Region III: Central Luzon
Lush Lands & Volcanic Beauties
Kapampangan, Pangasinense, Ilocano, Sambal
The Hot Air Balloon Fiesta
Region 3 is comprised of 7 provinces with the largest plain lands, therefore, producing majority of the country’s rice supply. Prior to the Spanish regimen, some provinces were inhabited by Negritos and Ilongots. Due to the region’s rich lands, the area became a hot spot during the Spanish area and the locals were subjected to cruelty and higher taxes.
In 1942, during World War II, the province of Bataan came into spotlight as 60,000 – 80,000 Filipino and American soldiers surrendered to the Japanese forces and were imposed to walk 128 km from Mariveles, Bataan to Capas, Tarlac. This tragic event, known as The Bataan Death March, saw countless of soldiers perish before they were able to reach their destination.
On June 15, 1991 after roughly 500 years, the region experienced a major crisis as Mt. Pinatubo volcanic activity reached its peak. This event is considered as the 2nd largest eruption in the 20th century.
What To See In Central Luzon ?
Those lush lands and fertile plains will satisfy the most curious holiday-goers.
Various historical structures and churches are visible in this region from the Spanish era.
In Pampanga, there are 10 Natural parks worth visiting, including the Mt. Pinatubo volcano and its emerald-green inner crater lake.
Subic Freeport is another popular tourist destination. A former US military base, it has been transformed into a commercial district full of restaurants and factory outlet shops.
For beach lovers and campers, check out Potipot Island for a much-needed escape from the hustle and bustle of Metro Manila.
Bataan also offers hidden wonders such as Westnuk beach and the quiet town of Bagac.