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Friday, October 21, 2022

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 to get lost in Tarlac.


TARLAC TRAVEL GUIDE BLOG
WHAT’S INSIDE?

Understand Tarlac
How To Get To Tarlac
How To Get Around Tarlac
Speak Tarlac
Organized Tours In Tarlac
Where To Stay In Tarlac
Where To Eat In Tarlac
What To See And Do In Tarlac
Festivals In Tarlac
What To Buy In Tarlac
Tarlac Tourist Spots Map
Tarlac Sample Itinerary
Extend Your Tarlac Trip


UNDERSTAND TARLAC


Tarlac ProvinceThe landlocked province of Tarlac is located on the northernmost part of the Central Luzon Region. Its west is bordered by the province of Zambales, south by Pampanga, east by Nueva Ecija, and north by Pangasinan—which is already a part of the Ilocos Region.

It is composed of seventeen towns and one city—Anao, Bamban, Camiling, Capas, Concepcion, Gerona, La Paz, Mayantoc, Moncada, Paniqui, Pura, Ramos, San Clemente, San Jose, San Manuel, Santa Ignacia, Victoria, and its capital—Tarlac City. As such, Tarlac City is the most convenient base of operation when touring the province.

Tarlac, like most places in the Philippines, experiences summer months during March to June, and rainy months during July to October. November to February are dry months, with nice cool temperature.

Being located in the central plains of Luzon, the province is 75% flat, although it does have mountains in the towns of Capas, San Clemente, Mayantoc, and Camiling. Portions of Mount Pinatubo are also located in the towns of Bamban and Capas—the latter being the usual jump off for trekking the famed volcano.

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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 ₱250.00, 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.

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HOW TO GET AROUND TARLAC


The main mode of transportation to get around in most towns in Tarlac is the tricycle. The minimum fare varies for each municipality. To move from town to town, there are jeepneys, e-jeeps, and mini-buses. Note that for San Jose, public transport are few and far between since most residents use their own private transportation.



SPEAK TARLAC


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

Note the translations are in Kapampangan first and Ilocano second.

Speak Tarlac
Thank 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…




ORGANIZED TOURS IN TARLAC


There are a few local tour operators that you can tap if you don’t want to do a DIY Tarlac tour. I actually recommend joining a local tour especially if you don’t have a car, since most of the tourist spots in Tarlac are a bit far from each other. Here are a couple of recommended ones:

Markyance Travel & Tours Contact Number: (0917) 516-5656
Excursionista Travel & Tours Contact Number: (0918) 611-1115
  
 

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 the province’s outlying towns.


Hotels Tarlac
La Maja Rica Hotel TarlacLA MAJA RICA HOTEL

Address: McArthur Highway cor. Ligtasan St. Tarlac City
Contact Number: +63 (45) 982-2314 | +63 (918) 427-9228
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.4835052, 120.5929224
Microtel TarlacMICROTEL LUISITA TARLAC

Address: Hacienda Luisita San Miguel, Tarlac City
Contact Number: +63 (45) 985-1770
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.4366163, 120.5998113
Westwood Farm Resort TarlacWESTWOOD FARM RESORT

Address: Tarlac City, Tarlac   
Contact Number: (0917) 544-5200.
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.489662, 120.526249
Urban Oasis Resort TarlacURBAN OASIS RESORT

Address: Kaldera St., Culipat, Tarlac City
Contact Number: (0956) 815-5257
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.501250, 120.607808
Capas Hotels Tarlac
V.E.S. Food Resorts TarlacV.E.S. FOOD RESORTS & VILLAS
Address: 588 Jimenez St., Sto. Domingo II, Capas
Contact Number: +63 (45) 491-3467 | +63 (917) 8008-816 | +63 (917) 8000-943
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.4893385, 120.5805335
San Rafael Hotels Tarlac
L Square Hotel TarlacL SQUARE HOTEL

Address: KM120 McArthur Highway, San Rafael
Contact Number: (045) 491-0714
GPS Coordinates Map:15.458358, 120.5989



• COMPLETE LIST OF LODGINGS IN TARLAC •


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 street food, to local delicacies, and all the way to fine dining.


