's economic wellbeing. The raw
material which grows on mountain terrain and forest land is used to weave a variety of useful
products and ornamentals like hats, placemats, fans and even native dress - all made of
Sabutan. The exclusive art of weaving Sabutan is handed down from one generation to the
other. The festival features native dance presentation among school children, trade fair, cultural
shows and exhibits.
Singkaban Festival (Linggo ng Bulacan)
Date: Sept. 8 - 15
Venue: Malolos City, Bulacan
Known to many as Linggo ng Bulacan, the festival is a celebration of the arts and culture for the
patron saint of the province, the Fiesta of Our Lady of Victory and is held at the provincial capitol
grounds, Malolos City, on September 8 - 15 of every year. In conjunction with this, the annual
Singkaban Festival is held. Singkaban is an acronym for "sining at kalinangan' (art and culture).
It celebrates also the anniversary of the first Philippine Congress established on September 15,
1898 at Barasoain Church. Festivities include a 'balagtasan' (debate or declamation patterned
after the poetry of Francisco Balagtas), folk dances, 'kundiman' (Filipino plaintive love song),
Indakan sa Kalye (street dancing), and Lakan at Lakambini ng Bulacan beauty pageant. The
event also showcases Bulacan's products - fireworks, plants, and delicacies like puto, inipit and
pastillas de leche. In 2008, the provincial government made a bid to establish the LONGEST
PASTILLAS (Carabao milk candy) in the Guinness World Record under the category of
'amazing feats' at 202.6 meters long, 5 inches in diameter (more than 4,000 kilos to prepare,
12,800 liters of carabao milk, 1,600 kilos of sugar and 200 volunteers to shape and wrap the
longest candy bar).
Angel Festival
Date: September 29
Venue: San Rafael, Bulacan
The Angel Festival in San Rafael, Bulacan is an extravagant parade where thousands of young
people dance on the streets as "angels dressed in colorful and magnificent costumes" and as
symbol of the choirs of angels coming down from heaven to walk on the streets traversed by
man. It is held on September 29, the feast day of the town's parton saint, San Rafael Archangel.
Since 1992 when the festival started, the event never fails to draw the attention of a massive
crowd to witness the angels dance. The annual celebration not only adds meaning to the rich
cultural heritage of the town of San Rafael but also intensifies and deepens the devotion of
people towards the Divine Healer amd Guide of the Christian pilgrim.
Contact Person: Rev. Fr. Dennis Espejo
Tel. No. 0917-629-5285
Ulo ng Apo Festival
Date: Month of October
Venue: Olongapo City
Olongapeńos celebrate the Ulo ng Apo Festival to commemorate the city’s remarkable
history. The festival, celebrated annually during the month of October, is highlighted by a
mardigras with famous celebrities from Manila, live band shows, street dancing contingents
performing along Magsaysay Drive. The festival is spearheaded by the Olongapo City Business
Club Inc. in coordination with the city government.
Fiestang Culiat
Date: October 1 - 31
Venue: Angeles City
In celebration of the twin fiestas of La Naval and Pyestang Apu. Several fun-filled activities are
undertaken during the month of October, among which are: Capampangan Food Festival,
Parade of Floats, Cultural Nights at the Museo ng Angeles courtesy of various religious and
private organizations, Kundiman ning Angeles-Rigodon de Honor, Fiestang Culiat Car Show,
golf tournament, boxing match, children's olympics, and of course the now famous Tigtigan at
Terakan Keng Dalan every last Friday and Saturday of October. For further details, please
contact Angeles City Tourism Office, Tel. No. (63 45) 322-0507/7231/7238/893-2212 loc 195
Pyestang Tugak (Frog Festival)
Date: October 7-9, (movable)
Venue: City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Started in 2003 to perpetuate the beautiful traditions that emerged through the years in catching
and cooking frogs that used to abound in the rice fields of Pampanga. The citizens of San
Fernando have reserved a special day every year to honor this amphibian because of its
important contributions to the environment, the economy and culture. It also resembles the
Fernandino in many ways, including its resiliency.
Pawikan Festival
Date: November 29-30 (movable)
Venue: Brgy. Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan
Pawikan Festival in Brgy. Nagbalayong, Morong was organized to intensify the information
campaign and generate public awareness on the importance of endangered baby Olive Ridley
turtles (Lepidochelys Olivacea are the smallest in the world) in our eco-system. The weeklong
celebration is highlighted by a ceremonial releasing of Pawikan hatchlings in the blue waters off
South China Sea , street dancing competition where participants are dressed gaudily in turtlelike clothing, walk for a cause, trade fair, beach volleyball, graffiti painting contest, sand castling
contest, coastal clean-up project, seminars and other activities. The event is a joint project of
the provincial tourism office, Bataan Tourism Council Foundation, Inc., municipal tourism council
and LGU of Morong. Contact Person: Caesar Cuayson / Christina Banzon Tel. No. (63 47) 2374785/2413
Belenismo sa Tarlac: The Art of Making Belen
Date: December
Venue: Province of Tarlac
The campaign to create an annual tourist attraction for Tarlac and at the same time develop a
Belen-related cottage industry while preserving the religious importance of remembering the
birth of Jesus Christ has gained ground with the launch in December 2007 of "Belenismo sa
Tarlac," a project initiated by a group led by Ms. Isabel Cojuangco-Suntay that seeks to
transform the province into the "Belen Capital" of the Philippines. Belenismo in Spanish means
"the art of making Belen, a representation of the Nativity scene in which the Holy Family
(Joseph, Mary and the infant Jesus) is visited by the three wise men who came to the manger
through the guidance of a star. During the Yuletide season, entries to the competition ranging
from larger than life-size, personal, monumental, to dioramas are displayed in various places
around the province while the smaller dioramas are housed at the Museo de Tarlac. (Source:
Philippine Daily Inquirer dated December 25, 2007, authored by Russell Arador)
Sinukwan Festival
Date: Dec 3 - 9
Venue: City of San Fernando, Pampanga
The Sinukwan Festival relives the Kapampangan spirit with a weeklong calendar of cultural
revivals capped by a grand street-dance parade in the City of San Fernando, with some 21
towns outdoing each other to the tune of "Atin Cu Pung Singsing", It features hordes of gailydressed and gaudily crowned Pampangenos, native music and rituals. Organized annually by
the Save Pampanga Movement, the festival memorializes Aring Sinukwan, an ancient mythical
god, who is the epitome of Kapampangan culture. Activities include photo contest and exhibits,
food and arts showcase (Lutong Kapampangan), Kapampangan singing competition, serenata
and beauty pageant.
Duman Festival
Date: December 5, 2009 (Movable)
Venue: Sta. Rita, Pampanga (Parish church patio)
The annual Duman Festival is a culinary exposition cum cultural show where people can eat the
best Kapampangan food "al fresco" and in the comfort of traditional and contemporary
Kapampangan songs and performances under the shadow of the Sta. Rita Parish Church. The
festival is also in honor of the local delicacy called Duman. It is a Christmas delicacy that is
made from young gluttonous rice which is a variety of palay. It originated from the tradition of
pounding and winnowing unripe glutinous rice (lacatan) and turning it into a light pale gold or
green delicacy called "duman." The glutinous rice is harvested just before it gets ripe and
continuously pounded amidst song and merriment. During harvest, mature kernels fall off.
(Source: Sunstar Pampanga, issue 11/30/08)
Giant Lantern Festival (Ligligan Parul)
Date: Saturday before December 25
Venue: City of San Fernando, Pampanga (SM City Pampanga)
Rising at 18 feet in diameter and fitted with close to 7,000 bulbs that blink on and off through a
number of rotors in sync with a medley of Filipino Christmas songs, these giant lanterns let out
not less than 10 designs that feature geometric shapes, flowers, fans, cones and hearts glowing
in all colours of the rainbow. The exhibition is usually capped by the opening of the innermost
circle in half to reveal in full bloom what the lantern makers designed to be the showcase of their
presentation like the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to the grand applause from a crowd
estimated at 20,000 each year. The festival is participated in by some 8-10 villages of the City
San Fernando in Pampanga with each one creating its own design, colour combination and
interplay of lights and sound. The city is known as the lantern capital of the Philippines.
Subic Karakoa Festival
Date: TBA
Venue: Subic Bay Freeport, Zambales
In honor of the warship Karakoa, a warship built by the Pintados tribe, SBMA sets the stage for
a unique festival filled with colorful floats, parade and motorcade called Subic Karakoa Festival.
It is meant to complement the annual Philippine Motorsports Festival and the Karakoa Food
Festival. Contact Person: Nida Rojo Tel. No. 63 47) 252-4123/4242/4194/4196/4195/4561
AURORA
The province was named after President Manuel L. Quezon's wife, Aurora. Quezon, the
first president of the Philippine Commonwealth, was born in Baler. Aurora was first explored by
Juan de Salcedo in 1571, when he reached Casiguran and Baler from Laguna. In 1609, a
Franciscan mission was founded in Baler. In 1735, Baler was destroyed by a tidal wave from the
Pacific Ocean. The surviving inhabitants decided to move to higher ground. In 1814, the village
of Binondo was founded away from the coast. Baler was a part of Nueva Ecija until 1902, when
it was ceded to Tayabas, the former name of Quezon province. During the commonwealth
period, when President Quezon unexpectedly visited Binondo, he named it Aurora in honor of
his wife. In 1951, municipalities now comprising the province were organized into Aurora, a subprovince of what had then become Quezon. The municipality of Aurora was changed to Maria
Aurora. On August 13, 1979 Aurora became a separate province by virtue of Batas Pambansa
No.7.
Aurora is a province blessed with an abundance of tourist attractions. It has its share of
historical sights such as the home and resthouse of former Philippine President Manuel L.
Quezon. The province also has a beautiful Catholic church and several historical markers. Its
natural attractions include picturesque waterfalls, lush greenery on mountainsides, and
panoramic beaches. Surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, mountain climbing and trekking are only
some of the activities a tourist can enjoy in Aurora.
How to get there
Aurora can be reached via two road networks - the Canili-Pantabangan Road and the BalerBongabon Road. Genesis Transport with terminals in Manila and Pasay City offers daily
morning trips from Manila to Baler. Travel time is approx 8 hours. For those coming from the
northern provinces, D Liner buses stationed in Baguio take 8 hours to reach Baler. Buses,
jeepneys and private vans stationed in Cabanatuan Central Terminal in Nueva Ecija take two
hours to reach the southern-most town of Dingalan, and four hours to reach Baler.
Activites:
Picnicking
Picnicking in the valleys of Aurora could be one delightful activity for tourists. One could pick out
a nice area in the IFRC Nursery and Falls, where a mantelpiece could be set in between a twin
falls, and enjoy sumptuous broiled delights from the sea and fresh tropical fruit. Other
mountainous areas are filled with tiny falls, springs, and rivulets where picnics are ideal.
Surfing
Aurora is a paradise for surfers, with its long coastline exposed to the Pacific Ocean. The sport
was made famous in the Province by the classic film Apocalypse Now. The scene in which U.S.
soldiers are surfing was filmed here, and the production crew left behind surfboards for the
locals to use. The locals of Baler claim that the surf is sometimes so huge that they could hear it
all the way from the provincial capitol building, some 1.5 km away from the coast.
Surfing Areas
There are numerous surfing points in Aurora, but the municipality of Baler offers most of the
more accessible surfing areas with good accommodations.
Baler is also home to the country's largest Filipino surfing community, numbering about 50,
although there are only some 20 surfboards in the entire town. The local surfers are always
friendly and hospitable to visiting surfers, and it pays to learn from their experience with the
waves in the area.
Snorkeling
Aurora has an abundance of shallow coral reefs, where a snorkeler can enjoy the myriad forms
of coral and undersea life. The beauties of the reef that stretch throughout the lengthy coastline
are still waiting to be discovered.
Scuba Diving
Aurora has many prime spots waiting to be discovered by an adventurous scuba diver along the
reefs and coral-lined shores. The main snag to the sport is the lack of scuba diving equipment
and air compressor units for oxygen tank refilling.
But if you care to bring your own equipment, you may find scuba diving in Aurora to be a most
rewarding experience... and you may be among the first divers to explore the untouched reefs in
the deeper reaches of the province's coast.
Mountain Climbing
Aurora is a prime spot for mountain climbing and nature trekking activities, with its large forest
reserve areas, its vast lowlands and foothills, and the presence of the Sierra Madre Mountain
Ranges.
The variety of terrain coupled with the abundance of clear streams, waterfalls and vegetation
can make for a trekking experience as unique and challenging as one can plan. Trekkers are
advised, however, to consult local officials in the municipalities to ensure that the area is safe
beforehand.
Tourist Attractions
Historical & Cultural
Aurora Quezon Marker
Poblacion, Baler
Not far from the Lt. Gilmore Marker and the Baler Catholic Church is the historic marker built in
honor of Doña Aurora Aragon Quezon, the wife of Commonwealth President Manuel L. Quezon.
Aurora Quezon was known for her untiring efforts in social welfare, especially for the benefit of
the people of Aurora province.
Birthplace of Manuel L. Quezon
Baler, Aurora
On this site in the town of Baler, was born Manuel Luis Quezon on August 19, 1878 as the
indomitable crusader of Philippine independence and social justice, great and fiery
statesman;dynamic and farsighted leader and true patriot; son of Lucio Quezon and Maria
Molina; became a soldier in 1899, lawyer in 1903; member of the first Philippine Assembly in
1907 - 1909; resident commissioner in Washington D.C. in 1906 - 1916; President of the
Philippine Senate, 1916 - 1935; President, Commonwealth of the Philippines, 1935 - 1944; died
in Saranac Lake, New York, August 1, 1944.
Quezon's Resthouse
Baler, Aurora
This resthouse is a quaint blue wooden cottage where former President Manuel L. Quezon and
his family and relatives stayed during their vacation in Baler. The place has a wide lawn and
garden.
Baler Catholic Church
Poblacion, Baler
The structure is an old church with a simple facade. Here, the last Spanish garrison of four
officers and 50 men was besieged by Filipino insurgents from June 27, 1898 to July 2, 1899.
This was the last pocket of resistance of the Spanish Armed Forces to surrender to American
troops. This is also where the La Campana de Baler, an ancient bell, was used and later stored
as a relic.
Natural
Ampere Beach
Dipaculao, Aurora
The beach is covered with smooth rocks which vary in size and darker in color. Beside this
beach is an area called Bunga Point or Ampere Point.
Aniao Islet
Baler, Aurora
Located south of Dimadimalang Islet, these two small but imposing islets, one smaller than the
other, look like an upright bullet with shrubs, small trees, and other greenery growing on its
surface
Balete Tree
Maria Aurora, Aurora
This Banyan Tree (locally known as Balete Tree) - the biggest tree in Asia - measures 50m in
height with a foliage of 1/4 ha. and is known to have grown for the last 600 years. The size of its
enormous trunk is equivalent to 62 men when formed into a human chain. Its scientific name is
Ficus Bengalensis. Due to its age, the tree's thick roots have grown above ground, such that
caves have formed under various sections of the trunk. This unique tree has generated national
media attention and is now the most visited tourist spot in Aurora.
Banju Springs
San Luis, Aurora
The base of this natural attraction is an abundance of ferns which surround the pool of water.
Six meters wide, the winding Banyu spring lies hidden amidst shrubbery.
Borlongan Beach
Dipaculao, Aurora
The place differs from most beaches since its beachfront is almost completely covered with gray
pebbles and fist-size stones - all smoothened by the waves that constantly pound its shore.
Bulawan Falls
Dinalungan, Aurora
Bulawan Falls cascades majestically along the hidden crevices of the Sierra Madre Mountain.
About five kilometers from the town proper, the is endowed with multi-layered mini falls and a
huge rock formation. It virgin forest and magnificent rock formation on both sides is a sight to
behold. A paradise hidden from the turmoil of urban living. The Beulah Land of Dinalungan.
Canawer Beach
Dilasag, Aurora
This white sand beach captivates tourists because of its clear water, colorful corals and rich
marine life.
Casiguran Sound
Casiguran, Aurora
Almost like a lake, Casiguran Sound is a bay nearly enclosed by the Casiguran land-mass and
the peninsula of San Ildefonso. Only a kilometer-wide inlet connects it to the sea. It is almost
unaffected by the monsoon winds of October through February making a perfect spot for wind
surfing.
Cemento Beach and Reef
Baler, Aurora
White sand, seashells, and crushed corals are found along the stretch of Cemento Beach. The
waters are ideal for expert/professional surfers as the waves are of the right-hand break type. It
is also suitable for body boarding, snorkeling and diving.
Charlie's Point
Baler, Aurora
Ideal for surfing, with medium quality right-hand-and-left-break waves on a sand-and-gravel
bottom. The waves are best in December and January. The surf scenes from the movie
Apocalypse Now were filmed here.
Cobra Reef in Cemento
Baler, Aurora
The area produces excellent right-break waves over sharp reefs. It is one of the spots most
frequented by Australians, Europeans, and Japanese surfers in Aurora.
Cunayan Falls
San Luis, Aurora
One of the more accessible falls in Aurora, and passable for most vehicles, the waterfall flows
into a crystal clear stream tinged only by the blue reflection of the azure sky and its mild
temperature makes it ideal for refreshing baths.
Dicasalarin Beach
San Luis, Aurora
A place of multiple attractions, this natural cove boasts of a kilometer-long white sand beach.
On the left side is a steep imposing hill while on the right side is a peninsula and a cave. Each
attraction is ideal for various recreational activities.
Dibut Bay
Off Barangay Dibut, San Luis
The wide Dibut Bay coast affords numerous sights-island formations, peninsulas, short
stretches of beaches, and imposing cliffs. One formation, appropriately named "Birhen"
(meaning "virgin"), resembles the Virgin Mary praying amidst the waves. Since Dibut Bay is not
a favored spot for the fishing industry, tourists may catch a glimpse of the magnificent
Hammerhead shark and Mako shark. For diving enthusiasts, moreover, Dibut Bay is the perfect
place to test out your latest flip.
Digisit Beach
Baler, Aurora
The upper landward shore is mostly sand while the water shores are barricades of corals
forming a protective reef that prevents strong waves of the Pacific from smashing onto the
shore. The area is good for diving, and during calmer months, for snorkeling.
Dilasag Coast
Dilasag
Dilasag, a municipality at the northernmost area of Aurora, offers a coast with kilometer upon
kilometer of white sand beach alternating occasionally with forests, hills, and cliffs. Its
undeveloped features and natural attractions offer tourists the sensation of discovering
something new and unspoiled. Inaccessible to most transportation, Dilasag Coast is a true
getaway.
Dimadimalangat Islet
Baler, Aurora
This rock formation is actually a small island just a few meters away from the reef shore of Brgy.
Cemento. It serves as the point identifying the southernmost tip of Baler Bay.
Dinadiawan Beach
Along Dicadi Highway
Dinadiawan Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches in Aurora, with a fabulous view of the
Pacific Ocean, the lush, diverse forests of the Sierra Madre Mountain Range, and the rock
formation along the shoreline. And, Dinadiawan Beach is resort-free.
Dingalan Bay View Site
Dingalan, Aurora
"Tanawan" as the place is called means view site. Upon approaching the border of Dingalan
and Nueva Ecija, one could pass through an area sloping upwards and its peak is the Dingalan
Bay view site. The area gives a breathtaking view of the town proper and the blue bay of
Dingalan.
Dingalan White Beach
Dingalan, Aurora
This two-kilometer long beach has numerous shells and corals scattered along the entire length
of its southern half, which is approximately a kilometer long. It is suitable for scuba diving
because of the rich diversity of marine life in its waters.
Ditumabo Falls
San Luis, Aurora
The crystal clear water of Ditumabo Falls gushes endlessly, flows and twists among countless
rocks and boulders downstream. Approximately 140 ft. high, the waterfall is surrounded by huge
cliffs, green shrubbery and vines making the place a perfect venue for family picnics and nature
tripping. Trekking towards the falls takes about an hour from the NIA watershed base camp
downstream. The local host community banded together to keep the trail system in near perfect
condition. The ecotourism site just gave way to the construction of mini-hydroelectric power
generator
Dugong
Dinalungan, Aurora
These endangered mammals which produces offspring called calf every 3 - 5 years, are
commonly seen in the municipal waters of Dinalungan during summer months. These mammals
are excusively dependent on seagrass called Halophila Spinulosa quite abundant in the area.
They are known to nurture their calves for 18 long months before they let them meander on their
own.
Ermita Hill
Baler, Aurora
On September 27, 1735, 'Tromba Marina', a phenomenal tidal wave swept the town of Baler.
Those who survived the catastrophe fled and took refuge at Mt. Castillo, a neighboring hill now
called Ermita. In 1798, Muslim pirates from the islands of Ticao and Burrias raided and invaded
the coastal areas of Tayabas including the town of Baler. Again the survivors escaped by fleeing
and hiding in the forest around Ermita. In such events the people were led by Fray Jose de
Esperagoza. Later when its significance was recognized, a tower was built atop the hill to serve
as a watchman's post to monitor approaching enemies. Today the historic hill serves as an altar
of devotion in honor of patrons, St. Joseph and Sta. Isabel. The place is a favorite venue for
family picnics, bird watching or photo ops as it is overlooking the scenic Pacific Ocean.
Lamao Caves
Dingalan, Aurora
This array of caves curved along the seaside cliff are constantly lured by waves of the Pacific
Ocean. The caves would seem deceptively ordinary, however, upon close inspection, a
delightful natural waterfall gushes inside from the underground stream. Drizzles inside the caves
give the impression of rainy weather.
Lukso-lukso Islets
Off the coast of Barangay Zabali, Baler
At least three islets comprise the rock formations known to the locals as "Lukso-Lukso." One of
these small islands is connected to the mainland and at low tide you can see white grainy
sands, crushed corals and numerous seashells, some inhabited by hermit crabs. This island
formation is the southernmost point and is accessible to vehicles coming from Baler. The sea
bottom and undersea reefs around these islets are reportedly good areas for diving, and during
calm months, snorkeling.
Motyong
Motyong, Casiguran
Motyong is a popular beach filled with fine white sand. There are no resorts in this area.
However, there are few private resthouses. There is a private airstrip located nearby, however,
and plans are underway to make it into a full-sized airport, making Motyong ideal for possible
resort investment.
Mt. Anacuao Bird Watching
Dinalungan, Aurora
Yearly, foreign tourists from Europe and USA visit Mt. Anacuao during summer months to
experience the exciting mountain climbing and bird watching safari on this 1,984-m high
mountain in Northen Luzon. Some ten rare species of birds are found in Mt. Anacuao alone
Pagkain ng Bayan Plateau
Dilasag, Aurora
Beautiful scenery with grand orchid formation.
Paltic Falls (IFRC Nursery)
Dingalan, Aurora
The nursery is used to raise hardwood for replanting logged areas. Trees such as narra,
kamagong, mahogany, kapok, yantoc and others are planted in small plastic bags and lined up
underneath larger trees that provide shade and moisture to the young trees. Not far from this
nursery is a stream that leads to two falls, one about 15 feet high and the other about 20 feet
high. The falls, approximately 50 meters apart, form pools that are perfect for swimming or
relaxing after a poolside picnic
Pimentel Falls (NIA Watershed)
San Luis, Aurora
The NIA watershed is a small dam built beside a picnic area in San Luis. The water below the
dam is clear, with a greenish reflection of the vegetation surrounding the pond. The place is a
coconut plantation covered with short carabao grass and some shrubbery, making the place
ideal not only for swimming but for picnicking as well.
Sabang Beach
Baler, Aurora
Located on this long stretch of gray sand beach are several resorts namely: Angara's Beach
House, Bay's Inn Resort, MIA Surf and Sports Resort and Baler Guesthouse and Restaurant,
which offer accommodation near the beachfront and provide food, relaxation, and respite for
swimmers and surfers. From March through June, the waves are relatively calm providing a
good beachfront for swimmers and an excellent challenge for expert windsurfers. The months
from October to February bring in the large waves for beginner surfers to learn the basics with
relative safety, since most of the beach is sandy- bottomed. Undertows, which are helpful to
surfers and dangerous for non-swimmers, do occur in certain areas. The most popular surfing
point is found right in front of Bay's Inn, where beginners brave the moderate waves and regular
surfers practice. Lindy's point, found further north along Sabang beach, is a highly-prized secret
spot among local surfers.
Sierra Madre Mountains
Maria Aurora, Aurora
This is the place where flora and fauna are mostly concentrated. Waterfalls, rivers, and crystal
clear streams of varying sizes are located within, if not adjacent to, the area of Sierra Madre
mountains. Special interest trips such as mountain climbing, safari, bird watching, ecological
studies or picnicking all rolled into one make for a wonderful and adventurous experience.
Tariktik Point
Dilasag, Aurora
Ideal for snorkeling, its natural bonsai formations are fascinating
White Beach (Dingalan)
Paltic, Dingalan
This two-kilometer long beach has numerous shells and corals scattered along the entire length
of its southern half, which is approximately one kilometer long. The shore is made up of coral
reefs that gradually slope into the sea, and a bit farther from the shore is a sudden drop into the
sea bottom. This area has a variety of undersea flora and fauna for divers to observe. Brain
corals, sea urchins, hermit crabs and even an occasional lobster may be seen in the reef site.
The northern half of the beach is of brownish white sand and is an excellent place for swimming.
The whole White Beach area is bordered on the landward side by a long hillcrest with bushes
and trees scattered from the foot to the top of the hill. Off-shore coral reef formations provide
interesting spots for diving.
Local Wonders
Casiguran Virgin Coconut Wine
Casiguran, Aurora
Casiguran in Aurora is now known for propagating organic agriculture and espousing the
practice of processing food the natural way. The munipality created in 2005 the Casiguran
Producer Cooperative whose interest is to generate livelihood opportunities thru the production
and marketing of vinegar as a source of health and physical wellness. These include Virgin
Coconut Distilled Wine (Lambanog), and Coconut Vinegar (Sukang Niyog Puro) which comes
from coconut sweet sap called "tuba" or coconut nectar and made to age for 60 - 90 days
without chemical additives. These products are known for their medicinal values: high in cancer
fighting anti-oxidants, natural appetite suppresant, reduces cholesterol level to prevent heart
diseases, slows down aging process, and cures common ailments like stress and even
dundruffs.
Dinalungan Deer Park
Dinalungan, Aurora
A strategic area where a man-made structure was built added with exquisite landscape
combined with exotic plants, water hyacinths, water lilies and trees are home to the endemic
Sambar Deer nurtured by an environmentalist couple. (Credit: Dinalunagn Tourism Office)
Sabutan Hand-woven Products
Sabutan, Aurora
The Sabutan plant is abundant in the province of Aurora. Through the creativity and ingenuity of
local entrepreneurs, its leaves are transformed into colorful works of art in the form of woven
hats, floor mats, bags, slippers and wall decor. These products are exported abroad.
Parks
Balete Park
Maria Aurora, Auora
A park most frequented by local tourists due to its cool and enriching environment and the
presence of the 400-year old Balete Tree (dubbed as the Millennium Tree) where tourists are
prone to weave around the tree's huge trunk. A perfect haven for picnickers and nature lovers.
Quezon Memorial Park
Baler, Quezon
The birthplac of President Manuel L. Quezon, the Park is situated at the heart of the town of
Baler. A marker about the President's life is found at the center where his ancestral house once
stood. The park now serves as a public recreation center and a place for remembering the great
leader
Religious
Santo Entierro
Baler, Aurora
A glass coffin encasing a statue of Jesus Christ is displayed in a makeshift wooden chapel in
Baler. The name of the sculptor is not known though locals claim that this icon possesses
miraculous powers and grants miracles to those who believe. During Holy Week, "albularyos"
(spiritual doctors) and amulet holders flock to this revered statue to insert their anting-anting
(amulets) into the niches of the coffin. After Good Friday, they retrieve their respective amulets
now recharged with power. It is also said that the amulets in the niches are visible only to their
owners.
Tourism Information
Aurora Provincial Tourism Office
Capitol Compound, Brgy. Suklayan, Baler, Aurora 5200
Provincial Tourism Officer: Michael Palispis
Tel. No. (63 42) 209-4373 / 4211 / 0929-303-3506
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.aurora.ph
BATAAN
Brief Description
Discover the magic with this amazing historical and cultural region, only an hour by ferryboat
across the bay from Manila. Until recently not a traditional tourist destination, this province is
now proving to be a tourist haven with many exciting places to visit, and a lot of interesting
things to do. There is so much to offer in Bataan, culture, beauty, history, in spoilt beaches and
a warm hospitality that is truly Filipino.
Brief History
Bataan was established in 1754 by Governor General Pedro Manuel Arandia out of territories
belonging to Pampanga and the corregimiento of Mariveles, which at the time, included
Maragondon in Cavite across the bay. The province had more than its share of significant
historical events. In 1647, Dutch Naval Forces attempting to invade the country perpetrated the
Abucay massacre in one of its towns. In the late 1700s, the dreaded Chinese private Limahong
used Lusong Point on the western sides as the landing place to launch his conquest of Luzon.
In the Philippine Revolution of 1896, Bataan joined the other provinces in Luzon, which revolted
against Spanish rule.It was during World War II, however that Bataan attained prominence that
would find its place in the annals of world history. Under heavy aircraft and artillery shelling from
the invading Japanese forces, the beleaguered Filipino - American troops valiantly defended
this last bastion until the "Fall of Bataan" on April 9, 1942.
How to get there
Land transportation is provided by three bus companies: The Philippine Rabbit and Pantranco
Bus Liner ply the Bataan-Manila route while the Victory Liner services the Bataan-Olongapo
route. An array of mini-buses, jeepneys, and tricycles fill the gaps in the intermunicipal road with
Balanga as the Terminal point. Mini buses enroute for Manila, Olongapo, and San Fernando,
Pampanga
are
also
available
in
the
capital
town.
Travel by air is yet very limited. Bataan has no modern airport, only low standard airstrips and
helipads are available to government and private airplanes and helicopters. There are 5
industrial enterprises that have that have these airstrips for their usage. These are the Bataan
Pulp and Paper Mills, Inc. in Samal; Bataan Export Processing Zone and Landoil Multinational
Village
both
in
the
town
of
Mariveles
and
Petrophil
in
Limay.
Travel by sea-Bataan waters are navigable by both inter-island and international vessels to and
from the province. Four (4) national, one (1) municipal, and (4) private piers are serving and
accommodating vessels transporting gppds and passengers in and out of the province.
Passenger vessels consist of a ferry boat "Overcraft" with three trips plying to and from
Mariveles and Manila and EPZA 1 which ferry EPZA quests. Dicking point is at BASECO, Port
of Mariveles. Because of the short distance to Corregidor, passengers prefer to travel by boat at
a convenience as well as view the historical place.
Tourist Attractions
Historical
Bataan Peninsula
Bataan, Bataan
This peninsula sticks out in Manila Bay overlooking Corregidor Island and was the site of a
heroic battle between combined American and Filipino Forces and the Japanese. The allied
forces made a final stand to stop the Japanese aggression and delay the conquest of the
Philippines. After the "Fall Of Bataan," a series of infamous Death Marches began in Mariveles
and ended in Capas, Tarlac. Many American and Filipino soldiers died along the way. The
entire historic march can be traced by following markers. At San Fernando, American soldiers
were crammed into boxcars and transported to the infamous Camp O'Donnell. On April 7, 2000,
former death march survivors and representatives of the Philippine government dedicated the
"Battling Bastards Of Bataan" memorial at the Camp O'Donnell site. Paid for by members of the
Battling Bastards Of Bataan organization, it honours the over 1, 600 Americans who perished
there from inhumane treatment received from their Japanese captors. As a tribute to the
gallantry and bravery of the American and Philippine Forces, the Philippine government erected
a huge towering 60-foot cross on Mount Samat. For further information, visit
www.bataansurvivor.com written by Mr. Rick Peterson
Bataan Provincial Capitol Building
Balanga City, Bataan
This building, formerly known as Casa Real, was built in the years 1792-1794 according to the
plans of Domingo de la Cruz Gonzales, an architect when Charles IV was King of Spain,Rafael
Maria de Aguilar was Governor General of the Philippines, and Domingo de Goyenechea was
Alcalde Mayor of Bataan Province.The building became the headquarters of the Bataan
Revolutionary Government from May 31, 1898 to January, 1900. From 1903 to 1906 it housed
the provincial high school.
Flaming Sword
Pilar, Bataan
A symbol of the Filipino courage and gallantry in the face of adversary and external threats to
the nation's democracy and peace.
Francisco Balagtas Monument
Orani, Bataan
Erected as a tribute to Francisco Balagtas who is hailed as the "Prince of Tagalog Poetry".
Philippine - Japanese Friendship Tower
Bagac, Bataan
The monument symbolizes reconciliation, peace and friendship between the Philippines and
Japan after World War II. Donated by the Japanese, it was built in 1952 by the Rissho Kosei
Kai, a Japanese Buddhist sect.
Seki Tunnel
Clark, Pampanga
Situated at the northwest corner of the Kamikaze west airfield in a hill called "babang dapu"
(meaning "crocodile jaw") as named by the Aetas.This is the only known Kamikaze tunnel that
remained intact after World War II. It was constructed quickly as an air raid bunker for Cmdr.
Taimai Asaichi - commander of the 201st Air Group, 1st Air Fleet, Imperial Japanese Navy, the
very first Kamikaze unit of World War Il. It was constructed in late October 1944 and provided
protection for Cmdr. Tamai and some of his Kamikaze pilots during deadly U.S. air raids. A
marker was installed by the Clark Development Corporation on September 1, 2002.
Shrine of Valor
Pilar, Bataan
Located atop Mt. Samat is a towering monument called Shrine of Valor (Dambana ng
Kagitingan) which is made of steel and concrete.The monument immortalizes the agony of
Filipino and American soldiers in their struggle for freedom and independence against the
Japanese forces during World War II. The huge Memorial Cross stands tall at 311-ft high or is
equivalent to a 30-storey building. It is half as tall as its original model - the great cross of the
Valle de los Caidas in Spain. Its 18x18m column is framed with steel and constructed with
luminous materials for maximum lighting effect which when lighted can be seen at night from as
far as the seawall in Manila Bay. Towering at 555 meters above sea level, the cross has an
elevator, staircase ( with 414 steps up to the arms of the cross or a total of 513 steps to the
head of the cross) and a viewing gallery in the arm of the cross. It features a Collonade
composed of an altar, an esplanade, and a WWII memorial museum.
Landmarks
Cayetano Arellano Marker
Orani, Bataan
This marks the birthplace of Cayetano Arellano, the first Filipino Chief Justice of the Supreme
Court
Death March Marker
Orani, Bataan
Located in Brgy Silahis, this statue marks the place where thousands of captured Filipino and
American soldiers passed on their way to their final destination in a concentration camp in
Capas, Tarlac. This horrendous episode of war in history is now known as the infamous Death
March.
Dinalupihan First Line of Defense
Dinalupihan, Bataan
Situated at the Layac Junction, the monument marks the strong line of defense posted by the
combined forces of the 71st division of the Americans, 31st Infantry Regiment and the 26th
Cavalry Regiment in January 1942. The monument reconstitutes the memory of the defenders
of the republic thru life-sized statues.
Fall of Bataan Marker
Balanga City, Bataan
A landmark commemorating the fall of Bataan during World War II. This was built in memory of
Filipino and American soldiers who died defending Bataan.
Final Battle Site Marker
Orani, Bataan
Erected to commemorate the courage and heroism shown by the defenders of Bataan province
despite the hunger, disease, danger and death brought by World War II.
Lamao World War II Marker
Limay, Bataan
The marker was erected in 1962, exactly 20 years after Gen. Edward King, American USAFFE
commander, signed the papers surrendering the entire nation to the Japanese, together with
about 78,000 soldiers. After the surrender, the captured Filipino and American soldiers marched
from Bataan to Tarlac in what is now known as the Death March. The marker commemmorates
the courage and bravery shown by the Filipinos during the last world war.
Mariveles Zero Kilometer Marker
Mariveles, Bataan
The invading Japanese forces assembled Filipino and American defenders here in 1942
marching on foot to Camp O' Donnell in Capas, Tarlac. The Death March took the lives of
almost 10,000 prisoners-of-war along the tragic trail. A marker in honor of the brave, the
dignified, the honorable and the undefeated by heart was built to commemorate this infamous
chapter in Philippine history.
Surrender Site Marker
Balanga City, Bataan
On April 9, 1942, Maj. Gen. Edward King, Jr., commander of the U.S. military forces in Luzon
officially surrendered to Col. Motoo Nakayama at the compound of Balanga Elementary School
under a mango tree. A landmark was built to commemorate the surrender of Filipino and
American soldiers to Japanese forces.
Zero Kilometer Marker
Bagac, Bataan
The marker commemorates the start of the infamous Death March that also marks the
beginning of Japanese control of the country.
