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PAMPANGA or _Pampaŋga_ (Kapampangan : _Lalawigan ning Pampanga_; Filipino : _Lalawigan ng Pampanga_) is a province in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines
Philippines
. Lying on the northern shore of Manila
Manila
Bay , Pampanga
Pampanga
is bordered by Tarlac
Tarlac
to the north, Nueva Ecija to the northeast, Bulacan
Bulacan
to the east, the Manila Bay
Manila Bay
to the central-south, Bataan
Bataan
to the southwest and Zambales to the west. Its capital is the City of San Fernando . Angeles City
Angeles City
, while geographically within Pampanga, is classified as a first-class, highly urbanized city and is governed independently of the province.

The name _La Pampanga_ was given by the Spaniards, who encountered natives living along the banks (_pampáng_) of the Pampanga River
Pampanga River
. Its creation in 1571 makes it the first Spanish province on Luzon Island ( Cebu
Cebu
in Visayas is older as it was founded by the Spaniards in 1565). The town of Villa de Bacolor in the province briefly served as the Spanish colonial capital when Great Britain invaded Manila
Manila
as part of the Seven Years\' War . At the eve of the Philippine Revolution of 1896, Pampanga
Pampanga
was one of eight provinces placed under martial law for rebellion against the Spanish Empire
Spanish Empire
; it is thus represented on the Philippine national flag as one of the eight rays of the sun.

Pampanga
Pampanga
is served by Clark International Airport (formerly _Diosdado Macapagal International Airport_), which is in Clark Freeport Zone , some 16 kilometres (9.9 mi) north of the provincial capital. The province is home to two Philippine Air Force
Philippine Air Force
airbases : Basa Air Base in Floridablanca and the former United States Clark Air Base
Clark Air Base
in Angeles City. By 2015, the province has 2,198,110 inhabitants, while it has 1,079,532 registered voters.

CONTENTS

* 1 History

* 2 Geography

* 2.1 Climate * 2.2 Administrative divisions

* 3 Demographics

* 3.1 Population * 3.2 Languages * 3.3 Religion

* 4 Economy

* 5 Infrastructure

* 5.1 Telecommunication * 5.2 Water and power

* 5.3 Transportation

* 5.3.1 Road transport

* 6 Schools

* 6.1 Colleges and universities

* 7 Attractions

* 7.1 Festivals * 7.2 Natural parks

* 8 Government and politics

* 8.1 Provincial government * 8.2 Court system * 8.3 Governors

* 9 Notable people from Pampanga
Pampanga
* 10 References * 11 External links

HISTORY

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Ancient Pampanga's territorial area included portions of the modern provinces of Tarlac
Tarlac
, Bataan
Bataan
, Zambales , Nueva Ecija and Bulacan
Bulacan
. Pampanga
Pampanga
was re-organized as a province by the Spaniards on December 11, 1571. For better administration and taxation purposes, the Spanish authorities subdivided Pampanga
Pampanga
into _pueblos_, which were further subdivided into districts (_barrios _) and in some cases into royal and private estates (_encomienda _s).

Due to excessive abuses committed by some _encomenderos_, King Philip II of Spain in 1574 prohibited the further awarding of private estates, but this decree was not fully enforced until 1620. In a report of Philippine encomiendas on June 20, 1591, Governor-General Gómez Pérez Dasmariñas reported to the Crown that La Pampanga's encomiendas were Bataan, Betis y Lubao, Macabebe, Candaba, Apalit, Calumpit, Malolos, Binto, Guiguinto, Caluya, Bulacan
Bulacan
and Mecabayan . The encomiendas of La Pampanga
Pampanga
at that time had eighteen thousand six hundred and eighty whole tributes.

Pampanga, which is about 850 square miles (2,200 km2) in area and 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
Manila
and its surrounding region were then primarily dependent on Kapampangan 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
Pampanga
towns were lost to new emerging provinces in Central Luzon.

During the 17th century, The Dutch recruited men from Pampanga
Pampanga
as mercenaries who served the Royal Netherlands East Indies Army , known as Papangers part of the larger Mardijkers community. Their legacy can be found in North Jakarta , however, there are few traces of their descendants, except for a small community in Kampung Tugu . Pampanga, 1899

The historic province of Bataan
Bataan
which was founded in 1754 under the administration of Spanish Governor-General Pedro Manuel Arandia , absorbed from the province of Pampanga
Pampanga
the municipalities of Abucay, Balanga (now a city), Dinalupihan, Llana Hermosa, Orani, Orion, Pilar, and Samal.

