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Pampanga (PSGC: 035400000; ISO: PH-PAM) is a province of the Philippines located in the Central Luzon region. Its capital is the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. Pampanga is bordered by the provinces of Bataan and Zambales to the west, Tarlac and Nueva Ecija to the north, and Bulacan to the southeast. Pampanga also lies on the northern shore of Manila Bay.
The name "La Pampanga" was given by the Spaniards who found the early natives living near the river banks. It also served as the capital of the archipelago for two years from 1762-1764 during the British invasion of Manila. The word pampang, from which the province's name originates, means river bank. Its creation in 1571 makes it the first Spanish province in the Philippines. The Province of Pampanga persistently claims that it is the culinary capital of the Philippines. There is no firm evidence for this claim since each province in the Philippines has its own unique cuisine.
Pampanga is served by the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, which is located at Clark Freeport Zone in Angeles City, some 16 kilometers north of the provincial capital.
The province is home to two air bases under the Philippine Air Force. They are the Basa Air Base in Floridabalanca and the former U.S. Clark Air Base in Angeles City.
People and culture
The inhabitants of Pampanga are generally referred to as Kapampangans (alternatively spelled Capampañgan), Pampangos, or Pampangueños. A little history of Pampanga shows that the Kapampangans take pride in their province for being one of the eight provinces in the country to revolt against Spain and having produced two presidents, three chief justices, a senate president, the first Filipino cardinal and many outstanding personalities in public service, education, diplomacy, journalism, the arts and sciences, entertainment and business.
Kapampangan cuisine is widely thought to be among the most evolved and refined of Philippine culinary traditions.
Farming and fishing are the two main industries of the province. Major products include rice, corn, sugar cane, and tilapia. In addition to farming and fishing, the province also supports thriving cottage industries that specialize in wood carving, furniture-making, guitars, and handicrafts. Every year during the Christmas season, the province of Pampanga becomes the center of a thriving industry centered on handcrafted lighted lanterns called “parols” that displays a kaleidoscope of light and color. Other industries include its casket industry and the manufacturing of all Purpose Vehicles present in the Municipality of Sto. Tomas.
The province is famous for its sophisticated culinary industry. Kapampangans are well known for their culinary creations. Well known food products range from the ordinary to the exotic. Pampanga's Best and Mekeni Food are among the better known meat brands of the country producing Kapampangan favorites such as pork and chicken tocinos, beef tapa, hot dogs, and longanezas (Philippines-style sausages and cured meats.)
Speciality foods such as the siopao, pandesal, tutong, lechon (roasted pig) and its sarsa (sauce), are popular speciality foods in the region. The more exotic betute tugak (stuffed frog), kamaru (mole crickets) cooked ala adobo, bulanglang (pork cooked in guava juice), lechon kawali, and bringhe (a green sticky rice dish like paella) are a mainstay in Kapampangan feasts. Native sweets and delicacies like pastillas, turonnes de casuy, buro, are the most sought after by Filipinos including a growing number of tourists who enjoy authentic Kapampangan cuisine.
Tourism is a growing industry in the province of Pampanga. Clark Field, in Angeles City, is home to Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, Luzon's second International Airport and designated as the Philippines future premier gateway site. Within the Clark Special Economic Zone are well established hotels and resorts. Popular tourist destinations in the province include: St. Peter Shrine in Apalit, Mt. Arayat National Park in San Juan Bano, Arayat, the Paskuhan Village in the City of San Fernando, the Casino Filipino in Angeles City, and for Nature and Wildlife "Paradise Ranch and Zoocobia Fun Zoo" in Clark. Well known annual events include the Giant Lantern Festival in December, the annual hot air balloon festival in Clarkfield during the month of February, the San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites celebrated two days before Easter and the Aguman Sanduk in Minalin celebrated on the afternoon of New Year's Day.
Other developing economies include a semiconductor industry involved in the manufacturing of electronics and computers mostly located within the Clark Special Economic Zone in Angeles City.
Pampanga is subdivided into 20 municipalities and 2 cities.
|City of San Fernando
78,295 - 97,296 as of 2007
The province has a total land mass of 2,180.68 square kilometers. Its terrain is relatively flat with one distinct mountain, Mount Arayat and the notable Pampanga River. Among its municipalities, Porac has the largest land mass with 343.12 square kilometers; Candaba comes in second with 208.7 square kilometers; followed by Lubao with 155.77 square kilometers.
