Arayat is one of the first towns built in Pampanga and has a rich and intriguing history. As a result, Arayat might be the next popular tourist location to explore. Here are a few reasons we suggest including this town on your Pampanga travel itinerary.
Experience Rich History
The town thrived during the 14th and 16th centuries and was regarded as one of the most developed villages in Pampanga in 1571 before becoming a Spanish military fort in 1600. Former President Manuel L. Quezon traveled and spent his birthdays in the town in the mid-1930s. During his tenure, he even erected a “Little Malacañang” and made various changes in Arayat, notably on Mt. Arayat.
St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish Church, popularly known as the Arayat Church, is another renowned historical monument that has stood firm since its construction in the late 1700s.
Arayat also has a memorial to General Jose Alejandrino. He is remembered as a hometown hero and a pivotal player in Pampanga’s political history. He was also a contributor to La Solidaridad and a member of the propaganda movement of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, which can be seen as an attraction in front of the town municipal hall and was created to commemorate his bravery.
Appreciate the Beauty of Mt. Arayat
The town is home to the fabled Mt. Arayat, which towers above the middle plains of Luzon. It was popular in folklore long before it grabbed the attention of hikers. It was thought to be the home of Sinukuan, the Kapampangan sun deity. Thus, whether as a mythical mountain or a landmark, Kapampangans are proud of Mt. Arayat. Mt. Arayat National Park was established in the 1970s, complete with natural springs, picnic sites, and the mountain route that leads to Arayat’s Peak. This mountain has a superb observation deck from which you can see the land’s beautiful scenery.
Delicious Gastronomic Tour
The municipality of Arayat is located in Pampanga, the Philippines’ Culinary Capital. It is also abundant in delicious cuisine and excellent native specialties from the several local eateries discovered. Kabigting’s Halo-Halo is one of its most well-known eateries, having been on several TV and internet programs for its delectable Halo-halo. If you’re hungry, try Erwin Sisigan and Ningnangan restaurants and Fhinas Panciteria, and Jurado’s 5. You may also go to Balagtas Bread & Cake House, Agnes Pantig Puto Seko, Mercy Dizon Homemade Pastillas, and Mommy Luvie’s Special Kakanin for desserts and pasalubong.
Enjoy your visit to Pampanga even more once you’ve explored Arayat! This rich and picturesque municipality can provide sightseeing and an overall enjoyable experience. We’ll see you there!