Monday, August 15, 2016

Four Historical Tourist Spots of Pampanga

"I cannot look at modern buildings without thinking of historical ones." - Kevin McCloud

Considered as the culinary capital of the Philippines, Pampanga is well-known for things other than their delectable food. In fact, the province is teeming with culture and is a remarkable place for tourists with a penchant for history. It has been said that over the years, Pampanga has developed a uniqe culture all its own and aside from the must-try wide array of gastronomical dishes, this has also been a long-standing aspect that adds to its overall allure. Undoubtedly, Pampanga's history is rich and multifaceted which as a self-respecting Filipino; one should thoroughly explore, and you can do so by commencing your next trip by visiting these places.

St. Augustine Church, Lubao, Pampanga
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Constructed in the early 17th century, St. Augustine Church of Lubao Pampanga is considered as the province’s oldest church made out of brick and sand, mixed in egg white—a contribution of the townsfolk of Lubao. It was initially founded on 1577 in Barrio Sta. Catalina but was proved to its present site about thirty years later due to incessant inundation. It was primarily headed by the Augustinian priest Antonio Herrera. The church’s façade is typical of most Filipino churches where it consists of the main church building which is adjoined by the belfry and the convent.

Museo Ning Angeles
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History enthusiasts with a proclivity towards ancient artifacts and relics should never miss a visit to Pampanga’s well-known museum. The museum recently opened its doors to local and foreign visitors in 1999 and had since then featured a wide selection of various photos, paintings, artworks and dioramas all representing the pride of the town. In June 2012, the museum was acknowledged and honored by being recognized as an “Important Cultural Property of the Philippines” by the National Museum of the Philippines. Today, the museum features a coffee shop with coffee made from the town’s finest beans which you can enjoy while taking a break from your historical artifact appraisals.
Kamikaze East Airfield
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  Photo by Gino T. Manalastas
Located east of Mabalacat Pampanga, the Kamikaze East Airfield was a single runway built by the Americans and was used by the Japanese during the Japanese occupation. Semantically, the word Kamikaze is associated with the word “suicide mission” with its origins coming from the Japanese aircraft filled with explosives and tasked with a mission of crashing into the target. The Kamikaze East Airfield used to be the base of such. Although the airway has been stripped away today, a memorial shrine can be found in the airfield which was built as a stringent reminder that such incident should never happen again.

San Guillermo Church
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 Photo by JanMichael Marasigan
Apart from being one of the oldest churches in Pampanga, San Guillermo Church has another unique facet to it that makes it worth the visit. San Guillermo Church has been known for its resiliency—in fact, the church was able to survive innumerable natural calamities which struck the town. During the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo back in 1991, half the size of the church was buried. As a result, it took quite a while before the community was able to restore it to its original façade and structure. To honor and commemorate its restoration, many locals and travels come to visit it.

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Note: This article is a guest post contributed by Glenn Domingo. Additionally, the attached photos were submitted by the guest writer for reference with photo credits. Please check below information about the author.

Author Bio: Glenn Domingo is a Filipino Blogger that loves to travel and write about the unique places in the Philippines, mostly in Pampanga (his hometown) to share the importance and attractiveness of it. He is currently writing for Alviera.

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