Culinary Center of the Philippines “

            Steeped in history and blessed with natural and man-made scenery, Pampanga offers several sightseeing 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 its annual Easter re-enactment of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. It is also famous for the Pampanga Christmas lanterns.

            The province has remnants of a long and colorful history. It houses a booming night life and tourist destinations. It is the site of world-class resorts, casinos, duty free shopping, and golf courses.

 

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GETTING THERE
By Land: There are buses plying to the different parts of Pampanga daily from Manila, and these usually leave on an hourly basis. Buses like Victory Liner and Saulog Transit from Manila to Olongapo pass through San Fernando City. Philtranco, meanwhile, heads out directly to the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport and goes through Angeles City.

 

GETTING AROUND
One can hire a car or a van (with or without a driver) from any of the car rental companies in Manila. Motorbikes with sidecars (tricycles) and bicycles with sidecars are the primary mode of transportation in Angeles and San Fernando Cities as well as jeepneys.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN

  • Kapampangan
  • Tagalog
  • English

 

MUST SEES!

  • Betis Church
  • Nayong Pilipino
  • St. Peter the Apostle Church
  • Mt. Arayat 
  • Scenic Candaba Swamps
  • San Guillermo Church
  • Museo Ning Angeles 
  • Atching Lillian's

LET’S GO TRY

  • Try Adobong Balut
  • Pritong Palaka
  • Ebun Barag
  • Yummy Heart Beat 
  • Biringhe (Luzon's version of the Spanish Arroz Valenciana)
  • Deep Fried Camaru (Deep fried Mole Ctickets)

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Eat Kapangpangan foods.
  • Meet the Macabebes. 
  • Learn the art of making San Nicolas cookies.

 

RESORTS AND CASINOS:

MIMOSA LEISURE ESTATE The former residential grounds and golf club of US Air Force Officers have now become the Mimosa Leisure Estate, a 250-ha. Resort complex that offers superb amenities, including a world-class golf course, verdant fairways, immaculately maintained gardens and a pool.

MONTEVISTA VILLAS Montevista Villas boast og 125 tastefully-refurbished Mediterranean-inspired, luxurious private villas with a view of the golf course. Its Clubhouse Verandah Restaurant and Cafe Montevista offer a wide choice of simptuous meals.

HOLIDAY INN Holiday Inn Clark, Located inside Mimosa Leisure Estate, offers 300+rooms, suites and garden villas, a swimming pool, Kid's Inn, spa and gym, business center, 2 restaurants, a bar lounge and 24-hour service.

FONTANA HOT SPRING LEISURE PARKS Fontana is designed to be the ulitimate vacation getaway all year round. Featuring a wide array of leisure facilities such as professionally designed golf courses, a hot spring, water theme park tennis and basketball courts, there is never a shortage of activities to take in. Fontana also offeres spacious air conditioned villas and contemporary hotel rooms with modern amenities and an extensive range of superb cuisine from Filipino to Korean to Western to classic Chinese. As well, Fontana Casino provides an enjoyable and exciting gaming experience.

FONTANA HOT SPRING Relax and renew a Fontana Hot Spring which provides haven to “relax and revitalize.”

WIDUS RESORT AND CASINO Widus Resort has 233 modern Asian-inspired rooms, F&B outlets, wsimming pool, Asia Spa, gym, WIFI, among others. Next door is world-class Widus Casino and the state-of-the-art Widus Convention Center.

 

LET’S GO TO FESTIVAL & EVENTS:

  • Ibon Ebon Festival (held every February 8 to 10 - is dedicated to the Candaba Swamp which serves as a temporary home of thousands of migratory birds from different parts of the world.)
  • Apung Iru Fluvial Festival (held every June 27 to 29 - The feast of St. Peter and Paul is observed with a fluvial parade with gaily decorated motorboats and colorful bancas roving up and down the Pampanga River.)
  • Philippine International Hot-Air Balloon Festival (2nd Thurs-Sun of February-the annual festival features air-sporting events like hot-air balloon competition, aircraft maneuvers and precision flying, ultralights, RC Demonstration Flying, sky diving, aircraft rally, rocketeering, flag jump, balloon bursting competition, kite flying, trade fair, carnival rides and nightly concerts.)
  • Sinukwan Festival (held every Dec 3 - 9-relives the Kapampangan spirit with a weeklong calendar of cultural revivals capped by a grand street-dance parade in the City of San Fernando.

 

EVENTS, SPORTS & LEISURE:

HOT-AIR BALLOON FIESTA An annual event, the Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta offers the majestic sight of gigantic and colorful hot-air-balloons floating in the sky and piloted by enthusiasts from UK, Germany, Japan, South Kores, Malaysia, US and the Philippines.The event, which is held in February, has other fun activities like airplaine rally, sky diving, ultralight flu-in, and aerobatic stunts.

