Slated to become the next big thing in megacities and master-planned metropolitans second only to Metro Manila, Pampanga has come a long way from being simply called the country’s culinary capital.
Undoubtedly known for its gastronomic treats and epicurean delights, Pampanga is known to be the best province in Central Luzon for weekend food trips and intrepid excursions. Food aside, however, Pampanga has proven to be one of the most promising areas in Luzon in terms of business and tourism. In this regard, many prospective homeowners have set their eyes on the culinary capital as the potential place for their permanent residence. Inevitably, the traffic and congestion of Metro Manila have constrained residents to look for a fresh living space of even a second home away from the relentless hustle and bustle of the city (and its resulting air and noise pollution).
To address this demand, many real estate developers have taken on a new endeavor to pepper periphery cities with new residential projects and developments. Pampanga, being a place in proximity to Metro Manila, has become increasingly attractive to families who are in search of an alternative lifestyle that does not involve contending with daily traffic. Indeed, while Metro Manila remains the center of it all, its lack of open and green spaces, population congestion, pollution and ever-worsening state of traffic make it a less desirable place to live in. Pampanga offers the welcome of suburban living without having to forego all the modern conveniences of a major metropolitan. With real estate developments strategically located and built with sustainability in mind, prospective residents are treated to an elevated kind of lifestyle that might just surpass their current one.
FACTS ABOUT PAMPANGA
- The name “La Pampanga” was given by the Spaniards owing to the fact that they found the early natives living near river banks. The name is also fitting considering that it is a flat country crisscrossed by a hundred small branches of the Pampanga River.
- Pampanga once served as the capital of the archipelago for two years (1762-1764) during the British invasion of Manila.
- History shows evidence that the province of Pampanga itself is a descendant of what was known back then as the Kingdom of Tondo (or the Luzon empire).
- It has been believed and theorized that Kapampangans (natives of Pampanga) are distinct from the Tagalogs linguistically. It is said that they have descended from the migrants of the Malang Region in Central Java.
- Pampanga earned its claim to fame of being the country’s culinary capital even back then. During the Spanish period, the province was pivotal in supplying food along with forced labor and lumber for the Spanish colony. Rice was produced in abundance and was levied as a tribute.
- Pampanga was one of the very first Philippine provinces to join the revolution of 1896, with San Fernando serving as the temporary capital of the Philippine Republic in 1899.
- Although Kapampangans share the culture and traditions of the lowland Filipinos and their Tagalog neighbors to the east and south, they speak their own distinct language, a source of their ethnic pride.
REASONS TO LIVE IN PAMPANGA
Accessibility to pretty much everywhere and anywhere
- With the construction of two major thoroughfares, the NLEX (Northern Luzon Expressway) and the SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, access to and from Pampanga has been so much easier. With these roads, residents no longer have to contend with a three-hour (sometimes, more) drive. Apart from roads, Pampanga has its very own international airport in Clark, Mabalacat. Currently, it serves nine international destinations and nineteen local destinations. The airport is slated to expand in the coming years catering to more international and domestic flights.
Suburban living at its finest
- To even-up the competition, Metro Manila-based developers have come with its own fair share of distinct real estate developments that combine wide open spaces and modern amenities. However, next to Pampanga’s communities which are integrated with nature, Metro Manila’s counterparts feel seemingly contrived. After all, nothing beats living in or close to nature. Future developments and even existing residential neighborhoods in Pampanga have wonderfully incorporated aspects of nature into their communities insomuch that one might argue that it offers suburban living at its finest. Capitalizing on sustainability and eco-friendly practices, communities in Pampanga feature modern homes within a park-like setting, which gives residents an elevated kind of living.
Opportunities are within reach.
- Megalopolis Plan is a comprehensive blueprint for the urban development of the province that will maximize the use of its natural resources such as water, ecology, and agriculture. In this regard, job and career advancement opportunities will likely follow, ensuring that prospective residents do not need to go all the way to Metro Manila in search of employment. Apart from that, a myriad of commercial districts is set to be developed in Pampanga for the benefit of the residents. With all these, Pampanga has wonderfully harmonized all the essential aspects of work, play, life balance that will make the province an attractive place to settle in.