Information about Lubao Bamboo Hub
Lubao Bamboo Hub and Eco-Park
The Lubao Bamboo Hub is an eco-tourism destination located by the riverbank of Sta. Catalina in Lubao, Pampanga. The bamboo hub serves as both a protective shield to threats of soil erosion and a tourist destination. It has been open to visitors since 2017.
Location and Geography
Lubao is a first-class municipality in the province of Pampanga. It is one of the oldest of all Kapampangan towns and is located at the south-western part of the province. It is bounded by the municipalities of Guagua on the north, Floridablanca on the west, Sasmuan on the east and Bataan on the South. It is situated 89 kilometers from Metro Manila and 64 kilometers from Clark International Airport.
With a total land area of 15,731 hectares, Lubao is politically subdivided into 44 barangays. Strategically nestled along flat green fields, Lubao’s location is advantageous for agriculture and trade. It is traversed by two major rivers: the Kaulaman River and Gumain River, where the Lubao Bamboo Hub in Sta Catalina is located.
The Bamboo Hub was initially a long-term response to protect Barangay Sta. Catalina from soil erosion by planting bamboo along its riverbank. The bamboos were originally planted by the municipality of Sta. Catalina, the provincial bamboo council together with the Pampanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Pamcham). Aside from a disaster response, the bamboos were also eyed to be used for an alternative to commercial lumber.
The objective of the project was to create a sustainable livelihood program for farmers and the families of the community by turning bamboo into different products. To further promote the wonders and uses of bamboo, the six-hectare property along the riverbank was developed into an eco-tourism destination.
Managed by the Lubao Municipal Government, the Lubao Bamboo Hub and Eco-Park attracts around 600 visitors every weekend.
With its bending bamboo culms forming a canopy, resembling an enchanting forest overhead, the Lubao Bamboo Hub is a relaxing tourist destination for people who want to relax and take a stroll. Visitors can rent a bike to roam around the park. There’s also a fish spa, good for removal of dead skin and calluses. Tourists can also rent a kayak or boat where they can enjoy a relaxing ride along Gumain river.