- For the river see Pampanga River. Pampanga River is the second largest River in the Island of Luzon in the Philippines, next to the Cagayan River.
|Province of Pampanga|
Provincial seal of Pampanga
Map of the Philippines with Pampanga highlighted
|Region||Central Luzon (Region III)|
|Capital||City of San Fernando|
| - Highly urbanized cities||1|
| - Component cities||1|
| - Municipalities||20|
| - Barangays||537|
| - Congressional districts||4|
| - Total (2007)||1,882,730|
| - Density||863/km² (4th highest)|
| - Total||2,180. In the Philippines, regions ( Filpino: rehiyon, ISO 3166-2PH) are administrative division that serve primarily to organize the 81 Central Luzon (or " Gitnang Luzon " in Filipino), also known as Region III (or Region 3) is an administrative division For the city in La Union see San Fernando City La Union. For other uses see San Fernando. A city ( lungsod, or sometimes siyudad, in Filipino and Tagalog) is a tier of local government in the Philippines A city ( lungsod, or sometimes siyudad, in Filipino and Tagalog) is a tier of local government in the Philippines A municipality ( bayan, sometimes munisipyo in Cebuano or used infrequently in Tagalog) is a local government unit in the Philippines This article refers to a political administrative division See Barangay Ginebra Kings for other uses The House of Representatives of the Philippines ( Filipino: Kapulungan ng mga Kinatawan ng Pilipinas) is the lower chamber of the Congress of the Philippines 7 km²|
|Founded||December 11, 1571|
|Spoken languages||Kapampangan, Tagalog, English|
|Governor||Eduardo Panlilio (Independent)|
Pampanga is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Events 359 - Honoratus, the first known Prefect of the City of Constantinople, takes office Kapampangan is one of the major Languages of the Philippines. Tagalog is one of the major languages used in the Philippines. English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States Eddie "Among Ed" Tongol Panlilio is a Filipino Roman Catholic Priest who was elected as the In Politics, an independent is a Politician who is not Affiliated with any Political party. The provinces of the Philippines are the primary administrative divisions of the Philippines. The Philippines ( Filipino: Pilipinas, officially known as the Republic of the Philippines (fil ''Republika ng Pilipinas'' RP Central Luzon (or " Gitnang Luzon " in Filipino), also known as Region III (or Region 3) is an administrative division In the Philippines, regions ( Filpino: rehiyon, ISO 3166-2PH) are administrative division that serve primarily to organize the 81 Its capital is San Fernando City, Pampanga. For the city in La Union see San Fernando City La Union. For other uses see San Fernando. Pampanga is bordered by the provinces of Bataan and Zambales to the west, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija to the north, and Bulacan to the southeast. Bataan is a province of the Philippines occupying the whole of Bataan Peninsula on Luzon. For the mountain chain see Zambales Mountains. For the ethnic group see Sambal people. For the city see Tarlac City. For the river see Tarlac River. Nueva Ecija is a landlocked province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region This article is about the province For the municipality see Bulacan Bulacan. Pampanga also lies on the northern shore of Manila Bay. Manila Bay is a natural Harbor which serves the Port of Manila (on Luzon) in the Philippines. The name "La Pampanga" was given by the Spaniards who found the early natives living near the river banks. The word "Pangpang" means river bank. Its creation in 1571 makes it the oldest among the seven provinces of Central Luzon. The Province of Pampanga enjoys the distinction of being known as the culinary heart of the Philippines. Culinary art is the Art of Cooking. The word "culinary" is defined as something related to or connected with cooking or Kitchens A culinarian
Pampanga is served by the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, which is located at Clark Field in Angeles City, some 16 kilometers north of the provincial capital. Diosdado Macapagal International Airport ( DMIA, Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Diosdado Macapagal, Kapampangan: Sulapawang Internasyonal Angeles City (Lungsod ng Angeles Kapampangan: Ciudad ning Angeles) geographically located within the province of Pampanga in the Philippines
People and culture
A little history of Pampanga shows that the Kapampangans take pride in their province for being one of the eight provinces in the country to revolt against Spain and having produced two presidents, three chief justices, a senate president, the first Filipino cardinal and many outstanding personalities in public service, education, diplomacy, journalism, the arts and sciences, entertainment and business.
Kapampangan cuisine is widely thought to be among the most evolved and refined of Philippine cuisines. Some of the menus that are said to have originated from Pampanga are kare-kare, sisig, and kilawin. Sisig is a Kapampangan term which means "to snack on something sour" (See Pampangos. The Kapampangans or Capampañgans ( Spanish: Pampangos or Pampangueños) are the )
Farming and fishing are the two main industries of the province. Major products include rice, corn, sugar cane, and tilapia. In addition to farming and fishing, the province also supports thriving cottage industries that specialize in wood carving, furniture-making, guitars, and handicrafts. Every year during the Christmas season, the province of Pampanga becomes the center of a thriving industry centered on handcrafted lighted lanterns called “parols” that displays a kaleidoscope of light and color. Other industries include its casket industry and the manufacturing of all Purpose Vehicles present in the Municipality of Sto. Tomas.
The province is famous for its culinary industry. Kapampangans are well known for their culinary expertise. Well known food products range from the ordinary to the exotic. Pampanga's Best and Mekeni Food are among the better known meat brands of the country producing Kapampangan favorites such as pork and chicken tocinos, beef tapa, hot dogs, and longanizas (Philippines-style sausages and cured meats. )
Speciality foods such as the murcon (ground meat stuffed in fish), embutido (ground pork roll), kare-kare (pork or beef cooked in peanut butter), sisig baboy (a spicy pork dish best served with beer), lechon (roasted pig) and its sarsa (sauce), are popular speciality foods in the region. The more exotic betute tugak (stuffed frog), kamaru (mole crickets) cooked ala adobo, bulanglang (pork cooked in guava juice), lechon kawali, and bringhe (a green sticky rice dish like paella) are a mainstay in Kapampangan feasts. Native sweets and delicacies like pastillas, turonnes de casoy, buro, are the most sought after by Filipinos including a growing number of tourists who enjoy authentic Kapampangan cuisine.
