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Pampanga is a province in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines.


Central Luzon


Other destinations[edit]

  • Arayat
  • Apalit
  • Bacolor
  • Candaba
  • Florida Blanca
  • Guagua
  • Lubao
  • Magalang
  • Macabebe
  • Porac
  • San Luis
  • San Simon
  • Santo Tomas
  • Santa Ana
  • Santa Rita
  • Sasmuan



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Get in[edit]

Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (Clark International Airport Corporation)

Dau Bus Terminal (Mabalacat Bus Terminal)

Get around[edit]

To get to Candaba using you own car, take the North Luzon Expressway and exit at SM City San Fernando. Take the road going to Arayat/Cabiao until you reach the town of Sta. Ana. There is a road beside Jollibee restaurant leading to the town of Candaba. To reach the Bird Sanctuary, take the road passing through the village of San Agustin and continuing to Apung Simang's place in the sanctuary.

If taking public transportation, ride the Sierra Madre bus which leaves in the afternoon with its station located near the Monumento MRT station and takes passengers direct to the town. You can also ride other buses in going to Candaba: take buses that can stop at SM and Robinson San Fernando Pampanga, and from here ride a jeep that will take you direct to Candaba, or to the town of Sta. Ana. Jeeps that go to Arayat or Cabiao can drop off passengers at Sta. Ana. From Sta. Ana, take a tricycle near Jollibee fast food that brings passengers to Candaba. For a visit to the Candaba Bird Sanctuary, rent a tricycle in the Candaba town plaza.

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  • Angeles City is a thriving city often compared to the Philippine capital and largest city, Manila. The city is a booming nightlife center and tourist destination, while the adjoining Clark Freeport Zone is the site of world-class resorts, casinos, duty-free shops, and beautifully landscaped golf courses. Its capital, Balibago, is especially known for its bars and nightclubs, thus tagged the "Entertainment Capital of Central Luzon."
  • City of San Fernando is known for its giant lanterns and it annually holds a "Giant Lantern Festival" in December. Among legions of Catholics, it is known for its annual re-enactment of Christ's "Crucifixion on Good Friday". Also, "Hilaga Philippines" is found here. It is a tourism village where the wealth, character and cultures of the four Northern Regions of Luzon are pooled together to provide every visitor the virtual experience of a visit to the North.
  • Mabalacat, Pampanga has an airfield where the first attacks of the Kamikaze suicide pilots were launched on October 20, 1944 commanded by Vice-Admiral Takjuro Ohnishi in an attempt to destroy hundreds of ships of the Allied Forces in the Pacific Ocean, killing thousands of US soldiers during World War II. "The Memorial and Kamikaze Peace Shrine" marks the site of the old runway and it is frequently visited by tourists, especially Japanese.
  • Porac, Pampanga is known for its natural sites such as the Dara and Miyamit Falls, as well as the Porac Highlands. It is equally popular for being a lahar-stricken town brought about by the 1991 Mount Pinatubo eruption and subsequent flooding of rivers with lahar (a mixture of rainwater and volcanic ash and outfall) that severely eroded river banks and destroyed bridges and low-lying areas. Trekking through Porac is another way to reach Mount Pinatubo's peak, a seven-hour trekking safari to the slopes of Mount Pinatubo via the Pasig-Potrero river in Barangay Mancatian while traversing fast streambeds, prolific waterfalls, and fantastic lahar landscapes.
  • Arayat, Pampanga is known for its majestic Mt. Arayat and a natural park complete with exquisite swimming pools, spa, recreational halls, and picnic huts. One would be delighted to experience the cool breeze and natural spring water that falls from the mountain. Have an optional tour of "Mt. Arayat National Park" for a short mountain climb and swimming in natural pools.
  • Candaba, Pampanga is known for its "Bird Watching Tour," the staging and wintering area for thousands of birds from October to April of every year and it offers the only organized bird watching tour in the region. It serves as a bird sanctuary and a haven for migratory birds, such as egrets and wild ducks during winter in China. Indigenous ones like the rare salaksak and batala are to be seen as well. Aside from birdwatching, cruise down the province's river of life, the Pampanga River.
  • Guagua, Pampanga takes its pride for having Pampanga's oldest church, "Betis Church," which is a fascinating work of architecture with its classic altar in antique-carved design and decor blending with religious frescoes reminiscent of neoclassic works of European art. Built in 1754, this church has impressive paintings on its ceiling and walls with fine sculpture and paintings in gold dust.

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Trek Mt. Pinatubo : Mount Pinatubo erupted in 1991 but is now open for tourism. It has an elevation of 1485 meters or 4872 feet and a beautiful crater lake where you can swim. This trek can be done on a daytour if you leave very early on the morning.

Bird watching at Candaba: The best time to go birdwatching is on the early morning, around five to seven in the morning when bird activity is at its peak and the heat is not intense. Late afternoons are also a good time for this. Must brings are hiking footwear and clothes, and a good pair of binoculars or telescope. The avid birdwatcher might also want to bring his or her field notebook, pencil and camera. Expect to pay a fee at the bird sanctuary of at least Php 150. Migratory birds are best seen in the marsh from November to February. Please take note that the marshland gets flooded during the rainy season, usually September and October, when the bird sanctuary becomes submerged and not accessible to visitors.

Enjoy the cold spring water from Mt. Arayat: The spring water comes from the mountain down to the refreshing swimming pools of the resort. The gravity allows the continuous flow of water and filter through natural techniques using dead rocks from the mountain and charcoal.  This is also the only swimming pool in the area that does not make use of chlorine to maintain the pools. The only surviving cold spring resort is found in PSAU (formerly PAC), Magalang, Pampanga.

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Freshwater resources are a major product of Candaba. Tilapia, mudfish or bulig, native and African catfish, kanduli, carp, and gourami could be bought fresh in the public market, and don't forget their local buro (fermented rice and fish mixture) which goes well with the fish. A typical buro platter consists of buro sauteed with garlic and onion, roasted bulig, and fresh mustard leaves. Must buy too are the freshwater prawns, and occasional lotus stalks which can be sauteed in garlic, onion, and tamarind sauce. Ducks are also a big industry in the municiaplity, and their ebun buru, or salted eggs, have a delicate taste and are less salty. Eat it with rice and tomatoes. There is also an afternoon stall at the public market where you can buy ready-to-eat fried quails, which goes well with some refreshing beer or wine. Gourmands looking for game bird dishes would be disappointed to know that the municipal government has already banned the hunting of wild birds in the municipality.

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Drinking in Candaba: There is no nightlife in Candaba as in the big Pampanga towns, although one can try the few local videoke bars and order a couple of cold beer to get a taste of rural Pampanga.

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