Angeles City

Angeles City Over View

Angeles City Over view

Unless your a vulcanologist studying the fallout from the Mt. Pinatubo eruption, your more then likely here for the nightlife, bars and women.The city actually is rich in history and heritage, with old and historical significant buildings dotting its landscape, but these days it is best known for its vibrant and wild adult nightlife.
Angeles is a thriving city comparable to the Philippine capital and largest city, Manila.  After World War II, it had the highest concentration of American expatriates as well as the Filipino-Mestizos and some chose to permanently settle here, along with the settlements prostitution thrived, by the Mt. Pinatubo Eruption the Philippine government got a chance to tell the American military to leave the country and so it did. 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.

Before the eruption

After the 1991 eruption

The Santo Rosario Church

Getting to Angeles City

Angeles City By Plane:
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, a duty free shopping center, souvenir shops, free wireless internet, a tourist information center, hotel and travel agency representatives, and car rental services. The airport is where budget airlines like Air Asia (from Kuala Lumpur and Kota Kinabalu), Tiger Airways (from Singapore and Macau) and Cebu Pacific (from Singapore and Bangkok) fly to. Also, it receives direct flights from Hong Kong and Korea from current carriers like Asiana Airlines, Cebu Pacific, and Tiger Airways. Domestic flights are offered by Cebu Pacific and South East Asian Airlines.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 is 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. They, however, tend to charge quite steep (for Asia) fares of, normally, P300 for just several kilometers ride to Fields Ave. area. If alone, it is best to find a fellow traveler to share a taxi. When going back to the airport from the Fields Ave. area during the daytime, 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 (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. For Philippine Visa information go here
Angeles City By Ground:
Bus: 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, travelers 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. Car: 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.
Getting Around once your at Angeles City;

Jeepney Benz
Jeepney; To hop on a colorful jeepney (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.
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 motorcycles 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.
A Trikes Backside
Important Information;
Stay Safe in Angeles City;
IMHO: I have traveled, partied and been drunk out of my mind all over Asia, and I have to say that Angeles City is one of the more dangerous places I’ve been too, be smart!  Also keep in mind it is not only the locals that can hurt or screw you over here.  Be careful of extra friendly Ex-pats and westerners as well, just something to think about.The tourist and entertainment areas are generally safe as it is filled with pedestrians and police around-the-clock. Although you will likely get heavily solicited by street vendors pitching Viagra, cigarettes, pornographic DVDs and trike rides, 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 Perimeter bar areas (around the ABC Hotel) 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 at night, don’t go there.Furthermore, be extremely vigilant of street strangers pretending to know you. These scammers, often middle-aged men, 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 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 or to set you up for theft or mugging. Ignoring random street strangers is essential advice. And definitely never go anywhere with them or show your wallet.
Numbers to know in Angeles City;
Fire (110)Police; (116)Angeles City Police Station 1
Sto. Rosario St., Angeles City
Tel. No. : (63 45) 322-7742; 166
Contact Person: Col. Amado D. CalaguasAngeles City Police Station 2
Brgy. Pampanga, Angeles City
Contact Person: Col. Ernesto CanlasAngeles City Police Station 3
Clark Main Gate, Balibago, Angeles City
Tel. No. (63 45) 322-2146
Contact Person: Maj. Lorenzo Detran Jr.

Angeles City Police Station 4
Arayat Blvd., Angeles City
Tel. No. (63 45) 322-9188
Contact Person: Maj. Hilario Mallari

Hospitals;

Philippine International Hospital
654 Malabanas Rd., Plaridel I, Balibago, Angeles City
Te. No. (63 45) 323-5162 322-4829 892-5162

Veterans Assistance Center
Don Juico Ave., Perimeter Rd., Balibago, Angeles City
Tel. No. (63 45) 893-3775 3767 3773
Classification: Health care provider for American veterans

Philippine Air force Hospital
Ninoy Aquino Ave., Clark Field, Pampanga

Ospital Nang Angeles (ONA)
Brgy. Pampang, Angeles City
Tel. No. (63 45) 322-4495-1222
Contact Person: Dr. Felipe Buencamino

Angeles University Medical Center
MacArthur Hwy., Angeles City
Tel. No. (63 45) 322-8876-8880
Contact Person: Dr. Amelia Villaraza

Clinica Henson
MacArthur Hwy., Angeles City
Tel. No. (63 45) 322-6832
Contact Person: Dr. Ruben Henson

Angeles Medical Center
Rizal St., Angeles City
Tel. No. (63 45) 322-4632
Contact Person: Dr. Ma. Gisella Contreras

