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Pampanga

"Pampanga" comes from the word pangpang meaning riverbank. a fitting name for a flat country crisscrossed by a hundred small branches of the Pampanga River. the first province and the richest spoil created by the Spaniards in 1571.

Pampanga
was re-organized as a province by the Spaniards on December 11, 1571. 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).

Pampanga
one of the richest Philippine provinces where 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.

RELIGION
composed of many religious groups (Church of God International, Ang Dating Daan, Iglesia Ni Cristo, Most Holy Church of God in Christ Jesus, Jesus Is Lord Church, Seventh-day Adventist, Evangelicals, Islam, Aglipayan, Jesus Miracle Crusade and many other )

ECONOMY
Farming and fishing Major products :
rice corn sugar cane tilapia

ECONOMY
thriving cottage industries (wood carving, furniture-making, guitars, and handicrafts) Every Christmas season, it becomes center of a thriving industry centered on handcrafted lighted lanterns called parols that displays a kaleidoscope of light and color.

ECONOMY
casket industry manufacturing of all Purpose Vehicles present in the Municipality of Sto. Tomas.

Angeles City
outlying village called Culiat of the town of San Fernando in 1796; Don Angel Pantaleon de Miranda and his courageous wife, Dona Rosalia de Jesus de Miranda started clearing the woodland and cultivated the area for rice and sugar farming.

Angeles City
chartered on June 22, 1963 has first-class hotels, fine dining, good recreation centers and several institutions of higher learning

San Fernando City


originally carved out from the towns of Bacolor and Mexico founded on August 15, 1754 component city on January 15, 2001 capital of the Philippines of the revolutionary government for about a month in 1899

San Fernando City


provincial capital since 1904 current regional capital of Central Luzon. domicile of giant lanterns place of the world renowned annual re-enactment of the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

Mabalacat City
a newly converted city in the Province of Pampanga ratified in a Plebiscite held on July 21, 2012 was also called Mabalacad at one time and was founded in 1712. city's name is derived from the ancient "balacat" trees which were found abundantly in the area.

Apalit
derived its name from the Philippine national tree, Narra or Apalit in Kapampangan renowned for its weaving, metal industries and for its colorful fluvial parade in honor of St. Peter.

Arayat
first class municipality in the province of Pampanga a popular tourist spot all year round is nestled on the foothills of Mt. Arayat , the legendary home of the beautiful fairy, Mariang Sinukuan

Bacolor
known also as Baculud Athens of Pampanga was the capital of the Philippines during the British occupation of Manila original provincial capital and remained as the seat of provincial government for more than three hundred years.

Candaba
once known as Candawe noted for its productive farmlands where sweet watermelons are grown and known for its wide and scenic swamps, the habitat of huge mudfish and gigantic catfish. Candaba swamp

Floridablanca
derived its name from small white flowers which happened to be in bloom when a new Spanish priest was assigned in the area was founded as a Spanish pueblo in 1867 reorganized later into a bigger area in December 1878

Guagua
Wawa, which means "mouth of a river" major commercial center accessible by water and land transportation primarily dedicated to aquaculture and farming fishing, farming, food processing and furniture manufacturing.

Lubao
derived from the indigenous word lubo which means low known also as Baba and Baras at one time is a nucleus of the Philippine movie industry because of many Lubenian leading artists, directors, producers, writers and cinematographers

Macabebe
English translation of Macabebe, meaning: 'bordering the river banks' describes the historical heritage of the ancient town an ancient town in the province of Pampanga intimately linked to the Pampanga River (Rio Grande de la Pampanga) Macabebes were the first known Kapampangans

Magalang
It was founded in 1605 during the term of Spanish Governor Pedro Bravo de Acuna its land is well-suited to agriculture particularly for sugar cane and rice farming

Masantol
second class municipality in the province of Pampanga got its name from the fruit tree, either because there was a proliferation of santol trees in the area, or because the town was where santol fruits were heavily bartered (Kapampangans being fond of 'sinigang' dish).

Masantol
'A Spanish missionary came to the town for the first time. Upon reaching a roadside corner store, he parked his horse-driven vehicle and inquired from the store keeper the name of the place. A middle-aged woman vendor, believing that the Spanish priest was asking for the name of the fruits she was selling, readily responded in broken Spanish language, Padre, todos dulce Masantol. The priest took from his pocket a pencil and a small diary and wrote down the word mas santol, referring to the name of the place he has visited. At the time, the locality abounded with santol trees, and santol fruits were in season when the priest visited the place.'

Mexico
own was renamed after Mexico, a country in North America, after being confused with its native name "Masiku" which is often taken as "Elbowed" (elbowing river: macasicung ilug) some theories attribute the name to "Siku"; an Old Kapampangan term for Chico or Sapodilla which grew richly in the town

Minalin
Originally known as Minalis founded in 1614 dubbed as the "Egg Basket of Luzon large scale poultry industry producing millions of chickens and eggs which reach millions of Philippine homes and restaurants.

Porac
founded on October 31, 1594 geographically the largest Pampanga town It is a mineral stamping ground and primary source of granite

San Luis
known also at one time as Cabagsac

San Simon
established as a pueblo in 1771

Santa Ana
called "Pinpin

Santa Rita
a former barrio named Gasac of the town of Porac, is nationally famous for a delicacy called "turones de casoy

Sasmuan
used to be known as Sexmoan historic town one of the oldest communities

Santo Tomas
derived from Baliwag ("tardy" in Spanish) due to the fact that the natives often arrived late for Holy Mass. youngest and smallest Pampanga town