FONTANA GOLF COURSE Pitch and putt at the Fontana 9-hole golf course is a perfect place for begginners and advance golfers to practice their short game and help build hitting accuracy. The 26-hole companionship golf course has the Clark Sacobia Valley as its scenic backdrop.

 SPORTS EVENTS Clark is your destination of choice for international events such as Marathon, Cricket, Rugby, Paintball and Frisbee. It is homet o such as golf, duthalon, drag-races, cycling, baseball, softball, among others

 PARKS AND OPEN SPACES The Parade Grounds, is deal for photo/video shoots, sports activitie, and bazaar. The Bicenntial Park, is perfect for social gatherings, picnic and Christmas parties. Picnic Grounds, is ideal for picnic and camping. Bayanihan Park is a year round amusement park and sports venue located at the main entrance of Clark. Aircraft Park showcases a variety of aircrafts and other aviation equipment used by the Philippines Air Force.

 CLARK INT'L SPEEDWAY The peedway is home to national and international car and motorcycle races. This adrenalin pumping track is open to the public for practice.

 CLARK EAGLE FIRING RANGE A state-of-the-art firearms training facility located in a non-populated area, making in one of the safest ranges in the Philippines. It has the most complete and modern weapons rental available in the country.

 

THEME PARKS & TOURS

CLARK ROLLING TOUR Take a tour of Clark to appreciate its various historical and investment sites, enjoy the picturesque landscape and experience firts-rate facilities. The rolling tour includes sightseeing and visit to Clark Museum, theme parks, tourism estates and key historical and investment areas.

PUNING HOT SPRING The tour includes passing through lahar canyons and small stream in Sapang Bati in a 4x4 vehicle as you make your way to the hot spring where facilities for sand stream, body mud pack and a foot massage are available.

EL KABAYO RIDING STABLES A venue for horsebackriding, calesa rides, group or family camp-outs, evening cookouts and more. The trail winds through wooded areas, open meadows and undulating hills.

NGAYONG PILIPINO A six-hectare theme park which highlights the Philippines; diverse and unique culture featuring replicas of top tourist attractions of the Philippines, Ifugao and Muslim houses, Aeta village and other attractions.

CLARK NATURE PARK Clark Nature Park is an our door nature park fot the entire family and corporate groups. Attraction includes a fun Zipline Ride, Water Park, picnic and overnight camping areas, team-building facilities and bamboo cabind for overnight stay.

DECA WAKEBOARD PARK The site of the IWWF Cable Wakeboard Championships in 2012 which brought more than 200 rides and 32 nationalities, Deca wakeboard Park features an assortment of rails, sliders and ramps, providing riders with an epic session on the water.

PARADISE RANCH/ ZOOCOBIA FUN ZOO Paradise Ranch is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting environmental conservation. It offers field trips, swimming, zip line , etc. Zoocobia Fun Zoo, is also located here.

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • Kapampangan cuisine is widely thought to be among the most evolved and refined of Philippine culinary traditions thus gaining the name, “The Culinary Capital Of The Philippines”.
  • San Guillermo Parish Church has been one of the few places in Pampanga that has been ravaged by the lahar and it has gotten almost 3/4 of the church buried.
  • Paskuhan Village in the province of Pampanga is Asia's only Christmas theme park and the third of its kind in the world.

 

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL 
Go during Festival time but be prepared to wade through a crowd of people in the middle of searing heat especially during the Crucifixions. Check out the calendar for the festivals. October-April every year is the best season to go to the Candaba Wetlands, as the swamp is the staging and wintering area.

 

HOW TO GET TO CLARK???

Approximately 80 kilometers north of Manila, Clark is reachable by land or air. Driving by car from Manila takes an hour and a half. Take the North Luzon Expressway and exit at Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga. Make a left turn toward Angeles City and then a right toward Clark. 

Clark may also be reached via the new Subic-Clark Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX). From the North Luzon Expressway, continue the drive leading to the SCTEX exit. You may use either the Clark North Intercharge (Panday Pira access road near Nayong Pilipino) or Clark South Interchange (near Yokohama and Clark Main Gate) to enter Clark. 

Public buses also ply the routs on a daily basis. Ride a Victory Liner bound for Degupan and alight at the Dau common terminal. Walk a bit toward the highway where jeepneys and tricycles are available. These vehicles can take you right up to the Clark gate. Another bus line, Philippine Rabbit, also has trips to Angeles, Pampanga, via Dau, and other buses going north may also pass the area. Ask the driver or cunductor beforehand to be sure.

 Several airlines offer domestic and international flights to Clark International Aiport. For complete and updated airline schedules, visit www.clarkairport.com

 


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