The province of Pampanga has two distinct climates, rainy and dry. The rainy or wet season normally begins in May and runs through October, while the rest of the year is the dry season. The warmest period of the year occurs between March and April, while the coolest period is from December through February.
Telephone services in the Province are provided by the Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), Digitel, Datelcom the Evangelista Telephone Company and the Pampanga Telecom Company in the town of Macabebe.The province has 24 public telegraph offices distributed among its towns while the facilities of PT&T and RCPI were set up to serve the business centers in Angeles City, San Fernando City and Guagua.
Several Internet Service Providers and available in the province. These include the Angeles Computer Network Specialist, Information Resources Network System, Inc., Mosaic communications Inc., Net Asia Angeles City, Phil World On Line and Comclark Network and Technology Corp.
United Parcel Services (UPS) and Federal Express (FedEx) provide international courier services for the province and the rest of the country. Their hubs are located within the Clark Special Economic Zone. These international courier are complemented by four local couriers operating as the communication and baggage of the province. There are 3 postal district offices and 35 post office stations distributed in the 20 municipalities and 2 cities of the province.
Water and power
Potable water supply in the province reaches the populace through three levels namely: Level I (point source system), Level II (communal faucet system), and Level III (individual connections). A well or spring is the pinpointed water source in areas where houses are few as the system is only designed to serve 15 to 25 households. As of 1997, there were 128,571 Level I water system users in the province. The communal faucet system (Level II) serves the rural areas while the Level III system is managed by the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA). The system provides individual house connections to all second and first class private subdivisions.
Electric power is distributed to majority of the towns through the distribution centers of the Pampanga Electric Cooperative (PELCO) which include PELCO I, II, III. Small parts of Candaba and Macabebe are also supplied by Manila Electric Company (MERALCO). Angeles City and small parts of Mabalacat, Bacolor, and Porac are supplied by Angeles Electric Corporation (AEC). City of San Fernando is supplied by San Fernando Electric Company (SFELAPCO).
The province of Pampanga is strategically located at the crossroads of central Luzon and is highly accessible by both air and land. The province is home to two airstrips: Basa Air Base in Floridablanca, which is utilized by the military, and the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (formerly Clark International Airport) in Angeles City. Pampanga also has five existing municipal ports which function as fish landing centers. These are situated in the municipalities of Guagua, Macabebe, Masantol, Minalin, and Sasmuan.
Land travel to the province is made easy by numerous buses that travel the routes of Manila-Pampanga-Bataan, Manila-Pampanga-Zambales, Manila-Pampanga-Tarlac, Manila-Pampanga-Nueva Ecija, and Manila-Bulacan-Pampanga. These buses are serviced by:
The 83.7 - kilometer North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) extends from Balintawak in Metro Manila to Sta. Ines in Pampanga. It passes through the large cities of San Fernando and Angeles and municipalities of Minalin and San Simon through Sta. Ines, which is located near the former U.S. Air Force Base at Clark Field.
The 94-kilometer four-lane Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEx) to date, is the longest toll expressway in the Philippines. Its southern terminus is located at the Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales, and passes through the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) interchange near the Clark Special Economic Zone in Angeles City. Its northern terminus is located at the Central Techno Park in Tarlac City, Tarlac.
