Anybody who has taken a road trip to northern Luzon from the Metro Manila area is sure to have taken a stopover at Plaza Luisita at the southern part of Tarlac City. And why not? Plaza Luisita is such a nice place for a stopover and Metro Manilenyos who love the mall lifestyle back south would feel at home here in Plaza Luisita with its restaurants and a quaint little mall.
The establishments in this mall include Max’s Restaurant (which is the original tenant), Jollibee, Pancake House, Dencio’s, Chowking, and unsurprisingly, Starbucks. The small two-storey mall boasts of 3 cinemas and the usual stores like clothing and apparel. The abundance of wide-canopied acacia trees coupled with the tile-roofed and paved roads make this a popular place to stretch ones muscles after a long trip and to take pictures. One popular attraction at Plaza Luisita is this train engine on display near Starbucks. I don’t know why the train is there.
The avenue just to the north of Plaza Luisita leads into the controversy-ridden Hacienda Luisita, owned by the powerful Cojuangco family. Also, the original Ninoy Aquino statue that was at the corner of Paseo de Roxas and Ayala Ave. in Makati (what’s there now is a replica) used to be located on a pedestal at the plaza part of Plaza Luisita (the northwestern corner) before being finally transferred to a newly-built Ninoy Aquino Boulevard in the same city. And you have to visit this blog post for pictures and how the original sculpture was mangled.