Friday, 22 June 2018

PHILIPPINES: Angeles City Blessed With Names - Sin City, Culinary Capital, Entertainment City, Centre Of Philippines Sex Industry.

Angeles City is in Pampanga province in the Central Luzon region of the Philippines.

Angeles City is rich in history and heritage, with old and historical significant buildings dotting its landscape, but these days it is best known for its high concentration of casinos and vibrant nightlife.

Aside from these, it is also famous for its extreme sports adventures in the lahar flows of Mt. Pinatubo.

Angeles is a thriving city comparable to the Philippine capital and largest city, Manila. In 1899, it became the seat of the Philippine government under General Emilio Aguinaldo and the site of the first anniversary celebration of Philippine Independence.

After World War II, it had the highest concentration of American expatriates as well as Filipino mestizos, some of whom chose to permanently settle here.

Today Angeles is known for its booming nightlife and is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination, particularly from South Korea. Its center, Balibago, is especially known for its fine restaurants, hotels and shopping malls.

Within Balibago is the neon lit Fields Avenue, known for its bars, nightclubs and what could be one of the world's largest concentration of go-go bars. Adjoining Clark Freeport Zone is the site of world class resorts, casinos, duty-free shops and beautifully landscaped golf courses.

The city, and the rest of the Pampanga region, is known as the culinary center of the Philippines.

Angeles or the City of Angeles, or simply referred to as Angeles City, is a 1st class highly urbanized city in the region of Central Luzon, Philippines. According to the 2015 census, it has a population of 411,634 people.

It is bordered by Mabalacat to the north; Mexico to the east; San Fernando to the southeast; Bacolor to the south; and Porac to the southwest and west. Though the city administers itself autonomously from Pampanga, it is the province's commercial and financial hub.

Angeles is served by the Clark International Airport in Clark Freeport Zone. Being home of the former Clark Air Base then the largest United States military facility outside the continental United States, it was significantly affected by the fallout brought about by the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991.

The economy of Angeles was heavily dependent on the American base at that time.

In 1993, a full cleanup and removal of volcanic ash deposits began and the former U.S. base re-emerged as Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ). The creation of CSEZ has helped to offset the loss of income and jobs previously generated by the presence of the U.S. base in the city.

Today, Angeles and Clark form the hub for business, industry, aviation, and tourism in the Philippines as well as a leisure, fitness, entertainment and gaming center of Central Luzon.

Angeles ranked 15th in a survey by MoneySense magazine as one of the Best Places to Live in the Philippines in its March–April 2008 issue.

Angeles is 83 kilometres (52 mi) from Manila and 17 kilometres (11 mi) from the provincial capital, San Fernando.

Anunas is the barangay that houses the city's Korean Town, a chain of Korean establishments along the Fil-Am Friendship Highway. Anunas is also identified as one of the growth centers of the city, focusing on light industries such as woodcarving and rattan craft.

Balibago is the main entertainment district of Angeles. It contains Casino Filipino Angeles and the famous Fields Avenue tourist belt.

Entertainment-related establishments such as The Dollhouse Group, Kokomo's Hotel Group also spill to Malabanas, which is situated next to Balibago.

Hotels, such as Penthouse Hotel, Lewis Grand Hotel, and Angeles Beach Club (ABC) Hotel are also abundant along Don Juico Avenue, which stretches from Balibago to Malabanas. The city's biggest mall, SM City Clark, is also situated in Barangay Malabanas.

Pampang and San Nicolas. These two barangays form the main public market district of the city. The Pampang Wet Market, San Nicolas Market, Friday Flea Market which is locally known as Apu, Jumbo Jenra Angeles, Puregold Angeles, and the Angeles Slaughterhouse are found here.

The Pampang Wet Market is the largest and most frequented wet market in the province of Pampanga. It also attracts people from nearby towns. Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA),City College of Angeles, Angeles City National High School are located in Pampang.

Pulung Maragul is the barangay that houses the city's government complex, which includes the Angeles City Hall, the Angeles City Hall of Justice, and other government buildings.

It is also the location of the Angeles Exit of the North Luzon Expressway and Marquee Mall, Ayala's first mall in Central Luzon. Marquee Place and Marquee Residences later rose in Pulung Maragul as well, next to the mall.

Santo Rosario is the poblacion. It is home to most of Angeles' heritage and historical structures such as the Holy Rosary Church, Pamintuan Mansion which is privately owned by Maverick Pamintuan, Bale Herencia, and Museo ning Angeles former City Hall building.

Holy Angel University, Central Luzon's largest university in terms of population, is also located here. Plans of declaring the barangay or parts of it a heritage zone are ongoing.

Sapangbato is the largest barangay in Angeles in terms of territory, with a total land area of 187,694 sq. meters and a population of 9,920.

Located northwest of Angeles near Clark Freeport Zone, it is identified as the barangay in Angeles with the highest elevation of 750 feet above sea level.

It is home to Fort Stotsenburg, also known as the Parade Grounds of Clark. apl.de.ap, member of the hip hop group The Black Eyed Peas, hails from Sapangbato. The famous Puning Hot Springs of Brgy. Inararo in Porac are accessed through Sitio Target in Sapangbato

The city also hosts a street party called the Tigtigan Terakan keng Dalan - Music and Dancing on the Streets every October which features musical performances from both amateur and better-known OPM bands.

In December, the festivities dedicated to the Kapmpangan dish, sisig was used to be held every December. The Sisig Festival locally known as the Sadsaran Qng Angeles was held annually. It was halted in 2008 following the death of Lucia Cunanan who is known for promoting the dish.

Majority of the population of Angeles is Catholic. At least two major festivals associated with the Catholic faith are held in October in the city.

Commemorating the victory of the Spanish fleet over the Dutch Navy in 1646, the La Naval Fiesta is celebrated in honor of the Our Lady of La Naval de Manila with adherents believing that her intercession was instrumental to the Spaniards' naval victory.

The Apu Fiesta involves devotees from all over Pampanga making a visit to the Apu shrine to venerate the image of Jesus Christ lying in the sepulchre which is believed to be miraculous by believers.

Owing to the presence of the nearby U.S. base and consequent Freeport Zone, many Americans chose to permanently settle in the area, particularly in the Balibago district, and thus Angeles became home to a large colony of expatriates.

During the American colonial period - 1898–1946, more than 800,000 Americans were born in the Philippines, and a large concentration of Filipino mestizos or Filipinos with American ancestry were located in this city

Despite the major challenges that were faced by the city, such as the removal of the U.S. Clark Air Base and the Mount Pinatubo's eruption in 1991, all these have been surpassed by Angelenos.

The improvement in the economy of Angeles was said to have been triggered by the transformation of the U.S. base into Clark Freeport Zone, where the Clark International Airport is located.

Angeles is home to an emerging technology industry. Its economy is based also on tourism and gambling. Fields Avenue forms the hub of the night life industry focused in Angeles. With close proximity to an international airport in Clark Freeport, Angeles is visited by foreigners all year round.

In the 2000s, the local government of Angeles rebranded the Fields Avenue tourist belt as a high-end destination with fine restaurants and luxury hotels and casinos. The finishing of roads, such as the Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, has improved trade and transport.

The project connects the industrial, transport and business hubs of Pampanga, Zambales, Bataan and Tarlac. The project is crucial to bolstering growth in Central Luzon.

The city has cottage industries producing rattan furniture, coconuts, and charcoal briquettes. It also has many thriving export businesses in handicrafts, metal crafts, toys, houseware and garments.

Apart from the Clark Freeport Zone, industrial areas include the Angeles Livelihood Village and the Angeles City Industrial Estate.