Hotels Tarlac
Dampa sa TarlacDAMPA SA TARLAC
Type: Seafood, Filipino, Paluto
Opening Hours: 10:00AM to 9:00PM, Daily
Address: MacArthur Highway, Brgy. San Rafael, Tarlac City
Contact Number: (045) 491-1601 | (0923) 898-0908
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.215964, 120.577229
Kart City TarlacCHAPS DINER AT KART CITY TARLAC
Type: Restaurant; Rice Meals, Pizza
Opening Hours: 2:00PM to 2:00PM, Daily
Address: MacArthur Highway, San Roque, Tarlac City
Contact Number: (045) 491-4053
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.478161, 120.596226
King Burger TarlacWIZARD BURGER & SIZZLERS
Type: Burgers, Sizzling Plates, Rice Meals
Opening Hours: 10:00AM to 7:00PM, Daily
Address: Espinosa Street, Tarlac Plazuela, Tarlac City
Contact Number: (0908) 969-9939
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.488109, 120.589683
Macapinlac CakeHouse TarlacMACAPINLAC CAKEHOUSE
Type: Cakes, Pastries, Sweets
Opening Hours: 8:30AM to 6:30PM, Daily
Address: F. Tanedo Street, Tarlac City
Contact Number: (045) 982 0183
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.488947, 120.590017
Paseo De Hilario Grill Restaurant TarlacPASEO DE HILARIO GRILL & RESTAURANT
Type: Filipino, Rice Meals, Delicacies
Opening Hours: 9:30AM to 10:00PM, Daily
Address: 4 P. Hilario St., Tarlac City
Contact Number: : (045) 982-0703
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.486407, 120.589989
Primadeli Ristorante TarlacPRIMADELI RISTORANTE
Type: Restaurant, Rice Meals, Pasta, Italian, Asian
Opening Hours: 11:00AM to 12:00AM, Daily
Address: Southern Bypass Road, Brgy. San Vicente, Tarlac City
Contact Number: (0923) 340-3761, (045) 491-0539
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.474533, 120.5898669
Urdu Restaurant Bakeshop TarlacURDU RESTAURANT & BAKESHOP
Type: Barbecue, Pastries, Rice Meals
Opening Hours: 8:30AM to 5:30PM, Daily
Address: 71 P. Burgos St. Poblacion, Tarlac City
Contact Number: (045) 982-2981, (045) 491-3912
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.483069, 120.595364




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.


Tarlac City Tourist Spots
Aquino Center Museum TarlacAQUINO CENTER AND MUSEUM
Address: Luisita Industrial Park Road, San Miguel, Tarlac City
Contact Number: +63 (45) 985-0968
Opening Hours: 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Daily
Entrance Fee: ₱100.00
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.4344844, 120.6018399
Kart City TarlacKART CITY TARLAC
Address: MacArthur Highway, San Roque, Tarlac City
Contact Number: +63 (45) 491-4053
Opening Hours: 3:00PM to 12:00AM Weekdays | 10:00AM to 2:00AM Weekends
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.4778941, 120.593978
Museo De TarlacMUSEO DE TARLAC
Address: Romulo Blvd., Tarlac City   
Opening Hours: 8:30AM to 5:00PM
Entrance Fee: Free
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.481345, 120.587085
Capas Tourist Spots
Capas National Shrine TarlacCAPAS NATIONAL SHRINE
Address: Barangay Cristo Rey, Capas   
Contact Number: +63 (936) 307-3105
Opening Hours: 6:00AM to 5:00PM
Entrance Fee: ₱20.00
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.3509744, 120.5460155
Mount Pinatubo TrekMOUNT PINATUBO TREK
BOOK A TOUR ONLINE
Address: 4x4 Jump-Off Point at Brgy. Sta. Juliana, Capas   
Contact Number: +63 (45) 925-0154, +63 (922) 280-7921
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.326535, 120.426931  
Concepcion Tarlac Tourist Spots
Aquino Ancestral House TarlacAQUINO ANCESTRAL HOUSE
Address: A. Luna St., cor. Timbol St., Concepcion   
Contact Number: +63 (45) 923 1149
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.3242761, 120.657308
Gerona Tarlac Tourist Spots
JSJ Goat Farm TarlacJSJ GOAT FARM
Address: Barangay Caturay, Gerona   
Contact Number: +63 (918) 908-0488, +63 (922) 8181-488
Opening Hours: 9:00AM to 4:00PM
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.6313044, 120.5991556
La Sagrada De Familia Church TarlacLA SAGRADA DE FAMILIA CHURCH   
Address: Sulipa, Gerona   
Contact Number: (0956) 283-5710
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.607267, 120.533615
~ PHOTO FROM WIKICOMMONS
Mayantoc Tarlac Tourist Spots
Anzap Twin Falls TarlacANZAP TWIN FALLS
Address: Brgy. Bigbiga, Mayantoc
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.527712, 120.292862
~ PHOTO BY MISC & EXTRAS FROM GOOGLEMAPS
Cayasan Falls TarlacCAYASAN FALLS
Address: Brgy. Nambalan, Mayantoc   
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.535195, 120.294622
~ PHOTO BY JUST FOR FUN FROM GOOGLEMAPS
Kiti Calao Falls TarlacKITI CALAO FALLS
Address: Brgy. San Jose, Mayantoc   
Entrance Fee: ₱20.00
Guide Fee: From ₱350.00 Good for 5pax
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.597124, 120.318416
~ PHOTO BY PLAYING TOURIST
San Clemente Tarlac Tourist Spots
Canding Falls TarlacCANDING FALLS
Address: Brgy. Maasin, San Clemente   
Entrance Fee: ₱20.00 | Guide Fee: From ₱200.00
Opening Hours: 7:00AM to 5:00PM
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.644258, 120.307587
~ PHOTO FROM SANCLEMENTETARLAC.GOV.PH
Mount Damas TarlacMOUNT DAMAS / UBOD FALLS
Jump Off Address: Dueg Resettlement, San Clemente   
Entrance Fee: ₱30.00
Guide Fee: ₱1,000.00 - Good For 7pax
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.621198, 120.287256
~ PHOTO FROM SANCLEMENTETARLAC.GOV.PH
Timangguyob Falls TarlacTIMANGGUYOB FALLS  
Address: San Clemente   
Entrance Fee: ₱20.00
Guide Fee: From ₱100.00
Opening Hours: 7:00AM to 5:00PM
GPS Coordinates Map:
~ PHOTO FROM SANCLEMENTETARLAC.GOV.PH
San Jose Tarlac Tourist Spots
Bulsa River Whitewater Kayaking TarlacBULSA RIVER WHITEWATER KAYAKING
Address: Bulsa River, San Jose – Book via Rapid Stream
Kayaking Fee: ₱2,500
Contact Number: (0921) 582-4789
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.456978, 120.419680
~ PHOTO BY KAYAK PHILIPPINES
Monasterio de TarlacMONASTERIO DE TARLAC
Address: Mt. Resurrection Eco Park, Brgy. Lubigan, San Jose   
Contact Number: +63 (45) 493-3002, +63 (916) 250-8414
Opening Hours: 7:00AM to 6:00PM, Daily
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.4364524, 120.4314414
Tarlac Recreational ParkTARLAC RECREATIONAL PARK
Address: Tarlac Recreational Park & Jose Yap Sports Complex, San Jose   
Contact Number: +63 (45) 493-2471, +63 (999) 885-3981
Opening Hours: 9:00AM to 5:00PM, Tuesday to Sunday
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.5010257, 120.500337




