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Region 3 - Central Luzon
Central Luzon is a combination of towering mountains, extinct and active volcanoes, lush, verdant farmlands, and natural sea harbors. It is composed of Aurora, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac and Zambales.
Aurora features breath-taking mountain scenery and beaches ideal for surfing, diving and snorkeling. Natural attractions include Baler and Digisit Beaches, Dimtumbo and Cunayan Falls, Bane Spring, Lamao Caves and Dibut Bay. Churches include the Baler Church and the Santo Entierro wooden chapel. Fiestas include the Suman Festival or Moro-Moro Zarzuela.
Bataan is best known as a World War 2 battleground between the Japanese invaders and the Filipino-American forces, led by General Douglas MacArthur. Thus, World War 2 memorials are prevalent including the Shrine of Valor on Mt. Samat, the Fall of Bataan and Surrender Site Markers at Balanga, the Death March Marker at Orani, the First Line of Defense Marker at Dinalupihan and the Democracy Marker at the Bataan-Pampanga border and the Philippine-Japanese Friendship Tower at Morong. Bataan also has natural attractions including Sibul Spring, Dunsulan and Pasukulan Falls, Talaga Beach and Dinalupihan National Park.
Bulacan is a site where Filipinos had a long history of struggle against the Spanish and American colonizers. Thus it has plenty of monuments and historical sites commemorating these struggles, including Casa Real, Malolos, San Rafael Church, Calumpit Bridge, Marcelo H. Del Pilar Shrine, Don Felipe Buencamino Marker and the Calumpit Church.
Nueva Ecija has many natural attractions like the Minalungao National Park with the Peñaranda River, Rizal Hot Springs, Burburayok Springs and Pajanutic Falls. Other sites include Mt. Olivette in Bongabon hilltop church, Diamond Park in Jose City, Camp Pangatian Shrine and a General Luna Statue and Marker.
Pampanga is regarded by many as having the best regional food in the Philippines. San Fernando, the capital, is famous for its re-enactment of the Crucifixion during Easter. Angeles City is famous for its nightlife. Clark Special Economic Zone is home to world-class resorts, casinos, duty free shopping and golf courses. Churches include the Church of Bacolor, the Betis Church at Guagua and the St. Peter Shrine at Apalit. Other sites include the Death March Marker at San Fernando Railroad Station, Mt. Arayat National Park and the Wild Duck Sanctuary at Candaba.
Tarlac is home to the Luisita Land and Industrial Park, a self-contained community. Natural attractions include Paradise Island, Bueno Hot Spring, Dolores Springs and Anao Quinabundok Creek. Historical sites include the Maria Clara Museum, the Camilling Church and the Santo Domingo and Capas Death March Memorials.
Zambales is the home town of President Ramon Magsaysay, who is commemorated by the Birth Marker in Iba and the Ancestral House in Castillejos. Recreation in Zambales includes a trip to the fish sanctuary in Silanguin Bay, diving in Capones and San Salvador Islands, and swimming the clear waters and silver sands of Iba. Subic Bay activities include jungle trekking and water sports, a trip to the Marine Exploratorium, Spanish Gate, Tappan Park and Grande Island.
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