Upon visiting Pampanga, chances are, the first words you will learn from their local tongue are mekeni and mangan. Mekeni means “come” or “come over here” and mangan is used to say “let's eat”. These are words that just make you instantly feel the warm welcome. This is not surprising at all because when you think about it, Kapampangans are known for their generosity and hospitality. Most importantly, being the culinary capital of the Philippines, people surely love to cook and eat! Try spending an entire day in this vibrant region, and you will realize that more than warm smiles and amazing food, there are many other interesting things that will make you want to stay and actually settle down here.
The name Pampanga came from the word pampang which means “river bank” where natives were found by Spaniards in the earlier days. It is the first Spanish province in the Philippines. Today, amidst its highly-urbanized landscape, remnants of the past are still very much alive. This gives Pampanga a colorful mix of interesting things to see and do, making it an ideal place for fine living.
Here is a list of ten best things about Pampanga and a surprise plus-one that perfectly wraps up how life shines anew in this promising location:
Photo by The Restless Pinoy Traveler
1. Food, food, food!
You cannot go to Pampanga and not be satisfied with food. Who doesn’t like sisig, kare-kare or tocino? Besides expert hands in cooking that is seemingly possessed by every Kapampangan, the place is also known for a plethora of restaurants. From homegrown ones to non-locals that were branched out here, choices upon choices of bites will greet you. If one visit is not enough to try all of the eating destinations, imagine living in this very food haven.
2. A place for fun!
With so many malls, recreational parks and spaces, sports centers, etc., you might as well call Pampanga a Leisure Capital too. Head here and satisfy your cravings for either adventure or relaxation.
3. Mushrooming career hubs
With a growing number of corporations like malls, BPO's, recreational spaces, real estate developments and more, Pampanga is a place for career growth opportunity as well.
4. Great business opportunities
Kapampangans are known to be business-minded and diligent people. They always like to explore ways to generate profit and they can get very creative in it. Why not? Popular Kapampangan trades revolve around food business, arts and crafts such as parol or Christmas lantern production, furniture-making and more.
Pamintuan Mansion at Angeles Heritage District
5. Rich heritage tourism
Being one of the first provinces occupied by Spanish colonizers in the earlier times, Pampanga is a great place to visit our colorful past. Relive history at Pamintuan Mansion, Center for Kapampangan Studies’ Pinatubo Museum, Nayong Pilipino, old houses declared as heritage sites by National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and more.
6. Competitive Universities
Giving your child a good education without sending them away to study in the Metro would never be a problem if you live in Pampanga. Some of its prided universities that hold reputations of their own are: University of the Philippines Diliman Extension in Clark, Holy Angel University, Angeles University Foundation, University of the Assumption and Pampanga State Agricultural University.
A view of the majestic Mt. Arayat as seen at Montana Views
7. Mother nature at its best
Hike at Mt. Arayat, run along the greens of Clark Nature Park or be enchanted by Miyamit Falls in Porac. You will be surprised by Pampanga's line-up of nature tripping options. Take a quick timeout to balance your hectic days in the city and take a breath of fresh air every now and then.
8. Festivities all year round.
Having religious people and traditional ways of living, fiestas are something we look forward to once the year starts rolling. Feasts for patron saints, commemoration of historical events, food festivals and modern parties for the younger crowd, name it, Pampanga has it. Some of the popular fiestas celebrated and flocked by tourists are: Ligligan Parul (Giant Lantern Festival), Pyestang Tugak (Frog Festival), Sinukwan Festival, Hot-air Balloon Fiesta, Sisig Festival and more.
Parols or Christmas lanterns on display
9. Sparkling Christmas experience
Dubbed as the Christmas Capital of the Philippines, where else can you spend a good holiday season but in Pampanga? For most locals, Christmas is like a way of life as seen in the year-long preparations of making parols or lanterns and other holiday decors. From old traditions to modern partying, Christmas here is certainly something you and your family should experience.
San Guillermo Parish Church or the Sunken Church at Bacolor
10. Religious destinations
Undeniably, Kapampangans are very religious people. This is reflected in the many practices and traditions centered in their worship beliefs. People also put serious effort in beautifying and maintaining churches. Some places of worship that have become tourist attractions in Pampanga are, St. James the Apostle Church in Guagua, San Guillermo Parish Church in Bacolor, St. Agustine Church in Lubao Church and more. Most of these are from the colonial period.
Montana Views, a property development in Pampanga by NorthPine Land
11. An idyllic home
Why get stuck in the Metro when sparkling opportunities for fine living await you and your family at Pampanga? This is made possible by trusted property developer, NorthPine Land, through Montana Views, a new lifestyle community that perfectly captures the best things the region has to offer. The 4-hectare property has a gorgeous line-up of Modern American Country units and exciting amenities to watch out for.
Montana Views is nestled in between Brgy. Calulut, City of San Fernando and Brgy. Panipuan, Mexico, Pampanga. It is just a few minutes away from NLEX Mexico Exit and the city proper can be reached in a distance of 6.5kms.
Montana Views Model Park
To know more about Montana Views, visit www.montanaviews.com.ph .
With a colorful array of food choices, massive malls, leisure destinations, career hubs, business districts, and lifestyle communities like Montana Views, Pampanga indeed is one of the country's top places to settle down. It is the place where abounding breaks for an improved way of living are in store for young individuals and families.
Recreate your lifestyle, spoil your mind and body and expand your horizon as life shines anew in Pampanga!
About NorthPine Land, Inc.
NorthPine Land Inc. (NLI) is one of the country’s trusted real estate prime movers with a prestigious portfolio of projects in Pampanga (Montana Views), Cavite (Kahaya Place, Greenwoods Village, Wind Crest and Kohana Grove), South Hampton (Laguna), Antipolo City (Forest Ridge), and Pasig City (Lexington). Its distinguished shareholders are: HongKong Land, BDO, Metrobank, and San Miguel Properties, Inc. To know more about our lineup of products, visit www.northpineland.com or call +632 637.1531.
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