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Tarlac Travel Blog Guide

The province of Tarlac in Central Luzon is really not known for tourism. In fact, some people even dub it, jokingly, as the toilet stop of Luzon; the area being frequented only by motorist needing to relieve themselves on their way to another province. But my visit to Tarlac opened my eyes to its many tourist spots and food places unknown to most travelers in the country. Tarlac has a lot of tourism potential—it has historical places, museums, adventure parks, religious destinations, hiking and biking trails, waterfalls, and gastronomic places. With this travel guide, allow me to help you get lost in Tarlac.

 

 

HOW TO GET TO TARLAC


Tarlac province is located in the region of Central Luzon. It is a mere two to three hours ride by bus from Metro Manila. Numerous buses with terminals in Cubao, Quezon City (Victory Liner, Five Star, Baliwag Transit, Genesis, JAC Liner), and Manila (Philippine Rabbit, Viron, Genesis) pass by the province through the NLEX. Fare for an aircon bus is usually pegged at an average of PHP250.00, depending on what town you’re gonna get off. As of this writing, there are no operational airports in the city, the nearest one being Clark in Pampanga.

 

 

SPEAK TARLAC


Kapampangan and Ilocano are the common dialect in Tarlac. Although most, if not all, Tarlaquenos speak and understand Filipino and English.

Speak TarlacThank You – Salamat pu / Agyamanak
Good Morning – Mayap ayabak / Naimbag a bigat
Good Evening – Mayap a bengi pu / Naimbag a rabii
How Much? – Magkanu ya ini? / Manu?
Where Is… – Nokarin ya ing... / Ayan-na…

Note the translations are in Kapampangan first and Ilocano second.

 

 

WHERE TO STAY IN TARLAC


Tarlac isn’t really a tourism hub, so guesthouses, inns, and hotels are not that numerous compared to other places. Although the concentration of lodgings are located in the center of the province, Tarlac City, one can still find a few lodging houses and resorts on smaller towns.

 

La Maja Rica Hotel Tarlac

LA MAJA RICA HOTEL 
CHECK DISCOUNTED RATES
Address: McArthur Highway cor. Ligtasan St. Tarlac City, Tarlac 
Contact Number: +63 (45) 982-2314 | +63 (918) 427-9228 
GPS Coordinates: 15.4835052, 120.5929224
Microtel Tarlac

MICROTEL LUISITA
CHECK DISCOUNTED RATES
Address: Hacienda Luisita San Miguel, Tarlac 
Contact Number: +63 (45) 985-1770 
GPS Coordinates: 15.4366163, 120.5998113
V.E.S. Food Resorts Tarlac

V.E.S. FOOD RESORTS & VILLAS
Address: 588 Jimenez St., Sto. Domingo II, Capas, Tarlac 
Contact Number: +63 (45) 491-3467 | +63 (917) 8008-816 | +63 (917) 8000-943 
GPS Coordinates: 15.4893385, 120.5805335

 

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WHERE TO EAT IN TARLAC 


Tarlac is said to be a true melting pot of Pampango, Ilocano, Pangasinense, and Tagalog people. So I guess it isn’t really that surprising that the province has a lot of good restaurants lining its streets. What surprised me though was the level of choices they have, from streetfood, to local delicacies, and all the way to fine dining.

 

Dampa sa Tarlac

DAMPA SA TARLAC
Type: Seafood, Filipino, Paluto 
Address: MacArthur Highway, Brgy. San Rafael, Tarlac City 
Contact Number: (045) 491-1601 | (0923) 898-0908 
GPS Coordinates: 15.4489496, 120.5957557
Kart City Tarlac

KART CITY TARLAC
Type: Restaurant; Rice Meals, Pizza 
Address: MacArthur Highway, San Roque, Tarlac City, Tarlac 
Contact Number: (045) 491-4053 
GPS Coordinates: 15.4778941, 120.593978
King Burger TarlacKING BURGER
Type: Burgers, Sizzling Plates, Rice Meals 
Address: Espinosa Street, Tarlac Plazuela, Tarlac City, Tarlac 
Contact Number:  
GPS Coordinates: 15.4879774, 120.587478
Macapinlac CakeHouse TarlacMACAPINLAC CAKEHOUSE
Type: Cakes, Pastries, Sweets 
Address: F. Tanedo Street, Tarlac City, Tarlac 
Contact Number: (045) 982 0183 
GPS Coordinates: 15.4886719, 120.5876169
Paseo De Hilario Grill Restaurant Tarlac

PASEO DE HILARIO GRILL & RESTAURANT
Type: Filipino, Rice Meals, Delicacies 
Address: 4 P. Hilario St., Tarlac City 
Contact Number: : (045) 982-0703 
GPS Coordinates: 15.4864219, 120.5874224
Primadeli Ristorante Tarlac