Natural
Anvaya Cove Beach and Nature Club
Morong, Bataan
An Ayala Land Premier seaside residential resort community in Morong, Bataan, this 320hectare Anvaya Cove Beach is a mere three-minute boat ride from the main cover of Anvaya
and is most famous for its regrown coral reefs which boasts of a rich variety of marine life - from
nudibranchs, clown, butterfly, puffer to lionfish - which can be viewed at a relatively shallow
depth of 30 feet. Spanish dancers, Moorish idols, giant clams, filefish and jumping fish have also
been seen among the bay's large coral formations. Being so close to Subic Bay, one gets to see
occasional stray of whale sharks. Ayala Land is the developer of Anvaya Cove with its 3.5-km
coastline, two private covers, and a peak elevation of 130 meters above sea level. Ayala Land
has sought to maintain the terrain's rolling hills, mango and bamboo groves and freshwater
streams by adopting a development strategy that is sensitive to the natural environment. It
offers a spectacular view of the Silanguin and Bataan mountain ranges and the calm waters of
Subic Bay. For inquiries, call (63 2) 728-7000 or 892-3333 or email:
[email protected]
Balon Anito
Mariveles, Bataan
Known to many as the dead volcano, a lot of elderly people visit the place to dip their feet in the
hot water by sitting on the mouth of the volcano. The hot spring is known to have therapeutic
effect on one's health
Baranda Farm
Limay, Bataan
The place offers a refreshing ambience of a resort amidst lush vegetation, cool waters
cascading in their interconnecting pools and a view of its delightful gardens nearby. A romantic
place for nature lovers.
Baras Bakal
Angat, Bataan
A stone cave which was the first choice of the Katipuneros as a hideout before they finally
selected Biak-na-Bato. It is now a popular picnic place.
Dunsulan Falls
Pilar, Bataan
An enchanting tourist attraction at the heart of a forested hill at the back of the historic Mt.
Samat in PIlar. A site ideal for picnic and swimming.
Mash Gas Flame
Angat, Bataan
A rich flaming well located in Brgy. Poblacion
Mt. Malasimbo
Dinalupihan, Bataan
A conical-shaped mountain, it is believed that when dark clouds cover the summit of this
mountain, a typhoon is coming.
Mt. Natib
Orani, Bataan
Mt. Natib is the highest peak in the Bataan Natural Park with an elevation of 1,253 meters
above sea level. The slope is characterized by very steep forest cover. Its mossy forest features
a collection of small stunted trees as one approaches the top. The peak is covered with small
patches of grassland. Also found are boulders with inscribed names of American expeditionary
forces that climbed the peak way back in the 1930s. The Bataan Natural Park where Mt. Natib is
located is located approximately 124 kms from Manila. To reach the mountain from the North
Luzon Expressway, exit at the San Fernando tollway and take the Gapan-Olongapo road. Upon
reaching the Layac junction in Dinalupihan, Bataan, take the Roman Superhighway. From there
it's about 10 minutes travel to Tala-Orani intersection, then take a turn right to Brgy. Tala where
the PASU-DENR monitoring station is located. From the station, Mt. Natib is about 3 hours of
trekking. For further information, contact PENR Office, (63 47) 237-3550 or PASU-BNP, Mobile
#0927-523-7236
Pasukulan Falls
Abucay, Bataan
A natural valley of Mt. Natib, it has fresh vegetation and relatively unexplored. It is an hour and a
half drive on board all-terrain 4 x 4 vehicle via Gabon-Hacienda Road up to Brgy. Malamanga
where the 2-hour trekking towards the falls would start. Ideal for picnics and trail-blazing. For
information, please call Office of the Mayor of Abucay with Tel. No. (047) 461-7950 (Attn:
Connie Escartin/Tin-tin Rodriguez). The office offers a tour package of P150 per pax inclusive of
roundtrip transportation and services of a guide (min. of 5 pax).
Sibul Springs
Abucay, Bataan
The famous spring is a tourist potential with sulfuric swimming pools and wide area for outdoor
recreation. Its main attraction is the natural spring believed to relieve muscle pains. It prides in
the presence of Bankal Resettlement where indigenous Aetas maintain their traditional way of
life.
Talaga Beach
Mariveles, Bataan
An enchanting cove where a guesthouse of the late President Ferdinand Marcos lies.
Parks
Balanga City IT Park
Balanga City, Bataan
IT-related projects Contact Person: Ricky Herrera Tel. No. (63 47) 237-3510/2969 Total Land
Area: 77.7 hecatres
Bataan Eco Zone
Mariveles, Bataan
Light, medium and heavy industries Telecom provider: PLDT, OWNI, Eatern Telecom and PT
Bataan Technology Park , Inc.
BTP Complex, Sabang, Morong, Bataan
Built in a sprawling 365-ha forest reserve - 182 kms from Manila - in Morong, Bataan is the
Bataan Techno Park (BTP), the former Philippine Refugee Processing Center. where over
18,000 "boat people" and asylum seekers had gone to escape the oppressive socio-political
environment in Vietnam, Cambodia and the rest of Indochina. The refugees erected on this area
fascinating structures such as the Boat Monuments, Bayon Temple, That Luang Temple and
Viet Memorial Monument. At present, facilities are available for lodging, conference and sports
functions, even paintball war game field, and jungle survival training for company team-building
exercises. At the heart of all these is the presence of high-tech agriculture and aquaculture park
focusing on biotechnology in partnership with the country's top scientists and agriculturists. The
park plays host to small and medium enterprises developing high-value indigenous products
and generate sufficient quality employment. A center for eco-tourism, leisure destination, sports,
training and seminars. Facilities: convention center and accommodation (three air-conditioned
conference rooms at 50-75 pax capacity with multi-purpose hall that can accommodate 150
persons, four air-conditioned guest rooms with capacity of 22 persons plus twelve furnished
dorm units with capacity of six persons per unit, dormitory with capacity of 130 persons with 29
rooms, housing for family outings, social function hall with 250 seat capacity, chapel of St.
Francis of Assisi, sports and athletics (gym, covered court, tennis court, badminton court,
basketball court, obstacle course, kiddie pool, children's playground, picnic area and gazebo,
shrines and monuments. Contact: BTPI Office, Tel. No. 0928-493-6461 or BTPI-SBMA Satellite
Office, Area II Bldg. Q-7932 Blk 46, Manila Ave. cor Rizal Ave., CBD, Subic Bay Freeport Zone,
Tel. No. (63 47) 252-8626
Hermosa Agro-industrial Estate
Hermosa, Bataan
Hermosa Agro-Industrial Estate is located in a 116-ha land in Pandatung, Hermosa. It was
designated to attract industries in the countryside and to cause spill-over effects to other areas
within the region.
Roosevelt National Parks
Dinalupihan, Bataan
An unspoiled forest area ideal for picnics and camping activities with facilities for irrigation and
game hunting. The surrounding area is great for day hikes and trekking. An unspoiled area that
used to be a US military jungle survival training camp. A standard-class restroom was built by
the Department of Tourism in 1998 in time for the Asia Pacific Economic Conference. The park
teems with roadside mini restaurants and fruit stands - all catering to commuters bound for
Olongapo City. The park is operated and managed by the Municipality of Dinalupihan.
Subic-Hermosa Cyber City
Roman Highway, Hermosa, Bataan
IT projects, electronics, multi-media industries, agri-based industries Total Land Area: 87.21
hecatres Contact Person: Arturo Bautista Tel. No. (63 2) 843-0411 to 16 eMail:
[email protected] www.burgundyrealty.com
Churches
Balanga Catholic Church Belfry
Balanga City, Bataan
Church of Balanga (Balanga, Bataan)- The spiritual ministration of Balanga formerly belonged to
Abucay. Balanga became an independent missionary center in 1739. Rev. Benito Rivas, O.P.,
strengthened this church by fortifying its wall. Rev. Juan Antonio Vicente, O.P, roofed it with
galvanized iron and decorated the interior. Rev. Mariano Ma. Minano, O.P., from 1838-1845
constructed the arch of the choir loft and made the baptismal font out of granite from Mariveles.
The parochial ministration under the Filipino clergy started with Rev. Mariano Sarili, June 21,
1898. The church was used as the site for Japanese artillery bombardment of Mt. Samat where
Filipino and American forces gave their last stand during the last world war.
Church of Abucay
Abucay, Bataan
Church of Abucay (Abucay, Bataan) - The spiritual ministration of Abucay was entrusted to the
Dominicans in 1588. A fierce battle between the Dutch invaders and the Pampango defenders
was fought in this court on June 23, 1647. Nearly two hundred Pampangos were put to death,
and forty others, together with Spanish Alcalde mayor and two Dominican priests were taken
prisoners to Batavia. The present church was badly damaged by the earthquake of 16
September 1852. One of the earliest printing press in the Philippines was operated in this town,
where as early as 1610, Rev. Francisco Blancas de San Jose, O.P, and Don Tomas Pinpin
printed several books in Spanish and Tagalog
Church of Hermosa
Hermosa, Bataan
The spiritual ministration of Hermosa known before as Llana Hermosa belonged formerly to
Orani. Llana Hermosa, as composed of Mabuyan and Maboco, became an independent
missionary center in 1717. While the City of Manila was being occupied by the British, the
Dominican Corporation held there its provincial chapters in 1763. The church was destroyed by
fire several times.
Church of Orani
Orani, Bataan
Church of Orani (Bataan) - Orani became an independent missionary center in 1714. The
church and convent of Orani, repaired in 1792 and 1836, were badly damaged by the
earthquake of September 16, 1852. They were built and improved under the supervision of the
Rev. Bartolome Alvarez del Manzano, O.P. in 1891. They were destroyed by fire on March 16,
1938 which razed about three fourths of Orani including the town hall, the Tercena, former
Bataan High School and later Orani Elementary School building. The church was reconstructed
in September 1938.
Church of Orion
Orion, Bataan
Church of Orion (Bataan) - The spiritual ministration of Orion belonged formerly to Abucay.
Orion became an independent missionary center in 1667. Its first minister was Rev. Domingo
Perez. The church and the convent were badly damaged by the earthquake of September in
1856, and were repaired in 1854. The Rev. Ulpiano Herrero constructed the beautiful sacristy
and marble altars. In this town Cayetano Arellano, eminent Filipino jurist and statesman and first
Filipino chief Justice of the Supreme Court was born on March 2, 1847. Francisco Baltazar
(Balagtas), author of Florante at Laura, lived in this town from July 22, 1842 to Feb. 20, 1862.
Church of Samal
Samal, Bataan
Church of Samal (Bataan) - The spiritual ministration of Samal was entrusted to the Dominicans
in 1596. The town was attacked by Dutch invaders in April 1647 but the local garrison of
Pampanga under the command of Alejo Aguas compelled the Dutch forces to retreat. The
church and the convent built by the Rev. Jeromino Belen, O.P. were ruined during the Dutch
invasion. In 1896 the church was burned by the Katipuneros to drive out their enemies in the
convent. The Rev. Justo Quesada rebuilt the church and convent in 1903.
Church of Sta. Monica
Angat, Bataan
One of the most beautiful churches in the Philippines and also one of the oldest, estimated to be
400 years old. It merges marvelous Baroque architecture and contemporary motifs. Enclosed in
its stone-carved facade of baroque images of saints is a ceiling frescoed with a "modernized"
Sistine Chapel's famous Ceiling. Alterations include vignettes covering Pope John Paul II's
World Youth Day visit to the Philippines in 1995.
Special Interest
Bataan Birdwatching
City of Balanga, Bataan
The Bataan peninsula is part of the East Asian-Australian flyway or the main migratory routes
these birds have used for ages. Balanga City’s thick mangrove forest, wetlands, grasslands and
mudflats have provided a natural food basket for both migratory and endemic bird species for
years, making the area one of the most populated bird sites in the Philippines. The city is a
residential and agricultural city. It is the newest, but one of the most frequented birdwatching
sites in the Philippines, with at least 35 species and 15 families of birds recorded.
Local Wonders
Angat Hydroelectric Plant
Angat, Bataan
One of the country's largest dams, it supplies potable water and energy to Metro Manila and
nearby areas. It facilitates fishing and boating in a man-made lagoon and hunting in the nearby
area.
Bataan Economic Zone
Mariveles, Bataan
The Bataan Economic Zone is a major industrial initiative that takes advantage of the area's
easy accessibility to ocean-going vessels. Other major economic complexes are the
Petrochemical Industrial Park, Bataan Technology Park, Hermosa Economic Zone and the
Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.
Bataan Export Processing Zone
Mariveles, Bataan
The country's largest export processing zone, where hundreds of foreign and local companies
produce items for export.
Bataan Nuclear Power Plant
Bagac, Bataan
This is the only nuclear power plant in the country. Operation of the plant was abandoned after
the public outcry over fears about dangers posed on the environment.
Pawikan Conservation Center
Location Morong, Bataan
Located in Brgy. Nagbalayong, Morong, Bataan is the site of a community-based Pawikan
Conservation Program devoted to the preservation and propagation of endangered marine
turtles aptly called Olive Ridley turtles or Lepidochelys Olivacea. Manned by former poachers
and turtle egg collectors who turned into conservation advocates, the Program's mission is to
secure the eggs laid during the nesting season (between September and January) and transfer
them into the hatchery to facilitate breeding and to contribute to the regeneration of the fishing
grounds. Some 30,000 hatchlings have been released in Morong as of 2005 (since 1999) by a
community-based conservation center formerly supervised by the Philippine Rural
Reconstruction Movement (PRRM). The UN Development Program since 2001 has provided
funds to the community for conservation work and maintenance of an office. Many tourists go to
this sanctuary during the nesting season and especially during the Pawikan Festival to be able
to get a chance to witness the endangered sea turtles struggle to shore at night to lay their
eggs. During the Pawikan Festival, tourists are even able to "adopt a turtle" and personally hold
and release a baby turtle into the sea. Contact: Tel. No. (63 47) 237-4476 / 4785 Email
[email protected]
DOT - Accredited Establishments
Hotel
Crown Royale Hotel & Resort
Address: Capitol Drive, Brgy. San Jose, City of Balanga, Bataan
Facilities: conference hall (500 - 800 pax), swimming pool, dining
Accreditation: STANDARD CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 47) 237-1961/1963/791-3380
Fax: (63 47) 791-3380
Email [email protected]
Website www.crownroyale.com
Resorts
La Vista Balanga Inland Resort
Brgy Central, Roman Superhighway, City of Balanga, Bataan
Facilities: swimming pools w/ giant slides, The Wave Pool, videoke, picnic huts, food kiosks,
function rooms, volleyball court, boating along Talisay river and fishpond, Park Garden Pavilion
(capacity 1,000 pax)
Accreditation: CLASS 'A' RESORT
Phone (63 47) 237-1961/791-5359/3380/791-3957/0920-927-8587
Fax (63 47) 791-3380
Email [email protected]
Website www.crownroyalehotel.com
Raven Resort and Log Cabin
Abucay, Bataan
Address: Roman Superhighway, Abucay, Bataan
Facilities: Swimming pools with slides, function halls, hotel log cabin, fishing ground, children's
playground, convenience store, videoke room, basketball court, tennis court and game room
Accreditation CLASS A RESORT
Phone (63 47) 461-2429 / 0918-927-7903
Phone (63 2) 714-2072 / 2069 / 7414 (Manila)
Email [email protected]
Website www.ravenresort.com.ph
Restaurant/Tourism Related Establishments
Joyous Resort and Restaurant
City of Balanga, Bataan
Address: Dama de Noche St., Dona Francisca Subd, City of Balanga, Bataan
Facilities: swimming pools, function rooms (ballroom), live entertainment, restaurant, parking
area, catering service (wedding, parties, other occasions)
Accreditation: TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone (63 47) 791-3313/237-2849
Fax (63 47) 791-3313
Email [email protected]
Website www.joyousresort.com
Lou-Is Resort & Restaurant
Balanga City, Bataan
Address: Capitol Drive, San Jose, Balanga City, Bataan
Accreditation: TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone (63 47) 237-3516 / 3517
Email [email protected]
Tangway Grill & Jizu Sushi Bar
Balanga City, Bataan
Address: Capitol Drive, San Jose, Balanga City, Bataan
Accreditation: TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone (63 47) 237-2849 / 791-3313
Fax (63 47) 237-3192
Email [email protected]
Website www.joyousresort.com
BULACAN
At the heart of Fareast Asia lies Bulacan—a province in the Republic of the Philippines, situated
in the country's Central Luzon Region, north of Manila, the nation's capital.
Bulacan prides itself for its rich historical heritage. In 1899, the historic Barasoain Church in
Malolos City (Bulacan's capital city) is the birthplace of the First Constitutional Democracy in
Asia.
Bulacan is also the cradle of the nation's noble heroes, of great men and women; among them:
Marcelo H. del Pilar—"The Great Propagandist," and General Gregorio del Pilar"—The Hero of
Tirad
Pass."
Bulacan is also home to many of the country's greatest artists, with a good number elevated as
National Artists; among them: the legendary poet Francisco "Baltazar" Balagtas, the musician
Nicanor
Abelardo,
and
the
nationalist
sculptor
Guillermo
Tolentino.
Today, Bulacan is among the most progressive provinces in the Philippines. Its people—the
Bulakeño
(or
Bulakenyo)—are
highly
educated,
enterprising
and
industrious.
Bulacan 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.
Dubbed as the "Northern Gateway from Manila," Bulacan is indeed an ideal investment
destination owing largely to the following factors: Strategic Location; Highly Productive Human
Resources; Abundant Natural Resources; Well-Developed Infrastructure Support; Reasonable
Cost for Doing Business; Effective Government and Private Sector Partnership for Investments;
Favorable Peace and Order Situation; and Attractive Investments Incentives.
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.
The Province of Bulacan, Philippines offers everything that you can ever hope for. An ideal and
peaceful community. A committed government. A haven for business and investments. A
perfect vacation getaway.
Getting There
By Air
Manila, Cebu, Davao, Clark, Subic, and Laoag are the international gateways. The Ninoy
Aquino International Airport (NAIA) in Manila is the premier gateway. It is served by more than
30 airlines which fly to different cities around the world. The Mactan International Airport (MIA)
in Cebu handles regular flights from Japan, Singapore and Australia as well as chartered flights
from Hong Kong, the United States and other major travel capitals. Davao International Airport
handles regular flights from Indonesia and Singapore. The Diosdado Macapagal International
Airport and Subic Bay International Airport in Central Luzon service both chartered and cargo
planes. Laoag International Airport in Ilocos Norte services regular flights from Taiwan and
Macau.
Philippine Airlines, the country's flag carrier, links Manila to 14 cities in 8 countries. Major cruise
liners
call
on
the
port
of
Manila.
Philippine Airlines, Air Philippines, Cebu Pacific provided daily services to major cities and
towns. Asian Spirit, Laoag International Airlines, and Seair service the missionary routes. There
are also scheduled chartered flights to major domestic destinations serviced by smaller
commuter planes.
Metered and fixed rate taxis are widely available in key cities nationwide. Jeepneys and buses
are inexpensive ways of getting around most places. In Metro Manila the fastest way of
commuting is via the railway system. Light Rail Transit (LRT) connects the northern district of
Monumento to the southern district of Baclaran with stations situated at major intersections.
Metro Rail Transit (MRT) traverses the length of EDSA and connects North Avenue in Quezon
City to Taft Avenue in Pasay City, passing through the major arteries of Makati's financial
district.
By Land
Moving around the country by land is easy with national highways connecting the major islands
and an extensive public transportation system, which includes the exotic Philippine jeepney.
Trains, taxis, buses, jeepneys, and trikes are the main modes of public transportation.
The MacArthur Highway traverses the province from north to south. Most major towns can be
reached through the North Luzon Expressway. A good number of motor vehicles owned largely
by private individuals provide mobility to Bulacan's populace. Aside from five main highways
that traverse the province, all roads are widely dispersed throughout Bulacan.
Bus terminals of Baliuag Transit, California Bus Line, Sampaguita Liner and Royal Eagle are in
Baliuag, Balagtas and Hagonoy. The main bus lines of Philippine Rabbit, Victory Liner, Aladdin
Transit that originate from their main terminals in Manila, Pasay and Quezon City and travel
northward to cities and towns in Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales, pass through Bulacan via the
Tabang exit.
All buses bound for Northern parts of Luzon pass through Bulacan. Malolos is a near 30-minute
ride from Manila. Baliuag Transit in Cubao has buses that leave every half hour for Baliuag and
Hagonoy.
Tourist Attractions
Historical
Balagtas Monument
Balagtas, Bulacan
Built in honor of Francisco "Balagtas" Baltazar, Father of Tagalog Poetry, whose masterpiece
"Florante at Laura" is very popular.
Biak-na-Bato Cave
San Miguel, Bulacan
Located in the suburbs of San Miguel de Mayumo on the northern tip of Bulacan, Biak-na-Bato
became the refuge of the revolutionary army that fled Cavite and Batangas.In the safety of this
riverside fortress forged by nature, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo established the new headquarters of
the revolutionary government and, thru Pedro A. Paterno for the revolutionaries and Primo de
Rivera for the government of Spain, signed the historic Peace Treaty (Pact of Biak na Bato) in
November 1897 which stipulated that the Spanish government shall pay P900,000 in monetary
restitution to the non-combatant Filipino families who suffered during the Revolution. Spain
promised another P800,000 to be given upon the departure of Aguinaldo and his men to a
voluntary exile in Hong Kong, and when the Te Deum was sung at the Manila Cathedral upon
which a general amnesty would be proclaimed. Today, hanging bridges and staircases
connecting rivers and caves make for a pleasurable exploration.
Bulacan Old Train Station
Guiguinto, Bulacan
Built in 1661, the Estacion de Guiguinto (Guiguinto Train Station) is the towns most acclaimed
historical landmark and heritage site. It was upon this site that the Katipuneros (Filipino guerillas
during the Spanish Regime) ambushed a train from Dagupan, killing six friars, including the
parish friar of Guiguinto, Fr. Leocadio Sanchez, and a Spanish doctor. The incident inspired
Severino Reyes to author the novel “Opera Walang Sugat” which was later made into a movie
entitled “Walang Sugat.”
Calumpit Bridge
Calumpit, Bulacan
Site of the first battle between Filipino and American soldiers during the retreat of Aguinaldo to
the Ilocos Region.
Casa Real Shrine
Malolos City, Bulacan
The shrine was built in 1580 and served as the seat of the government of the town of Malolos
during the Spanish and American occupation.It also served as the office of the National
Museum and National Printing Press during the first Philippine Republic where the revolutionary
organs La Independencia, El Heraldo de la Rovolucion, Kalayaan and Kaibigan ng Bayan were
printed. At present, it is a museum and library under the administration of the National Historical
Institute. It was restored in 1852.
De Leon Ancestral Home
San Miguel, Bulacan
The De Leon House, built in 1914, was the home of LVN studio matriarch Dona Sisang de
Leon. It still attracts people with its antique furnishings and Old-World feel. The airy two-storey
mansion now holds a miraculous century-old statue, "San Miguel and the Devil," which has
weathered wars, storms, earthquakes and floods.
Enriquez Ancestral House
Bulacan, Bulacan
Constructed during the 1850s, it is one of the ancestral houses found in San Jose, Bulacan,
Bulacan. Some of the documents of Marcelo H. del Pilar were found in this house. It houses a
museum of rare antiques and historical artifacts. It is presently owned by acclaimed Filipino food
historian Milagros Enriquez.
Gat Marcelo H. Del Pilar Memorial
Bulacan, Bulacan
Shrine and birthplace of the country's great propagandist and hero. Also known by his pen
name Plaridel, he founded Diyaryong Tagalog, the country's first bilingual newspaper, and then
became editor of the revolutionary organ, La Solidaridad. The patriot, writer and editor is
honored with this monument
Gen. Gregorio del Pilar Marker
Bulacan, Bulacan
The site marks the birthplace of Gen. Gregorio del Pilar. The hero of Tirad Pass, born on
November 14, 1875, and died December 2, 1899. He is one of the youngest and trusted staff of
President Emilio Aguinaldo.
Instituto de Mujeres
Malolos City, Bulacan
The building is the same august hall where twenty (20) determined Malolenas (the so-called
Women of Malolos) set up a night school to learn (or improve their) Spanish - a language that
was then the gateway to knowledge of the country and of the world. Nationalists and reformists
demanded that the language be taught in the schools, instead of being limited to a native and
mestizo elite (the women were Chinese mestizas who were progressive and nationalistic).
Nationalists like Jose Rizal, M.H. del Pilar and Graciano Lopez-Jaena egged these women to
fight for this right. Spanish Governor General Valeriano Weyler eventually approved the holding
of classes which begun in February 1899 (classes lasted for only three months). The women
carried such surnames as Tiongson, Tantoco, Tanchangco, Aldaba, Reyes and Vitangcoy.
(Source: "The Women of Malolos" by Nicanor G. Tiongson, Ateneo University Press, 2004)
Kakarong de Sili Battle Site
Pandi, Bulacan
This shrine marks the battle where about 3,000 Katipuneros led by Maestrong Sebio (Gen.
Eusebio Roque) died in the hands of Spanish soldiers in 1897. Maestrong Sebio was able to
escape but was captured after a few days. He was summarily tried and executed on Jan. 16,
1897. It features a life-sized statue of Inang Filipina, a symbol of patriotism and nationhood. It is
also the site of the Republic of Real de Kakarong de Sili of 1896.
Kamestizuhan Street
Malolos City, Bulacan
A row of ancestral houses that are steep in history: Estrella and Pariancillo Sts. on where stands
the Ejercito House which was the Department of War of the First Philippine Republic. On the left
side of Pariancillo St. is the Cervantes House which is the Tiongson House with its intricate
balustered windows that used to be the Commisaria de Guerra. The Adriano House has been
beautifully restored and today serves as the Meralco Building. It was the Gobierno Militar de la
Plaza. Just across it is a structure with sealed half-moon balconies that once served as the
Carcel or jail. On the left are the ruins that mark the place where Jose Rizal's historic letter To
the Women of Malolos was read. The Bautista House, ornately sculpted with neo-classic
touches, was the Secretaria de Fomento. The Reyes House with its weather vane and
octagonal rose window was the Secretaria de Exterior or Department of Foreign Affairs. Finally,
the Convento which served as the Palacio Presidencial de Aguinaldo.
Lipana House
San Miguel, Bulacan
Originally owned by Damaso Sempio and family where Gen. Gregorio Del Pilar once slept.
Mercado House
Bustos, Bulacan
This house in Bustos, Bulacan is one of the several houses used as a fort by the Katipuneros. It
boasts of unique architectural designs of stone carvings on its facade and walls and distinct
turn-of-the-century Mexican villa air. Truly, a masterpiece of Bulacan artisans
Meyto Shrine
Calumpit, Bulacan
This is the cradle of Christianity in the province, where the first Catholic Mass was held by the
Augustinian friars, armed with cross in 1572.
Plaridel Airport
Plaridel, Bulacan
Covering a span of 11 hectares of land is the only existing airport in Bulacan. Constructed by
the United States Bureau of Aeronautics in 1935, the runway is a historic landmark as it once
became a battleground between the Americans and the Japanese forces during World War II.
Together with three Filipino officers, the Americans were able to drive out the enemies from the
town.
Siar Tree
Malolos City, Bulacan
Now known as "Kalayaan Tree", it was planted by President Aguinaldo during a lull in the
Malolos Convention.
Tecson Ancestral House
San Miguel, Bulacan
Three sons of original owners were all officers of the revolutionary army of Gen. Emilio
Aguinaldo. For sometime, this house was used as the headquarters of Aguinaldo. The house is
now owned by Mr. and Mrs. Cenen Mendiola. Simon Tecson is the original owner.
Torch of Freedom Marker
Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan
Marker for one of the base camps of the guerillas during World War II.
Viola House
San Miguel, Bulacan
The original owner is Dr. Maximo Viola, a companion of Dr. Jose Rizal in Europe while Rizal
was writing his famous two novels: El Filibusterismo and Noli Me Tangere.He was known to
have financed the printing of the Noli Me Tangere. A doctor and a municipal councilor (d.
September 3, 1933).
Museums
Bocaue Museum
Bocaue, Bulacan
This museum houses a collection of municipal antiques and a priceless array of artifacts that
depict the town's culture and traditions.
Bulacan Museum
Capitol Cpd., Bulacan
The Museo ng Bulacan (Bulacan Museum) houses a collection of valuable relics and
mementos, articles, documents and handicrafts of the Philippine revolution. Located in Malolos
to promote the cultural heritage and tradition of the province. It is under the management of the
Provincial Government of Bulacan.
NHI Ecclesiastical Museum
Malolos, Bulacan
An ecclesiastical museum managed by the National Historical Institute where religious artifacts
and religious mementos of the province are displayed. Also featured is the Barasoain Light and
Sound Museum built in time for the celebration of the centennial of Philippine independence in
1998.
Natural
Aguinaldo Cave
San Miguel, Bulacan
Three prominent caves exist along the banks of the Balaong River that circumscribe the historic
barangay of Biak-na-Bato, namely Bahay Paniki Cave, Aguinaldo Cave and Bukal Cave. The
most notable of these is the Aguinaldo Cave where the late hero, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, once
took refuge while leading the resistance movement against the Spanish and American
colonizers. Militarily, its narrow but long entrance coupled with the existence of secret chambers
cans way-lay intruders. The enemy has to literally crawl through the low portal and would ran
smack against the waiting defenses of Aguinaldo's men. A ten-minute boat ride into this eerie
underground river leads to a stalactite-accented cavern where, at its center, a smooth triangular
block of marble juts above the surface of the clear emerald water. Local lore claims it to be "la
mesa de Aguinaldo", the table on which Aguinaldo signed the historic peace treaty.
HOW TO GET THERE: Take the North Luzon Tollway and exit at Sta. Rita/Baliuag (exit
32A/32B). From the exit, head north along the National Highway towards Plaridel, Baliuag, San
Ildefonso (about 28 km). About 7 kilometers from San Ildefonso, keep an eye for a Y
intersection. It should have a sign that points to Biak na Bato National Park. Take that road on
the right and then, about 1 km farther, there would be another intersection, and the road on the
right (eastward) will lead straight to Biak na Bato.
Aroma Beach
Hagonoy, Bulacan
A sandy beach with aromatic plants, it is frequented by local picnickers during summer months.
Bahay Paniki Cave (House of Bats)
San Miguel, Bulacan
The cave located some 300 meters south of the Aguinaldo Cave is a bit risky to penetrate,
considering the tons of debris filed by torrential flood-water (more conducive to cold-blooded
snakes and poisonous scorpions). Beneath the gigantic portal, which stretches to about 30
meters up forming a large dome, are big boulders the size of a two-storey building and the way
up the narrow and brittle natural bridges that lead to the inside is truly very dangerous. The cave
is home to millions of bats. Tourists are treated to a rare and astounding display of natural
beauty as the mammals fly overhead and out of the cave - aligned in two fronts and to converge
some 200 meters into the sky on a single formation, only to disappear in the darkening horizon.
In exactly 3 minutes at 6:15 p.m., the daily phenomenon ends.
Bakas
Norzagaray, Bulacan
Located on this site are giant limestones at the core of a river, formed like giant footprints.
Townspeople claim these were actually the footprints of legendary giant Bernardo Carpio.
Biak-na-Bato Nature Park
San Miguel, Bulacan
Biak-na-Bato, nature park located 12 kilometers from the municipality of San Miguel de
Mayumo, provides a unique eco-adventure steeped in history. It is a mountain gorge sliced by
the Balaong River that flows from Calumpit in Bulacan and empties into Candaba Swamp in
Pampanga. The river trail winds through Aguinaldo's former natural fortress and leads to caves
of natural and historical significance, observation outposts and ruins of stone fortifications. Near
the end of the trail is a stone cliff with carvings, possibly over a hundred years old.
HOW TO GET THERE: Take the North Luzon Tollway and exit at Sta. Rita/Baliuag (exit
32A/32B). From the exit, head north along the National Highway towards Plaridel, Baliuag, San
Ildefonso (about 28 km). About 7 kilometers from San Ildefonso, keep an eye for a Y
intersection. It should have a sign that points to Biak na Bato National Park. Take that road on
the right and then, about 1 km farther, there would be another intersection, and the road on the
right (eastward) will lead straight to Biak na Bato.
Bukal Cave
San Miguel, Bulacan
The Bukal Cave (the name is vernacular for "spring") is situated on the approach of the
Aguinaldo Cave. From the mouth of the cave flows crystal-clear icy waters emanating probably
from a major groundwater recharge reservior. Marvelous stone formations like stalactites and
flowstones deck the small dome of the cave. Faunal dwellers like mudfish, tilapia, biya, eel,
freshwater shrimps, minimal bats and bivalves teem the Undergound River. Bird species like
kingfisher, layong-layong, tree sparrow and green doves are noted.
Cuarto-Cuarto Cave
San Miguel, Bulacan
Biak-na-Bato - A cave with many rooms or cuartos, it is accessed by crawling through a low
entrance with a downward slope about seven meters long. Swifts and swallows nest in the
nooks and crevices of this cave. These birds' nests are havested and used as the main
ingredient on the popular Chinese bird's nest soup.
Dona Remedios Trinidad Natural Wonders
Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan
Because of its altitude, the town of Dona Remedios Trinidad has a cooler and moister climate
than the rest of the towns of Bulacan. Its natural features include rivers, waterfalls, forests,
springs, limestone formations, mountains and hills. Preferred ecotourism activities include:
mountain climbing, bushwalking, rock climbing, camping, mountain biking, bird watching or
simply enjoying the majestic view and landscape of the Sierra Madre Mountain Ranges.
Hilltop
Norzagaray, Bulacan
Also known as the Baguio City of Bulacan, this place mesmerizes tourists with a scenic view of
the Sierra Madre Range. It is host to the Angat River Hydroelectric Plant of the National Power
Corporation.
Liputan Islands
Meycauayan, Bulacan
Surrounded by fishponds, these islands are accessible only through water transportation.
Madlum Cave
San Miguel, Bulacan
Madlum Cave is a prominent feature in the Angat Limestone Formation which occupies most of
the whole reservation of Biak-na-Bato National Park and is considered a shrine by the people of
San Miguel, Bulacan. There are three giant portals to the approximately 50-meter long cavern.
An entrance to the right, which is about 30 meters from the water level of the Madlum River, is a
statue of the Virgin Mary. It is the place where the town's patron saint, St. Michael, was found. It
is located in Sitio Madlum, Brgy. Sibul Spring. This place which offers a scenic view of the
natural environment delights excursionists and nature lovers.
Mt. Lumot
Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan
One of DRT's municipal parks, this mountain offers a wide array of eco-tourism activities like
rock climbing, camping, mountain biking, mountain climbing, bushwalking, bird watching or
simply enjoying the majestic view and landscape of the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Pandi Mineral and Bath Spring Resort
Pandi, Bulacan
This natural attraction is famous for its mineral water which is found to have medicinal and
curative effects.
Pinagrealan Cave
Norzagaray, Bulacan
This major cave in Norzagaray is a natural refuge used by Filipinos during the struggle against
Spain and the Americans and during the last world war. Floral species observed on the hills
encompassing the cave are limited to shrubs, vines, cogon and some types of plants that thrive
on limestone with very thin soil substrate. This subterranean network of caverns was the site of
secret meetings of the Filipino revolutionary forces during the war against Spain in 1896. The
Katipunero Revolutionaries during the war against Spain used it as a camp in 1896 and again
during the Filipino-American War in 1898 as hideout of General Emilio Aguinaldo (the First
President of the Philippines). It was also used as a sanctuary by the Japanese Imperial Army
when the Philippines was liberated by American Forces.
Pug-pog River
Norzagaray, Bulacan
A river with clear water coming directly from the Sierra Madre Mountains.
Sibul Spring
San Miguel, Bulacan
The crystal-clear water that springs from this natural wonder is famous for its medicinal effect.
Tilandong Falls
San Miguel, Bulacan
A natural fall which is now tapped as a source of electric power as well as for irrigation
purposes.
Tumutulo Falls
Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan
Located at Barangay Bayabas, this breathtaking waterfall drops from a height of fifteen meters
into an attractive setting of white stones and marble and cascades further into an old stone
formation called Simbahan ni Lapud.
Verdivia Falls
Dona Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan
Located in Barangay Talbak, this splendid waterfall is an ideal venue for group picnics and
outings.
Parks
Agus Industrial Park
Sta. Maria, Bulacan
Automotive parts and accessories, electronics and semiconductors, garments, footwear, and
sporting goods. Contact Person: Edmundo Palacio Tel. No. (02) 373-1234 loc. 2400 or 3732325 Area Size: 61.38 hectares
Bulacan Agro-Industrial Subdivision
Pio Cuzcosa, Calumpit, Bulacan
Metal crafts and native crafts Total Land Area: 10 hectares Contact Person: Jun Herrera / Alexis
Herrera Tel. No. (63 2) 374-2584; 371-9702/04 eMail: [email protected] www.lexber.com
First Bulacan Industrial City
Tikay, Malolos, Bulacan
Light to medium-scale industries Total Land Area: 51.70 hectares Managed by: FBIC Industrial
Estate Association, Inc. Contact Person: Jose Valenzuela Jr. Tel. No. (63 44) 794-0164 (63 2)
299-8107
Personages
Arnel Papa
Marilao, Bulacan
Arnel Papa is a top-caliber Bulakeno talent. His accessories, made from crystals, stones and
carabao horns, have been featured in top fashion magazines. They are much sought after by
the country's fashionista crowd.