Call centers present are e-Telecare, CyberCity, Sutherland and IRMC, plus other American IT industries are major employers as well.

The establishment of a number of shopping malls also fueled the city's economy, including SM City Clark, Robinson's Place Angeles, Jenra Grand Mall, Nepo Mall, Saver's Mall and the Marquee Mall, next to the City Hall.

There is also a proposal of constructing a new Formula One quality circuit in a 2,000-hectare lot fronting the North Luzon Expressway between Angeles and Subic Bay, from which the country may soon play host to prestigious international car-racing events and possibly bid to become one of the venues of the world-renowned Formula One series.

Fort Stotsenburg, named after Colonel John M. Stotsenburg, a captain of the 6th U.S. Cavalry, was the location of the permanent quarters of the American forces in Sapang Bato, Angeles.

It is also known as the Parade Ground, which served as a venue for many important celebrations by the Americans before the Philippine-American Military Bases Agreement ended in 1991.

Salakot Arch is a landmark of Angeles. From 1902 to 1979, Clark Air Base remained a U.S. territory, guaranteed by the Military Bases Agreement in 1947.

In 1978, the Philippines, under the dispensation of then President Ferdinand Marcos, and the U.S. finally agreed to establish Philippine sovereignty over the U.S. bases and thus the Clark Air Base Command (CABCOM) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines came into being, following the signing of a revised Military Bases Agreement on 7 January 1979.

To commemorate this unprecedented and bold event, the government constructed a special structure based upon the design of a salakot or native hat, which soon became a widely recognized symbol of this renewed Filipino spirit.

Old Pamintuan Residence served as the seat of government of the First Philippine Republic under General Emilio Aguinaldo from May to July 1899 and the central headquarters for Major General Arthur MacArthur, Jr., the father of General Douglas MacArthur.

It used to serve as municipal hall of Angeles and later the Central Bank of the Philippines in Central Luzon.

Currently, the National Historical Commission and the city government with the help of the embassy of France in the Philippines are funding the restoration of the mansion into the Museum of Philippine Social History.

Founders' Residence Bale Matua. Located at the heart of Santo Rosario, it is the oldest building in the city. It was built in 1824 by the city founder, Don Angel Pantaleon de Miranda, and his wife, Dona Rosalia de Jesus, and was inherited by their only daughter, Dona Juana de Miranda de Henson.

This house, which is made of high stone and an ornate gate, nostalgically symbolizes the glorious past of Angeles amidst the overwhelming onslaughts of modernization.

Camalig was built in 1840 by Don Ciriaco de Miranda, the first gobernadorcillo of Angeles, and was used as a grain storehouse along Santo Rosario Street. It was restored in 1980 by Armando L. Nepomuceno and is now the site of Armando's Pizza and the historic Camalig Restaurant.

Post Office Building or Deposito. It is a building that was constructed in 1899 for the purpose of depositing religious statues and carriages of the Catholic Church, hence the name Deposito.

It was also used as the headquarters of the 11th Film Exchange U.S. Army from 1946 to 1947 and was then used as a jailhouse for recalcitrant U.S. troops during the Philippine–American War. On 6 February 1967, the Angeles Post Office moved to this building.

It is now the site of Angeles Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Center.

Holy Rosary Church or Santo Rosario Church was constructed from 1877 to 1896 by the Polo y Servicio labor system, a kind of forced labor imposed on Filipino peasants by the Spanish colonial government. It was used as a military hospital by the U.S. Army from August 1899 to December 1900.

Its backyard was the execution ground to the Spanish forces in shooting down Filipino rebels and suspects.

Holy Family Academy Building was once a convent and was served as a military hospital of the U.S. Army in 1900. It was later used as troop barracks, officers' quarters and arsenal by the Japanese Imperial Military Forces in the year of 1942.

Bale Herencia or Ancestral House. Built in 1860, is situated in Lakandula Street corner Santo Rosario Street. It is a picturesque house with the unsavory reputation of having been built for the mistress of a parish priest.

The current owners have leased the place to various restaurants, food stalls, and other businesses like salons and computer shops. The antique architecture, however, is still preserved.

Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies. Houses a library, museum of archives and gallery, research center and theater, put up by the Holy Angel University in 2002 to preserve, study and promote Kapampangan history and culture.

In 2012, the Museum of Kapampangan Arts was also opened in the university, housing some of National Artist Vicente Manansala's works and drafts.

Lily Hill was a strategic observation post for monitoring Japanese movement in World War II. Remains of Japanese aircraft were found here at the end of the war. Along this hill can now be found Lily Hill Duty Free Store.

Bayanihan Park formerly Astro Park is an ideal spot for sports and recreational activities having basketball and volleyball courts and huge space for jogging and other recreational activities. This is where the famous and historical Salakot Arch is now located. It is being managed by SM City Clark.

Museo ning Angeles or Museum of Angeles is a vintage building located at the prime Santo Rosario Historic District across the Holy Rosary Church.

This edifice was constructed in 1922 and served as the Municipio del Pueblo or Town Hall until 1998. The Museum has become the venue of the city's cultural activities be it from the or government sector.

From the time it opened in the year 1999, it has been a beehive of activity from exhibits, art classes, concerts, venue for performances and climax for traditional celebrations.

In June 2012, the National Museum of the Philippines declared the Museo ning Angeles as an Important Cultural Property of the Philippines, the first cultural property to be given such a distinction. The museum is currently administered by Kuliat Foundation, Inc.

Inside the museum is Balikdan which means to look back which is about understanding Angeles's past for the present. It encapsulates coherently our colorful and evolving history, and enabling us to arrive at our expected destination.

The sections begin with the establishment of Culiat in 1796 and finish with Mt. Pinatubo's fury in 1991.

Also within the infrastructure is the Culinarium. Pampanga, most specifically Angeles, is known as the Culinary Capital of the Philippines. This is dedicated to the Kapampangan culinary arts and science that has emanated from the basic concept that the preparation of food is a heritage and a legacy worth preserving.

Dioramic Scenes of Traditional Life in Pampanga, which is depicted in ten tableaus, are scenes of traditional town and country life in Pampanga.

These dioramas were created by fashion designer Beatriz Patis Pamintuan Tesoro using her Nenita dolls dressed in the most intricately embroidered Filipiniana outfits, with amazing detailing not only on the clothes, but also in the accessories and background.

The Reynaldo G. Alejandro Culinary Library is dedicated to the memory of Mr. Reynaldo ‘Ronnie’ Gamboa Alejandro 1941–2009, who was a leading exponent of Filipino arts and culture.

Some years before his untimely demise, Ronnie donated a part of his extensive library to the Culiat Foundation in support of its efforts to promote and preserve the Kapampangan culinary heritage.

Sex tourism is a consequence of the U.S. bases' presence in the country or the prostitution industry in the city.

The early days of Clark Air Base, Fields Avenue in Balibago district is an area frequently visited by the U.S. servicemen, has been known as a center for prostitution and sex tourism.

A BBC article characterized it as the centre of the Philippines sex industry and dubbed it Sin City. Elsewhere and in later years, Philippine travel publications have described it as the Entertainment Capital of Central Luzon and Entertainment City.

Angeles is served by the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA) in Clark Freeport Zone, approximately 5 kilometers from the city proper.

It has adequate travel facilities such as currency exchange, duty free shopping center, souvenir shops, free internet, a tourist information center, hotel and travel agency representatives, and car rental services.

The airport is where budget airlines like AirAsia from Kuala Lumpur, scoot from Singapore and Cebu Pacific from Singapore and Hong Kong, fly to.

It also receives direct flights from Hong Kong and South Korea from carriers such as Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Domestic flights are offered by Cebu Pacific, AirAsia, Philippines airlines.