Tourism is a growing industry in the province of Pampanga. Clark Field, in Angeles City, is home to Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, Luzon's second International Airport and designated as the Philippines future premier gateway site. Diosdado Macapagal International Airport ( DMIA, Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Diosdado Macapagal, Kapampangan: Sulapawang Internasyonal Within the Clark Special Economic Zone are well established hotels and resorts. Popular tourist destinations in the province include: St. Peter Shrine in Apalit, Mt. Arayat National Park in San Juan Bano, Arayat, the Paskuhan Village in the City of San Fernando, and the Casino Filipino in Angeles City. The Paskuhan Village (HILAGA Philippines in the City of San Fernando Pampanga, Philippines is the third Christmas theme park in the world and the only one in Asia Well known annual events include the Giant Lantern Festival in December, the annual hot air balloon festival in Clarkfield during the month of February, the San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites celebrated two days before Easter and the Aguman Sanduk in Minalin celebrated on the afternoon of new year's day. The Giant Lantern Festival is an annual festival held in December (Saturday before Christmas Eve in the City of San Fernando in the Philippines. The San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites is a Holy Week re-enactment of Christ’s Passion and Death which takes place in Barangay San Pedro Cutud, Minalin is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines.
Other developing economies include a semiconductor industry involved in the manufacturing of electronics and computers mostly located within the Clark Special Economic Zone in Angeles City.
The flag of Pampanga.
Pampanga is subdivided into 20 municipalities and 2 cities. A municipality ( bayan, sometimes munisipyo in Cebuano or used infrequently in Tagalog) is a local government unit in the Philippines A city ( lungsod, or sometimes siyudad, in Filipino and Tagalog) is a tier of local government in the Philippines
|City||No. A city ( lungsod, or sometimes siyudad, in Filipino and Tagalog) is a tier of local government in the Philippines of|
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|Angeles City||33||267,788||66. Angeles City (Lungsod ng Angeles Kapampangan: Ciudad ning Angeles) geographically located within the province of Pampanga in the Philippines 16||3,989/km²|
|City of San Fernando||36||221,857||67. For the city in La Union see San Fernando City La Union. For other uses see San Fernando. 74||3,275/km²|
|Municipality||No. A municipality ( bayan, sometimes munisipyo in Cebuano or used infrequently in Tagalog) is a local government unit in the Philippines of|
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|Candaba||33||86,066||208. This article refers to the Municipality of Arayat For the mountain of the same name see Mount Arayat. Bacolor is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Candaba (formerly Candawe) is a 1st class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. 70|
|Floridablanca||33||85,394||175. Floridablanca is a 1st class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. 48||1,487/km²|
|Guagua||31||111,259||66. Guagua redirects here For the musical instrument see Guagua (musical instrument Guagua is a first-class municipality in the province of 16 km²||3,989/km²|
|Lubao||44||125,699||155. Lubao is a 1st class municipality in the southwestern part of the province of Pampanga, Philippines. 77|
|Minalin||15||40,000||48. Mabalacat is a 1st class municipality in the northern part of the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Macabebe is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Magalang is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Masantol is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Mexico is a 1st class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Minalin is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. 27|
|Porac||29||80,757||343. Porac is a municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. 12|
The province has a total land mass of 2,180. San Luis is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. San Simon is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Santa Ana is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Santa Rita is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Santo Tomas is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Sasmuan is a municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. 68 square kilometers. Its terrain is relatively flat with one distinct mountain, Mt. Arayat and the notable Pampanga river. Among its municipalities, Porac has the largest land mass with 343. 12 square kilometers; Candaba comes in second with 208. 7 square kilometers; followed by Lubao with 155. 77 square kilometers.
The province of Pampanga has two distinct climates, rainy and dry. The rainy or wet season normally begins in May and runs through October, while the rest of the year is the dry season. The warmest period of the year occurs between March and April, while the coolest period is from December through February.
Telephone services in the Province are provided by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), Digitel, Datelcom, the Evangelista Telephone Company, and the Pampanga Telecom Company. The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company () commonly known as PLDT, is the largest telecommunications company in the Philippines. The province has 24 public telegraph offices distributed among its towns while the facilities of PT&T and RCPI were set up to serve the business centers in Angeles City, San Fernando City, and Guagua. 
Several Internet Service Providers and available in the province. These include the Angeles Computer Network Specialist, Information Resources Network System, Inc. , Mosaic communications Inc. , Net Asia Angeles City, Phil World On Line and Comclark Network and Technology Corp.
United Parcel Services (UPS) and Federal Express (FedEx) provide international courier services for the province and the rest of the country. Their hubs are located within the Clark Special Economic Zone. These international courier are complemented by four local couriers operating as the communication and baggage of the province. There are 3 postal district offices and 35 post office stations distributed in the 20 municipalities and 2 cities of the province. 
Water and power
Potable water supply in the province reaches the populace through three levels namely: Level I (point source system), Level II (communal faucet system), and Level III (individual connections). A well or spring is the pinpointed water source in areas where houses are few as the system is only designed to serve 15 to 25 households. As of 1997, there were 128,571 Level I water system users in the province. The communal faucet system (Level II) serves the rural areas while the Level III system is managed by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA). The system provides individual house connections to all second and first class private subdivisions.
Electric power is distributed to majority of the towns through the distribution centers of the Pampanga Electric Cooperative (PELCO) which include PELCO I, II, III. Small parts of Candaba and Macabebe are also supplied by Manila Electric Company (MERALCO). 