During the British occupation of Manila
British occupation of Manila
(1762-1764), Bacolor became the provisional Spanish colonial capital and military base.

The old Pampanga
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
Pampanga
was yielded to the province of Bulacan
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
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
Pampanga
and the other five became municipalities of the newly created Province of Tarlac.

On December 8, 1941, Japanese planes bombed Clark Air Base
Clark Air Base
marking the beginning of the invasion of Pampanga. Between 1941 and 1942, occupying Japanese forces began entering Pampanga.

During the counter-insurgencies under the Japanese occupation from 1942 to 1944, Kapampangan guerrilla fighters and the Hukbalahap Communist guerrillas fought side by side in the province of Pampanga, attacking and retreating the Japanese Imperial forces for over three years of fighting and invasion.

The establishment of the military general headquarters and military camp bases of the Philippine Commonwealth Army was active from 1935 to 1946. The Philippine Constabulary was active from 1935 to 1942 and 1944 to 1946 in the province of Pampanga. During the military engagements of the anti-Japanese Imperial military operations in central Luzon
Luzon
from 1942 to 1945 in the province of Bataan, Bulacan, Northern Tayabas (now Aurora), Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, and Zambales, the local guerrilla resistance fighters and Hukbalahap Communist guerrillas, helped the U.S. military forces fight the Imperial Japanese armed forces.

In the 1945 liberation of Pampanga, Kapampangan guerrilla fighters and the Hukbalahap Communist guerrillas supported combat forces from Filipino and American ground troops in attacking Japanese Imperial forces during the Battle of Pampanga
Pampanga
until the end of the Second World War. Local military operations soldiers and officers of the Philippine Commonwealth Army 2nd, 26th, 3rd, 32nd, 33rd, 35th, 36th and 37th Infantry Division and the Philippine Constabulary 3rd Infantry Regiment recaptured and liberated the province of Pampanga
Pampanga
and fought against the Japanese Imperial forces during the Battle of Pampanga.

After the Second World War, operations in the main province of Pampanga
Pampanga
was downfall insurgencies and conflicts between the Philippine Government forces and the Hukbalahap Communist rebels on 1946 to 1954 during the Hukbalahap Rebellion .

The June 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo
Mount Pinatubo
displaced a large number of people with the submersion of whole towns and villages by massive lahar floods.

GEOGRAPHY

Pampanga
Pampanga
covers a total area of 2,002.20 square kilometres (773.05 sq mi) occupying the south-central section of the Central Luzon region. When Angeles City
Angeles City
is included for geographical purposes, the province's area is 2,062.47 square kilometres (796.32 sq mi). The province is bordered by Tarlac
Tarlac
to the north, Nueva Ecija to the northeast, Bulacan
Bulacan
to the east, the Manila Bay
Manila Bay
to the central-south, Bataan
Bataan
to the southwest, and Zambales to the northwest.

Its terrain is relatively flat with one distinct mountain, Mount Arayat and the notable Pampanga River
Pampanga River
. Among its municipalities, Porac has the largest land mass with 314 square kilometres (121 sq mi); Candaba comes in second with 176 square kilometres (68 sq mi); followed by Floridablanca with 175 square kilometres (68 sq mi). Santo Tomas , with an area of 21 square kilometres (8.1 sq mi), is the smallest.

CLIMATE

The province of Pampanga
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.

CLIMATE DATA FOR PAMPANGA

MONTH JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC YEAR

AVERAGE HIGH °C (°F) 30.5 (86.9) 31.5 (88.7) 33.1 (91.6) 34.5 (94.1) 34.0 (93.2) 32.6 (90.7) 32.0 (89.6) 31.2 (88.2) 31.4 (88.5) 31.6 (88.9) 31.4 (88.5) 30.5 (86.9) 32.03 (89.65)

AVERAGE LOW °C (°F) 21.6 (70.9) 21.8 (71.2) 22.9 (73.2) 24.1 (75.4) 25.0 (77) 25.0 (77) 24.6 (76.3) 24.8 (76.6) 24.3 (75.7) 24.0 (75.2) 23.5 (74.3) 22.3 (72.1) 23.66 (74.58)

AVERAGE RAINY DAYS 5 3 4 5 13 20 22 22 22 17 15 8 156

Source: _Storm247_

Political divisions

ADMINISTRATIVE DIVISIONS

Pampanga
Pampanga
comprises 19 municipalities and three cities (one highly urbanized and two component).

