Putting the Bayambang on its rightful place in history is the goal of the town’s local government. And to push its goal, the town officials are mulling to build a museum in the old municipal building. The museum will showcase the old Bayambang as the fifth capital of the Philippine Revolutionary Republic and the rich history of the town which has been established for more than 400 years.
The old town used to be a bigger territory however, it has been broken down to seven separate towns in Pangasinan and Tarlac. Still, there are some things that don’t change in this historical town, including its infamous buro - a mix of fermented rice and fish. While the process of making buro has been modernized, the primary ingredients - salt, rice, and fish - remained the same.
A trip to this town would not be complete without trying buro. Sauteed buro is best served as side dish of steamed vegetables and fried fish. Just like bagoong or shrimp paste, a tourist may take sometime before it appreciates buro’s salty-bitter taste. But once you’re hook, there is no turning back!
Rice cracker, a popular Filipino snack, is now making a comeback in town. Rice cracker processors are once again operating in the town offering spicy and savory snacks for local and tourists to enjoy.
Bayambang is also known for Malangsi Festival held every first week of April, and the “basuan” dance which uses drinking classes as props. In 2014, The Guinness Book of World Records recognized the town for having the longest barbecue, during the Malangsi Festival.
Rediscovering Bayamabang as a historical landmark will not be complete without including the parish church of St. Vincent Ferrer, which has been established in 1614.