The province of Pampanga is strategically located at the crossroads of central Luzon and is highly accessible by both air and land. The province is home to two airstrips: Basa Air Base in Floridablanca, which is utilized by the military, and the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (formerly Clark International Airport) in Angeles City. Pampanga also has five existing municipal ports which function as fish landing centers. These are situated in the municipalities of Guagua, Macabebe, Masantol, Minalin, and Sasmuan. Minalin is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. 
Land travel to the province is made easy by numerous buses that travel the routes of Manila-Pampanga-Bataan, Manila-Pampanga-Zambales, Manila-Pampanga-Tarlac, Manila-Pampanga-Nueva Ecija, and Manila-Bulacan-Pampanga. These buses are serviced by: Philippine Rabbit, Genesis Transport, Philippine Rapid, Panther, Saulog Transit, Victory Liner, Dagupan Bus Lines, San Trans, Fariñas, Dominion, Maria de Leon, Viron, five Star, Arayat Express, Sierra Madre Lines, and the Baliuag Transit. 
The 83. 7 - km North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) extends from Balintawak in Metro Manila to Sta. The North Luzon Expressway ( NLE or NLEx) formerly called North Diversion Road, is a limited-access toll expressway that connects Metro Manila Ines in Pampanga. It passes through the large cities of San Fernando and Angeles through Sta. Ines, which is located near the former U. S. Air Force Base at Clark Field.
The province is home to 40 colleges/universities. They include:
- University of the Assumption, City of San Fernando
- Philippine Women's University, Extension Program in Pampanga, Angeles City
- Saint Anthony College of Technology, San Francisco, Mabalacat
- AMA Computer College, Angeles City and City of San Fernando
- AMA Computer Learning Center, Angeles City and City San Fernando
- Mother of Good Counsel Seminary, City of San Fernando
- MTC Academy, City of San Fernando
- Chevalier School
- St. Holy Angel University is a private non-sectarian Catholic university in Angeles City, Philippines, offering primary secondary and tertiary education The University of the Philippines Diliman - Extension Program in Pampanga ( U The University of the Assumption (UA is a private Archdiocesan Catholic university located in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines. The Philippine Women's University (PWU is a non-sectarian academic institution for women in the Philippines, founded in 1919 as the Philippine Women's College by AMA Computer University (AMACU is a university located in Project 8 Quezon City, Philippines. Luther school of nursing
- Mary the Queen College, Guagua
- East Central Colleges, City of San Fernando
- Clark Institute of Aviation, Clark Air Base, Angeles City
- Philippine State College of Aeronautics, Basa Air Base, Floridablanca
- St. Augustine School of Nursing, Angeles City
- Central Luzon College of Science and Technology (CELTECH College) , City of San Fernando
- Development for Advanced Technology Achievement (DATA) College, City of San Fernando
- Union Christian College, City of San Fernando
- Harvadian Colleges, City of San Fernando
- Jocson College, Angeles City
- Mega Computer College, Angeles City
- Systems Plus College Foundation, Inc. Systems Plus College Foundation (SPCF is a Private Non-Sectarian school in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines. , Angeles City
- Mother of Perpetual Help Institute School of Midwifery and Nursing Aide, Angeles City
- STI Colleges, Angeles City and City of San Fernando
- Asian Institute of College Studies, Angeles City
- Integrated Computer School Foundation, Angeles City
- Computer System Specialist, Inc. STI College is the largest information technology -based education system in the Philippines. , Angeles City
- Jose C. Feliciano College, Inc. , Dau, Mabalacat
- Saint Michael's College, Guagua
- Guagua National College, Guagua
- Dau Academy-St. Muchen, Dau, Mabalacat
- Megabyte College of Science and Technology, Floridablanca and Guagua
- Holy Cross College Pampanga, Sta. Ana
- Pampanga Agricultural College, Magalang
- Assumpta Technical High School, San Simon
- Pampanga Colleges, Macabebe
- Somascan Fathers Seminary, Lubao
- Don Honorio Ventura College of Arts and Trades, Bacolor
- Dee Hwa Liong College Foundation, Mabalacat
- New Era University - Pampanga, City of San Fernando
- Jose Feliciano College, Dau, Mabalacat
- January 1 — Aguman Sanduk, Minalin
- January 6 — 10 Kuraldal, Sasmuan
- February — Philippine International Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta, Clark Field, Angeles City
- February 28-29 - Caragan Festival, Mabalacat
- March/April (Good Friday) — San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites (Mal a Aldo), City of San Fernando
- May — Sabat/Santacruzan
- May (First week) - El Circulo Fernandino
- June 28-30 — Apung Iru Fluvial Procession, Apalit
- August 27 - Apung Monica Fluvial Procession, Minalin
- October — Pyestang Tugak (Frog Festival), City of San Fernando
- October — Fiestang Kuliat (La Naval Fiesta), Angeles City
- Last Friday of October — Apo Fiesta, Angeles City
- Last Friday and Saturday of October — Tigtigan Terakan Keng Dalan, Angeles City
- November (Last week of November) — Duman Festival, Sta. Minalin is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta is an annual event that occurs between January and February at the Omni Aviation Complex in Clark Field, Angeles City The San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites is a Holy Week re-enactment of Christ’s Passion and Death which takes place in Barangay San Pedro Cutud, The El Circulo Fernandino is the annual reception and ball of the City of San Fernando, Pampanga to open the fiesta celebrations culminating on May 30. Minalin is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. The San Fernando Frog Festival takes place in Pampanga in The Philippines. Rita
- December — Sisig Festival (Sadsaran Qng Angeles), SM Clark, Angeles City
- December 1-7 — Sinukwan Festival, City of San Fernando
- December 11 — Aldo Ning Kapampangan (Pampanga Day)
- December - Saturday before Christmas Eve — Ligligan Parul (Giant Lantern Festival), City of San Fernando
- December 16-24 - Lubenas, various towns in Northern Pampanga
- Throughout the year, various towns and cities within the Province of Pampanga celebrates feasts honoring their patron saint. Sisig is a Kapampangan term which means "to snack on something sour" The Sinukwan Festival relives the Kapampangan spirit with a week-long calendar of cultural revivals capped by a grand street-dance parade in the streets of San Fernando The Giant Lantern Festival is an annual festival held in December (Saturday before Christmas Eve in the City of San Fernando in the Philippines. These fiesta days are listed below:
- Angeles City — Second Sunday of October
- Apalit — June 28,29,30
- Arayat — " November 24-25"
- Bacolor — 18th of November, La Naval
- Candaba — Nov. 30 Saint Andrews day
- Floridablanca — May. 01 Saint Joseph the Worker day
- Guagua — December 08
- Lubao — " September 10" (Date of birth of St. Nicholas)
- Mabalacat — February 2
- Macabebe — "September 10"
- Magalang —August 24
- Masantol — May 8
- Mexico — May 4
- Minalin — 2nd Sunday of May
- Porac — November 25
- City of San Fernando — May 30
- Santa Monica,San Luis — May 4
- San Simon — "October 11"
- Santa Ana — "July 26"
- Santa Rita — May 22
- Santo Tomas — December 21
- Sasmuan — December 13"
In addition to the town fiesta many barangays within each municipality celebrates a local fiesta also honoring a particular patron saint.