Dr. Maximo Viola
San Miguel, Bulacan
Dr. Maximo Viola (1857 - 1933) - Here in Barrio Sta. Rita, San Miguel, Bulacan was born
Maximo Viola, a friend and traveling companion in Europe of Jose Rizal, who advanced the
money needed for the printing of Rizal's novel Noli Me Tangere. Dr. Viola and Dr. Rizal toured
Europe together, May - June 1887, visiting various cities in Germany, Austria, Hungary and
Switzerland. One of the places they visited was Leitmeritz, Austria, the hometown of Professor
Ferdinand Blumentritt.
Guillermo Tolentino
Malolos City, Bulacan
Born in 1890, Malolos, Bulacan, Guillermo Tolentino is the foremost sculptor and National Artist.
His famous works include the U.P. Oblation and the Bonifacio Monument in Kalookan (d. July
12, 1976).
Nicanor Abelardo
San Miguel, Bulacan
Nicanor Abelardo (1893 - 1934) - He was born in San Miguel, Bulacan on 7 February 1893. He
was the eldest son of Valentin Abelardo and Placida Sta. Ana; finished music at the University
of the Philippines in 1912 and at the Chicago Musical College in 1932. Because of his famous
Kundiman renditions and music that reflects beauty of the environment, he was declared as the
"Makata ng Musika." He was known for his famous songs "Nasaan ka irog" and "Mutya ng
Pasig." He died on 1 March 1934 in Manila
Religious
Basilica Minore of Malolos
Malolos City, Bulacan
The church which is the seat of the Diocese of Malolos is the bastion of faith for the past
centuries. In recognition of Bulacan's undying love for Mary, Pope John Paul II declared this
cathedral "Basilica Minore of the Immaculate Conception" on December 4, 1999.
Divine Mercy National Shrine
Marilao, Bulacan
A place of prayer, healing,peace and solitude, the national shrine attracts thousands of pilgrims
from all over the country and abroad. A life-size Stations of the Cross, the Rosary Hill, the Path
of Healing, exhibits of the Holy Land and Mother Theresa of Calcutta and the cave of the Holy
Sepulcher are spread over a 10,000 sq. m. property at the back of the shrine.
Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes
San Jose del Monte, Bulacan
This shrine is an exact replica of the Lourdes Grotto of France. It features a mock hill Calvary
where life-sized statues depict the passion and death of Jesus Christ. Local and foreign tourists
flock to this place during Lenten season.
Kapitangan Catholic Chapel
Paombong, Bulacan
Penitents flagellate their bare backs here during Holy Week while walking barefoot towards the
chapel as their own way of repentance and sharing the sufferings of Jesus Christ's passion.
Actual crucifixion (nailing on the cross) takes place on Good Friday.
MICA Islamic Mosque
Brgy. Malhakan, Meycauayan, Bulacan
The Mica Islamic Center Association (MICA) was organized in 1982 in the house of Sultan
Saleh Ali Gamora in #34 Dove St., Saint Francis Subdivision, Meycauayan, Bulacan, who, also
became its first president. Eight years later in 1990 the association bought a land in 39
Daungan, Barangay Malhakan, Meycauayan, Bulacan for the purpose of building a mosque.
In 1991 the three-story mosque was built and finished, with a lot area of 300 sq. mtrs and a floor
area of 170 sq. mtrs. per floor. The minaret tower, which is the symbol of Muslim church, is
undergoing construction (July, 2007).
The mosque’s first level is used to teach Arabic language and Koran bible reading for children
during weekends while second and third levels are devoted for religious activities. At present
they already have 4000 members. Contact information: Sultan Saleh Ali Gamor, Mobile (+63)
(0) 906-712-9695
Museo Diocesano de Malolos
Malolos City, Bulacan
The evangelization of the province of Bulacan by the Augustinian friars started with the planting
of the cross in Meito, Calumpit in 1572. Soon after the towns of Malolos, Bulacan and Hagonoy
were established in the name of the King of Spain. The baptism of Rajah Laya of Meycauayan
by Franciscan Missionaries led to mass baptisms in the neighboring settlements. The early
resistance led by native priestesses or catalonans to the foreign faith melted in the zeal of
Franciscan and Augustinian friar missionaries. The Catholic faith eventually captured the hearts
and minds of the people. WHAT TO SEE: the baptismal registry of Calumpit's Dionisia and
Cecilia Talampas, both candidates for beatification, baptismal records of Francisco Balagtas,
Marcelo H. del Pilar and Gen. Gregorio del Pilar, the versions of the Ave Marias by Abelardo,
Santiago and Buencamino, great pillars of the Kundiman are given prominence, devotional
paintings and sculptures alongside gold embroidered vestments including a rare wheel of bells
rotated for consecrations.
National Shrine of St. Anne
Hagonoy, Bulacan
The church is the only place in the country where the relics of Sts. Anne and Joaquim, parents
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, are venerated.
Churches
Barasoain Church of Our Lady of Carmel
Malolos City, Bulacan
Barasoain Church of Our Lady of Carmel - From 1871 - 1978, a stone church was constructed
to replace an earlier one made of wood, but an earthquake in 1880 ruined the church. Beginning
1885, the Augustinian Jian Giron contracted the services of a builder known only as Magpayo,
who rebuilt the church from its foundations using variations of a circular motif. Proclaimed by the
President of the Revolutionary Government, Emilio Aguinaldo, the church became the seat of
the short-lived Philippine Republic and site of the first constitutional convention which convened
with much fanfare from September 15, 1898 to the last week of February 1899 under the
presidency of Pedro A. Paterno. Among the important measures passed by the congress was
the Malolos Constitution drafted chiefly by Felipe G. Calderon. It was restored to its original
splendor for the Philippine Centennial celebration in 1998. Also featured are the NHI Barasoain
Light and Sound Museum and Ecclesiastical Museum.
Church of Hagonoy
Hagonoy, Bulacan
Church of Hagonoy (Bulacan) - Originally a chapel under the parish of Calumpit, it became a
church in 1731 with Fr. Juan Albarran, an Augustinian as the first curate. It was rebuilt in 1871
by Fr. Ignacio Manzanares. The church was taken over by the Filipino clergy in 1896 with Fr.
Clemente Garcia as the first Filipino curate. He was succeeded by Fr. Dr. Mariono Sevilla from
1902-1922, Fr. Exequiel Morales, 1922-1936. Fr. Celestino Rodriguez, curate since 1936
improved the church assisted by the Congregation of the Religiosas de la Virgen Maria (R.V.M.)
Church of Meycauayan
Meycauayan, Bulacan
Church of Meycuayan (Bulacan) - The first church was destroyed by a typhoon in 1588. The
construction of the present church was started shortly after 1668 when the town was moved
from Lagado to the present site. Reverend Francisco Gasuena, OFM, who built the belfry in
1800, preached the gospel in China for six years, and was expelled from that kingdom due to
opposition to his religious teachings. He served this parish for 31 years and died here on Nov.
18, 1831. The convent and church were seriously damaged by the typhoon of 1882.
Church of Quingua
Plaridel, Bulacan
Church of Quingua (Plaridel, Bulacan) - This was the first church built in this old town by the
Augustinian mission from 1580-1595. It was transferred to the town proper in 1605. The church
was improved in 1722. The first Filipino parish priest Rev. P. Victorino Lopez joined the
revolutionary movement as a leader under the command of Kapitan Jose Serapio. The convent
was made the American headquarters in 1898.
Malolos Cathedral
Malolos City, Bulacan
Malolos Cathedral became the presidential headquarters of Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo in 1898.
Marilao Catholic Church
Marilao, Bulacan
Church of Marilao (Bulacan) - Originally a chapel, Fr. Vicente de Talavera erected the first
church on 21 April 1796 simultaneously with the founding of the town and parish of Marilao. St.
Michael the Archangel was enthroned patron saint. A bigger church was constructed in 1848
and was finished in 1868. It was gutted by fire during the Fil-American War. The church was
reconstructed to its original size in 1922. Restoration was fully done in 1967 under the
supervision of Fr. Jose M. Salas.
Obando Church
Obando, Bulacan
Church of Obando (Bulacan) - The church of Obando was built by the Franciscan Order headed
by Rev. P. Manuel de Olivencia, the first curate of Obando on 29 April 1754. The second church
was destroyed by heavy shelling during the 1945 liberation. It was rebuilt for 2 years through the
help of parishioners under Rev. P. Marcos C. Punzol. Obando town fiesta is celebrated every
17th - 19th of May in honor of San Pascual Baylon, Santa Clara de Asis, patroness of fishermen
& farmers, and La Concepcion de Nuestra or known as Virgen de Salambao. This church is the
venue of the famous fertility dance - a three-day dancing where childless couples appeal for
heavenly intercession to the Virgin Mary
San Miguel Catholic Church
San Miguel, Bulacan
More than 200 years old; built by the Augustinian friars
San Rafael Catholic Church
San Rafael, Bulacan
Site of the bloody battle between the Filipinos and the Spanish forces wherein the blood that
drenched the church was ankle-deep.
St. John the Baptist Church
Calumpit, Bulacan
Built in 1572, the St. John the Baptist Church is the oldest church in Bulacan. Constructed under
the supervision of Augustinian priest Diego Vivar - Ordonez, 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. It is
the birthplace of Christianity in the province.
Sta. Maria Church
Sta. Maria, Bulacan
Church of Sta Maria (Bulacan) - The town of Sta Maria de Caboan was founded in 1602 and
called San Miguel till 1613. Its first minister was the Rev. Antonio de la Llane. A church, built in
1613 by the Rev. Gerocino Vasquez, was destroyed during the Chinese uprising of 1639.
Another church completed in 1669, succumbed to earthquakes in 1880. In 1891, the Rev.
Leopaldo Arellano reerected the church but it was destroyed again by the earthquake of August
20, 1937.
Local Wonders
Apo Iru Gatbuca
Calumpit, Bulacan
Known as "Pottery Country", Apo Iru Gatbuca is the biggest producer of pots in the whole of
Bulacan. So vast is the pot-making industry that most residents make their living out of pottery.
Local artisans transform an ordinary mass of clay into an exquisite work of art - some of which
are even made into glazed decorative ceramics.
Bagbag Bridge
Calumpit, Bulacan
Site of the longest battle between the Americans and Filipinos led by Gen. Gregorio del Pilar
which took place in April 25, 1899. The bridge still standing serves as a reminder of the valor
displayed by the Filipinos who triumphed against the American forces.
Bustos Dam
Bustos, Bulacan
The dam is one of the longest sector-gates in the world and serves as the huge reservoir of the
Angat Hydroelectric plant at Barrio Hilltop. The dam was built in 1922 and serves as the source
of electric power in the province and Metro Manila. It features a cool picnic haven with an
inspiring scenery.
Grotto Central Cement
San Ildefonso, Bulacan
This place is memorable because of the grotto and statue of the Virgin Mary, the beautiful
landscape, and the natural scenery.
Hanging Bridge
Marilao, Bulacan
A wooden bridge connecting Brgy. Lambakin and Brgy. Sta. Rosa. This place offers a scenic
view of the surrounding area.
Ipo Dam
Norzagaray, Bulacan
The place is a water impounding dam made famous by its name synonymous with gallantry,
bravery and heroism. It is used as a reservoir for the La Mesa Dam which distributes water to
Metro Manila residents. The green virgin forest and sky blue water make Ipo Dam an attractive
place to visit.
Marble Making Industry
Tabang, Guiguinto, Bulacan
As early as 1992, the Marble Association of the Philippines (MAP) conceptualized the
establishment of a common service facility for processing marble tiles, and to serve as a training
center for marble producers. This took the form of a polishing line for the processing of export
quality marble tiles targeted to respond to the high demand in the export business. The Marble
Center offers polishing services with a complete line of equipment from Italy including the
provision of consultancy on the proper technical procedures in extracting blocks from limestone
deposits. Contact information: MAP Marble Center, TESDA Compound, Tabang, Guiguinto,
Bulacan, Tel. No. (63 44) 794-2947/690-0061
Meycauayan Jewelry Art
Meycauayan, Bulacan
The intricate craftsmanship and painstaking creative dedication that the town's jewelers pour
into their creations have made the town the leading producer of silver and gold jewelry in the
country. As a living museum of the town's famous jewelry art, the Philippine Jewelry Center was
built to showcase the craftsmanship of notable goldsmiths and silversmiths. The edifice has an
area of 2,100 sq. m. (three storey) seating on a lot of about 1,000 sq.m. located inside the
Provincial Sports Complex in Pandayan, Meycauayan, Bulacan. It is about 2 kms away north of
Maycauayan Municipal Hall and 30 kms away north of Quezon City. It serves as a one-stop
service center for jewellers of Bulacan and other provinces. Facilities such as training center,
display room, common service and laboratory facilities, and business center serve to complete
the formation of an innovative concept in global competition. Contact information: Philippie
Jewelry Center, Tel. No. (63 44) 228-2611/721-0178 eMail: [email protected]
National Manpower Youth Center
Guiguinto, Bulacan
A center formed by the national government to help out-of-school youth by training them for jobs
and livelihood projects.
Pulilan Butterfly Haven
Pulilan, Bulacan
Located along San Francisco Street, this butterfly sanctuary is also a perfect place for nature
lovers where they can witness the butterfly's fascinating life cycle, enjoy lush greenery which
provide an ideal habitat for the butterflies and experience nature in an oasis of beauty and
tranquility with butterflies flitting from one flower to another. Entrance fee: P50 Open: Monday sunday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. For further info, contact Ms. Carina Santiago, Mobile 0918-7784305, Tel. No. (63 44) 676-1377 (Fe Magtalas)
Sergio Bayan
Calumpit, Bulacan
The place produces export-quality religious products and icons. Tourists flock to the shop area
to witness workers transform an ordinary mass of clay into an exquisite work of art.
DOT - Accredited EStablishments
Resorts
Grotto Vista Resort
City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan
Address: Graceville, City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan
Facilities: swimming pool with giant slides, restaurant, function rooms, KTV room, gym, souvenir
shop, function hall (300 pax), playground, basketball court, coffee shop, garden pavilion,
bowling alley
Accreditation: CLASS 'AA' RESORT
Phone (63 44) 691-0223/815-0943/0944/691-0224/(63 2) 374-6642/6643
Email [email protected]
Malolos Resort Club Royale
Malolos City, Bulacan
Address: MacArthur Hwy., Fausta Village, Mabolo, Malolos City, Bulacan
Facilities: Conference hall, coffee shop/restaurant, sauna/massage, cottages, swimming pool
Accreditation CLASS 'AA' RESORT
Phone (63 44) 791-0378/668-0044/662-0044/791-0378
Fax (63 44) 796-0131
Email [email protected]
www.malolosclubroyale.com
Travel Agencies
3 Sisters Travel & Tours (Main)
Baliuag, Bulacan
Address: Lot 2 Blk 17, Acacia St., Primavera Homes, Baliuag, Bulacan
Description: Ticketing, visa assistance, documentation, passport assistance, tour packages
Accredited: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone (63 44) 761-0318 / 673-8264 / 1657
Fax (63 44) 766-7798 / 795-2157
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.3sisterstravelandtours.webs.com
3 Sisters Travel & Tours (Plaridel Branch)
Plaridel, Bulacan
Address: 2nd Floor, Waltermart, Plaridel, Bulacan
Description: Ticketing, passporting, tour packaging
Accredited: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 44) 673-5021/670-1567/766-7798/795-2157
Mobile: 0927-871-3732
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.3sisterstravelandtours.webs.com
A.C. Romulo Travel & Tours
Plaridel, Bulacan
Address: 711 Morante Bldg. II, Banga 1st, Plaridel, Bulacan
Description: Domestic and international ticketing, domestic tour packages, passport assistance
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 44) 670-2373 / 2763
Fax: (63 44) 670-2763
Email: [email protected]
Manejkom Travel & Tours
Malolos City, Bulacan
Address: G/F Uniwide Bldg., Guinhawa, MacArthur Hi-way, Crossing, Malolos City, Bulacan
Description: Ticketing, passport processing, tour packages, visa assistance, domestic tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 44) 796-0528/662-0506/7557/791-9169/0920-848-8316/0927-272-9981
Fax: (63 44) 791-9169
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Roadlink Travel & Tours
Baliuag, Bulacan
Address: #586 Gil Carlos St., Poblacion, Baliuag, Bulacan
Description: Travel and tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 44) 673-1690 / 892-0570
Fax: (63 44) 673-1690
Email: [email protected]
Support Facilities-DOT-Accredited
Tourism Related Establishments
SM City Marilao
Address: MacArthur Hwy, Brgy. Ibayo, Marilao, Bulacan
Accreditation: TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone: (63 2) 843-1895
SM City Marilao - Department Store
Address: G/F SM City Marilao, Brgy. Ibayo, Marilao, Bulacan
Accreditation: TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone: (63 2) 299-6806/6804
Website: www.smsupermalls.com
SM City Marilao - Super SM Hypermart
Address: G/F SM City Marilao, Brgy. Ibayo, Marilao, Bulacan
Accreditation: TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone (63 2) 299-6822/6826
SM Hypermart
Address: SM City Baliwag, DRT Hwy., Brgy. Pagala, Baliuag, Bulacan
Description: Supermarket
Accreditation: TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone: (63 2) 584-4182 - 85
Contact: Army Aba
SM City Baliwag
Address: SM City Baliwag, DRT Hwy., Brgy. Pagala, Baliuag, Bulacan
Description: Department Store
Accreditation: TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone: (63 2) 584-4170
Fax: (63 2) 857-0113
Contact: Arch. Andrew Cristobal
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.smsupermalls.com
SM City - Baliwag (Department Store)
Address: SM City Baliuag, Brgy. Pagala, Baliuag, Bulacan
Description: Department Store
Accreditation: TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT [Acc. No. III-TRE-09-2009
Phone: (63 44) 761-0716 - 18
Fax: (63 44) 584-4145 / (63 2) 584-4159
Contact: Luisa Suniga
Tourist Transport Operator
Roadlink Travel & Tours, Inc.
Address: 5940 Marilao Exit, Sta. Rosa I, Marilao, Bulacan
Description: Tourist transport service No. of buses: 5 units at 60 seater each
Acccreditation TOURIST LAND TRANSPORT OPERATOR
Phone: (63 44) 711-2486
NUEVA ECIJA
Nueva Ecija is the largest province and the biggest rice producer of Central Luzon, thus, often
referred
to
as
the
“Rice
Bowl
of
the
Philippines.”
Among its main attractions is the Pantabangan River, the country’s first multi-purpose
infrastructure, which stands today as a phenomenon in Filipino engineering feats. Another is the
Pampanga river, cutting across a rich valley floor, famed for irrigation, the generation of
hydroelectric
power,
and
the
mitigation
of
flood
damage.
Nueva Ecija is also the agri-tourism pilot site in Central Luzon due to the presence of the
Central
Luzon
State
University
in
the
province.
Its other worthwhile attractions include the Minalungao National Park, Rizal Hot Spring,
Burburayok Springs and Pajanutic Falls, Barrio Puncan in the town of Carranglan, among
others.
History
In 1705, Spanish Governor General Fausto Cruzar created the province and named it Nueva
Ecija after his hometown Ecija in Seville, Spain.
In 1818, Nueva Ecija annexed a long strip of territory facing the Pacific Ocean in the east that
extended from Palawan (now in Isabela) in the north to Infanta in Tayabas (now Quezon) in the
south. In 1848, it acquired the towns of Gapan, San Isidro, Cabiao. San Antonio and Casiguran
were separated from Nueva Ecija and annexed to Tayabas. Palanan was transferred first to
Nueva Ecija then to Isabela. With the subsequent separation of Infanta and Polilio Island, Nueva
Ecija’s isolation from the sea became complete.
Nueva Ecija was one of the first eight provinces that took up arms against Spanish rule in 1896.
During the Filipino-American War, General Emilio Aguinaldo retreated to the province and, on
May 9, 1899, made Cabanatuan the temporary seat of his government until it was moved to
Bamban, Tarlac. General Antonio Luna was killed on June 5, 1899 in the convent of the town’s
church.
American forces, after occupying Nueva Ecija in 1899, established the provincial seat of
government in San Isidro. Other provincial capitals had been Baler (now in Aurora), Bongabon,
and Cabanatuan. On June 19,1965, Republic Act No. 4475 created the city of Palayan as the
new capital.
How to get there
From Manila via NLEX, take Sta. Rita exit then just follow the route that will lead to Pulilan,
Plaridel, Baliuag, San Ildefonso, and San Miguel and Gapan to Cabanatuan.
Nueva Ecija is services by bus companies on EDSA, Cubao, Quezon City e.g. Baliwag Transit,
Five Star Transit, et al with signboards Cabanatuan, Santiago and Tuguegarao.
One can also opt to go via McArthur Highway passing through Caloocan, Valenzuela,
Meycauayan, Marilao, Bocaue, Balagtas, Guiguinto (Tabang), San Miguel Cabiao, San Isidro,
then finally Gapan to Cabanatuan.
TOURISM SITES AND DESTINATIONS
Historical
Camp Pangatian Shrine
Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
Used as a military training camp for twenty years before the war, the camp was converted into a
concentration camp for Allied Prisoners-of-War (POWs) by the Japanese imperial forces during
the last world war. It serves as a memorial to the Filipino guerillas led by Captains Eduardo I.
Joson (Squadron 213) and Juan Pajota (Squadron 201) who effectively prevented the Japanese
reinforcements from proceeding to the camp on January 30, 1945, thus bravely rescuing and
liberating the 516 allied prisoners-of-war without bloodshed (most of them survivors of the
infamous Death March). The rescue, jointly undertaken by Filipino guerillas, Alamo Scouts and
the US 6th Ranger Battalion under Lt. Col. Henry Mucci, was described as one of the most
daring and successful missions of its type in the annals of US military history. That event is now
immortalized in marble in the Pangatian War Memorial. It contains monuments and memorabilia
of the events that transpired during the occupation. The roof deck contains a large mural of
Filipino and American soldiers carrying each other arms-in-arms in battle. Written on the
memorial walls are the names and ranks of the American servicemen imprisoned in the camp
(some of them Westpointers).
Dalton Pass
Carranglan, Nueva Ecija
About five hectares in size, this place can be reached by any type of motor vehicle via Maharlika
Road. Standing on Dalton Pass is a monument of Gen. Dalton, an American military official
assigned in the province during World War II.
San Isidro Town
This idyllic town in Nueva Ecija is etched in history as the site if the “First Cry of Nueva Ecija”
where Filipino revolutionaries took arms against Spain on September 2, 1896. The fighting,
under the leadership of Gen. Mariano Llanera, went on for three days and resulted in the
freedom of jailed leaders and members of the revolutionary forces. Gen. Gregorio del Pilar
came with his troops to reinforce the Novo Ecijano fighters. That uprising earned for Nueva
Ecija the distinction of being immortalized in the Philippine flag as one of the eight provinces
that first rose in arms against Spanish rule. San Isidro was once the capital of the Philippines
when then President Emilio Aguinaldo transferred his seat of government to the town. It was the
capital of Nueva Ecija from 1852 to 1912. The town was once known as “factoria” because a
tobacco factory was established there to service the Tobacco Monopoly. It was in San Isidro
where the Wright Institute, the first high school outside Manila, was established during the
American rule. The school became the Nueva Ecija High School before it transferred to
Cabanatuan City several years later. During the Japanese occupation, San Isidro shared with
Pampanga and Tarlac the site of the formation of the Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon, a
Japanese resistance group. The house that Aguinaldo used before he was captured by Gov.
Gen. James Wright and Col. Frederick Funston with American troops in Palanan, Isabela has
been preserved. All these serve as symbols of history and education for visitors to the town.
(Source: Philippine Daily Inquirer, October 1, 2008, by writer Anselmo Roque)
San Isidro Municipal Hall
San Isidro, Nueva Ecija
The building used to be the provincial jail and capitol, when San Isidro was the chief commercial
town and capital of Nueva Ecija from the Spanish times until 1912.During the restoration in
1993, workers had excavated and recovered two sacks of 50-cal bullets for machine guns. The
place was used as a garrison by the Japanese during the war.
Landmarks
Apolinario Mabini Marker
Cuyapo, Nueva Ecija
This marks the place where Filipino hero, Apolinario Mabini, otherwise known as "Sublime
Paralytic", was arrested by American soldiers on December 10, 1899.
Deathplace of Dona Aurora Quezon
Bongabon, Nueva Ecija
Along a mountain highway was the place where, on April 28, 1949, Dona Aurora Aragon
Quezon, her daughter, Maria Aurora, son-in-law, Philip Buencamino III, and the mayor of City of
Quezon, Ponciano Bernardo, were ambushed and killed by a band of insurgents while they
were on their way to Baler to the inauguration of the Baler Memorial Hospital and the blessing of
the Manuel L. Quezon Memorial. A humble marker signifies this sad part in the history of the
country.
Gen Luna Statue and Marker
Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
A statue of Gen Luna astride a horse at the Plaza infront of the cathedral in the exact spot
where Luna was assassinated in the city which subsequently adopted him
Paez House
San Isidro, Nueva Ecija
Built in 1929, the Paez house is constructed of asana and yakal and did not use nails but only
mechado (bamboo pegs) and tornillo pasante (screws). The house was occupied by Japanese
officials during the war, as it was fronting the house of Epifanio de los Santos. The latter was
used as the municipio, and was burned down during the war.
Sideco House
San Isidro, Nueva Ecija
While hiding from the Americans, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo and his men resided in the Sideco
House for over five months before fleeing to Isabela. With the general and his troops
entrenched in San Isidro, the town became the capital of the Philippines at that time. It is also
here where Governor General Wright and Col. Frederick Funston during the Filipino-American
war stayed and planned the capture of the first President of the Philippine Republic, Gen. Emilio
Aguinaldo.
Tabacalera de San Isidro
San Isidro, Nueva Ecija
Centuries-old brick walls of the Tabacalera in San Isidro remain as the symbol of the Novo
Ecijano's pacification movement and one hundred years (1782-1882) of suffering when the
province became the center of the so-called Tobacco Monopoly in Central Luzon when farmers
were restricted to raise other crops.
Museums
CLSU Agricultural Museum
Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija
A socio-cultural arm for information in Central Luzon, this is the first and the only agricultural
showcase of its kind in the country. The materials on display are preserved and maintained to
promote the cultural heritage of the Filipinos in Central Luzon. The museum has (6) sections:
rice and vegetables planting implements, household/homegrown indigenous utensils, personal
apparels, hunting and fishing implements.
CLSU Living Fish Museum
Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija
The museum showcases indigenous and tropical freshwater fishes collected from different
provinces in Luzon. It has a collection of indigenous fishes, ornamental freshwater fishes,
reptiles, mollusks and aquatic plants. Among these collections are: climbing perch, eel,
mudskipper, mullet mudfish, Thai and native catfish, common carp, half beak, Japanese loach,
snake skinned gourami, arowana, angel fish, golden shark, Jewel cichlid, tiger barb, zebra
danio, etc. The collected fishes reptiles, mollusks and aquatic plants are being studied and
propagated by the CLSU Freshwater Aquaculture Center.
Museo Novo Ecijano
Provincial Capitol Bldg., Palayan City
The Novo Ecijano Museum was established to feature the history and culture of the people of
Nueva Ecija thru vivid photographs, exhibits, historical artifacts and mementos, and dioramas.
Natural
Barrio Puncan
Carranglan, Nueva Ecija
Dubbed as the "Little Baguio" of Nueva Ecija, the cool mountain breeze is an experience to
remember. Indeed a favorite place for local tourists.
Binbin Falls
Brgy. Binbin, Carranglan, Nueva Ecija
The site has three waterfalls that are surrounded by lush virgin vegetation. Going there is
already an adventure because the site is located amidst cultivated farms and forested areas.
Burburayok Spring
Rizal, Nueva Ecija
Located at the foot of Mt. Amorong in Nueva Ecija, this hot spring is said to be medicinal and
beneficial to one's health.
Capintalan
Carranglan, Nueva Ecija
This vast wilderness is maintained by Kalanguya tribe, an indigenous community from Ifugao
province. On this area stands Bawang Peak, a provincial boundary of Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija
and Nueva Vizcaya.
Gabaldon Falls
Sabani Estate, Gabaldon, Nueva Ecija
The river is surrounded by green foliage and huge rock formation. Its rippling ice-cold water
from the 10-ft high water falls is the main attraction of the area.
General Luna Falls
Rizal, Nueva Ecija
A towering waterfall more than 100- ft high which descends widely across a rocky mountain
wall, this exciting phenomenon is found in the easternmost portion of Rizal which is nested
uphill on the foot of the Sierra Madre Mountain range.
Hot Spring of Rizal
Rizal, Nueva Ecija
Located in Brgy. Gen. Luna in Rizal town, this hot spring is said to be medicinal in nature. Apart
from the spring, a towering waterfall is another tourist delight. The waterfall, more than a
hundred ft. high, descends widely across a vast wall on the Sierra Madre mountain.
Minalungao National Park and Cave
Gen. Tinio, Nueva Ecija
The site features the breathtaking view of narrow deep river that looks up to 16-meter high
limestone walls. At the end of the white rock formation is an enchanting cave that is perfect for
trekking activities. The cave - Located at the foot of Minalungao Hill, Minalungao Cave's rock
formation is composed mainly of calcites (limestones and marbles) which are dotted with tiny
and shallow holes, evidence of dissolving reaction from the continuous dripping of rain water
(during wet season) from the apex of the vertical soil-filled cragged species of grass. The portals
to the cave (one large and another small) situated about 10 meters up to the river's water level,
is blocked by a big, brown rock, simulating Jesus' Tomb at first glance. An ascending vertical
crevice welcomes visitors some 50 meters into the portals. A lone bamboo pole serves as the
only way up the ante-room which is adorned with flowstones, stalactites and stalagmites. A
narrow sinkhole directly above the dome faintly provides natural light to the place.
Mt. Olivette
Bongabon, Nueva Ecija
Climbing a hundred steps of curved stone, one reaches the church built by the Adarnista
Spiritual Community on a hilltop. An outdoor overnight stay a firefly-lit night, enchanting its
visitors and in the morning, one wakes to cascading waterfalls whose view adds to its lush
sceneries . Olivete is most famous for its medicinal springs where pilgrims bathing and drinking
are an everyday sight and every visitor either to discover its awesome wonders inside or to
purify their inner selves crawling through its endless veins.
Pajanutic Falls
Carranglan, Nueva Ecija
Located in Mejedigan, Carranglan, the place is about 1.5 hectares. It has waterfalls about 15
meters in height surrounded with green foliage. It is an ideal place for picnics and excursion. It
can be reached by land transportation and is 15 kilometers away from the Poblacion.
Palasapas Falls
San Jose City, Nueva Ecija
Located in the outskirts of the city, in the barrio Manicla, seven kilometers away from the
Poblacion. The site has natural scenic beauty where once stood a forbidding forest, its quant
existence enhanced only by the sound of cascading waterfalls inadvertently concealed behind
its snarling tree branches and thick undergrowth.
Parks
Diamond Park
San Jose City, Nueva Ecija
Strategically located at the gateway to the Cagayan Valley, Diamond Park is a favorite haven for
picnickers and nature lovers. It features an unspoiled forest and a host of wildlife species. Upon
reaching the top of its 100-step stairway, one is awed by a pagoda on a hilltop offering a
panoramic view of northern part of Nueva Ecija. The Department of Tourism took part in the
restoration and renovation of the forest park.
Freedom Park
San Jose City, Nueva Ecija
Located in front of the former provincial capitol, Freedom Park was aptly named in recognition of
the province's glorious past and its contribution to the country's quest for freedom and
democracy during the last world war. Filipino revolutionaries during the Spanish occupation
considered Nueva Ecija a strategic site in their struggle against the enemies in view of its
central geographic position in the region. The park is a favorite spot for picnickers and
bystanders.
Palayan City Agro-Industrial Park
Brgy. Atate, Palayan City
Total are: 148 ha. with light industries, approved by Philippine Export Zone Authority (PEZA)
Religious
Gapan (Agustinian Mission)
Gapan City, Nueva Ecija
Augustinian mission in lowland Nueva Ecija was founded in Gapan in 1595. The Roman
Catholic Church of Byzantine architecture, built within 16 years (1856-1872).
Virgen Divina Pastora National Shrine
Gapan City
On February 13, 1986, the Three Kings Church of Gapan City was declared as the National
Shrine of Virgen Divina Pastora. The miraculous image is believed to be the protector of the
people of Gapan City. Unending stories of miracles resolve to strengthen the faith of its legions
of devotees all over the province and the rest of the country. Every May 1 of each year, people
flock to the church to pay homage to the Virgin.
Churches
Church of Gapan
Gapan City, Nueva Ecija
This old Roman Catholic church with its Byzantine architecture was built in a span of 16 years
(1856-1872) by Augustinian missionaries, who first came to Gapan in 1595. It stands beside the
old municipal hall, which was also built during that period.
Church of Penaranda
Penaranda, Nueva Ecija
Church of Penaranda (Nueva Ecija) - The church of Penaranda was erected in 1869 by Fr.
Florentino Samonte. Construction was continued by Fr. Candicho San Miguel from 1879-1881
and by Fr. Santos Vega from 1887-1889. From 1889 to 1891, the parochial house of bricks and
wood was built by Fr. Valentin Gatode la Fuente. Fr. Alvaro Callega built the original church with
thatch-roof and stone walls.
Local Wonders
Casecnan Irrigation and Power Generation Project
Rizal, Nueva Ecija
The P6.75-B Casecnan Multi-purpose Irrigation and Power Project in Nueva Ecija provides
irrigation to more than 26,920 hectares of new farms in the municipalities of Munoz, Talugtog,
Guimba, Cuyapo, and Nampicuan while at the same time generating some 140 megawatts of
power for the Luzon grid that will supply cheap electricity to millions of people in Luzon including
Metro Manila. The project is expected to increase the annual rice production to 834,000 metric
tons of milled rice nationwide. With ample supply of water, fishponds in Central Luzon are
expected to mushroom as farmers would be encourage to build fishponds for tilapia, bangus
(milkfish) and catfish. It also gives additional irrigation water to the 55,000 hecatres of land in
upper Pampanga River Integrated Irrigation System by rehabilitating and enlarging canals and
structures, including the dredging and lining of major conveyances.
Central Luzon State University
Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija
Located in the outskirts of the town Munoz, Nueva Ecija, the 658 hectares main campus of
CLSU is famous for its old and shady trees, its model farms, its vegetables and ornamental
plant garden. It has also facilities for swimming, basketball and pelota. Oftentimes, Nueva Ecija
is referred to as the "Agricultural Center of Luzon" because of the presence of CLSU. The place
was declared by the Department of Tourism as the agri-tourism site of Luzon. For further
information, contact Dr. Rodolfo Undan (President), Tel. No. (63 44) 456-0107 loc. 125 eMail:
[email protected] URL: www2.mozcom.com/~clsu
CLSU Concrete Tank Culture for Tilapia
Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija
This one-of-a-kind breeding farm showcases intensive culture of tilapia in concrete circular
tanks, with provisions for continuous water exchange and aeration. Each tank is stocked with
6,000 tilapia fingerlings. Estimated output is 1,000 kg. of table-size fish after four months of
culture.
Fort Magsaysay
Palayan City, Nueva Ecija
Located in the province capital, Fort Magsaysay has a total area of 74,000 hectares. Being one
of the biggest military training camp not only in the Philippines but the whole of Asia, Fort
Magsaysay provide new breed of soldiers in different fields such as engineering, health care
and education. Pahingahan Complex is the main attraction of the camp. Described as a mini
dam, it offers a breathtaking scenery of natural rainforest and a huge lake.
Fruit and Vegetable Seeds Center (FVSC)
Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija
FVSC was established by the provincial government of Nueva Ecija with the support of the
Department of Agriculture and Central Lzuon State University to develop quality fruits and
vegetable seeds. The center has a 10-ha farm area for production with pressurized irrigation
system, greenhouses, laboratory, conference room, and modern farm machineries.
Gross Ostrich Farm
San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija
Located in Brgy. Tagumpay, San Leonardo, Gross Ostrich Farm grows, breeds and propagates
imported ostriches both for human consumption and for tourism such as sale of decorative
eggs, leather wallets, colorful feathers and other by-products. Ostriches reach a height of about
7 - 8 feet, weighs 110 - 130 kgs, runs at a speed of 60 km/h, has a lifespan of 50 - 80 years and
a breeding life of 20 - 25 years. Tha farm produces fillet meat at P600/kl, steak at P500/kl and
stir fry at P400/kl. On-site farm visits to view the "big birds" in their natural habitat are organized
for students and professionals alike. For further information, contact Liza Gross, Tel. No. (63 44)
486-4946 or eMail: [email protected] or [email protected]
Pantabangan Dam
Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija
Built in 1974 along the Pampanga River to serve as reinforcement against flood, and provide
irrigation, additional electricity in the entire Luzon island, the dam was built by Filipino engineers
under the supervision of the National Irrigation Administration. Pantabangan Dam is now one of
the most visited tourist spots in the province. The place offers a scenic view of the surrounding
area. The serene blue sky glimpses the 1.61-km long dam enveloped by the picturesque Sierra
Madre mountains. The dam's clear water with an average yealy height of 107 meters is the
sanctuary of tropical marine life and an inviting site for jetskiing and fishing. Tourists will also
appreciate the dam's engineering wonders. Pantabangan was the first town established during
Spanish regime. Augustinian friars occupied the region Northeast which was drained by
tributaries of the Rio Grande in 1701 and during that time it was also an agricultural land. They
lived by means of farming and fishing. After the decade, Pantabangan was converted into a
large river (dam) that irrigates the lower part of Nueva Ecija down to Bulacan and Pampaga. In
short, Pantabangan sacrificed the wealthy agricultural land for the good of other constituents. It
offers standard-class accommodation at Best View Hotel and Restaurant, with its spa and
beauty salon, swimming pool, tennis court, and water sports amenities.