FESTIVALS IN TARLAC


Malatarlak Festival by Karen Patio

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




WHAT TO BUY IN TARLAC


You won’t go home empty-handed when visiting Tarlac. The province has more than a few local delicacies that you can bring back home as pasalubong. Most of these are readily available in Tarlac City and one recommended shop is at Centro Pasalubong de Tarlac. They have a good selection of OTOP products from local farmers and cooperatives which range from foodstuff like goat/carabao milk, local chicharon, muscovado sugar, bugnay juice, sweet potato wines, kesong puti, hipon chips, to the usual keychains and ref magnets.


Centro Pasalubong De TarlacCENTRO PASALUBONG DE TARLAC
Address: McArthur Highway, Brgy. Ligtasan, Tarlac City
Contact Number: (0918) 908-0488
Opening Hours: 8:00AM to 4:30PM, Closed Sundays
GPS Coordinates Map: 15.484608, 120.595679



TARLAC TOURIST SPOTS MAP


Tarlac Tourist Spots Map



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.

If you’re not bringing a car with you, my recommendation is to avail of packaged tours being offered by local tour operators (see Organized Tours section above).


► DAY ONE
Morning arrival in Tarlac City
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 La Sagrada De Familia Church   
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 TARLAC 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 vacation trip. Here are some of the places you can easily go to.


Tarlac to BaguioBAGUIO CITY
Baguio Travel Guide
Travel Time: About 3 to 4 hours away by bus
Departure Point: Tarlac City
Suggested Number of Days: 3 to 4 days
Tarlac to BolinaoBOLINAO
Bolinao Travel Guide
Travel Time: About 2 hours away by bus
Departure Point: Tarlac City
Suggested Number of Days: 2 to 3 days
Tarlac to Nueva EcijaNUEVA ECIJA
Nueva Ecija Travel Guide
Travel Time: About 2 hours away by bus
Departure Point: Tarlac City
Suggested Number of Days: 1 to 3 days
Tarlac to Vigan CityVIGAN CITY
Vigan Travel Guide
Travel Time: About 6 hours away by bus and transfers
Departure Point: Tarlac City
Suggested Number of Days: 3 to 4 days



TARLAC TRAVEL BLOG, GUIDE, MAP, & ITINERARY
UPDATED AS OF OCTOBER 18, 2022

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21 comments

  1. One stop shop ka na talaga :) Galing :)

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

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. Hi :) May age limit po ba pag mag-sstay dun?

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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. I'm eager to try things i haven't discovered yet. Philippines is so much fun to enjoy. This travel guide and itinerary you post is a big help to me.

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  12. May alam po ba kayong sakayan mula alicia isabela to concepcion tarlac?Saka may mairerecommend po ba kayong mga books or anything else para po pag-aralan yung dialect nila?

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    1. Hi there, not really a resident of Tarlac, so medyo hindi ko po kabisado talaga ang mga sakayan dyan. As for their language, same din po. Let's hope may Tarlaqueno na makabasa ng comment nyo.

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