Bacolor

Years after the disastrous 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo, Bacolor still bears the evidence of the aftermath that came surging into town four years after the event, burying 18 of its 21 barangays in layers of lahar. But the town that once served as the capital of Pampanga for 200 years has since learned to make the most of what it has, flourishing into one of the many tourist destinations in the province that you will surely enjoy visiting.

The San Guillermo Church, named after St. William the Hermit, the town’s patron, isn’t as tall or as grand as it once was but remains to be the center of Catholic faith in Bacolor. The lower half of its original structure has been buried in lahar and what was once the second floor windows now serve as the doors of this church, which has been around since 1576. Its former convent has also been turned into a gallery called Museo de Bacolor that houses paintings, old photographs, and art installations.

The Archdiocesan Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes of Cabetican is another religious landmark that was affected by the lahar flow that reached Bacolor. Now commonly known as the Sunken Shrine, it is still a popular site for Marian pilgrimages.

A famous landmark of Bacolor that attests to its centuries-old heritage and history is the Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University. Formerly known as the Escuela de Artes y Oficios de Bacolor, it has been named as the “Oldest Vocational School in the Far East”.

If you’re feeling very festive and ready to party, join the locals in celebrating the Feast of San Guillermo, which is held every February 10, and the La Naval de Bacolor Fiesta celebrated every third Sunday of November.

Touted as the kakanin capital of Pampanga, don’t miss the chance to try the variety of rice cakes that Bacolor is known for. Try the puto seko, a sweet, powdery treat, or the tahada, which is made of grated young coconut, milk, sugar, and pounded toasted glutinous rice grains known as pinipig. Those who prefer savory dishes should try the pancit luglug, a popular dish that makes use of thick noodles and shrimp. The Kapampangans also have their own version of the tamales, which comes in the form of rice, coconut milk, peanuts boiled eggs, and meat (pork or chicken) wrapped in banana leaves.

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