Philippine Carabao Center
Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija
The Philippine Carabao Center was created in 1993 as an offshoot of the Carabao
Development Program, through Republic Act 7307 enacted in 1992. It is an attached agency of
the Department of Agriculture, mandated to "conserve, propagate and promote the carabao as
a source of draft animal power, meat, milk and hide, to benefit the rural farmers". Services at the
center include: artificial insemination, bull loan, production of quality breeding animals and
germplasm, technical assistance and training and carabao-based enterprise development. The
center breeds and cross-breeds, through artificial insemination, animals called Murrah
Buffaloes, a species of the dairy type from India, Bulgaria and some countries like North and
Latin America. At the center, the male carabao (water buffalo) weighs 750 kg and counting while
the female yields 17-20 liters of milk a day. These water buffalos at the gene pool look hugely
different from the native carabaos that weigh and average of 350 kg while native dam gives a
milk yield of a average of 1.5 liters per day. As of 2009, about 3.3 million native and crossbred
carabaos were used mainly for draft purposes in sugarcane plantations and rice and corn farms,
and for hauling. Through the PCC's 13 stations across the country, technology transfer on the
care and production of carabaos, and teaching and encouraging rural families to engage in
carabao enterprises are also pursued. The genetic transformation being done by the PCC, after
conducting thorough research and development is through the production of semen from
imported bulls and its distribution for artificial insemination to native carabaos. The center also
uses reproductive biotechnology called embryo transfer technology, or the test-tube technique.
It takes three generations or 15 year to produce quality animals from cross breeding or to attain
87.5 percent genetic purity for the improved breed of native carabaos. Visit
www.philrice.gov.ph/pcc or www.pcc.da.gov.ph
Philippine Rice Research Institute
Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija
The Philippine Rice Research Institute at Maligaya, Munoz, Nueva Ecija is the central
agricultural environment station - the only one of its kind throughout the country. It was created
to develop and implement a natural rice research and development program, sustain the grains
made in rice production and solve location-specific problems of the rice industry. A variety of
rice wine is produced at the center. Visit www.philrice.gov.ph
Phil-Sino Center for Agriculture & Technology
CLSU Campus, Science City of Munoz, Nueva Ecija
Situated in a 9.78 hectare area inside the CLSU campus, PhilSCAT is the first collaborative
project between the Philippines and People's Republic of China through their respective
departments and ministries. It is envisioned to make Filipino farmers prosperous through the
adoption of modern and appropriate agricultural technology such as hybrid rice production and
mechanization jointly developed and evaluated by Filipino and Chinese scientists.
Rubber Dam
Llanera, Nueva Ecija
Asia's first and only rubber dam
The Aquino - Diokno Memorial
Laur, Nueva Ecija
Located in the midst of the sprawling Fort Magsaysay, this former headquarters of the 1st
Military Security Detachment (1MSD) of the Philippine Army became the detention facility for
political prisoners during the martial law period. Senators Benigno (Ninoy) S. Aquino, Jr. and
Jose (Pepe) W. Diokno were imprisoned here from 12 March to 11 April 1973. Isolated from
their families, friends and followers, Ninoy (codenamed "Alpha") and Pepe (codenamed "Delta")
endured a month of indignity and uncertainty in separate rooms.
DOT - Accredited EStablishments
Hotel
Microtel Inn & Suites - Cabanatuan
Address: Sta. Arcadia, Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
Facilities: TV in each room, electronic key card system, restaurant, swimming pool, function
room good for 100 persons
Accreditation: STANDARD CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 44) 464-7777
Fax No.: (63 44) 464-7778
Mobile: (+63) (0) 927-804-2929 / 0920-938-4569
Manila office: (63 2) 671-7171 Fax (63 2) 671-7172
Email: [email protected] or [email protected] or
[email protected]
Website: www.microtelphilippines.com
Managed by: Microtel Development Corp.
Resorts
Aloha Resort, Hotel and General Services
Guimba, Nueva Ecija
Address: Brgy. Pasong Inchik, Guimba, Nueva Ecija
Facilities: Swimming pool, grill bar and restaurant, game room (billiard, virtual games, wi-fi
connection, jacuzzi
Accreditation: CLASS A RESORT
Phone: (63 44) 611-0637 / 0541 / 0928-450-9850 /0922-812-0011
Email: [email protected]
Dreamwater Fun and Resort
Penaranda, Nueva Ecija
Address: Brgy. Sto. Tomas, Penaranda, Nueva Ecija
Facilities: Swimming pools (7 units), VIP rooms with jacuzzi bath, cable TV, open-air garden
restaurant, function hall, basketball courts, tennis/volleyball court.
Accreditation: CLASS AA RESORT
Phone: (63 44) 486-6145 / 486-6773
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.dreamwater.com.ph
Tourism Related Establishment
Pizza Hut
Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
Address: NE Pacific Mall, H. Concepcion, Cabanatuan City
Description: Pizzaria
Accreditation: TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone: (63 44) 463-1111
Email: [email protected]
Travel Agencies
Alexis Travel & Tours
Address: Paulino Bldg., Bonifacio St., San Jose City, Nueva Ecija
Description: Travel and tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 44) 511-2779
Fax: (63 44) 511-2779
Email: [email protected]
First E-Sky Travel & Tours
Address: 85 Maharlika Hwy., Rizal, Sta. Rosa, Nueva Ecija
Description: Travel & tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 44) 940-1366
Fax: (63 44) 311-2106
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.firstsky.net
Moirah's Travelight Tours & Travel
Address: Gen. Luna St., Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija
Description: travel and tours
Accreditation TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 44) 600-2464 / 806-2696
Mobile: 0918-446-0833 / 0922-898-4945
Contact: Yvette Roque Mangulabnan
Email: [email protected]
SkyVoyager Travel & Tours
Address: 30-A Afan Salvador St., Sta. Veronica, Guimba, Nueva Ecija
Description: Travel and tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 44) 611-0568 / 611-0568
Email: [email protected]
Upright Travel & Tours
Address: Rm 8 Sam Bldg.,Maharlika hwy., Quezon District, Cabanatuan City
Description: Travel and tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Telefax: (63 44) 600-5897
Email: [email protected]
Vincemart Travel & Tours
Address: 408-D Cerin Bldg., Maharlika Hwy., Cabanatuan City
Description: Travel & tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 44) 463-8494/2918/1363/600-5247
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Zealand Tours & Travel Agency
Address: Chua Bldg.,Maharlika Hwy., Zulueta St., Cabanatuan City
Description: travel and tours, visa assistance, passport assistance, tour packages,
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 44) 600-5050/464-8080/463-1010
Fax No. (63 44) 463-1010
Email: [email protected]
PAMPANGA
Brief Description
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.
How to get there
From Manila it is just a 1 hour ride by car or bus to through the North Luzon Expressway exiting
via San Fernando, Angeles or Dau Toll Plaza.
Tourist Attractions
Historical
Bacolor Municipal Hall
Bacolor, Pampanga
Former site of the house of one of Bacolor's most illustrious families, the venturas. Construction
was completed in July 8, 1953 under then Mayor Manuel de Jesus, a project of Sen. Pablo
Angeles David, another favorite son of the town.
Bale Herencia
Angeles City, Pampanga
The house, located on the corner of Lakandula and Sto. Rosario Streets, was built in 1860 using
carpenters from Vigan, Ilocos Sur.Local lore has it that the imposing house was built by Fray
Guillermo Masnou, O.S.A., a parish priest of Angeles. Restoration was started in 1988 by the
owner, Mr. Jose G. Paras, Jr., and continues to this day. Currently it serves as a banquet hall
managed by Mr. Paul M. Santos. Due to its colonial ambience, Bale Herencia is a favorite
venue for many functions.
Bale Matua
Angeles City, Pampanga
The residence of the founders of Angeles City, Don Angel Panteleon de Miranda and his wife
Dona Roselia de Jesus, was constructed in 1824.The highlight of the structure is a high stone
wall with an ornate gate. The house nostalgically symbolizes the glorious past of Angeles
amidst the overwhelming onslaught of modern civilization. In 1840 the house was inherited by
Dona Juana de Miranda de Henson, the only daughter of the founders. Restoration began in
1980 by the Vicente N. Henson, Sr. Foundation, and continues to this day. A marker placed by
the National Historical Institute can be seen on its front adobe wall.
Camalig
#292 Sto. Rosario St., Angeles City, Pampanga
A restored grain storehouse, the Camalig ("shed" in the Kapampangan vernacular) was built in
1840 by Don Ciriaco de Miranda, Angeles' first gobernadorcillo (mayor), as a farm shed of light
materials (and later upgraded in the early 1900s to its present form by the town's first postcolonial mayor, Capitan Juan Nepomuceno). It was restored in 1980 by the late Mr. Armando L.
Nepomuceno. Camalig is now the home of Armando's Pizza and Restaurant where live bands
continue to entertain guests. for further information, please contact Marco Nepomuceno, Tel.
No. (63 45) 322-5641/888-1077 Email: [email protected] Website: www.camalig.com
Dayrit Front Yard
Angeles City, Pampanga
Once a public square during the US Regime, this was where US Army Private George
Raymond was executed for desertion.
Deposito (former Angeles Post Office)
Angeles City, Pampanga
This concrete building was utilized by the US Army as a jail for recalcitrant USV troops between
the years 1899 - 1910. It was also used as the headquarters of the 11th Film Exchange of the
US Army between 1946 - 1947.It was constructed in 1899 for the purpose of depositing religious
statues and costly silver-gilt floats or carriages in between the town's several religious
processions, hence the name "deposito." On February 6, 1967, the City Post Office moved to
this site. Today, a rehab center occupies the place.
Don Honorio Ventura College of Arts & Trade
Bacolor, Pampanga
Formerly known as the Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Bacolor, it is believed to be the oldest
vocational school in the Far East. It was founded on November 4, 1861 by Rev. Fr. Juan P. Zita
and Don Felino Gil.It was built in honor of Honorio Ventura, a Pampanga politician,
philantrophist, and former Secretary of the interior (born in 1887). It was destroyed by fire in
1869 and reconstructed in 1892. It was used as barracks for Filipino soldiers of the Spanish
army in 1896; as a munitions factory in 1897; as a provincial capitol of Pampanga 1901 - 1904;
as Pampanga Trade School, 1909; as barracks for Japanese soldiers, 1942 - 1944; burnt in
December 1944; and rebuilt with US AID 1946.It was converted into a regional school of arts
and trades on October 28, 1956.
Kamikaze East Airfield
Mabalacat, Pampanga
In the northernmost town of Mabalacat is a memorial marker to remember the first Japanese
Kamikaze pilots called Shimpu Special Attack Corps under Lt. Yukio Seki who took off for their
last mission as official "human bombs" on October 25, 1944. A garden shrine has been built by
the local tourism office to symbolize the Philippine-Japan friendship ties. In Clark, Japanese
forces staged the same air operations from the so-called west airfield by using kamikaze (divine
winds) tactics against American and allied forces.
Malig Residence
Bacolor, Pampanga
Located in Brgy. Cabambangan, Bacolor, it is believed to be the oldest house of its type in the
town. Built by the Spaniards who came first to the Philippines, it was the home of the friars who
established their church in the town.
Nepomuceno Ancestral House
Angeles City, Pampanga
The home of Don Ciriaco de Miranda, Angeles' first gobernadorcillo (mayor). Built in 1840, it
was inherited in 1868 by Don Ciriaco's niece, Dona Agustina Henson de Nepomuceno.The
ground floor of the second oldest structure in Angeles is currently occupied by commercial
establishments. The rest of the house is closed to the public.
Old Holy Family Academy Building
Angeles City, Pampanga
The building was constructed in 1910, but on its site once stood the so-called convento, built in
1873, as an annex to the nearby Holy Rosary Parish Church.The convento was used by the US
Army from 1889 to 1902 as a military hospital and later as troop barracks, officer's quarters and
arsenal by the Japanese Military Forces in the early part of 1942.
Old St. Scholastica Bldg.
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Completed in 1931, it was the former building of the famous academy in Pampanga - the third
Benedictine school in the Philippines.
Pamintuan Mansion
Angeles City, Pampanga
The building served as the viewing area during the first anniversary celebration of Philippine
Independence led by General Emilio Aguinaldo y Famy on June 12, 1899. The historic event
featured civic and military parade participated by more than 2,000 troops led by two youngest
generals of the Philippine Republican Army namely, Gen. Gregorio H. del Pilar and Gen.
Manuel Tinio of Bulacan and Nueva Ecija, respectively. The parade started from Barrio
Talimunduc (now Brgy. Lourdes Sur) where the town square was then situated. The building
served as the central headquarters of Major General Arthur MacArthur in May 1899. Eventually,
it served as the seat of the First Philippine Revolutionary Army under General Emilio Aguinaldo
as the President and Commander-in-Chief. The first Flipino General to use the house as
headquarters was Gen. Venancio Concepcion. Gen. Antonio Luna used it as a general
headquarters of the First Filipino Army, drawing plans for the defense of Pampanga against the
Americans. Today, the building serves as the Central Bank Clearing House.
Pampanga High School Building
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Built in 1912, it was the main building of the Pampanga High School up to 1935, and counts
President Diosdado P. Macapagal as among its alumni (Class 1929). It is one of the so-called
Gabaldon buildings built and named after Assemblyman Isauro Gabaldon of Nueva Ecija who
authored Act 1801 that set aside P1 million for the construction of such schoolhouses all over
the archipelago. Known as the "Parthenons of of the golden years of Philippine public education
system, it is in these buildings that three generations of Filipinos learned the Three Rs.
Pampanga Lodge & Restaurant
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Residence of Asuncion Santos, daughter of Don Teodoro Santos, Sr. (Dorong Tola), who
married Andres Eusebio. It was the first site of the Pampanga High School when it first opened
in 1908. Later became the site of the Harvardian College and the Pampanga Hotel and
Panciteria, now Pampanga Lodge and Restaurant. It later held the distinct honor of hosting
Gen. Douglas MacArthur for one night. (Source: Ivan Henares thru Heritage Conservation
Soceity)
Pampanga Provincial Capitol
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Seat of government of the province of Pampanga, the original building was constructed after the
provincial capital of Pampanga was transferred from Bacolor to San Fernando in 1904.It was
the site of a major battle between guerilla forces and the Japanese Imperial Army during World
War II. The building dates back to the 1930s.
Pampanga River (Rio Grande de Pampanga)
Province of Pampanga
Río Grande De Pampanga rises in several headstreams in the Caraballo Mountains and flowing
south for about 120 miles (190 km) to empty into northern Manila Bay in a wide, swampy delta.
The Candaba Swamp, covering more than 200 square miles (500 square km) when flooded,
has been formed north of the delta where the Angat River joins the Pampanga. Other major
tributaries are the Chico Pampanga and the Lubao. There are extensive fishponds and a largescale irrigation project on the lower course of the Pampanga. (Source: www.britannica.com)
San Fernando City Hall
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
The current structure was completed in 1917 during the administration of Mayor Antonio Abad
Santos. It was restored in 2003 by Mayor Rey B. Aquino.
San Fernando Heritage District
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Downtown San Fernando is home to the city’s historic poblacion which was zoned into a
heritage district in 2004 by its Sangguniang Panlungsod.
San Fernando Train Station
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Standing amid residences in Barangay St. Nino in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, are the
ruins of what was once a busy and historic train station of the Manila-Dagupan
Railway.Unknown to many, the station was silent witness to every turning point of the town's
history, from its inauguration in 1892, up to the infamous Bataan Death March. It most definitely
played an essential role in making the town boom into a great city - one that is rooted in its rich
heritage and culture. It was opened on February 23, 1892, as part of the Bagbag-Mabalacat
stretch of the Manila-Dagupan Railway System and was inaugurated by Governor-General
Eulogio Despujol and Archbishop Bernardino Nozaleda. On June 27 of the same year, Dr. Jose
Rizal stopped over in San Fernando to recruit members to the Liga Filipina. Late afternoon of
December 31, 1941, the Japanese Army bombed an ammunition train said to be parked in front
of the station, ready to be transported by the United States Armed Forces in the Far East to
Bataan. The Japanese Zero flew at around 4 0' clock in the afternoon and dropped three bombs
which caused fire to some portions of the station. In April of 1942, thousands of Filipino and
American prisoners-of-war, most of whom were dying of hunger, fatigue and various illnesses,
were stuffed like sardines into the box carts, and sent to their final destination at Camp O'
Donnell in Capas, Tarlac (Capas National Shrine).
Tabacalera House
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Originally owned by Tabacalera to house its representative Don Ramon Lopez, the first floor
served as the office of Tabacalera. It was later purchased by Simeon Ocampo. During the
Japanese Occupation, it served as the headquarters of the Kempeital.
Cultural
Marcos Village
(Mabalacat, Pampanga) An authentic Ayta village complete with their tribal rituals and customs.
Gabaldon Schoolhouse
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
The Gabaldon school buildings, named after Assemblyman Isauro Gabaldon of Nueva Ecija
who authored Act 1801 that set aside P1 million for their construction, are known as the
"Parthenons" of the golden years of Philippine public education system. Three, perhaps more,
generations of Filipinos learned the Three Rs (reading, 'riting and 'rithmetic) in these historic
structures which now count by the thousands and are spread out all over the archipelago. Yale
graduate William Parsons, the consulting architect of the Bureau of Public Works from 1905 to
1914, designed the school buildings. Some of these buildings etched their place in history. The
Pampanga High School in the City of San Fernando, for one, nurtured many of the country's
leaders like the late President Diosdado Macapagal (Class 1929). Others served as hospitals,
town halls or evacuation centers in times of war and calamities. More importantly, it was in
these rooms, libraries and wide grounds that American and Filipino educators helped unlock the
potentials of students, many of them poor. These single-story structures are typified by their 5-m
high ceiling, with long five-tread flight of stairs leading to its elevated portico, which is usually
used as stage on special occasions. The center room is divided by a collapsible wooden
partition that could be folded and converted into a pavilion. Its windows are huge, sashed and
made of latticed capiz-tagkawayan. Its facade has those Romanesque Doric-like pillars. Its
rooms are big and wide, with lauan floors. Its doors are imposing and made from thick and
heavy narra. It has a cavernous 'silong' (basement) - home of the kabag (bats), ahas tulog
(snakes), alupihan (centipede) and giant rats. (Credit: Tonette Orejas, Phil Daily Inquirer)
Landmarks
Archdiocesan Chancery
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
The former residence of Luis Wenceslao Dizon, it was designed by Fernando H. Ocampo and
now houses the Archbishop's palace and chancery.
Buluyut Bridge
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Formerly known as Puente Colgante, it was reconstructed in 1896 using iron and stone. It was
replaced in 1928 by reinforced concrete arch bridge designed by Sotero J. Baluyut for his
Bachelor's thesis at the University of Iowa in 1909. The bridge served as the only link of Manila
with the rest of Northern Luzon. It was restored by Mayor Rey B. Aquino in 2003.
Camel Backbridge
Bacolor, Pampanga
Located at the Olea Creek in Sta. Ines, this was used as the principal link between the western
and eastern sitios of the barrios. Under this bridge passed large bancas from the other parts of
Pampanga and is said to be the landing place of Simon de Anda y Salazar when they retreated
from the English invaders who established Bacolor as the seat of the Spanish government and
the capital of the Philippines in 1762.
Consunji Residence
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Home of Don Antonio Consunji, presidente municipal of San Fernando during the Philippine
Revolution.
Crissot Monument
Bacolor, Pampanga
A monument built in honor of Juan Crisostomo Soto, he was a distinguished Pampango poet,
dramatist and newspaperman (1867-1918). Born in Sta. Ines, Bacolor, he is known as the
Father of Pampango Literature. He learned his first letters from a town tutor Cirilio Fernandez;
pursued higher education under a noted teacher Vicente Quirino; wrote numerous lyrical
poems, historical dramas, humorous plays, fiery editorials and philosophical essays; translated
into Pampango the Spanish version of Romeo and Juliet and old European plays like the Lovers
of Turuel Faust and Nero and the Gladiators; translated Rizal's Noli Me Tangere and El
Filibusterismo; joined the Philippine Revolution in 1896 and figured in several battles against the
American forces in 1898. He wrote no less than fifty plays and sarsuwelas, the most common of
which is Alang Dios or There Is No God (1901). The poetic joust crissotan was coined from his
psuedonym Crissot (d. July 12, 1918).
Cuyugan Residence
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Home of Mayor Vivencio B. Cuyugan, the first socialist mayor of the Philippines. It also served
as municipal hall during the Japanese occupation of San Fernando.
Dayrit - Cuyugan Residence
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Built by the couple Joaquin Dayrit and Maria Paz Cuyugan in 1920, it is a perfect example of the
architecture prevalent during the American colonial period, and is listed as a Heritage House in
the registry of the National Historical Institute.
Dayrit - Galang Residence
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Home of Amando G. Dayrit, renowned journalist of pre-war fame, he is remembered for his fiery
opinions in his Tribune column "Good Morning, Judge".
Henson-Hizon Residence
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Built by the couple Saturnino Henson and Maria Lacson in the late 19th century. An example of
the bahay na bato, it is listed as a Heritage House in the registry of the National Historical
Institute.
Hizon Residence
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Built by the couple Teodoro Santos and Africa Ventura at the turn of the century, this Victorianinspired ancestral residence was later acquired by Maria Hizon.
Hizon-Singian Mansion
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Built by the couple Capitan Anacleto Hizon and Victoria Singian de Miranda, it served as
headquarters of Spanish General Antonio Ruiz Serralde during the Philippine Revolution, as a
military hospital and barracks during the Japanese Occupation, ana as headquarters to
American General Walter Krueger during the liberation period. A perfect example of the bahay
na bato, it is listed as a Heritage House in the registry of the National Historical Institute.
Kamikaze East Airfield
Mabalacat, Pampanga
In the northernmost town of Mabalacat is a memorial marker to remember the first Japanese
Kamikaze pilots called Shimpu Special Attack Corps under Lt. Yukio Seki who took off for their
last mission as official "human bombs" on October 25, 1944. A garden shrine has been built by
the local tourism office to symbolize the Philippine-Japan friendship ties. In Clark, Japanese
forces staged the same air operations from the so-called west airfield by using kamikaze (divine
winds) tactics against American and allied forces.
Lazatin Residence
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Built by the couple Serafin Lazatin and Encarnacion Singian in 1925, it served as the residence
of Japanese General Masaharu Homma during the Japanese occupation of San Fernando. A
perfect example of the architecture prevalent during the American colonial period. It is listed as
a Heritage House in the registry of the National Historical Institute.
Macario Arnedo Park
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
The park is dedicated to Governor Macario Arnedo who was responsible for the transfer of the
capital from Bacolor to San Fernando. Among the attractions in the park are the monument of
revolutionary general Maximino H. Hizon, the statues of Chief Justice Abad Santos, Governor
Honorio Ventura, Sen. Benigno Aquino and the markers of the province of Pampanga and Zoilo
S. Hilario.
Marcos Santos Residence
Mabalacat, Pampanga
The Marcos Santos residence is the exact location where Vic Admiral Takijro Ohnishi of the
Japanese Imperial Navy organized the first Kamikaze group called the Shimpu Special Attack
Corps on October 20, 1944. The first to volunteer were the 23 fliers of the 201st Air Group, 1st
Air Fleet, Imperial Nippon Naval Air Force under Commander Asaichi Tamai, then stationed in
Mabalacat. The Mabalacat Tourism Office supports the establishment of the Kamikaze Peace
Memorial Shrine as an instrument to promote peace, friendship and undertanding among
nations - that the Kamikaze phenonment shall never happen again.
Monumento Fernandino
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
The sculptural masterpiece pays tribute to the city's colorful history and cultural heritage. Its
artistic composition when seen from a distance would seem like a sprouting plant amidst a
barren landscape. The monument would in a way shows a four-fold aspect of the "Fernandino"
story.
Ocampo-Hizon Residence
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
The ancestral home of Fernando Ocampo, a pioneer of modern Filipino architecture. Ocampo
was one of the founders of the UST School of Fine Arts and Architecture, including the founding
of the Philippine Architects Society which was later named Philippine Institute of Architects. His
works include the restoration of the Manila Cathedral and Metropolitan Cathedral of San
Fernando, among others. He is a recipient of the Patnubay ng Sining at Kalinangan Award from
the City of Manila in 1964.
Parul Ning Fernandino Fountain
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
The fountain aims to recognize the Fernandinos' distinct contribution to the city's progress by
popularizing the lantern-making indusry in the country. Its construction is the affirmation of the
city government in its strong belief in restoring and preserving the rich heritage and culture of
the Fernandinos as vital tools in the advancement of those who transformed the city into
becoming the "Christmas Capital of the Philippines."
Pasudeco Sugar Central
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Finished in March 1921, it was the first Filipino-financed sugar central in Pampanga. Built
through the initiative of the Pampanga Sugar Development Company, it was constructed by the
Honolulu Iron Works.
President Roxas Marker
Clark, Pampanga
Situated in front of the 13th Air Force building, this marker signifies the exact location where
then President Manuel Roxas - 1st Chief Executive of the Philippine Republic - suffered a heart
attack while delivering a speech before the US military personnel on April 15, 1948. President
Roxas died at the quarter of 13th Air Force commander, Maj. Eugene L. Eubanks
Salakot Arch
Angeles City, Pampanga
Located in front of the Clark main gate, and fashioned after a farmer's hat, this cavernous
welcome landmark was built in 1979 to commemorate the historic signing of the RP-US Military
Bases Agreement, which conferred complete sovereignty over all US military bases on the
Philippine government. In 2005, the arch was transferred at the center of the so-called
Bayanihan Park which underwent complete renovation to become a world-class public park and
transport terminal.
Suspension Bridge
Candaba, Pampanga
A miniature San Francisco-like bridge, it is one of the town's top tourist drawer.
Museums
Basa Museum
Floridablanca, Pampanga
Nestled at the center of Basa Air Base in Floridablanca, Pampanga amidst cool shade of trees,
Basa Museum contains a collection of aircrafts that flew the Philippine skies and guarded our
homeland. The salute of Lt. Cesar Basa is at the center of the museum surrounded by various
jet aircrafts - a fitting symbol to a war hero who gave up his life for our country. The F-51
"Mustang" is perhaps the oldest aircraft in the museum. The T-33A trainer or "T-Bird" is the first
jet aircraft in 1955 and served the air force for 38 years. The Sabre jets have their rightful place
in the museum too which were the cradle of the famous Blue Diamonds. Truly, a visit to the
museum affords visitors a glimpse of the glorious past of the 5th Fighter Wing and a vision of
our future.
Holy Angel University Center for Kapampangan Studies
Angeles City, Pampanga
Envisioned to preserve and promote the Kapampangan cultural heritage, the Juan D.
Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies hopes to contribute to the total development of
the Kapampangan and eventually the Filipino nation and the global community as well. It
houses a research center, library and archives, museum and gallery, and a theater. The center
has a 7-minute audio-visual presentation of Kapampangan history and culture; a Kapampangan
Timeline, which gives a sweep of history from the Stone Age to the 21st century; mural maps
(an ethnolinguistic map and a map of La Pampanga province in the 1700's); photomural of the
known and little known landmarks and landscapes in Pampanga, and a gallery of 100 faces of
commonfolk, collected from every town in the Kapampangan region, arranged according to birth
from 1900 to 1999. It is located inside the compound of Holy Angel University in Sto. Rosario
St., Angeles City. For reservation, please contact Mr. Robert Tantingco, Tel. No. (63 45) 8888691 loc 311/312/313 or 888-2514/625-9620 Email [email protected] or [email protected]
Website www.hau.edu.ph/kcenter. Visiting Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and
Saturday at 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Entrance fee for non-HAU users at P10 only.
Museo ning Angeles
Angeles City, Pampanga
The edifice was built in 1922 and it replaced the old municipal tribunal built during the
construction boom of 1840. Today, the museo houses important works of art, artifacts and relics
of Kapampangan history and tradition including photo exhibits of famous national artists, local
government officials and local personalities who helped shape the history of the city. It also
features the bust of Jose Abad Santos, the Kapampangan's hero.
San Fernando Museum and Archives
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Located at the University of the Assumption in San Fernando, this permanent repository
enshrines the Kapampangan's handiwork and possessions that depict their customs, traditions
and way of life, as well as their philosophy and rich Catholic faith. It contains the cultural
heritage of the Roman Catholic Church in Pampanga such as church vessels and vestments,
and exquisite santos and religious works of art. Prior reservations must be made with the
Archdiocese of San Fernando before one can visit the museum. Tel. No. (63 45) 961-2639
Parks
Angeles Industrial Park
Bo. Calibutbut, Bacolor, Pampanga
Light to medium, non-pollutant, export-oriented and labor-intentsive industries. High, medium or
low voltage requirements sourced from the Angeles Electric Corp., 6th largest privately owned
electric utility in the Philippines. Has a total power capacity of 50 megawatts. IDD and NDD
capability for voice, fax and data requirements are made available through Digitel and PLDT.
Total Land Area: 32 hectares Contact Person: Bobette Felicitas Tel. (045) 887-3390; 636-6030
Angeles Livelihood Complex
Pulung Cacutud, Angeles City, Pampanga
Garments, handicrafts and furniture, electronics, small to medium-sized industries Total Land
Area: 33 hectares Contact Person: Mary Sandra Olosan Tel. No. (63 45) 893-0604/626-2170
Managed by: The Livelihood Corporation Manila Office: 7th Fl., One Corporate Plaza, 845 A.,
Arnaiz Ave., Makati City
Mt. Arayat National Park
Arayat, Pampanga
Located in Brgy. San Juan Bano, Mt. Arayat National Park is an ideal site for picnickers and
nature lovers with its quaint environs under cool shades of lush green foliage, mountain breeze,
natural waterfalls and three standard-sized swimming pools. It is two kilometers away from the
town proper of Arayat and about forty-five minutes drive from Angeles City. It offers
opportunities for mountain climbing on the legendary Mt. Arayat as well as outdoor camping.
Water in its pools emanates from cool mountain springs and is utilized for farm irrigation when
the need arises. It has facilities for meetings and conferences. A 10-person capacity guesthouse
may be rented for accommodation purposes.
TECO Special Economic Zone
Brgy. Bundagul and Paralayunan, Mabalacat, Pampanga
High to medium industries Total land Area: 63.84 hectares Contact Person: Miguel Puzon Tel.
No. (63 2) 892-9781 to 89
Natural
Mt. Arayat (Arayat)
A dormant volcano with an area of 3, 715.28 hectares. Legend says it is the home of Mariang
Sinukwan, a fairy who protects the mountain’s vegetation and wildlife. At the foot of the
mountain is Mt. Arayat National Park, a picnic site with lush foliage, natural waterfalls, two
swimming pools, and a countless variety of unique and interesting flora and fauna.
Candaba Swamps (Candaba)
A bird sanctuary and a haven for bird watchers, to which thousands of birds migrate from China
to flee the winter.
Candaba Swamp is near the towns of Candaba, San Miguel and San Ildefonso, c.50 km northnorth-west of Metro Manila, in Pampanga and Bulacan Provinces, central Luzon. It is a complex
of freshwater ponds, swamps and marshes with surrounding areas of seasonally flooded
grassland, arable land and palm savanna on a vast alluvial flood plain. The entire area is usually
flooded in the wet season, but most of it dries out during the dry season (late November to April)
and is converted into rice fields and plantations of watermelons. The main area for waterfowl is
an impoundment of about 300 ha, with a mixture of open shallow water, small islands, and rafts
of floating vegetation, adjacent to the Pampanga River about nine kilometers north of Baliuag.
However, this area is now drained earlier in the year than in the past, and it no longer attracts
many waterfowl. The isolated Mt Arayat, which rises to 1,023 m and has disturbed lowland
forest on its slopes, is adjacent to Candaba Marsh but is not included in the IBA. Most of the
flood plain has been converted to privately owned agricultural and residential land except for the
core area of approximately 500 ha. The impoundment is used as a fishpond during the rainy
season, and then drained in January or February to be used for agriculture. Candaba Swamp
acts as a natural flood retention basin holding wet season overflow from the Maasim, San
Miguel, Garlang, Bulu and Penaranda Rivers, and draining into the Pampanga River. The
swamp was a traditional waterfowl hunting area in the past, and some hunting of ducks and
rails, although now illegal, still occurs. It is also a favourite spot for local and visiting bird
watchers and naturalists, and possibly has some potential for nature oriented outdoor recreation
and conservation education as there are few other places so close to the metropolitan area of
Manila that support as much wildlife.
The Bird Sanctuary of Candaba is a paradise waiting to be discovered hopefully by bird
watchers and not by bird hunters. Migratory egrets and indigenous birds like the rare salaksak
and batala can be observed especially during dry months when the fishponds turn to rice fields when large numbers of egrets descend on shallow pools teeming with snails and small fish. The
best time to visit the swamp is from October to January when these wintering birds make
Candaba their home during harsh temperatures.
Personages
Alfredo Santos
Sto. Tomas, Pampanga
Born in 1900, Santo Tomas, Pampanga, Alfredo Santos was a noted pharmacist and National
Scientist. He discovered paheantharine, an effective medicine for high blood pressure, He was
one of the founders of the National Academy of Science and Technology (d. October 15, 1978).
Aurelio Tolentino
Guagua, Pampanga
A poet, playwright, novelist, and one of the original members of the Katipunan, and signatory to
the Declaration of Indpendence at Kawit, Cavite on June 12, 1898. Throughout the PhilippineAmerican War, he was in and out of prison for his seditious activities, e.g. recruiting and training
guerillas, publishing nationalistic newspapers, etc. Things came to a head in 1903 when he
wrote the Tagalog verse drama Kahapon, Ngayon at Bukas, which was staged at Teatro
Libertad on May 14. American spies had been planted in the audience. In the climax of the play,
an actor was supposed to haul down the American flag and stomp it with his feet. However,
when the actor saw the Americans in the audience, he chickened out. Aurelio Tolentino leaped
out of backstage and did it himself, starting a riot inside the theatre and causing his arrest once
again. He was pardoned by Gov. Forbes. He died July 5, 1915. His bones are now interred in
an undignified monument in a busy street intersection in Guagua. (Credit: HAU Center for
Kapampangan Studies, Robby Tantingco)
Claude Tayag
Angeles City, Pampanga
Claude Tayag is primarily a self-taught artist who paints, sculpts and designs furniture. A
graduate of the University of the Philippines , taking up architecture and economics courses. He
considers his mentor, the late writer/painter Emilio “Abe― Aguilar Cruz as his greatest
influence. He first entered into the Manila art scene in 1978, exhibiting watercolor paintings of
Philippine folk festivals, religious images, and cordillera landscapes, works characterized by a
forceful spontaneity and raw vigor. Since 1990, he has been venturing into functional and
sculptural wood pieces starting with an exhibition “Art Furniture― at the Ayala Museum. In
his sculptural work, Tayag’s exploration with wood has allowed him to supercede the
limitations of an essentially rigid material, achieving limitless volume and sensuous plasticity
with his wave and curvilinear series. He has participated in several one-man and group
exhibitions in Manila , Beijing , Washington , DC, and Madrid . His art is part of many private
and public collections such as the Ayala Museum and the Metropolitan Museum of Manila.
Tayag received a “Guhit Award― in the field of decorative arts from Design and
Architecture, in February 1997.
Diosdado Macapagal
Lubao, Pampanga
This home is the birthplace of former President Diosdado Macapagal. Born on September 28,
1910, Lubao, Pampanga, Macapagal became the fifth president of the Philippines and president
of the 1971 Constitutional Convention. In 1957, he won as vice president. He ran for president
in 1961 and won. He ran for re-election in 1965 but his bid was foiled by Ferdinand E. Marcos.
He was elected delegate to the 1971 Constitutional Convention and assumed the position of
president when Carlos P. Garcia died
Gil J. Puyat
Guagua, Pampanga
Born in 1907, Guagua, Pampanga, Gil J. Puyat was a prominent businessman, civic leader and
former Senate president (1967-72). He was elected senator for four consecutive terms (d.
March 22, 1981).
