There’s no doubt about it – Pampanga has rightfully earned the title of being a culinary capital, with its wealth of complex flavors and dishes that are laboriously and lovingly prepared using both traditional family recipes and fusion inspirations. But the province boasts more than just great cuisine – it offers clusters of new experiences all around. Here are four ways to explore Pampanga to get a taste of its vibrant flavors, locale, natural attractions, and everything in between.

Lola Nor’s specialties: Putong babi, okoy, dinuguan, and pancit luglug. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

First things first: a food fest. Never been on a Pampanga food trip but have always been meaning to? We’ve got you covered. Sample the famous Kapampangan sisig from Aling Lucing, Lola Nor’s famous pancit luglug and biko, Matam-ih’s Begukan Babi, Koyang Mario’s lechon pugon, Cusina Manuela’s empanada, and, if your tastebuds are feeling adventurous, try Everybody’s Cafe’s deep fried crickets or camaru and betute (frog) – which actually make  tasty, protein-packed appetizers or beer matches.

One of Bandilla Music Store’s guitar maker at work. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Kapampangan craftsmanship. Kapampangans don’t just shine in the kitchen – the province is also known for its skilled artisans. Visit Guagua’s skilled woodworkers and guitar and furniture makers, or see the catalog of unique lahar products by Lahar Products Southeast Metro Arts Inc.

View of Haduan Bridge en route to Haduan Falls. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

Rugged outdoor adventures. Go on a classic Mt. Pinatubo adventure by exploring its rugged terrains via ATV or hiking.  Alternatively, discover the charming Haduan Falls where indigenous Aeta guides lead guests through Haduan Hanging Bridge and the forested areas of Clark to the cool, clear waters of the falls.

Bacolor Church facade. Photo courtesy of the Department of Tourism.

History and heritage hubs. Retrace Pampanga’s roots in its museums and historical landmarks. Learn about Clark in Clark Museum and 4D Theater’s immersive displays, which includes a 4D theater, visit the historic Museo ning Ángeles, which was declared as Important Cultural Property by the National Museum of the Philippines, and see the 15th-century San Guillermo Parish or Bacolor Church – which was originally built by Augustinian Friars in 1576.

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