There has been proof of onward travel absolutely required to check into flights to this airport when using Air Asia and other budget airlines.

Air Asia will not change nor refund your ticket if you are stuck without onward transit. In other words, have a ticket onward or to elsewhere before attempting to check in your luggage or you will not be permitted to continue your journey.

Because DMIA is a small airport, containing only one terminal, it is often considered a more efficient gateway into the Philippines than through heavily-congested Manila. The roadways around the airport are fairly rural, making transport between the airport and the city quick and hassle-free.

Don't worry about finding transport as taxi drivers will heavily solicit you for patronage as you exit the airport, if arriving during the day. However, the taxi fares are relatively steep compared to other modes of transporation or indeed other cities.

For example, the fare from the airport to Fields will cost P300 for just a 15 minute ride, and P400 to Perimeter hotels and hotels along Mcarthur.

If you are going to Angeles city center it will cost you p500. Be sure to tell them that you are going to Fields and not Angeles as they will try to charge you the Angeles price. If alone, it is best to find a fellow traveler to share a taxi or use the shuttle service.

When going back to the airport from the Fields Ave during the daytime after -5am, jeepneys parked near the Clark AFB entrance are also an option.

They're often not going to the airport itself, and normally wait until the jeepney is full, but by paying the higher price of P200 if you charter an empty one, less if you just want the driver to make a short detour to the airport these inconveniences are resolved easily and cheaper than by hiring a taxi.

To get to the airport from Dau Bus Terminal the cheap way: take a jeepney to main gate (P8). At main gate ask for the jeepneys to the airport parking Route 1' near 7-eleven a few meters from SM Department Store. These drop you at the entrance of the airport parking P12.

You must then walk less than 5 minutes to the terminal building. Count 15-30 minutes in total. At maingate, some jeepney drivers will also offer to bring you to the terminal building for about P250, just insist that you want to go the cheap way.

Beware that there is a P600 fee when leaving from this airport to an international destination.

This is the most common and economical way to get to Angeles from Metro Manila. Several air-conditioned bus lines ply from Manila to Angeles route with terminals scattered across the metropolitan area. It normally takes one-and-a-half hours to get to Angeles by bus.
However, travellers are well advised to consider the unpredictable effect heavy traffic and downpours will have on the commute. In short, give yourself plenty of time to travel by bus. Provincial bus companies have scheduled trips from Manila to provinces to northern provinces and key cities.

The fastest option is to go Jose Doroteo / Recto LRT station in Manila and to catch Philippines Rabbit bus from there. Other options include taking the Victory Liner bus from the Pasay station which is located near the Manila airport which is an easy way when taking a budget trip.

You can also take the Fly the Bus from the Swagman Hotel which is more expensive at 600 pesos but will drop you off at your hotel.

The best way from Manila to Angeles via car is taking the North Luzon Expressway which extends until Sta. Ines in Mabalacat, Pampanga. You may take either the Angeles Exit or Dau exit to get there.

Another motorway, though narrow, is the McArthur Highway and visitors need to pass through the province of Bulacan to get to Angeles on both routes. It usually takes about 45 minutes to travel but it is twice the travel time if you plan to take the McArthur route due to heavy traffic along its stretch.

Rental car companies can be found all over Manila and Angeles. If you don't know the routes, you can hire drivers by asking the attendant of the rent-a-car shop.

To hop on a colorful jeepney or small bus is certainly the most affordable way to get around downtown. It is available 24 hours a day and it is the most famous mode of transportation in the country, which connects towns and cities together.

Since jeepneys tend to be overcrowded with passengers, tourists carrying bulky luggage should consider traveling by taxi.

Though more convenient for tourists, taxis are less common in Angeles and not normally used for travel outside the city. Rather, they are primarily used to tour around the Clark Freeport Zone and for transport to and from the airport.

Simson's taxicab terminal can be found particularly next to Clark's main gate opposite Jollibee's and SM City-Clark mall in Balibago.

Trikes or tricycles are motocycles with a small attached passenger cabin. They are restricted to low-speed roads and not permitted to enter the area surrounding the airport. Passengers of larger physical stature may find riding in them uncomfortable.

Nevertheless, because of their slower speeds, trikes are generally a safe mode of transport.

Sight See in and around Angeles City

- Fort Stotsenburg

- Old Pamintuan Residence

- Founders' Residence or Bale Matua

- Post Office Building or Deposito

- Camalig

- Holy Rosary Church or Santo Rosario Church

- Holy Family Academy Building

- Museo ning Angeles

- Bale Herencia,

- Juan D. Nepomuceno's Center for Kapampangan Studies

- Lily Hill

- Mount Pinatubo

- Apu Chapel

- Expo Pilipino

- Nayong Pilipino

- Kapampangan Museum - Clark Museum

- Bayanihan Park, formerly Astro Park.

- Salakot Arch

- Clark Freeport Zone, formerly Clark Air Base

Philippine International Hot-Air Balloon Fiesta is held every year between January and February at Clark Special Economic Zone. It features multicolored hot-air balloons with more than a hundred balloon pilots from around the world and considered to be the biggest aviation sports event in the country.

Tigtigan Terakan Keng Dalan - Music and Dancing in the Streets which started in 1992, is an annual all-night party along MacArthur Highway, Balibago, held on the last friday & saturday of October.

Restaurants & bars set-up tables & chairs along the streets, and serves over-flowing food and drinks. It features non-stop music from amateur and national bands and is attended by celebrities, out-of-towners and locals alike. This event is used to celebrate the Oktoberfest.

Sisig Festival is held every December, celebrating the Kapampangan dish sisig, which said to have been originated in this city.

Drag Racing is organized by the Angeles Hot Rod Association(AHRA) the oldest drag racing in the Philippines. You can find this attraction at the Omni Aviation inside the Clark Ecozone.

AHRA is where you will find most of the big V8 muscle cars, as well as many bangers. In addition to race meets, they also organize and run regular classic and custom car shows, swap meets, social events and more.

Play Pool in a city of great champions like Efren Reyes and Rodolfo Luat. Angeles has an abundance of pool tables to play all along the Fields Avenue and hundreds of other places in the city.

Visit Arayat National Park

Mount Arayat Trek is available November through May. Prices range: day trips, minimum of 3 persons, P800 per person and overnight trips, minimum of 3 persons, P2500 per person.

Trekking Mount Pinatubo. is a once in a lifetime experience, highly recommended for hiking enthusiasts. Board a Filipino 4x4 jeep and experience a thrilling drive across Crow Valley, a moon-like terrain, with vast ash fields and rocky rivers.

You will hike up towards the summit passing through sandy cliffs and up a mountain path. The views of the Crater Lake are absolutely breathtaking.

On the way back you have the opportunity to visit an Aeta Village and enjoy interacting with one of the oldest indigenous tribes in the Philippines.

The trip is a full day tour departing early in the morning. You will hike anywhere between 3 - 6 hours depending on your fitness. Several tour operators offer packages from Angeles.

Mount Pinatubo Aerial Tours is for you if you want to have the best seat to view the volcano that once ravaged Central Luzon. Considered one of the largest eruptions of the 20th century, the eruption affected global weather patterns.

Having been dormant for centuries, Mount Pinatubo erupted anew in 1991, spewing an ash plume that spread across the globe.

Have a bird's-eye-view of the crater, surreal ash canyons and the remnants of the once-devastating lahar flows. Flights depart out of Omni Aviation Complex at Clark Field. Cost is $122 per person, flying time for 1 to 2 persons is 45 minutes while for 3 or more is one hour.

The best time to fly is early in the morning sunrise-10AM and in the late afternoon 3PM-sunset.

