Exploring Capas: A Place Rich in Nature, Culture, and History

Capas, a municipality located in the western part of Tarlac, is considered the province’s ‘tourism capital’. It is known to be the richest town in the entirety of the province of Tarlac, having plenty of subdivision and villages that also offers affordable house and lot. It is inarguably rich because of its breathtaking mountain views, hot springs, and freshwater lakes. Both the local and the foreign tourists are thrilled and excited to stop by this beauty spot whenever they visit Central Luzon. The ‘ Face of the Next City in Tarlac’ is only 108 kilometers away from Manila with an estimated one and half hour travel time, so it is indeed a perfect weekend getaway spot for family, friends, or couples. It is such an interesting town with 20 official barangays that comprises the 145. 32 square miles total area. It is also noteworthy to know that these green rich townhouses are some of the most important fragments of our history.

Exploring Capas
Exploring Capas

The list of best places you can visit in Capas is categorized into three parts: the historical sites, the scenic nature spots, and the unique cultural heritage. The following list is a guide of places you can visit according to their categories:

The Historical Sites

Capas is dreadfully known as a place that holds the darkest and deepest sad story of Filipino soldiers who fought during World War II. However, the following historical sites that you can visit in Capas will not only recollect the horrible events of the past, but it can also open a door of much clearer perspective as to how expressing enough courage, initiative, and bravery can do to save an entire country. Moreover, the historical places in Capas will give you a brief glimpse of what the world war looks like. It is a frightening image that none of us will ever want to witness or experience at all. So, by visiting these places, you are one step closer to knowing the tragic event of the past.

Capas National Shrine

The Capas National Shrine is located in Brgy. Aranguren in Tarlac City with an estimated 54 hectares of parkland. The shrine has a 70-meter towering obelisk that surpasses any tall establishment around the area while seemingly aiming its pointed edge into the vast blue sky. The gigantic obelisk is also being surrounded by a long semi-circular black marble with the names of fallen soldiers deeply engraved into it. It is a commemorative act to honor the sacrifices of our fellow Filipino and American soldiers who suffered from the infamous Bataan Death March. The mighty pillar stood in the municipality of Capas for 30 years now, but the trees around it are still evergreen. The number of trees who stood firm in that area are believed to be as many as those who gave their lives to enjoy the freedom that we have today. If you ever find yourself questioning the story of the

past or contemplating the events of the present, you may come and visit the National Shrine in Capas. It will help you know more about the occurrences during World War II. Nevertheless, the park is not as flashy or as decorative compared to other parks in the city, but it holds a very important historical story that cannot be lost or forgotten. It is an ideal place for family, educators, students, or a group of friends. If you purchase a house and lot in Camella Capas, then you are only 17 minutes away from this historical marker.

Capas Death March Monument

The Capas Death March Monument is an inverted V structure designed as a memorial place for Filipino war heroes. It is situated along McArthur Highway which makes it perfectly situated in a place where tourists can easily access. The monument is a famous tourist spot in the municipality of Capas, as much as the Capas National Shrine.

So, make sure that upon visiting, you will recollect the events of the grueling 106-kilometer death march and honor the lives of those who suffered in the devastating prison walk. Nonetheless, it will only take a 9-minute walk if you reside in one of the units or house and lot in Camella Capas.

The Defenders Hall Mini Museum

The Defenders Hall is a mini-museum in Capas National Shrine that offers a collection of photographs during the Bataan Death March. The small museum has several paintings that depict the life of Filipinos under the terrible hands of Japanese soldiers. It is open from Monday to Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., so make sure to stop by and appreciate the war memorabilia displayed at it. If you live around the neighborhood of the municipality of Capas, you can casually visit this historical place every weekend. If not, you may consider looking for a house and lot for sale in Capas in a very reasonable price.

Historic Bataan Box Car

The Historic Bataan Box Car is a wooden boxcar that measures six feet long and eight feet wide. An estimated one hundred sixty prisoners are deemed to be squeezed and stuck in this oven-like car with not enough space and ventilation. A lot of Filipino prisoners died where they stood inside the boxcar while others can no longer bear their situation and vomited on the floor. It is such an afflictive state that will make us wish that it never happened. The remain of the tragic boxcar can be seen near Capas Shrine Museum.

People who used to visit the boxcar often share their meaningful insight as to why this war remnant is still alive: it is to show how the cruelty and brutality of humans to their fellow man is outrageous. One should not feel superior towards another, regardless of their beliefs or nationality.

The Scenic Nature Spots

Capas is not only known for its historical sites and stories. The town is also acknowledged as a place that can give you a close encounter with Mother Nature. There are a lot of scenic and greenery places that you can visit to unwind. Although the province is surrounded by mountains instead of bodies of water, the municipality of Capas still has a natural spot that they can proudly share.

