Angeles City was formerly a barrio of San Fernando. Known then as "Kuliat", the settlers led by Don Angel Pantaleon de Miranda filed a petition on February 11, 1892 for the seggregation of Kuliat from San Fernando. But it was not until December 8, 1829 that "Kuliat" was officially recognized as an independent town inspite of the fact that it only has a population of 661 people. The town was renamed Angeles in honor of its patron and founder and titulars saints "Los Santos Angeles Custodios" (The Holy Guardian Angels). By virtue of Republic Act No. 3700, Angeles was finally inaugurated as chartered city on January 1, 1964.
Today, Angeles City known as the "entertainment city" of Central Luzon and the former home of the biggest American Base lies in a threshold of change after being severely affected by the Base pull out brought about the great eruption of Mt. Pinatubo 1991. It is now rising from the ashes by putting itself back to the economic status that it once occupied and dream surpassing feats never before any city or province has ever accomplished.
Angeles City lies on the western part and 16 kilometer away from the provincial capital of Pampanga. Bounded on the north and northeast by the towns of Mabalacat and Magalang respectively. Way down south is San Fernando and on the west are Porac and Floridablanca.
It has a total land area of 6,432.82 hectares divided among its 32 barangays.
Angeles just like any other town in Central Luzon has two pronounced season. Dry from November to April and wet the rest of the year. In summer, the climate is very hot due to the humid temperature of Mt. Pinatubo while during the rainy season, residents and guests are advised to take precautionary measures due to lahar flows and flood which occasionally visit some lower portion of the city.
LANGUAGE / DIALECT:
Residents of Angeles predominantly speak Kapampangan language. Migrants from other places like the Visayans usually converse in the Tagalog language. English is likewise widely spoken.
Angeles City is approximately 80 kilometers north of Manila and can be reached within one hour. In terms of land transportation, almost all the buses plying the northern Luzon passing the McArthur Highway pass through Angeles City such as Victory Liner and Dangwa though these buses stop over at Dau, Mabalacat, Pampanga which is the first barrio after Balibago, Angeles City where the former Clark Air Base is located.
PHILIPPINE RABBIT BUS LINE, INC.
Henson St., Angeles City
Contact Person: Mr. Gregorio Velasco
Route: Angeles City - Avenida
Ordinary Bus: 4:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. depart every 15 minutes
Airconditioned Buses: 5"30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. every 30 minutes
With the presence of Clark Air Base, long range plan include the conversion of the former U.S. Air Force Base covering 1,620 hectares into a world class international airport. A more detailed feature will be discussed in a special report for Clark Air Base.
BALE MATUA - Located at the heart of Sto. Rosario - the center of Angeles City, this residence of the founder of the city Pantaleon de Miranda and dona Rosalia de Jesus was constructed in 1824. It is made of high stone wall and an ornate gate. This house nostalgically symbolizes the glorious past of Angeles City amidst the overwhelming onslaught of modernization.
POST OFFICE BUILDING - Located at Sto. Rosario, this concrete building was utilized by the U.S. Army as a jail for recalcitrant U.S. troops in 1899-1901. It was also used as the headquarters of the 11th Film Exchange U.S. Army in 1946-1947. This building was constructed in 1899 for the purpose of depositing religious statues and carriage of the church hence the name "Deposito". From 1967 - 1986, the city Post Office was located in this building. It now houses the Angeles Rehabilitation Center for polio victims and stroke patients.
PAMINTUAN RESIDENCE - This building served as the Central Headquarters for Major General Douglas McArthur in May 1899. It served as the seat of the First Philippine Revolutionary government under General Emilio Aguinaldo, president and commander in-chief. It now houses the Central Bank of the Philippines in Angeles City which is across the Sto. Rosario church along Sto. Entierro Street.
RELIGIOUS / CULTURAL
HOLY ROSARY CATHEDRAL - This edifice was used as a military hospital by the U.S, Army in August 1899 to December 1900. It was constructed through the "Polos y Servicios" labor system - a kind of forced labor imposed on Filipino peasant by Spanish forces.
HOLY FAMILY BUILDING - U.S. Army used this building from 1899 to 1902 as a military hospital and later as troop barracks officers quarters and arsenal by the Japanese Imperial Military forces in the early part of 1942.
CASINO FILIPINO - Located at the Century Resort Hotel Complex in Balibago, Angeles City. This casino is operated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.
ANGELES TWIN FIESTA - The traditional display of hospitality is best exemplified during the twin fiesta celebration - the La Naval which is held every 2nd Sunday of October and the "Fiestang Apu" held on the last Friday of the same month.
Today, this town fiesta is billed as Fiestang Kuliat, wherein concern citizens of Angeles bind their acts together in order to rehabilitate and promote Angeles City as clean destination despite the devastation caused by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. Several activities are line-up for the month long fiesta celebration among which are, trade exhibit and food festival. The celebration is culminated by a mardi-grad like affair, where fun, songs, dances and revelry is brought out on the streets of Balibago.
SPECIAL INTEREST / SPORTS ACTIVITIES:
Ballooning - Omni Aviation
Clark Special Economic Zone
Clark Field, Pampanga
Tel. No. 045-599-2121
Using propane gas, huge Hot-air balloons made of nylon and polyester cloth and attached to a huge wicker basket by cables are made to fly as high as 1,000 feet above the ground.
