A lot of things are happening in Lubao, Pampanga.
Once solely known as the hometown of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the first-class municipality is making headway in drawing tourists to its flat terrain, thanks to a two-year-old development known as Pradera Verde.
A wake-park cum golf course, the huge property hopes to become the CamSur of the Tagalog Region with its world-class water sport facility and rolling greens.
No beach in Pampanga, no problem as Pradera Verde is also in the process of constructing two huge wave pools, which should be completed in the coming months.
“We’re very happy that slowly but surely, Lubao is gaining attention these days as a tourist destination,” related its re-elected town mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab during The Manila Times visit last weekend. “As you may know, we just had the International Hot Air Balloon Festival here in Pradera in April, and since then, more and more people have shown an interest in coming here.”
True enough, a sizeable area of the vast 350-hectare property was bustling with activity on May 15 as a group of triathletes held a competition there, running and biking on the perfectly paved roads and pathways encircling well-appointed villas for overnight guests; and using the man-made lakes for swimming.”
“Eventually, Pradera will have more swimming pools, but for now, the property has to suspend wake boarding for the day if triathlons are held here,” Pineda added.
For the not-so-active folk, the destination is also perfect for a relaxing getaway with the well-designed complex making every sight and accommodation picture perfect.
Well-manicured lawns are the perfect foreground for the clear summer skies during The Manila Times’ visit, leading the way to the rows of villas straight out of an all-American movie.
Creature comforts are very much available in every two bedroom unit, each fitted with a complete kitchen, a living room, cable TVs and of course, internet connection.
To cap off a perfect getaway, the property’s restaurant, The View Deck serves Pampanga’s famous cuisine, from the breakfast staples of longanisa and tocino, to Kapampangan version of paella valenciana, the Bringhe, and the very calorific Adobong Balut. Of course, Sisig is on the menu too, designed and executed by Chef Paulo Nasol, formerly of Dean and Deluca in Rockwell, Makati City.
Best of all, every visit to Pradera Verde ensures that the hundreds of workers the vast property employs, whether to do the gardening, drive the golf carts, keep the villas spic and span, and execute Nasol’s recipe in the kitchens are assured of a steady livelihood.
Indeed a wonderful way of waking up the town of Lubao.