Heritage churches and shrines
- San Raphael Parish Church, Mabiga, Mabalacat
- Our Lady Of Grace Parish Church, Mabalacat
- Our Lady Of Victory Parish Church, Dau, Mabalacat
- Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando, City of San Fernando
- Betis Church, Guagua (National Cultural Treasure)
- Christ the Eternal High Priest Parish Church, Sulipan, Apalit
- San Agustin Church, Lubao (National Historical Landmark)
- San Guillermo Church, Bacolor
- Sta. Catalina Church, Arayat
- San Luis Gonzaga Church, San Luis
- Sto. Rosario (Holy Rosary) Church, Angeles City
- Sta. Monica Church, Minalin
- St. Peter Parish Church, San Juan, Apalit
- San Bartolome Church, Magalang
- Shrine of Our Lord of the Holy Sepulchre (Apung Mamacalulu), Angeles City
- Pio Chapel, Porac
Recreational facilities and leisure parks
- The Lakeshore (Mexico)
- Fontana (Clark Field, Pampanga)
- Paskuhan Village (renamed Hilaga) (City of San Fernando)
- Expo Pilipino (Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City)
- Plaza Imelda (Guagua)
- Bayanihan Park (Angeles City)
- Bren Z. A sepulchre, or sepulcher, is a type of Tomb or Burial chamber The Paskuhan Village (HILAGA Philippines in the City of San Fernando Pampanga, Philippines is the third Christmas theme park in the world and the only one in Asia Guiao Sports Complex (City of San Fernando)
- Benigno Aquino Hall (City of San Fernando)
- Federosa Island Resort (Sto. Tomas)
- Nayong Pilipino (Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City)
- Sito Palakol Resort (Floridablanca)
- Casino Filipino (Angeles City)
- Mimosa Leisure Estate (Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City)
- Clearwater (Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City)
- Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City)
- Hidden Vale Sports Club (Angeles City)
- Angeles City Historical Sites
- Fort Stotsenburg
- Old Pamintuan Residence
- Don Juan Nepomuceno Residence
- Holy Family Academy Building
- Bale Herencia
- Angeles Post Office Building (now houses the Angeles Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Center)
- Lily Hill
- Bale Matua
- Bayanihan Park (formerly Astro Park)
- Salakot Arch
- City of San Fernando Heritage District
- Mabalacat Historical Site
- Mt. Diosdado Macapagal International Airport ( DMIA, Filipino: Paliparang Pandaigdig ng Diosdado Macapagal, Kapampangan: Sulapawang Internasyonal Angeles Sports & Country Club is only one of three places in the Philippines with Lawn Bowls and with the advent of the 2005 Southeast Asian Games became Fort Stotsenburg, during the World War II era was the location of the Philippine Department 's 26th Cavalry Regiment, 86th Field Artillery Regiment The Hizon-Singian House is a heritage house located in the City of San Fernando Pampanga. The Lazatin House is one of the two heritage houses owned by the Lazatins in the City of San Fernando Pampanga. The Dayrit-Cuyugan House is a heritage house in the City of San Fernando Pampanga. The Henson-Hizon House is a heritage house in the City of San Fernando Pampanga. The Bataan Death March (also known as The Death March of Bataan) took place in the Philippines in 1942 and was later accounted as a Japanese war The Pampanga Capitol is the seat of government of the Province of Pampanga The Pampanga Sugar Development Company built the first Filipino-financed Sugar central in Pampanga, Philippines. The current main building of Pampanga High School was completed in 1935 Arayat National Park (Arayat)
- Scenic Candaba Swamps and Wild Duck Sanctuary (Candaba)
- Mt. Pinatubo Crater (Pampanga/Tarlac/Zambales)
- Dara Falls (Porac) - Pampanga’s version of the Pagsanjan Falls of Laguna
Pampanga was the first province and the richest spoil carved out of the Luzon Empire (traditional Chinese: 呂宋國; pinyin: Lǚsòng Guó) by the Spaniards in 1571. Luzon Empire ( was an ancient empire once located around the Manila Bay region of the Philippines. Pinyin, more formally Hanyu pinyin, is the most common Standard Mandarin Romanization system in use It was named after the Indung Kapampangan River, the largest river in the former empire. Pampanga River is the second largest River in the Island of Luzon in the Philippines, next to the Cagayan River.
