Tarlac is situated in the middle of Central Luzon, landlocked by the provinces of Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Zambales, and Pangasinan. With its location, it is no surprise that the province is a melting pot of multi-cultural groups that hail from the surrounding provinces. It is also for this reason why Tarlac offers the best of Central Luzon – fine cuisine, scenic plains and meadows, landscaped golf courses, an array of historic sites, wildlife, and many other attractions.
Tarlac was the last Central Luzon province to be established by the Spanish colonists. It was founded in 1873. The land area used to be divided under the governance of Pampanga and Pangasinan provinces, respectively. Just like its neighbours, Tarlac was also one of the first eight provinces to revolt against Spanish colonial rule. The revolution of Tarlac is known as the “Cry of Tagumpay.”
In 1899, the country’s first president, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo made Tarlac the seat of the Philippine Republic when he left Malolos, Bulacan. Tarlac Cathedral then became the site of the Philippine Revolutionary Congress.
Places to See
Places of attraction in Tarlac include religious structures (St. Rose of Lima Church, San Sebastian Church), natural formations (Mt. Pinatubo, Bueno Hot Springs in Capas, Dolores Spring in Tarlac City, and Anao Quinabutok Creek), historic sites (Tarlac Provincial Capitol, Capas National Shrine, Capas Death March Monument, Maria Clara Museum), and man-made facilities (Bamban Park, Tarlac Sugar Mills, Magsaysay Dam, and Luisita Golf & Country Club).
Every year on November 30, tourists participate in a trekking event to commemorate the major eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. The event raises funds for the conservation of natural resources and development of local infrastructure projects.
Adventure seekers may independently take the Mt. Pinatubo tour to see cool mountain springs, waterfalls, and lahar canyons any time of the year, via Brgy. Sta. Juliana in Capas.