070712 - The Urban Tracker (In Pampanga): Pasilio Toblerone In Dau Terminal Mall

A tarpaulin blocks the characters on Mabalacat arch boundary signage.

n that unsuspecting last day in Pampanga, Mabalacat was officially declared a city and elevated into first class stature. 

From the intersection leading to Mabalacat proper, it's plain to see that the recognition was long overdue.

Wellwishers on parade for Mabalacat's cityhood
It was a bottleneck that morning along McArthur Highway with a parade taking place composed of a convoy of private and public vehicles, well-wishers waving flags and in uniform. A fellow passenger told me the locals of Mabalacat was in a celebratory mood for its 1st class cityhood promotion. So while the rest were caught up watching the passing of parade, I decided to push straight to Dau Access Road check for ticket price and bus departure schedules.

Pasilio Toblerone in Grand Terminal Mall
Dau Integrated Bus Terminal is the gateway to Northern Luzon and the major transfer point to Luzon provinces including the  Clark Special Economic ZoneA very strategic stopover point for most buses bound northern Luzon or vice versa. Passengers usually take a quick break here for bathroom fix, a snack or quick purchases of native goodies within the terminal. There's an adjacent mall like the Grand Terminal Mall with its weird arrangement of eateries in between cell phone accessories stores and general merchandise. Like in Divisoria, the mall has a weird name for its alleys like the one named - Pasilio Toblerone. Pasilio is a Spanish word for alley or a small pathway. 

Shrek and other Lifesize paper mache greet motorists along Dau Access Road.
Crossing the lane to the opposite is Jumbo Jenra Mall - a localized mall with branches all over Pampanga is more organized and updated as compared to the dilapidated Grand Terminal Mall.  Following that, I took the trail into the interiors of Duquit, a springing neighborhood on the edge of North Expressway when I noticed these life-size characters of movie characters. They were after all paper mache sold to motorists and they were really head turners especially Shrek.

SM Hypermarket in Camachiles 
By the time I reached the area of Camachiles, it's obvious Mabalacat was already ripe with commercialization. A big SM Hypermarket branch was sprawling here, only to prove an increased power of spending. Income generated from these malls and other perky businesses that declaring Mabalacat to cityhood already reached its due.                                                     
SM Clark is part of Malabanas, not of Clark Zone.
In opposite distance going to Clark, SM Clark stands on its entrance, another point of contention which part of Pampanga. To verify this, I needed to purchase an item from inside its department store and the receipt came with an answer. The mall is part of Malabanas, not of Clark zone, as the address pointed yet adapting the name Clark as its location is at the entrance of the zone. 

My bags were already packed waiting for me on the home base and it’s ready to be brought back to Dau terminal to board a bus going to Dagupan Pangasinan. As the bus left the terminal, my stirring thoughts came alive with that Pasilio Toblerone, perhaps to give me a sweet regard for today's Mabalacat cityhood.