Melting Pot of Central Luzon”

            Tarlac is the most multicultural of the Central Luzon provinces. A mixture of four district groups, the Pampangos, Ilocanos, Pangasinenses, and Tagalogs, share life in the province.

            Tarlac is best known for its fine foods and vast sugar and rice plantations. That it has fine cooking to offer is due largely to the fact that it is the melting pot of Central Luzon. It offers some of the best cuisines from the places of ancestry of its settlers, the provinces of Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Pangasinan, and the Ilocos Region.

            Historical sites, fine food, vast plantations, a beautifully landscaped golf course, and so many other attractions – all these make the province of Tarlac one of the best of the places to visit in Central Luzon.

 

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GETTING THERE
By Land: From Manila, take the North Luzon Expressway through Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway and take the exit at Tarlac City.

 

GETTING AROUND
Motor vehicles are the chief means of transportaton used in the province. Jeeps and Tricycles are also used while from the town proper to other municipalities and cities, buses, mini buses, and jeepneys serve the riding public.

 

LANGUAGES SPOKEN
  • Ilokano
  • Kapampangan
  • Tagalog
  • English
 
MUST SEES!
  • Aquino Center Museum
  • Capas National Shrine
  • Isdaan Floating Restaurant
  • Kiti-Calao Falls
  • Monasterio De Tarlac
  • Lubigan Eco-Tourism Park
  • Mt. Bungkol Baka
  • Ninoy Aquino Ancestral House
  • Camiling River

LET’S GO TRY

  • Iniruban-rice cake made with burned young sticky rice, coconut milk and sweetener
  • Tupig
  • Chicharon Camiling
  • Tapang Damulag – “Buffalo Beef Jerky”

 

LET'S GO EXPLORE & EXPERIENCE

  • Go visit Monasterio de Tarlac.
  • White Water Kayaking.
  • Hiking on a Cow’s Hump. (Mt. Bungkol Baka)
  • Check out the Lubigan Eco-Tourism Park.

 

LET’S GO TO FESTIVAL & EVENTS

  • Anao Town Fiesta - 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.
  • Balik-Sigla Festival - A festival featuring street party, float parade, beauty pageant, singing competition, boxing competition and grand ballroom
  • Belenisimo sa 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,"

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT?

  • Tarlac's name is a Hispanized derivation from a talahib weed called "Malatarlak". Tarlac was originally a part of the provinces of Pampanga and Pangasinan. It was the last province in Central Luzon to be organized under the Spanish administration in 1874.
  • 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 separation from the Roman Catholic Church in the Philippines.
  • On January 20, 1945 to August 15, 1945, Tarlac was recaptured by combined Filipino and American troops together with the recognized guerrilla fighters against the Japanese Imperial forces during the liberation.

 

BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
Best time to visit would be during the cool months where the surroundings are very green and the waterfalls still rich with rainwater. It’s between the months of March-May or the one at the bottom for the months of July-January.


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