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ARAYAT

Arayat is nestled at the foothills of Mt. Arayat, home of the beautiful fairy, 'Mariang Sinukuan,' who, according to legend, protects the mountain's flora and fauna. At the foot of the mountain is the Arayat National Park, whose recreational hall, picnic sheds, and swimming facilities are frequented by tourists all year round.

Legend & History

Before the Spaniards came Arayat was known as 'Balayan ning Pambuit,' an ancient settlement originally located in barrio Palinglang (the present poblacion that used to be a jungle inhabited by Aetas). The town was renamed 'Dayat' (which means irrigated farmlands), while the mountain was originally called Bundok Alaya (which means eastern mountain).

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