Pampanga, one of the richest provinces in the Philippines, was re-organized as a province by the Spaniards on December 11, 1571. Events 359 - Honoratus, the first known Prefect of the City of Constantinople, takes office For governmental control and taxation purposes, the Spanish authorities subdivided Pampanga into towns (pueblos), which were further subdivided into districts (barrios) and in some cases into royal and private estates (encomiendas).
Due to excessive abuses committed by some grantees of private estates, the King of Spain prohibited in 1574 the awarding of private estates (encomiendas). However, the royal decree was not fully enforced until the year 1620. In a report of Philippine encomiendas on June 20, 1591, Spanish Governor Gomez Perez Dasmarinas reported to the King of Spain that La Pampanga's encomiendas were Bataan, Betis y Lubao, Macabebe, Candava, Apalit, Calumpit, Malolos, Binto, Guiguinto, Caluya, Bulacan and Mecabayan. The encomiendas of La Pampanga at that time had eighteen thousand six hundred and eighty whole tributes.
Ancient Pampanga's territorial area used to include portions of the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac and Zambales in the big Island of Luzon of the Philippine Archipelago.
Pampanga which is about 850 square miles in area and presently inhabited by more than 1. 5 million people, had its present borders drawn in 1873. During the Spanish regime it was one of the richest Philippine provinces. Manila and its surrounding region were then primarily dependent on Pampangan agricultural, fishery, and forestry products as well as on the supply of skilled workers. As other Luzon provinces were created due to increases in population, some well-established Pampanga towns were lost to new emerging provinces in Central Luzon.
The historic province of Bataan which was founded in 1754 under the administration of Spanish Governor General Pedro Manuel Arandia, absorbed from the province of Pampanga the municipalities of Abucay, Balanga, Dinalupihan, Llana Hermosa, Orani, Orion, Pilar, and Samal.
The old Pampanga towns of Aliaga, Cabiao, Gapan, San Antonio and San Isidro were ceded to the province of Nueva Ecija in 1848 during the term of Spanish Governor-General Narciso Claveria y Zaldua.
The municipality of San Miguel de Mayumo of Pampanga was yielded to the province of Bulacan in the same provincial boundary configuration in 1848.
In 1860, the northern towns of Bamban, Capas, Concepcion, Victoria, Tarlac, Mabalacat, Magalang, Porac and Floridablanca were separated from Pampanga and were placed under the jurisdiction of a military command called Comandancia Militar de Tarlac. However, in 1873, the four latter towns were returned to Pampanga and the other five towns became municipalities of the newly created Province of Tarlac.
A large number of people have been displaced and whole towns and villages have been submerged in lahar in the aftermath of the Mount Pinatubo eruptions. A lahar is a type of Mudflow / Landslide composed of Pyroclastic material and Water that flows down from a Volcano, typically Mount Pinatubo is an active Stratovolcano located on the island of Luzon
Governors of Pampanga
- 1812-1820 Jose Aviles
- 1821-1824 Francisco Paula de los Santos and Fulgencio Nuñez
- 1824-1827 Manuel de Olea
- 1827-1831 Antonio Chacon y Conde
- 1831-1836 Juan Garrido
- 1836-1839 Mariano Valero y Soto
- 1839-1840 Angel Viniegra
- 1841-1846 Jose Urbina y Daoiz
- 1846-1847 Mariano Valero y Soto
- 1848-1849 Juan Lopéz Cordón
- 1849-1850 Manuel Gastero Serrano
- 1850-1852 Fernando Cajigas
- 1852-1854 José Paez y Lopéz
- 1854-1855 Jose Sanchez Guerrero
- 1855-1856 Francisco de Paula Rodriguez
- 1856-1860 Francisco Hidalgo y Caballero
- 1860-1862 Jose Maria Barrasa
- 1862-1864 Ramón Barrueta
- 1864 Mariano de la Cortina y Oñate
- 1864-1865 Vega
- 1865-1866 Juan Muñoz y Alvarez
- 1867 José Bolaños
- 1867-1869 Mariano de la Cortina y Oñate
- 1869-1870 Francisco Godínez y Esteban
- 1870-1871 Romero
- 1871-1872 Romay
- 1873 Jose Dias y Oliver
- 1873-1874 Jose Feced y Temprado
- 1875 Emilio Martín Bolaños
- 1875-1877 Miguel Sanz y Urtasun
- 1877-1879 Jose Feced y Temprado
- 1879 Antonio Graciano de Oro
- 1880 Carmona
- 1880-1881 Rafael Manzanares
- 1881-1883 Antonio Graciano de Oro
- 1883-1884 Pampillon
- 1884 Gaspar Castaño
- 1885-1886 Emilio Martín Bolaños
- 1886 Garanto
- 1886-1887 Requiferos
- 1887 Luis Goza
- 1887-1888 A. de Águila
- 1888-1891 Luis de la Torre Villanueva
- 1891-1892 José Ignacio Chacón
- 1892-1893 Joaquin Oliver
- 1893 Bascaran
- 1893-1895 Tomás Pérez del Pulgar y O’Lawlor
- 1895-1898 José Canovas y Vallejo
- 1898 Mota
- 1898 Mariano Alimurung
- 1898 Tiburcio T. Hilario
- 1899 Tomás Mascardo
- 1900 Francisco Dizon
- 1900-1901 José M. Alejandrino
U. S. MILITARY GOVERNMENT
- 1899-1900 Frederick Dent Grant
- 1900-1901 Arthur MacArthur
- 1901-1903 Ceferino Jóven
- 1904-1911 Macario Arnedo
- 1911 Mariano Lim
- 1912-1916 Francisco Liongson
- 1916-1922 Honorio Ventura
- 1922-1925 Olimpio Guanzon
- 1925-1931 Sotero Baluyut
- 1931 Eligio G. Lagman
- 1931-1937 Pablo Angeles David
- 1942 Lazaro Yambao
- 1942-1944 Eligio G. Lagman
- 1944 Urbano D. Dizon
- 1944 José Y. David
CIVIL GOVERNORS (cont. )
- 1945 Gerardo Limlingan
- 1945 Pablo Angeles David
- 1946-1947 Pablo Angeles David
- 1948-1951 José B. Lingad
- 1952-1959 Rafael Lazatin
- 1960-1971 Francisco G. Jose B Lingad ( November 24, 1914 — December 16, 1980) was a Filipino Politician who was elected provincial governor Nepomuceno
- 1972-1976 Brigido Valencia
- 1976-1980 Juanita L. Nepomuceno
- 1980-1986 Estelito P. Mendoza
- 1986-1995 Bren Z. Guiao
- 1995-2004 Manuel M. Lapid
- 2004-2007 Mark T. Lapid
- 2007-2010 Rev. Fr. Eduardo Panlilio
Notable people from Pampanga
- Jose Abad Santos - born in San Fernando, Pampanga, was the 5th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Eddie "Among Ed" Tongol Panlilio is a Filipino Roman Catholic Priest who was elected as the For the municipality in the Philippines see Jose Abad Santos Davao del Sur. He was appointed acting president by President Quezon with full authority to act on behalf of the President of the Philippines in areas unoccupied by the Japanese. He was killed by Japanese forces during the occupation of the Philippines in World War II.
