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Brief History of Capas Tarlac

Capas is one of the most progressive town in the province of Tarlac. It is located south-west of Tarlac province. It is classified First class municipality. It has a population of 122,100 people in 18,350 households.

Region............................................... Region III-Central Luzon
Province............................................ Tarlac
District............................................... 3rd District
Barangays......................................... 20
Land Area.......................................... 376.39 km²

Our Town has built the Capas National Shrine. It was built and is maintained by the Philippine government as a memorial to the Filipino and American soldiers, who died in Camp O'Donnell at the end of the Bataan Death March., where almost 70,000 soldiers and back-up civilians.

This is a memorable site, of all Filipino nd Americans veterans. that relates to Veterans Day in the Philippines. It was once a concentration camp subsequently serving as the burial grounds for thousands of Filipino and American soldiers who perished during World War II. The site was the ultimate destination point of the infamous Death March involving Filipino and American soldiers who surrendered in Bataan on April 9, 1942.

Camp O'Donnell was a facility of the United States Air Force in Capas, Tarlac, Philippines. Before the facility was transferred to the Air Force, it was first a Philippine Constabulary post then a United States Army facility.

Another site, Sto. Domingo Death March Marker, which is located in Capas where about 60,000 Filipino soldiers who were camped and eventually unloaded to start the second phase of the tragic Death March.

Our Province was formally founded in 1788.

From Bacolor, Pampanga came intrepid leaders, namely Don Carlos Miguel and Don Narciso Castaneda who, years before 1788, with their families and followers trekked through the forests and hills of Porac and Bamban before finally settling down in what is now known as the town of Tarlac. They cleared the forest and tilled the fertile soil until a settlement emerged along the bank of the river which flowed across the township.

The community grew rapidly with settlers coming from Zambales, Pampanga, Bataan, Pangasinan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija and elsewhere. The Pampanga dialect became the lingua franca in the community, as it was part of Pampanga province in those days. The two leaders, Miguel and Casta?? succeeded in carrying out their pioneering venture through benevolent leadership, which elicited the cooperation of their followers. Thus roads were built, barrios were established without monetary expenditure, only through the common efforts of everyone. It also marked the beginnings of Tarlac as a ?melting pot? of Central Luzon, with a mixture of divergent people working mightily for the common good.

Peace, happiness and self-sufficiency reigned during those early days. Enough agricultural and fish products were supplied by a rich soil and a flowing river, waiting for the hands of its hardworking settlers.

Later, it was unanimously agreed by the growing populace to request the authorities in Manila to convert the community into a town. Don Carlos Miguel prepared the needed resolution and forwarded it to the Spanish authorities. In 1788, a decree was issued by Captain General Don Felix Berenguer de Marquina, proclaiming Tarlac as a town under territorial jurisdiction of Pampanga, whose capital then was Bacolor.

The first governadorcillo (later called municipal) was Don Carlos Miguel in 1788 who, together with Don Narciso Casta??, established the foundation of Tarlac town. He was followed by Don Luis Briones 1789. It was during his term as the second governadorcillo that the ?legend of San Sebastian? started. It is said that sometime that year, an armed band of tulisanes were stopped from marauding the town by a you

On May 15, 1901, a civil government...


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Tarlac Is Famous For...
Capas National Shrine
Located in Capas, it was once a concentration camp subsequently serving as the burial grounds for thousands of Filipino and American soldiers who perished during World War II. The site was the ultimate destination point of the infamous Death March involving Filipino and American soldiers who surrendered in Bataan on April 9, 1942.

Mt. Pinatubo
The once silent volcano has been made famous today by its catastrophic eruption in 1991 which was heralded the world over as the biggest geologic upheaval of the 20th century. It is now a source of travel and study among tourists visiting Central Luzon.

Sto. Domingo Death March Marker
The site located in Capas where about 60,000 Filipino soldiers who were camped like sardines in closed boxcars were eventually unloaded to start the second phase of the tragic Death March.

Capas Death March Monument
The historical monument located in Capas serves as a marker of the legendary concentration camp where nearly 30,000 Filipino and American soldiers who participated in the Death March perished in 1942.

Maria Clara Museum
Preserved and displayed in this museum located in Camiling are the priceless mementos of Leonora Rivera, the sweetheart of Philippine national hero Dr. Jose Rizal. Leonora Rivera is immortalized as the heroine Maria Clara in the novel of Rizal.

Dolores Spring
The water from this spring found in Tarlac City is believed to be medicinal.

Bueno Hot Springs
These springs are located in Capas within the reservation area of Clark Air Base. The surrounding terrain is mountainous thus the site can be reached only by following a trail.

Luisita Golf Course
Located in Hacienda Luisita, it is one of the finest 18-hole par 72 championship courses in the country. Its most interesting feature is water. Eleven of its 18 holes have well-placed water hazards, the most awesome of which is at hole 17.

 




 
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