Central Luzon produces most of the rice in the country, which is why it’s known as the rice basket of the Philippines. Majority of the region’s terrain are fertile plains, which result to plentiful bounty of vegetables and rice. As such, local cuisine in the region is uniquely delicious!
Traces of the Spanish era are still visible in Central Luzon today in the form of local medieval churches. These religious structures aren’t just architectural masterpieces, but silent witnesses to key events in history. In the northern part of the region is the Baler Church, which was built in the 17th century. It served as the final Spanish bastion in the country. Then there’s the Barasoain Church in Bulacan, dubbed the Cradle of Democracy in the East, and the site of the inauguration of the First Philippine Republic.
For nature-lovers, the region has a lot of destinations that should not be missed! In the province of Aurora, lies a 328-kilometer shoreline for the surfers and beach lovers. Other beach spots to visit are the coastal towns of Zambales. The sand on their beaches has a mix of volcanic ash from the Mount Pinatubo eruption in 1991. Idyllic coves such as Anawangin and Nagsasa can also be found here. For a different kind of water sport, San Jose in Tarlac offers a whitewater kayaking experience in Bulsa River. For the hiker, there’s the stunning crater lake atop Mount Pinatubo, which is a suitable hike even for beginners.
Central Luzon has a lot to offer, whether it is a food trip, an adventurous outing, or a relaxing vacation.