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spacer Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies (Angeles City)
Houses a research center, museum gallery, and theatre that provide access to materials on Kapampangan culture and history.
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spacer Old Pamintuan Residence (Angeles City)
Venue of the first and only celebration of the First Anniversary of Philippine Independence. Also served as the seat of the short-lived Philippine republic.
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spacer Holy Rosary Parish Church (Angeles City)
Constructed from 1877 to 1896 by the townspeople of Angeles, including not only the landed families but the small farmers and tenants. It was used as a military hospital by the US Army from 1899 to 1900.
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spacer Founder’s House (Angeles City)
Located along Sto. Rosario Street in the old section of Angeles is the oldest structure and best-preserved ancestral house in the city. The house was built in 1824 by Don Angel using materials salvaged from his older house built in 1811.
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spacer Deposito (Angeles City)
Located along Sto. Rosario Street, it was built sometime in the 1800s to serve as the depository of costly silver-gilt floats that were used the town’s several religious processions.
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spacer Bale Herencia (Angeles City)
Located at the corner of Lakandula and Sto. Rosario Streets, it was built in 1860 by carpenters coming from Vigan, Ilocos Sur.
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spacer Camalig (Angeles City)
A restored grain storehouse nestled between the two oldest houses in Angeles along Sto. Rosario Street. Built in 1840 by Don Ciriaco de Miranda, the first gobernadorcillo of Angeles.
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spacer Nepomuceno Ancestral House (Angeles City)
Located along Sto. Rosario Street, it was the home of Don Ciriaco de Miranda. Built in 1840, it was inherited in 1868 by Don Ciriaco’s niece, Dona Agustina Henson de Nepomuceno.
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spacer Museo ning Angeles (Angeles City)
A center for the rich cultural history of Angeles City. Periodically features exhibits on the history, culture, and tradition of Angeles City and its people.
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spacer Betis Church (Guagua, Pampanga)
One of the oldest churches in Pampanga, built in 1754. The whole structure centers on the classic altar surrounded by religious frescoes. In front of the church is the famous Betis Artesian Well, the oldest well in the province.
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spacer Ivory Image of St. Peter’s Shrine (Apalit, Pampanga)
Called “Apung Iru” by the townspeople and venerated the whole year round. In 1844 the image had been transferred to its shrine in Capalangan.
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spacer Archdiocesian Museum and Archives (City of San Fernando)
Houses antiques and exquisite works of art depicting Pampanga’s rich cultural heritage.
St. Peter’s Parochial Church (Apalit, Pampanga). Built between 1629 and 1630, it is located at the town plaza. Its ceiling and dome are filled with beautiful paintings.
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spacer San Luis Gonzaga (San Luis, Pampanga)
Its façade can compare immeasurably with existing Spanish-style church edifices and architectural design.
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spacer Betis Church (Guagua, Pampanga)
One of the oldest churches in Pampanga, built in 1754. Its ceiling and walls are filled with paintings.
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spacer Kamikaze East Airfield
Site from where the first Japanese Kamikaze pilots took off for their last mission as human bombs in October 1944.
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spacer Marcos Santos Residence
Served as the headquarters of Japanese Kamikaze pilots during the World War II.
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spacer Furniture and Woodcarving Industry
(Angeles City, Pampanga) Woodcarving and furniture making are two of the oldest professions in Angeles City as its local population has become highly skilled in the art over a hundred years, especially catering to Americans during the Clark Air Base period . A furniture village near Clark Field in Brgy. Cauayan showcases world-class quality furnitures owned by businessman Ruperto Cruz including factories for export-quality rattan and wrought-iron furnitures . Other towns known for this enterprise are the towns of Lubao and Guagua, particularly Betis made famous for its guitar-making industry. In fact Betis artisans are known to have produced the first wooden chandeliers installed in Malacanan Palace.
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spacer Marcos Village
(Mabalacat, Pampanga) An authentic Ayta village complete with their tribal rituals and customs.