- Pedro Abad Santos - Founder of the Socialist Party. Pedro Abad Santos ( 31 January 1876 – 15 January 1945) was a Filipino doctor Lawyer, Marxist and Politician Ideological mentor of Luis Taruc.
- Armando Biliwang - was elected as a municipal councilor and later became municipal mayor of San Fernando. He is well known for his fearless stand against communism during his term as municipal councilor and mayor.
- Rogelio dela Rosa - was one of the most popular Filipino matinee idols of the 20th century and was elected to the Senate in 1957. Regidor de la Rosa ( November 12, 1916 – November 10, 1986) better known as Rogelio de la Rosa, was one of the most popular He was also the first film actor who was able to parlay his fame into a political career, paving the way for other Filipino entertainers-turned-politicians. He had an equally famous brother, Jaime dela Rosa, also a matinee idol in the 1950s. Jaime de la Rosa was a Filipino pre-war and postwar Actor better known as Jimmy in Philippine showbiz
- Zoilo Hilario - born in San Fernando, Pampanga, was a famous Kapampangan writer and poet who dedicated his life to the propagation of Kapampangan literature and culture.
- Cecilia B. Licad - is one of the world's most famous concert pianists and hails from Lubao.
- apl.de.ap (Allen Pineda Lindo) - is a member of the Grammy-award winning group, The Black Eyed Peas, and was born in Sapang Bato, Angeles City. The Black Eyed Peas is an American hip hop group from Los Angeles. He is famous throughout the Filipino community after the release of his life story of his homeland Philippines in a song called "The Apl Song" found on the Peas' 2003 album Elephunk
- Joe Lingad - one-term governor and congressman. Elephunk is the third Album by the Black Eyed Peas, released in 2003 Elephunk is the third Album by the Black Eyed Peas, released in 2003 Jose B Lingad ( November 24, 1914 — December 16, 1980) was a Filipino Politician who was elected provincial governor Served as Secretary of Labor during Macapagal administration. History The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE started as a small bureau in 1908 and became a department on December 8, 1933 with the passage of Identified with the political opposition during the Marcos regime, he was assassinated in 1980 while campaigning for election as Pampanga governor.
- Diosdado Pangan Macapagal - was the 9th President of the Republic of the Philippines and a native of Lubao, Pampanga. For the airport see Diosdado Macapagal International Airport For the boulevard in Metro Manila, see Diosdado Macapagal Boulevard
- Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo - is the 14th and current President of the Republic of the Philippines. Maria Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo (born Maria Gloria Macaraeg Macapagal on April 5 1947 is a Filipina Politician. She is the daughter of the 9th President of the Republic Diosdado Macapagal. She is the country's second Female President after Corazon Aquino. She also was the country's first Female Vice President during the tenure of the now Deposed Former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada.
- Melanie Marquez - is a popular beauty queen-turned-actress who hails from Mabalacat. Mimilanie Laurel Marquez popularly known as Melanie, (born July 16, 1964) is a Filipina Television and Movie Actress She was Miss International 1979 and was voted as the Most Beautiful Miss International in 2000. She's also a sister of another local actor, Joey Marquez . S-Files is a Showbiz -oriented Television Talk show show in the Philippines aired every Sunday afternoons by GMA Network.
- Vanessa Minnillo - is an American television personality born in Clark Air Base, Angeles City and raised in the US. Vanessa Joy Minnillo (born November 9, 1980) is an American television personality. She was Miss Teen USA 1998 and is currently a host on MTV's Total Request Live.
- Eddie Panlilio - born in Minalin, Pampanga, was the first Filipino priest to be elected as Governor in Philippine history. Eddie "Among Ed" Tongol Panlilio is a Filipino Roman Catholic Priest who was elected as the
- Gil J. Puyat - was a Senate President of the Philippines from 1967 to 1972. Education Having been exposed to the world of business Puyat was inevitably drawn to a course in commerce for his higher education
- Apollo Quiboloy - is a Filipino televangelist; although he is known to be from Davao City, he is considered a Kapampangan as he was born to Kapampangan parents. Televangelism is the use of Television to communicate the Christian faith The City of Davao ( Tagalog: Lungsod ng Dabaw; Cebuano: Dakbayan sa Dabaw) is the largest city on the island of
- Efren "Bata" Reyes - is referred to as "The Magician" and a very popular Filipino billiards player who hails from Angeles City. Efren Reyes (born August 26, 1954) is a Filipino professional pool player from Angeles City and a 2-time world champion He is considered to be one of history's greatest practitioners of billiards.