The province is home to 41 colleges/universities. They include:
- Hillcrest Heights Institute, San Francisco, Magalang, Pampanga 
- Angeles University Foundation, Angeles City 
- Bro. Andrew Gonzales Technical High School
- Holy Angel University, Angeles City
- Proverbsville School, Inc., Angeles City/City of San Fernando
- Mabalacat College, Mabalacat Pampanga
- Mauaque National High School, Sapang Biabas, Mabalacat, Pampanga
- La Verdad Christian College, Apalit
- Mary Help of Christians School Inc. Mabiga, Mabalacat
- University of the Philippines - Diliman Extension Program in Pampanga, Angeles City
- Republic Central Colleges, Angeles City
- University of the Assumption, City of San Fernando
- Arayat Institute, Arayat, Pampanga
- Saint Anthony College of Technology, Mabalacat
- AMA Computer College, Angeles City and City of San Fernando
- AMA Computer Learning Center, Angeles City and City San Fernando
- AMA Computer Learning Center, Apalit, Pampanga
- Mother of Good Counsel Seminary, City of San Fernando
- MTC Academy, City of San Fernando
- Mary the Queen College, Guagua
- East Central Colleges, City of San Fernando
- Clark Institute of Aviation, Clark Air Base, Angeles City
- Philippine State College of Aeronautics, Basa Air Base, Floridablanca
- Asian College of Science & Technology (Your School of Success) [www.friendster.com/bhurnsite]
- St. Augustine School of Nursing, Angeles City
- Central Luzon College of Science and Technology (CELTECH College) , City of San Fernando
- Development for Advanced Technology Achievement (DATA) College, City of San Fernando
- Union Christian College, City of San Fernando
- Harvadian Colleges, City of San Fernando
- Jocson College, Angeles City
- Mega Computer College, Angeles City
- Systems Plus College Foundation, Inc., Angeles City
- Mother of Perpetual Help Institute School of Midwifery and Nursing Aide, Angeles City
- STI Colleges, Angeles City and City of San Fernando
- Asian Institute of Computer Studies, Mabalacat and City of San Fernando
- Integrated Computer School Foundation, Angeles City
- Computer System Specialist, Inc., Angeles City
- Jose C. Feliciano College, Inc., Dau, Mabalacat
- Saint Michael's College, Guagua
- Guagua National College, Guagua
- Dau Academy-St. Muchen, Dau, Mabalacat
- Megabyte College of Science and Technology, Floridablanca and Guagua
- Don Bosco Academy Pampanga, Mabiga, Mabalacat
- Holy Cross College Pampanga, Sta. Ana
- Pampanga Agricultural College, Magalang
- Pampanga Colleges, Macabebe
- Pampanga Institute,Masantol
- Somascan Fathers Seminary, Lubao
- Guillermo D.Mendoza National High School,Guagua
- Madapdap Resettlement National High School,Madapdap Mabalacat
- Don Honorio Ventura College of Arts and Trades, Bacolor
- Dee Hwa Liong College Foundation, Mabalacat
- New Era University - Pampanga, City of San Fernando
- Information and Communication Technology High School, San Fernando Pampanga(First IT school in REGION III)
- Jose Feliciano College, Dau, Mabalacat
- Don Honorio Ventura Technology State University , Bacolor
- Don Honorio Ventura Technology State University , Mexico
- City College of San Fernando, City of San Fernand
Elementary and secondary schools:
- Assumpta Technical High School-Assumption Pampanga, Religious of the Assumption, San Simon 
- St. Augustine Academy of Pampanga, Floridablanca, Pampanga
- Diosdado P. Macapagal Memorial High School, Floridablanca, Pampanga
- Gutad High School , Floridablanca, Pampanga
- Floridablanca Elementary School, Floridablanca, Pampanga
- (Panupayan yu pu sana na ding micabit king articulung ini ay selebrasyong pang cristiyano catolicu mu pu eye pu sana sasamutang aliwang secta ing Cultura at historyang Capampangan ay macayupaya ya bilang Catolicu,)
- Evry Week of January - Ding labas larawan king Masantol Masantol
- May 8 - Batalla Masantol
- April 3rd Week - VIVA Santa Monica and San Agustin, San Roque Masantol
- January 1 — Aguman Sanduk, Minalin
- January 6 — 10 Kuraldal, Sasmuan
- February — Philippine International Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta, Clark Field, Angeles City
- February 28-29 - Caragan Festival, Mabalacat
