Guv wants ‘all out’ promo of Pampanga tourism sites

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Thursday, February 27, 2014


LUBAO -- Lubao town in Pampanga is host to the one of the country's oldest Roman Catholic churches. It also holds the distinction as hometown of the two former Philippine presidents, one of whom is the incumbent solon of Pampanga's second congressional district.

Governor Lilia Pineda, who hails from Lubao and was the town's former three-term mayor, on Monday announced that she is tapping the “unique expertise and talents” of artist Peter De Vera of Angeles City for the aggressive promotion of premiere tourism sites in Pampanga, including the St. Augustine Parish Church established in 1572. The 442-year-old Lubao church in Barangay San Nicolas 1st is the oldest in Pampanga.

Former President and now Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her father, the late former President Diosdado Macapagal, are from Lubao and both could speak the native Kapampangan language.

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"We will ask Peter De Vera to help us and we start in the second district. Centuries-old churches are in Lubao, Sta. Rita and Guagua. Then we have the Nabuklod tourism area," said Pineda in the dialect.

Nabuklod in Floridablanca town is dubbed "Paradise in the Sky." The 5,000-hectare agri-tourism project is perched 1,200 feet high above sea level. Porac, Pampanga’s biggest town in terms of land area, is also part of the second district.

Pineda was with Board Members Tonton Torres and Rosve Henson, businessman Marni Castro and former Second District Board Member Olga Frances “Fritzie” David-Dizon during the meeting at the Capitol’s executive house.

De Vera worked with David-Dizon for the successful staging of the Miss Pampanga 2012 beauty pageant. He also handled the recent annual Most Outstanding Kapampangan Awards (MOKA) and is a much-sought dance and performance director in the country and abroad.

Pineda asked Torres, Henson and Board Member Cherry Manalo, chairman of the Provincial Board committee on tourism, to coordinate with De Vera for the plans and projects to push the popularity of the province’s tourism sites and destinations.

"Pampanga is worth seeing for two main reasons. The old churches and our very delicious food," said Pineda in the dialect. (Pampanga PIO)

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 28, 2014.

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