Ultra-light Flying is one sport that is definitely growing. If you want your senses get heightened and your heart pound as the wind whistles through your hair, this is for you!

This is organized by the Angeles City Flying Club. The area also offers many additional attractions, from diving to cycling to hiking to night clubbing.
Drive Off-Road is an off-road challenge where you can take on a wild, bumpy, ride in old four-wheel-drive jeeps in a safari-like journey across the dusty expanse of the valley to a campsite.

It is organized by the Angeles City Four Wheelers Club and is ideal for trekking and be able to see the lahar canyons, Gate of Heaven and other sites in Mount Pinatubo.

Golf, world-class golf courses, such as Mimosa Golf and Country Club, Fontana Resort, Angeles Sports and Country Club, and J&K Golf are the recommended golf courses for those so inclined.

Lawn Bowling is the only one in the country and is offered at the Hidden Vale and Angeles Sports and Country Club, a mature 11.34 hectare site which includes a nine-hole golf course, luxurious penthouse suites and driving range.

For Leisure and nightlife try these places:

The Mansion is undeniably one of the best party destinations in the Philippines. The Mansion's luxury clubbing is situated at The Enclave, Friendship Highway.

Its proximity to Clark Freeport gives its unique accessibility, just 1 ½ hrs away from Manila, 30 minutes away from Subic by virtue of SCTEX and is near Bulacan and Tarlac.

It has 2 floors, with the ground floor having a SRO capacity 700 pax and the 2nd floor VVIP area 150 pax. It was conceptualized by socialite, Divine Lee and renowned eventologist, Tim Yap.

Gambling, being renowned as a city with high concentration of casinos, such as Casino Filipino-Angeles, Casino Filipino-Mimosa, Fontana Casino, and Casablanca Casino, Angeles offers a variety of activities that will keep leisure travelers definitely happy.

There are also multiple poker rooms located on Walking Street and nearby, the most popular being Wild Aces.

Barhopping on Fields Avenue is arguably one of Angeles City's most famous attractions, offering male tourists a large selection of female companionship.

Surrounding Fields Avenue, Santos Street, Real Street and Raymond Street, is a large concentration of go-go bars, numbering 60-70 within a few city blocks. Although some bars are open 24 hours, most don't open until late afternoons and close during the wee hours of the morning.

Gyms if you are in for them:

Gold's Gym Not as huge as some in the world, but top notch equipment and well air conditioned. They have an on-demand steam room, and run about 6 classes a day, everything from spinning to zumba mostly early morning and evening, none mid-day.

Prices are higher than other gyms, but they have reasonable options for travelers such as 10-pass cards. Located in the free port zone near the Starbucks/Jollibees.

To get there by jeepney go to the jeepney terminal by SM mall, there is a bay in the far corner closest to SM with 2 jeepneys that head into the freeport zone, take the one on the right side of that bay. If they don't know Gold's gym tell them you're going to the starbucks/jollibee's.

Fitness Connection This is the most convenient location close to fields avenue and many of the hotels in the area. It's also pretty darn cheap.

The downside is that the equipment is antiquated and there's no air conditioning. If you're in for a few weights and you don't mind sweating it out, you might love it.

About a half kilometer south on MacArthur highway from fields ave on the left side. Take any 'ol jeepney running up and down McArthur highway, it's on the left side (east).

Enclave Fitness Center This gym is certainly the best value in town, it requires an easy-to-manage jeeney ride to get to, about 10-15min from friendship jeepney terminal.

All air conditioned, two levels, plenty of well-kept equipment near on-par with Gold's gym, on-demand sauna, and 3 aerobics classes throughout the day. Prices around 1,500php per month, 1000php for 2 weeks.

To get there from friendship jeepney: Take the M-Gate jeepney until the end, then walk over to the perpendicular street at Fil-Am Friendship Highway and grab the jeepney near the Koreatown signs.

Enclave fitness is a few kilometers down that street on the right side immediately after where the jeepney turns left on Poinsettia Ave. If it sounds tricky, it really isn't.

Shopping in Angeles City

If you like to shop, MarQuee-Ayala Mall, Robinsons Place, Jenra Grand Mall, Nepo Mall, Saver's Mall and the SM City Clark are the places to go.

These are mostly shopping malls with decent boutiques, department stores, supermarkets, hardware stores, movie theaters and over a hundred shops and restaurants.

Duty-free stores are to be found inside the Clark Ecozone, namely Pure Gold, Oriental, Parkson, Clark Interiors, Liberty, and Arjan that sell imported housewares, cooking items, snacks and branded clothes.

Most of which are surplus so they are actually cheaper. Some of these stores have an extensive selection of cigarettes and perfumes as well.

The barratillos cheap or thrift stores crap the likes of which you cannot imagine. If you really want a native experience, go to one of these open-air flea markets, there are several of them around town. Hop on a jeepney and have someone take you.

There are many other fun places to shop household items, clothing, including audio-video equipment in a makeshift market called tiangge at bargain prices at Apo district every Friday.

Twenty-four hour convenience stores, like 7-11, are also found in the city from city proper to Balibago. Most locally owned stores, which they call sari-sari, sell retail items, especially the cigarettes that you can buy per stick or per pack.

Handicraft stores sell locally good and export-quality craftwork. The Rosa's Handicraft Gift Shop and Mhea's Custom Woodcraft have a large selection of gift items and are conveniently located in Balibago district.

Stores selling souvenir shirts, woodcraft and other local stuff are also dotted along Fields Avenue and they are sold for cheaper prices.

Wine And Dine in Angeles City
Sisig, the most popular meal in Angeles City
Angeles is known for being the Culinary Center of the Philippines. This reputation reportedly goes back to the Spanish colonial times where it is said that the Kapampangan cook learned very quickly to improvise on Spanish dishes using local ingredients.

The culinary adventure in Angeles is sure to be an experience of a lifetime. A must-eat dish is Sisig, which Angeles is famous for.

From its humble beginnings in Aling Lucing's Eatery along Angeles' railroad to its present top-of-the-menu ranking in Manila's bars and nightclubs, sisig has come to conquer the Filipino drinkers' palate. It has become the quintessential pulutan fare — the default order that comes with every round of beer.

Other not-to-be-missed local mouth-watering cuisines are Dencio's kare-kareanother Kapampangan menu, which is a Philippine stew made from peanut sauce with a variety of vegetables, stewed oxtail, beef and occasionally offal or tripe, fresh papaya lumpia, tilapia in tausi sauce, adobong pugo, morcon, tortang bangus - milkfish stuffed with ground pork.

Everybody's Cafe's camaru - fried cricket adobo, kilayin baboy - pork meat and lungs pickled in a marinade of vinegar or calamansi juice, usually along with garlic, onions and hot/sweet peppers, bringhe - local Spanish paella, bulanglang - meat or fish broth soured with guava fruit.

Aling Luring's batute - a frog stuffed with ground and seasoned pork, then deep fried to a crisp, burong isda - fermented rice with fish or small shrimps, pork and carabao tocino, Bale Dutung's burong talangka - the fat of salted little crabs, very rich and laden with cholesterol but hard to resist.

Filipinized pizza in a bilao at Armando's Pizza, brazo de mercedes, halo-halo from Razon's and Corazon's - a popular dessert that is a mixture of shaved ice and milk, added with various boiled sweet beans and fruits, and served cold in a glass or bowl.

Susie's Cuisine's famous pancit luglog - palabok, tibuk tibok - made from carabao's milk and also known as maja blanca, tocino del cielo - a richer version of leche flan and turron de casoy.

If you are a person inclined to drinking beer and eating barbecue, then Frank & Jim, Ikabud, Whythaus Grill, Wishing Well, Marisol Steakhouses and the eateries along Angeles railroad crossing are certainly the spots for you.

