Zambales

DESCRIPTION

Zambales has been gifted with the natural beauty of its surroundings. It has been touched by civilization yet has maintained its rustic glory and beauty. The Zambales coastline is most famous for its sandy beaches and deep blue sea teeming with coral reefs.

The province is historical. Located here is the ancestral house of the most beloved Philippine President, Ramon Magsaysay, situated at Castillejos. Mt. Pinatubo, world-famous for its 1991 catastrophic eruption, can be found in the vicinity.

Zambales is perfectly suited for visitors seeking an authentic view of the Philippines without going too far from the national capital, Manila. It is located at the western part of Luzon, 210 kilometers or approximately a three-hour drive from Manila.

Geography

The province has a few lowlands along the narrow coast where the town centers are located. The northern part is basically swampy. Mountain ranges containing most mineral deposits as well as some volcanoes are found in the eastern portion.

Political Subdivision

Zambales has 13 towns and one city, with Iba as the provincial capital.

Language/Dialect

Tagalog is the predominant dialect followed by Ilocano and Zambal. English is widely spoken.

Climate

There are two pronounced seasons: dry from November to April, and wet during the rest of the year.

Major Industries

Zambales is basically an agricultural province. The chief products are rice, corn, vegetables, and rootcrops. Major industries include farming, fishing, and mining.

The Olongapo area, once the site of the biggest U.S. naval base in Asia, is fast developing into an industrial and tourism zone under the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority.

  • STO. NIÑO FESTIVAL

    Malolos, Bulacan

    January 30

  • PHILIPPINE INTL. HOT-AIR BALLOON FIESTA

    Omni Aviation Complex, Clark Field, Pampanga

    February 9-12

  • AURORA DAY AND SUMAN FESTIVAL

    Baler, Aurora

    February 14- February 19

  • IBON-EBON FESTIVAL

    Candaba, Pampanga

    February (first week)

  • Caragan Festival

    Mabalacat, Pampanga

    February 25-26

  • AURORA FOUNDATION DAY

    Aurora Province

    February 14-19

  • ANAO TOWN FIESTA

    Mun. of Anao, Tarlac

    March 13-15

  • MAGALLANES FESTIVAL

    GUIUAN, E. SAMAR

    March 16

  • DEATH ANNIVERSARY OF PRES. RAMON MAGSAYSAY

    Castillejos, Zambales

    March 17

  • LENTEN WEEK/ "PAGPAPAKO"

    Baler and Casiguran, Aurora

    April 6

  • CUTUD LENTEN RITES

    San Pedro Cutud, San Fernando, Pampanga

    April 6

  • ARAW NG KAGITINGAN

    Mt Samat, Bataan

    April 9

  • TANDUYONG FESTIVAL

    San Jose City, Bulacan

    April 17

  • PILGRIMAGE TO ERMITA HILL

    Casiguran / Baler, Aurora

    April 5-6 Holy Week

  • "PRUSISYON"

    Angeles City, Mabalacat, San Fernando City, Sasmuan and Betis, Pampanga

    April 6

  • BALIUAG LENTEN PROCESSION

    Baliwag, Bulacan

    April 6

  • FLAGELLANTS and LENTEN RITES

    Paombong, Bulacan

    April 5-8

  • SENAKULO

    Castillejos, Zambales

    April 5 and 7 Maundy Thurs and Black Sat

  • CAMOTE FESTIVAL/BB. ZAMBALES

    Castillejos, Zambales

    April (movable)

