Considered as one of the most accessible parks from Manila, the mystical mountain of Mt. Arayat lies within the municipalities of Arayat and Magalang in Pampanga. At the summit is a circular volcanic crater, and at its foot is the Pampanga river, the second largest in Luzon, which traverses the provinces of Bulacan, Pampanga, and Nueva Ecija. Noted for its clear water cascading from its waterfalls and for its refreshing surroundings, Mt. Arayat was established as a Forest Reserve in 1921, and then proclaimed as a National Park in 1933.
Aside from serving as habitats for endemic and endangered flora and fauna, Mt. Arayat possesses geological rock formations with potential for ecotourism. It also serves as an important source of water for domestic and agricultural use for the people of Arayat and Magalang. There are 23 creeks in the area that supply the irrigation needs of an estimated 350,000 hectares of rice fields around the Mt. Arayat National Park.
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