Pampanga, the culinary capital of the Philippines, takes center stage once more as it hosts the first of the 2019 caravan series AAP Travel on May 25.
Those in the caravan will discover the country’s exciting destinations from a motorist’s point of view as it unveils its series for 2019.
The Pampanga Caravan will go around the heritage sites, museums, farm tourism and culinary spots of the province.
Guests will drive their own vehicles in a convoy from Petron Lakeshore along the North Luzon Expressway and go around the restored World War 2-era San Fernando Railway Station, San Guillermo Parish Church in Bacolor, the magnificent St. James the Apostle Parish (Betis) Church in Guagua, and the Center for Kapampangan Studies and Pamintuan Mansion Museum of Philippine Social History in Angeles City.
Participants will feast on mouth-watering all-time Pampango favorite dishes such as sisig, palabok, halo- halo, kamaru at Prado Farms in Guagua and Kusina Matua ni Atching Lillian Borromeo in Mexico.
For a touch of souvenir shopping, caravaners will visit world-class crafts at Hansa Creations in Clark and JB Woodcrafts in Guagua. Guests who want more fun have the option to stay overnight at the Quest Hotel in Clark, or swing by Green Canyon Leisure Farms or Puning Hot Spring.
A brainchild of AAP Travel president and former tourism secretary Mina Gabor, the caravans are line with the Department of Tourism’s drive tourism program to encourage land travel and spread its economic benefits in the countryside.
Gabor said AAP Travel takes pride in its organized itineraries, which are coordinated with local authorities and community stakeholders to ensure road safety, orderly traffic, secure parking, and quality board and lodging, especially for big and professional groups.
She noted the caravans are often hosted by governors, mayors and DOT regional offices, and escorted by the police, to give them a taste of local hospitality and culture.
Participants will receive Petron Value Card with P 1,000 worth of credits from official fuel partner Petron and get the chance to win surprise gifts during raffles.
The motor tourism arm of the Automobile Association Philippines, AAP Travel has driven around touristic provinces such as Ifugao, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Bulacan, Rizal, Cavite, Oriental Mindoro, Negros Occidental, Bulacan, Laguna, Quezon, Bohol, Batanes, Iloilo and Guimaras.