* † Provincial capital and component city * ∗ Component city * Municipality * ‡ Highly urbanized city (_geographically within but independent from the province_)

CITY OR MUNICIPALITY DISTRICT POPULATION ±% P.A. AREA DENSITY BRGY. COORDINATES

(2015) (2010)

KM2 SQ MI /KM2 /SQ MI

ANGELES ‡ 1st — 411,634 326,336 4.52% 60.27 23.27 6,800 18,000 33 15°08′24″N 120°35′16″E / 15.1399°N 120.5879°E / 15.1399; 120.5879 (Angeles)

APALIT 4th 7000490000000000000♠4.9% 107,965 101,537 1.18% 61.47 23.73 1,800 4,700 12 14°57′01″N 120°45′36″E / 14.9502°N 120.7599°E / 14.9502; 120.7599 (Apalit)

ARAYAT 3rd 7000610000000000000♠6.1% 133,492 121,348 1.83% 134.48 51.92 990 2,600 30 15°09′00″N 120°46′03″E / 15.1501°N 120.7675°E / 15.1501; 120.7675 (Arayat)

BACOLOR 3rd 7000180000000000000♠1.8% 39,460 31,508 4.38% 71.70 27.68 550 1,400 21 14°59′47″N 120°39′05″E / 14.9965°N 120.6513°E / 14.9965; 120.6513 (Villa de Bacolor)

CANDABA 4th 7000510000000099999♠5.1% 111,586 102,399 1.65% 176.40 68.11 630 1,600 33 15°05′33″N 120°49′39″E / 15.0925°N 120.8276°E / 15.0925; 120.8276 (Candaba)

FLORIDABLANCA 2nd 7000570000000000000♠5.7% 125,163 110,846 2.34% 175.48 67.75 710 1,800 33 14°58′33″N 120°31′43″E / 14.9759°N 120.5287°E / 14.9759; 120.5287 (Floridablanca)

GUAGUA 2nd 7000530000000000000♠5.3% 117,430 111,199 1.04% 48.67 18.79 2,400 6,200 31 14°57′55″N 120°38′01″E / 14.9654°N 120.6336°E / 14.9654; 120.6336 (Guagua)

LUBAO 2nd 7000730000000000000♠7.3% 160,838 150,843 1.23% 155.77 60.14 1,000 2,600 44 14°56′16″N 120°36′01″E / 14.9378°N 120.6004°E / 14.9378; 120.6004 (Lubao)

MABALACAT ∗ 1st 7001114000000000000♠11.4% 250,799 215,610 2.92% 83.18 32.12 3,000 7,800 27 15°13′22″N 120°34′24″E / 15.2228°N 120.5733°E / 15.2228; 120.5733 (Mabalacat)

MACABEBE 4th 7000350000000000000♠3.5% 75,850 70,777 1.33% 105.16 40.60 720 1,900 25 14°54′30″N 120°42′53″E / 14.9084°N 120.7147°E / 14.9084; 120.7147 (Macabebe)

MAGALANG 1st 7000510000000099999♠5.1% 113,147 103,597 1.69% 97.32 37.58 1,200 3,100 27 15°12′53″N 120°39′42″E / 15.2147°N 120.6618°E / 15.2147; 120.6618 (Magalang)

MASANTOL 4th 7000260000000000000♠2.6% 57,063 52,407 1.63% 48.25 18.63 1,200 3,100 26 14°53′04″N 120°42′35″E / 14.8845°N 120.7098°E / 14.8845; 120.7098 (Masantol)

MEXICO 3rd 7000700000000000000♠7.0% 154,624 146,851 0.99% 117.41 45.33 1,300 3,400 43 15°03′53″N 120°43′12″E / 15.0648°N 120.7200°E / 15.0648; 120.7200 (Mexico)

MINALIN 4th 7000220000000000000♠2.2% 47,713 44,001 1.55% 48.27 18.64 990 2,600 15 14°58′04″N 120°41′09″E / 14.9677°N 120.6859°E / 14.9677; 120.6859 (Minalin)

PORAC 2nd 7000570000000000000♠5.7% 124,381 111,441 2.11% 314.00 121.24 400 1,000 29 15°04′20″N 120°32′28″E / 15.0723°N 120.5411°E / 15.0723; 120.5411 (Porac)

SAN FERNANDO † 3rd 7001140000000000000♠14.0% 306,659 285,912 1.34% 67.74 26.15 4,500 12,000 35 15°01′45″N 120°41′34″E / 15.0292°N 120.6928°E / 15.0292; 120.6928 (San Fernando, Pampanga)