  • TARLAC CITY CHARTER ANNIVERSARY

    Tarlac City, Tarlac

    April 19

  • SUBIC 'AY FESTIVAL

    Subic, Zambales

    April 22-28

  • PANDAWAN FESTIVAL

    Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija

    April 28

  • PULILAN CARABAO FESTIVAL

    Pulilan, Bulacan

    May 14-15

  • OBANDO FERTILITY RITES

    Obando, Bulacan

    May 17-19

  • MALUMAGPAK CHALLENGE

    New Bataan, Compostela Valley

    May 26- May 30

  • PASTORES FESTIVAL

    Gapan City, Nueva Ecija

    May 1

  • LUYANG DILAW FESTIVAL

    Marilao, Bulacan

    May 2

  • DUMAROKDOK FESTIVAL

    Botolan, Zambales

    May 3-4

  • JOSE ABAD SANTOS DAY

    City of San Fdo., Pampanga

    May 7

  • ARAQUIO OF PENARANDA

    Penaranda, Nueva Ecija

    May 1 and 8 (1st and 2nd Sunday)

  • GRAND STA. CRUZAN

    Botolan, Zambales

    May 29 (Last Saturday)

  • PROVINCE OF TARLAC FOUNDING ANNIVERSARY

    Tarlac City

    May 28

  • SANTA CRUZAN (Malolos)

    Malolos City, Bulacan

    May 1-31

  • CALUMPIT "LIBAD" FESTIVAL_

    Calumpit, Bulacan

    June 23

  • TAONG-PUTIK FESTIVAL

    Aliaga, Nueva Ecija

    June 24

  • APUNG IRU FLUVIAL FESTIVAL

    Apalit, Pampanga

    June 28 30

  • INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

    San Juan City

    June 12

  • GATAS NG KALABAW FESTIVAL

    Cabanatuan City

    July 1-7

  • FEAST OF THE HOLY CROSS OF WAWA (PAGODA SA WAWA)

    Bocaue, Bulacan

    July 3 (1st Sunday)

  • COCO SABUTAN FESTIVAL/BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF PRESIDENT

    Baler, Aurora

    August 19

  • TSINELAS FESTIVAL

    City of Gapan, Nueva Ecija

    August 25

  • SABUTAN FESTIVAL

    San Luis, Aurora Province

    Agust 21-25

  • BIRTH ANNIVERSARY OF PRES. RAMON MAGSAYSAY

    Iba, Zambales

    August 31

  • SAL-LUPONGAN FESTIVAL

    New Bataan, ComVal

    August 1-10

  • LINGGO NG BULAKAN

    Malolos, Bulacan

    September 8- September 15

  • ANGEL FESTIVAL

    San Rafael, Bulacan

    September 29

  • UNANG SIGAW NG NUEVA ECIJA

    Nueva Ecija Convention Center, Palanan City

    September 2

  • ANNIVERSARY OF THE CANONICAL CORONATION OF THE VDLR

    Angeles City and City of San Fernando, Pampanga

    September 8

  • SINGKABAN FESTIVAL

    Malolos, Bulacan

    September 8-15

  • FEAST OF THE TRIUMPH OF THE CROSS

    Church of the Risen Christ, Monasterio de Tarlac, San Jose, Tarlac

    September 14

  • SAMBUKLOD FESTIVAL

    Pleasant Hills, City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan

    September 25 (last Sunday)

  • PYESTANG TUGAK (FROG FESTIVAL)

    City Hall, City of San Fernando, Pampanga

    October (1st week)

  • AETA FESTIVAL

    Botolan, Zambales

    October 27

  • ANNUAL PINATUBO TREK (A MARCH TO PEACE TRANQUILITY)

    Brgy. Sta Juliana, Capas Tarlac

    November 30

  • SINUKWAN FESTIVAL

    San Fernando, Pampanga

    December 1-7

  • PAMPANGA DAY

    San Fernando, Pampanga

    December 11

  • SAN FERNANDO GIANT LANTERN FESTIVAL

    San Fernando, Pampanga

    December 14-20

  • CLARK NIGHT MARKET/BAZAAR

    Bayanihan Park, Clark Special Economic Zone, Pampanga

    December 16

  • HORSE FESTIVAL

    Plaridel, Bulacan

    December 29-30

  • BELENISMO SA TARLAC: THE ART OF MAKING BELEN

    Tarlac Province

    December