Street foods, such as fishballs and kikiams on sticks, are a must-try at Nepo Compound vendor stands.

If local cuisine is not your type, no need to worry as the city has a wide range of pretty decent restaurants to choose from with American, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican and Korean cuisines.

A number of coffee shops are also to be seen even in the outskirts of the city that serve drip regular coffee, decaff, brewed coffee, espresso-based hot drinks, other hot and cold drinks, and snacks.

Angeles Fried Chicken, 1992 Marlim Ave.,Diamond Subd.,Balibago, Angeles City, near Casino Filipino-Angeles 2 kms away from Clarkfield.. The oldest Restaurant in Angeles City. A must try when in Angeles City. Offers wide array of food at very reasonable prices.

Famous for its juicy chicken - crispy or regular with coleslaw and gravy that everybody loves.

Bestsellers are gambas,sisig,calamares,japanese fried chicken,pancit canton,bihon, clubhouse sandwich & their famous Iced Tea an afc trademark.

Mother's Cakehouse & Restaurant, 1982 Marlim Ave.,Diamond Subd.,Balibago Angeles City. Near Casino Filipino- 2 kms away from Clarkfield. The oldest Cakehouse in Angeles City.

Known for its traditional and personalized cakes. The restaurant is so cozy that gives you a homey feeling ambience with pink and white motif. Its baked maccaroni is to die for. Other must try dishes are spareribs, sisig dinuguan, palabok, tacos, spaghetti, salisbury steak and a lot more.

The restaurant is a sister company of the Famous Angeles Fried Chicken and you can order from their menu too.

Tequila Reef Cantina or Tequila Reef, Corner of A. Santos and Real Streets Just off of Fields Avenue. 9:00 AM to 2:00 AM. Authentic Mexican Cuisine, Bar-B-Q Chicken & Ribs, New Orleans Cajun Specialties, Steaks, Burgers, Sandwiches and Filipino Food.

Niji Japanese / Sushi, Don Juico Avenue, Friendship, Angeles City, 2009, Pampanga, Philippines can easily be spotted on google maps 3km down friendship highway from fields ave. Take an M-Gate jeepney from friendship jeepney terminal. Close @ 10:45pm. A second-to-none quality sushi restaurant.

Not cheap, but still near half the price that we'd pay in the United States for the same. Easy to get to by jeepney, if you like sushi, this place is a must see. 800 pesos/person.

Frontera Tex-Mex Cantina, 580 Don Juico Avenue, Angeles City, 2009, Pampanga, Philippines, Sandwhiched between Cottage Kitchen Cafe and Horizon Tower 1. A 10 minute ride on a jeep from checkpoint headed towards friendhip.

Closes at 10:00pm. A relatively new offering in town serving only the highest quality Texas/Mexican cuisine. A standout among many others serving a similar style of cuisine for its young age. 400 pesos/person.

The infamous nightlife scene in Fields Avenue originally sprung up to service American military men nearby Clark Air Force Base. But now, the adjoining Balibago district is home to many decent bars and karaoke joints. It has of a number of clubs which fit any budget and personality.

There are traditional clubs with DJ's and the live band clubs. For endless evening of dancing and pulsating music, head for the bright lights of Balibago.

Fields Avenue and McArthur Highway are the places to head for go-go bars, comedy bar shows, sing-along or karaoke bars, nightclubs and drinking beer, it is a non-stop pleasure seven days a week, everyday of the year.

The Mansion, The Enclave, Friendship Road, Balibago. Fridays and Saturdays, from 9 p.m. onwards.

Sax Bar, Diamond Service Road, McArthur Highway, Balibago.

Whythaus Grill & KTV, Severina Lim Avenue, Diamond Subdivision, Balibago.

Wishing Well Music Lounge (KTV & Grill), Severina Lim Avenue, Diamond Subdivision, Balibago.

Spencer's Fusion Bar & Restaurant, Saver's Mall, McArthur Highway, Balibago.

R&B Music Venue, Don Juico Avenue, Malabanias.

S.O.S., Fields Avenue, Balibago.

Skytraxx, Fields Avenue, Balibago.

Suave's Music Lounge, A. Santos and Real Streets, Balibago. Nightly, from 8 p.m. to 2 p.m.

The London Bar, 4370-B Arayat Street, 1st Floor, Diamond Subdivision, Balibago.

Topsy Turvy, 4370-B Arayat Street, 1st Floor, Diamond Subdivision, Balibago.

Klub Caterva, 4370-G Arayat Street, 2nd Floor, Diamond Subdivision, Balibago.

Where to stay in Angeles City

There are many nice hotels around the city, furnished with the luxury of modern day living with upgraded facilities to accommodate your needs.

Some can be found along the Clark Perimeter Road while others within the Clark Freeport Zone. Lower-cost accommodation in the main entertainment area near Fields Ave., however, tends to be expensive by Asian standards, with prices starting around P800-1000, and the cheapest places are often fully booked.

If you look for the budget options, while still in the bar area and walking distance from Fields Ave. proper, head along the Fields Ave. to the west, where it is no more traffic-free and continues along the Clark Freeport Zone fence as the Perimeter Road (Don Juico Ave.).

Numerous cheap (P400-700) rooms can be found here, as well as more upmarket hotels, ABC Hotel. for example, which is also a well-known landmark in the area. The Perimeter Road is quite busy even at night, and so is relatively safe to walk home late, compared to the other streets around.

Another option is to accept tricycle driver's "cheap hotel" tout - but, as everywhere, this may mean overpricing due to the driver's commission, more concerns about hotel security, and a P50 or more for a trike ride every time you go in and out (or a long walk, which may be not safe in the night time also).

Hotel V, Block 1,4,5,6 Lot-1 Mac Arthur Highway, Balibago. Well-maintained rooms, all equipped with Air-conditioning, Flat-screen cable TV and Private toilet and bath. Facilities and services are Room service, Airport transfer and Laundry service. From PHP 1,300.00.

Affinity Condo resort, 107a Sofia St, Malabanias, Angeles City (100) or within Phils. Feel at home with your own kitchen, dining room, separate bedrooms, built-in-robes, linen cupboards and low cost laundry facility. They offer fully furnished studios, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom condominiums.

Holiday Inn Hotel and Resort - Mimosa, Mimosa Drive, Clark Field. The region's only Holiday Inn Resort, it has deluxe rooms which range from about $60/night on up. This is by far the largest hotel in the Angeles area, having over 300 rooms, suites and villas.

It is located at the Mimosa Leisure Estate, which has the best golf course in the region and a casino. This is a business-class convention hotel for Clark. No problem bringing in a guest or two. It has smoking and non-smoking rooms. Government rate is generally the lowest available.

This location within the Clark Freeport Zone is only a few miles away from the entertainment district. Taxi service is available 24/7 for P150 to the bar area.

Angeles Beach Club Hotel (ABC Hotel), Don Juico Avenue, Malabanias, Angeles City in front of SM City Clark. This four-star hotel is known as The Party Hotel, with unique furnishings such as an in-room party Jacuzzi and a sauna cabin.

Its main attractions are its tropical beach pool and bar, and the Sky Bar and Lounge on the ABC Hotel rooftop, which allegedly offers the best views of the sunset over the mountains west of Angeles City.

The hotel has a free shuttle service for its guests to and from Clark International Airport, as well as a helicopter service to Manila, Subic, and Mt. Pinatubo. All its guestrooms have Wi-Fi internet access, and are furnished with imported king-size to XXL mattresses among other five-star caliber, luxury amenities.