SAN LUIS 4th 7000250000000000000♠2.5% 54,106 49,311 1.78% 56.83 21.94 950 2,500 17 15°02′21″N 120°47′27″E / 15.0393°N 120.7908°E / 15.0393; 120.7908 (San Luis)

SAN SIMON 4th 7000240000000000000♠2.4% 53,198 48,353 1.83% 57.37 22.15 930 2,400 14 14°59′42″N 120°46′45″E / 14.9950°N 120.7793°E / 14.9950; 120.7793 (San Simon)

SANTA ANA 3rd 7000250000000000000♠2.5% 55,178 52,001 1.14% 39.84 15.38 1,400 3,600 14 15°05′41″N 120°45′57″E / 15.0946°N 120.7659°E / 15.0946; 120.7659 (Santa Ana)

SANTA RITA 2nd 7000190000000000000♠1.9% 40,979 38,762 1.06% 29.76 11.49 1,400 3,600 10 14°59′56″N 120°37′05″E / 14.9990°N 120.6180°E / 14.9990; 120.6180 (Santa Rita)

SANTO TOMAS 4th 7000180000000000000♠1.8% 40,475 38,062 1.18% 21.30 8.22 1,900 4,900 7 14°59′38″N 120°42′16″E / 14.9939°N 120.7045°E / 14.9939; 120.7045 (Santo Tomas)

SASMUAN (_SEXMOAN_) 2nd 7000130000000000000♠1.3% 28,004 27,254 0.52% 91.80 35.44 310 800 12 14°56′10″N 120°37′21″E / 14.9362°N 120.6226°E / 14.9362; 120.6226 (Sasmuan)

TOTAL 2,198,110 2,014,019 1.68% 2,002.20 773.05 1,100 2,800 505 (SEE GEOGROUP BOX )

* ^ Former names are _italicized_. * ^ Coordinates mark the city/town center , and are sortable by latitude . * ^ Total figures exclude the _highly urbanized city_ of Angeles.

DEMOGRAPHICS

Population census of Pampanga
Pampanga

YEAR POP. ±% P.A.

1990 1,295,929 —

1995 1,401,756 +1.48%

2000 1,614,942 +3.08%

2007 1,911,951 +2.36%

2010 2,014,019 +1.91%

2015 2,198,110 +1.68%

(_excluding Angeles City_) Source: Philippine Statistics Authority
Philippine Statistics Authority

POPULATION

The population of Pampanga
Pampanga
in the 2015 q39825 was 2,198,110 people, with a density of 1,100 inhabitants per square kilometre or 2,800 inhabitants per square mile. If Angeles City
Angeles City
is included for geographical purposes, the population is 2,609,744, with a density of 1,265/km2 (3,277/sq mi). The native inhabitants of Pampanga
Pampanga
are generally referred to as Kapampangans (alternatively spelled _Capampañgan_), Pampangos or Pampangueños.

LANGUAGES

LANGUAGES SPOKEN (2000)

Language

Speakers

Kapampangan   1,291,763

Tagalog   652,436

Sambal   13,109

Main articles: Kapampangan language , Tagalog language , and Sambal language

The whole population of Pampanga
Pampanga
speak the language of Kapampangan , which is one of the Central Luzon languages along with the Sambalic languages . A few also speak Tagalog , especially in places close to the border of Bulacan
Bulacan
. English is mainly spoken and used as a second language . There are also a few Sambal speakers in the province, especially near the border of Zambales .

RELIGION

Our Lady of Grace Parish in Mabalacat
Mabalacat

The province of Pampanga
Pampanga
is composed of many religious groups, but it is predominantly Roman Catholic , followed by the Members Church of God International , colloquially called _ Ang Dating Daan _ headed by Eliseo Soriano , with its headquarters in Apalit, Pampanga
Apalit, Pampanga
.

Other prominent Christian groups include the Aglipayan Church , Iglesia ni Cristo , United Methodist
United Methodist
, Church of the Nazarene , The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints , Jehovah\'s Witnesses , Pentecostal Missionary Church of Christ (4th Watch) , Most Holy Church of God in Christ Jesus, Jesus is Lord Church , Seventh-day Adventist Church , Evangelicals , Aglipayan
Aglipayan
, Jesus Miracle Crusade and many others.

Islam is also present in the province, mainly due to migrants originating from the south , as well as Buddhism
Buddhism
, which is practiced by a few Filipinos of Chinese descent .