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spacer Hilaga Cultural Village
San Fernando, Pampanga - Located at the mouth of the San Fernando Toll Exit along the North Luzon Expressway, North Philippines Hilaga (formerly Paskuhan Village) was transformed into a cultural, historical, tourism, trade, and entertainment village by former Secretary Richard J. Gordon in 2003. Its design and concept make it a virtual window to the cultural and historical heritage of the four regions of the North Philippines as well as a showcase for their indigenous products, and arts and crafts. The star-shaped pavilions at the center pays tribute to the skilled lantern makers of San Fernando which produces the biggest lanterns in the world. The complex features a 1,000-seat capacity air-conditioned pavilion for conventions and special events, an open-air ampitheater for outdoor activities, air-conditioned exhibit halls, trade booths, garden restos and an 60-seat capacity conference hall.
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spacer Mt. Arayat (Arayat)
A dormant volcano with an area of 3, 715.28 hectares. Legend says it is the home of Mariang Sinukwan, a fairy who protects the mountain’s vegetation and wildlife. At the foot of the mountain is Mt. Arayat National Park, a picnic site with lush foliage, natural waterfalls, two swimming pools, and a countless variety of unique and interesting flora and fauna.
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spacer Candaba Swamps (Candaba)
A bird sanctuary and a haven for bird watchers, to which thousands of birds migrate from China to flee the winter.
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spacer Sta. Catalina Church (Arayat, Pampanga)
Built in honor of St. Catherine of Alexandra, it is one of the oldest churches in the province and is known for its classical architecture.
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spacer San Guillermo Parish Church (Bacolor, Pampanga)
One of Pampanga’s oldest churches. It features fascinating works of architecture, such as its classic altar in antique carved design and décor blending with religious frescos reminiscent of neoclassical works of European art.
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spacer Apu Chapel
(Angeles City, Pampanga) This is the shrine of the Our Lord of the Holy Sepulchre (Apung Mamacalulu). Devotees from all over Pampanga flock to this shrine every Friday to venerate the supposedly miraculous image of Jesus Christ lying in the sepulcher. It is also every Friday when people buy household items, clothing including audio-video equipment in a makeshift market called "tiangge" at bargain prices.
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spacer Holy Rosary Cathedral
(Angeles City, Pampanga) Located at the intersection of Sto. Rosario and Sto. Entierro Streets, the Holy Rosary Church was constructed from 1877 to 1896 by the townspeople of Angeles by forced labor system known as "polos y servicios" imposed by the Spanish colonial government. From 1899 to 1900 the church was used by the US Army as a military hospital. In 1896 - 1898, the backyard of the church became the execution grounds to the Spanish forces in shooting down Filipino rebels and suspects. It has a beautiful transient and measures 70m. long, 20m. wide and 12m. high. The dominant element of façade is the symmetry created by recessed arched windows which are in harmony with the segmented ones.
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spacer Apalit Parochial Church
(Apalit, Pampanga) Located at the town plaza, it was built in the year 1629 - 1630 and designed in Baroque architecture. The painting on the ceilings and dome are filled with beautiful paintings and are worth studying. The style of the façade is reminiscent of European neo-classic churches. It was rebuilt by Father Antonio Redondo between the years 1876 - 1880. Its towers were finished in 1896 by the Rev. Toribio Fanjul, who purposely made them low to minimize the effects of earthquakes.
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spacer St. Catherine Parish Church
(Arayat, Pampanga) One of the oldest churches in Pampanga and known for its classical architectures. No records on builder and date of construction of present church. The church measures 70m. long, 16m. wide and 12m. high. The presbytery, ceiling and the main altar have been recently renovated. The original stone of the façade has been covered with cement and painted white.
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spacer San Guillermo Parish Church
(Bacolor, Pampanga) It is one of the oldest and largest churches in Pampanga. It was constructed by the Augustinian friars in 1576 on the lot of Don Guillermo Manabat, a rich landlord believed to be the founder of Bacolor. The church was restored by Fr. Manuel Diaz in 1897. The church measured 56m. long, 15m. wide and 12m. high. It has a central nave and an ample and well-lighted transept with windows. The main retablo, side retablos and pulpit are gilded with gold leaf. The richness of the decoration of Bacolor is indicative of the advanced stage of its baroque style. In spite of the 1991 eruption of Mt. Pinatubo which half-buried the church on Oct. 1, 1995, masses are still held every Sunday morning.
