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October 2, 2012

Kapitolyo: Pampanga Provincial Capitol

Being a lakwatsera...I'm planning to visit the 80 provinces of the Philippines before I reach the age of 40. So far... I'm already 30 and i already visited 23 provinces, but since I'm not blogging yet wala akong documentation. Now I will visit again the 23 provinces just to capture the beautiful spots and experience again the local culture. Some of my friends, when they travel...they take souvenir with them like t-shirts or keychain... some take pictures of the local church. I plan to collect pictures.... pictures of landmarks, churches, local people, local foods and delicacies, hotels, restaurants and the Provincial Capitol and Municipal or City Hall.

This series of posts is titled KAPITOLYO, with pictures of the Provincial Capitol, the seat of the provincial government. I will start with my home province...PAMPANGA.

The capital of Pampanga was transferred to San Fernando from Bacolor in 1904. Pampanga Capitol was constructed in 1907-1908 during the administration of Governor Macario Arnedo.  The park with lush ground in front of the capitol was named after him. He is the first elected governor of Pampanga.
Pampanga Capitol

Arnedo Park
Arnedo Park
Don Macario Arnedo, the first elected governor of Pampanga
I had the chance to stroll around the Capitol Grounds when my employer had a meeting at the Benigno Aquino Hall. There are statues of famous people in the compound.

Ninoy Aquino Monument in front of Benigno Aquino Hall

Honorio Ventura
The first state university in Pampanga was named after him. The Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University formerly known as: Don Honorio Ventura College of Arts and Trades is a State University in the Philippines and it's known to be the Oldest Vocational School in Far East Asia established since 1861.
Jose Abad Santos
Jose Abad Santos y Basco was the fifth Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and served as Acting President of the Philippines during World War II. He was executed by Japanese forces during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines.

Zoilo J. Hilario

Another statue is Zoilo J. Hilario. The truth is, I don't know the man that's why I search. I've learned that he was a famous Kapampangan writer and poet who dedicated his life to the propagation of Kapampangan literature and culture.
President Diosdado Macapagal
The 9th President of the Philippines... Diosdado Macapagal, the father of Former President and the present Congresswoman of Pampanga 2nd district Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Maximino H. Hizon
The most prominent figure in the capitol compound is the statue of General Maximino H. Hizon. He was the highest ranking Kapampangan officer in the revolutionary army. He was depicted in full uniform, nakasakay pa sa kabayo.

Inside the capitol...


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