- March/April (Good Friday) — San Pedro Cutud Lenten Rites (Mal a Aldo), City of San Fernando
- May — Sabat/Santacruzan
- May (First week) - El Circulo Fernandino
- June 28-30 — Apung Iru Fluvial Procession, Apalit
- August 27 - Apung Monica Fluvial Procession, Minalin
- October — Pyestang Tugak (Frog Festival), City of San Fernando
- October — Fiestang Kuliat (La Naval Fiesta), Angeles City
- Last Friday of October — Apo Fiesta, Angeles City
- Last Friday and Saturday of October — Tigtigan Terakan Keng Dalan, Angeles City
- November (Last week of November) — Duman Festival, Sta. Rita
- December — Sisig Festival (Sadsaran Qng Angeles), SM Clark, Angeles City
- December 1-7 — Sinukwan Festival, City of San Fernando
- December 11 — Aldo Ning Kapampangan (Pampanga Day)
- December - Saturday before Christmas Eve — Ligligan Parul (Giant Lantern Festival), City of San Fernando
- December 16-24 - Lubenas, various towns in Northern Pampanga
Throughout the year, various towns and cities within the Province of Pampanga celebrates feasts honoring their patron saint. These fiesta days are listed below:
- Angeles City — Second Sunday of October "Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario de La Naval de Angeles"
- Apalit — June 28,29 and 30 "San Pedro Apostol"
- Arayat — November 25 "Santa Catalina Alexandria"
- Bacolor — Third Sunday of November "Nuestra Señora del Santisimo Rosario de La Naval de Bacolor"
- Candaba — November 30 "San Andres Apostol"
- Floridablanca — May 1 "San Jose Talapagobra"
- Guagua — December 8 "La Purisima Concepcion"
- Lubao — First Sunday of May "San Agustin"
- Mabalacat — February 2 "Nuestra Señora de la Divina Gracia"
- Macabebe — September 10 "San Nicolas Tolentino"
- Magalang — August 24 "San Bartolome Apostol"
- Masantol — May 8 "San Miguel Arcanghel"
- Mexico — May 4 "Santa Monica"
- Minalin — Second Sunday of May "Santa Monica"
- Porac — November 25 "Santa Catalina Alexandria"
- City of San Fernando — May 30 "San Fernando Rey"
- San Luis — June 21 "San Luis Gonzaga"
- San Simon — October 12 "Nuestra Señora del Pilar"
- Santa Ana — July 26 "Santa Ana"
- Santa Rita — May 22 "Santa Rita de Casia"
- Santo Tomas — December 21 "Santo Tomas Apostol"
- Sasmuan — December 13 "Santa Lucia Martir"
In addition to the town fiesta many barangays within each municipality celebrates a local fiesta also honoring a particular patron saint.
Heritage churches and shrines
- St. Joseph the Worker Parish, Floridablanca, Pampanga
- San Miguel Parish Church, Xevera, Bacolor
- San Raphael Parish Church, Mabiga, Mabalacat
- Our Lady Of Grace Parish Church, Mabalacat
- Our Lady Of Victory Parish Church, Dau, Mabalacat
- Metropolitan Cathedral of San Fernando, City of San Fernando
- Betis Church, Guagua (National Cultural Treasure)
- Christ the Eternal High Priest Parish Church, Sulipan, Apalit
- San Agustin Church, Lubao (National Historical Landmark)
- San Guillermo Church, Bacolor
- Sta. Catalina Church, Arayat
- Sta. Cruz, Lubao
- Sta. Monica Parish old Belfry, Mexico
- San Jose old Visita, San Jose Matulid, Mexico
- San Luis Gonzaga Church, San Luis
- Sto. Rosario (Holy Rosary) Church, Angeles City
- Sta. Monica Church, Minalin
- St. Peter Parish Church, San Juan, Apalit
- San Bartolome Church, Magalang
- Shrine of Our Lord of the Holy Sepulchre (Apung Mamacalulu), Angeles City
- Pio Chapel, Porac
- Nuestra Señora del Amor (Our Lady of Amorseco) House of Prayer, Dolores, San Fernando
- San Nicolas de Tolentino Church, Macabebe, Pampanga
Recreational facilities and leisure parks
- Paskuhan sa Basa (Floridablanca)
- The Lakeshore (Mexico)
- Fontana (Clark Field, Pampanga)
- Paskuhan Village (renamed Hilaga) (City of San Fernando)
- Expo Pilipino (Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City)
- Plaza Imelda (Guagua)
- Bayanihan Park (Angeles City)
- Bren Z. Guiao Sports Complex (City of San Fernando)
- Benigno Aquino Hall (City of San Fernando)
- Federosa Island Resort (Sto. Tomas)
- Nayong Pilipino (Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City)
- Sito Palakol Resort (Floridablanca)
- Pagcor Angeles City
- Mimosa Leisure Estate (Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City)
- Clearwater Resort and Country Club (Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City)
- Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (Clark Freeport Zone, Angeles City)
- Hidden Vale Sports Club (Angeles City)
- Pagcor Mimosa
- Paradise Ranch (Nature and Conservation Park) Clark
- Members Church of God International Ang Dating Daan International Convention Center
- Angeles City Historical Sites
- Fort Stotsenburg
- Old Pamintuan Residence
- Don Juan Nepomuceno Residence
- Holy Family Academy Building
- Bale Herencia
- Angeles Post Office Building (now houses the Angeles Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Center)
- Lily Hill
- Bale Matua
- Bayanihan Park (formerly Astro Park)
- Salakot Arch
- City of San Fernando Heritage District
- Mabalacat Historical Site
- Lubao Historical Site
- San Agustin Parish Church, Lubao old Church
- Arayat Historical Sites
- St. Catherine Alexandria Parish Church
- Mt. Arayat
- Cong. Dadong Dam
- Mt. Arayat National Park (Arayat)
- Scenic Candaba Swamps and Wild Duck Sanctuary (Candaba)
- Mt. Pinatubo Crater (Pampanga/Tarlac/Zambales)
- Dara Falls (Porac) - Pampanga’s version of the Pagsanjan Falls of Laguna
- Cong Dadong Dam (Arayat)
Pampanga was the first province and the richest spoil created by the Spaniards in 1571. It was named after the Indung Kapampangan River, the largest river in the former empire.
Pampanga, one of the richest provinces in the Philippines, was re-organized as a province by the Spaniards on December 11, 1571. For governmental control and taxation purposes, the Spanish authorities subdivided Pampanga into towns (pueblos), which were further subdivided into districts (barrios) and in some cases into royal and private estates (encomiendas).
Due to excessive abuses committed by some grantees of private estates, the King of Spain prohibited in 1574 the awarding of private estates (encomiendas). However, the royal decree was not fully enforced until the year 1620. In a report of Philippine encomiendas on June 20, 1591, Spanish Governor Gomez Perez Dasmarinas reported to the King of Spain that La Pampanga's encomiendas were Bataan, Betis y Lubao, Macabebe, Candava, Apalit, Calumpit, Malolos, Binto, Guiguinto, Caluya, Bulacan and Mecabayan. The encomiendas of La Pampanga at that time had eighteen thousand six hundred and eighty whole tributes.
Ancient Pampanga's territorial area used to include portions of the provinces of Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac and Zambales in the big Island of Luzon of the Philippine Archipelago.
Pampanga which is about 850 square miles (2,200 km2) in area and presently inhabited by more than 1.5 million people, had its present borders drawn in 1873. During the Spanish regime it was one of the richest Philippine provinces. Manila and its surrounding region were then primarily dependent on Pampangan agricultural, fishery, and forestry products as well as on the supply of skilled workers. As other Luzon provinces were created due to increases in population, some well-established Pampanga towns were lost to new emerging provinces in Central Luzon.
The historic province of Bataan which was founded in 1754 under the administration of Spanish Governor General Pedro Manuel Arandia, absorbed from the province of Pampanga the municipalities of Abucay, Balanga, Dinalupihan, Llana Hermosa, Orani, Orion, Pilar, and Samal.
The old Pampanga towns of Aliaga, Cabiao, Gapan, San Antonio and San Isidro were ceded to the province of Nueva Ecija in 1848 during the term of Spanish Governor-General Narciso Claveria y Zaldua.
The municipality of San Miguel de Mayumo of Pampanga was yielded to the province of Bulacan in the same provincial boundary configuration in 1848.
In 1860, the northern towns of Bamban, Capas, Concepcion, Victoria, Tarlac, Mabalacat, Magalang, Porac and Floridablanca were separated from Pampanga and were placed under the jurisdiction of a military command called Comandancia Militar de Tarlac. However, in 1873, the four latter towns were returned to Pampanga and the other five towns became municipalities of the newly created Province of Tarlac.
On December 8, 1941, Japanese planes bombed Clark Air base marking the beginning of the invasion of Pampanga.
