Pampanga Travel Information

mapPampanga is populated by resourceful hardy folk, who are justifiably proud of their famous Kapampangan cuisine, regarded by many as the best regional food in the Philippines. The capital, San Fernando, is world famous for the annual Easter re-enactment of the Crucifixion. It is also renowned for the famous Pampangan Christmas Village. Angeles City is a booming nightlife center and tourist destinations, while the adjoining Clark Special Economic Zone is the site of world class resorts, casinos, duty free shopping and golf courses.

Pampanga has many remnants of a long and colorful history, including roofs of the old Spanish houses and church of Bacolor, the Betis Church at Guagua and the St. Peter Shrine at Apalit, with its life-sized image of the saint. The Death March Marker at San Fernando Railroad Station commemorates the heroics of the prisoners who took part in the infamous World War II Death March.

Natural attractions of the province at the Mt. Arayat National Park and the Wild Duck Sanctuary at Candaba.

Pampanga just like any other town in Central Luzon has two pronounced season. Dry from November to April and wet the rest of the year.

In summer, the climate is very hot due to the humid temperature of Mt. Pinatubo while during the rainy season, residents and guests are advised to take precautionary measures due to lahar flows and flood which occasionally visit some lower portion of the city.

The province of Pampanga is strategically located at the crossroads of central Luzon and is highly accessible by both air and land. The province is home to two airstrips: Basa Air Base in Floridablanca, which is utilized by the military, and the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport in Angeles City. Pampanga also has five existing municipal ports which function as fish landing centers. These are situated in the municipalities of Guagua, Macabebe, Masantol, Minalin, and Sasmuan.

Land travel to the province is made easy by numerous buses that travel the routes of Manila-Pampanga-Bataan, Manila-Pampanga-Zambales, Manila-Pampanga-Tarlac, Manila-Pampanga-Nueva Ecija, and Manila-Bulacan-Pampanga. These buses are serviced by: Philippine Rabbit, Genesis Transport, Philippine Rapid, Panther, Saulog Transit, Victory Liner, Dagupan Bus Lines, San Trans, Fariñas, Dominion, Maria de Leon, Viron, five Star, Arayat Express, Sierra Madre Lines, and the Baliuag Transit.

The 83.7 - km North Luzon Expressway (NLE) extends from Balintawak in Metro Manila to Sta. Ines in Pampanga. It passes through the large cities of San Fernando and Angeles in Pampanga through Sta. Ines, which is located near the former U.S. Air Force Base at Clark Field




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