Tourist Spots in Arayat, Pampanga
GEN. JOSE ALEJANDRINO MONUMENT
Built in honor of the town hero and former Senator and Pampanga governor. He is one of contributor of La Solidaridad and member of the propagandist movement of Dr. Jose Rizal. The original manuscript of the book, El FIlibusterismo, was given to him by Dr. Jose Rizal and he also sponsored its publishing. The song “Bayan Ko” was also his composition originally written in the Spanish Language.
Built in 1895, it was one of the biggest house built back then and was able to withstand the test of time. Very little is known about the history of the property. The house has been inherited from Rodolfo Santos and Martina Samia Santos, by their seven children namely; Alejandrino Santos, Rudolfo Santos Jr, Maria Rita Santos, Eduardo Santos, Serafin Santos, Reynaldo Santos and Dorothy Santos. None of the siblings grew or lives in the house, it is currently under maintenance by their caretaker.
The house retains its original furnishing to this day. The exterior and interior still showcase the design of its original Spanish occupation period and are well preserved. To date, the house serves as a specimen of architecture of Arayat’s Spanish colonial period.
MT. ARAYAT HONESTY AND RECREATION FARM
Is a farm and adventure resort. You will enjoy horseback riding, swimming, ATV rides, biking, camping and more and this farm owned by Gen. Catapang.
ST. CATHERINE OF ALEXANDRIA PARISH CHURCH
Built in 1753, based on the canonical books stating that baptismal activities have been conducted by Fray Villalobos since 1758. At present, it belongs to the parish of the Vicariate of Mary, Help of Christians, in the Archdiocese of San Fernando.
MT. ARAYAT NATIONAL PARK
A cold spring resort with a natural waterfall established by Pres. Manuel Quezon in 1933. You will enjoy horseback riding, swimming pools to accommodate nature and forest bathers.
BAHAY NA BATO
At the foot of Mt. Arayat, the lone mountain of Pampanga, lies a hidden structure which at a glimpse would resemble a temple in Indonesia. The creator spent more than half of his entire life working on the project—and as a result of his hard work, the artist achieved his goal, creating a masterpiece I never expected. The temple-like structure that I am talking about is called “Bale Batu”, built by the industrious hands and artistic mind of a pure blood Kapampangan artist, Jesus Padilla, or most commonly known as Apung Susing. A living proof of Pampangueños’ ingenuity and creativity.
Built on the slopes of Mt. Arayat on the Baliti side, Gintung Pakpak, exists with you in mind whether you are 3 to 93 years old. Its accessibility is carefully engineered to blend naturally with the existing natural contour of the mountain. With its modern structure, it manages to be in harmony with the elements of nature without sacrificing your comfort. Our well paved concrete roads from the barrio leading right to the doorsteps of our villas, function halls, campsite, wedding garden and other facilities is perfect for any occasion you may plan for your family, corporate, retreats among others. To cite a few of the wonders of Gintung Pakpak EcoPark, take time to imagine and this was newly renovated.
CONG. DADONG DAM
After 27 long and agonizing years, the P3.4-billion foreign-funded Cong Dadong Dam, named after President Arroyo’s late father, former President Diosdado Macapagal, finally released its first volume of water to thousands of hectares of farmlands in this town and other parts of Pampanga and Nueva Ecija.