ECONOMY

Farming and fishing are the two main industries. Major products include rice, corn, sugarcane, and tilapia. Pampanga
Pampanga
is the tilapia capital of the country because of its high production reaching 214,210.12 metric tons in 2015. In addition to farming and fishing, the province supports thriving cottage industries that specialize in wood carving, furniture making, guitars and handicrafts. Every Christmas season, the province of Pampanga, especially in the capital city of San Fernando becomes the center of a thriving industry centered on handcrafted lighted lanterns called _parols_ that display a kaleidoscope of light and color. Other industries include its casket industry and the manufacturing of all-purpose vehicles in the municipality of Santo Tomas.

The province is famous for its sophisticated culinary work. Kapampangans are well known for their culinary creations. Famous food products range from the mundane to the exotic. Roel's Meat Products, 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 , hotdogs, and longganizas (Philippine-style sausages and cured meats).

Specialty foods such as the siopao , pandesal , tutong, lechon (roasted pig) and its sarsa (sauce) are popular specialty foods in the region. The more exotic _betute tugak_ (stuffed frog), _kamaru_ (mole crickets) cooked 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 casuy, buro, are the most sought after by Filipinos including a growing number of tourists who enjoy authentic Kapampangan cuisine. The famous cookie in Mexico, Pampanga, _Panecillos de San Nicolas_, which is known as the mother of all Philippine cookies, is made here, famously made by Lillian Borromeo. The cookies are made with arrowroot, sugar, coconut milk and butter and are blessed in Catholic parishes every year on the feast of San Nicolas Tolentino. The cookies are believed to have a healing power and bestow good luck and are sometimes crumbled into rice fields before planting.

Tourism is a growing industry in the province of Pampanga. Clark Freeport is home to Clark International Airport , designated as the Philippines' future premier gateway. Other developing industries include semiconductor manufacturing for electronics and computers mostly located within the freeport.

Within the Clark Special
Special
Economic Zone are well-established hotels and resorts. Popular tourist destinations include St. Peter Shrine in Apalit, Mt. Arayat National Park in San Juan Bano, Arayat, the Paskuhan Village in the City of San Fernando, the Casino Filipino in Angeles City
Angeles City
and, for nature and wildlife, "Paradise Ranch and Zoocobia Fun Zoo" in Clark. Well-known annual events include the Giant Lantern Festival in December, the hot air balloon festival in Clarkfield in 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.

INFRASTRUCTURE

TELECOMMUNICATION

Telephone services are provided by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), Digitel , Datelcom, the Evangelista Telephone Company, and the Pampanga
Pampanga
Telecom Company in the town of Macabebe. The province has 24 public telegraph offices distributed among its towns while the facilities of PT -webkit-column-count: 2; column-count: 2; font-size:95%">