Eureka Hotel, Don Juico Avenue, Balibago Angeles City 2009 , Philippines. Eureka Hotel has furnished rooms equipped with basic amenities like, Wifi, air-conditioner and LCD TV with cable.

The hotel also has an affiliate travel agency that arranges day tours in the city as well as trekking in the famous Mt. Pinatubo. It is located near Field's Avenue, the center of Angeles City's entertainment. Php890.00.

Red Tulip Hotel, E.Valdez St. and 24th St. Josefa Subd. Malabanias 209 Raymond St. Josefa Subd. Malabanias Angeles City pampanga 2009 Philippines. From PHP 600.

Oasis Hotel, Clark Perimeter Road, Clarkview Compound, Malabanias. Once a favorite of visiting US Air Force officers, this quiet, respectable hotel is located within a secure residential compound.

The hotel has all the services you will need including a 24-hour room service, 24-hour foreign currency exchange, 24-hour high security and dual-key safe deposit boxes, laundry service, a beautiful swmimming pool, a business center with internet access and a gift shop.

The hotel restaurant, Maranao Grill, is open 24 hours and there is an English pub. Standard and deluxe rooms are offered, but if you are going to stay here, take a P2750 junior suite and ask for a discount. The suites are among the largest rooms in Angeles.

Each suite is available with one king or two queen-size beds and has a large, clean bathroom. This is a place where you can bring your wife and kids if you are not able to leave them at home.

Fontana Leisure Park, C.M. Recto Highway, Clark Field. It features a world-class wave pool that can electronically produce various types of waves and three giant aqua thrill slides. The park also has other attractions like the mad scientist water laboratory, the buccaneer ship and the lazy river.

A prelude to the coming 18-hole championship course, the pitch and putt of the golf course is a perfect place for golfers to practice their game. It also has a casino which offers over a hundred slot and video machines and 40 gaming tables with games like Baccarat, Blackjack, Roulette and Pai-Gow.

Clarkton Hotel, 620 Don Juico Avenue, Balibago. This is a German-managed hotel that has 93 rooms. Large suites are available on the 3rd floor. It has an excellent restaurant, on-site go-go bar, a 24-hour room service and a large, clean pool. The pool area is a popular gathering place.

Single deluxe room is P1650 while a suite is for P2500 or P2800.

Hotel Stotsenberg, Gil Puyat Avenue corner A. Soriano Street, Clark Field. This resort, with a casino, enjoys the best of worlds as it is a serene sanctuary, yet only a breeze away from an exciting nightlife.

Just five minutes away from the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport, the hotel is accessible from all points in Greater Luzon via the North Luzon Expressway and other arterial highways - making it an excellent base for the discerning business as well as leisure travelers.

Deluxe room is $83, executive suit is $98, Clark suite is $263 and Stotsenberg suite is $299.

Marlim Mansions Hotel, MacArthur Highway, Balibago. A five story full-service hotel, Marlim Mansion Hotel is one of the biggest hotels located at downtown Balibago with a total of 100 rooms. Standard room is $25, deluxe room is $29 and junior suite is $19.

Pacific Breeze Hotel and Resort, 1888 Vian Street, Balibago. It offers the most complete set of services and it is one of the better facilities in Angeles. With the completion of the Oahu Wing, they have also added a large conference rooms that may be rented for meetings, parties or other social functions.

Here is a brief list of some of the amenities that await you: a 56 guest-room main building with elevator access to the roof top; a 50 guest-room Oahu Wing annex; and a large rooftop conference room for meetings, or other social functions.

Oxford Hotel, M.A. Roxas Avenue corner N. Aquino Avenue, Clark Field. It features small function and meeting rooms and a very large convention hall which can accommodate approximately 2,500 business, personal company team building or political guests. Stay at this hotel and get Mount Pinatubo Trek discounts.

Hotel Royal Amsterdam, 648 Fields Avenue, Balibago. It is one of the newest hotels in town and right in the middle of all the action on Fields Ave. Built from the ground up, room rates range from $20 to $150.

Mo's Place, Fields Avenue corner A. Santos Street, Balibago. Budget hotel with its own sports bar, swim-up bar and swimming pool. Rooms are a bit worn, and extra towels will cost you 30 pesos each. It has an in-house travel agency that can arrange tours around Angeles. Rooms rates start at about $36.

Clark Hostel, Ninoy Aquino Avenue corner M.A. Roxas Avenue, Clark Field. Stay in a cozy, unique boutique condotel with many amenities and most importantly, good old fashioned warm and friendly Filipino hospitality. If you are planning an extended trip to Clark, this is the place to lodge.
It is a favorite lodging facility for budget minded games-of-chance players as various casinos abound in and around the area, some within walking distance. It has a coffee shop, bar and grill with seating capacity of 200 persons at the garden coffee shop/bar with live music performances Friday nights.

Swiss Chalet Hotel, A. Santos Street corner Real Street, Balibago, at the site of the former Lollipop Bar. This is a new hotel built from the ground up. Rooms are priced from P1400 to P2850. It has no swimming pool but has an excellent restaurant.

Orchid Resort, 109 Raymond Street, Balibago. This resort has 84 rooms in the heart of the Balibago entertainment area. The resort has three buildings: the 24-room original inn, a 27-room extension and a third building, a 33-room annex completed in November 2001, called the Jasmine Wing.

The family superior deluxe rooms, located in the extension, are huge. A large tropical garden of lawn and shrubs surrounds the new 50 feet by 25 feet swimming pool. 24-hour room service is available from the hotel restaurant.

Safe deposit box access is available 24 hours. Orchid rooms are priced from $32 to $66.

Wild Orchid Resort, A. Santos Street corner Johnny Street, Balibago. Prices range from $80 to $100. The resort is situated in the center of the entertainment district for easy walking to all of Angeles' finest clubs.

Central Park Hotel, 261 Real Street, Balibago. It has 48 rooms in the heart of Balibago nightlife. Central Park rooms were extensively renovated in late 2003. Rooms are kept quiet by double-pane windows.

If you are interested in taking a swim or sitting around a pool, it is a short walk to Kokomo's. A standard room is $25, standard plus is $33 and premiere is $35. This hotel used to be named Park Chicago.

Montevista Villas, Mimosa Drive, Clark Field. A renovated former USAF housing, the Montevista Villas are located within the Mimosa Resort amidst stately Mimosa rain trees, the former residential grounds and golf club.

It is a good place for a long-term stay if you have a car. Their rate ranges from $78 to $129.

Century Resort Hotel, MacArthur Highway, Balibago. The Casino Filipino-Angeles and Klownz Comedy Bar are just right next to this hotel and it is very accessible to Angeles' vibrant nightlife of Balibago district. Rate ranges from P1440 to P2880.

Maharajah Hotel, Texas Street, Villa Sol Subdivision, Anunas. Price ranges from P1050 to P2000.

Phoenix Hotel, 1810 Malabanias corner Perimeter Road, Malabanias. This hotel has 33 spacious, comfortable rooms including non-smoking rooms. Each room is fully carpeted and includes cable TV, mini-bars, air-conditioning, telephones and a 24-hour room service with a full international menu.

Same day laundry and dry cleaning service are available.

Swagman-Narra Hotel, S.L. Orosa Street, Diamond Subdivision, Balibago. Named after the national tree of the Philippines, the Narra tree, it offers a spa, swimming pool, a bar and restaurant, pool, karaoke stage, barbecue cooking area and excellent food with a variety of steaks.

Seafood as well as Australian, Filipino, Thai and Chinese specialties. As an added bonus, there are night-time specials and a Sunday lunch roast. Fine wines are always available.

Blue Bianco Suites, C.M. Recto Highway, Clark Field. checkin: 12:00 NN; checkout: 11:00 am. 1300+.

