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Pampanga   is known as the culinary capital of the Philippines. You will find here a lot of food establishments that offer authentic signat...

5 Destinations to visit in Pampanga

Pampanga  is known as the culinary capital of the Philippines. You will find here a lot of food establishments that offer authentic signature dishes. This province also features numerous tourist destinations including cultural and historical spots, water theme park, organic farms, adventure zoo, etc.

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In our recent trip to Pampanga, we visited some of the must-see places that are worth the money. And if you are planning to travel Pampanga, below are just some of attractions that you might want to consider on your next trip.

Aqua Planet

This water theme park at the Clark Freeport Zone in Pampanga is now officially open. Aqua Planet is the largest water park in the country covering an area of 10 hectares (25 acres). Guests would enjoy on their 38 attractions including Hurricane, Boogie Bay, Aqua Loop, Flow Rider, Wave Pool, Wave River, and more exciting slides. One of my favorite attractions is Tornado. It's one of the best water slides that I've ever tried in my life. I screamed so loud on the sudden 45 degree drop in the gigantic funnel. It's truly a thrilling experience. No worries, all the rides are safe. Aqua Planet is committed to provide harmless and enjoyable experience for guests of all ages.

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Pamintuan Mansion

The Pamintuan Mansion in Miranda Street, Barangay Sto. Rosario near Holy Rosary Parish Church is a must visit for those who want to see  beautiful old house. It showcase the wealth and diversity of Filipino culture and the many influences, both local and foreign. This iconic mansion house features artwork, artifacts,  photographs, traditional clothing and old kitchen practices.

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The Old Pamintuan Residence served as the seat of government of the First Philippine Republic under General Emilio Aguinaldo in 1899. It also used to house the Central Bank of the Philippines in Region III. With the help of Historical Commission, the city government and the embassy of France in the Philippines, the mansion was restored and became the Museum of Philippine Social History.


For animal lovers, Zoocobia is the place to be. It is an adventure zoo themepark where you can find an array of colorful birds, poisonous snakes, lizards, Iguanas and a whole lot more. Other attractions include Garden Maze, The Barn, Gravity car and other exciting rides. I enjoyed the Zoocobia Night Owl. We witnessed Animal Parade, Aeta’s Tribal Show, and Neon Show (Philippine Pride and Adventure Rides, LED Dancers, and Night Owl Dancers). One of the interesting activities we did inside the zoo was to eat in a place with no lights, literally it's completely dark. We entered the room blindfolded and took our dinner in a full of darkness. It's a little bit weird but it's unique experience. This activity is for us to understand what it's like to be blind and to foster acceptance, and respect for the blind.

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Tibby's Farm

There are lots of organic farms i n the Philippines. Most of these farms are family owned. We met Atty. Angelo Valencia, the owner of  Tibby’s Farm in Pampanga. He toured us around in his farm. We saw some replicas of tribal houses, vegetables garden, and livestock including horses and cows. We also experienced to play and to feed little cute pigs. It's nice to know that they provide these animals with natural living conditions and feeds. All the animals are fed with certified organic. The Tibby's Farm tour was truly a  fun and and educational organic farm experience.

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El Kabayo Clark Stables and Picnic Grounds

This tourist destination in Clark Pampanga is a unique replica of an old western town reminiscent of John Wayne and Bonanza days directly out of An American cowboy movie. You will find here mock-up recreations of an old-west general store, restaurant, post office, trading post, hotel, telegraph office,and more.

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Aside from horseback and carriage riding,  guests can now try their glamping. We stayed overnight here. El Kabayo provided us a spacious tent with comfy beds with sheet, pillow, blanket, towel, toiletries and complimentary water. It's cold at night but the whole experience was awesome.

Lakbay Norte 8 is a 6-day media familiarization tour of Northern Luzon organized by North Philippine Visitors Bureau and NLEX Corporation in cooperation with Victory Liner Inc., Genesis Transport, Inc., Jollibee Foods Corporation, PTT Station, PTT Lubricants, Subic Bay HATS Visitors Board, Greater Clark Visitors Bureau, Aurora Visitors Bureau, Amazon Cafe and Department of Tourism- Region 3.