* AIE College _( Angeles City
Angeles City
)_ * AMA Computer College _( Angeles City
Angeles City
and City of San Fernando)_ * AMA Computer Learning Center _( Angeles City
Angeles City
and City of San Fernando)_ * AMA Computer Learning Center _( Apalit )_ * Angeles University Foundation _( Angeles City
Angeles City
)_ * Arayat Institute _(Arayat )_ * Arayat National High School _(Arayat )_ * Asian College of Science & Technology * Asian Institute of Computer Studies _( Mabalacat
Mabalacat
City and City of San Fernando )_ * Central Luzon College of Science and Technology (CELTECH College), _(City of San Fernando )_ * Church Education System Seminary & Institute of Religion, in every chapels of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints * Colegio de San Lorenzo de Pampanga
Pampanga
_( Macabebe, Pampanga )_ * Colegio de Sebastian _(City of San Fernando )_ * Computer System Specialist, Inc. _( Angeles City
Angeles City
)_ * Dau Academy-Saint Muchen _( Mabalacat
Mabalacat
City )_ * Dee Hwa Liong College Foundation _( Mabalacat
Mabalacat
City )_ * Development for Advanced Technology Achievement (DATA) College _(City of San Fernando )_ * Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University _( Bacolor )_ * Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University _(Lubao )_ * Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University _(Mexico )_ * Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University _(Santo Tomas )_ * East Central Colleges _(City of San Fernando )_ * Exact College of Asia _(Arayat )_ * Gateway Institute of Science and Technology _(City of San Fernando )_ * Guagua National Colleges _(Guagua )_ * Harvardian Colleges _(City of San Fernando )_ * Holy Angel University _( Angeles City
Angeles City
)_ * Holy Cross College Pampanga
Pampanga
_(Santa Ana )_ * Infant Jesus Academy (IJA) * Information and Communication Technology High School _(City of San Fernando )_ * Integrated Computer School Foundation _( Angeles City
Angeles City
)_ * Jocson College _( Angeles City
Angeles City
)_ * Jose C. Feliciano College, Inc. _( Mabalacat
Mabalacat
City )_ * La Verdad Christian College _( Apalit )_ * Mabalacat
Mabalacat
College _( Mabalacat
Mabalacat
City )_ * Mary Help
Help
of Christians School Inc. _( Mabalacat
Mabalacat
City )_ * Mary the Queen College _(Guagua )_ * Mega Computer College _( Angeles City
Angeles City
)_ * Megabyte College of Science and Technology _(Floridablanca and Guagua )_ * Mother of Good Counsel Major Seminary _(City of San Fernando )_ * Mother Of Good Counsel Minor Seminary _(City of San Fernando )_ * Mother of Perpetual Help
Help
Institute School of Midwifery and Nursing Aide _( Angeles City
Angeles City
)_ * Mount Carmel Colleges _(City of San Fernando )_ * New Era University _(City of San Fernando )_ * NorthPoint Academy for Culinary Arts _(City of San Fernando )_ * Our Lady of Fatima University _(City of San Fernando )_ * Pampanga
Pampanga
Colleges _( Macabebe )_ * Pampanga
Pampanga
Institute _( Masantol )_ * Pampanga State Agricultural University _(Magalang )_ * Philippine State College of Aeronautics _(Floridablanca )_ * Proverbsville School _( Angeles City
Angeles City
/City of San Fernando )_ * Republic Central Colleges _( Angeles City
Angeles City
)_ * Saint Anthony College of Technology _( Mabalacat
Mabalacat
City )_ * Saint Mary's Angels College of Pampanga
Pampanga
_(Santa Ana )_ * Saint Michael's College _(Guagua )_ * Saint Nicolas College of Business and Technology * San Lorenzo Ruiz Center of Studies and Schools _(City of San Fernando )_ * Santa Rita College Integrated School _(Santa Rita )_ * Somascan Fathers Seminary _(Lubao )_ * Saint Augustine School of Nursing _( Angeles City
Angeles City
)_ * STI Colleges _( Angeles City
Angeles City
and City of San Fernando )_ * Systems Plus College Foundation , Inc. _( Angeles City
Angeles City
)_ * TESDA Training Center _(City of San Fernando )_ * The Metropolitan Academy Of Arts -webkit-column-count: 2; column-count: 2; font-size:95%">

* Every week of January "Sunday" — Ding labas larawan king Masantol _( Masantol )_ * April 10–13 — Lubao International Balloon Festival _(Lubao )_ * Every Last Saturday and Sunday of April — "PISTA ning INDU" - Festivity of Nuestra Señora dela Paz, REINA DE BATALYA / Apung Maria ning Macabebe - Ing Indung Lugud ning Balen _( Macabebe )_ * September 24 — feast day of Nuestra Señora De La Merced Mercedarian Festival Apung Dela Merced _( Candaba )_ * May 1 — Pinukpukan Festival _(Floridablanca ), Libad king San Pedro_ ( San Simon, Pampanga ) * May 8 — Batalya ng San Miguel karing Morus Masantol "Batalla Festival" (Batalya) _( Masantol )_ * April every 3rd or 4th Sunday — Tabang Talangka Festival, San Roque de Montpelier _( Masantol )_ * August 15, 16, 17 — Batala Festival (Batalya) Batalya ng San Roque de Montpelier _( Masantol )_ * May 13 — Batalya ng San Nicolas _( Masantol )_ * December 13 Batalaya ng Apu Lucia _( Masantol )_ * January 1 — Aguman Sanduk _( Minalin )_ * January 5-7 - Kuraldal _(Sta. Ana)_ * January 6–10 — Kuraldal _(Sasmuan)_ * February — Philippine International Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta _(Clark Field, Angeles City
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 5 — Sampaguita Festival of _(Lubao )_ * May — Sabat/Santacruzan * May (first week) — El Circulo Fernandino * June 15 — Mt. Pinatubo Day (Aldo ning Bunduc Pinatubo) * June 28–30 — Apung Iru Fluvial Procession _( Apalit )_ * August 27 — Apung Monica Fluvial Procession _( Minalin )_ * September 10 — Sanikulas Festival _(Mexico )_ * September 28 — San Lorenzo Ruiz Feast _( Mabalacat
Mabalacat
City )_ * October — Pyestang Tugak (Frog Festival ) _(City of San Fernando )_ * October — Fiestang Kuliat-Twin Fiesta (La Naval de Angeles and Apung Mamacalulu ) _( Angeles City
Angeles City
)_ * Last Friday and Saturday of October — Tigtigan Terakan Keng Dalan _( Angeles City
Angeles City
)_ * November — Makatapak Festival _( Bacolor )_ * November (Last week of November) — Duman Festival _(Santa Rita )_ * December — Sisig
Sisig
Festival (Sadsaran Qng Angeles) _(Angeles City )_ * December 1–7 — Sinukwan Festival _(City of San Fernando )_ * December 11 — Aldo Ning Kapampangan ( Pampanga
Pampanga
Day) * December — "Dukit Festival" _(Betis)_ * July and December — "Serenata" _(Betis)_ * December - La Purisima Concepcion Festival _( Minalin )_ * December (Saturday before Christmas Eve) — Ligligan Parul (Giant Lantern Festival ) _(City of San Fernando )_ * December 16–24 — Lubenas _(various towns in Northern Pampanga)_ * El Circulos de Masantoleños * Maharajah Macabebean