Patio Inn, 4410 S.L. Orosa St. Diamond Subd. Balibago. With 16 well appointed rooms, a 24-hour bar and restaurant, library and business center, the Patio is where you can escape, relax but still be in touch, when you want. It also has top-quality car rentals, van, trucks and motorcycle rentals.

This is a series of hotels, which cater to American and Australian travelers, mostly men. Patio V is named after the American VFW post, which is just situated next door.

Bluefields Hotel, 1239 Malabanias Road Pladirel I, Malabanias. checkin: 14:00; checkout: 12:00. Quite decent budget option at the Perimeter Road end. Standard room with bathroom, aircon and TV is for only PhP975. It also has a swimming pool and free internet. It's a little barred but staff is friendly.

Widus Resort and Casino, 5414 M.A. Roxas Avenue, Clark Freeport. A tropical paradise hotel in Clark Freeport, this deluxe hotel is set in a lush green landscape of acacia and palm trees, where natural light and ventilation were given emphasis to achieve a breezy atmosphere.

A host of first-class recreational facilities and accommodation amenities await travelers and guests.It offers you modern comforts in a traditional style, perfectly suitable for business and leisure.

It has 119 modern Asian inspired hotel rooms, uniquely-shaped swimming pool and waterfalls, spa, gym, all-day dining restaurants that offer local and international cuisine, function rooms,24-hour reception and room service, wireless internet and casino with wide variety of slot machines.

Table games designed to suit your personal taste. With a strong demand from corporate partners the new Convention Center in Clark offers a comfortable and professional environment to conduct business. Widus will launch its own Convention Center this September 2012.

Donald Paul Apartelle & Country Kitchen, Surla Street, Angeles City Across from the city hygiene, near the casino, a few steps away from Fields Avenue. Checkout: 1200. A new establishment, in a very convenient, but quiet location.

The Donald Paul Apartelle offers queen and king size rooms, as well as two apartments that both have two bedrooms and a lounge. The whole building is brand new and very clean.

The hotel has a swimming pool, free wifi / computers, and a kitchen that is open 24 & a half hours with room service available around the clock. The staff are exceptionally friendly. Rooms start from 1600 a night.

Metro Clark Hotel, 22nd Street Josefa Subdivision Malabanias Angeles City, Pampanga , Philippines. Metro Clark Hotel has 18 well equipped rooms. Newly renovated 3 storey Hotel with good security system: CCTV, fire alarm panel, high speed wireless broadband, Cable Channels: HBO, Star Sports, ESPN.

All rooms are with reasonable size, simple, clean and well maintained. Hotel is conveniently & centrally located for good food, fine dining, shopping, banking /money transfer transactions, and the world's famous entertainment center of Angeles City.

Bourbon Street Condotel, Bourbon Street Apartments, A. Santos Street, Balibago, Angeles City, Philippines, 2009. Bourbon Street Estate Apartments is centrally located in the Tourist District of Angeles City. We are not just a hotel. Our suites are contemporary designed and furnished.

At Bourbon Street, you can enjoy the goodness of both a condominium and a hotel. They have comfy suites with complete facilities and amenities all in idyllic mood.

They are equipped with complete home furniture and fixtures, security system and internet services, spacious bathrooms and functional built-in kitchen system.

Close to the apartments are Golf Courses, Super Malls, Hospital, Schools. There are great views from your balcony. Clark Airport is only a 10 minute drive away.

Villa Santol, Fatima St, Santa Maria 1. For any backpackers heading to Angeles after a Clark flight, this place was an inexpensive and friendly budget option. Not far from restaurants, Clark or Dau bus terminal for buses north to Baguio, Banaue, Vigan and so on and friendly, helpful staff.

Make sure you tell your taxi or trike driver Santa Maria 1 as others initially take you to Santol Street. It is located just south of Fields Avenue, and just west of the Macarthur Highway. 450 for a double fan with TV.

Seinpost Hotel, 15 Rizal Street Plaridel I, Angeles City , Philippines. checkin: 1:00PM; checkout: 12:00Noon. Newly renovated building conveniently located along Rizal Street Plaridel I, Angeles City, just a walking distance from the entertainment capital of Angeles City, Fields Avenue.

Strategically situated away from busy streets so that our guest can truly enjoy a peaceful and relaxing stay with spacious parking space for guests.

The Seinpost Hotel is the hotel of choice for anyone visiting Angeles City and in search of outstanding room accommodations, superior service and great location. Php1,295.00.

Princess Madison Hotel Angeles, RJK Zapata Bldg, 105 Zeppelin St. Balibago, Angeles City , Philippines. checkin: 2:00PM; checkout: 12:00NN. Princess Madison Hotel is located in Fields Avenue Angeles City, Pampanga. The hotel has 32 furnished rooms inclusive of basic hotel amenities.

The hotel is also famous for its Zap Bar that serves specialty drinks, premium wines and beer. Princess Madison's location is very accessible for tourists who enjoy the busy lights of nightlife in Angeles City. Php1600.00.

Surla Hotel, 1335-A Surla St., cor Sorluisa, Balibago, Angeles City 2009 , Philippines. checkin: 1:00pm; checkout: 12:00nn. Hotel Surla is a 10-room budget hotel that provides basic amenities to travelers who are exploring the city of Angeles.

Just a walking distance away from the famous fields avenue- the center of city's entertainment. Php850.00.

Cox Hotel Angeles, Galura St. Brgy. Malabanias, Hesonville, Angeles City , Philippines. Cox hotel offers budget accommodation near the nightlife district of Angeles. The hotel has a bar at the pool and jacuzzi. Wi-Fi internet access on all areas. Php1,000.00.

Perimeter Hotel, 464 Don Juico Avenue, Clark View, Malabanias, Pampanga , Philippines. checkin: 1:00pm; checkout: 12:00nn. A newly renovated hotel with fully air conditioned rooms.

Hotel has Jacuzzi rooms, free WI-FI access, cable tv, running hot and cold water, free hot tea or coffee, safety deposit box, safe parking 24/7, laundry service and transport service. The restaurant serves International cuisines and has two bars located at the ground floor with pool tables.

Conveniently located near the nightlife localities of Angeles City. Php1300.00.

Rumi Apartelle Hotel, Malabanias Road, Angeles City. checkin: 12:00nn; checkout: 11:00am. Rumi Apartelle Hotel caters to all types of travellers. The hotel offers budget, standard, deluxe and superior rooms. It is located at the heart of Angeles City near the malls, bars and restaurants of the city. Php1,270.00.

Hotel Inn Crown Apartelle (Hotel/Lodge), Lot 1 Makiling st. Cor. Arayat st. Clarkview Subd. Angeles City. Offers checkin and checkout at any time of day, 24 hours room service, hot and cold water, 32" lcd tv, internet access, food order, inter phone, aircondition rooms. Php. 800, 3 hours Php. 200, succeeding hour is only Php. 60.
Tune Hotel, Don Juico Avenue, Malabanias, Angeles City, Pampanga, Philippines. checkin: 2:00pm onwards; checkout: 11:00am. Conveniently located along Friendship Road where hotels, restaurants and bars are found, Tune Hotel Angeles is one of the many Tune Hotels across the Philippines and Asia.

The newly built hotel has a total of 10 floors and 165 rooms. Each room features high quality spring mattress beds with pillows, pillowcases, bed sheets and 250-thread count duvets, power showers, Internet connection, flat-screen TV, safe deposit box, and 24-hour security.

Hostel C Hotel, 127 A Avenue, Balibago, Angeles City. Hostel C Hotel offers budget accommodation in Economy, Standard and Deluxe hotel rooms. Long term accommodation is also being offered.It is located just within the perimeter way of the famous fields avenue- the center of Angeles City's entertainment. Php790.00.