Sleeping in Angeles City;
There are many really nice hotels around the city, 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.  The Perimeter Road is quite busy even at night, and so is relatively safe to walk home late, compared to the other streets around.  Stay away from the trike drivers “cheap hotel” option as they more then likely are not and will include a kickback to the driver.
Angeles Beach Club Hotel (ABC Hotel)
Don Juico Avenue, Malabanias, Angeles City
63-45-892-2222.
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.
http://angelesbeachclubhotel.com/
Oasis Hotel
Clark Perimeter Road, Clarkview Compound, Malabanias,
63-45-322-3301.
Once a favorite of visiting US Air Force officers, this quiet, respectable hotel is located within a secure residential compound.  It has been said that this Hotel is not very “Lady Guest” friendly. 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 swimming pool, a business center with internet access and a gift shop. 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.
http://www.oasishotel.com.ph/
Fontana Leisure Park
C.M. Recto Highway, Clark Field
63-45-599-5000
It features a world-class wave pool that can electronically produce various types of waves and three giant aqua thrill slides. 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
(63)(45) 322-3424 or USA toll-free: (866) 978-4962
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.
http://www.clarkton.com/ (Recommended)
Hotel Stotsenberg
Gil Puyat Avenue corner A. Soriano Street, Clark Field
(63)(45) 499-0777
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.
http://www.hotelstotsenberg-clark.com/
Marlim Mansions Hotel
MacArthur Highway, Balibago
(63)(45) 322-2002 or (63)(45)322-2393
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.
Pacific Breeze Hotel and Resort
1888 Vian Street, Balibago
(63)(45)625-6494, (63)(45) 625-6495 and (63)(45) 892-5293.
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.
http://www.pacificbreezehotel.com/ (Recommended)
Staff of the Pacific Breeze Hotel
Hotel Royal Amsterdam
648 Fields Avenue, Balibago
(63)(45) 892-3392
It is one of the newest hotels in town. Built from the ground up, room rates range from $20 to $150.

http://www.hotelroyalamsterdam.com/
Mo’s Place
Fields Avenue corner A. Santos Street, Balibago
(63) (45) 892-0509
A 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
Orchid Resort
109 Raymond Street, Balibago
(63)(45) 322-0370
This resort has 84 rooms in the heart of the Balibago entertainment area. 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.
http://www.orchidinnresort.com/
Phoenix Hotel
1810 Malabanias corner Perimeter Road, Malabanias
(63)(45) 888-2195 or (63)(45) 888-2196
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.
http://www.phoenixhotel.com.ph/

Eating 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.
Sisig x2
Other not-to-be-missed local mouth-watering cuisines are;

kare-kare Philippine stew made from peanut sauce with a variety of vegetables, stewed oxtail, beef and occasionally offal or tripe
Camaru fried cricket adobo


Batute, frog stuffed with ground and seasoned pork, then deep
fried to a crisp


Burong isda fermented rice with fish or small shrimps

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. Fine restaurants and eateries that serve international menus are C  Italian, Maranao Grill-Oasis Hotel, Salvatore’s, Zapata’s, Rodizio-Holiday Inn, Cottage Kitchen, Red Crab Seafood & Steaks, Shanghai Palace, Tequila Reef, House of Bamboo, Subdelicious, Rumpa, VFW, Chic ‘N Ribs, A la Crème, Rib Eye Steak House, Fortune Seafood, Perfect Loaf, Four Season’s Grill, Angeles Fried Chicken, Bretto’s, Mar’s, Toll House, Hana-mi, Didi’s, Peking House, Mister Frosty, China Jade Seafood and Dimsum House and a host of other American, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Mexican and Korean restaurants.


Stuff to do during the day;
Angeles City Casinos!
I’ve been known to lay down a bet every once in awhile, Las Vegas is one of my favorite vacation spots, and it isn’t for the showgirls. So when ever I run across a place that has well run and regulated Casinos I’m a pretty happy camper.

Casino Filipino-Angeles

Angeles City is slowly being renowned as a city with high concentration of casinos, such as

  • Casino Filipino-Angeles (Pagcor)
  • Casino Filipino-Mimosa(Pagcor)
  • Fontana Casino
  • Casablanca Casino

Pagcor is a government-owned and controlled corporation mandated to regulate casino gaming. Casino Filipino-Angeles and Casino Filipino Mimosa are solely government own. Although there are privet casinos like Fontana and Casablanca, Pagcor still owns a share and is responsible for enforcing gaming regulations.


Mount Pinatubo Trekking is highly recommended for
trekking or hiking enthusiasts who like to have the most
memorable trip to this once deadly volcano. One would
have the experience to board a 4×4 which will head to
lahars country passing some rough terrain, gray, barren
mountains interspersed with green, lush mountains. Upon
reaching the summit, you would definitely enjoy the
spectacular clear blue, pristine waters surrounded by
mountains. This might be a problem if one is traveling
alone, as it might be hard to find company for this trip
as most of the tourists in Angeles are there for totally
other reasons. This is for short 9 hours or one-day
trip. Hiking part is being anything between 3 and 6
hours depending on the fitness of the group. There are
also overnight trips available.