Isabelo del Rosario (A Capampangan as Katipunero CAPITAN BICONG)
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
A Kapampangan ilustrado (rich and educated families) who rose in arms against the Spaniards
and later the Americans. He, too, was martyred for freedom and the account of his death, like
Tarik Soliman's, is dramatic enough to inspire the imagination of an entire country.
Jose Abad Santos
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Jose Abad Santos (1886 - 1942) - Jurist, statesman, patriot, hero, martyr; as representative of
the President of the Philippine Commonwealth during the first days of the occupation, was
executed by the Japanese at Malabang, Lanao on 7 May 1942 for refusing to take the oath of
allegiance to the Japanese empire. His famous words \"It is an honor to die for one\'s country.
Not every Filipino is given that opportunity.\" trumpeted across the country and inpired many
freddom-loving Filipinos to imbibe a sense of patriotism and nationhood.
Maximino Hizon
Mexico, Pampanga
Born in 1870, Mexico, Pampanga, Maximino Hizon was a revolutionary general in Pampanga
who led the revolutionary forces in the victorious battle against the Americans in Kalookan on
February 4, 1899 (d. September 1, 1901).
Mon David
Sto. Tomas, Pampanga
Mon David - a world-class singer, possessed of exceptional pipes and an amazing range that
could move effortlessly from a rich manly baritone to high falsetto notes, and a broad repertoire
that embraces jazz standards, pop ballads, show tunes and even the odd kundiman or two with
equal aplomb. He bagged the grand prize in the first - ever London International Jazz
Competition for Vocalists on March 22 with his impeccable rendition of "Nature Boy," "My One
and Only Love," and "Lullaby of Birdland." He grew up in his hometown of Sto. Tomas,
Pampanga, hearing traditional Capampangan folk songs and music of songwriters such as
Constancio de Guzman. He has recorded three albums as of 2006 April: "Salamat sa Alaala,"
"Soulitude," and "Life and Times." He also took upon himself to revive the Capampangan songs
like "Pamalsintan Quing Milabas" and "Abe Mu Ku." Eventually, his efforts were rewarded by his
kabalen when he was named Most Outstanding Kapampangan in the field of arts, culture and
music by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Pampanga.
Monico R. Mercado
Sasmoan, Pampanga
Monico R. Mercado - A poet, educator and legislator, he was born in Sexmoan, Pampanga on
May 4, 1875. He co-sponsored the bill instituting the first irrigation system in the Philippines. He
co-founded the Katipunan Mipananpum and Academia Pampanguena. He was Vice President
of Guagua National Colleges and author of the novel \"Ketang Milabas.\" He died in Manila on
January 26, 1952.
Nicolasa Dayrit y Pamintuan (Wife of Dr. Vicente Panlilio)
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Nicolasa Dayrit, a Pampango beauty, not only spent long hours to help minister to the sick and
wounded revolucionarios but she also played a major role in appeasing General Antonio Luna
during his near fatal confrontation with General Tomas Mascardo.
Pedro Abad Santos (January 31, 1876 – January 15, 1945)
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Pedro was born January 31, 1876 in San Fernando to parents Vicente Abad Santos and Toribia
Basco (native of Guagua), while Jose was born 10 years later, on February 19, 1886. But it was
the younger Jose who achieved greater prominence because he would become the country’s
Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and suffer high-profile martyrdom during the Japanese
Occupation. Pedro, on the other hand, would be increasingly marginalized from civil society as
he went farther and farther left in his political ideology. While both of them had the same mission
in life, which was to improve the condition of the masses, they held opposite view on how to
attain this. Thus, Pedro Abad Santos and Jose Abad Santos attempted to impose on history
their separate ideologies, representing revolution and evolution, respectively, as means of
securing change in the existing order.
Renato D. Tayag
Angeles City, Pampanga
Renato D. Tayag - Author, lawyer, soldier and sportsman, he was born in Angeles City on
October 9, 1915; graduated at the University of the Philippines, Law Class, in 1939; was a
member of the UP Writers Club; edited the Collegian and Literary Apprentice; fought in Bataan
as field artillery officer; suffered the gruelling Death March as a prisoner-of-war in Camp
O\'Donnell; donated the original building and site of the R.D. Tayag Memorial Library (now the
city library and MIS building). He died an honorable and exemplary life on August 13, 1985.
Rufino Cardinal Santos
Guagua, Pampanga
Born in 1908, Sto. Nino, Guagua, Pampanga, Rufino Cardinal Santos was the first Filipino
cardinal. A scholar of San Carlos Seminary and the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, he
was appointed archbishop of Manila on February 18, 1953, by Pope Pius XII, and was made
cardinal on March 31, 1960 by Pope John XXIII. He was credited for having defended the
church against modernism and radicalism in the 1950s and 1960s, and for establishing the
Catholic Charities (Caritas Manila today), the Radio Veritas, the Guadalupe Minor Seminary, the
hospital that was later named after him, and many other organizations aimed at helping the poor
and promoting Catholic spirituality. During the last world war, he was arrested and sentenced to
die by firing squad but was rescued by Liberation forces on the very eve of his execution. He
supervised the implementation of the Second Vatican Council reforms in the Philippines and the
first papal visit in Philippine soil. He died on September 3, 1973 at the age of 65. A 6-foot statue
in his memory which was donated by the Holy Angel University was unveiled in Guagua,
Pampanga with President Gloria Macagapal Arroyo and HAU President Arlyn Sicangco Villanueva leading the honors during the celebration of his 100th birth anniversary on August
26, 2008. The statue was sculpted by famous artist Edillardo Paras.
Tarik Soliman
Macabebe, Pampanga
Tarik Soliman is a young chieftain from Macabebe who has come down in history books as the
"brave youth from Macabebe" (Conquistas de las Islas by Augustian chronicler Fray Gaspar de
San Agustin). He fought the Spaniards in 1571 led by Miguel Lopez de Legazpi. According to
the Conquistas, more than 200 warriors on 40 caracoas sailed from Pampanga to Tondo in
Manila through an estuary they called Bangcusay. Legazpi sent 80 Spaniards led by Martin de
Goiti to Bangcusay. Soliman and his men fought courageously with guns and cannons made by
their cabalen, Panday Pira. He fought animatedly and without showing any weakness until he
died from a rifle shot by one of the soldiers. More than 300 Kapampangans died in that Battle of
Bangcusay on May 24, 1571. The Spaniards proceeded to conquer the rest of the "widely
spread province", meeting resistance only in Betis, "the most fortified throughout the island of
Luzon." And that brave youth from Macabebe faded into obscurity.
Religious
Arayat Shrine
Arayat, Pampanga
A religious sanctuary built on top of a hill by Catholic devotees of Brgy. San Juan Bano in Arayat
town
Goddess of Peace Shrine
Clark, Pampanga
A shrine donated by the Japanese government to the Filipino people to commemorate the longcherished Japan - Philippine friendship ties and as a memorial to all the Japanese soldiers who
perished during the last world war.
Ivory Image of St. Peter
Apalit, Pampanga
The life-size ivory image of St. Peter was brought from Spain to the Philippines in one of its
religious voyages. At the end of the voyage, the image found permanent abode in a big stone
house which belonged to to Don Pedro Umayan Espiritu, a very rich man who provided the
image with three golden tiaras, a valuable scepter, a significant necklace, a religious ring, two
silver keys, costly papal robes and a beautiful molave chair and carriage. The image is
reverently called "Apung Iru" by the town people.
St. Peter's Shrine.
Apalit, Pampanga
This shrine contains the image of the famous "Apung Iru" (St. Peter), a life-size ivory statue from
Spain, which the pilgrims venerate all year-round.
Sto. Shing Ongkong Buddhist Temple
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Built in 1960 by the Chinese community of San Fernando.
Churches
Apalit Parochial Church
Apalit, Pampanga
Located at the town plaza, it was built in the year 1629 - 1630 and designed in Baroque
architecture. The painting on the ceilings and dome are filled with beautiful paintings and are
worth studying. The style of the facade is reminiscent of European neo-classic churches. It was
rebuilt by Father Antonio Redondo between the years 1876 - 1880. Its towers were finished in
1896 by the Rev. Toribio Fanjul, who purposely made them low to minimize the effects of
earthquakes.
Apu Chapel
Angeles City, Pampanga
This is the shrine of the Our Lord of the Holy Sepulchre (Apung Mamacalulu). Devotees from all
over Pampanga flock to this shrine every Friday to venerate the supposedly miraculous image
of Jesus Christ lying in the sepulchre. It is also every Friday when people buy household items,
clothing including audio-video equipment in a makeshift market called "tiangge" at bargain
prices.
Betis Catholic Church
Guagua, Pampanga
The jewel in the crown is the Betis Church (Santiago de Galicia Parish), built in the early 1700s
and repaired continually throughout the 1800s. The unadorned exterior does not prepare the
visitor for what he's about to witness inside: the main altar (retablo) with ornate carvings and
saints peering out of their niches like ancient dolls, and the paintings on the ceiling that attract
comparison with the Sistine Chapel. NCCA and National Museum declared this church a
National Treasure, one of only 26 churches in the country bestowed that honor. The main
attraction is the original ceiling mural done by the famous painter Simon Flores (1839-1904).
Not to be missed are the original Simon Flores painting of the Holy Family, the artesian well
(dug in the 1800s) in the patio - the first well in the country to be so situated, and the rare betis
tree nearby, donated by Prof. Randy David, a sociologist and native of the town. A two-minute
walk from the church is the restored David House, ancestral home of Randy David, which they
christened Bale Pinauid or Bahay Pawid.
Church of Lubao
Lubao, Pampanga
Built in 1572, by Architect Fr. Antonio Herrera, the Augustinian mission constructed this church
in 1614-1630 out of locally made bricks and sand mixed in egg albumin. The church was
occupied in 1898 by the revolutionary forces, used as hospital in 1899 by the American forces,
and was destroyed in 1942 by the Japanese shelling. It was then repaired in 1949-1952 under
the direction of Fr. Melencio Garcia. It measures 82.45m. long, 21.12m. wide and 10.50m. high.
The walls are 2.46m thick. It has one nave originally painted by Italian artists, Dibella and
Alberoni. The five story belfry 15.31m. high remains unrestored.
Church of Magalang
Magalang, Pampanga
San Bartolome Church - Established by the Augustinians in 1605, it was the scene of the
encounter between the followers of Andres Malong led by Melchor de Vera and the Spanish
troops in 1660. Moved to San Bartolome in 1734, the church was swept by Parua river in the
flood of 1863. It was re-established in Barrio San Pedro on December 13, 1863. The 3-aisle
church is made of stone and wood. It is 55m. long, 21m. wide and 7m. high. Interplay of arches,
as seen on the main entrance, doors and niches, pediments and fenestrations, including those
of the bellowers and adjacent convent suggest a touch of baroque.
Holy Rosary Cathedral
Angeles City, Pampanga
Located at the intersection of Sto. Rosario and Sto. Entierro Streets, the Holy Rosary Church
was constructed from 1877 to 1896 by the townspeople of Angeles by forced labor system
known as "polos y servicios" imposed by the Spanish colonial government. From 1899 to 1900
the church was used by the US Army as a military hospital. In 1896 - 1898, the backyard of the
church became the execution grounds to the Spanish forces in shooting down Filipino rebels
and suspects. It has a beautiful transient and measures 70m. long, 20m. wide and 12m. high.
The dominant element of facade is the symmetry created by recessed arched windows which
are in harmony with the segmented ones.
Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Metropolitan Cathedral (City of San Fernando) - The present church may have been built by the
end of the 18th century, constructed most probably by Fr. Sebastian Moreno, its parish priest in
1756, and was restored in 1808. The church measures 70m. long, 13m. wide and 11m. high.
The round majestic dome rising from the rotanda of the transcept is reminiscent of the baroque
style with some renaissance touch. It is the seat of the Archdiocese of the City of San Fernando,
Pampanga. President Emilio F. Aguinaldo and his cabinet viewed the Phillippine Revolutionary
Army from the windows of the convento on October 9, 1898. The church and the convento were
burned by the Philippine Revolutionary Army on orders of Gen. Antonio Luna on May 4, 1899. It
was again destroyed by fire in 1939, and later restored by Architect Fernando H. Ocampo.
Minalin Church
Minalin, Pampanga
The Minalin Church (Sta. Monica Parish), located on the town's highest ground called burul (the
town had moved to its present site due to flooding, hence 'minalis,' later corrupted to minalin)
but despite its elevation, silt from the river has already invaded its beautiful church. The peeled
palitada reveals the original red brick walls, giving the church its unique old-rose touches. The
ancient mural paintings in the adjoining convent, one of which is a primitive-looking map with
details of trees, ducks, crows, a boat, a hunter and a crocodile. A detail not to be missed are the
corbels and beams in the convent and high up in the church's ceiling, with carvings that some
say depict pre-Hispanic pagan deities like naga (serpent), dapu (crocodile) and galura (eagle),
but Siuala ding Meangubie believes they depict only one creature, bulig (mudfish).
San Guillermo Parish Church
Bacolor, Pampanga
San Guillermo Parish church is one of the oldest and largest churches in Pampanga. It was
constructed by the Augustinian friars in 1576 on the lot of Don Guillermo Manabat, a rich
landlord believed to be the founder of Bacolor. The church was restored by Fr. Manuel Diaz in
1897. The church measured 56m. long, 15m. wide and 12m. high. It has a central nave and an
ample and well-lighted transcept with windows. The main retablo, side retablos and pulpit are
gilded with goldleaf. The richness of the decoration of Bacolor is indicative of the advanced
stage of its baroque style. In spite of the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo which half-buried the
church on Oct. 1, 1995, masses are still held every Sunday morning.
San Luis Church
San Luis, Pampanga
The San Luis Church (San Luis Gonzaga Parish) 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..
St. Andrew Parish Church
Candaba, Pampanga
St. Andrew Parish Church (Candaba) - The simplicity of line and scarcity of ornamentation are
the main traits of the facade of this church, the triangular pediment with its protruding center
helps maintain the simplicity of line. A new feature of the facade is the depressed threecentered arches of the windows on the second level. The second level is separated by a cornice
decorated with geometric designs.
St. Anne Parish Church
Sta. Ana, Pampanga
St. Anne Parish Church (Sta. Ana) - The church is 58m long, 14m wide and 13 m high. The
recently applied coat of red and white paint has turned this centuries old church into a gaudy
20th century anomaly. The massive hexagonal four-storey bellower has blind and open
recesses, keeping with the symmetry of the facade. It ends in a balustrated dome topped by a
cross.
St. Catherine Alexandra Church
Porac, Pampanga
St. Catherine Parish Church (Arayat) - One of the oldest churches in Pampanga and known for
its classical architectures. No records on builder and date of construction of present church. The
church measures 70m. long, 16m. wide and 12m. high. The presbytery, ceiling and the main
altar have been recently renovated. The original stone of the facade has been covered with
cement and painted white
St. Joseph Parish Church
Floridablanca, Pampanga
St. Joseph Parish Church (Floridablanca) - Pseudo-Gothic elements blend subtly along the
classic design of the structure. The flame-like arch of the main entrance and lateral doors
provide contrast to the triangular pediment. The structures are simple and the large voids lend
drama to an otherwise bare design.
St. Michael Archangel Parish Church
Masantol, Pampanga
St. Michael Archangel Parish Church (Masantol) - The church was built by the parish priest of
Macabebe who attended to the spiritual needs of Masantol. The center bell tower is of
renaissance influence. The cemented facade contrasts with natural texture and color of the
original stones at the sides.
St. Nicholas of Tolentino Parish Church
Macabebe, Pampanga
St. Nicholas of Tolentino Parish Church (Macabebe) - It was founded in 1575 under the
advocation of San Nicolas de Tolentino. The church measures 70m. long, 17m. wide and 11m.
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.
Sta. Lucia Parish Church
Sasmoan, Pampanga
Sta. Lucia Parish Church (Sasmoan) - The church is 45m long and 11m wide and 6m high. An
author described it as "very beautiful and of very good condition". When looking at the complex
of church and convent, one is stuck by the impression that the round and rectangular openings
are capriciously aligned. This makes the facade both interesting and unique. Attracts devotees
from all over the provinces to honor Sta. Lucia and ask their petitions. She is believed to be a
miraculous saint.
Sta. Rita of Casia Parish Church
Sta. Rita, Pampanga
Sta. Rita of Casia Parish Church (Sta. Rita) - Building of the church had to be delayed until late
19th century due to economic adjuristicial conditions. The single-nave church is 55m long, 13m
wide and 10m high. It has a large and well lit transept. The solid brass facade has baroque
characteristics and the single columns are relatively slender.
Local Wonders
Abe's Farm (Events Village Country Cuisine and Spa)
Magalang, Pampanga (at the foothills of Mt. Arayat)
Enjoy the culinary delights of Abe Restaurant right where it comes from - the gourmet province
of Pampanga, in the town of Magalang where the famed writer and artist Abe Aguilar Cruz first
saw the light of day and majestic beauty of Mt. Arayat. For particulars, please call Tel. Nos. (63
45) 856-1930 or call LJC Sales Office at (63 2) 710-7423 / 5267706 Mobile 0922-856-3467 or
email [email protected]ph HOW TO GET THERE: From Manila, take the Angeles exit
on the NLEX. Follow the Magalang road leading to the town plaza. From there ask directions to
Brgy. Ayala. In Ayala, go past a resort on the left, proceed to Livestock Village and see the sign
on the corner "Abe's Farm."
The Mt. Arayat hideaway of Larry Cruz, the man behind the successful LJC Group of
Restaurants. Journalist turned restaurateur and bon vivant just like his father, the late
Pampango writer and painter E. Aguilar Cruz, Larry could be credited to have single-handedly
revived the lackluster Remedios Circle in Malate way back in the late 1970s into a chic
trendsetting landmark, with his flagship Café Adriatico. (Source: Ivan Henares: Ivan About
Town)
Angeles City Furniture Industry
Angeles City, Pampanga
Woodcarving and furniture making are two of the oldest professions in Angeles City as its local
population has become highly skilled in the art over a hundred years, especially catering to
Americans during the Clark Air Base period . A furniture village near Clark Field in Brgy.
Cauayan showcases world-class quality furnitures owned by businessman Ruperto Cruz
including factories for export-quality rattan and wrought-iron furnitures . Other towns known for
this enterprise are the towns of Lubao and Guagua, particularly Betis made famous for its
guitar-making industry. In fact Betis artisans are known to have produced the first wooden
chandeliers installed in Malacanan Palace.
AWECA Weavers International
Pulungbulu, Angeles City
The showroom of AWECA Weavers International (Pampanga’s leading wicker furniture and
basket manufacturers and exporters) in Pulung Bulo, Angeles City, is one interesting place to
visit. Clients of the company include Marks & Spencer, Bloomingdales, Nordstrom and Macy’s.
Bale Dutung (Wooden House by Claude Tayag)
A must-see in the province of Pampanga is Claude Tayag's residence or more popularly known
as Bale Dutung in Villa Gloria, Angeles City. A P1800 per head Kapampangan feast has to be
pre-arranged as well and there must have at least 12 persons in a group. Claude has a shop in
his house where one may buy bottled buro and taba ng talangka but the Claude 9 brand is also
available in Pampanga supermarkets such as Essel Supermarket. One may also pass by Tita's
or Pampanga's Best along Gapan-Olongapo Road for even more Kapampangan delicacies.
(Source: Ivan Henares: Ivan About Town Blog)
Basa Air Base
Floridablanca, Pampanga
Basa Air Base had its humble beginnings as a small airstrip built by the US Army Air Corps
before the Second World War and was named Floridablanca Air Field. At the outbreak of the
Pacific War on December 8, 1941, the air field suffered heavy damage under the Japanese
bombers and zero fighters. It then became a major base of the Japanese during the occupation.
In 1945, the US Army Air Corps once more occupied the airfield, enlarged it and made further
improvements to accommodate the heavy-engine B-17s and B-24s which saw action against
the crumbling Japanese forces. The air base was later renamed Basa Field in 1948 in honor of
the late Lt. Cesar Basa, the first Filipino pilot who gallantly fought and died in an aerial combat
in 1941 against the superior Japanese zero fighters. Its first aircraft were the World War II famed F-51D "Mustang", C-47 "Sky Train" and L-5 and T-6 types of aircraft.
Bren Z Guiao Convention & Sports Center
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
An impressive multipurpose complex with an air-conditioned 5,000-seat capacity basketball
court and convention hall plus an oval for track and field competitions. The landmark in the
province is a popular venue for concerts, conventions, including national and regional sporting
events.
Candaba Hanging Bridge
Candaba, Pampanga
It is known as the Candaba Suspension Bridge. The bridge's design and framework were
patterned after the famous San Francisco Bridge in the U.S.
Candaba Swamp and Wild Duck Sanctuary
Candaba, Pampanga
The Candaba Swamp is located 60 kms north of Metro Manila. It encompasses about 32,000
hectares of wetlands located mostly in the town of Candaba, Pampanga, and is bounded by the
towns of Baliuag, San Ildefonso and San Miguel in Bulacan, San Luis and Arayat in Pampanga,
and Cabiao in Nueva Ecija. Situated at 11 meters above sea level, the swamp is the lowest
point in Central Luzon. It acts as a natural flood retention or catch basin holding wet season
overflows from the Maasim, San Miguel, Garlang, Bulu and Penaranda rivers, and draining into
the Pampanga River. The natural retention capacity is approx 1.5 billion cubic meters. The
swamp is the staging and wintering area for migratory birds from October up to April of every
year. It is a significant part of the East Asia-Australiasian Migratory Flyway that includes Siberia,
Japan, China, Hong Kong, Philippines, Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea,
South Korea and Singapore. WHAT TO SEE: Migratory birds spend winter in the Philippines or
pass through the islands on their way to points South and North on their return trip to their
native habitats. Egrets and indigenous birds like the rare salaksak and batala can be observed
especially during dry months when the fishponds turn to rice fields - when large numbers of
egrets descend on shallow pools teeming with snails and small fish. In 1982, about 100,000
ducks were observed in a single day, thus having the largest concentration of birds in the
country. PROPONENTS: The Municipality of Candaba found technical support from an
environmentalist group KAAKBAY SA KALIKASAN (eMail: [email protected] or Tel.
No. 63 2 952-4882) in its campaign to advocate environmental conservation and protection in
the area. HOW TO GET THERE: The town of Candaba may be reached from 4 exit points in the
NLEX: 1) exit Sta. Rita passing thru Pulilan and Baliuag; 2) exit Pulilan passing thru Baliuag; 3)
exit San Simon; and 4) exit San Fernando passing thru Mexico and Sta. Ana towards Poblacion,
Candaba. CONTACT INFORMATION: Office of the Mayor, www.candaba.lovesnature.com or
http://www.geocities.com/mun_of_candaba/ eMail: [email protected] or Tel. No.
(63 45) 632-1299.
Dara Falls
Porac, Pampanga
An ideal place for picnickers. Its waterfall basin has a depth of 100 feet.
Del-Marco Marble Marble Products
Friendship Hwy., Angeles City, Angeles City
Innovative designs produced with precision craftsmanship. International selection of marble and
granite varieties. Steel reinforcement permanently embedded for additional strength. Stoned
carved and frabricated to the highest technical standards. "knockdown" designs for shipping and
handling convenience. Owner, Mark Gillen, is an industrial designer who has specialized in a full
range of marble work since 1986. Mark worked as a designer for ten years in New York,
including several years with Vignelli Associates. A winner of a Best Product Award from the
Industrial Design Society of America, his products have been marketed by the Museum of
Modern Art Shop.
Diosdado Macapagal International Airport
Clark, Pampanga
DMIA, a sprawling 2,500 hectare area, has two 3.2 km long runways which are capable of
accommodating wide bodied aircraft like the Boeing 747s, Airbus 300 series and military cargo
planes, including the C-5 galaxy, a wide ramp area, apron and taxiway facilities as required for
world-class standards. The visual and navigational aids permit the safe and efficient use of
runways 24 hours daily in all weather conditions. The aviation complex meets the International
Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for Category I precision approach runway. It also
rates as Category 10 for emergency services. What used to be called Clark International Airport
was renamed to its present identity on September 28, 2001 as a fitting tribute to the statesman
and renowned father of Philippine land reform, President Diosdado Macapagal. For further
information, please visit their web site at www.clarkairport.com. Shuttle service: Genesis
(Mariveles/Baguio/Avenida - Clark v.v.), Partas (Pasay/Cubao - Clark v.v.) and Philtranco
(Pasay/Megamall - Clark v.v.) Phones: Genesis (63 2) 421-1425, Partas (63 2) 851-4025 / 4162809 and Philtranco (63 2) 851-5420 / 5812 / 8077 / 8079
Everybody's Cafe
Poblacion, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Everybody's Cafe is where Kapampangan food is available everyday in their turo-turo style
display. Try out the pako salad, calderetang baka, morcon, chicharon bulaklak, tortang bangus,
inihaw na hito or bulalo soup. For the brave, go further and savor the buro with hito (fermented
fish paste with catfish), betute (deep-fried stuffed frog), camaru (fried cricket adobo), dumara
(wild duck adobo) or pindang damulag (carabeef tapa). They have branches in the City of San
Fernando along MacArthur Highway in Barangay Del Pilar, and Angeles City in Nepo Mart.
(Source: Ivan Henares: Ivan About Town Blog)
Faith Orchids and Ornamental Plants
Mabalacat, Pampanga
Located at Brentwood Village, Mawaque Rd., Mabiga, Mabalacat, Pampanga, Faith Orchids
and Ornamental Plants offers a wide variety of orchids and ornamental plants. For further
information, contact Ms. Rosie Wang, Tel. No. (63 45) 332-2304 or Makati Office at Tel. No. (63
2) 843-0375 email: [email protected]
Hilaga Cultural Village (formerly Paskuhan Village)
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Located at the mouth of the San Fernando Toll Exit along the North Luzon Expressway, North
Philippines Hilaga (formerly Paskuhan Village) was transformed into a cultural, historical,
tourism, trade, and entertainment village by former Secretary Richard J. Gordon in 2003. Its
design and concept make it a virtual show window to the cultural and historical heritage of the
four regions of the North Philippines as well as a showcase for their indigenous products, and
arts and crafts. The star-shaped pavilions at the center pays tribute to the skilled lantern makers
of San Fernando which produces the biggest lanterns in the world. The complex features a
1,000-seat capacity air-conditioned pavilion for conventions and special events, an open-air
ampitheater for outdoor activities, air-conditioned exhibit halls, trade booths, garden restos and
an 60-seat capacity conference hall. Contact Information: Hilaga Village Admin Office at Tel.
No. (63 45) 961-1894/963-5510
Kapampangan Cuisine
Province of Pampanga
Must-tries are the Kapampangan halo-halo places in various places in the province. In fact,
there are three distinct halo-halo varieties in Pampanga. These are Guagua (Razon’s), Angeles
(Corazon’s) and Arayat (Kabigting's and Jurado's) halo-halo. It must also be noted that
Kapampangan halo-halo is distinct from the other halo-halo served in the country because it
uses only three or four ingredients or sahog. However, the richness of these ingedients more
than compensates for the number of types thrown in the glass. Arayat for example is distinct for
its pastillas, crushed beans and saging combination; Guagua for its macapuno, saging, and
leche flan; while Angeles is distinct for its mais, saging, pastillas and crushed beans
combination.
Also check out Aling Lucing's at the Crossing (Henson Street, Angeles City) which is the
birthplace of Pampanga sisig and the steakhouses in Marisol Subdivision, Angeles City. Luring's
of Guagua (with branches all over Pampanga) serves some of the best barbeque and other
grilled meat products. Ikabud (the contracted form of ika kabud which translates as only you) is
another restaurant that serves grilled food and is located in Hensonville, Angeles City.
If you want to try out everything, go for Smorgasbord, the buffet Kapampangan lunch and dinner
offered at Partyland (MacArthur Highway and SM City Pampanga) and Holidayland (GapanOlongapo Road) both in San Fernando. (Source: Ivan Henares: Ivan About Town Blog)
Mabalacat Furniture City
Mabalacat, Pampanga
A factory complex of furniture exporters and manufacturers, export-quality furniture made
available at dirt cheap factory prices. Among the showrooms are those of Vienna Furniture
(contemporary and craftsman furniture using local treated wood and other native materials such
as sulihya and rattan) and More Than A Chair (classical wood furniture with a touch of
modernism, combined with upholstery, rattan, bamboo, leather and a wide choice of local and
imported veneer wood), and samples of furniture from Angeles City manufacturer VICO Design
(modern eclectic sculptural iron furniture combined with unique painting and texturing,
upholstery and resin) and Diretso (run by a Dutch group based here in Pampanga, specializing
in modern contemporary upholstered furniture combined with wood and iron), with its factory in
Del Rosario, City of San Fernando. For reservation, please call Lisa Samia at (045) 8930092 to
93. (Source: Ivan Henares: Ivan About Town Blog)
Mabalacat Rock Carving Enterprise
Mabalacat, Pampanga
Some 5 years following the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991, local folk in Mabalacat found new
livelihood in gathering pumice rocks and stones along the Bamban river and converting these
thru hand craftsmanship using chisel and pure energy into stone castles, small pagoda and
other works of indigenous folk art. The biggest rock formation sells at P300 while smallest at
P75 apiece. Many times, these local entrepreneurs sell sacks of pumice rocks to traders who in
turn use them in "stone-washing" denim jeans.
Macabebe Wood-carving Industry
Macabebe, Pampanga
The wood carvers of Macabebe have made their town famous all over country, especially
among antique dealers and fine art enthusiasts, for the beautiful traditional workmanship and
artistry that inform their woodwork as may be found in the many varieties of life-size religious
icons, altar pieces, free-standing sculptures, and other figurative sculptural pieces in wood now
considered important folk art, sold in many stores and workshops all over town.
Marcos Village
Mabalacat, Pampanga
An authentic Ayta village complete with their tribal rituals and customs
Pampanga's Best
Brgy., dela Paz Norte, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Description Manufacturer of tocino and longganisa, hotdogs, hams, bacons
Phone (63 45) 636-4280 - 83
Phone (Manila) (63 2) 928-1905 / 925-4171
Fax (63 2) 929-8661
Pampanga Agricultural College
Magalang, Pampanga
Located at the foot of Mt. Arayat, this state-owned college is the center for agri-based education
in the province. It has model farms, housing facilities for its faculty, conference pavilion and a
swimming pool for local residents. Its prestine natural environment make way for a relaxing and
rejuvenating experience. Among the activities that may be launched here is a mountain trekking
adventure to the heights of Mt. Arayat or a refreshing dip in a natural spring resort close by.
San Fernando Tourism Center
City of San Fernando, pampanga
Located at the City Central Transport Terminal, the tourism center aims to put on the spotlight
the city's local products like turrones de casuy, paper baskets, and Christmas lanterns. It also
serves as the One-town-one-product (OTOP) center for local products of small and medium
enterprises (SMEs). City maps may be acquired in this shop. For further details, contact City of
San Fernando Tourism Office, Ms. Ching Pangilinan, Tel. No. (63 45) 961-6640 / 5684 / 3328
loc.
211
Email
[email protected]
or
[email protected]
Website
www.cityofsanfernando.gov.ph
Sisig sa Pampanga
Angeles City, Pampanga
The Kapampangan sisig, a national sensation. A dish made of chopped meat sprinkled with
calamansi juice. Prepared either by broiling or grilling the pig parts after boiling them, and then
serving the dish on a sizzling plate.
Sito Palakol Resort
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 known as the "summer
place" to the local community. It is blessed with a continuous crystal clear water that does not
drain even during summer months. Its source of water comes from Mount Abu atop the
Zambales mountain which is believed to have a large natural water reservior.
Sto. Tomas Casket Capital of Central Luzon
St. Tomas, Pampanga
This smallest and youngest town in Pampanga still holds the title "casket capital of Central
Luzon." It is home to 300 family-owned ventures that each churn out a minimum of 80 caskets
monhtly or a total production of 24,000 a month. That production rate is 10,000 short of its
33,267 population, as estimated by the local government unit. Most of them have already
ventured into funeral service business. These firms include St. Louie Casket Makers and
Funeral Services, Lapid's Woodcraft, Triple K Metalcraft, Funeral Services and Memorial,
among others. (Source: The Casket Capital of Central Luzon by Tonette Orejas, October 29,
2008, Philippine Daily Inquirer (Northern Luzon Bureau).
Sto. Tomas Pottery Industry
Sto. Tomas, Pampanga
For many generations, Kapampangans are known to have fashioned pots and bowls of baked
clay for their daily use. Here in Sto. Tomas, where clay remains abundantly available, this ageold art continues to thrive and find expression as one of the town’s primary source of commerce.
Home to many traditional potters, Sto Tomas is the place to go for its decorative clay jars,
classic earthenware, and assorted potteries.
Tita's Special
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Maker of finest and renowned TOCINO, LONGANIZA, hotdogs, hams, and bacon Now
accepting FRANCHISE (since 1972) For information, contact Wildredo Dungao, Tel. No. (63 45)
961-6621/1562/7072 Address: Tita's Bldg., Olongapo - Gapan Rd., City of San Fernando,
Pampanga
DOT - Accredited EStablishments
Hotels
ABC Beach Club Hotel (Angeles Beach Club)
Address: Don Juico Ave., Malabanas Rd., Angeles City
Facilities: Elegant rooms (with suite rooms, junior penthouse and master penthouse), swimming
pool, restaurant (international cuisine), coffee shop and tea lounge, spa and reflexology, 24-hr.
Internet cafe (free for hotel guests), souvenir shop and travel information office, 24-hr. room
service, IDD/NDD, and cable TV (40 channels plus 6 in-house movie channels)
Accreditation: FIRST CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 45) 892-2222/625-6256/892-5375
Fax No.: (63 45) 892-5375
Mobile: (+63) (0) 915-209-1458
Email: [email protected]
Email: www.angelesbeachclubhotel.com
Century Resort Hotel
Address Century Complex, MacArthur Hwy., Balibago, Angeles City
Facilities: swimming pool, function rooms, exercise gym, restaurant (Peking House), music
lounge, Casino Filipino-Angeles, forex, business center
Accreditation STANDARD CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 45) 888-1771/1666/322-5888/4888
Fax: (63 45) 892-4615
Email: inquirycenturyresorthotel.com
Website: www.centuryresorthotel.com
Clarkton Hotel
Address: # 620 Don Juico Ave., Clarkview, Balibago, Angeles City
Facilities: swimming pool, Mirrors Bar, Internet connection in all rooms, restaurant (German
cuisine), business center, travel agency (Charina's), Karaoke lounge, and billiard room.
Accreditation: STANDARD CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 45) 322-3424 / 322-2267/2667/625-6821/6892
Fax: (63 45) 625-6887
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.clarkton.com
DM Residente Inns & Villas
Address: 1418 Federico St., Sta. Maria I, Balibago, Angeles City
Facilities: Aircon rooms, restaurant, swimming pool, cable TV
Accreditation: STANDARD CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 45) 323-6177 - 78/892-3609/2569/625-6069 loc 407/6443
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.dmresidente.com.ph
Holiday Inn Clark
Address: Mimosa Drive, Mimosa Leisure Estate, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Description: No. of rooms: 331 guest rooms (Deluxe Sgl-229 Grand Deluxe-37 Exec. Suite-29
Garden Villas-32 Wheel Chair Access-4)
Facilities: rooms equipped with cable TV and a mini-bar with coffee/tea maker, convention/
conference hall(1,000 seat capacity), small function rooms (4) for weddings, meetings etc.,
swimming pool, business center, curio shops, Mequeni Cafe, 13th Music Lounge, day care,
fitness center, adventure camp, jacuzzi, mini-bar, barber shop, room service, laundry service,
valet parking, limousine service, cable tv, safety deposit box, IDD/NDD telephone, car rental,
foreign currency exchange, medical clinic, travel desk,tennis court, golf course, biking trail,
jogging trail, billiard hall, children's pool, kid's inn, table tennis, and rooftop sundeck,3
restaurants serving Mongolian, Filipino and International cuisine, Mimosa Casino, Mimosa Golf
and Country Club Reservation Office: 6/F Mondragon Bldg. 624 Gil Puyat Ave. Makati City Tel:
(63+2) 812-3580, (63+2) 818-1506 loc. 415, (63+2) 810-3707, (63+2) 810-3597, (63+2) 8451888 Fax: (63+2) 812-6859, (63+2) 843-1363
Accreditation: DE LUXE HOTEL
Phone: (63 45) 599-8000/(63 2) 845-1888/843-1363
Fax: (63 45) 599-2288
Contact: Simon Morely (General manager)
Email: [email protected] or [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.holiday-inn.com/clark
Contact: Judy Sarmiento (Public Relations)
Phone: (63 2) 845-1888 / (63 45) 599-8000
Fax: (63 2) 843-1363 / (63 45) 599-2288
Email: [email protected]
Hotel Hana
Address: Embassy Court, Malabanas Rd., Plaridel, Angeles City
Facilities: Swimming pool, restaurant, business center
Accreditation: STANDARD CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 45) 892-6641 / 6666
Fax: (63 45) 892-6001
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.hotel-hana-ph.com
Hotel Royal Amsterdam
Address: 684 Fields Ave., Balibago, Angeles City
Facilities: restaurant (Asian and Western cuisine), 24-hour room service, doctor on call, travel
assistance, transport service, in-room Internet access, laundry/valet service, IDD, NDD,(credit:
www.balibago.com)
Accreditation: STANDARD CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 45) 892-3392/3393
Fax: (63 45) 892-3391
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.hotelroyalamsterdam.com
Hotel Stotsenberg
Address: Gil Puyat Ave. cor. Andres Soriano St., Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Facilities: casino (Casablanca Casino), business center, convention center (capacity 2,500
theater-type) with 12 function room, bars and restaurants (Hacienda Lounge, S Bar, Bleu Sports
Bar), Tream Gym, Business Center) , swimming pool
Accreditation: FIRST CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 45) 499-0777/1254/499-0888 (casino)
Manila: Line (63 2) 584-4035/4014
Telefax: (63 45) 599-7868 / 6971 / 499-0725
Mobile: 0917-582-5819
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.hotelstotsenberg.com
Hotel Vida
Address: Bldg. 5414 M. A. Roxas Hwy., Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Facilities: Restaurant (SALT), conference hall, swimming pool, in-room spa, electronic entry
lock, safety deposit box in each room, mini-bar, non-smoking rooms, IDD/NDD, coffee-making
facility, cable TV, room for disabled with wheelchair ramp, hot and cold water, presidential suite,
medical clinic, laundry and pressing, foreign exchange counter, sundry shop, transport service
and business center.
