Native Delicacies Tourist Attractions and Travel Destinations of Camiling, Tarlac

I was invited to attend a wedding ceremony of one my friend in Camiling, Tarlac this coming Sunday. And I was wondering about what delicacy Camiling, Tarlac can be offer for me. I was looking for a good "PASALUBONG" for relative in Metro Manila that makes them feel special once they received and a kind of peasant food that I never tasted before from other towns.

Based on my research from the internet and asking my friend who is from Camiling, born and grow in that town. He give me a list of delicious delicacy that is according to him is a specialty of Camiling. It is known for its native delicacies such as, Chicharon Camiling (also known as Bagnet) and rice cakes such as Tupig, Iniruban, and Tupig. While pakbet and inabraw are the staple food for Camilineous or a peasant food of Camiling

Chicharon Camiling(Bagnet)

Chicharon Camiling is also called as bagnet by nonlocals. Chicharon Camiling is a stewed pork belly in salt and deep fried till gets a golden brown color. Cut it in thin strips and couple it with a combination of a locally made fish sauce called bagoong(bug-goong), siling labuyo, chopped red onions, green grape algae (arusip) and tomatoes. Spiced vinegar or pork liver sauce is also a good to combined with it. Chicharon Camiling is widely available at the Camiling Public Market. It’s usually found in stalls selling fresh pork.

Iniruban(nilubyan)

Iniruban or nilubyan is well known native delicacy that originates in the town of Camiling. It is a type of rice cake made with burned young sticky rice (malagkit/dik-kit), coconut milk and sweetener; usually sugar, or hardened sugarcane molasses (tagapulot).

Tupig

Tupig is a popular native delicacy that commonly sold to travelers as pasulong. It is originated in part of North and Central Luzon and is made out of ground glutinous rice(malagkit/Dik-kit), coconut milk and shredded young coconut wrap in fresh banana leaves and cooked over charcoal. During the old days this tasty treat was served only during Christmas and New Year.

Patupat

Patupat is a delicacy made from glutinous rice(malagkit/Diket) inside a weaved young buri palm(silag tree) cooked in sugarcane juice. This is a staple Ilocano snack that usually prepared during summertime when sugarcane is abundant. 

Pakbet(Pinakbet)

A Camiling version of Pinakbet or Pakbet is a stewed local vegetables such as squash fruit(kalabasa/karabasa), tomato(kamatis), bitter melon(amplaya/parya), eggplant(talong/tarong), okra and string beans(sitaw/utong) with either Chicharon Camiling(bagnet) or grilled or fried fish. It is usually seasoned with fermented fish extract(bagoong isda/Bug-goong). The taste is good and the dish is truly nutricious.


Inabraw(Dinengdeng)

Inabraw is ratatouille version of Ilocanoes and an authentic Filipino cuisine that define Ilocano people. It is a mix boiled vegetable with grilled fish. It may contain the following green and leafy local vegetables such as squash flower (Bulaklak ng Kalabasa/Sabong ti Karabasa), jute leaves (saluyot), morinaga (malunggay/marung-gay) leaves and fruit, string beans (sitaw/utong), parda beans, eggplant (talong/tarong), alakon flower, okra, wing beans (sigarillas), bamboo shoot (Labong/Rabong), and more. Inabraw is a combination of at-least 3 to 5 vegetables and seasoned with fermented fish (Bagoong isda/Bug-goong). The grilled fish is topped and cooked with the vegetable to enhance its flavor.


About Municipality of Camiling

Camiling is one of the fastest-growing towns of Tarlac when it comes to income and economy. It is considered as the richest town when it comes to cultural heritage in the entire province. Furthermore, town is dubbed as the "Old Lady in the Northwestern province of Tarlac" because it is one of the oldest municipality created by the Spanish government. 

Camiling is composed of 61 Barangays which makes this town a record of most barangays in all of the municipalities of Tarlac.

