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Top 6 Things to Do in Central Luzon

Explore this region for an unforgettable vacation

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Photography: Jean Saturnino (Main Photo)

Summer is a time for adventures. Whether it’s a trek up a mountain, skydiving, or scuba diving, it’s the perfect opportunity to conquer fears, mark milestones, rediscover our roots, and discover more about our beautiful country.

If you’re in for some fun while learning something new, you might want to explore Central Luzon. Aside from being known as the “Rice Granary of the Philippines,” the region also takes pride in having good food, satisfying delicacies, and charming spots that you shouldn’t miss. Whether you’re planning a solo trip or a vacation with the family, we’ve listed down six things that should be on top of your itinerary. These must-dos can help you make the most of the season while giving you a glimpse of what Central Luzon has to offer:

Casa San Miguel

Stay for a night in this charming bed-and-breakfast that celebrates art and community-based livelihood

Found in the quiet town of San Antonio, Zambales, this sprawling property by the sea was established to help rebuild the community after the Mt. Pinatubo eruption. Founded by Coke Bolipata, Casa San Miguel has an arts program for children including the Cuerdas Cuadros Program for music and a painting class facilitated by Coke's sister, Plet Bolipata-Borlongan.

While enjoying the comforts of the space, feel free to roam around the property. Experience al fresco dining and drop by the Backstage Cafe, Casa San Miguel's restaurant. It has a happy and whimsical vibe—perfect for a satisying meal with friends and family.

Always on the lookout for new books? Make sure you visit Pasilyo Country Living and Bookstore. Aside from books, it also offers well-selected homewares.

Casa San Miguel

  • Evangelista Street, Brgy. San Miguel, San Antonio, Zambales
  • (0917) 772-4839 | casa-san-miguel.org

Photos by Miguel Nacianceno.

Green Canyon Resort

Be one with nature and engage in different activities like biking and swimming

Nowadays, it's so easy to book a stay in resorts and hotels. If you're looking for a new and refreshing experience, schedule a trip to Pampanga and book one of Green Canyon's rooms. Built using eco-friendly materials like argon glass and reclaimed wood, the resort also highlights passive cooling techniques.

Aside from admiring the lush landscape, there's a lot that you can do solo or with a group! You might want to get the Eco Art Hotel stay package inclusive of complimentary set breakfast at Palette Restaurant, use of the Symphony and Wave pools, free sunrise or sunset mountain hiking, and use of bicycles. For more details on the room rates and packages, click here.

Green Canyon Resort

  • San Vicente Road, Clark Special Economic Zone (Sacobia)
  • stay[at]greencanyon.com.ph

Photos by Miguel Nacianceno.

READ: Property of the Week: Green Canyon Resort

Mount Pinatubo Trek

Challenge yourself and see a breathtaking view of the Crater Lake

Many have survived the two to four hour trek to see the sparkling blue water of Pinatubo's crater and so can you! While you can do this on your own, it can be more fun to travel with the barkada or even with your siblings. Bring tons of water, but make sure you don't leave trash behind.

For a list of packages and more details, click here.

Photo by Sunshine Selga-Funa.

Baler Lighthouse, Dicasalarin Cove

Watch the waves and admire a one-of-a-kind lighthouse

If you're out with the family, you can prepare your beach towels and soak in some sun when you visit Dicasalarin Cove. A trip wouldn't be complete without going up some steps to the lighthouse with a unique structure. To visit this hideaway, tickets can be purchased via Costa Pacifica.

Photo by @llabresaaronn via Instagram.

Corregidor Island

Travel back in time and learn more about our history

Have you visited the famous island before for a field trip? It's always nice to go back and relive some of the defining moments in our country's past. Get your rubber shoes ready as you'll be doing a lot of walking and exploring. It's also best to bring the young ones to make it a fun, learning experience.

For tour details and other information, click here.

Photo from @corregidorph via Instagram.

Monasterio de Tarlac

Say a prayer and marvel at the 30-foot statue of Jesus Christ

Open to public daily, from 7am to 6pm, this tourist destination in the province of Tarlac keeps a relic of the True Cross, or physical remnants from the cross upon which Jesus was crucified. After saying a prayer or hearing Mass, vist the must-see statue of Christ and admire the scenic view.

Monasterio de Tarlac

  • Mt. Resurrection Eco Park, Brgy. Lubigan, San Jose, Tarlac

Photo by @meerence via Instagram.

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