DRAG RACING & GO-KART RACING - Clark Special Economic Zone
C/o Clark Development Corporation
Clark Field, Pampanga
Tel. Nos. 6788/6789
CLARK FIELD SPECIAL ECONOMIC & FREEPORT ZONE
For decades it was known simply as the Clark US Air Force Base, home to American pilots serving in the Pacific.
Today, with the pilots long gone, the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ) is setting out to become the hub for business, industry, aviation, and tourism in the Philippines as well as the entertainment and gaming centre of Asia.
Almost the size of Singapore, the CSEZ occupies more than 28,000 hectares. It is strategically located within the central Luzon provinces of Pampanga and Tarlac, a pleasant one-and-a-half hours drive from Metro Manila along the scenic, tree-lined Northern Luzon Expressway.
Few had expected to hear of Clark again due to damage caused by Mt. Pinatubo eruption, and economic loses resulting from the American base pullout in 1991. But an ambitious and comprehensive development plan spearheaded by the Clark Development Corporation is giving the region a new lease of life - one that is set to eclipse its military past.
A pioneering project fast taking shape in Clark is the 188-hectare Mimosa Leisure Estate, developed by Mondragon Leisure and Resorts Corporation, a subsidiary of Mondragon International Philippines, Inc. Former Philippine Tourism Secretary Jose Antonio Gonzalez, who heads the Mondragon group, envisions developing the estate as a world class leisure and recreation destination, set amidst centureis-old Mimosa rain trees - from which it dereives its name. The Estate has since opened the 86-hectare Mimosa Gold and Country Club with a 27-hole championship golf course, international standard accomodation at the Holiday Inn, restaurants and access to more than 11 duty free stores.
Other entertainment facilities including a water theme park, and casinos are in the pipeline. The first casino, Mimosa Regency is now open near the Holiday Inn, bringing opulent Las Vegas-style gaming traditions to Asia.
Gonzalez foresees opening one casino every year to a total of five gaming facilities. Even in its early development stage, the Mimosa Leisure Estate has the facilities to satisfy the most discerning business traveller and convention delegate. And its variety of indoor and outdoor activities will keep leisure travellers happy, according to Michael Weiss, general manager of Holiday Inn Resort Clark Field.
A key component in Clarks rebirth is the ongoing conversion from military airport into a civilian facility. "With the airport being here and with the private sector having the vision to make it happen, I believe we have the ingredients to turn Calrk into a top business and leisure destination," said Weiss.
Under Republic Act No. 7227 issued on March 3, 1992, the President declared the policy of accelerating the conversion of Clark field and its extension to promote economic and social development.
The national government is likewise committed to alleviate poverty and people empowerment under Executive Order No. 62 issued on February 1993, Section 2, 1.2 of this order states that Clark Air Base is to be developed as a Special Economic Zone with incentives and privileges granted the Subic Special Economic and Free Port Zone and EPZA. The CSEZ is envisioned as a new industrial town site and a major civil aviation complex for internantional passenger and cargo. On the other hand, proclamation 163 signed in 13 April 1993 designates Clark Field and its contigious extension to be Clark Special Economic Zone and transferring these lands to the Base Conversion and Development Authority.
To operate and manage the Clark Special Economic Zone and define the investment climate, the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) was created and authorized under Executive Order No. 80.
The strategic location of Clark Field augurs well with its primary objective of establishing the springboard for the industrialization of the Luzon Region. This in turn is an integral part of the national vision of creating a dynamic and progressive Philippines by the year 2000 and the nation that is competitive with the tiger economies of Asia.
Clark Field is only 80 kilometers north of Manila, the industrial center of the Philippines and only 70 kilometers northeast of Subic, a former American Naval facility also on board the threshold of economic transformation.
HOW TO GET TO CLARK FIELD
Getting to the Clark Special Economic Zone is easy. By car, take the North Luzon Expressway from Manila and exit at Dau, Mabalacat. Make a left turn towards Angeles City then a right to Clark. The trip should take about an hour and a half from Manila.
WHERE TO DINE
Once inside Clark, the are a number of dining places to go to for a break; Oriental Café, Manyaman, McDonalds, the Hollywood Steakhouse, Four Seasons Restaurant, Chowking, Pizzacato and the Ice Cream Churn.
PLACES OF INTEREST
SALAKOT - One of the most popular landmarks in the Zone, this giant native hat was built in January 1979 commemorating the historic signing of the 1979 RP-US Military Bases Agreement which cofered complete sovereignty over all US military bases upon the government.
BASE CEMETERY - The burial place of close to 8,000 US military and civilian personnel who died during the Spanish-American.
PARADE GROUND - Marking the grounds are the original outposts of Fort Stotsenburg. The area was a venue for many inportant celebrations by the Americans.
BARN HOUSES - These were the first official residences of the base commanders in the early 1900. One of them became the residence of the Commander of the Japanese Imperial Army.
LILY HILL - A strategic observation post for monitoring Japanse movement in World War II. Remains of Japanese aircraft and other similar aircraft were found here at the end of the war.
KEY DEVELOPMENT AREAS - Clark Fields initial phase of development will comprise a core area of 4,440 hectares.
Civil Aviation Area - 1,620 hectares
Industrial Area - 1,020 hectares