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spacer St. Andrew Parish Church
(Candaba, Pampanga) The simplicity of line and scarcity of ornamentation are the main traits of the façade of this church, the triangular pediment with its protruding center helps maintain the simplicity of line. A new feature of the façade is the depressed three-centered arches of the windows on the second level. The second level is separated by a cornice decorated with geometric designs.
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spacer St. Joseph Parish Church
(Florida Blanca, Pampanga) Pseudo-Gothic elements blend subtly along the classic design of the structure. The flame-like arch of the main entrance and lateral doors provide contrast to the triangular pediment. The structures are simple and the large voids lend drama to an otherwise bare design.
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spacer Betis Catholic Church
(Guagua, Pampanga) The jewel in the crown is the Betis Church (Santiago de Galicia Parish), built in the early 1700s and repaired continually throughout the 1800s. The unadorned exterior does not prepare the visitor for what he's about to witness inside: the main altar (retablo) with ornate carvings and saints peering out of their niches like ancient dolls, and the paintings on the ceiling that attract comparison with the Sistine Chapel. NCCA declared this church a National Treasure, one of only ten churches in the country bestowed that honor. The main attraction is the original ceiling mural done by the famous painter Simon Flores (1839-1904). Not to be missed are the original Simon Flores painting of the Holy Family, the artesian well (dug in
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spacer Church of Lubao
(Lubao, Pampanga) Built in 1572, by Architect Fr. Antonio Herrera, the Augustinian mission constructed this church in 1614-1630 out of locally made bricks and sand mixed in egg albumin. The church was occupied in 1898 by the revolutionary forces, used as hospital in 1899 by the American forces, and was destroyed in 1942 by the Japanese shelling. It was then repaired in 1949-1952 under the direction of Fr. Melencio Garcia. It measures 82.45m. long, 21.12m. wide and 10.50m. high. The walls are 2.46m thick. It has one nave originally painted by Italian artists, Dibella and Alberoni. The five story belfry 15.31m. high remains unrestored.
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spacer St. Nicholas of Tolentino Parish Church
(Macabebe, Pampanga) It was founded in 1575 under the advocation of San Nicolas de Tolentino. The church measures 70m. long, 17m. wide and 11m. high. The façade of the church has scantly ornamentation and its architectural symmetry is lost amid and the various forms assumed the windows and the main entrance. Simple neo-classic lines of the façade.
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spacer Church of Magalang
(Magalang, Pampanga) San Bartolome Church - Established by the Augustinians in 1605, it was the scene of the encounter between the followers of Andres Malong led by Melchor de Vera and the Spanish troops in 1660. Moved to San Bartolome in 1734, the church was swept by Parua river in the flood of 1863. It was re-established in Barrio San Pedro on December 13, 1863. The 3-aisle church is made of stone and wood. It is 55m. long, 21m. wide and 7m. high. Interplay of arches, as seen on the main entrance, doors and niches, pediments and fenestrations, including those of the bellowers and adjacent convent suggest a touch of baroque.
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spacer St. Michael Archangel Parish Church
(Masantol, Pampanga) The church was built by the parish priest of Macabebe who attended to the spiritual needs of Masantol. The center bell tower is of renaissance influence. The cemented façade contrasts with natural texture and color of the original stones at the sides.
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spacer Minalin Church
The Minalin Church (Sta. Monica Parish), located on the town's highest ground called burul (the town had moved to its present site due to flooding, hence 'minalis,' later corrupted to minalin) but despite its elevation, silt from the river has already invaded its beautiful church. The peeled palitada reveals the original red brick walls, giving the church its unique old-rose touches. The ancient mural paintings in the adjoining convent, one of which is a primitive-looking map with details of trees, ducks, crows, a boat, a hunter and a crocodile. A detail not to be missed are the corbels and beams in the convent and high up in the church's ceiling, with carvings that some say depict pre-Hispanic pagan deities like naga (serpent), dapu (crocodile) and galura (eagle), but Siuala ding Meangubie believes they depict only one creature, bulig (mudfish).