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 theAngeles City Flying Club .
Golf,
world-class golf courses are available such as;

  • Holiday Inn Golf  63-2-8451888
  • Resort Fontana Resort 63-45-599-5000
  • Angeles Sports Country Club 63-45-892-6358
  • Mimosa Golf Course 63-45-499-0695
Angeles City During the Night;
Did we mention that there were casinos?  I know we all go to Angeles for the bars so lets get started.  The infamous nightlife scene in Angeles originally started up to service nearby Clark Air Force Base. The US military left in 1991 after nearby Mt. Pinatubo erupted, but a crackdown on prostitution in Manila promptly restored the industry’s fortunes, and today Angeles has the biggest nightlife scene in the Philippines. Balibago district is home to many 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.

  • Alaska Club This is a nice mellow bar where you can sit on the patio and look at the nice ladies walking by. Inside is large and clean with a full staff on bar girls wanting your attention and dollars, some very nice.  definitely worth a look.
  • Anglewitch Bar If your in a serious dancing and party mood this would be one of the places to go.  It is a high energy club with professional DJ’s playing some of the best tracks around.  They have more then their fare share of great looking women dancing and looking for a hook up.  The place can get crowded so be prepared for some elbow room issues but other then that a great place to party the night away.
  • Blue Nile This club seemed to be trying to be more upscale, the place reminded me of an attempt to be a hostess bar like those in Hong Kong or Korea.  It has a large stage where ladies dance and they even do choreographed sets.  They have large sofa style setting and even slot machines to entertain you.  I didn’t care for the over all atmosphere and the blaring music was way too load, I even had problems giving my drink order to the waitress (literally screaming at the top of my lungs was the only way she could hear me).  Actually I would have liked this place if they would just pull back on the hard sell felling and turn down the fucking techno pop so I can at least talk to my mates.  They also have an upstairs “Executive lounge”, but we never made it up there.
  • Bunny Ranch
    A long narrow bar with the stage going the entire length of the bar can make for some space issues when crowded, but that is about the only negative thing about this bar.  This is a very well know and popular bar and for good reason, the ladies on stage are great and the waitresses are even better.  Exactly what I look for in a Angeles bar, beautiful women, fair drink prices and an atmosphere that fosters a good, wild time with mates. (Recommended)

    The Bunny Ranch Dancers
  • Club Camelot If you were a tourist looking for the quintessential Angeles City bar, this would be it.  Camelot is a themed bar with sofa and table style seating a large stage and what might be some of the best looking bar girls in Angeles City. Negative is that the ladies can get a bit aggressive here, but hey…….. other then that a good bar and worth a look.

    Dancers havening a good time at Club Camelot
  • Champagne Small bar, long and narrow.  This bar is more about the hook with a working girl then anything else.  They almost have too many ladies working and it seemed the they did a shift change every 30 mins or so.  One group of 30 would be working then a new group would pour in.  If your just looking to get with a working girl this bar would be good cause there is a huge number of em here.  If you want to party and have a good time other bars fit that bill better.
  • DollHouse This is a 24/7 club, yup this club is open 24 hours a day!  This bar is very popular and get crowded especially when the other bars have closed for the night. If downstairs gets too packed you can go up to the second floor and watch the dancers below, they also have a few pool tables on the second floor.  They also have choreographed dance routines, the ones I saw were pretty bad but you have to give them a “A” for effort.
  • Foxy Bar and Grill This is one of my favorite clubs in Angeles.  Its pretty large and well A/C’d, they don’t have a stage like other bars but a dance floor in the middle of the club with tables around it. They also have a raised section around the outside with sofa and table seating.  The music was good but not blaring, the staff is very friendly and the best looking dancers (IMHO) in Angeles.  The club has good energy and fun to party in but
    still mellow enough to just chill at the same time.  Highly recommend this club. (Recommended)
  • Roadhouse This is a well know bar almost an icon of the Angeles City bar scene. I’ve heard some negative things about this bar but once there, I found a really nice clean bar with very friendly staff and gorgeous women.  Not at all what I expected.  There was a choreographed dance number done to the song Thunderstruck which was pretty damn hot.  All in all a good bar.(Recommended)
  • Skytraxx, Not a Go-Go Bar, more of an after hours techno club.  A lot of the working girls will try and bring their clients here for some drinking and dancing.  Although westerns are welcomed the clients are mostly local males who can get aggressive.  Add to that the club can get extremely crowded and hot.  I would have to give this club a pass.

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