Mabalacat City History, Tourist Spots, Festival

Mabalacat is a component city of Pampanga Province in Central Luzon Region, Philippines.

Mabalacat City Welcome Arch
Mabalacat City Welcome Arch *Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

Profile of Mabalacat City (Geography)
Location –> North Pampanga in Central Luzon Region (See map below)
*Distance from Manila –> 88 Kilometers
Neighboring Towns –> Bamban (Tarlac Province), Magalang, Mexico, Angeles City, and Porac
Area –> 83.18 km2 (32.12 sq mi)
Population –> 250,799 (2015 Census)
No. of Barangays –> 27
Terrain –> Flat with hills and mountains in the west
Industries –> Trading, Tourism, Manufacturing, Agriculture
Major Products –> Poultry, Hogs, Handicraft, Home-made Food Items, Rice, Vegetables
People/Language –> Kapampangan, Tagalog, English
Revenue (2016) –> 1,117,424,108.70

City Officials
Representative (1st District) –> Carmelo Lazatin II
Mayor –> Crisostomo Garbo
Vice Mayor –> Gerald Guttrie P. Aquino

Mabalacat History

Mabalacat was formerly a barrio of Bamban which at that time was a town of Pampanga. In 1792, it became a separate town and it was named after the Balacat Trees that grew abundantly in the area. In Kapampangan dialect, Mabalacat means “full of Balacat trees”.

The town grew rapidly after the establishment of Clark Air Base which occupied a large portion of the town’s area. Many residents were employed in the base and lots of the farm supplies entering the base came from the town’s farmers.

On July 21, 2012, Mabalacat was converted into a city by virtue of Republic Act 10164 which was signed by former President Benigno Aquino III.

Economy, Business and Investment

Agriculture is giving way to commerce and industry as the main drivers of economic growth in Mabalacat. Its strategic location as a transportation hub and as home to the Clark Special Economic Zone, the city is fast becoming a center for business investment.

Manufacturing enterprises consist mostly of furniture shops, iron works, ceramics, tailoring and bakeries.

Mabalacat Tourist Spots

Our Lady of Divine Grace Parish
Xevera Fountain

Mabalacat Festival

Caragan Festival – held every 3d week of February to celebrate the progress made by the city

RELATED: Profile of Olongapo City , Balanga City
See also: List of Philippine Cities by Region and Province

Map of Mabalacat City

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