Tarlac Travel Guide

Itinerary, Things to do, How to get there and more

The last province created by the Spanish colonial government in Central Luzon and also among the first to join the revolution against the Spaniards, Tarlac is a landlocked province and comprises mostly of flatlands, with the rest being mountains. Tarlac is basically an agricultural based economy, with expansive sugar, rice and corn plantations. Labelled as the most multicultural province in the region, the people of Tarlac is composed of four district groups -- the Pampangos, Pangasinense, Tagalogs and Ilocanos. Its capital is Tarlac City, situated at the center of the province and is now one of the most progressive cities in the country.

Where to go in Tarlac

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Al-Ragabi Mosque

Zone 6, Sitio Balas San Isidro City Of Tarlac (capital), Tarlac, Central Luzon, 2300, Philippines

Anao, Welcome Arc

San Francisco West Anao, Tarlac, Central Luzon, 2310, Philippines

Bueno Hot Spring

Sitio Danum Mapali Brgy Bueno Capas, Tarlac, Central Luzon, 2315, Philippines

House of Vanity Boutique

Don Federico Bartolome St. Poblacion City Of Tarlac (capital), Tarlac, Central Luzon, 2300, Philippines

How to Get Here

Buses from Manila going to Ilocos Region and Baguio City pass through Tarlac, with the province’s capital as the typical bus stop for commuters.

Tarlac can be reached in two ways: through North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), with approximately 2 to 3 hours travel time or by Subic-Clark-Tarlac-Expressway (SCTEX) which shortens the travel period to just 1 hour and 30 minutes. Bus fare going to Capas is Php 172.00, Php 207.00 for Tarlac City; both fares are for a one-way trip.

Popular Food

Also called ‘nilubyan’, iniruban is a popular sweet delicacy that originated in the town of Camiling. It is a type of rice cake made from burned young rice, coconut milk and sweetener or hardened sugarcane molasses.

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Along with Pangasinan, Tarlac is also a place for tupig. Tupig is a famous local snack made with glutinous rice, coconut milk, sweeter and strips of young coconut meat, wrapped in banana leaves and cooked over charcoals.

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Tibok-tibo is a white pudding made of carabao’s milk topped with latik. This delicacy is a richer version of maja blanca.

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A special delicacy in the municipality of Camiling is the mouthwatering chicharon. For non locals, this deep fried pork belly is called lechong kawali or bagnet.

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What to Do

See a museum
Refresh your history knowledge at The Aquino Center & Museum located in Hacienda Luisita, San Miguel, Tarlac City. The modern museum is a tribute to two of the country’s most prominent personalities, the late Sen. Ninoy and his wife, former Pres. Cory Aquino. Carefully arranged and displayed are the photographs and memorabilia of the couple and their family. The museum is an interesting review of the lives of the country’s beloved icons.
Discover its hidden gems
There are majestic falls, scenic hot spring, picturesque mountains, golden rice fields and flowing rivers to appreciate and uncover.
See the province’s historical shrines and landmarks
Tarlac figured prominently in the country’s history thus shrines and landmarks abound in the area. Take a leisurely stroll or spend a quiet time in these spots while refreshing your historical point of view.