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Where To Next: Apart From Its Food, Nearby Pampanga Has More To Offer To Weekend Warriors!

Where To Next: Apart From Its Food, Nearby Pampanga Has More To Offer To Weekend Warriors!

Recognized for its festive culture, Pampanga has been a go-to destination for both locals and tourists alike. There's the experience of its fiestas, which comes as no surprise as the province has 20 different festivals in a year! But celebrations aside, what else is there to do in Pampanga, you might ask? Here are a few suggestions! 

1. Pamintuan Mansion

At 125 years old, the Pamintuan Mansion proves that some things only get better with age. Being the residential home of Gen Emilio Aguinaldo and the very place where the Philippines’ first Independence Anniversary was celebrated, you are sure to feel a burst of culture and history all in one place. What's worth mentioning too is that this Mansion is also up for rent via Airbnb! For about USD 60 for four rooms a night, your whole family can feel like royalty in the 1890s!

2. Museo Ning Angeles

Pampanga will definitely spoil you if a culture trip is what you’re after. In the heart of the province you will find the Museo ning Angeles, built in 1922 to serve as the town hall, this historic landmark has been consistently preserved by the Kuliat Foundation Inc. The best part of it is the experience at second floor, where you can try exotic delicacies from Pampanga such as “Camaru” (mole crickets) and “Batute Tugak” (Stuffed frogs). So, if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, this could be your chance for a once in a lifetime experience.

3. Aling Lucing's Sisig

Aside from the culture and heritage, Kapampangans are known for being really good cooks. Pampanga serves one of the best cuisines in the country, and nobody knows amazing food like the locals, which is why the best sisig you will have in your life is Aling Lucing’s sisig!

4. The Sandbox

Now is your chance to feel like a part of PT Barnum’s greatest show! Located in Porac, Pampanga, The Sandbox recreational center is where you can experience riding a giant swing, do an aerial walk, learn rappelling, and even go for a free fall! For a very reasonable price, The Sandbox will give you and your family an experience that you will never forget.

5. Deca Wake Park

Learning a new sport can get intimidating when surrounded by a lot of regulars who can do turns and tumbles on their boards. The good news is, Deca Wakepark is one of the newer wake parks that has a little less people who go especially on weekdays. Plus, it has its own “little bro” area, for all those trying the sport for the first time. For only PHP 1,000 on weekdays and PHP 1,200 on weekends, you could get in your bindings, and board to your heart's content.

6. Haduan Falls

One of Pampanga's best kept secrets, the Haduan Falls is a diamond in a haystack. To get there, one must pass through a private property within the Clark Freeport zone and reach a somewhat secret forest in Mabalacat. Trekking to the falls, you can opt to pass two different routes starting either from the Sacobia River or the Haduan Bridge. It will take about an hour to get to the falls, whichever path you decide to take. So, get in your trekking gear and explore this beautiful gem for only 50 pesos!

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