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Simon de Anda Monument Inside the premises of the Municipal Hall The Anda monument was erected in honor of Gov. General Simon de Anda who contributed historical significance to the town of Bacolor. It was inaugurated and blessed on October 29, 2012 in commemoration of the 250th year anniversary of Bacolor as the seat of Spanish Government with Hon. Jorge Domecq, Ambassador of Spain to the Philippines, as the Guest of Honor. Tangible
Official Seal of Villa de Bacolor Inside the premises of the Municipal Hall A Symbol that the town of Bacolor has been the Capital of the Philippines from 1762-1764 Tangible
Felix Napao Galura Monument Cabambangan, Bacolor, Pampanga One of the most prominent and versatile writers at the turn of 20th century. The multi-facetted literary giant did not only wield his pen as a poet, translator ( he translated Rizal’s “Noli” into Kapampangan ), playwright ( “Ing Mora”/The Moor Maiden), editor, religious writer (he composed original Kapampangan prayers and a Pasyon), grammarian (he authored “Gramatica Castellana”and “Sanayan A Malagwang Pipagaralan King Amanung Kastila”) and newspaper man, but he was also a passionate Revolutionist, a military man ( Lt. Colonel under Gen. Tomas Mascardo) and a political leader (Bacolor’s municipal presidente for 9 years). Tangible
Pablo Angeles David Monument Cabambangan, Bacolor, Pampanga A Filipino magistrate and a statesman, he became a judge, a member of the Philippine House of representatives, Governor of Pampanga and a Senate. Tangible
Juan Crisostomo Caballa Soto Cabambangan, Bacolor, Pampanga He was a poet, dramatist, journalist and newspaperman. He was also known as Crissot, the “Father of Pampango Literature.” Tangible
San Guillermo Parish Church Cabambangan, Bacolor, Pampanga Despite being half-buried, the Church is still being used as a place of worship, especially for Bacoloreṅos who demonstrated their strong faith, undying spirit and resiliency in times of calamities. The Church was already a renowned tourist destination prior to lahar tragedies, now both local and foreign tourists flock to the church whose remaining features were preserved and maintained. Tangible
Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine Cabetican, Bacolor, Pampanga Declared Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes for the whole archdiocese. The faithful devotees of Cabetican as well as those for the whole Pampanga joined together to construct the edifice for the Blessed Mother. This has been the place of many pilgrims especially during first Saturdays of the month. Tangible
Death March Marker Cabambangan, Bacolor, Pampanga Death March (Filipino: Martsa ng Kamatayan sa Bataan – was the forcible transfer by the Imperial Japanese Army of 60,000–80,000 Filipino and American prisoners of war from Saisaih Point, Bagac, Bataan and Mariveles to Camp O’Donnell, Capas, Tarlac, via San Fernando, Pampanga, where the prisoners were loaded onto trains. The transfer began on April 9, 1942, after the three-month Battle of Bataan in the Philippines during World War II. The total distance marched from Mariveles to San Fernando and from the Capas Train Station to Camp O’Donnell is variously reported by differing sources as between 96.6 and 112.0 km (60 and 69.6 mi). Differing sources also report widely differing prisoner of war casualties prior to reaching Camp O’Donnell: from 5,000 to 18,000 Filipino deaths and 500 to 650 American deaths during the march. The march was characterized by severe physical abuse and wanton killings, and was later judged by an Allied military commission to be a Japanese war crime. Tangible
Good Friday Procession Around the Polacion This Good Friday tradition in Bacolor is one of the most solemn processions, a perfect example of a traditional Filipino prusisyon where you’ll hear nothing but voices praying the holy rosary and solemn songs in between. Intangible
Makatapak Festival Around the Poblacion

The Makatapak Festival (Barefoot Festival) is a street dancing event featuring competing groups that colorfully dance along the processional route or “paglimbunan”, barefooted. It is celebrated during the town fiesta in November. “Makatapak” in Capampangan means barefooted.

Makatapak Festival commemorates the Exodus of the people of Bacolor back in the days when the town was covered by lahar from 1991 – 1995, the lahar episode was caused by the devastated eruption of Mount Pinatubo. It was difficult to walk on Lahar, which is like a quick sand. Unity and helping one another was the key in survival of Pinatubo’s wrath. Rich and poor alike walked hand in hand. There was a time they shared in one big roof in “Tent Cities”. People walked barefooted while carrying their personal belongings to safer grounds. Other people wept…But now Villa de Bacolor is going forward. Makatapak Festival, “lalacad quing dalan alang chinelas.” Mabie Balen Baculud! Balen daring makata pong legwan. Balen daring biyasa ampong mangalagu. The Makatapak Festival Street Dancing is simple colorful and impressive to watch.

Miss Bacolor Pageant Bacolor Covered Court One of the highlights of the town fiesta of Bacolor , the pageant brings in the rich culture of Bacolor Intangible

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