5 Places To Visit In Pampanga

Whether it’s food or sightseeing you’re after, this province has it all!

Photography: Michael Angelo Chua

Pampanga is famous for its cuisine, but aside from going on a food trip, you can also explore other charming—even historic—places in the province. Here are some of them:

1. San Fernando Train Station

Who would’ve thought that San Fernando once had a train station that was vital in trade and, as later events showed, played a crucial role in history? It opened on February 23, 1892 as part of the Manila-Dagupan Railway System. It was even second to Manila in terms of revenue when it opened that year. Sugar was transported via train during the sugar boom in San Fernando. It also transported prisoners of war during the Death March to Capas, Tarlac. Our national hero Jose Rizal is also known to have used the train station when he was recruiting members to join the La Liga Filipina. 

2. Heroes Hall

Located at the San Fernando City Hall, Heroes Hall houses statues of Jose Rizal, Andres Bonifacio, and other Filipino heroes on its grounds. Inside, at the second floor, more statues, framed photographs, and bust sculptures of prominent Filipinos can be seen, like that of former president Diosdado Macapagal, who hails from Pampanga. 

3. The Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando

The cathedral became the seat of the Diocese of San Fernando in 1948, and was solemnly dedicated by Archbishop Oscar Cruz 50 years later. This Neo-classical structure is not hard to miss as it is located at the center of downtown San Fernando.

4. Everybody’s Cafe

If you want to sample Pampanga cuisine, head to Everybody’s Cafe. It offers well-loved Filipino dishes like caldereta, kilawin, and lengua. But if you’re adventurous, go ahead and try its exotic fares such as camaro (stir fried crickets) and batute (stuffed frogs)!

Everybody's Cafe is located along McArthur Highway, Del Pilar, San Fernando City, Pampanga.

5. The Souq

Don’t miss this restaurant’s Filipino and Asian dishes that were given a twist. Glenda Quiambao, one of The Souq’s owners, says they bring their head chef abroad in order to get inspiration for the dishes that will be served in the restaurant. Chairs and other pieces from furniture manufacturing brand More Than A Chair also figure in the restaurant and are for sale (both establishments are also co-owned by Allan Bituin).

Adjacent to it is its sister restaurant Duck & Co. which opened in July. It is the place to be when you want to have drinks with friends over servings of tasty duck dishes.

The Souq is located along Lazatin Blvd., San Fernando City, Pampanga. 

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