Throughout the year, various towns and cities within the Province of Pampanga
Pampanga
celebrates feasts honoring their patron saint. These fiesta days are listed below:

* Angeles City
Angeles City
— Second Sunday of October "Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario de La Naval de Angeles" * Apalit — June 28,29 and 30 "San Pedro Apostol" * Arayat — November 25 "Santa Catalina Alexandria" * Villa de Bacolor — Third Sunday of November "Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario de La Naval de Bacolor" * Candaba — November 30 "San Andres Apostol" * Floridablanca — May 1 "San Jose Talapagobra" * Betis — July and December "Santiago Apostol" * Guagua — December 8 "La Purisima Concepcion" * Lubao — August 28 "San Agustin de Hippo" * Mabalacat
Mabalacat
— February 2 "Nuestra Señora de la Divina Gracia" * Macabebe — September 10 "San Nicolas Tolentino" * Magalang — August 24 "San Bartolome Apostol" * Masantol — May 8 "San Miguel Arcanghel" * Mexico — May 4 "Santa Monica" * Minalin — Second Sunday of May "Santa Monica" * Porac — November 25 "Santa Catalina Alexandria" * City of San Fernando — May 30 "San Fernando Rey" * San Luis — June 21 "San Luis Gonzaga" * San Simon — October 12 "Nuestra Señora del Pilar" * Santa Ana — July 26 "Santa Ana" * Santa Rita — May 22 "Santa Rita de Casia" * Santo Tomas — December 21 "Santo Tomas Apostol * Sasmuan — December 13 "Santa Lucia Martir"

In addition to the town fiesta many barangays within each municipality celebrates a local fiesta honoring a particular patron saint.

NATURAL PARKS

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_ Pinatubo Crater Lake

* Nabulod Upland Zipline (Floridablanca_) * Palakol (_Floridablanca)_ * Mount Arayat National Park (_Arayat_) * Scenic Candaba Swamps and Wild Duck & Birds Sanctuary (_Candaba_) * Mount Pinatubo
Mount Pinatubo
Crater Lake (_Pampanga/Tarlac/Zambales_) * Dara Falls (_Porac_) — Pampanga's version of the Pagsanjan Falls of Laguna * Miyamit Falls & Porac Peak (_Porac_) * Hot Spring of Sitio
Sitio
Puning (_Porac_ via Sapang Bato, Angeles City) * Maruring Falls (_ Mabalacat
Mabalacat
City_ via Clark) * Lahar
Lahar
Canyon (_Porac_ margin-right:auto; overflow:hidden; width:auto; max-width:1008px;"> Pampanga
Pampanga
Provincial Capitol

Just as the national government, the provincial government is divided into three branches: executive, legislative and judiciary. The judicial branch is administered solely by the Supreme Court of the Philippines
Philippines
. The LGUs have control of the executive and legislative branch.

The executive branch is composed of the Governor
Governor
for the province, mayors for the cities and municipalities, and the barangay captains for the barangays. The provincial assembly for the provinces, Sangguniang Panlungsod (city assembly) for the cities, Sangguniang Bayan (town assembly) for the municipalities, Sangguniang Barangay (barangay council), and the Sangguniang Kabataan for the youth sector.

The seat of Government is vested upon the Governor
Governor
and other elected officers who hold office at the Provincial Capitol building. The Sanguniang Panlalawigan is the center of legislation.

