A trip to Pampanga would often mean going on a food trip and this is probably why most travelers would just stop by Pampanga and overlook that there are a lot of exciting things to do, sights to see and places to visit that makes it a worthy destination for your next trip!
- Reach for the sky and fly an ultralight plane!
It’s not everyday that you can experience feeling like a pilot for a day! The Angeles City Flying Club makes this possible as you can get flying lessons from their professional pilots or you can simply sit back and enjoy the flight as a passenger, either way the view will be breathtaking!
Photo by Ivan Lantin
- Unleash your badass side and try firing a rifle
Have you always wanted to learn firing a real gun for self-defense purposes or just out of sheer curiosity? If it’s your first time, we recommend going to the Mountain Clark Firing Range where you can try handling a real gun and shoot targets at a safe environment.
Photos of Mountain Clark Firing Range by Lucky Alabado
- Immerse yourself with the rich culture and heritage of Pampanga
Walk back in time and get to know more about the rich history of Pampanga through the numerous heritage landmarks you’ll find in the city.
Arnedo House where Rizal stayed
The Salakot Arch
Heritage Houses along A.Consunji Street
San Fernando Train Station
30th SEA Games Symbol
- Visit the beautiful historical churches
Pampanga is home to many beautiful and historical churches in the Philippines that date back to Spanish times. Most of these churches are even named as national cultural treasures due to their history and beauty. You’ll be surprised at how interesting each church is with it’s own unique story to tell.
San Pedro Apostol Church in Apalit
Holy Rosary Parish Church in Angeles
Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando
San Guillermo Parish Church in Bacolor also known as “The Sunken Church”
San Bartolome Church in Magalang
- The Arts and Crafts
Find world-class furniture and religious icons made by local woodcarvers (mandukit) from Betis and giant colorful lanterns by craftsmen from all over Pampanga.
Here you’ll see world-renowned sculptor, Willy Layug’s exceptional works in person.
- Relax and unwind at Abe’s Farm
Disconnect from the busy city life, connect with nature and unwind at Abe’s Farm while enjoying their delicious Kapampangan food offerings. You’ll feel instantly rejuvenated after pampering yourself at their spa and staying for a day at their beautifully designed rooms with traditional Filipino and Balinese themes.
- Stuff your bellies with yummy Kapampangan Food!
This one is a no-brainer so we saved it for last. Dubbed as “The Culinary Capital of the Philippines” you know that the food experience here will be amazing! A trip to Pampanga will not be complete without trying the original classic pork sisig. If you have an adventurous tastebud, try out exotic Kapampangan dishes like the Betute (Stuffed Frog), Buro and Camaru (Crickets). Whatever you’re craving for, you’ll surely find something to satisfy your appetite in Pampanga.
Angeles Fried Chicken — As their tagline says, “Where Chicken tastes Heavenly!” and we totally agree!
Café Fleur & 25 Seeds — Kapampangan dishes with a French flair by Chef Sau
Apag Marangle — Home of authentic and exotic Kapampangan dishes
Aling Lucing’s Sisig — The OG Sisig Queen of Pampanga and one of the best places to eat Sisig
Mila’s Tokwa’t Baboy and Sisig — Also a top contender for the best places to eat sisig in Pampanga
L.A. Bakeshop — Their famous freshly baked cheesebread is a must!
Razon’s of Guagua — Ultimate merienda combo: The Halo-halo and Pancit Lug-lug with Puto on the side
Guagua Burgos Plaza — Street food galore!
Where to Stay:
There are a lot of accommodation options in Pampanga but we stayed at The Lewis Grand Hotel during our trip. We liked the modest luxury of the place, the friendly staff and convenient location.
Are you convinced to visit Pampanga soon? Book your flights now via Clark with Cebu Pacific Air and get ready to experience Pampanga beyond food!
If you’re coming from Manila, we recommend booking your tours with Aisela Travel Leisure Corporation for an extraordinary, comfortable and memorable holiday customized just for you! (Check out our ride!)
Special thanks to Ian James Sigua for taking his time to personally accompany us for this trip.
Words by Zyllah Gatchalian – Taberdo