TOP 10 PLACES TO VISIT IN TARLAC
- Mt. Pinatubo crater via Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac.
- Capas National Shrine
- The Reliquary of the True Cross of Jesus Christ
- The San Sebastian Cathedral
- The Tarlac Provincial Capitol
- Tarlac National High School
- Lubigan Eco-tourism Park
- Timangguyob Falls
- Museo ng Probinsya ng Tarlac
- Home of Ninoy Aquino
After it’s eruption in 1991, the world-famous volcano has become a renowned tourist destination. The adventure begins in the quiet community of Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac, where 4x4 jeeps are readily available for the hour-long ride. After which, a 45 minute hike to the crater presents an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the lahar landscapes along the river.
The Capas National Shrine is found in Brgy. O’ Donnell, Capas, Tarlac where an obelisk was stands as a reminder of the Filipino and American soldiers who attend perished during the infamous “Death March” during the second world war. The “Wall of Heroes” was also put up around the obelisk to commemorate all the soldiers who died during the last world war.
Found some 300 meters above sea level, along the mountain ranges of the town of San Jose. The relic of the True Cross of Jesus Christ has found a home in a small chapel in Brgy. Lubigan, alongside the Monasterio De Tarlac and the Eco-tourism park. The relic, the only one in Asia, arrived in the province in 2005.
The San Sebastian Cathedral is found at the heart of Tarlac City. It was once the site of the Revolutionary Congress. The highest Filipino seat of learning, the “Literario-Scientifico” Universidad of Malolos in Bulacan was transferred here when the cathedral was formerly the Tarlac Catholic Convent in the late 1880’s.
The highest seat of political power of the province is located at a hill in Brgy. San Vicente, Tarlac City. The present structure was finished in 1909. During the Japanese occupation, the provincial capitol was vacated and used as the provincial headquarters of the Imperial Army. The capitol suffered great damages during the second world war, but afterwards, in 1946, the United States of America helped rebuild and improve its structure.
The Tarlac National High School is the oldest public high school in the country. It first opened in September 1, 1902 under the supervision of Mr. Prank R. White who was also the Deputy Division Superintendent for the province. All the equipment used for the school was imported from the United States of America.
Less than an hour’s drive away from Tarlac City is the Lubigan Eco-Tourism park in Sitio Padlana, Brgy. Lubigan, San Jose. Located at an altitude of 300 meters above sea level, the park boasts of cooking sheds, comfort rooms and an activity center such as wall climbing, parallel bars and other obstacle courses.
The province is not known for falls and rivers given the “central plains” monicker of the region, but in Sitio Dueg, Brgy. Maasin, San Clemente a 50 foot water falls has recently been discovered. It’s name comes from a local expression which means carabao’s horns, as its water falls slides through rock formations in the shape of the horns.Currently, a trail has already been established which takes about an hour and a half to reach. While the local government has already planned a second trail which leads up to the peak of the falls where a campsite could be put up for weekend warriors and hikers who plan to stay overnight.
Aiming to promote tarlac’s art and artists, the Museo ng Probinsya ng TarlacWas put up in cooperation with the private sector, in particular, the Tarlac Heritage Foundation for that goal. Given the success of the first ever Belen-making competiton in the country, the winning entries of the personal and diorama category are currently housed in the museum.
National hero Ninoy Aquino is a known son of Tarlac. Born in the quiet town of Concepcion, Ninoy Aquino resided at this old house which still holds the charm of a humble family. The house still holds pictures of Aquino’s family, furniture and other artifacts. Found just within the poblacion of the municipality, it is just a walking distance from the town hall.