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spacer Sta. Rita of Casia Parish Church
Sta. Rita of Casia Parish Church (Sta. Rita) – Building of the church had to be delayed until late 19th century due to economic adjuristicial conditions. The single-nave church is 55m long, 13m wide and 10m high. It has a large and well lit transept. The solid brass façade has baroque characteristics and the single columns are relatively slender.
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spacer St. Catherine Alexandra Church
(Porac) The original structure is very much intact but slight revisions have been made to the inside. Quite remote, the church underwent restoration in the 1980’s. The church is 52m long, 12m wide and 9m high.
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spacer Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando
(City of San Fernando) – The present church may have been built by the end of the 18th century, constructed most probably by Fr. Sebastian Moreno, its parish priest in 1756, and was restored in 1808. The church measures 70m. long, 13m. wide and 11m. high. The round majestic dome rising from the rotanda of the transept is reminiscent of the baroque style with some renaissance touch. It is the seat of the Archdiocese of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. President Emilio F. Aguinaldo and his cabinet viewed the Phillippine Revolutionary Army from the windows of the convento on October 9, 1898. The church and the convento were burned by the Philippine Revolutionary Army on orders of Gen. Antonio Luna on May 4, 1899. It was again destroyed by fire in 1939, and later restored by Architect Fernando H. Ocampo.
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spacer San Luis Church
(San Luis, Pampanga) is located in a place that used to be called Cabagsac, referring to the proliferation of fruit bats. In fact, today, a fishnet is permanently installed high above the altar precisely to catch thousands of bats that are roosting inside the church. The interior is dark, has an ambience of antiquity and mystery and overpowering odor of bat urine. The main attraction is the three-tower facade, perhaps one of its kind in the country. Not to be missed is the ancient cemetery located in a hidden corner at the back of the church, with some tombstones dating back to the 1800s and bearing the names of the town's prominent families, including Taruc.
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spacer Sta. Lucia Parish Church
(Sasmoan, Pampanga) The church is 45m long and 11m wide and 6m high. An author described it as “very beautiful and of very good condition.” When looking at the complex of church and convent, one is stuck by the impression that the round and rectangular openings are capriciously aligned. This makes the façade both interesting and unique. Attracts devotees from all over the provinces to honor Sta. Lucia and ask their petitions. She is believed to be a miraculous saint.
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spacer St. Anne Parish Church
(Sta. Ana, Pampanga) The church is 58m long, 14m wide and 13 m high. The recently applied coat of red and white paint has turned this centuries old church into a gaudy 20th century anomaly. The massive hexagonal four-storey bellower has blind and open recesses, keeping with the symmetry of the façade. It ends in a balustrade dome topped by a cross.
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spacer Candaba Swamp and Wild Duck Sanctuary
(Candaba, Pampanga) The Bird Sanctuary of Candaba is a paradise waiting to be discovered hopefully by bird watchers and not by bird hunters. Migratory egrets and indigenous birds like the rare salaksak and batala can be observed especially during dry months when the fishponds turn to rice fields - when large numbers of egrets descend on shallow pools teeming with snails and small fish. The best time to visit the swamp is from October to January when these wintering birds make Candaba their home during harsh temperatures.
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spacer Hanging Bridge
(Candaba, Pampanga) It is known as the Candaba Suspension Bridge. The bridge's design and framework were patterned after the famous San Francisco Bridge in the U.S.
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spacer Clark Special Economic Zone
(Clark, Pampanga) Known as Clark Air Base before 1991, Clark Special Economic Zone was once the biggest American air base facility outside the United States as it served as a major destination and refuel/ transit point for US military aircrafts within the Asia-Pacific Region. With the expiration of the Philippine-US Military Bases Agreement in 1991, Clark was turned over to the Philippine government and declared a special economic zone. Today, Clark has been transformed into a world-class civil aviation complex, modern industrial estates, and tourism and trade center - an aerotropolis - that would catalyze the socio-economic growth of Central Luzon region, as well as the rest of the country.
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spacer Expo Pilipino
(Clark, Pampanga) Expo Pilipino is the Philippine National Centennial Exposition and centerpiece of the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898. The exposition, located in Clark Field, Pampanga, is a celebration of the Filipino's history, culture, and achievements in the past 100 years, as well as aspirations for the next millennium. Its exhibits were discontinued during the administration of former President Joseph Estrada. Today, its 35,000-seat capacity amphitheater is a favorite venue for concerts, ecumenical services and political rallies.