Accreditation: DE LUXE CLASS
Phone: (63 45) 499-1000 / 4387
Phone: (63 2) 584-4091 / 840-1430 (Manila)
Fax: (63 2) 840-1429 (Manila)
Fax: (63 45) 499-0762
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.widus.com or www.hotelvidaclark.com
Managed by: Fuego Hotels & Properties Management Corp.
Lewis Grand Hotel
Address: Don Juico Ave., Malabanias Rd., Angeles City
Facilities: Restaurant, ballroom (500-seat capacity), swimming pool, function rooms, parking
space, safety deposit boxes, electronic key card, poolside jacuzzi, fitness room, flat TV in each
room, Wi-Fi in each room, mini-bar in rooms
Accreditation: STANDARD CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 45) 625-3947 / 0917-800-1496
Fax: (63 45) 625-6186 / 3947 loc. 132
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.lewisgrand.com
Marlim Mansions Hotel
Address: MacArthur Hwy., Diamond Subdivison, Balibago, Angeles City
Facilities: Swimming pool, bar and restaurant, tourist information office (Department of Tourism
- Region III sub-office), travel service (Cebu Pacific Airlines), shuttle service, ballroom,
conference hall and function rooms
Accreditation: STANDARD CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 45) 625-8320/892-5089/322-2002/625-8319
Fax No.: (63 45) 322-2126/625-8535
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.marlimmansionshotel.net
www.goharp.org
Savannah Resort Hotel
Address: Blk 72 Lot 21/22, Don Juico Ave., Clarkview, Malabanias, Angeles City
Facilities: cable LCD TV, refs, IDD/NDD, Wi-Fi connection, restaurant and bar, swimming pool
with jacuzzi
Accreditation: STANDARD CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 45) 459-8888 / 0922-894-0915
Fax: (63 45) 459-0353
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.savannahresortangeles.com
Seinpost Hotel & Restaurant
Address: 303 Malabanas Rd., Plaridel I, Balibago, Angeles City
Facilities: coffee shop, TV/piped-in music in each room, bar, travel agency office
Accreditation: ECONOMY
Phone: (63 45) 892-2585
Fax: (63 45) 892-2878
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.seinpost-hotel.com
Woodland Park Hotel & Restaurant
Address: Km. 87, MacArthur Hwy., Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga
Facilities: swimming pool, restaurant, bar, cable TV, Internet access, transport service
Accreditation: STANDARD CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 45) 892-1002 - 04 / 332-3529/332-3311
Fax: (63 45) 332-3311
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.woodland.ph
Resort
Amber Kingdom Water Park & Hotel
Address: GSO Rd., San Pablo, Mexico, Pampanga
Facilities: video bar, coffee shop, conference hall (300 pax capacity), swimming pool, cottages
game room (billiards, video games)
Accreditation: SPECIAL INTEREST RESORT
Phone: (63 45) 875-2695/2512
Contact: Amelita dela Cruz (General Manager)
Email: [email protected]
Fontana Leisure Parks (Fontana Development Corp.)
Address: Claro M. Recto Hwy., Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Description No. of villas/rooms: 319
Facilities: Located in a 300 ha. property with Water Theme Park complete with electronic wave
pool with giant slides, Fontana Convention Center with a seat capacity of 1,000 pax and 7
function rooms, Fontana Casino,Golden Pavilion Chinese Restaurant, aqua sports, adventure
camp, spa, souvenir shop, barber shop/parlor, first-aid clinic, membership club, and recreational
facilities like the Mad Scientist's Laboratory and the Buccaneer Ship.
Accreditation: CLASS 'AAA' RESORT
Phone: (63 45) 599-5000 / 599-3377/3871
Fax: (63 45) 599-6889/843-9123
Contact: Matthew Lai
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.fontanaleisureparks.com
Owned by: Jimei Hotels Intl. Mgt. Co. Ltd.
Tourist Inns
9-Five-O Condotel
Address: 950 Fields Ave., Balibago, Angeles City
Facilities: Coffee shop, beauty shop, shopping center, color TV in each room, bar/restaurant
Accreditation: TOURIST INN
Phone: (63 45) 892-0100/625-6045
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.950condotel.com
Fields Walkabout Hotel
Address: B3 L2 Fields Ave., Balibago, Angeles City
Facilities: swimming pool, travel agency, elevator, emergency power generator, safety vault in
each room, cable TV in each room, ref in each room
Accreditation: TOURIST INN
Phone: (63 45) 625-6154
Fax: (63 45) 625-6157
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.walkabout-hotel.com
Hotel A (Phil. Dreamland Real Estate Unlimited Corp.)
Location Angeles City
Address 21-A Malabanias Rd., Plaridel I, Angeles City
Description No. of rooms: 52 Rates: Regular rate - P1,500 Twin - P2,000 Deluxe - P1,800
Superior Suite - P3,700 Executive Suite - P4,200 Facilities: Aircon rooms, restaurant/bar, cable
TV in each room, Wi-Fi connection
Accreditation TOURIST INN
Phone (63 45) 322-5572
Contact Young Oh Shin - President and GM
Email [email protected]
Marquis Hotel & Restaurant
Address: 954 Rizal cor Plaridel Sts., Malabanas, Angeles City
Facilities: airconditioned rooms, cable TV in each room, individual toilet and bath, bar and
restaurant, game room, swimming pool, gift shop, shuttle service, safety deposit box, in-house
laundy, massage service, WIFI, billiard hall, travel agency on-site
Accreditation: TOURIST INN
Phone: (63 45) 892-7845/6634/322-4714
Fax: (63 45) 892-2989
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.hotelmarquis.net
Motel
Victoria Court - San Fernando
Address: KM 73.7, Sindalan, MacArthur Hwy., City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Facilities: restaurant, room service, Karaoke in each room
Accreditation: MOTEL
Phone: (63 45) 961-5387/7808/3785/0917-446-2067
Fax: (63 45) 961-7808
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.victoriacourt.biz
Apartelle
Medgar Executive Apartelle
Address: 146 Narciso St., Dona Josefa Subd., Malabanias, Angeles City
Description: Non of rooms: 18 Rates: Standard - P1,000 Deluxe - P1,700 Executive - P2,400
Facilities: Aircon rooms, Free LAN, Wi-Fi connection, 25" cable TV in each room, cooking
facilities, computer and recliner on executive rooms
Accreditation: APARTELLE
Phone: (63 45) 323-5202/5203/625-6043
Mobile: (+63) (0) 928-671-9333
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.medgarinac.com
Restaurant/Tourism Related Establishments
Ephatha Development Center
Address: SACOP Main Bldg., Brgy. Maimpis, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Description: Training center
Acceditation: TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMET
Phone: (63 45) 961-4112/860-5337
Fax No: (63 45) 961-4112 loc. 107
Website: http://ephathapampanga.blogspot.com
Klub Bossa Music Bar
Address: 4619 Rivera Lim St., SL Orosa, Diamond Subd., Balibago, Angeles City
Description: Music bar and restarat (capacity - 500 pax)
Accreditation TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone: (63 45) 892-1693
Lakeshore Toll Service Facility, Inc.
Address: KM 71 North Luzon Expressway, Panipuan, Mexico, Pampanga
Description: Gas station
Accreditation: TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone: (63 45) 455-0871
Margarita Station Bar & Restaurant
Address: #940 Fields Avenue, Balibago, Angeles City
Description: International and Filipino cuisine
Accreditation: TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone: (63 45) 322-0354 / 892-6548
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.theville.com
Suave Nacho, Inc.
Address: Blk 3-A Lot 7 Santos St., cor Real St., Balibago, Angeles City
Description: Restaurant
Accreditation TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone: (63 45) 842-4397
Email: [email protected]
Total Gas Station (G-Star Ventures & Development Corp.)
Address: KM 55 Northbound NLEX, Sucad, Apalit, Pampanga
Description: Gasoline station with tourist information counter
Accreditation: TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone: (63 2) 372-3935
Fax: (63 2) 372-4374
Email: [email protected]
Yats International Wine Club
Address: Bldg. 1988, Mimosa Leisure Estate, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Description: Wine and Dine club Locations: Yats Grill Room in Mimosa, Lakside Cafe at
Clearwater Country Club, YATS Coffee Shop at Philexcel and Bistro Vin Cafe Mediterranean
Cuisine
Accreditation: TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone: (63 45) 599-5600/5949/(63 2) 633-1566/0917-520-4401
Fax: (63 2) 584-4085
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.yilp.com or www.yatsleisure.com or yatsrestaurant.com
Health & Wellness
Spa Signature (Asian Beaute' Spa Corp)
Address: Unit 165 G/F SM City Clark, Clark Freeport Zone
Description: Health and wellness Facilities: hand & foot treatment, deluxe treatment, facial
cleaning, anti-aging treatment, hair treatment, warts removal, vanity services
Accreditation: SPA
Phone: (63 45) 499-0298/0922-845-1005
Contact: Leonor Bais (Gen. Manager)
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.spasignatureph.com
Travel Agencies
78th Journey Travel Agency
Address: MacArthur Hwy., Telabastagan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Description: Travel and tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 636-6312 / 636-6472
Fax: (63 45) 636-6312
Email: [email protected]
Action Travel, Inc.
Address: Stall 44 Bayahan Park, Fields Ave., Balibago, Angeles City
Description: Travel and tours, visa assistance, passport, tour packages
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 892-5407
Fax: (63 45) 625-6357
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.actiontravelac.com
Amega Travel & Tours
Address: G/F Horizon Hill Hotel cor. Plaridel St., Malabanas Rd., Angeles City, Pampanga
Description: Passporting, ticketing, tour packages, visa assistance
ACCREDITED AS TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 892-3534/5318
Email: [email protected]
Angeles International Travel Center
Address: 805 Don Juico Ave., Clarkview, Angeles City
ACCREDITED AS TRAVEL AGENCY
Description: Ticketing, passporting, visa assistance, tour packages
Phone: (63 45) 888-2175 / 322-0801/ 322-5929/625-6051-52
Fax: (63 45) 322-0801
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Website: www.angelestravelph.com
Ben-Lyn Travel & Tours
Address: 125-A Teodoro St., Sta. Maria Village II, Balibago, Angeles City
Description: Travel and tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 321-0637
Email: [email protected]
www.ben-lyn.com
Blue Voyage Travel Service
Address: Unit 2 Sevilla Bldg., MacArthur Hwy., Dolores, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Description: Visa assistance, passport processing, tour packages
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 961-2020 / 861-2020
Fax: (63 45) 963-2209
Mobile: 0920-790-1116
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Website: www.bluevoyagetours.com
Branch Office: 2nd Flr., Feliciano Bldg., MacArthur Hwy., Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga
Phone: (63 45) 892-2020 / 4420
Mobile: 0918-454-8080
Carry All Services
Address: #19 Adela Bldg., MacArthur Hi-way, Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga
Description: Ticketing, passport assistance, tour packages
ACCREDITED AS TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 624-0541/892-3868
Fax: (63 45) 624-0107
Email: [email protected]
Charina's Travel Center
Address: Clarkton Hotel, 620 Don Juico Ave., Clarkview,Balibago, Angeles City
Description Travel and tours, visa assistance, passport assistance, domestic tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 893-2216
Fax No.: (63 45) 893-2498
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.charinas-travel.com
Creative Travel & Tours Intl.
Address: Calsa Arcade 2, Unit 3, 2/F, Jose Abad Santos Ave., cor Lazatin Ave., City of San
Fernando, Pampanga
Description: Ticketing, passport assistance, tour packages, domestic tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 963-1348/961-6792
Fax: (63 45) 963-2286
Email: [email protected]
DNC Travel and Tours
Address: Stall 91 Bayanihan Park, Fields Ave., Balibago, Angeles City
Description: Travel and tours, passporting, visa assistance
Accreditation TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 322-8100/625-6055
Fax: (63 45) 625-6055
Email: [email protected]
Earthlink Travel
Address: 530-B JAV Bldg., MacArthur Hwy., Angeles City
Description: Travel and tours
ACCREDITED AS TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 887-1405 / 3225907
Fax: (63 45) 626-1887
Contact: Amabelle de Guzman
Email: [email protected]
Ecozone Travel & Tours
Address: Rm. 201 JMS Bldg., MacArthur Hwy., Angeles City
Description: Travel and tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 322-8961/887-0332
Fax No.: 887-0334
Email: [email protected]
Eurogate Travel & Tours
Address: #103 Fields Ave., Balibago, Angeles City
Description: Visa assistance, passport processing, tour arrangment, tour packaging, promo
fares: USA (LAX and SFO), Hong Kong/Macau/Shenzhen via Tiger Airways (Clark-MacauClark)
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 892-4749/0962/625-6355/323-6406/0917-511-1769
Email: [email protected]
Executive Class Travel & Tours
Address: Stall B Benigno Fajardo Bldg., San Nicolas 1st, Lubao, Pampanga
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone/Fax: (63 45) 971-7773
Email: [email protected]
G.L. De Guzman Travel Services
Address: Unit 3 GF S&E Bldg., 2644 MacArthur Hiway cor Surla St., Balibago, Angeles City
Description: Visa assistance, ticketing, passport processing, tour packages, tour arrangement
ACCREDITED AS TRAVEL AGENCY
Telefax: (63 45) 625-7822
Mobile: 0918-472-7124 / 0918-242-9968
Email: [email protected]
Global Access Travel & Tours
Address: 2/F Rm 4 Mendoza Bldg., MacArthur Hwy., Balibago, Angeles City
Description: Airline ticketing, hotel reservation, packaged tours, visa assistance, passport
assistance
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 322-1786/892-0648
Fax: (63 45) 322-1786
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.globalaccesstraveltours.com
GO-PAZ Travel & Tours
Address 18 San Nicolas, Betis, Guagua, Pampanga
ACCREDITED AS TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 900-2606
Telefax: (63 45) 900-2987
Email: [email protected]
LQM Travel & Tours
Address: Rm. No. 6, G/F Plaza Romana Bldg., MacArthur Hwy., Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga
Description: Travel and tours, passporting, visa assistance, tour packaging
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY [Acc. No. III-TTA-14-2009 dated June 15, 2009]
Phone: (63 45) 892-6328/6786/331-1356
Fax: (63 45) 331-1356
Mobile.: 0918-331-4650/0915-978-0271
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Le' Grand Travel
Address: Stall 90 Fields Ave., Balibago, Angeles City
Description: Travel and tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 625-6344/892-0910
Fax: (63 45) 625-6344
Email: [email protected]
MRC Tours and Travel Services (Branch I)
Address: C 15-12 Richtoffen St., Hensonville, Angeles City
Description: Travel and tours
Accreditation TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 459-0363 / 892-0968
Fax: (63 45) 459-0363
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.iataetickets.com
Majemah Travel & Tours Services
Address: 2/F Rm B, R.L. Cruz Bldg., MacArthur Hwy. cor T. Aguas St., Balibago, Angeles City
Description: Visa assistance, passport, tour packages
ACCREDITED AS TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 323-6725/625-7665/892-2169/323-6726
Mobile: 0919-314-1331/0922-813-7083
Email: [email protected]
Metro Angeles Travel Specialist
Address: 2370 Sto Entierro St., Angeles City
Description: Travel and tours
ACCREDITED AS TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 888-3927/ 888-4267 / 322-3341
Email: [email protected]
Northern Phils. Travel & Tourism Center, Inc.
Address: 2-E Rongui Bldg., #01 MacArthur Hwy., Telabastagan, City of San Fernando,
Pampanga
Description: Travel and tours, visa assistance, passport assistance,
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 636-6522 / 888-4253
Fax: (63 45) 636-6522
Email: [email protected]
One Stop Travel & Business Center
Address: 188-C Friendship Hwy., Anunas, Angeles City
Description: International and domestic flights (ticketing, booking and confirmation), ferry
bookings, airport transfers, tour and reservations, visa extensions, passport assistance,
international phone and fax, document scanning and printing
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (62 45) 625-6729/0919-231-7133
Fax: (63 45) 893-0882
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.onestoptravel.org
Pentravel Tours Phils - Clark Branch
Address: 2/F Clark Hauz Bldg., Bayanihan Park, MA Roxas Hwy., Balibago, Angeles City
Description: Inbound and outbound tours, worldwide and domestic ticketing, documentation and
passport assistance, visa assistance, internation and local tour packages
Accreditation: TRAVEL AND TOURS
Phone: (63 45) 625-6203
Telefax: (63 45) 625-6208
Mobile: (+63) (0) 922-866-5435
Email: [email protected]
Singapore Office:
304, Orchard Road, #03-75 Lucky Plaza, Singapore 238863
Phone: 673-79231 / 673-51600 / 673-51602 / 683-63706
Fax: 673-51604
Email: [email protected] / [email protected] /
[email protected]
7,107 Flavours - Philippine Cuisine, Culture & Travel Hub6, Raffles Boulevard
#02-02 Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Phone 633-47107
Fax 633-60675
Email: [email protected]
www.7107flavours.com
Manila: Unit E 3rd Flr. Savers Square Mall, EDSA Extn. cor Taft Ave., Pasay City, Phiippines
1300
Phone (63 2) 556-2262
Telefax (63 2) 832-2155
Mobile: (+63) (0) 922-866-5433 / (0) 922-866-5435 / (0) 922-866-0919
Email: [email protected]
RFVS Travel and Tours (Branch Office)
Address: G/F City Central Transport Terminal 2-B, San Juan, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Description: Ticketing, visa assistance, passport processing, tour packaging
Accreditation TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 861-3074
Fax: (63 45) 861-3074
Contact: Francisco Sunga
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.rfvsedu.com
Round Around Travel and Tours
Address: 194 Stall B, Friendship Hwy., Anunas, Angeles City
Description: Ticketing, passporting, tour packages
ACCREDITED AS TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 322-0980/625-6820
Fax: (63 45) 322-0980
Email: [email protected]
Skysales Travel & Tours
Address: A1 Sandra Mall, Rizal Ext., Sto. Rosario St., Angeles City
Description: Travel and tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 889-7337
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Website: www.affordabooking.net
Sunshine Tours & Travel Agency
Address: 1-A Plaza Romana Bldg., MacArthur Hwy., Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga
Description: Ticketing, passporting, tour packages
ACCREDITED AS TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 624-0433/331-2894 / 332-1290/892-3656
Fax: (63 45) 331-2894
Email: [email protected]
Ties That Travel
Address: Room E-1 Chinatrust, JEV Bldg., MacArthur Hwy., Balibago, Angeles City
Description: Travel and tours, passporting, ticketing, visa assistance
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 625-5548
Telefax: (63 45) 625-5549
Mobile: 0917-904-6891 - iCEN
Email: [email protected]
Email: [email protected]
YM ID: tiesthattravel
SKYPE ID: ties.that.travel
Tonka Travel & Allied Trading Corp.
Address: Level 1, Robinson's Starmills, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Description: Travel and tours, visa assistance, passport assistance
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 875-2112 / 636-3624
Fax: (63 45) 875-2113
Email: tonkatraveltour[email protected]
Trance Travel Center
Address: 303 Malabanias Rd., Plaridel I, Angeles City
Description: Travel and tours, ticketing, passport assistance, visa assistance
Accreditation TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 889-8472
Fax: (63 45) 894-6556
Email: [email protected]
Traveldotcom Travel & Tours
Address: Stall 4 Philhealth Bldg., Lazatin Blvd., City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Description: Travel and tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 963-6336
Fax: (63 45) 860-1455
Email: [email protected]
Wild Orchid Intl. Travel & Tours, Inc.
Address: Wild Orchid Hotel cor. Johnny's and A. Santos Sts., Balibago, Angeles City
Description: Travel and tours, ticketing, visa, assistance, passport processing
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 625-6396
Fax: (63 45) 625-6397
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.wildorchidresort.com
White Orchid Travel & Tours
Address: 303 Malabanas Rd., Plaridel I, Angeles City
Description: Travel and tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 892-1697/2585
Fax: (63 45) 892-2878
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.whiteorchidtravel.com
Tour Guide
Fernando M. Galang
Address: 574 Tandang Sora St., Brgy. Lourdes, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Accreditation: TOUR GUIDE
Mobile: 0920-521-9417
Email: [email protected]
Tourist Transport Operator
Airport Shuttle Service, Inc. (ASSI) Rent-A-Car
Location: 371-D 9th St., MacArthur Hwy., Lakandula, Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga
Description: Tourist Land Transport Operator w/ 5 units Rates (as of May 2007): From Clark
(DMIA) to: Manila/Airport - P2970 Subic/ Olonggapo - P2380 Pangasinan/ Dagupan - P3700
Baguio - P4590 La Union - P5400 Tarlac (up to San Miguel only) - P1700 Bulacan - P2380
Mabalacat proper - P250 San Fernando (SM) - P840 Dau Proper - P250 Angeles Proper - P300
Clark Main Gate - P200 Magalang - P640
Accreditation :TOURIST LAND TRANSPORT OPERATOR
Tel. No. (63 45) 892-1311/1312
Email: [email protected]
Website: assi_trasnportdmia.com.ph
Dolphin Global Transport Services
Address: Unit 7 Clemartine Bldg., cor Pear St., Richtoffen, Hensonville, Angeles City
Description: Tourist land transport operator (2 buses and 1 coaster)
Accreditation: TOURIST LAND TRANSPORT OPERATOR
Phone: (63 45) 321-0242
Fax: (63 45) 321-0243
Email: [email protected]
Metro Asia Car Services, Inc.
Address: 802-9 Malabanas Rd., Malabanas, Angeles City
Description: Land transport service Total no. of vehicles - 15
Accreditation: TOURIST LAND TRANSPORT OPERATOR
Phone: (63 45) 892-2195 /(63 2) 825-1993
Fax: (63 2) 826-4494
Email: [email protected]
Pacific Blue Transport Services
Location: Pasay City
Address: Nayong Pilipino Complex, Parking B, NAIA Terminal 1, Pasay City
Description: Land transport service
Accreditation: TOURIST LAND TRANSPORT OPERATOR
Phone: (63 2) 832-1779
Fax: (63 2) 832-1779
Website: www.pacificbluetransport.com
Silgold Rent-A-Car
Address: Lot 13, Blk 15 Justine St., Villa Portobello, Duquit, Mabalacat, Pampanga
Description: Rent a car No. of units: 5 (4 sedan and 1 van)
Accreditation: TOURIST LAND TRANSPORT OPERATOR
Phone: (63 45) 893-2437
Contact: Person Reynaldo Salunga
Email: [email protected]
Simsons Transport Inc.
Addres:s #22-28, 4th St., Villa Sol Subd., Balibago, Angeles City
Accreditation: TOURIST LAND TRANSPORT OPERATOR
Phone: (63 45) 893-0640/0915-786-6898/0927-871-0707
Triangle Phils. Travel & Transport Corp.
Address: Diosdado Macapagal Intl. Airport, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Description: Tourist Transport Total units: 39
Accreditation: TOURIST LAND TRANSPORT OPERATOR
Phone: (6345) 892-5971
Email: [email protected]
Ancilliary Service- DOT Accredited
Hospital
Angeles University Medical Center
Address MacArthur Hwy., Angeles City
Description Medical Center
Phone (63 45) 322-8876/8880/888-2668
Contact Person Dr. Lourdes Lagunilla
Email [email protected]
Website www.auf.edu.ph
TARLAC
Brief Description
Tarlac is the most multicultural of the Central Luzon provinces. A mixture of four distinct groups
- the Pampangos, Ilocanos, Pangasinenses and Tagalogs - share this province and living
together resulted in offering to the visitors the best cuisine of the places where their ancestors
had come from, namely Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Pangasinan and the Ilocos Region.
Tarlac is also best known for its fine foods and vast sugar and rice plantations. That it has fine
cooking to offer is largely due to the fact that it is the melting pot of Central Luzon. Its myriad of
historical sites, fine foods, vast sugar and rice plantations, and a beautifully landscaped golf
course plus so many other attractions all make the province of Tarlac one of the best places to
visit in Central Luzon.
Brief History
Originally, Tarlac was a part of the provinces of Pangasinan and Pampanga. It was the last
Central Luzon province to be organized under Spanish regime in 1874. During the Philippine
Revolution of 1896, Tarlac was one of the first eight provinces to rise in arms against Spain. It
then became a seat of the first Philippine Republic in March 1899 when Emilio Aguinaldo
abandoned Malolos, Bulacan, then the capital. It only lasted for a month, though, as the seat
was moved to Nueva Ecija in Aguinaldo's attempt to elude the pursuing Americans. On October
23, 1899, Gregorio Aglipay, military vicar general of the Revolutionary Forces, called the Filipino
clergy to a conference in Paniqui. There, they drafted the Constitution of the Philippine
Independent Church. They called for the Filipinization of the clergy, which eventually led to a
schism in the Roman Catholic Chuch in the Philippines. Tarlac was captured by American
forces in November 1899. A civil government was established in the province in 1901. During
World War II, Camp O' Donnell in Capas became the terminal point of the infamous "Death
March", involving Filipino and American soldiers who surrendered in Bataan on April 9, 1942.
The Camp was so overcrowded that many allied prisoners who survived the gruelling march
died here of hunger and disease. In the early 1950s, Tarlac was the hotbed of the Huks, a local
communist movement. It was suppressed later only to resurface again in 1965. Tarlac is the
home province of former President Corazon C. Aquino and her husband, Benigno, whose
assassination at the Manila International Airport in 1983 started the protest movement against
the Marcos dictatorship, which culminated in the EDSA Revolution of 1986.
How to get there
All buses from Manila going to the Ilocos region and Baguio pass through Tarlac. Most of these
buses make rest stops along the highway at the town's many restaurants. Philippine Rabbit in
Manila has buses that leave for Tarlac every 10 to 30 minutes. For fast and convenient travel,
take the North Luzon Expressway from Manila; exit NLEX spur road past the Dau Toll Plaza to
take the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway all the way to Tarlac City.
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
Capas National Shrine
Capas, Tarlac
The shrine was the first prison camp for the men who survived the "Death March" in the hands
of the Japanese during the last world war in 1942. The Camp O' Donnell Memorial Monument
was built by the organization known as "The Battling Bastards of Bataan" to honor those
American men who died at Camp O'Donnell, while prisoners of the Japanese. The Cement
Cross is a replica of the original cement cross built by the POWs. The monument is located in
the Capas National Shrine, in Capas, Tarlac, Philippines,adjacent to the memorial for the
Philippine Army dead. The "Cross" was built as a memorial to the thousands who died in that
camp. It is as much a part of Bataan as the participants in that battle. The inscription on the
base of the "Cross" reads "Omnia Pro Patria": All For Country. On the wall behind the "Cross"
are inscribed the names of the men who died at Camp O'Donnell. The original "Cement Cross"
is now on display in the National Prisoner of War Museum, at the Andersonville National Historic
Site, Andersonville, GA. It was brought to this country by Bataan survivors. For further
information, visit http://home.pacbell.net/fbaldie/Battling_Bastards_of_Bataan.html
Diwa ng Tarlak
Tarlac City, Tarlac
A civic and convention center built during the time of Gov. Federico Peralta, it houses a
convention hall, ballroom, trade exhibit hall and dining facilities. It is a favorite venue for special
functions such as seminars and conferences.
Sto. Domingo Death March Marker
Capas, Tarlac
The site where about 60,000 Filipino and American prisoners of war cramped like sardines in
closed box-cars were loaded to start the second phase of the tragic Death March. There were
already more than 30,000 of these defenders of democracy and freedom who perished from the
inhuman treatment they were subjected to during the trip from Abucay and Mariveles, Bataan to
San Fernando, Pampanga. The survivors started their tortuous journey here to Camp O'
Donnel.
Local Wonders
Bamban Park
Bamban, Tarlac
The park was carved along the hilly area near the national highway in Tarlac and is quite visible
from the road with its imposing grotto of Virgin Mary pedestalled on a hill. One has to hurdle a
100-step stairway before reaching the grotto. The area is characterized by stretches of roadside
mini-restaurants and bonsai farms - all catering to commuters bound for the north. People visit
the place to pay homage to the Blessed Mother or do mountain trekking on the side.
Camp General Servillano Aquino
Tarlac City, Tarlac
Formerly called Camp Ord, named after Lt. Col. James Ord, the place is now the home of the
5th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army. The complex was donated on September 30, 1940
by the Campania General Tabacos de Filipinas to the Commonwealth of the Philippines and
was accepted on October 11, 1940, in behalf of the donee, Jorge D. Vargas, the then Secretary
to the President. Adding to the historical significance of the place is the Eisenhower tree planted
on July 4, 1939 by Lt. Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower, Chief of Staff of Marshall Douglas MacArthur,
the military adviser of the Philippine Commonwealth.
Central Azucarera de Tarlac
Tarlac City
The City of Tarlac takes pride in having a large sugar mill called Central Azucarera de Tarlac.
This sugar mill helps boost the economy of the province. Special educational tours may be
arranged thru their Industrial Relations Office at Tel. No. (63 45) 985-1995 Attn: Angelito
Bautista (Industrial Relations Manager) .
Hacienda Luisita
Tarlac City, Tarlac
The Cojuangco-owned hacienda in Tarlac City houses the famous Tarlac Industrial Park where
a growing lists of international export producing companies are located. It boasts of an 18-hole
championship golf course, shopping malls, world-class restaurants, hotels, a Beverly Hill - type
of residential estate and a vast sugar plantation. Also located in the complex is the Aquino
Center and Museum.
Mt. Pinatubo Wellness Spa
Address: Brgy. Sta. Juliana, Capas
A fascinating oasis amidst a picturesque pastoral environment framed by rolling hills and
mountain ranges, this new product in health tourism offers a first-of-a-kind model in fitness
therapy and wellbeing: from a relaxing body wrap on sulfur-laden hot volcanic sand, to a
revitalizing dip in a thermal bath and foot spa, and finally to a soothing Shiatzu body work in a
100-pax capacity massage parlor - all made possible after a day's sweltering trek to Mt.
Pinatubo. The wellness center also serves Korean/native cuisine cum grillery in a 200-seat
capacity open-air restaurant plus a souvenir shop and soda fountain serving health products to
the intrepid explorer. PINATUBO TREK: Trek to the crater of the world-famous Mt. Pinatubo.
Spectacular views, towering lahar canyons, cool mountain springs and cascading waterfalls
make that trip up the volcano an experience to remember. Drive on board an all-weather vehicle
for one hour, disembark and trek for maximum of two hours to the crater, view the tranquil yet
majestic 2.5-km crater-lake. Or bathe yourself in any of the six sulfur-filled thermal pools at Sitio
Tarukan. Cap your day with a generous fishing expedition at Tambo Lake before proceeding to
the wellness spa. HOW TO GET THERE: From Manila drive towards the North Luzon
Expressway to Sta. Ines toll plaza in Mabalacat, Pampanga. Take the MacArthur Hwy towards
north up to Capas, Tarlac. From the Capas town market, turn left to Brgy Sto. Rosario and
follow a 22-km backcountry road to your final destination in Brgy. Sta. Juliana. PINATUBO
TREK CUM SPA (all in one package) Rates: US$ 25/pax (includes 4 x 4 ride, trek to the crater
or dip in hot sulphur spring pools in Tarukan, foot spa, thermal bath and lunch); additional US$
10 (hot sand bath) and US$ 10 (Shiatzu massage) or a total of US$45-50 per person (all
inclusive). Rates are subject to change without prior notice.
Accreditation Not accredited
For information on Pinatubo Wellness Spa,
Contact Information: Capas Tourism Office, Tel. No. (63 45) 925-0154/925-0112 loc 109
(Tourism) loc 124 (Office of the Mayor) or Telefax (63 45) 925-0408 (Direct Line to Office of the
Mayor) Attn: Marissa Vidal (Capas Municipal Tourism Officer) Mobile 0918-285-3019 or emial:
[email protected]
For renting all-weather vehicle, call Edwin Manalang (Angeles City), Mobile No. 0910-722-7575
or Jude Lenon (Sta. Juliana), Mobile No. 0920-803-5647/0920-576-2769 or call Wendell
Mercado (Sta. Juliana), Mobile No. 0919-608-4313 or 0921-587-6291.
For information on P.D.C. Spa Town (Pull Travel Destination Corp.), call Tel. No. (63 45) 6150454 (Admin office) or Website: www.mtpinatubotour.com. Also call Alejo Marquez, mobile
0910-980-7609 and Lydia de Guzman, mobile 0909-759-1300 for details.
Magsaysay Dam
Mayantok, Tarlac
This dam, named after the late Pres. Ramon Magsaysay, boasts of crystal-clear water from the
mountain and a scenic view of surrounding areas.
Plaza Luisita Center
Tarlac City, Tarlac
A modern and masterfully designed commercial and business complex for shopping malls,
offices, retail shops, food establishments and recreational centers. It houses such retail food
outlets like Max's Restaurant, McDonald's, Jollibee, etc.
San Bartolome Treehouse
Mayantok, Tarlac
Located in Brgy. San Bartolome, this treehouse, constructed through the initiative of the
barangay council in 1973, is one of the most interesting attractions in the province.
Tarlac Provincial Capitol & Park
Tarlac City, Tarlac
An imposing landmark in the province is the seat of the provincial government. Constructed atop
a hill, the capitol sets a commanding view of the town of Tarlac and its environs. Giving more
grandeur and beauty to the place is the Maria Cristina Park - fittingly named after a Tarlac
beauty queen, Maria Cristina Galang, the 1952 Miss Philippines.
Voice of America -Tarlac
Concepcion, Tarlac
This radio transmitting facility was used by the Voice of America, the International Broadcasting
Service and the U.S. Information Agency in communicating to the world for over 30 years.
Special educational tours may be arranged thru their Admin Office at Tel. No. (63 45) 9820254/0255 Fax No. (63 45) 982-1402 Attn: Mr. Terry Donafan (Station Manager) or Ms. Jovy
Soliman (Secretary).
Ylang Ylang Oil
Anao, Tarlac
The transformation of Anao into "Ylangylang Country" began in 1989 when the local
government initiated the establishment of plantations of the cash crop to augment the people's
meager income from rice and corn, through the Rural Industrialization Can Happen (RICH)
Program of the provincial government, then headed by Gov. Mariano Un Ocampo III. The DOST
then prepared a project proposal entitled "Establishment of a Village-based Essential Oil
Extraction Industry" which they presented to then Pres. Corazon C. Aquino.
Museums
Aquino Center
Tarlac City, Tarlac
The Aquino Museum, located within the Aquino Center, houses a collection of photographs and
memorabilia from Senator Benigno "Ninoy" Aquino's early political career, his imprisonment
during martial law, his death. The second half of the museum is dedicated to the remembrance
of the events that followed Ninoy's death: peaceful mass action, his widow's response, People
Power and the Aquino Presidency. BOOKING: Prior arrangement is required for groups of more
than 30 pax ENTRANCE: Adults - P50 Student - P20 Public schools - FREE SCHEDULE: Open
on Wednesdays to Sundays at 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Closed on Mondays to Tuesdays
CONTACT: (63 45) 985-1770/0968 (c/o Microtel Inn & Suites)
Leonor Rivera Museum
Camiling, Tarlac
This houses personal articles and furnitures owned by Rivera, and letters written by Dr. Jose
Rizal for Leonor Rivera whom the national hero immortalized in his novels as Maria Clara.
Natural
Anao Quinabutok Creek
Anao, Tarlac,
Rich in aquatic resources, picnickers, excursionists usually visit the place for fishing and
swimming
Bueno Hot Spring
Capas, Tarlac
Located in Sitio Danum Mapali, Brgy Bueno, the natural hot spring is impounded in two concrete
pools - about 2 to 3 feet in height. One pool has a temperature of 45 degrees centigrade and
neutral pH level of 5.5. Its flow rate was recorded at 1/2 gal/min. The other pool has a
temperature of 49.5 degrees centigrade with pH level at 5.5. The place may be reached through
the Capas-Botolan Road. A perfect haven for local excursionists.