Euro Tour Hotel, Lot1 Blk1, Fields Avenue, Euro Tour Bldg, Balibago, Angeles City. Euro Tour Hotel offers standard and deluxe accommodation in Angeles City, Pampanga.

The hotel is conveniently located in Fields Avenue, the nightlife district of Angeles City. Bars and restaurants are walking-distance away from the hotel. Php1,400.00.

Horizonhill Hotel, Malabanias Road corner Plaridel St., Angeles City. checkin: 2:00pm; checkout: 12:00nn. Horizonhill Hotel offers budget accommodation in Malabanias, Angeles City. All rooms are fully-airconditioned with TV and unlimited Wifi connection.

Room choices include Standard and Deluxe rooms. The hotel has a swimming pool and billiard tables. Php1,080.00.

Internet cafes have become a common sight along university roads, at the malls, hotels and different establishments. You will have no trouble finding cheap and fast internet access. Usual rate ranges between PhP15 and PhP30 an hour.

You will also find cheap gaming stations aside from internet access.

Prepaid SIM cards of local GSM operators Globe, Smart and Sun are widely available and cheap (P50-100). International calls, however, are not particularly cheap, though still much cheaper than roaming rates and usually cost around US$0.40 per minute, $0.30 for Sun.

But at the expense of network coverage quality. However, often they have promotions with lower call/SMS rates to the chosen countries - just ask the dealer about that.

Explore the Philippines and more of Angeles City. There is still life outside of Fields Avenue and Clark Ecozone.

San Fernando — The provincial capital of Pampanga, famous for it s Giant Lantern Festival on Christmas, Cuted Lenten Crucifixion - Re-enactment of Christ's crucifixion on Holy Week as well as Hilaga Philippines which showcases the cultures, character and wealth of the four northern regions of Luzon.

Mabalacat. This is where the airfield where the first Kamikaze suicide attacks were launched on 1944 is located. Today a memorial stands in the airfield visited by tourists commonly by the Japanese.

Porac. Famous for the Lahar flows which were the result of the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo.

Arayat is known for its majestic Mount Arayat which is a National Park.

Candaba is known for its Bird Watching, thousands of birds migrate here from October to April of every year. It serves as a bird sanctuary and a haven for migratory birds, such as egrets and wild ducks during winter in China. Indigenous ones like the rare salaksak and batala are to be seen as well.

Guagua takes its pride for having Pampanga's oldest church, Betis Church, which is a fascinating work of architecture.

Botolan/ Zambales it became a nice hide out for those, who want to get out of the troubled city and want to enjoy a few beach days. Botolan has much nicer, cleaner and more quit beaches than you can find in other places along the coast. Its pristine water makes it a insider tip for Experts.

La Union. At only 4h way by bus, La Union offers with volcanic sand beaches, with good opportunities to surf and swim in water waters.

Subic is a former US naval base that was converted into a beach town.

If leaving by airport, remember to carry enough cash for the departure tax P150 for domestic flights. The departure fee for international flights is P450.

The tourist and entertainment areas are generally safe as it is filled with pedestrians and police around-the-clock. If you're male, you will likely get heavily solicited by street vendors pitching cigarettes, Viagra and trike rides.

However, they are usually nothing more than minor nuisances. They aren't persistent as long as you show disinterest. It’s the same with the begging population, which is small but visible.

However, venturing into the Clark Perimeter bar areas after dark is not recommended or along Santos Street south of Wild Orchid Resort. The rule of thumb is, if it's not well-lit and populated, don't go there.

Furthermore, be extremely vigilant of street strangers pretending to know you. These scammers, often middle-aged male trike drivers, usually target solo tourists. With an extended hand, they would say something like Hi, my friend, I met you at the hotel last night or Hey, remember me?
I was your taxi driver. Their initial goal is simply to get you talking and drawing down your guard. But their ultimate goal is to transport you to an illegal gambling den, brothel, or to set you up for theft or mugging.

They may try to entice you by offering a free ride or to show you a new or secret bar.

Ignoring random street strangers is essential advice. It's best not to confront them but to walk past saying sorry, I'm late! And definitely never go anywhere with them or show your wallet.

Filipinos are known for their hospitality, but not to the point where they'd appear out of nowhere just to befriend you.

Lastly, do not engage with street prostitutes, some of whom are underaged or have criminal intent. There are countless stories of male patrons bringing a street prostitute to his hotel room only to be startled minutes later by police knocking on the door.

The girl may claim rape and the police in cohoots with the girl may demand payment to settle matters.

Philippines nightlife is reputed all around the world. Most people who come to the Philippines inevitably end up on stage at some point. The natives are great fans of performance and make use of the many karaoke joints across the country to showcase their talents and passion for dance and music.

Manila and Cebu both have a very vibrant nightlife, and with clubs and bars open around the clock you will never be short of a drinking and dancing option. Party animals will be impressed by the carnival-like atmosphere of many of these joints.

The Latino spirit of locals and overwhelming desire to have fun is quite addictive. The nightlife on the holiday islands is slightly tamer in comparison, although it exists it is much more relaxed and beach-bar focused.

Beachside sunset cocktails and drinks are favored as opposed to pulsating nightclubs, but of course a karaoke joint is never far away.

From the buzzing Boracay beach clubs to the relaxing Puerto Princesa bars, and all the types of nightlife at hand in the many other holiday destinations, you’ll surely find a venue to your taste to enjoy a drink at night in the Philippines.

The throbbing and lively bar and nightclub scene is the reason many foreign visitors come to Angeles. Balibago is the main entertainment district, and the street that runs next to the former Clark Air Base, Fields Ave., is where the action is.

There are some 100 bars along Fields Ave., and Don Juico Ave. alone. Most bars on the strip are hostess bars or old fashioned go-go bars.

In addition, there are a variety of nightlife establishments, including discos, live band clubs, resto pubs, and KTVs (video karaoke). While these venues are mostly patronized by Filipinos, visitors and their money are welcome in most any establishment.

A few of the more popular bars on Fields Ave. are: La Pasha, Cambodia, Camelot, Doll House, Fantasy, and many more. Multi-story mega bars: Club Atlantis, Golden Nile, Forbidden City, Club Asia, and Crystal Palace.

Disco clubs: Skytraxx Disco, The Mansion (Friendship Hwy.), and the Hacienda Superclub (behind Pagcor Casino). Note: For larger bars on Fields Ave. the bar fine is usually 1,500 pesos, but for small bars outside the main entertainment area, the fine is usually small, or no bar fine at all.

In solidarity with thousands of world organizations, bar girls working the fabled strip in Angeles City, Philippines are making themselves available on the street with prices clearly posted.

Available for daily or weekly rates, women working the bars are now available to passersby, who now don’t even have to walk into a bar. Those clubs use lots of electricity for music, air conditioning, and lighting, says one bar girl.

Thousands of us have banded together to lessen our global footprint. The customers’ haggling over prices has caused too much hot air in the clubs, increasing the power needed for the additional air conditioning.

To solve the problem, we’re going green by putting our prices right on the street, in plain view. If greengrocers, lemonade stands, and gas stations can openly post prices, so should we.

Asked if she would consider posting hourly rates as well, the comely lass we interviewed responded We’re not doing this to make it easier for Cheap Charlies.

If they’re looking for an hourly rate, tell them to put their banana into a parking meter instead. We’re going green, so have some respect.

By some estimates, as many as 10,000 bar girls work the Angeles City bar strip. It would appear that if the rest of the world reflected a similar eco-consciousness, the dangers associated with global warming could be, in short order, merely a dim memory.


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