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Iba

Iba, located in Zambales, is known for its beaches and delicious mangoes. Every first week of March, Iba holds its famous Zambales Mango Festival and you’ll be surprised at the many activities one can do with this delicious tropical fruit, such as mango carving and mango eating contests that will surely satisfy your cravings. The festival is celebrated in Zambales because it is known to have one of the sweetest mangoes in the world, so be sure to try it. Visit the San Augustine Cathedral, or take a trip to Iba Beach and watch the sunset from there. Take a refreshing dip at the Sta. Barbara Falls or snorkel at the Calanga Reef.

If not, go to the famous Zambales Rocks and buy a pasalubong (souvenir) or two for relatives back home, like wooden gifts and carvings of good quality. If you want to know more about Zambales’ cultural and religious history, visit the Bishop Deogracias Iniguez Museum and take a look at its art collections and cultural pieces.

For the history buffs, you’ll love the Camara Ancestral House, where the first Filipino Governor of Zambales lived. The house is also made up of strong wood material such as narra and molave. Admire the architecture and the resourcefulness of the place as you walk around. Iba is also the town in which the former Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay was born, and his marker is said to be found here. Visit Zambales’ Provincial Capitol Building, created by the Spanish civil government in the late 19th century, which also served as a prison.

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