The response to my humble work was overwhelming; the book is now out of print.
Hopefully, with this blog, everyone can take in the views of old Pampanga again, from an era now forever gone but never forgotten. Saniculas cookies made with the imprint of San Nicolas de Tolentino, the miracle healer.
To tell the story of my rediscovery of my place, I started with what I had--an odd assortment of Pampanga-themed photos picked up from here and there.
The verbal and the visual thus finally converged in the book "Views from the Pampang & Other Scenes".
Arayat is a 2nd class municipality in the province of Pampanga, Philippines.
According to the 2000 census, it has a population of 101,792 people in 18,571 households.
In January 2006, to honor my roots, I published a twin book about Pampanga and my hometown, Mabalacat.It was a project that took all of 4 years, as I had practically become a stranger in my own province, living a peripatetic life in Manila and abroad.Travelers who passed the river's way brought home stories of a land with a majestic mountain jutting from its navel, a place of scenic wonders, boundless resources and magnificent townscapes, peopled by a proud brown race.What other magical views could our forefathers have seen from this river's fabled "pampang"?
Arayat is politically subdivided into 30 barangays.
Pampanga, a province of Central Luzon in the Philippines, was established along the banks ("pampang") of a great river that was to shape its history-the Rio Grande de la Pampanga.