Tarlac City, the Provincial Capital, and though tourism has not really been exploited, Tarlac City does have some great historical areas, and is the home of Tarlac State University. The city is now one of the progressive cities of the Philippines. Some of the tourist sites located in Tarlac City includes the Capital Building which has an early 20th Century design was built in 1906; in the shadows of the Capital Building lies the Maria Cristina Park, named after 1952 Miss Philippines, Maria Cristina Galang, and the Museo de Tarlac; to the north on Romulo Boulevard lies the Carlos P. Romulo Library and Museum and Tarlac State University; on Tanedo Street lies the San Sebastian Cathedral where Philippine Hero, Benigno “Ninoy” S. Aquino, laid in state after his assassination August 21, 1983, sparking the People Power Revolution; on the rotunda outside San Sebastian Cathedral is a statue of President Cory S. Aquino and the beautiful Tarlac City Plaza and Park; on MacArthur Highway, which runs north to south through Tarlac City, there is a modern four story SM Tarlac Mall; across the street is Kart City Tarlac which has a go-cart track; to the south of SM Tarlac lies Camp General Servillano Aquino Military Outdoor Museum and Plaza Luisita Center; to the east of Plaza Luisita Center lies the Aquino Center and Museum, the Hacienda Luisita (Aquino Hacienda), and the Luisita Golf and Country Club.
Paniqui was first established as a Dominican mission, St. Rose of Lima, in 1668; was established as a town and is the site of one of the oldest churches in the Philippines (St. Rose of Lima Parish Church) in 1686; Was established as a municipality in 1712; Baptism of the first Muslim in the Philippines to Christianity (Sultan Ali Mutin I) on April 29, 1750, in Barangay Acocolao; was the ancestral summer home of President of Corazon S. Aquino, the 11th President of the Philippines.
Camiling is the "Chicharon and Iniruban Capital of the Philippines". The town is rich in history and culture. Visit the house of the real life Maria Clara and Carlos P. Romulo, Philippine war hero and statesman. There is also the old and historical St. Michael the Archangel Parish Church which was built during the early 16th Century.
San Jose - visit the miraculous relic of the cross at the Monasterio De Tarlac at Barangay Lubigan. It also has a Jesus statue like the one at Rio De Janeiro, only a bit smaller.
Capas is well-known for the Capas "Bataan Death March" National Shrine,an inverted V symbol surrounded by a black marble monument with the names of all 21,000+ Filipino soldiers that died during the death march and captivity and a separate monument with the names of the Americans that died. This shrine honors all the Filipino and American soldiers, who became prisoners of war during the Japanese attack on the Philippines during World War II, wherein they had to walk from Mariveles, Bataan to San Fernando, Pampanga, loaded onto train cars, and taken to the town of Capas, then forced to march again to Camp O'Donnell. Many soldiers died due to hunger, diseases, and cruelty of the Japanese military. It is where the Capas Shrine is located, it has an inverted V symbol. Further, along MacArthur Highway in Capas is another monument honoring the heroes of the Bataan Death March. It has figures depicting the struggles if the weak and diseased American and Filipino soldiers and the cruelty of the Japanese towards the prisoners.
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 Pampanga, 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.
Pampango or Kapampangan is spoken by half of the population followed by Ilocano spoken by 41%. Everybody understands the Tagalog language.
From Manila, Tarlac is approximately 2.5 to 3 hours away by car or bus. Take the North Luzon Expressway to the far end and exit at the Sta, Ines tollgate. Take the Mabalacat road and turn right onto MacArthur Highway, then right again at Luisita Industrial Park.
There are various shopping malls, like:
. Plaza Luisita Center - the first shopping mall in central Luzon owned by the Cojuancos of Tarlac and its located along Mc. Arthur Highway, San Miguel, Tarlac City
. SM City Tarlac - the first SM Supermall in the Province and is located along Mc. Arthur Highway, San Roque, Tarlac City
. Robinsons Luisita - the first Robinson mall in the province and its located along Mc. Arthur Highway, San Miguel, Tarlac City
. Paniqui Mall - a mall at Paniqui town
. Metro Town Mall - a mall at Tarlac City located along Mc. Arthur Highway, Sto. Cristo, Tarlac City
. Magic Star Mall - a mall at Tarlac City located along Romulo Blvd, Cut-cut, Tarlac City
. Uniwide - Tarlac Central Mall - a mall at Tarlac City located along Aquino Blvd., San Nicolas, Tarlac City
. EZ City Center - a shopping complex at Tarlac City located along MacArthur Hi-way corner Ligtasan St., Tarlac City