Located at the heart of Luzon, Pampanga is mostly known for two things: its religious sites and events, and its cuisine. Although religious relics and food are the most common attractions throughout the province, there are various attractions per municipality. There are the natural springs of Mt. Arayat and the giant Christmas lanterns of San Fernando, among others.
Pampanga has had played a large part in the history of the Philippines, starting from Spanish colonial times, to World War II, until the present. Some highlights:
- The province was discovered by Spanish explorer Martin de Goiti.
- Pampanga is also known as one of the first eight provinces in the country to revolt against Spain during the colonial period.
- During World War II, Pampanga was known for housing the prominent guerilla unit called the "Hukbalahap."
- More recently, Pampanga is also known for having been greatly affected by the Mt. Pinatubo eruption of 1991.
- Kapampangans take pride in for having produced three many outstanding personalities in public service, education, diplomacy, journalism, the arts and sciences, entertainment, and business, including three of the country's presidents (Diosdado Macapagal, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, Benigno Aquino III), chief justices (Jose Abad Santos, Artemio Panganiban), senate presidents (Gil Puyat, Manny Villar), and the first Filipino cardinal (Rufino Santos).
There are many sights to see and things to do in Pampanga:
- For history buffs and those interested in seeing religious sites and relics, there are a wide array of historical attractions, churches, and shrines in the province, aside from Pampanga's many festivals that take place in different times of the year.
- Travelers looking for adventure will find many activities to enjoy: trekking to Mt. Pinatubo, taking a dip in the Puning Hot Springs, and taking the Mt. Pinatubo sky tour.
- Foodies won't be lacking for new things to try as Pampanga is well-known for its wide array of delicacies and specialties such as tocino, sisig, tibok-tibok, and different kinds of kakanin.
Getting There and Away
Genesis Transport Service, Inc., Victory Liner, and Bataan Transit have buses that offer several trips to San Fernando City, Pampanga from their bus terminals in either Pasay City or Avenida, Manila, or catch the bus at its stops along EDSA in Metro Manila. To get to other towns in Pampanga, there are jeepneys to different towns at the Central Terminal in San Fernando City.