Between 1941 and 1942, occupying Japanese forces began entering Pampanga.
In the 1945 liberation of Pampanga, Kapampangan guerrilla fighters supported combat forces from both Filipino and American ground troops in attacking Japanese Imperial forces during the Battle of Pampanga until the end of the Second World War.
The 1991 eruption of Mount Pinatubo displaced a large number of people with the submersion of whole towns and villages by lahar.
Governors of Pampanga
ALCALDES MAYORES 1812 to 1886:
- 1812-1820 Jose Aviles
- 1821-1824 Francisco Paula de los Santos and Fulgencio Nuñez
- 1824-1827 Manuel de Olea
- 1827-1831 Antonio Chacon y Conde
- 1831-1836 Juan Garrido
- 1836-1839 Mariano Valero y Soto
- 1839-1840 Angel Viniegra
- 1841-1846 Jose Urbina y Daoiz
- 1846-1847 Mariano Valero y Soto
- 1848-1849 Juan Lopéz Cordón
- 1849-1850 Manuel Gastero Serrano
- 1850-1852 Fernando Cajigas
- 1852-1854 José Paez y Lopéz
- 1854-1855 Jose Sanchez Guerrero
- 1855-1856 Francisco de Paula Rodriguez
- 1856-1860 Francisco Hidalgo y Caballero
- 1860-1862 Jose Maria Barrasa
- 1862-1864 Ramón Barrueta
- 1864 Mariano de la Cortina y Oñate
- 1864-1865 Vega
- 1865-1866 Juan Muñoz y Alvarez
- 1867 José Bolaños
- 1867-1869 Mariano de la Cortina y Oñate
- 1869-1870 Francisco Godínez y Esteban
- 1870-1871 Romero
- 1871-1872 Romay
- 1873 Jose Dias y Oliver
- 1873-1874 Jose Feced y Temprado
- 1875 Emilio Martín Bolaños
- 1875-1877 Miguel Sanz y Urtasun
- 1877-1879 Jose Feced y Temprado
- 1879 Antonio Graciano de Oro
- 1880 Carmona
- 1880-1881 Rafael Manzanares
- 1881-1883 Antonio Graciano de Oro
- 1883-1884 Pampillon
- 1884 Gaspar Castaño
- 1885-1886 Emilio Martín Bolaños
GOBERNADORES CIVILES 1886 to 1898:
- 1886 Garanto
- 1886-1887 Requiferos
- 1887 Luis Goza
- 1887-1888 A. de Águila
- 1888-1891 Luis de la Torre Villanueva
- 1891-1892 José Ignacio Chacón
- 1892-1893 Joaquin Oliver
- 1893 Bascaran
- 1893-1895 Tomás Pérez del Pulgar y O’Lawlor
- 1895-1898 José Canovas y Vallejo
- 1898 Mota
REPUBLICA FILIPINA 1898 to 1901:
- 1898 Mariano Alimurung
- 1898 Tiburcio T. Hilario
- 1899 Tomás Mascardo
- 1900 Francisco Dizon
- 1900-1901 José M. Alejandrino
U.S. MILITARY GOVERNMENT 1899 to 1901:
- 1899-1900 Frederick Dent Grant
- 1900-1901 Arthur MacArthur
CIVIL GOVERNORS 1901 to 1937:
- 1901-1903 Ceferino Jóven
- 1904-1911 Macario Arnedo
- 1911 Mariano Lim
- 1912-1916 Francisco Liongson
- 1916-1922 Honorio Ventura
- 1922-1925 Olimpio Guanzon
- 1925-1931 Sotero Baluyut
- 1931 Eligio G. Lagman
- 1931-1937 Pablo Angeles David
JAPANESE OCCUPATION 1942 to 1944:
- 1942 Lazaro Yambao
- 1942-1944 Eligio G. Lagman
- 1944 Urbano D. Dizon
- 1944 José Y. David
CIVIL GOVERNORS 1945: (cont.)