PRIMADELI RISTORANTE
Type: Restaurant, Rice Meals, Pasta, Italian, Asian 
Address: Southern Bypass Road, Brgy. San Vicente, Tarlac City 
Contact Number: (0923) 340-3761‎ 
GPS Coordinates: 15.474533, 120.5898669
Urdu Restaurant Bakeshop Tarlac

URDU RESTAURANT & BAKESHOP
Type: Barbecue, Pastries, Rice Meals 
Address: 71 P. Burgos St. Poblacion, Tarlac City 
Contact Number: (045) 982-2981 | (045) 611-2044 
GPS Coordinates: 15.4869219, 120.5862002

 

 

 

WHAT TO SEE & DO IN TARLAC


Before visiting Tarlac, the only tourist spot (if you really can call it that) I know in the province is the iconic Jesus sculpture at the Monasterio de Tarlac. But Tarlac has so much more to offer, especially for nature and adventure lovers (although I have yet to cover their hiking trails and waterfalls). For the culturally inclined, museums, churches, historical sites and ancestral houses are always available for visits.

 

Aquino Ancestral House Tarlac

AQUINO ANCESTRAL HOUSE
Address: A. Luna St., cor. Timbol St., Concepcion, Tarlac 
Contact Number: +63 (45) 923 1149 
GPS Coordinates: 15.324430, 120.657190
Aquino Center Museum Tarlac

AQUINO CENTER AND MUSEUM
Address: Luisita Industrial Park Road, San Miguel, Tarlac 
Contact Number: +63 (45) 985-0968
Opening Hours: 8:00AM to 5:00PM Daily
Entrance Fee: PHP100.00 Adults
GPS Coordinates: 15.434424, 120.602130
Capas National Shrine Tarlac

CAPAS NATIONAL SHRINE
Address: Barangay Cristo Rey, Capas, Tarlac 
Contact Number: +63 (936) 307-3105
Opening Hours: 6:00AM to 5:00PM
GPS Coordinates: 15.3489152, 120.5430573
JSJ Goat Farm Tarlac

JSJ GOAT FARM
Address: Barangay Caturay, Gerona, Tarlac 
Contact Number:  +63 (918) 908-0488 | +63 (922) 8181-488 
GPS Coordinates: 15.6316163, 120.5973391
Kart City Tarlac

KART CITY TARLAC
Address: MacArthur Highway, San Roque, Tarlac City, Tarlac 
Contact Number: +63 (45) 491-4053
Opening Hours: 3:00PM to 12:00AM Weekdays | 10:00AM to 2:00AM Weekends
GPS Coordinates: 15.4778941, 120.593978
Monasterio de Tarlac

MONASTERIO DE TARLAC
Address: Mt. Resurrection Eco Park, Brgy. Lubigan, San Jose, Tarlac 
Contact Number: +63 (45) 493-3002 | +63 (916) 250-8414
Opening Hours: 7:00AM to 6:00PM Everyday
GPS Coordinates: 15.436565, 120.431421
Mount Pinatubo Trek

MOUNT PINATUBO TREK
BOOK A TOUR ONLINE
Address: 4x4 Jump-Off Point at Brgy. Sta. Juliana, Capas, Tarlac 
Contact Number: +63 (45) 925-0154 | +63 (922) 280-7921
GPS Coordinates: 15.326535, 120.426931
Museo De Tarlac

MUSEO DE TARLAC
Address: Romulo Blvd., Tarlac City, Tarlac 
Opening Hours: 8:30AM to 5:00PM
Entrance Fee: Free
GPS Coordinates: 15.481283, 120.5849502
Tarlac Recreational Park

TARLAC RECREATIONAL PARK
Address: Tarlac Recreational Park & Jose Yap Sports Complex, San Jose, Tarlac 
Contact Number: +63 (45) 493-2471 | +63 (999) 885-3981
Opening Hours: 9:00AM to 5:00PM, Tuesday to Sunday
GPS Coordinates: 15.5011441, 120.4981446

 

 

FESTIVALS IN TARLAC


INURUBAN AND CHICHARON FESTIVAL
Location: Camiling | Date: Every October 8

BUYBOY FESTIVAL
Location: San Clemente
Date: Every Last Saturday and Sunday of April

MALATARLAK FESTIVAL
Location: Tarlac City
Date: Every January 20

BELENISMO SA TARLAC
Date: Whole December

~ MALATARLAK FESTIVAL PHOTO BY KAREN PATIO

 

 

TARLAC TOURIST SPOTS MAP


Tarlac Tourist Spots Map

 

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TARLAC SAMPLE ITINERARY


The whole Province of Tarlac covers an area of 2,737 square kilometer. That is a huge, and creating an itinerary that would cover all the tourist spots in the province seemed impossible. What I present here instead is a trip itinerary we did during the Tara Quin Tarlac familiarization tour, with Tarlac City as our base. This is entirely doable, provided you have your own transportation with you.

