Travel Guide: San Marcelino

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About

San Marcelino is a first class municipality in the province of Zambales. It is also known as the Singkamas Capital of the Philippines for its sweet and juicy singkamas or jicama (Mexican Turnip). It was named after Marcelino Ora, the first captain of the town. Since people during those times were fond of saints, they added “San” to his name.

Products

Singkamas (Pachyrhizus erosus) – February is the month of Singkamas Festival

Getting There

Municipal Hall of San Marcelino

Route 1: Manila – San Marcelino

Victory Liner have regular trips to Iba or Sta. Cruz, Zambales. You may ride any of these routes and alight at the Municipal Hall of San Marcelino.

➡️ via Pasay

Pasay-IbaPasay-Sta.Cruz
05:30H04:00H
08:30H07:00H
10:00H11:00H
13:00H16:00H
14:30H
17:30H
23:30H

➡️ via Cubao

Cubao-Iba
05:00H
07:00H
09:00H
11:00H
13:00H
14:30H
15:30H
17:00H
19:00H
21:00H

➡️ via Monumento/Caloocan (Express)

Monumento-IbaMonumento-Sta. Cruz
05:0004:30
06:0007:30
07:0008:30
08:0009:30
09:0010:30
10:0012:30
11:0013:30
11:3015:00
12:00 noon17:30
13:0020:00
14:0021:30
14:3023:55
15:30
16:00
17:00
18:00
23:00

Travel time is around 3-5 hours depending on the traffic.

2. Manila – Olongapo – San Marcelino

An alternative route, but with longer travel time, is to ride a bus bound to Olongapo. Upon arrival at the Olongapo bus terminal, ride an ordinary bus bound to Iba or Sta. Cruz and get off at San Marcelino Municipal Hall. Fare is P50.00.

Getting Around

These are the places you may visit in San Marcelino:

📍 Mt. Pimmayong and Tarudak falls (summit journal | hiking notes)
📍 Mapanuepe Lake
📍 Rosa Farms and Cafe

Contact Person

Ms. Mikee Labio
San Marcelino – Tourism
+639498270945

Photos

Mt. Bagang and Sto. Tomas River.

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