With just a few hours away from Metro Manila, Pampanga makes an incredible destination for food, history, and adventure! If you need a quick breather away from the hustle and bustle of the city, here are 5 things that you can do to make your trip memorable:
Have lunch at Aling Lucing Sisig, home of the first sisig in the Philippines
Known as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines, Pampanga is known for so many iconic Filipino dishes, one of which is the crowd favorite, sisig. This mouth-watering meal consists of pork jowls and rice, served in a sizzling plate (and a secret ingredient). That’s why, hundreds of locals and foreigners visit this place for that authentic home cooked meal. And although there are lots of great restaurants that serve sisig around the Philippines, it’s also nice to try the original one, which Pampanga takes pride of.
Go on a historical adventure at Nayong Pilipino
Are you traveling with balikbayans? Head to Nayong Pilipino, which features replicas of the Philippines’ most popular landmarks. In this place, you’ll get to witness miniature versions of Banaue Rice Terraces, Barasoain Church, Chocolate Hills, and even statues of our national heroes. So it can be a good place for that “mini-field trip”, with the family.
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Experience thrilling outdoor activities at SandBox
If you and your friends are up for some adventure, head up north to the Sandbox to try fun and thrilling activities like Aerial Walking, Wall Climbing, Free Falling, Roller Coaster Ziplining, and more! This place is also good for companies for team building exercises as these activities can test your speed, agility, and balance.
Try exciting rides of Sky Ranch Pampanga
Located in SM City Pampanga, Sky Ranch is filled with rides that are perfect for kids and kids-at-heart! When traveling with your officemates, go for something exciting! Conquer your fear of heights and ride the Pampanga Eye, the biggest and tallest Ferris Wheel in the entire Philippines, or you can also try the thrilling Loop Roller Coaster that will definitely make you hold on to your seat!
Photo: Lakwatsang Tsinelas
Hike up Mt. Arayat
Looking for a new hiking spot? Mt. Arayat should be on your list. Since the volcano is already considered as “extinct” because it has no recorded eruption, Arayat is now one of the new favorite hiking spots in the Central Luzon region. The destination is considered to be moderate for seasoned hikers and challenging for beginners, so be sure to do your research before you visit!
Satisfy your dessert cravings at the original Razon’s Guagua
End the day with something scrumptious and sweet! Although Razon’s is available in most malls in Metro Manila, nothing beats the original! Order their best-selling halo-halo and pair it with their special pansit palabok, and you’ll fall in love with Kapampanggan food! You may also try their other specialties like Puto, Leche Flan, San Nicolas, and more!
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