Dolores Spring Well
Tarlac City, Tarlac
Some seven kms. from Tarlac town, this spring is a favorite spot among local excursionists. The
spring water is said to be medicinal. An imposing grotto of the image of the Virgin de Lorosa
marks the religious character of this natural wonder.
Mt. Pinatubo Trek and Spa Town
Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac
What to See: Spectacular views, towering lahar canyons, thermal springs, cool mountain
springs and cascading waterfalls along O' Donnell streambed. Drive on board an all-weather
vehicle for one hour, disembark in Sitio Dapili and trek for maximum of two hours to the crater,
view the tranquil yet majestic 2.5-km crater-lake located in Botolan, Zambales which is 30 kms
away from Sta. Juliana. Or optionally bathe yourself in any of the six sulfur-filled thermal pools
at Sitio Tarukan. Cap your day with a generous fishing expedition at Tambo Lake before
proceeding to the Korean-owned wellness spa.
What to bring: Whether traveling on a day trip or overnight, always bring with you your
backpack. For a day tour, bring extra shirt, three liters of water or health juice, a pair of sturdy
walking shoes plus strapped sandals, light meal and a pair of strong legs. For overnight guests,
bring your own tent, sleeping bag, a warm jacket, cooking equipment and a full meal in addition
to the above.
All-Weather Transportation: To get to the crater with reduced amount of effort (at least 2 hours
of walking), bring or hire a 4 x 4 all-weather vehicle. Members of the Angeles City Four
Wheelers Club or a transport group based in Sta. Juliana offers transport service all the way to
the campsite close to the volcano. Without these vehicles, you walk some 6-8 hours using
conventional vehicle.
How to get there: If you're coming from Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway. Exit Dau toll
gate for you to take your rented vehicle (meeting place is usually at the Clark main gate),
otherwise straight to Sta. Ines toll gate. From there, take the MacArthur Hwy to Mabalacat
enroute to Bamban and Capas in Tarlac towards north. When you reach the marketplace in
Capas, take a left turn to Brgy. Sto. Rosario and negotiate the 22-km. countryside road passing
along barangays Aranguren, O' Donnell, Sta. Lucia, Patling and finally, the last frontier which is
Brgy. Sta. Juliana - the gateway to the crater of Mt. Pinatubo. Travel time from Clark to Sta.
Juliana takes about an hour and a half. From there, you'll drive along O' Donnell river for an
hour and then trek on foot for two hours up to the crater (and back the same way). Remember
to start your day early at 6:00 in the morning for you to be back late afternoon of the same day.
Maamot Hot Spring
San Jose, Tarlac
Located approximately 10 kms from the Capas-Botolan Road, Maamot Hot Spring has a
temperature of 45 degrees centigrade and pH level at 6. The place is located at the river bank of
Moriones river. The property is owned by the municipal government of San Jose. One has to
cross the Moriones river - waist deep - to reach the manifestation site though.
Paradise Island
Concepcion, Tarlac
A half hectare island in the middle of a five-hectare man-made lake in Hacienda Tinang
Parks
Central Techno Park
Hacienda Luisita, Tarlac City, Tarlac
Light to medium, environmentally compliant, manufacturing companies (with Fiber Optic
Backbone within CTP) Total Land Area: 300 hectares Contact Person: Renato Vargas Tel. No.
(63 2) 886-6800/6799 eMail: [email protected]
Luisita Industrial Park
San Miguel, Tarlac City, Tarlac
Light to medium industries Total Land Area: 140 hectares Managed by: Propoerty management
Group/ Luisita Realty Corp. Contact Person: Leo Sison Tel. No. (63 45) 985-0213/1124 eMail:
[email protected] www.luisita.com
Maria Cristina Park
Tarlac City, Tarlac
Located near the provincial capitol, named after Maria Cristina Galang, who was crowned Miss
Philippines in 1952.
Tarlac Ecotourism Park
Brgy. Lubigan, San Jose, Tarlac
Description
In the early months of 2001 under the leadership of Governor Jose "Aping" Yap, a project was
launched to find a place in the province where people and nature can co-exist in harmony with
each other. Soon after, a 278-ha forested land that would eventually serve as a sanctuary for
environment and nature lovers was established.
Located at an altitude of 308 meters above sea level, 30 kilometres from Tarlac City, the said
place boasts of perfect climatic condition with natural ecosystem for plants, disterocarp trees,
convenient habitat for native and migratory birds and wild animals. The place is a perfect place
for camping holidays.
On April 12, 2004, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo issued Proclamation No. 602 officially
declaring the Tarlac Ecotourism Park as "Ecotourism Park and campsite." Vic Yap, in-charge of
Special Projects Office, facilitated the construction of concrete roads, electricity, water system,
eco-park buildings and other amenities for the campsite. For further information, please contact:
Provincial Government of Tarlac, Tel. No. (63 45) 982-7841 - 42 or Department of Trade and
Industry (Tarlac), Tel. No. (63 45) 800-1450
Religious
Monasterio de Tarlac/Relic of the True Cross
Brgy. Lubigan, San Jose, Tarlac
The Monasterio de Tarlac was established in 2003 as the hermitage house for five (5) monks of
the Priory of the Servants of the Risen Christ (SRC), a congregation of monastic brothers (more
appropriately addressed as Frater) led by its Prior, Frater Ronald Thomas Cortez, SRC or Fr.
Archie to his friends. The congregation has a total population of thirty (30) Fraters all over the
country as of 2007 - all destined to a life of monasticism and contemplative life. The rather
solitary and prayerful life in the monastery took an unexpected turn when it became the fitting
shrine of the authentic relic or fragment of the True Cross upon which Jesus Christ was crucified
and died in Golgotha, according to Christian tradition.
To accommodate the growing hordes of devotees to the shrine in Tarlac, the Prior decided to
celebrate the Holy Mass daily (except Thursday) at 10:00 in the morning after which the faithful
is allowed to the reliquary to pay their homage and be blessed with spirituality.
Twice a year, the silver-guilt reliquary is laid open for public viewing on January 30, the date it
was enshrined, and on September 14, when the entire Christian community celebrates the
anniversary of the dedication of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and for which
the Vatican officially named the day in 1963 as the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. Atop the
imposing altar is the inscription in Latin: Ave, Crux, Spes, Unica which means Hail, the Holy
Cross, Our Only Hope. It is traditionally believed that more healing takes place during these
dates.
How to Get There
From Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway, exit Sta. Ines Toll Plaza in Mabalacat,
Pampanga. Proceed towards north to Tarlac City. Upon reaching Brgy. San Sebastian (Hon
Kee Tea House on your right or Vilmar Restaurant on your left), take a left turn to the bypass
road (Tarlac - Pangasinan) towards the town of Camiling. Follow the 36-km backcountry but
well-paved road to Brgy. Lubigan in San Jose, Tarlac (turns are well signposted). For fast and
convenient travel, take the North Luzon Expressway from Manila; exit NLEX Spur Road
between Dau and Sta. Ines exits to take the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway all the way to
Tarlac City.
The monastery is located at the heart of the 278-ha Tarlac Ecotourism Park in Brgy. Lubigan,
San Jose, Tarlac.
Churches
Camiling Church
Camiling, Tarlac
The site of the execution of General Pedro Pedroche and his men (who were charged with
rebellion) by Francisco Makabulos and his revolutionary troops.
San Sebastian Church
Tarlac City, Tarlac
Located in front of the Municipal Hall, the church was the site of the revolutionary congress. The
demolished Tarlac Catholic convent had become the highest Filipino seat of learning when the
Literario-Sientifico Universidad of Malolos, Bulacan was transferred to Tarlac on March 31,
1889. The first graduation ceremonies on Sept. 29, 1890 were held inside the Catholic Convent
premises. Diplomas then were signed by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo.
St. Rose of Lima Church
Paniqui, Tarlac
Built during the Spanish colonization, and one of the oldest in the country. This structure
underwent extensive reconstruction in the early 1970s.
Special Interest
Animal Kingdom Foundation Rescue and Rehabilitation Center (Dog Shelter)
Location Brgy. Cub-Cub, Capas, Tarlac
Description: The AKF Dog Shelter in a 2.5 ha. haven for the once slaughter-bound Philippine
native dogs. It is the largest animal shelter in the country where not only beautiful white
beaches, sumptuous dishes and mouth watering fruits are abundant but also cute, wonderful
and loving creatures abound. This animal shelter is built for native dogs rescued from the dogmeat trade. Officially commissioned in July 2006, the shelter now (2008) houses more than 300
dogs. It is complete with veterinary medical facilities and other essential amenities necessary for
the dogs' welfare. More importantly, it is the only animal shelter in the country with its own
Quarantine area. The shelter is accredited by the Bureau of Animal Industry (Department of
Agriculture) and now offers an adoption scheme for interested animal-loving individuals. For
further details, pls contact Animal Kingdom Foundation, Inc., c/o Dinsay, Vargas and Caguioa
Law Office, 11th Floor, Heart Tower, Valero St., Legaspi Village, Makati, Manila. Send
donations through bank: Animal Kingdom Foundation, Inc. Saving Account Number: 104600836-4, RCBC Savings Bank, Tomas Morato Branch, 169 Tomas Morato cor Scout Castor St.,
Quezon City, Philippines 1100 or email: [email protected] website:
www.animalkingdomfoundation.org
DOT - Accredited EStablishments
Hotels
La Maja Rica Hotel & Restaurant
Address: MacArthur Hwy. Hilario St. cor Ligtasan St., Tarlac City
Facilities: aircon rooms, centralized solar heating system, Cable TV, standby generator, w/ 20
drive-inn units, function rooms for seminars, restaurant serving Asian - Filipino and continental
dishes, Patio Bar, swimming pool
Accreditation: STANDARD CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 45) 611-2051/611-2053 - 55 (TL)
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.lamajaricahotel.net
Microtel Inn & Suites Luisita
Address: LIP Rd., Hacienda Luisita, San Miguel, Tarlac City 2301
Facilities: Complimentary breakfast, chiropractic-approved mattresses, color cable TV in each
room, IDD/NDD, Internet connection, electronic keycard entry system, radio clock, fully
automated fire safety system, window seating for relaxation, baby cribs upon request, safety
deposit boxes, meeting room, business center
Accreditation: ECONOMY CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 45) 985-1770/985-1974/1975 / (63 2) 810-9526/813-7523
Mobile: 0927-723-8454 (Cris)
Fax: (63 45) 985-1770
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.microtelphilippines.co
Restaurant
Coconut Grill Restaurant
Location Capas, Tarlac
Address MacArthur Hi-way, Brgy. Estrada, Capas, Tarlac
Description Filipino and international cuisine (see also Coco Gardens Resort)
Accreditation TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT [Acc. No. III-TRE-02-2009]
Phone (63 45) 491-220/ 931-3391/ 0920-945-1183
Telefax (63 45) 985-0045
Contact Deogracias P. Baron/Karen Nina Lacsamana
Email [email protected] / [email protected] / [email protected]
Website www.coconutgrill.com.ph
Travel Agencies
Fabulous Tarlac Travel & Tours
Address: MacArthur Hwy., San Roque, Tarlac City
Description: Travel & Tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 800-2320 to 21
Email: [email protected]
Hanshin Tours & Travel Co.
Address: CNELS Bldg., Macabulos Drive, Blk 2, San Roque, Tarlac City
Description: Travel and tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 982-2015 / 982-2565
Email: [email protected]
North Shore City Migration Sevices & Travel & Tours
Address: Unit 3 Felsenron Bldg., Blk 6 San Roque, MacArthur Hwy., Tarlac City
Description: Travel and tours, visa assistance, passport assistance, tour packages
ACCREDITED AS TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 45) 982-4025/800-7255
Fax No.: 982-4805
Mobile: 0928-345-7630
Email: [email protected]
ZAMBALES
Zambales has been gifted with the natural beauty of its surroundings. It has been touched by
civilization yet has maintained its rustic glory and beauty. The Zambales coastline is most
famous for its sandy beaches and deep blue sea teeming with coral reefs.
The province is historical. Located here is the ancestral house of the most beloved Philippine
President, Ramon Magsaysay, situated at Castillejos. Mt. Pinatubo, world-famous for its 1991
catastrophic
eruption,
can
be
found
in
the
vicinity.
Zambales is perfectly suited for visitors seeking an authentic view of the Philippines without
going too far from the national capital, Manila. It is located at the western part of Luzon, 210
kilometers or approximately a three-hour drive from Manila.
How to get there
Air-conditioned Victory Liner buses leave Manila for Olongapo City and Iba daily.
How to go to Subic/Zambales via Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTex)
Motorists coming from NLEX bound for Subic are advised to take the Spur/NLE interchange
located between the Dau and Sta. Ines Exits of the NLEX and proceed to the SCTEx Clark
Logistics Toll Plaza. After crossing the bridge, follow the loop of the ramp towards Subic.
Likewise, motorists at SCTEx bound for Bataan may exit at the Dinalupihan Interchange via the
Roman Highway. When in Subic Freeport, take the Kalaklan Gate to proceed to Zambales.
On the other hand, motorists from Subic and Bataan bound for Manila are advised to enter the
SCTEx through the Tipo Toll Plaza or the Dinalupihan Toll Plaza respectively, and follow the
road signage towards the Clark Logistics Toll Plaza. Upon reaching the Clark Logistics
interchange, take the first ramp to the right that will lead to the toll plaza, then the Spur/NLE
interchange connecting to the NLEX. The Subic-Clark section measures 50.5 kms. long while
the Clark-Tarlac section is 43.27 kms. long or a total of 93.77 kms. Travel time from Clark to
Subic is only 40 minutes. From NLEX in Balintawak to Subic, travel time is only 1 ½ hours.
SCTEx HOTLINE: (02) 3-5000/(02) 362-9997/362-2246/(045) 865-2030
Tourism Information
Office of the Governor
2nd Floor Capitol Builing, Iba, Zambales
Telefax: (047) 811-7203
Provincial Tourism & Investment Promotions Office
2nd Floor Capitol Bldg., Iba, Zambales
Tel. No.: (047)811-7216 || Fax No.: (047) 811-7218
Email: [email protected]
Please look for Badith, Thel, Kit, Mariz,
Tourist Attractions
Cultural
Botolan Resettlement Sites
Botolan, Zambales
A model resettlement village located in Brgys. Baquilan, Loob-bunga and Taugtug. Baquilan
offers a hilltop view of the volcano's crater. It is populated by hundreds of Aeta families who
were displaced from their native habitat during the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991. An optional
visit for tourists who would rather engage in social and cultural exchange with the natives.
Casa San Miguel
San Antonio, Zambales
A venue for the annual Pudaqui Arts Festival. A center of chamber music in San Antonio. It is
set amid a mango orchard nestled between the mountain and the sea. Casa San Miguel is also
known to be Zambales’ own version of Center for Culture an the Arts.
Historical
Camara Ancestral House
Iba, Zambales
Vicente Camara was the first Filipino Governor of Zambales, appointed by Gen. Aguinaldo in
1898. His term ended upon his surrender to the Americans in 1901. The Camara house is one
of a kind built from the strongest local hardwoods, such as molave, yakal and narra. Camara
himself together with Ginzaburo Hanaki designed the house with materials personally chosen by
the former in 1912. Design was based on the need for ventilation, steep roof made of nipa for
coolness. Floor-to-ceiling windows added more ventilation to the house. The main staircase and
jambs are made of single, unjoined molave hardwood. During the war, it was used as
headquarters by the Japanese. Gen. Yamashita visited the house during the war years. In its
yard, the first Caimito, Java Mango, and Mangosteen trees in Zambales were planted.
Capones Island Lighthouse
San Antonio, Zambales
The Faro (Lighthouse) de Punta Capones on the Island of Grand Capon is a significant
lighthouse of the first order. Its light guides ships entering and leaving the port of Manila and
Subic Bay. The lighthouse also warns navigators of the rocky shores surrounding the Island of
Capones. As a warning beacon, it serves together with the lights situated in the islets of Los
Frailes, and Los Jabones as a series of warnings due to the dangers of the surrounding seas as
well as the islands close proximity to shore, thereby making the seas very treacherous to
unseasoned navigators. As a navigation guide, this lighthouse serves the main artery for ships
heading towards China, which therefore makes it a very busy and important shipping route.
Fort Paynauen
Botolan, Zambales
This historic fortress whose moss-covered walls still stand on the bank of Bancal River in Barrio
Pader in Botolan was once the most formidable Spanish garrison in Central Luzon during the
first century of the Spanish regime in the Philippines. Also known as Playa Honda, the fort was
constructed on the advice of Spanish Admiral Pedro Duran de Monforte to Governor General
Diego de Salcedo whose administration of the islands from 1663 to 1668 had to face the serious
problem of the continuous uprising of the inhabitants of the province, also known as the
province of Playa Honda. Paynauen is the original name of Iba. In 1617, off the coast of
Zambales, the Spaniards led by Juan Ronquillo, destroyed three of the six Dutch ships led by
Admiral John Derickson Lamb in the two-day battle. This was part of a series of Dutch attacks
on the Philippines in the early part of the 17th century. This is known in history as the second
battle of Playa Honda. Fort Paynauen served as a prison not only for the recalcitrant natives of
Zambales but also for Spanish officials who angered the Spanish Governor General or
Archbishop of Manila. During rhe administration of Governor General Juan de Vargas Hurlado
(1678-1684), he and the Archbishop of Manila, Don Felipe Pardo were not in good terms. When
Archbishop Pardo became powerful, Vargas' trusted followers were incarcerated in Fort
Paynauen.
Museums
Bishop Deogracias Iniguez Museum
Iba, Zambales
Located on the ground floor of the Bishop Byrne Diocesan Pastoral Center, the museum serves
as not only as a permanent repository of religious art of the Diocesan Commission on Archives
and Museum , but also as a venue for seasonal exhibits ahowcasing the religious and cultural
heritage of the region. It features some interesting pieces such as the primitive renditions of San
Pedro y Pablo in coral stone which probably date back to the 17th century. There is also an
interesting vintage photograph of the Flores de Mayo participants inside the church , circa 1929.
The museum was designed by Rei Gana Nicolas who used simple lines and dignivifed colors to
shape and utilize every nook and cranny of the museum facility. Also the branchild of Vice
Mayor Benjamin Farin, Jr.
Magsaysay Ancestral House and Museum
Castillejos, Zambales
This is the same house where the late President Ramon Magsaysay, popularly known as "The
Guy", grew up. At present, it is a a museum that contains his memorabilla. Born in 1907, Iba,
Zambales, Magsaysay was the third president of the third Philippine Republic (December 31,
1953 - March 17, 1957). As secretary of national defense in 1950, he was instrumental in
breaking the backbone of the Hukbalahap movement in Central Luzon. He died in a plane crash
on March 17, 1957 at Mt. Manunggal in the province of Cebu after presiding over three
graduation exercises as guest speaker the day before.
Olongapo City Museum
Olongapo City Convention Center , Old Hospital Rd., East Tapinac Olongapo City
The museum showcases the rich historical and cultural heritage of Olongapo City, chronicling its
various stages of transformation over the years, from the city's humble beginnings as a small
fishing village inhabited by native Aetas, to a Navy town, to a successful military base
conversion and economic independence after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991, and its
subsequent growth and development from an ordinary municipality into a vibrant city and a
progressive community. The museum also features 2 exhibit halls, a conference/multi-purpose
room, a patio and parking space. For further deails, please contact Admin Office at Tel. No. (6347) 223-6470 / 224-1471 Email at [email protected]
Natural
Anawangin
San Antonio, Zambales
Anawangin Cove is a crescent shaped cove with
unspoiled white sand beach. The bizarre riddle of tall
pine trees flourishing around the vicinity is what
makes the place exceptional. There are no roads
leading to Anawangin. It is only accessible by a 30
minute boat ride from Pundaquit, San Antonio,
Zambales or by a six-hour trek through hot, open
trails thru the Pundaquit range. The cove's isolation
has kept it free from development. There are no
resorts available on this unsoiled piece of natural
beauty.
Alwasan Lanum Cave
Sta. Cruz, Zambales
Alwasan Lanum is Zambal which means "water outflow" suggesting a concave fissure on the
side of a mountain endowed with rich natural formations, the most unique of which is the sound
of cascading waters coming out with cool breeze from the dark recesses of the cavern. The
cave features a miniature waterfall gushing from a narrow 2-feet opening some 15 feet above
the water level below. Water plunges down to a pool about 12-ft deep with a floor area of some
20 square meters. The stream flowing down the mouth of the cave teems with shrimps, biya,
"tabios", eel and assorted array of small fish.
Apaan Cave
Sta. Cruz, Zambales
Of the many caverns in Central Luzon, only the bats of the Apaan Cave can rival the millions of
bats that dwell in the Bahay-Paniki Cave. Thick guano deposits cover almost all the floor area of
the cave. Entering the cave is difficult though due to a narrow opening at the entrance - at 2 feet
only. Trekking east from the national highway after Uacon Bridge to the foot of the Zambales
mountain range takes about two hours. The cave can be reached by passing through thick Anos
bamboo species and molave-type forests at Sitio Matalahib, Brgy. Lucapon, south of Sta. Cruz.
It is about 4 kms from the national highway.
Baloc-Baloc Cave
Sta. Cruz, Zambales
After a brief but arduous trek thru rocky path, one is rewarded with a magnificent spectacle: a
waterfall right inside the cave. From a height of about 10 meters, natural cool spring water
oozes out of the cavernous ceiling and on to the caves grotesque rocky walls. Down under, a
nature-formed swimming pond awaits the exhausted trekker.
Balon Falls
Subic, Zambales
These falls have clean, clear water and is surrounded by gigantic boulders. Situated in an area
of lush greeneries, the falls provide a cool, tranquil retreat for nature lovers.
Bucao River
Botolan, Zambales
Now covered with lahar and volcanic materials, this serves as the trekking area towards the foot
of Mt. Pinatubo when it is dry.
Calanga Reef
Iba, Zambales
It is a peanutshell-shaped shoal approximately less than one (1) nautical mile off Brgy. San
Agustin and has an area covering 40 hectares. The first station is located at the core area of a
shoal. The reef flat has a depth of 30 ft. gradually descending to 50 ft. of sandy substratum. The
reef flat is barren and composed of massive types of dead corals with algae covering, fungiids
(fungia and herpolita sp). New growth of branching corals (Acropora sp) was also recorded. The
estimated average live coral cover of this station is 48.99 percent.
Camera and Capones Islands
San Antonio, Zambales
These islands boast of white sand beaches.
Capones Island and a couple of other smaller islands
(the Camera Islands) lie a few kilometres from the
shores of Pundaquit, Zambales. The Camera islands
are 2km offshore and Capones is 3 kilometers
beyond (5.2 km offshore). Capones and Camera are
known for their white beaches, speckled with multi-coloured crushed coral. Clear turquoise
waters will leave one spell-bound. High rock cliffs beckon rappellers. Capones is known for an
old Spanish-era lighthouse that brings visitors back in time.
There are no resorts or facilities on the island. Tourists usually stay at a resort in Pundaquit, a
small fishing village about 3 kms southwest of San Antonio where they can hire a boat to
explore Capones Island.
Century Old Tree
San Felipe, Zambales
San Felipe is the pride of all Zambaleno’s for bagging the cleanest and greenest town in Central
Luzon for 3 consecutive years. A Century Old Tree in Brgy. Maloma adds attraction to this
progressive town.
Coto Mines Mountain Resort
Masinloc, Zambales
Coto Mines Mountain Resort is nestled within a mountainous terrain of primary and secondary
groth forest of relatively unspoiled and pristine quality. The mountain forest has diverse varieties
of hardwood trees and wild flowering plants, a natural habitat for birds and butterflies, and fertile
hunting ground for wild boars, deers and eels. The resort is accessible from the town's national
highway through a 40-minute drive along a 27-km winding road. Facilities include 16
guestrooms, family cottages, conference room for 20 - 50 persons, bowling, basketball,
volleyball courts, medical clinic, canteen, videoke bar,, wet market, convenience store and kids'
pool.
Crystal Beach Resort
San Narciso, Zambales
One of the resorts in Zambales that offers surfing for beginners and enthusiasts. Great big
waves await thrill-seekers and surfers who want to enjoy surfing in Zambales.
Hermana Mayor Island
Sta. Cruz, Zambales
An ideal place for diving, swimming, and recreation, it is the venue where the candidates of the
1979 Miss Universe Beauty Pageant posed for photograph. It has standard facilities for beach
combing and water sports activities.
Iba Beach
Iba, Zambales
A long stretch of pristine beaches can be found in Iba. It is also home to Zambales’ best sunset
view and clean beaches.
Looc Lake
Subic, Zambales
An ideal haven for tourists’ just 26 kms. north of Olongapo. For nature lovers, one can find a
cool and serene place where anyone can enjoy fishing ride the so-called “balsa.” It is a quiet
place for family hangout, picnics and get together of friends.
Masinloc Oyon Bay
Masinloc, Zambales
The combination of the sunset and cool breeze from the sea provides an excellent environment
for nature lovers of all ages. You never get tired going there early in the morning to inhale the
fresh sea breeze and in the afternoon to view the envigorating sight of the sunset. The Taclobo
(Clam) Farm & Coral Reef Transplantation Project contributes to the improvement of the
condition of Philippine coral reefs thru coral transplantation and resseding of giant clams. The
continued production of giant clams has resulted in numerous cohorts at the grow-out phase,
now ready for restocking. Masinloc Oyon Bay, with its crystal clear water, white sand and
biological life forms, is perfect for snorkeling and diving, particularly Bacala diving site.
Mt. Mabanban
San Antonio, Zambales
Ideal for camping and mountaineering, this place offers a magnificent view of Subic Bay.
Mt. Pinatubo
Botolan, Zambales
Mt. Pinatubo is an active volcano located on the island of Luzon at the intersection of the
borders of the provinces of Zambales, Tarlac, and Pampanga. The volcano’s eruption in June
1991 came after 500 years of dormancy, and produced one of the largest and most violent
eruptions of the 20th century. Before 1991, the mountain was inconspicuous and heavily
eroded. It was covered in dense forest which supported a population of several thousand
indigenous people called Aetas, who fled to the mountains from the lowlands when the Spain
conquered the Philippines in 1565.
Mt. Tapulao
Palauig, Zambales
Mt. Tapulao, standing at a height of 6,683 feet (2,037m) above sea level with temperature
cooler than Baguio at 12 - 16 Celsius (53.6 - 60.8 Farenheit), is veritably a garden of nature
abundant with century-old pines, locally known as Tapulao, hence, the name of the mountain. It
plays host to species of orchids, ferns, mossy forest and a secret garden of Bonsai trees, wild
strawberry farm, home to monkeys, wild deers, birds, wild boars, upland horses, cattles, wild
cats and lizards. Truly, a perfect paradise for nature lovers. It is located at the rolling terrain of
Mt. Salaza, Palauig, Zambales. Ideal for biking, driving, trekking, camping and kayaking at the
Wild Water River. HOW TO GET THERE: Take a bus (Victory Liner) bound for Sta. Cruz. At the
Banlog Triangle Palauig Arc, leave the road at a clearly marked crossing that leads inland to
Dampay Resettlement Area (about 8 kms). From there, it is an 18 km or 7-8 hours of trekking up
to Mt. Tapulao. The journey may be shortened to about 4 hours on board 4x4 vehicle. For
further details, contact Palauig Tourism Office (Danny Timbol), Mobile: 0917-952-1533
Pinatubo Lake
Botolan, Zambales
The existence of this large body of water was caused by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991.
Buried in this lake were some 600 houses and establishments. The place is now considered a
potential tourist destination.
Potipot Island
Candelaria, Zambales
About 60 kms. off the coast, the town of Candelaria in Brgy Uacon is the jump off point to
Potipot Island, an idyllic South Sea setting with fringes of white-sand beaches and a beautiful
snorkeling reef
Pundaquit Falls
San Antonio, Zambales
Going to this miniature falls is a nice side trip when going to the Capones Islands. It is about
200+ meters south of the river of Pundaquit.
The falls is still "unfrequented" by tourists. Only the locals and a few people who love to go off
the beaten path actually go to this falls. Indeed, the falls is rarely visited that the trail leading to
it oftentimes gets covered with overgrown foliage and one has to blaze his own trail to get there.
Sagrada Familia Caves
Sta. Cruz, Zambales
Found along the cliffside of the Zambales mountain ranges, the Sagrada Familia caves are
typical of others except that a mysterious image of the Holy Family was caused by a continuous
dripping from the apex of the cavern. Evidences of coral fragments along the cliffside point to
the fact that the area was millions of years ago part of an ocean bed.
San Salvador Island/Marine Sanctuary
Masinloc, Zambales
San Salvador Island, located in the western side of Masinloc, Zambales, is about 2.5 kilometers
away from the mainland, or a 30-minute pump boat ride from the coast. Its abundance in marine
resources has made it famous as scuba divers' paradise in Central Luzon. Divers would
certainly love feasting their eyes on seeing the largest Manta Rays in the country each
measuring about 10 feet in diameter. The island is rich in fruit-bearing trees like mangoes.
Clean water, smooth beach coupled with powdery white sand and cool sea breeze. The island
is host to the only fish sanctuary in Luzon whose reef is made up of used tires to substantially
increase fish production.
Silanguin Bay
San Antonio, Zambales
Endowed with abundant marine resources, this place is ideal for scuba diving, and is one of the
five coves to be developed into a fish sanctuary. Naturally an ideal place to visit for scuba diving
adventures.
Sta. Barbara Falls
Iba, Zambales
Sta. Barbara falls, a newly discovered wonder of nature, is located in Brgy. Sta. Barbara, Iba,
Zambales. From the barangay hall, it is a 30-minute car ride and 30-minute trek by the river to
reach the twin falls. It has now become one of the tourist attractions of Iba. For information,
contact office of the barangay chairman, Mobile: 0918-512-3512
Sto. Nino Cave
Candelaria, Zambales
Sto. Nino Cave is a fissure on the earth's crust in one of the hills of Barangay Babangcal,
northeast of of the town of Candelaria in Zambales. It is accessible by any type of transportation
and can be reached from the town proper in about 20 minutes. The cave measures about 50 by
75 meters and at the central wall sits an altar with the images of the Holy Family. The weired
cross in the background is a makeshift human femur bones. The place is actually a shrine built
in honor of an unsung hero, who during the last world war provided a company of Japanese
soldiers with a meal of wild, boiled but poisonous cassava roots that "wiped them out without a
single shot being fired." Another unique charm of the cave is the presence of a petrified giant
clam (taklobo), measuring almost two feet in diameter, imbedded in the rocky stratum of the
cave's ceiling.
Subic Bay
Subic Bay, Zambales
Subic Bay has the country's only remaining three-layered virgin canopy rainforest teeming with
wildlife and foliage. The bay offers ocean-going vessels a natural, deep-water port facilities and
sheltered harbor. It contains a wealth of historical wrecks many of which lie in quite shallow
waters below 130 feet. Of the dozen known vessels that were sunk during the last world war,
seven are now dive sites. Of the seven vessels, three are from the American Navy, one is from
the Japanese, one is from the Spanish, and the rest are barges and landing crafts. The
significant vessels fom the American Naval Forces are the El Capitana, the Catalina Patrol
Aircraft, and the USS new York, the flagship of the North Atlantic Squadron. The Japanese
Oryoku Maru, christened as "Hell Ship," was even a luxury liner. It was actually carrying more
than a thousand Americans and Allied Prisoners when the Americans made the deadly mistake
of attacking it, thus sending their own people and allies to a watery grave. The USS New York,
which was scuttled by the US Navy in 1941 at the approach of the Japanese, is now the home
of multitudes of marine life species. To swim past the barrels of those massive cannons while
schools of talakitok dart overhead in this eerie environment is never to be forgotten. La Gallega,
a scaled-down faithful reconstruction of an authentic Spanish galleon used to be commissioned
for one's cruising trip along the bay. It is host to the sprawling Subic Bay Freeport Zone - now
an industrial and tourism estate. Needless to say, opportunities for excellent underwater
photography including scuba diving and snorkeling are endless. (Credit: Blue Rock Resort)
Tikub’s Pond, Pool & Park Resort
San Marcelino, Zambales
A nature designed resort situated just a few minutes away from the town of San Marcelino. It is
a great venue for nature lovers and picnic goers.
Tumutugol Cave
Masinloc, Zambales
The cave features a large dome glistening with stalactites and supported by a broad white
column. The floor of the cave is lain in a 45-degree diagonal position which is about 150 meters
down to a deadend. It is characterized by both big and small boulders and a thick mixture of
guano and alluvial soil in the lower portion. Water dripping (every two seconds) from the tips of
three newly formed 2-inch long baby stalactites are noted on the low-lying ceiling in the lower
portion of the cave. Bats are the only form of animals found.
Parks
Friendship Park
Subic, Zambales
This long and narrow park, adjacent to Subic Bay Freeport main gate, stretches along the
Perimeter Road and offers visitors to the area a children's park. Also located in this area is the
Sisterhood Marker.
Marikit Park
Olongapo City, Zambales
Located at the heart of the City of Olongapo, Marikit Park is a favorite place for children with its
playground equipment and facilities for family activities.
Masinloc Economic Zone
Masinloc, Zambales
Non-pollutant, light to medium industries with high value added and high technology features
Total Land Area: 1,500 hectares Contact Person: Eduardo Bautista Tel. No. (63 47) 821-1150
eMail: [email protected] www.info.com.ph/gexisne
Summit Park
Olongapo City, Zambales
Located at Upper Cubi, Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Summit Park is known for its outdoor facilities
like a hanging bridge, tree house and a children's playground. An entrance fee of P20 is
charged for every guest.
Tappan Park
Olongapo City, Zambales
Named after Capt. Benjamin Tappan, commandant of the Navy Yard from 1914 to 1915, it is the
oldest park in Olongapo City. This triangular park, located near the city hall, is a frequent site of
various programs and significant activities. Its numerous shady trees and benches make this
place ideal for public gatherings.
Religious
Ina Poon Bato Shrine
Botolan, Zambales
The image of the Virgin Mary is a replica sculpted by Maximo Vicente, father of Mother Therese
and noted sculptor of holy icons. He based his work on the wooden image of what the Aeta
tribes in Zambales have been venerating for centuries. The image is believed to antedate the
discovery of the tribes and their habitat by Spanish missionaries. The Aeta call the image "Apo
Apang" which in their vernacular means "Little Queen." It is believed that the Virgin revealed
herself in pre-Spanish times to an Aeta named Djadig. During the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in
1991, the stone statue was buried shoulder-deep in a hill named Rosaban. It required at least
12 men to lift the icon. The image found her home in Loob-bunga Resettlement in Botolan,
Zambales where thousands of devotees gather during her feastday on January 23.
Churches
Church of San Andres
Masinloc, Zambales
The Augustinian Recollects began construction on this church in the 18th century. It was
completed in the 19th century, and has stood mostly intact until recently, when a strong
earthquake inflicted extensive damage to the structure. The choir loft features a distinctively
carved polychromed portal. (Credit: NCCA)
Church of St. Agustine
Iba, Zambales
The faith first came to the territory of the diocese in 1607 through the efforts of the missionaris
of the Order of the Recollects of St. Augustine. They settled in Subic, Masinloc, Sta. Cruz, Iba,
and Cabangan where they established the first centers of the faith. The administration of the
faith in the province changed hands when the territory was transferred to the care of the
Columban Fathers in 1951. The prelature of Iba was erected on October 18, 1955 as suffrage of
the Archdiocese of Manila. The Most Rev. Henry Byrne was appointed the first prelate ordinary
and he took ecumenical possession of concentrating on their work. On November 15, 1982, Iba
was elevated to diocese. Upon the death of Bishop Byrne, the Most Rev. Paciano B. Aniceto,
then auxiliary bishop of Tuguegarao, was appointed second bishop of Iba. On January 31,
1989, he was appointed Archbishop of San Fernando, Pampanga. The Most Rev. Deogracias
Yniguez Jr. succeeded him on December 27, 1989.
Special Interest
Philippine Merchant Marine Academy
San Narciso, Zambales
The PMMA is the premier maritime institution in the Philippines. It is globally known for quality
and good performance with standards of management and training comparable only with the
best.
Mango Camp Adventure & Leisure Farm
Cabangan, Zambales
A premier, family private retreat. It is also suitable for corporate tem activities. With its
amenities and recreation facilities, this is your idyllic abode to refresh and to take some time off
from the daily humdrum of city living. This is the best alternative to world class, yet congested of
resorts and beaches.
Botolan Wild Life Farm
Botolan, Zambales
Different kinds of animals such as tiger, deer, snake, ostrich, birds and rare species of plants
and orchids can be found here.
Local Wonders
Zambales Provincial Capitol Building
Iba, Zambales
This building was constructed by the Spanish civil government in the years 1875-1878. The
molave and yacal posts were cut in the forest near Dirita. Used as a provincial prison during the
Spanish regime, it became the general headquarters of the revolutionary government of
Zambales in 1899.