- 1945 Gerardo Limlingan
- 1945 Pablo Angeles David
PROVINCIAL GOVERNORS 1946 to present:
- 1946-1947 Pablo Angeles David
- 1948-1951 José B. Lingad
- 1952-1959 Rafael Lazatin
- 1960-1971 Francisco G. Nepomuceno
- 1972-1976 Brigido Valencia
- 1976-1980 Juanita L. Nepomuceno
- 1980-1986 Estelito P. Mendoza
- 1986-1995 Bren Z. Guiao
- 1995-2004 Manuel M. Lapid
- 2004-2007 Mark T. Lapid
- 2007-2010 Rev. Fr. Eduardo Panlilio
Notable people from Pampanga
- Tomas D. Dizon - born in Porac, Pampanga, was one of the most outstanding kapampangans in the field of business and civic conciousness. During this humble success, Don Tomas D. Dizon never forgot to extend his blessings to the less fortunate. His involvement in various charitable institutions includes the Porac Foundation, Save Porac Foundation and the Celestino M. Dizon Foundation, an organization that he conceptualized and named in honor of his father, is an affirmation of his generous spirit. Tomas D. Dizon's Foundation's mission is to provide free medical, dental and eye care for our less fortunate Cabalens. Tatang Tom's children continue this legacy by providing services to people who cannot afford medical assistance. Since September 2003, TOMAS DIZON FOUNDATION has assisted 19,222 people from 34 barangays as of 29 th December 2005.
- Jose Abad Santos - born in San Fernando, Pampanga, was the 5th Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines. He was appointed acting president by President Quezon with full authority to act on behalf of the President of the Philippines in areas unoccupied by the Japanese. He surrendered and was killed by Japanese forces during the occupation of the Philippines in World War II.
- Pedro Abad Santos - was the founder of the Socialist Party. Ideological mentor of Luis Taruc.
- Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo - is the 14th and current President of the Republic of the Philippines. She is the daughter of the 9th President of the Republic Diosdado Macapagal. She is the country's second Female President after Corazon Aquino. She also was the country's first Female Vice President during the tenure of the now Deposed Former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada.
- Armando Biliwang - was elected as a municipal councilor and later became municipal mayor of San Fernando. He is well known for his fearless stand against communism during his term as municipal councilor and mayor.
- Rogelio dela Rosa - was one of the most popular Filipino matinee idols of the 20th century and was elected to the Senate in 1957. He was also the first film actor who was able to parlay his fame into a political career, paving the way for other Filipino entertainers-turned-politicians. He had an equally famous brother, Jaime dela Rosa, also a matinee idol in the 1950s.
- Zoilo Hilario - born in San Fernando, Pampanga, was a famous Kapampangan writer and poet who dedicated his life to the propagation of Kapampangan literature and culture.
- Cecilia B. Licad - is one of the world's most famous concert pianists and hails from Lubao.
- apl.de.ap (Allen Pineda Lindo) - is a member of the Grammy-award winning group, The Black Eyed Peas, and was born in Sapang Bato, Angeles City. He is famous throughout the Filipino community after the release of his life story of his homeland Philippines in a song called "The Apl Song" found on the Peas' 2003 album Elephunk
- Joe Lingad - was a one-term governor and congressman. Served as Secretary of Labor during Macapagal administration. Identified with the political opposition during the Marcos regime, he was assassinated in 1980 while campaigning for election as Pampanga governor.
- Melanie Marquez - is a popular beauty queen-turned-actress who hails from Mabalacat. She was Miss International 1979 and was voted as the Most Beautiful Miss International in 2000. She's also a sister of another local actor, Joey Marquez .
- Vanessa Minnillo - is an American television personality born in Clark Air Base, Angeles City and raised in the US. She was Miss Teen USA 1998 and is currently a host on MTV's Total Request Live.
- Eddie Panlilio - born in Minalin, Pampanga, was the first Filipino priest to be elected as Governor in Philippine history.
- Gil J. Puyat - was a Senate President of the Philippines from 1967 to 1972. Former Dean of Business, University of the Philippines (1940), Philippine Senator (1960-1972), Rotary President and Businessman (Finance and Insurance). He is the third child of Don Gonzalo Puyat. Founder of the Manila Bank, Manila Bankers Life and Loyola Group of Companies. He was married to Dona Eugenia Guidote.
