Thriving Tarlac

Saturday, September 16, 2017

what to do in tarlac

Bordered by Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, and Zambales, the landlocked province of Tarlac is known for its vast plains that yield most of the country's produce. Sugar canes, rice, and corn are plenty in these parts but there is so much more to this province. 

Its name is derived from "malatarlak" – a kind of weed that used to thrive in the area. Formerly heavily forested, the indigenous Aetas were once the only ones to call it their home. Now, Tarlac is also home to Kampampangans, Ilocanos, and Tagalogs. 

Tarlac was the last province in Central Luzon to be organized under the Spanish colonial rule, but it was one of the eight provinces that first revolted.

Its unofficial moniker, "The National Pitstop of the Philippines", grossly undermines what the province has to offer, for beyond the establishments roadtrippers are familiar with, Tarlac has a whole lot more up its sleeves.

Enjoy a peaceful view
Monasterio de Tarlac in San Jose is touted as Tarlac's most popular attraction. Featuring a 30-foot statue of Christ the Redeemer ala Rio de Janeiro, this place mostly commands a crowd Catholic devotees. Families often drive up the Monasterio to hear mass, but the place isn't just for the religious. Being nestled atop Mt. Resureccion has it perks. Monasterio de Tarlac has a view deck that looks out into a panorama of rolling hills and stretches of forests. 
monasterio de tarlac

Monasterio de Tarlac
San Jose, Tarlac
+63 45 493 3002

Stroll, Swim, or Run
The sprawling property that is the Tarlac Recreational Park offers all kinds of activities. It has a large oval running track and courts for basketball, badminton, and tennis. There's also a waterpark, complete with an olympic-sized pool and a set of waterslides. For those who're just looking for some quiet time, there's plenty of picnic tables right on the shores of the lake where one can go fishing. ATV rides and wall climbing can also be done in the park. 
things to do in tarlac

tarlac recreational park swimming pool

tarlac recreational park rates

Tarlac Recreational Park
San Juan de Valdez, San Jose, Tarlac
+63 999 885 3981 / +63 45 493 2471

See a different perspective
One of the most interesting places in Tarlac is the Aquino Center and Museum inside the Luisita Industrial Park. The structure is a repository of memorabilia relating to Ninoy and Cory Aquino. The museum was designed to tell a fascinating narrative that weaves through the events of Martial Law and culminates to the first People Power. 
tarlac tourist attractions

Aquino Center and Museum
Luisita Industrial Park Road, San Miguel, Tarlac City
+63 45 985 0968
Business Hours: Monday to Sunday - 8AM to 5PM
Entrance Fee: Php100/head regular fee; Php50/head for students

Feel the rush of racing
Kart City is popular for the adrenaline-inducing experience it affords. It features a race track that could pass as the real deal, plus a fleet of high-quality go-karts. Challenge your friends to a few laps of burning rubber. 
what to do in tarlac

kart city tarlac rates

Kart City 
Brgy. San Roque, Tarlac City
+63 45 491 4053 / +63 922 867 8395
Business hours: Monday to Friday - 3PM to 2AM; Saturday and Sunday - 10AM to 2AM

Practice your Swing
The Luisita Golf Club is one of the country's finest. Its world-class facilities have played host to many competitions. If you're into golf, then a visit to the park should not be missed.
luisita golf park

Luisita Golf and Country Club
Luisita Industrial Park Road, Tarlac City
+63 45 985 0810

Spend a Night in Hacienda Luisita
The Luisita Industrial Park possesses a relative reclusiveness that would be most attractive to those wanting to escape the chaos of the city, without sacrificing comfort. Surrounded by fine establishments, Microtel Luisita is a great choice for a homebase when in Tarlac. Its chiropractor-approved bed and convenient transport services are enough for your money's worth.
hotels in tarlac

Microtel by Wyndham – Luisita, Tarlac
Hacienda Luisita San Miguel, Tarlac
+63 45 985 1770

Sink Your Teeth Into Some Juicy Lechon Manok
For some grilled goodness, head over to Victor's Lechon Manok – a popular roadside grill in Tarlac City. It gets pretty crowded during lunch, so go there a little later in the afternoon for a mellowed ambiance. Make sure to get an order of lechon manok and a plate of sisig and grilled tilapia.
where to eat in tarlac

Victor's Lechon Manok and Barbecue
MacArthur Highway, Tarlac City, Tarlac
+63 45 491 0538

Forget Your Diet and Have Crispy Pata for Dinner
A chill vibe and good food await everyone at the Game Room Sporstbar – Kart City's in-house restaurant. Pinoy favorites such as sinigang, kare-kare, sisig, and – of course – crispy pata. They also serve beer here. And there's also a trio of billiard tables to entertain you and your squad while you're waiting for your food.
where to eat in tarlac

The Game Room Sportsbar at Kart City
Brgy. San Roque, Tarlac City
Business hours: Monday to Friday - 3PM to 2AM; Saturday and Sunday - 10AM to 2AM

There are buses that pass through Tarlac City in the following terminals:
  • Victory Liner - Pasay City and Cubao
  • Five Star - Pasay City and Cubao
  • Partas - Cubao
  • Farinas - Lacson, Sampaloc, Manila
  • Genesis - Cubao-Avenida, Manila
  • Philippine Rabbit - Avenida, Manila
  • GV Florida, etc.
All buses bound for the Ilocos region pass by Tarlac, so just ask the conductor to make sure.


Have you been to Tarlac? What fun activities have you tried?

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