Mt. Arayat in the Philippines
MT ARAYAT: The Mystic and Majestic Mountain
Mt. Arayat is a 2000 ft. looming land mass that stands majestically against a stark-blue horizon in myhome province of Pampanga. It is known for its beauty as well as for its mystery. Legend has it, that Mariang Sinukuan, the local goddess of nature, lives in the interior of the forest. She is very beautiful as well as kind-hearted. She is generous in giving gifts to the local folks, and she helps lost travellers find their way out of the mountain. But she also punishes those who ravish nature. Many inhabitants of the mountain see her bathing in the river on a clear moonlight. Sometimes, she is seen prominading the hills and glens.
The goverment has also seen the potential of the mountain. Plans are in the offing to develop it as a nature tourist spot. To plant floras of export quality that will generate income and create jobs for the locals. It will also be developed into a wildlife sanctuary. If plans push through, Mt. Arayat will gain prominence as one of the foremost tourist destination in the Philippines.