- Don Gonzalo Puyat - is a proud son of Guagua, Pampanga, was one of the pioneering industrialists of the Philippines (post-Spanish colonial period). Founder of Gonzalo Puyat & Sons (a holding company) with business interests in bowling alleys, billard tables, french-style furniture, G.I. steel, industrial steel pipes, banking, insurance, sugar, mining, lumber, among others. He was married to Dona Nicasia Juco.
- Efren "Bata" Reyes - is referred to as "The Magician" and a very popular Filipino billiards player who hails from Angeles City. He is considered to be one of history's greatest practitioners of billiards.
- Donita Rose - although she was born in the US, she moved to Angeles City, where her father was designated at the US Clark Air Base, when she was five years old. She went on to become a famous local actress and MTV VJ in Asia.
- Lea Salonga - is a Tony Award-winning singer and actress who is best known for her portrayal of Kim in the musical Miss Saigon. She spent the first six years of her childhood in Angeles City before moving to Manila.
- Angel Jasmin T. Ocampo - a popular Theater Actress in Paris, France was born in San Pedro Magalang, Pampanga.
- Rufino Cardinal Santos - was born in Guagua, Pampanga and became Archbishop of Manila from 1953 to 1973. He was the first Filipino to be named Cardinal.
- Kristine Johnson - is a co-anchor at WCBS-TV, making her the first Filipino-American to serve as the face of a major network newscast in New York and the entire US East Coast. She was previously an anchor of Early Today and Weekend Today. She was born in Clark Air Base and is currently residing in New Jersey with her husband and two children.
- Luis Taruc - was the Supremo of the Hukbalahap (Hukbo ng Bayan Laban sa Hapon), and later of the HMB (Hukbong Mapagpalayang Bayan).
- Aurelio Tolentino - is an original member of the Katipunan and nationalist playwright. He was born in Guagua. He was one of the so-called seditious playwrights whose works became the foundation for the nation's political theater. His most famous work is "Kahapon, Ngayon at Bukas" written in 1903. The The Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino, commonly known as the Little Theater of the Cultural Center of the Philippines is named after him.
- Peter Valdes - is a US-based Software Technopreneur who cofounded the globally successful Tivoli Systems (an IBM Company). He is a Distinguished Alumnus of the University of the Philippines College of Engineering and an Outstanding Alumnus (High School) of the Holy Angel University. Selected as one of the 10 Most Inspiring Technopreneurs in the Philippines in 2006 and an Honored Member of the global Who's Who in Computer Industry. He was born in Angeles City.
- Chris Tiu - is a Team Captain of Ateneo Blue Eagles in UAAP Season 71 Men's Basketball Championship. Currently host of Pinoy Records. He has a Chinese-Kapampangan ancestry.
- Brillante Mendoza - is a Filipino film director who won the award for Best Director for his film Kinatay at the recently concluded 62nd Cannes Film Festival in France.
- Other famous local personalities known to be Kapampangan or at least to have Kapampangan parents are Sharon Cuneta, Helen Gamboa, Dolphy, Fernando Poe, Jr., Vilma Santos, Kris Aquino, Dong Puno, Lorna Tolentino, Robin Padilla, Randy David, Judy Ann Santos, Nanette Medved, Sarah Geronimo, Glydel Mercado, Abbygale Arenas, Ato Agustin, Liza Lorena, Tonton Gutierrez, Yeng Guiao, Rudy Fernandez, Francisco "Django" Bustamante, Rosal Rosal, Arwind Santos, Jean Garcia, Miriam Quiambao, Rufa Mae Quinto, Senators Francis Pangilinan, Lito Lapid and Manny Villar, Regine Tolentino, Jacklyn Jose, Marvin Agustin, Current Philippine Chief Justice Reynato Puno and Christopher de Leon and the Gil family of Porac.
- Younger Kapampangan TV personalities are Joseph Bitangcol, Antoinette Taus, Baron Geisler, Arron Villaflor, Tyron Perez, Eliza Pineda, Justin Cuyugan, Gladys Reyes, Vincent Liwanag, Allen Dizon, Ronnie Liang, Aljur Abrenica, Emilio Garcia, Krizzy Jareno, J.E. Parchejo, Jay Aquitania, Sheena Halili, Kristel Astor,JOYCE TAÑAÑA, Jansen Mariano, Mikee Lee and Antonio Aquitania.