Mount Telakawa

Mount Telakawa is an epitome of a mountain that is too challenging to climb. It is situated in Capas, Tarlac, and has received numerous top ratings and feedback from adventurous mountaineers and trekkers. The mountain is set at the foot of Mt. Pinatubo with an elevation of 645 meters above sea level. It is considered, among all the other mountains in Tarlac, as ‘ the best alternative mountain destination’ for Mt. Pinatubo because of its intense trail track.

Although there is a safe route for trekkers, many mountaineers rate their hiking experience to a hard level. It is not as famous as Mt. Pinatubo but the view from the mountain’s summit is beyond marvelous. You can see the breathtaking view of Mt. Arayat and Crow Valley upon reaching the top.

It is indeed a worthy climb for all wayfarers. If you ever wish to experience this coolest and unforgettable trekking experience, it will only cost you a 100 peso entrance fee per person and a 350 eco-tour guide fee good enough for five persons.

The Bueno Hot Spring

The Bueno Hot Spring is a spa garden located in the municipality of Capas, on the northern side of Crow Valley. It has two concrete pools that offer warm baths for its local and foreign visitors with an estimated temperature of 45-49 degrees centigrade.

It is relatively known as a place that can take away all the worry and stress brought by the bustling city life. Some locals around the area, surprisingly believed that the pools can even heal some illnesses. However, none of this is proven true, but this place is certainly a must-visit.

The Tambo Lake

Tambo Lake is one of the most pristine natural tourist spots in the municipality of Tarlac. It has an ethereal beauty that is accidentally formed through Mt. Pinatubo’s eruption on June 15, 1991. The aftermath of the second-largest recorded volcanic eruption in the 20th century gave birth to a clear blue lake. The Tambo Lake is known to be the most-visited place in the entirety of Capas because it offers a good deal of physical group activities such as water paddling, fishing, and ATV ride adventure.

As of 2021 tour guide rates, you have to pay 50 pesos to access the lake. You may also pay an eco-tour guide fee of 350 pesos. Moreover, the ATV adventure ride is profitable for 3 hours. The vehicle is a 500cc that can be occupied by 2 persons. The ATV ride can only make the visit even more fun and exciting. So, if you desire to have thrilling encounters as often as you can, you should now start searching for a convenient house and lot in Capas, Tarlac.

Unique Cultural Heritage

Aside from the historical sites and nature spots that you can visit in Capas, some places in the town can also showcase the province’s culture, tradition, practices, and religion. They are uniquely built and made to represent the things that most people of Tarlac greatly cared for, so you really have to drop by these amazing cultural places. If you are a devoted Catholic, the following religious places might catch your interest.

Mt. Peniel Prayer Mountain

The most solemn and peaceful prayer mountain in Capas Tarlac is called ‘Mt. Peniel’. This place of worship is said to be a gateway to reconnect your lost souls and improve your relationship with the Lord. It is commonly used through youth camps, group retreats, meetings, conferences, and spiritual gatherings because of its serene atmosphere. The whole prayer mountain is a picturesque 5-hectare land that can cater to the reconnection to your inner self. How the place is impeccably built and designed is beyond imaginable.

By setting foot in its vicinity, your mind, heart, and soul will be cleansed thoroughly. Rekindling the lost faith or self-love can be successfully achieved through this close-to-nature place. As perceived by many, the best way to get to know yourself and the Lord is through nature and self-reflection. If you do not have a house and lot in Capas yet, then you can still feel the provincial life when you visit Mt. Peniel’s Camp Site.

San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish

The San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish or locally known as Apung Kalas is another place of worship for Christian devotees who reside in Capas, Tarlac. The patron saint of this parish is Nicholas of Tolentino, a patron dedicated to Holy Souls. He is an advocate for all the souls who dwell in Purgatory. The San Nicolas de Tolentino Parish is the best place for all Catholic sinners who want to confess and repent their sins. Tourists can visit this parish and even attend its Sunday mass. Now that the Lenten season has started, adding this parish to the stop-by lists may intrigue you to reflect on your life as Christians. You can also pray in silence and ask for the help of Nicholas of Tolentino for the souls of your deceased loved ones.

The municipality of Capas is a place that is undeniably rich with nature, culture, and history. Its picturesque view is a God-given gift for every Filipino family who wants to start investing in real estate and properties. Apart from its green facàde, the town is also emerging in its own way. The ‘business melting pot’ of Tarlac has so much to offer, so it is the best time to start looking for affordable house and lot for sale in Capas and enjoy the privileges of provincial life. You can only witness Life in the Tourism Capital of Tarlac when you invest in a house and lot in Camella Capas.

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