Mabalacat City, Pampanga
Starting in 2023, the name of the annual festival of the Kapampángan city of Mabalacat was changed from Caragan Festival (named after the city’s indigenous Aeta founder) to Balacat Festival to give reference to the balacat tree which is the origin of Mabalacat’s name. The city was said to have been named by the indigenous Aeta Chief Caragan after the abundance of balacat trees in the area. The word “balakat” is said to be of indigenous Aeta origin.
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