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Mayantoc - Tarlac's Sleeping Giant
« on: April 11, 2012, 10:46:22 AM »
So how do you promote a rural municipality that produces nothing but rice grains and river stones all-year round?

Perched on the eastern slopes of Zambales, Mayantoc derived its name from a forest vine rattan locally known as 'yantoc' that grew abundantly when settlers from Ilocos first came to the place.




An agricultural town nourished by river tributaries of the Camiling River, a 3rd class municipality, the town is regarded as the rice bowl of the province and provides massive amount of aggregates used in major public works in Central and Northern Luzon.



While the town's monicker may sound sleepy, Mayantoc awakes each dawn with farm chores and similar rural activities like the photo below. Observed from the nearby hill at Barangay Carabaoan overlooking the town center, the town lits up with the breezy morning as it prepares another busy day ahead.

Local Government is currently studying sustainable tourism focused on an eco-adventure package to boost what could be the sleeping giant of Tarlac.

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Re: Mayantoc - Tarlac's Sleeping Giant
« Reply #1 on: April 11, 2012, 11:04:18 AM »
"Five Peaks" Mountain




"Bantay Lima" (Five Mountains) in Brgy. Pedro L. Quines is perceivably the most iconic landmark of Mayantoc. Named after it's five peaks, the low elevation mountain is made of karst and rock boulders shaping small crevices along the slopes. The highest peak measures a little above 240 meters, perfect for watching sunrise at dawn rising above infinite rows of rice fields.

The mountain is frequented by local farmers to learned to gather "guano" from giant fruit bats inhabiting the limestone crevices and to plant root crops like ube, ginger and other tubers. Together with fruit eating bats, endemic birds and Philippine Macaques inhabited the place and now competing with farmers with parcel space from the remaining forested area of the mountain.
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« Reply #2 on: April 11, 2012, 01:19:30 PM »




Moonlight Over Rice Fields


Rice fields turn to gold as the towns fiesta approaches in Mayantoc, Tarlac. Just in time for the annual merrymaking and revelry, the town fiesta is celebrated every 20th of March, a day after the feast of St. Joseph; the town's patron saint.


Traditionally, barrio folks come to town at night to watch the performances of brass orchestras at the 'quiosco' (band stand) as well as the festivities and carnival fair held at the pubic plaza.
The town fiesta just like any other town is the most exciting part of the town's fiscal year but Mayantoc celebrates it with much 'gusto' as this translates significant events for every Mayantoqueño - 1. Harvest Season, 2. Start of Lent Season. 3. Graduation 4. Summer.
Most balikbayans (OFW) come to town to visit their families and significant events are often scheduled around this time so the gathering serves as a reunion of sort.


The photo was observed from Barangay Carabaoan, view point overlooking the town proper last March 10, 2010. The moon was helpful on cloudless dawn break to illuminate the rice fields of Brgy. Cubcub below the viewpoint.


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Re: Mayantoc - Tarlac's Sleeping Giant
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Local Palouse


Shades of greens stretch acres of irrigated lands in Mayantoc, Tarlac such as this photo from Brgy. Pitombayog.


An agricultural town, the 3rd class municipality produces rice and regarded as the rice bowl of the province. Ample irrigation from dam and communal sources provides farmers of 2-3 cropping per year in most barrios.


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Re: Mayantoc - Tarlac's Sleeping Giant
« Reply #4 on: April 11, 2012, 02:30:54 PM »
BEAUTIFUL shots... especially the rice fields during the golden hour
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Re: Mayantoc - Tarlac's Sleeping Giant
« Reply #5 on: April 11, 2012, 02:46:46 PM »







Diyay Banger (The Grass Is Always Greener)


Panoramic vista of Mayantoc atop of the highest peak of "Bantay Lima" of Brgy. Pedro L. Quines. 
The southern view offers a sweeping panorama of Brgy. Pedro L. Quines, Pitombayog, and Bigbiga. Also visible from afar are neighboring towns of Sta. Ignacia and San Jose.

Mayantoc is used to be a barrio of Camiling until it was granted autonomy in January 1917.


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Re: Mayantoc - Tarlac's Sleeping Giant
« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2012, 02:50:40 PM »



A derivative of the opening photo.

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Re: Mayantoc - Tarlac's Sleeping Giant
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2012, 09:10:02 PM »
always looking forward when you upload your photos.....many thanks for sharing them and hope you can share some more  ;)
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Re: Mayantoc - Tarlac's Sleeping Giant
« Reply #8 on: April 12, 2012, 11:32:41 PM »
Panalo sir Mon!

I especially like the high vantage points, yan ang wala sa probinsya namin, wala kahit burol man lang na pwede akyatin :P

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Re: Mayantoc - Tarlac's Sleeping Giant
« Reply #9 on: April 17, 2012, 01:25:45 PM »
More please lakay.

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