It was created into a municipality pursuant to RA 6842, ratified on April 21, 1990; taken from the municipality of Tarlac City. It is also the largest municipality of the province in terms of land area.
The Eco-Tourism park and Monasterio de Tarlac is located at Barangay Lubigan. The monastery holds a relic of the Holy Cross and is the only one known to possess such in Asia. The monastery's height is at approximately 300 meters. A deep portion of the Tarlac River which was unaffected by lahar still exists, and for a fee of about 20 pesos, depending on the owner, a visitor can go for a traditional balsa or bamboo raft ride. The Jeepney ride from central terminal in Tarlac City costs about 40 pesos to Barangay Villa Aglipay. The first trip leaves at around 10:00 a.m and the last trip leaves at around 7:00 p.m. From the drop point, about three people can pay for a tricycle ride to the monastery at an agreed cost since not all vehicles are capable of getting there. It is one of the largest municipality of Tarlac in terms of land area.