COURT SYSTEM

The Supreme Court of the Philippines
Philippines
recognizes Pampanga
Pampanga
regional trial courts and metropolitan or municipal trial courts within the province and towns, that have an over-all jurisdiction in the populace of the province and towns, respectively. Façade of Halls of Justice (view from the rear of the Capitolio)

Batas Pambansa Blg. 129, "The Judiciary Reorganization Act of 1980", as amended, created Regional, Metropolitan, Municipal Trial and Circuit Courts. The Third Judicial Region includes RTCs in Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Palayan
Palayan
and San Jose, inter alia: xxx. There shall be - (c) Seventy-five Regional Trial judges shall be commissioned for the Third Judicial Region: Twenty-two branches (Branches XLI to LXII) for the province of Pampanga
Pampanga
and the city of Angeles, Branches XLI to XLVIII with seats at San Fernando, Branches XLIX to LIII at Guagua, Branches LIV and LV at Macabebe, and Branches LVI to LXII at Angeles City;

The law also created Metropolitan Trial Court in each metropolitan area established by law, a Municipal Trial Court in each of the other cities or municipalities, and a Municipal Circuit Trial Court in each circuit comprising such cities and/or municipalities as are grouped together pursuant to law: three branches for Cabanatuan
Cabanatuan
City; in every city which does not form part of a metropolitan area, there shall be a Municipal Trial Court with one branch, except as hereunder provided: Three branches for Angeles City;

In each of the municipalities that are not comprised within a metropolitan area and a municipal circuit there shall be a Municipal Trial Court which shall have one branch, except as hereunder provided: Four branches for San Fernando and two branches for Guagua, both of Pampanga.

GOVERNORS

* Lilia Pineda

Main article: Governor
Governor
of Pampanga
Pampanga

NOTABLE PEOPLE FROM PAMPANGA

Politics

* Diosdado Pangan Macapagal — 9th president of the Republic of the Philippines
Philippines
and a native of Lubao, Pampanga . * Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo — 14th president of the Republic of the Philippines. She is the daughter of the 9th President of the Republic Diosdado Macapagal . * Jose Lingad — a one-term governor and congressman, native of Lubao, Pampanga . * Pedro Tongio Liongson — lawyer, judge, and politician; born on January 31, 1865 in Villa de Bacolor, Pampanga. * Eddie Panlilio — born in Minalin, Pampanga , was the first Filipino priest to be elected governor in Philippine history. * José Abad Santos — born in San Fernando, Pampanga
San Fernando, Pampanga
, the 5th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines
Philippines
. * Pedro Abad Santos
Pedro Abad Santos
— founder of the Socialist Party. Ideological mentor of Luis Taruc . * Luis Taruc — politician.

Artists and entertainers

* Sheena Halili - model and actress from San Fernando. * Melanie Marquez — beauty queen turned actress from Mabalacat
Mabalacat
. * Brillante Mendoza — Filipino film director from San Fernando, Pampanga
Pampanga
. * Vanessa Minnillo — American television personality born in Clark Air Base, Angeles City, and raised in the US. * Allan Pineda Lindo, also known as apl.de.ap — founding member of The Black Eyed Peas , born in Sapang Bato , Angeles City. * Francisco Alonso Liongson — playwright. Born on July 1, 1896 in Villa de Bacolor, Pampanga. * Rogelio dela Rosa — actor and politician, native of Lubao, Pampanga
Pampanga
. * Jaime dela Rosa , a matinee idol in the 1950s of Lubao, Pampanga . * Donita Rose — Filipino-American actress, lived in Angeles City for a few years. * Lea Salonga — singer and actress, spent the first six years of her childhood in Angeles City
Angeles City
before moving to Manila. * Aurelio Tolentino — original member of the Katipunan and nationalist playwright, born in Guagua.

Religious leaders

* Rufino Jiao Santos — born in Guagua, Pampanga , Archbishop of Manila
Manila
from 1953 to 1973. * Eliseo Soriano — televangelist of Ang Dating Daan and the Over-all Servant of Members Church of God International which its main headquarters is located in Apalit, Pampanga
Apalit, Pampanga
. * Honesto Ongtioco — born in San Fernando, Pampanga
San Fernando, Pampanga
, bishop of Balanga from 1998 to 2003 and Cubao since 2003.

Sports

* Ato Agustin — Filipino professional basketball player and coach, from Lubao, Pampanga. * Victonara Galang — Filipino volleyball athlete. * Efren "Bata" Reyes — billiards player from Angeles City.

Others

* Kristine Johnson — Filipino-American co-anchor at WCBS-TV
WCBS-TV
, born in Clark Air Base.

REFERENCES

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City, Philippines: Philippine Statistics Authority
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