Zambales Rocks
Iba, Zambales
Zambales Rocks or Zambrox manufactures serpentine stone, novelty items such as desk
accessories, corporate gifts, table fountains, and volcanic ash fall products such as figurines.
The biggest sellers, here and abroad, are the corporate gifts such as clocks, penholders and
candle holders. For further information, contact Iba Main Office, Tel. No. (63 47) 811-1603
Manila Showroom, Tel. No. (63 2) 373-2392/375-6872 Mobile: 0917-525-2447
DOT - Accredited Establishment
Hotel
Arizona International Hotel
Address: #47 National Hwy., Bo. Barretto, Olongapo City
Facilities: Restaurant, bar/cocktail lounge, laundry service, shuttle, swimming pool,
travel and tour agency
Accreditation: STANDARD CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 47) 224-4557/4559/4993
Fax: (63 47) 224-4561
Email: [email protected]
Web: www.arizonaresorthotelsubic.com
Halfmoon Hotel & Grass Hut Restaurant
Address: No. 1 Lot 4, Halfmoon Beach, Kalaklan, Olongapo City
Facilities: restaurant, business center, swimming pool, bar
Accreditation: ECONOMY CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 47) 222-4987 / 222-4918
Fax: (63 47) 222-4918
Email: [email protected]
Resort
Bakasyunan sa Baybay Dagat
Address: Sitio Lawak, Brgy. Amungan, Iba, Zambales
Facilities: multi-purpose pavilion, aircon town houses, souvenir shops, basketball,
restaurant, picnic ground, beach nipa huts, boats
Accreditation: CLASS A RESORT
Phone: (63 47) 811-3234
Phone: (Manila) (63 2) 440-8802 / 1230 / 706-4509 / 421-2463/4043/0915-402-5994
Fax: (63 47) 811-3234/440-1230
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Website: www.bakasyunanresort.ph
Management: Centro Specialist Co. Ltd.
Blue Rock Resort & Dive Center
Address: Baloy Long Beach, Bo. Barretto, Olongapo City
Facilities: 24-hr beach bar and restaurant, swimming pool, Cable TV, Internet, floating
bar with live bands, aqua sports, boat tours and watersports (jetskiing/parasailing/ wreck
diving) daily transfers (Angeles-Manila)
Accreditation: CLASS 'A' RESORT
Phone: (63 47) 224-9042/222-7910/ 224-7802 / 0920-910-4246
Fax: (63 47) 222-7910
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Website: www.bluerocksubic.com / www.divebluerock.net
Canoe Beach Resort
Address: Brgy. Pundaquit, San Antonio, Zambales
Facilities: swimming pool, fully airconditioned rooms, native-style cottages, private
veranda, bar and restaurant, conferrence facilities, sports and recreation (sailing, diving,
snorkeling, volleyball/badminton, island tours by boat)
Accreditation: CLASS "A" RESORT
Phone: (63 2) 868-3361/3360/703-6003/0917-881-0029
Fax: (63 47) 868-3361
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.zambalesresorts.com
Johan's Rooms, Restaurant and Dive Shop
Address Midway Baloy Long Beach, Bo. Barretto, Olongapo City 2200
Description No. of rooms: 23
Facilities: Coffee shop, TV in each room, bar (French wine collection), beach front
restaurant (European and Asian cuisine), beauty shop, professional shiatsu massage,
dive shop Learn how to snorkel, jet ski, parasail, speed and banana boat ride, scuba
dive and adventure dive. Novice international up to tech diving Nitrox Diving - Trimix
Diving 20 specialties - 30 wrecks to dive on / Dive tours - all kinds of water sports. Also
available: seaplane tours, marine park experience, yacht cruises, beach barbeque and
much more! Swim or dive with the whales at Ocean Adventure.
Accreditation SPECIAL INTEREST RESORT [Acc. No. III-R-02-2010 dated January 25,
2010]
Phone/Fax (63 47) 224-8915/0919-647-1234
Contact Johan de Sadeleir - General Manager
Email [email protected]
Website http://www.subicdive.com
Treasure Island Resort
Address: Baloy Beach Resort, Bo. Barretto, Olongapo City
Facilities: Conference facilities, parking area, coffee shop, swimming pool
Accreditation: ACCREDITED AS CLASS "A" RESORT
Phone: (63 47) 223-8890/223-7902
Email: [email protected]
Tourist Inn
Kokomo's Subic Hotel & Restaurant
Address Baloy Beach Resort, Bo. Barretto, Olongapo City
Description No. of rooms: 12 Rates: Egyptian room - P3,500 Wild West room - P2,000
Music room - P2,500 Jungle room - P2,500 Love room - P2,500 Facilities: Conference
facilities, parking, coffee shop
Accreditation: TOURIST INN
Phone: (63 47) 223-7902
Travel Agency
Global Service Travel and Tours
Address :10 Anonas St., West Bajac-Bajac, Olongapo City
Description: Travel and tours
Accreditation: TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 47) 611-0130
Email: [email protected]
Island Resort Club Tour Services, Inc.
Address: Waterfront Rd., Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Description: Travel and tours
Accreditation TRAVEL AGENCY
Phone: (63 47) 252-3241/3242 (Subic)
Phone: (63 2) 400-2222 (Manila)
Fax: (63 2) 536-1610 (Manila)
Mobile: 0917-544-1210 (Robert)
Contact: Robert Pining Serneo (GM) / Choi Hyok (President)
Email: [email protected] or [email protected] / [email protected]
Website: www.hotelclick.co.kr
Tourist Transport Operator
Domingo D. Pilorin - Pilorin Transport Service
Address: 165 Lower Kalaklan, National Hwy., Olongapo City
Description: Tourist transport service (5 units Isuzu SUV at 11 seater)
Accreditation TOURIST LAND TRANSPORT OPERATOR
Phone: (63 47) 224-3829
Mobile: 0920-403-9974
CLARK
General Description
About 80 kilometers north of Manila is a former American ird base that has seen some
transformation since it was reverted to the Philippine government, a few months after
the Mt. Pinatubo Volcano eruption in June 1991. Very much like the phoenix, it rose
from the ashes.
The biggest American military installation outside the United States, the former Clark Air
Base (now Clark Freeport Zone) in Clark Field, Pampanga occupies an area of 33,653
hectares of flat, rolling rugged and even mountainous terrain. It used to be the home of
the US 13th Air Force and 3rd Tactical Fighter Wing whose peacekeeping mission covers
the entire Pacific region.
With the expiration of the Republic of the Philippines-US Bases Agreement in
November 1991, the former Clark Airbase was reverted to the Philippine Government.
It is now being converted into an economic zone that is attracting major manufacturing
and exporting companies from around the world.
The most valuable piece of infrastructure that the Philippines inherited from the US Air
Force is the 2500 hectare aviation complex now known as the Diosdado Macapagal
International Airport which has two 3.2 kilometer parallel runways.
With the new international airport, Clark is envisioned to become an Aerotropolis- an
airport-driven development aimed to trigger economic growth in Central and Northeren
Luzon through its full utilization as a premiere gateway.
Apart from this, though, the former military air base still memorializes in stone markers
and other landmarks the gallantry and heroism of the American and Filipino soldiers
during World War II. Some hallowed grounds remain intact. Other markers, relatively
new additions, now stand in honor of the Japanese soldiers who died in the war.
At present, Clark is also a center of exciting eco-tourism activity: as a jump off point for
trekking to the astounding crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo and to Mount Arayat, a dormant
volcano that can be easily scaled. It is also a center for thrilling adventure sports like
hot air balloon flying, parachuting, micro light flying and off-road motorcycling.
How to get there
By Land
Clark lies only 80 kilometers north of the City of Manila and 60 kilometers east of Subic
Bay, a former US naval facility that has been redeveloped into a major Freeport.
From Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway. Drive up to Dau exit, take a left turn to
MacArthur Hwy toward Angeles City. Alternatively, you can take the Angeles-Magalang
toll exit to reach the city.
Bus Companies
PARTAS TRANSIT
#816 Aurora Blvd. Cor. P. Bernardo St., Cubao, Quezon City
Tel. No.: (02) 725 7303 / 724 9828
PHILTRANCO BUS SERVICES
Arrival Terminal, Diosdado Macapagal International Airport
Clark Freeport Zone
RENT-A-CAR/TAXI SERVICES
AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE INC.
371-D, McArthur Highway, Lakandula, Mabalacat
Tel. No.: (045) 892 1312
Fax No.: (045) 892 1311
G&S TRANSPORT CORPORATION SERVICES CORP.
AVIS RENT A CAR
Unit 1, Oasis Commercial Stall, Don Juico Ave.,
Clarkview, Angeles City
Tel. No.: (045) 625 6771
METRO ASIA CAR SERVICES
825-A 1st Street, Balibago, Angeles City
Tel. No.: (045) 892 2195 / (02) 825 1993
Fax No.: (02) 826 4494
SIMSONS TRANSPORT INC.
22-28, 4th St., Villa Sol Subdivision, Angeles City
Tel. No.: (045) 893 0640
TRIANGLE PHILS. TRAVEL & TRANSPORT CORP.
Diosdado Macapagal Airport, Clark Freeport Zone
Tel. No.: (045) 892 5971
By Air
A natural entry point to the Asia Pacific Region, Clark is only 3 ½ hours flying time from
Hongkong, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Korea and other key points in Asia.
International Airlines
AIR ASIA AIRLINES
A.Bonifacio Dr., Civil Aviation,
Clark Freeport Zone
Tel. No.: (045) 599 7051 / 7050
Website: www.airasia.com
ASIANA AIRLINES
Bldg. 2088, Cardinal Santos Ave.,
Clark Freeport Zone
Tel. No.: (045) 599 6914 / 6916 / 6657
(02) 892 5688 Reservations
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.flyasiana.com
SPIRIT OF MANILA
Diosdado Macapagal International Airport
Tel. No.: (045) 499 1072
SOUTH EAST ASIAN AIRLINES (SEAIR)
Hangar: 7224 Diosdado Macapagal International Airport,
Clark Freeport Zone
Tel. No.: (045) 323 6713 (Angeles)
(02) 849 0100 (Manila)
(036) 288 7272 (Boracay)
(032) 255 0801 (Cebu)
Email: [email protected]
[email protected]
Website: www.flyseair.com
TIGER AIRWAYS
Bldg. 7585, Clark CASS Center, Clark Field, Pampanga
Tel. No.: (045) 599 6739
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.tigerairways.com
Domestic Airlines
ASIAN SPIRIT
Facility No. 7233 (former PAL Bldg.)
DMIA, Clark Freeport Zone
Tel. No.: (045) 599 2883 / 887 0332
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.asianspirit.com
CEBU PACIFIC
DMIA Complex, Clark Freeport Zone
Tel. No.: (045) 892 5397
Email: [email protected]
[email protected]
Website: www.cebupacificair.com
OMNI AVIATION CORPORATION
MA Roxas Highway, Clark Freeport Zone
Tel. No.: (045) 892 6664 / 599 5524
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.omni.aviation.com
SOUTH EAST ASIAN AIRLINES (SEAIR)
Hangar: 7224 Diosdado Macapagal International Airport,
Clark Freeport Zone
Tel. No.: (045) 323 6713 (Angeles)
(02) 849 0100 (Manila)
(036) 288 7272 (Boracay)
(032) 255 0801 (Cebu)
Email: [email protected]
[email protected]
Website: www.flyseair.com
Tourist Attractions
AIRFORCE CITY AIRCRAFT PARK
On display is an open field along CM Recto Avenue within the park area a host of flying
machines. This park was developed to give local foreign visitors to Clark an opportunity
to witness a variety of aircrafts and other aviation equipment used by the Philippine Air
Force (600th Air Base Wing).
CLARK AIR-RAID BUNKER (SEKI) TUNNEL
Situated at the northwest corner of the Kamikaze West Airfield in a hill called “babang
dapu” (meaning “crocodile jaw”), this is the only known Kamikaze tunnel that remained
intact after World War II. Constructed quickly in late October 1944 as an air raid bunker
to provide protection for Cmdr. Taimai Asaichi, commander of the 201 st Air Group, 1st
Air Fleet, Imperial Japanese Navy (the very first Kamikaze unit of World War II), and
some of his Kamikaze pilots during deadly US air raids. The Clark Development
Corporation (CDC) installed a marker on September 1, 2002.
CLARK BARN HOUSES
Built from 1910 to 1913 out of Oregon pine shipped from the United States and
following a tropical style of architecture, these barn houses, which were used then as
officers quarters, became the first permanent structures inside the fort after it was
founded by the 5th US Cavalry Regiment in 1902. Over the years until 1922, hundreds
of barns were built inside the fort. However, constant battles with termites, typhoons
and humidity made maintenance impractical. By mid-80s, most of these barn houses
were demolished. The barn houses along the Parade ground (officers row), remained,
and are now called the centennial block. The huge acacia (monkey pod) trees shading
the barns were also planted in 1903. The CDC, installed a marker on September 1,
2002.
CLARK CEMETERY
This is hallowed ground where remains of close to 8000 US military and civilian
personnel, who died during the Spanish-American War and Philippine-American war ,
are interred. Opened in 1950, it is the final resting place for US veterans from the USA,
USN, USMC, USCG, USAF, and their dependents. It is the only place in Clark where
the Philippine and American flags are proudly hoisted side by side. The largest
category interred is civilian, mostly Americans and Filipinos, all of whom worked for the
US government. It also contains the remains of members of all branches of the armed
forces, members of the Philippine Scouts, Philippine Constabulary, Japanese Civilians
(not associated with World War II), Chinese and Vietnam refugees/nationals, as well as
nationals from France, Spain, Canada and India.
CLARK HISTORICAL MARKER TRAIL
The Clark Historical Marker Trail follows the myriad markers memorializing the history of
Clark Field, with emphasis on the central figures involved as well as the significant
events that took place in the exact spot in the hallowed grounds.
Scattered throughout the Clark Freeport Zone (CFZ), these markers include: the Maj.
Harold M. Clark memorial; Flag Pole Memorial Marker, Stones #1, #2, and #3 (also
called the President Manuel Roxas Marker); Parade Ground located in front of the
former 13th Air Force Building; Fort Stotsenberg gate posts that can still be seen at the
southern boundaries of the parade ground; the storied Friendship Tree; M.A.R.S.
antenna, also known as the “elephant cage” that received signals from orbiting
satellites; and the Japanese Memorial Marker/Lily Hill Japanese Tunnel.
COMMANDER’S HOUSE
Fondly known as the “White House” because of its color, this was the residence of the
base commander of the US Air Force. It now serves as the Presidential Guest House.
DIOSDADO MACAPAGAL INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (DMIA)
What used to be called Clark International Airport was renamed to its present identity on
September 28, 2001 as a fitting tribute to the statesman and renowned father of
Philippine land reform, President Diosdado Macapagal. A sprawling 2500 hectare area,
the DMIA has two 3.2 km long runways capable of accommodating wide bodied aircraft
like the Boeing 747, Airbus 300 series and military cargo planes (including the C-5
galaxy), as well as a wide ramp area, apron and taxiway facilities, as required for wolrdclass standards. The visual and navigational aids permit the safe and efficient use of
runways 24 hours daily in all weather conditions. The aviation complex meets the
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for Category I precision
approach runway. It also rates as Category 10 for emergency services.
GODDESS OF PEACE SHRINE
A shrine donated by the Japanese government to the Filipino people to commemorate
Japan-Philippine friendship ties, and as a memorial to all the Japanese soldiers who
perished during the last World War.
KAMIKAZE WEST AIRFIELD
This is the airfield where Japanese pilots (called human bombs) used to stage air
operation attacks against American and allied forces during the last world war by
launching kamikaze (divine winds).
KELLY THEATER
This heavily damaged building was erected in 1953, but the present structure is actually
the second Kelly Theatre. The original was built in 1947. It was intended to be a
gymnasium, but was later converted into a theatre. Then President Manuel Roxas gave
his last speech here on April 15, 1948 before succumbing to cardiac arrest shortly after.
Both theatres were named after Capt. Colin Kelly, a B-17 pilot who died in combat
against the Japanese forces in 1941. President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared Kelly as
the first American hero of WWII.
LILY HILL
Aeta natives gave the name “Lili”, which means “lost” in the local Kapampangan dialect,
to this hill since it stands apart from nearby hills and mountains. The Americans later
changed the name to “Lily”. Since 1903, the Americans used Lily Hill as an observation
post, and so did the Japanese when they occupied Clark. Major Higuchi Tsugisaburo,
base commander of Clark Field from 1942 to 1945, dug several tunnels in this hill for
air-raid shelters and storage. In 1955, the Americans opened some tunnels and found
two Japanese warplanes and plenty of war materials attesting to Japan’s strong
defense of Clark. The CDC installed a marker on September 1, 2002.
CLARK MUSEUM AND MUSEONG KAPAMPANGAN
The museum showcases the rich historical past of Clark as a former US military base,
and its dramatic metamorphosis into a special exonomic zone and eventually as a world
class aerotropolis. History and culture lovers would appreciate this museum. The
Kapampangan Museum showcases Pampanga’s rich history and culture through a
huge collection of artifacts and photographs of famous heroes and celebrities from the
province. Crafts which displays various crafts made in by native Pampanga artisans.
NAYONG PILIPINO sa CLARK - FILIPINO HISTORY, CULTURE AND HERITAGE
Nayong Pilipino sa Clark, a theme park environment, is a showcase of Philippine
heritage where scale-replicas of various Philippine historic and cultural locations are all
featured together in one facility.
For a few examples of the Nayong Filipino exhibits:
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See a replica of the Banaue Rice Terraces.
See the Torogan house- typical house of our Muslim brothers from Mindanao.
The Kalinga Houses allows us to take a look at the rich Kalingan way of life.
There is a replica of a Barasoain Church, while remnants of the Spanish
settlement can be found here also.
A Kapampangan village is shown in great detail.
The Philippine myth and stories of how the world was first populated by humans
is also depicted within the walls of these informative exhibits.
The Nayong Pilipino Park is ever-growing in scope and functionality. With its outdoor
amphitheatre, indoor theatre, museum, lodging cottages, meditation garden and
function room, eventually Nayong Pilipino will become a full-scale cultural center for the
arts, both performing and non-performing.
PARADISE RANCH
Paradise Ranch is a 100-acre nature and conservation park designed to educate
hundreds of school children about environmental preservation and wildlife protection.
Located at the former US Air Force Base with the number one view in all the enture
Clark Main Zone and surrounding cities and towns, overlooking the Sacobia River,
Mount Pinatubo, Mount Arayat and other majestic sceneries.
Paradise Ranch is open to the public without any membership fee, perfect for field trips,
summer camps, retreats, educational tours; get away vacation and more…It has the
following facilities for guests to enjoy and learn about wildlife and their natural habitat. A
1000 square meter butterfly garden, aviary, breeding of endangered species, organic
vegetable and floral orchard, massive reforestation, environmental conservation and
others…
Paradise Ranch is the home of DENR Region 3 Wildlife Sanctuary for all the rescued
and captured endangered animals. In addition, it has facilities perfect for your body and
soul, a manmade lake for rafting and fish feeding, swimming pool and natural waterfalls
and lagoons to dip and be refreshed, with spa and saloon where one can relax and
release stress with the unique massage. For those who are seeking solitude to
meditate, Paradise Ranch has a prayer hill.
DOT Accredited Establishments
Hotels
Holiday Inn Clark
Address: Mimosa Drive, Mimosa Leisure Estate, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Facilities: rooms equipped with cable TV and a mini-bar with coffee/tea maker,
convention/ conference hall(1,000 seat capacity), small function rooms (4) for weddings,
meetings etc., swimming pool, business center, curio shops, Mequeni Cafe, 13th Music
Lounge, day care, fitness center, adventure camp, jacuzzi, mini-bar, barber shop, room
service, laundry service, valet parking, limousine service, cable tv, safety deposit box,
IDD/NDD telephone, car rental, foreign currency exchange, medical clinic, travel
desk,tennis court, golf course, biking trail, jogging trail, billiard hall, children's pool, kid's
inn, table tennis, and rooftop sundeck,3 restaurants serving Mongolian, Filipino and
International cuisine, Mimosa Casino, Mimosa Golf and Country Club Reservation
Office: 6/F Mondragon Bldg. 624 Gil Puyat Ave. Makati City Tel: (63+2) 812-3580,
(63+2) 818-1506 loc. 415, (63+2) 810-3707, (63+2) 810-3597, (63+2) 845-1888 Fax:
(63+2) 812-6859, (63+2) 843-1363
Accreditation: DE LUXE HOTEL
Phone (63 45) 599-8000/(63 2) 845-1888/843-1363
Fax (63 45) 599-2288
Email: [email protected] or [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.holiday-inn.com/clark
Phone: (63 2) 845-1888 / (63 45) 599-8000
Fax: (63 2) 843-1363 / (63 45) 599-2288
Email: [email protected]
Hotel Stotsenberg
Address: Gil Puyat Ave. cor. Andres Soriano St., Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Facilities: casino (Casablanca Casino), business center, convention center (capacity
2,500 theater-type) with 12 function room, bars and restaurants (Hacienda Lounge, S
Bar, Bleu Sports Bar), Tream Gym, Business Center) , swimming pool
Accreditation: FIRST CLASS HOTEL
Phone: (63 45) 499-0777/1254/499-0888 (casino)
Manila Line: (63 2) 584-4035/4014
Telefax: (63 45) 599-7868 / 6971 / 499-0725
Mobile: 0917-582-5819
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.hotelstotsenberg.com
Hotel Vida
Address: Bldg. 5414 M. A. Roxas Hwy., Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Facilities: Restaurant (SALT), conference hall, swimming pool, in-room spa, electronic
entry lock, safety deposit box in each room, mini-bar, non-smoking rooms, IDD/NDD,
coffee-making facility, cable TV, room for disabled with wheelchair ramp, hot and cold
water, presidential suite, medical clinic, laundry and pressing, foreign exchange counter,
sundry shop, transport service and business center.
Accreditation: DE LUXE CLASS
Phone: (63 45) 499-1000 / 4387
Phone: (63 2) 584-4091 / 840-1430 (Manila)
Fax: (63 2) 840-1429 (Manila)
Fax: (63 45) 499-0762
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.widus.com or www.hotelvidaclark.com
Managed by: Fuego Hotels & Properties Management Corp.
Resort
Fontana Leisure Parks (Fontana Development Corp.)
Address: Claro M. Recto Hwy., Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Facilities: Located in a 300 ha. property with Water Theme Park complete with
electronic wave pool with giant slides, Fontana Convention Center with a seat capacity
of 1,000 pax and 7 function rooms, Fontana Casino,Golden Pavilion Chinese
Restaurant, aqua sports, adventure camp, spa, souvenir shop, barber shop/parlor, firstaid clinic, membership club, and recreational facilities like the Mad Scientist's
Laboratory and the Buccaneer Ship.
Accreditation: CLASS 'AAA' RESORT
Phone: (63 45) 599-5000 / 599-3377/3871
Fax: (63 45) 599-6889/843-9123
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.fontanaleisureparks.com
Owned by: Jimei Hotels Intl. Mgt. Co. Ltd.
Restaurant
Yats International Wine Club
Address: Bldg. 1988, Mimosa Leisure Estate, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Description: Wine and Dine club Locations: Yats Grill Room in Mimosa, Lakeside Cafe
at Clearwater Country Club, YATS Coffee Shop at Philexcel and Bistro Vin Cafe
Mediterranean Cuisine
Accreditation: TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone: (63 45) 599-5600/5949/(63 2) 633-1566/0917-520-4401
Fax: (63 2) 584-4085
Email: [email protected] or [email protected]
Website: www.yilp.com or www.yatsleisure.com or yatsrestaurant.com
ADVENTURE SPORTS
Clark is popular for its thrilling adventure sports parachuting, microlight flying and offroad motorcycling. Every February, the Hot Air Balloon Festival features colourful hotair balloons that continue to draw tourists to Pampanga.
CLARKY ADVENTURE CAMP
Holiday Inn Resort, CFZ
Tel. No.: (045) 845 1888
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.holiday-inn.com/clark
CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION FACILITIES
CLARK EXPO
Clark Freeport Zone
Tel. No.: (045) 599 9000 loc. 781
Total No. Of Function Rooms: 5
Capacity: Minimum – 500 Maximum – 30,000
CLEARWATER RESORT & COUNTRY CLUB CONVENTION HALL
Centennial Rd, Clark Freeport Zone
Tel. No.: (045) 844 5795 / 633 1566
Website: www.yilp.com
Total No. Of Function Rooms: 1
Capacity: Minimum – 1000 Maximum – 4000
FONTANA RESORT & COUNTRY CLUB CONVENTION CENTER
CM Recto Highway, Clark Freeport Zone
Tel. No.: (045) 599 5000
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.fontanaleisureparks.com
Total No. Of Function Rooms: 9
Capacity: Minimum 20 Maximum – 1000
HOLIDAY INN RESORT CLARK FIELD
Mimosa Leisure Estate
Clark Freeport Zone
Tel. No.: (045) 599 8000
Website: www.holiday-inn.com/clark
Total No. Of Function Rooms: 7
Capacity: Minimum-100 Maximum 1000
MIMOSA CONVENTION HALL
Location Clark Freeport Zone
Address Mimosa Leisure Estate, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Description Conference center capacity - 500 pax
Accreditation TOURISM-RELATED ESTABLISHMENT
Phone (63 45) 599-7000 / (63 2) 584-4047
Fax (63 45) 599-6830
Contact Noli Reyes (General Manager)
Email [email protected]
Website www.mimosaresort.com
SUBIC
The Subic Bay Freeport (formerly Subic Bay Naval Base) is located 110 kilometers
north of Manila and is adjacent to Olongapo City. It faces the South China Sea and lies
northwest of the Bataan Peninsula and southwest of Zambales province.
From the sea, the Subic Bay Freeport looks more like a huge commercial and industrial
complex with hotels and resorts – rather than a former naval base – that is nestled at
the foot of the Bataan-Zambales mountain range. Visible, too, are deluxe villas that
were constructed as residences of visiting heads of state and governments during the
1996 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit. Up close, the
Subic Bay Freeport has little resemblance to the way it looked before the American
troops left in 1992.
Infrastructure around the Freeport is being maintained and modernized by the Subic
Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). Now the location of the country’s first free port, the
Subic Bay Freeport Zone (SBFZ) – a sprawling industrial, commercial and tourism
estate – attracts hundreds of investors and millions of local and foreign tourists today.
Businesses from across the world have discovered Subic Bay Freeport’s heart-of-Asia
location (being at the center of the fastest growing markets in Asian cities and within
easy reach either by sea or by air (3 to 4 days by sea, 2 to 3 hours by air).
The metamorphosis that Subic Bay has undergone for over two centuries leaves one in
great admiration of how this former ammunition depot has gradually turned into a world
class Freeport.
Within the complex are golf courses, a yacht club, casinos and hotels. On the southern
fringes beyond the Freeport’s international airport are Hidden Beach, Miracle Beach and
Nabasan Beach while behind the airport are the Officers Beach and All Hands Beach
favored by US servicemen. Just four kilometers north in Barrio Barretto is Baloy Beach,
one of the better beaches in Luzon.
With around 20 American, Spanish and Japanese shipwrecks in its depths, Subic Bay is
also a popular wreck diving site. Some of the notable shipwrecks are the battle cruiser
USS New York launched in America in 1891; the two Spanish-era ships, El Capitan and
San Quentin; and the Japanese POW ship Oryoko Maru and cargo vessel Seian Maru.
HOW TO GET THERE
Travel by Land
The Subic Bay Freeport is 110 kms. north of Manila, the Philippines' capital city, where
Saulog Transit and Victory Liner air-conditioned buses provide regular passenger
transport services to and from Olongapo City. A short jeepney ride takes you from the
Victory Liner terminal to the Freeport, while Saulog Transit terminal is just a stone's
throw away from one of the Freeport’s gates.
Bus Companies
VICTORY LINER
Anonas St., West Bajac-Bajac, Olongapo City
Tel. No.: (047) 222-2241
SAULOG TRANSIT
1 Gordon Ave., Pag-asa St., East Tapinac, Olongapo City
Tel. No.: (047) 252-2232/2471
Rent-a-Car/Taxi Services
WINSTAR TRANSPORT SERVICE
Bldg. 593, Main Gate Terminal (Dispatching area)
Bldg. 1121 Argonaut Highway (Main Office)
Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Tel. No.: (047) 252-7409
(047) 222-5827 (Van Rental)
Fax No.: (047) 252-3279
HOW TO GO TO SUBIC/ZAMBALES VIA SUBIC-CLARK-TARLAC EXPRESSWAY
(SCTex)
Motorists coming from NLEX bound for Subic are advised to take the NLEX interchange
located between Dau and Sta. Ines exits and proceed to the SCTEx Clark Logistics Toll
Plaza. After crossing the bridge, follow the loop of the ramp towards Subic. Likewise,
motorists at SCTEx bound for Bataan may exit at the Dinalupihan Interchange via the
Roman Highway. When in Subic Freeport, take the Kalaklan Gate to proceed to
Zambales.
On the other hand, motorists from Subic and Bataan bound for Manila are advised to
enter the SCTEx through the Tipo Toll Plaza or the Dinalupihan Toll Plaza respectively,
and follow the road signage towards the Clark Logistics Toll Plaza. Upon reaching the
Clark Logistics interchange, take the first ramp to the right that will lead to the toll plaza,
then the Spur/NLE interchange connecting to the NLEX. Travel time from Clark to Subic
is only 40 minutes. From NLEX in Balintawak to Subic, travel time is only 1 ½ hours.
SCTEx HOTLINE: (02) 3-5000/(02) 362-9997/362-2246/(045) 865-2030.
SCTEx covers a total distance of 93.77 km. consisting of two sections, namely the
Subic-Clark span and the Clark-Tarlac span, which are 50.5 km. and 43.27 km.,
respectively
The expressway also has eight interchanges, including Angeles, Floridablanca, Porac,
Mabalacat and Clark in Pampanga; Dinalupihan, Bataan; Subic and Tarlac..
Via Olongapo-Gapan Road (now Jose Abad Santos Avenue):
Take the North Luzon Expressway all the way to San Fernando Exit and pass thru
towns of Pampanga (Bacolor, Guagua, Lubao) and Bataan (Dinalupihan) to the Subic
Bay Freeport Expressway via Tipo Road in Dinalupihan, Bataan. Travel time from
Manila to Subic is about 2 hours
TOURIST ATTRACTIONS
BALON, BOTON AND TIPO HIDDEN FALLS
These waterfalls have clean, clear water and are surrounded by gigantic boulders.
Situated in an area of lush greeneries, the falls provide a cool, tranquil retreat for nature
lovers.
CUBI POINT BAT KINGDOM
Over 10,000 fruit bats, the biggest of its kind in the world, roosting around treetops are a
must-see in the protected forest reserves of the Subic Bay Freeport Zone. Along with a
horde of flying foxes are bamboo bats, which are the smallest in the Philippines. It is
also thrilling to watch as they take off for their early evening hunt.
FOREST ADVENTURE PARK
Located in a dense jungle and protected area of Subic Bay Freeport, the park consists
of a wildlife sanctuary called Zoobic Safari, the Ancient World Museum, a Petting Zoo,
and a botanical garden, among others.
Zoobic Safari
The Zoobic Safari is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of sick,
injured and orphaned wildlife. It hopes to encourage respect for all life through
public education. The park is home to different kinds of animals, both
endangered and endemic species.
It features the only Tiger Safari in the Philippines, a safari jeep ride in the
Savannah (Savannah Ride) that allows you to view live adult tigers roaming
freely, and a tour of the tiger museum, which includes an optional “close
encounter” (2 feet away) with Siberian and Bengal Tigers.
Subic Ancient World Museum
The museum presents a unique pre-historic setting with life-size replicas of
dinosaurs, volcanoes, river rides and man-made tunnels. It also features
accommodations in a cave-like setting with first-class amenities of a five-star
hotel.
Zoobic Park Petting Zoo
A showcase of Subic’s diverse biological resources, it features the Subic aviary
and Bird Park with a collection of imported birds, the Butterfly Kingdom, an
insectarium and a serpentarium with live iguanas, crocodiles, snakes lizards and
turles.
Other attractions include Rodent World (Mice Surprise) featuring an amazing
collection of rodents and a Rodent Salon where you can watch guinea pigs being
groomed, the Forbidden tree which helps conquer fear of snakes, as you walk
through a cage with snakes dangling from trees. This mini-zoo also features the
albino carabao, potbelly, cassowary, ostrich, deer, miniature horses, bears,
monkeys, eagles, turtles, etc.
PAMULAKLAKIN FOREST TRAILS/JEST CAMP
Pamulaklakin familiarizes you with jungle survival techniques through a demonstration
from the native Aetas. It includes sight-seeing and an optional ecology tour and trek in
the forests of Subic, with the help of a native guide, and a visit to the Pastolan Aeta
Village, which immerses you in Aeta culture, and educates you in the various types of
medicinal plants that live and flourish in the village outskirts.
Optional adventure activities are available at the Extreme Adventure Park Zone such
as the canopy slide/ride or “Slide for Life” (sit on a harness and ride the wind), wall
climbing, tension traverse, pole jump, high ladder, rope courses, etc.
GRANDE ISLAND
A former rest and recreation (R&R) center for most of the American Navy personnel
stationed in Subic, it is now an island paradise of international standards, under the
management of Grande Island Resort. Enjoy the fine beaches of the island amidst
aquatic resources, or take a trek along its wilderness trails.
HILL 394
Formerly a secret helipad, Subic’s most popular peak is so named as it takes you 394
meters above sea level. The hill offers a spectacular view of the legendary Mt. Natib
and Subic Bay in the northwest. It has an intact ecosystem and is perfect for picnics,
trail ride, mountain biking, camping and bird watching.
SUBIC BAY
Subic Bay is a picturesque, serene, endowed with sandy beaches and cool waters,
exceptional sceneries, a rich marine life and teeming with flora and fauna found only in
its bountiful forest and high mountains. The Freeport’s protected rich and fertile soil
makes it a perfect habitat for a variety of ornamental, medicinal, and fruit-bearing trees
and plants. Creatures of the jungle, and marine life as well, thrive and adapt to this
place that science and man mutually nurse for them. Given the variety of flora and
fauna and the presence of streams, waterfalls and trail systems, eco-tour attractions are
plentiful at Subic Bay.
Subic Bay is likewise dedicated to cultivating a peaceful co-existence between human
and wildlife. Even its thematic parklands feature rescued and rehabilitated orphaned,
sick or injured animals. The presence of nature theme parks makes Subic a destination
of maximum pleasure and enjoyment.
SUBIC BAY LIGHTHOUSE
This structure stands on a small precipice along the northbound lane of the national
highway. It commands a panoramic view of Olongapo City, Subic Bay, and Subic Bay
Freeport Zone.
SUBIC BAY OCEAN ADVENTURE
This first marine park/aquarium in the country, and a most astounding nautical
sanctuary, it showcases Subic Bay marine life and some of the world’s most amazing
sea mammals like dolphins, sea lions and false killer whales – all in their natural habitat.
The park features the Ocean Adventure learning center, an animal rehabilitation center,
the Discovery Aquarium, the Sea Lion Center, regular whale and sea lion shows, and
Encounter with the Whales and Wade with the Whales in shallow water (for kids)...
SUBIC BEACHES
Take to the sun, sand and sky in any of Subic’s fine beaches. The more popular ones
are Dungaree, Officers, All Hands, Miracle, Nabasan, Camayan, Hidden and Grande
Island.
TREETOP ADVENTURE
Appreciate unspoiled nature from up to 100 feet above the ground! Follow an adventure
trail suspended among the rainforests’ highest branches by crossing suspension
bridges and taking motorized cable rides of up to 220 meters long.
Trekking Adventure
Sometimes to experience an unforgettable high, one must firmly keep his
feet on the ground. Come have a serene walk with us through the
wilderness and marvel at the magnificent flora and fauna of Subic’s
renowned virgin rainforest.
Tree-Drop Adventure
Serene as the jungle may seem, there is also something in it to quench
your thirst for adrenaline rush. Flirt with gravity by rappelling down the
side of a 60-foot tree! Each descent is a unique adventure as we offer a
variety of styles – the conventional, the lizard, and the daring Australian
style (face first)
WATERFRONT BOARDWALK PARK
The Boardwalk is a perfect picnic site at Waterfront Road. Watch the majestic rising
and setting of the sun as it unfolds its beauty over Subic Bay, complementing the
grandeur of the mountains of the Redondo Peninsula – truly a sight to behold.
ACCOMMODATION FACILITIES (DOT-Accredited)
White Rock Beach Resort & Hotel
Location: Purok 3, Brgy. Matain, Subic, Zambales
Description No. of rooms: 120
Facilities: outdoor sports, game room, function room, health spa, beauty parlor,
swimming pool, restaurant, fitness center
Accreditation: CLASS AAA RESORT [
Phone: (63 47) 222-2378/232-4446/2857/
(63 2) 421-2781/82 / 671-7349 / 0917-837-7812
Contact: George Lorenzana - General Manager
Email: [email protected] / [email protected]
Website: www.whiterock.com.ph
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