The province of Pampanga, with its iconic Mt. Arayat, has been providing leaders for the nation.
Two Kapampangans -- father and daughter Diosdado Macapagal and Gloria Arroyo -- have been presidents. If one adds Kapampangan-speaking parts of Tarlac that were formerly part of Pampanga, one can argue that Kapampangans have had 4 Presidents including Cory Aquino and her son, Noynoy.
The province is rich in natural resources -- from rolling farmlands to the quarrying operations that have become a virtual goldmine for some people in Pampanga.
Its people are known for being hard-working and entrepreneurial, which partly explains the province's bustling agricultural, commercial and industrial activities.
Here are some of the province's sources of wealth, and why it's an important province to local and national politicians.