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spacer Sito Palakol Resort
(Florida Blanca, Pampanga) Located in the northeastern part of Floridablanca, about 8 kms from the town proper and 31 kms from the City of San Fernando, Sito Palakol along the Gumain River is known as the "summer place" to the local community. It is blessed with a continuous crystal clear water that does not drain even during summer months. Its source of water comes from Mount Abu atop the Zambales mountain which is believed to have a large natural water reservior.
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spacer Pampanga Agricultural College
(Magalang, Pampanga) Located at the foot of Mt. Arayat, this state-owned college is the center for agri-based education in the province. It has model farms, housing facilities for its faculty, conference pavilion and a swimming pool for local residents. Its pristine natural environment make way for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Among the activities that may be launched here is a mountain trekking adventure to the heights of Mt. Arayat or a refreshing dip in a natural spring resort close by.
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spacer Sinukwan Festival (City of San Fernando; first week of December)
The highlight of the week-long festivities of Pampanga’s Foundation Day. Heralds the unique culture and distinct beliefs of Kapampangans through a colorful street parade along the capital town of San Fernando and a province-wide dance competition showcasing indigenous rituals and music.
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spacer Cutud Lenten Rites (City of San Fernando; every Good Friday)
A re-enactment of Christ’s Passion and Death complete with a passion play culminating with the actual nailing of at least three flagellants to a wooden cross atop the makeshift Calvary.
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spacer Apung Iru Fluvial Festival (Apalit)
A colorful fluvial procession of the venerated image of St. Peter along Pampanga River.
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spacer Hot Air Balloon Festival (Clarkfield; February)
An annual tournament of balloonists from various countries.
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spacer Giant Lantern Festival (City of San Fernando; December 3)
A parade of ornate and cleverly illuminated giant lanterns, some of which reach 40 ft. in diameter and make use of as many as 1,600 light bulbs.
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spacer Fiestang Kuliat (Angeles City; October)
A month-long celebration of the twin fiestas of Angeles City, La Naval and Fiestang Apu.
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spacer Bagius Festival (Angeles City)
Part of the month-long Fiestang Kuliat celebration, this city-wide parade is participated in by representatives of the different sectors of Angeles City.
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spacer La Naval Fiesta (Angeles City)
Held in commemoration of the Virgin of the Holy Rosary whose intercession saw the victory of the Spanish fleet over the Dutch invaders. Celebrated with religious programs and the finest food and drinks from Kapampangan homes.
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spacer Apo Fiesta (Angeles City; last Friday of October)
The celebration begins with several masses held at the Holy Rosary Parish Church after which the faithful kiss the feet of the image of the Reclining Christ.
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spacer Tigtigan at Terakan keng Dalan (Angeles City)
Culmination of the Fiestang Kuliat which features street singing and dancing. It is the local version of the Mardi Gras.
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spacer Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ)
Home to the Fontana and Mimosa Leisure Park, Mimosa Casino, duty free shops, and world-class golf courses.
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spacer Mt. Pinatubo Sky Tour
Omni Aviation takes visitors to a breathtaking view of the volcano that once ravaged Central Luzon.
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spacer Angeles City Flying Club
Offers a safe, wind-in-your-face, flying experience via the Ultra-lights.
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spacer Angeles City 4 Wheelers Club
Offers treks to laharlandia. See the Lahar Canyons, Gate of Heaven, and other sites around Mt. Pinatubo.
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spacer Annual Pinatubo Trek (A March to Peace and Tranquility) (November 30)
An annual event to commemorate the world-famous eruption of Mt. Pinatubo which was heralded the world over as the biggest geologic upheaval of the 20th century. The event is meant to bring together hundreds of people to the tranquil and pacific crater lake of Mt. Pinatubo known as the summit and enjoin them to renew their avowed commitment to sow the seeds of peace, stability, and harmony among Filipinos. An ecumenical worship highlights the annual sojourn.
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spacer Clark-Arayat Ecoutour
An exciting tour of Clark Ecozone coupled with a nature trip to Arayat National Park in addition to a tour of Gardens of the World in Pampanga.
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