Provinces

Tarlac Province

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Written by Patrick

ABOUT

Tarlac is a landlocked province located in the Central Luzon Region of the Philippines. It is bounded on the north by the province of Pangasinan. Its capital is Tarlac City. Tarlac is the most multicultural of the Central Luzon provinces. A mixture of four district groups, the Pampangueños, Ilocanos, Pangasinenses, and Tagalogs, share life in the province. Tarlac is best known for its fine foods and vast sugar and rice plantations.

LOCATION

Tarlac

Coordinates: 15°30′N 120°30′E

FAST FACTS

The following are a few useful and interesting details about this province.

Province:
Tarlac
Location:
15°30′N 120°30′E | View Map
Year Founded:
1872
Capital:
Tarlac City
Area:
3,053.60 km2 (1,179.00 sq mi)
Population:
1,503,500
Density:
450/km2 (1,200/sq mi)
Division:
Region:
Cities & Towns:
1 Component city, 17 Towns (Municipalities)
Demonym(s):
Tarlaqueño/a
Elevation:
(Mount Sawtooth) 1,806 m (5,925 ft)
Time Zone:
PST (UTC+8)
Zip Code:
2300–2318
Area code:
+63 -(045)-XXX-XXXX
Electricity:
Standard voltage is 220V.
Plug commonly used is Type A but Types B and C are used as well.
Bring A to B adapter(s).
Currency:
Philippine Peso (PHP)
Exchange Rate:
Approximately 1 USD = 50 PHP | click for exact exchange rate
Income Class:
First Class
Religion(s):
80%-83% Roman Catholic, 8% other Christian groups
Language(s):
Kapampangan, Pangasinan, Ilocano, Tagalog, English
Known For:
Sugar and rice plantations
Major Industries:
Agriculture (rice, sugarcane, corn, coconut, bananas, calamansi, mangoes, eggplants, garlic, and onions), Mining (manganese, iron), Manucturing (automotive, electronics)
Climate:
Tropical
Best Time to Visit:
December to April
Clothing:
Casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.
Airport(s):
None
Seaport(s):
None
Bus Terminal(s):
COMING SOON
Website:
None

CLIMATE

The climate in this province has three distinct seasons: summer from March to June, monsoon rain from July to early October, and monsoon winter from late October to February. Summer months, especially during May bring frequent, sometimes severe, thunderstorms with high winds, thunder, and hail. It is the coldest province in the region, with a yearly average of 23 °C (73 °F). Cold snap is not common, which gradually receives unusual average temperature of 17 °C (63 °F), while maximum daytime peaks 27 °C (81 °F). It is also the windiest province in the region during February and March due to its widely lowland altitude and extreme climate transition. The lowest temperature ever recorded is 11.2 °C (52.2 °F) and the highest temperature at 38.8 °C (101.8 °F).

The best times to visit Tarlac for ideal weather are December 17th to April 15th based on average temperature and humidity.

The most appropriate clothing for this province is casual light clothing: shorts, t-shirt, sandals. Light jacket and pants at night, at higher elevations, and boating.

READ MORE: Climate & Weather in the Philippines

CITIES & TOWNS

Tarlac Province Map

The Tarlac provinceis divided into 17 Municipalities and 1 Component City:

  • Anao
  • Bamban
  • Camiling
  • Capas
  • Concepcion
  • Gerona
  • La Paz
  • Mayantoc
  • Moncada
  • Paniqui
  • Pura
  • Ramos
  • San Clemente
  • San Jose
  • San Manuel
  • Santa Ignacia
  • Tarlac City
  • Victoria
 

ISLANDS

None

POINTS OF INTEREST

The following is a list of points of interest relating to the Tarlac province:

  • Al-Ragabi Mosque
  • Anzap Twin Falls
  • Aquino Ancestral House
  • Bamban Museum of History
  • Canding Falls
  • Capas ATV Adventure
  • Capas National Shrine
  • Citymall SCTEX
  • Isdaan Village
  • Kart City Tarlac
  • Maria Cristina Park
  • Monasterio de Tarlac
  • Mount Pinatubo Base Camp
  • Mt. Damas
  • Nambalan River
  • Sacred Relic of The True Cross
  • Saipan Beach
  • The Aquino Center Museum
  • Zhi Ya Tarlac
 

FESTIVALS

The following is a list of festivals celebrated in Tarlac throughout the year:

  • Melting Pot Festival (Tarlac City) – January
  • Chicharon Iniruban Festival (Camiling) – last week of October
  • Belenismo sa Tarlac (Tarlac City) – December

FAQs

The following are the most frequently asked questions about the Tarlac province.

Where in the Philippines is Tarlac located?
Tarlac is located on Central Luzon.

Is Tarlac a city or province?
Tarlac is a province.

What is the Capital of Tarlac?
The capital of Tarlac is Tarlac City.

What is Tarlac famous or known for?
Tarlac is famous or known for sugar and rice plantations.

How do I get to Tarlac?
There are several ways to get to Tarlac, the most common being from Manila:

  • Bus | 5 hours | $4-$6
  • Taxi | 1.5 hours | $34-$42
  • Drive | 1.5 hours | $10-$14

RESOURCE: Best Online Transportation Resource for the Philippines

How many islands are in Tarlac?
There are NO islands in Tarlac. The province is landlocked.

What does Tarlac mean?
Tarlac is Hispanized derivation from a talahib weed called “malatarlak”.

How Safe is Traveling in Tarlac?
Tarlac is generally safe for locals and tourists.

Is the climate in Tarlac the same as the rest of the Philippines?
The climate in Tarlac province is considered tropical but is colder than other provinces in the region.

To learn more about the various climate types in the Philippines, and for a Climate Map, click the link below…

READ MORE: Climate & Weather of the Philippines

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About the Author

Patrick

Patrick is an entrepreneur, digital nomad, explorer, and photographer. Patrick is always in search of fun and adventure. He is well travelled throughout the world, and although location independent, his home base is Phoenix, Arizona in the USA. Patrick loves island lifestyle which is no wonder why he is so interested in spending time in the Philippines with it’s over 7,000 islands. Patrick created this site to share his knowledge of and experiences in the Philippines with Filipinos as well as other foreigners.

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