·         Anoling 1st
·         Anoling 2nd
·         Anoling 3rd
·         Bacabac
·         Bacsay
·         Bancay 1st
·         Bilad
·         Birbira
·         Bobon 1st Casaratan
·         Bobon 2nd
·         Bobon Caarosipan
·         Cabanabaan
·         Cacamilingan Norte (with Kipping village)
·         Cacamilingan Sur
·         Caniag
·         Carael
·         Cayaoan
·         Cayasan
·         Florida
·         Lasong
·         Libueg (with sitio Pugo)
·         Malacampa (With sitio Cacelestinuan and Sitio Camartinisan)
·         Manaquem
·         Manupeg
·         Marawi
·         Matubog
·         Nagrambacan
·         Nagserialan
·         Palimbo Proper
·         Palimbo-Caarosipan
·         Pao 1st
·         Pao 2nd
·         Pao 3rd
·         Papaac
·         Pindangan 1st
·         Pindangan 2nd
·         Pob. A
·         Pob. B
·         Pob. C
·         Pob. D
·         Pob. E
·         Pob. F
·         Pob. G
·         Pob. H
·         Pob. I
·         Pob. J
·         San Isidro (Bancay 2nd)
·         Santa Maria
·         Sawat
·         Sinilian 1st (with Sitio Cabalaongan and Nangalisan)
·         Sinilian 2nd (with Sitio Barikir)
·         Sinilian 3rd (Northern, Bitawa, Centro)
·         Sinilian Cacalibosuan
·         Sinulatan 1st
·         Sinulatan 2nd
·         Surgui 1st
·         Surgui 2nd
·         Surgui 3rd
·         Tambugan
·         Telbang
·         Tuec

Camiling Tourist Attractions and Destinations


Maria Clara Museum


A part of a house where Leonor Rivera dwells. Several priceless artifacts belonging to hers, immortalized by Noli Me Tangere as Maria Clara and even her late admirer, the national hero Jose Rizal had been exhibited on glass.this museum had a copy of some several things belonging to Dr. Jose Rizal but what is the best is this museum had the only museum in the Philippines had a copy of the original novel of Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo.but besides the Luneta park they also had this literature of Rizal

Maria Clara Town Plaza A wide plaza complex that features various sports field, a park, a playground, an auditorium and a wide grassy field. It currently hosts one of the two temporary Camiling Public Markets as it is under construction for the moment. Maria Clara Town Plaza is the second widest park plaza in the province which composed of four hectares of lands suitable for some activities celebrated by the municipality and some schools of Camiling. One of the magnificent wonders of this place are the Acacia trees. The age now are 412 years old(2009) that until now it is strong and standing enormously in the park plaza. People said that these trees were really a rich treasures of the place of Camiling. These shows that the Camilenous had preserve and make their culture and tradition rich. These trees are also older than that of the Bamban Tarlac's Centennial Acacia Tree.

Ruin of Old Saint Michael Church.
The Old Saint Michael Church burned in 1997. A historical building built around 1700s, was destroyed and rebuilt in 1880s after a surge of major earthquake. The centuries-old Roman Catholic Church and Convent have been declared historical site by National Historical Commission in 1994. The Church was the death place of General Pedro Pedroche and his men in the hands of Francisco Makabulos and high revolutionary troops on orders of General Luna on charges of rebellion. Having served as concrete testimonies to the unfolding of historical drama during the Spanish Revolution before being burned on 1997 that have affected even its constituent Camiling Catholic School. Now their ruins stand and being restored painfully slow. The current church had been transferred to the then Camiling Catholic School's Gymnasium. A new Camiling church is under construction beside the old church at the time being. The old church was planned to be transformed into a museum. This is the first church ever built in the province of Tarlac.

What are the hotel in Camiling, Tarlac?

There are two choices of Hotel if you decide to stay longer in the town. This are the Hotel Paraiso Sa Camiling and United Royal Hotel and Suites.

Paraiso Sa Camiling
Paraiso sa Camiling is just a normal resort and nothing special to offer except the view of small garden and one of the best villa in town. Not a must visit resort but the town of Camiling is history rich and a must visit especially to young children to enrich their understanding of our culture. Situated in Brgy. Cacamilingan, Camiling, Tarlac, adjacent to Paniqui-Camiling highway. Source: http://www.herjcjane.com/2017/04/paraiso-sa-camiling-resort-best-villa.html

United Royal Hotel and Suites
United Royal Hotel and Suites is located at Luna st. cor. Arellano st., Pob.C, (Beside SAVE MORE SUPERMARKET) Camiling, Tarlac. 
Deluxe Room (1 Queen sized bed) php490.00**
Superior Room (2 Queen sized beds 1 single bed) php1,000.00**

*WASH UP ROOM RATES (3 Hours)*
De Luxe Room-php240.00

**SPECIAL PROMO RATES FOR OVERNIGHT ACCOMMODATION. CHECK IN 12PM, CHECK OUT 12PM.

What are the means of transportation in Camiling?
Common means of transportation in town of Camiling is either tricycle or pedicab. Sometimes jeepneys

**This article is updated December 07, 2018.** 

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