► DAY ONE

Morning arrival in Tarlac City from Manila
Check in at Hotel
Breakfast at King Burger
Visit the Aquino Center and Museum
Lunch at the V.E.S. Foods
Visit the Aquino Ancestral House
Visit the Capas National Shrine
Dinner at Dampa sa Tarlac

► DAY TWO

Breakfast at Urdu Restaurant
Visit JSJ Goat Farm
Visit Monasterio de Tarlac
Picnic Lunch at the Tarlac Recreational Park (bring own packed lunch)
ATV, Kayaking, Swimming, Biking at the Tarlac Recreational Park 
Dinner at Primadeli Ristorante

► DAY THREE
Early Hotel Check Out 
Breakfast at any nearby Carinderia or Restaurant  
Go to Sta. Juliana in Capas for Mt. Pinatubo Trek
Picnic Lunch at Mt. Pinatubo Crater Lake (bring your own packed lunch)
Depart from Tarlac City    END OF 3-DAY ITINERARY

 

 

EXTEND YOUR TRIP


If time is on your hands and you still have days left before going back home, Tarlac is a good basepoint to extend your tourist vacation. Here are some of the places you can easily go to.

 

Tarlac to Baguio

BAGUIO CITY
Baguio Travel Guide
Hours Away: About 4 hours away by bus
Suggested Number of Days: 3 to 4 days  

Tarlac to Bolinao

BOLINAO
Bolinao Travel Guide
Hours Away: About 2 hours away by bus 
Suggested Number of Days: 2 to 3 days
Tarlac to Nueva EcijaNUEVA ECIJA
Nueva Ecija Travel Guide
Hours Away: About 2 hours away by bus
Suggested Number of Days: 1 to 3 days
Tarlac to QuirinoQUIRINO
Quirino Travel Guide
Hours Away: About 6 hours away by bus and transfers
Suggested Number of Days: 3 to 4 days
Tarlac to TuguegaraoTUGUEGARAO
Tuguegarao Travel Guide
Hours Away: About 8 hours away by bus and transfers
Suggested Number of Days: 1 to 2 days
Tarlac to Vigan CityVIGAN CITY
Vigan Travel Guide
Hours Away: About 6 hours away by bus and transfers
Suggested Number of Days: 3 to 4 days

 


Tarlac Travel Blog Guide  
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TARLAC TRAVEL BLOG, GUIDE, EXPENSES & ITINERARY
UPDATED AS OF NOVEMBER 27, 2018





Posted by Christian Sangoyo on Tuesday, November 27, 2018

17 comments:

  1. hw mch po budget for 3d/2n at tarlac,f sundan ang itineraru nyo?

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  2. I heard Echo Park in Tarlac.. but I don't see it here... I want to have a picnic with family there and I am thinking if there is place where we can also order Lechon Baka.....

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    1. Hi Lita, Did you mean Monasterio De Tarlac? Monasterio de Tarlac is located at the Mount Resurrection Eco Park in the barangay of Lubigan.

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  3. Hi I am really interested. How can I get there? Exactly. Especially in the crater? Please reply ASAP! Thanks!

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    1. Hi Naya, you mean Mount Pinatubo? You may click the link above for a detailed post about how to get there :)

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  4. Pwede po ba na i-include niyo rin poyung expenses kung okay lang para po may idea po kami kung kaya ng budget. Hehe. Salamat :)

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  5. Hi guys, for the trip budget, I specifically didn't include one as a traveler's budget can wildly differ from person to person, some likes to eat a lot, a few don't; some likes to stay at posh hotels while others opt for the cheapest accommodations.

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  6. hi! bka my idea po kayo how to get to bolinao pangasinan from tarlac? we're planning to go there after our tekking at mt. pinatubo. thanks in advance :)

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    1. Sorry for the delayed response. I think you can catch a bus from the Dau terminal going to Bolinao. Were you able to go?

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  7. Hi :) May age limit po ba pag mag-sstay dun?

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  8. Pwede po ba solo traveler sa Monasterio de Tarlac? May masasakyan po ba papasok?

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    1. Hi Anon, yes you can commute to Monasterio de Tarlac. There are jeepneys and tricycles that can bring you there.

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  9. anu po yung iba pang pwedeng puntahan malapit sa Capas National Shrine? Salamat :)

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    1. Hi there, as far as I know there's not much else to see around Capas except the National Shrine

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