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Tarlac

Mountain trekking on Mt. Pinatubo and visiting many historic sites are just a few of the things visitors in Tarlac can do.

Overview

Tarlac is a landlocked province in Central Luzon, bordered by Pangasinan, Zambales, Pampanga, and Nueva Ecija. Many historic events took place in Tarlac, including important moments during the Philippine Revolution and the Death March in World War II. Tarlac's role in Philippine history was so great that it is one of the provinces symbolized by the eight rays of the sun on the Philippine flag, which stands for the first eight provinces to rise against the Spaniards in the 1890's. Today, aside from being full of historical landmarks, one of Tarlac's main attractions includes trekking along its many hills and mountains, and even Mt. Pinatubo.

History

  • Until 1874, Tarlac was a part of Pangasinan and Pampanga.
  • The province was one of the first eight to revolt against Spain in 1896. In March of 1899, Pres. Emilio Aguinaldo transferred the seat of the first Philippine Republic to Tarlac, before moving it to Nueva Ecija a month later.
  • On October of 1899, the military vicar of the Philippine Revolutionary Forces, Gregorio Aglipay, called the Filipino clergy a conference in Paniqui where they drafted the constitution of the Philippine Independent Church.
  • Camp O'Donnell in Capas was the final point of the Death March during World War II.
  • Tarlac was the hub of the Hukbalahap, a communist movement in the 1950's.

Travelers' Attractions

  • Having been the site of many historic events, Tarlac role in Philippine history gives history-lovers many interesting places to visit.
  • The landlocked province has several mountains and hills, making it ideal for adventurous travelers, such as those who venture up Mt. Pinatubo to reach the active volcano's crater lake.

Getting There & Away

From Manila, there are buses that travel regularly to Baguio and Ilocos. Most of these buses, including Philippine Rabbit and Victory Liner, stop in Tarlac.

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