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.
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.
Pampanga has two (2) pronounced seasons: dry season from November to April and wet the rest of the year
Buro/fermented rice with small shrimps Betute (stuffed frog) Kamaru (mole crickets sauteed in garlic and onion) Sisig (Pork cheek, grilled to a crunchy perfection, chopped and mixed with chicken liver, onions, calamansi and fresh sili) Pindang Babi o Damulag (Sweet cured pork or carabeef) Burung Talangka (Fat or salt-preserved little crabs) Giant Lanterns Cutud Lenten Rites Betis Wood Carvers Mt. Arayat
Pampanga is located in the central part of Central Luzon. It is bounded on the north by Tarlac and Nueva Ecija, Bulacan on the east, south by Bataan and west by Zambales. The province’s total land area is 218,068 hectares or 2,180.68 square kilometers
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
Kapampangan, English and Tagalog are spoken and understood anywhere in the province
Farming and fishing are the main industries. Rice and sugarcane are the major crops. Others are banana, mango, and eggplant. The rivers and fishponds produce fish, shrimps, and crabs.