- Donita Rose - although she was born in the US, she moved to Angeles City, where her father was designated at the US Clark Air Base, when she was five years old. Donita Rose Villarama, (nee Donita Rose Ramos Cavett also known as Donita Rose, Donita, is a former MTV Asia VJ. Clark Air Base is a former United States Air Force base on Luzon Island in the Philippines, located 3 miles west of Angeles City, about 40 miles She went on to become a famous local actress and MTV VJ in Asia.
- Lea Salonga - is a Tony Award-winning singer and actress who is best known for her portrayal of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon. Lea Salonga-Chien KL (born Maria Ligaya Carmen Imutan Salonga on February 22, 1971 in the Philippines is a multi-awarded Filipino American She spent the first six years of her childhood in Angeles City before moving to Manila.
- Rufino Cardinal Santos - was born in Guagua, Pampanga and became Archbishop of Manila from 1953 to 1973. Rufino Jiao Cardinal Santos ( August 26, 1908 - September 3, 1973) was the first Filipino Cardinal of the Roman He was the first Filipino to be named Cardinal.
- Kristine Johnson - is a co-anchor at WCBS-TV, making her the first Filipino-American to serve as the face of a major network newscast in New York and the entire US East Coast. Kristine Johnson (born June 5, 1972 at the former Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Pampanga WCBS-TV, channel 2 is the flagship station of the CBS television network located in New York City. She was previously an anchor of Early Today and Weekend Today. Early Today is the early morning news program on NBC. Christina Brown and Dan Kloeffler rotate as anchors of the program Weekend Today is an American morning news and talk show airing weekend mornings on the NBC Television network. She was born in Clark Air Base and is currently residing in New Jersey with her husband and two children. 
- Eliseo Soriano - Religious leader of Ang Dating Daan. Eliseo Fernando Soriano (born April 4 1947 a controversial Filipino evangelist is presiding minister of the Philippines -based Members Church of God International Ang Dating Daan ( Tagalog for "The Old Path" is a religious radio and television program in the Philippines produced by Members Church of God International
- Luis Taruc - Supremo of the Hukbalahap (Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon), and later of the HMB (Hukbong Mapagpalayang Bayan)
- Aurelio Tolentino - An original member of the Katipunan and nationalist playwright. Luis Taruc ( June 21, 1913 - May 4, 2005) was a Philippine Political figure and Communist revolutionary He was born in Guagua. He was one of the so-called seditious playwrights whose works became the foundation for the nation's political theater. His most famous work is "Kahapon, Ngayon at Bukas" written in 1903. The The Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, commonly known as the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines is named after him.
- Peter Valdes - a US-based Software Technopreneur who cofounded the globally successful Tivoli Systems (an IBM Company). Peter Waldo, Valdo, or Waldes ( c. 1140 &ndash c. 1218 also Pierre Vaudès or de Vaux, was the founder of the He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of the Philippines College of Engineering and an Outstanding Alumnus (High School) of the Holy Angel University. Selected as one of the 10 Most Inspiring Technopreneurs in the Philippines in 2006 and an Honored Member of the global Who's Who in Computer Industry. He was born in Angeles City.
- Other famous local personalities known to be Kapampangan or at least to have Kapampangan parents are Sharon Cuneta, Helen Gamboa, Dolphy, Fernando Poe, Jr., Vilma Santos, Kris Aquino, Dong Puno, Lorna Tolentino, Robin Padilla, Randy David, Judy Ann Santos, Nanette Medved, Sarah Geronimo, Glydel Mercado, Abbygale Arenas, Ato Agustin, Liza Lorena, Tonton Gutierrez, Yeng Guiao, Rudy Fernandez, Francisco "Django" Bustamante, Rosal Rosal, Arwind Santos, Jean Garcia, Miriam Quiambao, Rufa Mae Quinto, Senators Francis Pangilinan, Lito Lapid and Manny Villar, Regine Tolentino, Jacklyn Jose, Marvin Agustin, Current Philippine Chief Justice Reynato Puno and Christopher de Leon. Sharon Cuneta-Pangilinan (born Sharon Gamboa Cuneta on January 6, 1966) is a popular Filipina Actress, TV host Sharon Cuneta-Pangilinan (born Sharon Gamboa Cuneta on January 6, 1966) is a popular Filipina Actress, TV host Dolphy (born Rodolfo Vera Quizon on July 25, 1928 in Pampanga though raised in Tondo Manila) is a comedian actor Ronald Allan Kelley Poe ( August 20, 1939 &ndash December 14, 2004) better known as Fernando Poe Jr Vilma Santos-Recto (born Maria Rosa Vilma Tuazon Santos November 3, 1953) is a popular multi-awarded actress and politician in the Philippines. Kristina Bernadette Aquino-Yap (born Kristina Bernadette Cojuangco Aquino on February 14, 1971 in Quezon City) better known simply as Ricardo "Dong" Puno Jr (born on January 20, 1946 in Manila) is a Filipino television public affairs host media executive newspaper Victoria Lorna Aluquin-Fernandez, better known as Lorna Tolentino, is a Filipina Actress, host, executive producer and widow of actor Robinhood Fernando Carino Padilla (b November 23 1967, Manila, Philippines) is a Filipino action star who earned Randolf "Randy" S David is a Filipino journalist television host and a sociologist Judy Anne Lumagui Santos popularly known as Judy Ann Santos, (born May 11 1978 is an award-winning film actress in the Philippines. Darna is a Fictional character and Superheroine created by Filipino Komiks (Philippine colloquial term for Comics) Sarah Geronimo, born as Sarah Asher Tua Geronimo on July 25 1988 is a famous Filipina singer and actress Abbygale Williamson Arenas (born November 17, 1974 in Angeles City is a former model from the Philippines. The 1992 PBA season was the eighteenth season of the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA " Sa Piling Mo " (With You is a love story between both Judy Ann Santos and Piolo Pascual. Pangako Sa ’Yo (English My Promise to You or The Promise (international broadcast title is the name of a primetime Soap opera series produced and broadcast Joseller "Yeng" Guiao is a Filipino professional basketball head coach for the Red Bull Barako in the Philippine Basketball Association. Francisco Bustamante (born December 29, 1963, Philippines) is a Filipino professional Pocket billiards (pool player from LVN Pictures Inc is one of the biggest film studios in the history of Philippine cinema and its foremost establishment in motion picture post-production until 2005 Arwind Santos (born July 19, 1981 in Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines) is a Filipino basketball player playing Jean García is a Filipina Television and Film actress who hails from Angeles City, Pampanga and her real name is Miriam Quiambao is a Television personality and a former Beauty queen from the Philippines. HP To The Highest Level Na! was a Situational comedy Television show in the Philippines aired every Saturday evenings by GMA Network. Francis Nepomuceno Pangilinan (born August 24, 1963) also known as Kiko Pangilinan, is a politician in the Philippines. Manuel Mercado Lapid, popularly known as Lito Lapid, is a Filipino actor politician and Senator of the Republic of the Philippines. Manuel "Manny" Bamba Villar Jr (born December 13, 1949) is a Filipino businessman and politician currently the President of the Senate This is a list of people who have been VJs on MTV, the Music video channel in the U Marvin Jay Cuyugan Agustin, better known by his stage name Marvin Agustin (born 29 January 1979 (Age 28 at Peñafrancia Paco Manila) Reynato S Puno (born May 17, 1940) is the incumbent Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. Dekada '70 SUMMARYThe Dekada '70 which chronicles a middle-class Filipino family who over the space of a decade become aware
- Younger Kapampangan TV personalities are Joseph Bitangcol, Antoinette Taus, Baron Geisler, Arron Villaflor, Tyron Perez, Eliza Pineda, Justin Cuyugan, Gladys Reyes, Vincent Liwanag, Allen Dizon, Ronnie Liang, Aljur Abrenica, Emilio Garcia, Krizzy Jareno, Jay Aquitania, Sheena Halili, Kristel Astor, Raymond Manalo, and Antonio Aquitania. History In April 1992 six years after ABS-CBN went back on air President-CEO Freddie Garcia and Director Johnny Manahan, formulate the idea of creating SOP Rules is a Philippine noontime music/ Variety show aired by GMA Network. Vietnam Rose is a television series that was aired on the Philippine station ABS-CBN. History In April 1992 six years after ABS-CBN went back on air President-CEO Freddie Garcia and Director Johnny Manahan, formulate the idea of creating Twilight Dancers is the last installment of director Mel Chionglo and writer Ricky Lee’s trilogy about Macho Dancers Eliza Pineda (born on August 23 1995 in Angeles City Pampanga Philippines is a Filipina child actress who is currently a member of ABS-CBN's elite circle of homegrown talents Encantadia Pag-ibig Hanggang Wakas ( Encantadia Love Until the End) is the third and the last installment of the popular Encantadia Bahay Mo Ba 'To ( Filipino for Is this your house?) was a Situational comedy Television show in the Philippines aired every Tuesday Wazzup Wazzup is a former comedic-news program which airs weeknights previously aired on Philippine television network Studio 23. Twilight Dancers is the last installment of director Mel Chionglo and writer Ricky Lee’s trilogy about Macho Dancers Pinoy Dream Academy (also known as PDA) is the Philippine version of Endemol 's Star Academy. Aljur Guiang Abrenica (born on March 24 1990 in Angeles City, Pampanga) is a Filipino Actor. Krystala was a daily fantasy/sci-fi/adventure/soap opera serial(superserye/fantaserye from the Philippines, where it was produced by and aired on ABS-CBN from Encantadia is a Filipino Fantasy Television series (locally known as Telefantasya) produced by GMA Network Sheena Halili (born Sheena Yvette Castro Halili on January 16, 1987 in San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines) is a Pinoy Pop Superstar was a Philippine Television show featuring a year-long talent search for the best Filipino amateur singers VIVA Entertainment Inc, also known as Viva Entertainment Group is a Philippine entertainment company Bubble Gang is a Sketch comedy Television show in the Philippines airing Friday evenings by GMA Network.
External links Filipino is the national and an Official language of the Philippines as designated in the 1987 Philippine Constitution. A city ( lungsod, or sometimes siyudad, in Filipino and Tagalog) is a tier of local government in the Philippines A municipality ( bayan, sometimes munisipyo in Cebuano or used infrequently in Tagalog) is a local government unit in the Philippines A city ( lungsod, or sometimes siyudad, in Filipino and Tagalog) is a tier of local government in the Philippines Angeles City (Lungsod ng Angeles Kapampangan: Ciudad ning Angeles) geographically located within the province of Pampanga in the Philippines For the city in La Union see San Fernando City La Union. For other uses see San Fernando. A municipality ( bayan, sometimes munisipyo in Cebuano or used infrequently in Tagalog) is a local government unit in the Philippines This article refers to the Municipality of Arayat For the mountain of the same name see Mount Arayat. Bacolor is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Candaba (formerly Candawe) is a 1st class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Floridablanca is a 1st class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Guagua redirects here For the musical instrument see Guagua (musical instrument Guagua is a first-class municipality in the province of Lubao is a 1st class municipality in the southwestern part of the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Mabalacat is a 1st class municipality in the northern part of the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Macabebe is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Magalang is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Masantol is a 3rd class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Mexico is a 1st class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Minalin is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Porac is a municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. San Luis is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. San Simon is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Santa Ana is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Santa Rita is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Santo Tomas is a 4th class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines. Sasmuan is a municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines.
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