|Ultralights: The Angeles City Flying Club is the oldest flying club in town. They have been operating a fleet of ultra light aircraft out of Mabiga (about 10 minutes north of Angeles City) for over 15 years. For more information, click on the photo for a direct link to their website. They offer rides over the lahar fields for as low as P1650, or full flight lessons.|
|Golfing: There are currently nine golf courses within driving distance of Margarita Station. The Swagman Hotel runs trips to different golf courses almost every day. The Wild Orchid can also arrange golf outings. For more information, see our golfing page or contact the Balibago Social Golf Club.|
|Billiards/Darts: Pool tables can be found in most bars and hotels in town. There are very active 8-ball pool leagues and dart leagues in town and many establishments are looking for players. For pool teams, check with the management at your favorite hangout. Dart players should go see Jimmy D in the La Casa near the VFW.|
|VISIT THE MALLS: Shoe Mart (SM) mall is walking distance from Margarita Station or Fields Avenue. It has a variety of good stores, numerous restaurant and fast food outlets and a cinema. It also has full generator back up, so this is the place to be during brownouts if you are not floating in one of the hotel swimming pools. There are three other major shopping malls in Angeles that can be reached using local transportation or by renting a car for the afternoon.|
|SOAK IN THE HOT SPRINGS: The ABC Hotel front desk can set up a trip out to the hot springs by 4-wheel drive vehicles. A great way to spend the afternoon. Take plenty of iced down San Miguel beer.|
|Pinatubo Hike: The more athletically inclined, hikers can explore the slopes of Mount Arayat year round and during good weather, guides will take you up the slopes of Mount Pinatubo. You can now take 4-wheel drive vehicles most of the way, leaving a 1-2 hour hike into the lake. Contact Amega Travel for current information on these hikes (The Margarita Station cashier can assist you in contacting Amega).|
|The HASH: There is a very active HASH House Harrier group with weekly runs every Sunday. They leave from the The Anchorage Inn at 2:00 PM (for walkers/first timers) and 3:00 PM (for runners) The HASH’rs also have special runs on full moons and other special occasions. You don’t have to be a super star to have fun with this group. In fact most of the people each week just walk. If you can walk 3-4 miles (with some hills) you will get to see more of the Philippines in several hours than most tourists see on their whole vacation. Cost is P300 for guys and P100 for girls. This includes your drinks on the run and at the end. Don’t wear good shoes because trails often go through small streams.|
|Daytrip to Corrigidor: This one takes a small group to make it affordable. You can leave Angeles about 8 AM, see historic Corregidor Island, and be back in Angeles for cocktails. Van, boat rental, and park fees about $130 for up to 5 or 6 people. For more info, CLICK HERE|
|Lawn Bowling: This is a great afternoon sport that doesn’t require a lot of energy. Angeles Sports and Country Club is located only about 5-10 minutes from checkpoint / Margarita Station. They also have includes a nine-hole golf course, driving range, the finest lawn bowl greens in the country. Swimming pools, members bar, restaurant, sauna, massage rooms and a children’s play area.|
Daytrips to the Beach: Subic is now only about 1 hour away on the SCTEX (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway). Leave early in the morning, enjoy lunch on the beach and return in time for cocktails. Additionally, there are numerous activities here from Sea World to jet skiing. Or, do an overnight trip and explore the bars of Barrio Baretto and Subic City.
|Gambling: We have two casinos in Angeles. One is on McArthur Highway in Angeles and the other is on Clark. Additionally, there are a number of “Texas Hold Em” Poker rooms, the most notable of these is at the Wild Orchid Hotel. And, if you are into Off Track Betting, check with the Swagman for daily races and the big ones on the weekend.|
| Water Parks: There are two water parks that your companion will really enjoy. The biggest one is Fontana Resort on Clark and there is a much smaller one in Dau.The Fontana Water Park a world-class wave pool that can electronically produce various types of waves and Three water slides. Additionally there is a “lazy river” a “water factory” and a Pirate ship.” Additionally there is a Olympic size swimming pool, and a hot spring lagoon pool. It is open daily from 8 am to 6 pm. Entrance is P 300 on weekdays and P400 Friday thru Sunday. Night swimming is available Fri thru Sunday from 7-10 pm for only P 200 per person. Life vests, towels, and Nipa huts are available for rent.
The Dau Greenville Resort features multiple waterslides, a children’s swimming pools (also equipped with waterslides), and a Olympic-sized pool. Entrance fee is P 70 pesos for day swimming, and 90 pesos for night swimming (same price for adults & children). There are day cottages for rent and air-conditioned lodges for overnight stays. Dau Greenville Resort is off McArthur highway in Mabalacat, Pampanga.
GO SWIMMING: Day or night, there is no better way to beat the tropical heat than jumping in a swimming pool. The Wild Orchid has two large pools (seen in the photos here). The other popular pools are Pacific Breeze, Lewis Grand, and the ABC Hotel. many of these hotels will allow non-guests to swim with the payment of a minimum amount that can be used for food & beverages of your choice.
|Rent a Motorcycle: For getting around town numerous businesses now offer motor scooters for rent at a reasonable rate. Dirt bikes are also available for rent to individuals that want to explore the river beds and lahar fields without all the physical exertion of a climb|
|Gyms: There are several gyms in the area. There is one on 7th street, several on upper Perimeter Road, and one on Friendship Highway in Koreatown. There is also a gym in the ABC Hotel, the Lewis Grand Hotel, and the Clarkton Hotel. The Holiday Inn on Clark has a large well equipped gym and they sell monthly memberships.|
|Apu Market Apu Market, is a local market that is only open on Fridays. The market begins very early and most tables stay open until midnight Friday night. This is like a Filipino Fle Market with cheap clothing, local handicraft and lots more.|
Santo Rosario Church Located in the heart of downtown Angeles this church with its double bell towers and its ancient, symmetrical Romanesque façade, rises in sharp contrast to the modern buildings and mall that surround the peripherals of the historic district. It 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. Later, the Spanish Army executed natives suspected of rebellion at the church backyard. When the Americans came it was used as a military hospital by the U.S. Army from August 1899 to December 1900.
Mt. Arayat National Park Located about 18 kilometers from Fields Avenue, it’s a great place for a picnic on a sunny day. You can hike to the waterfalls or swim in any of the park’s three full-sized swimming pools. The natural spring waters are said to be very good for the skin. You can also hike up to the top of this long dormant volcano, but there are no trails to the top. The undergrowth is not to think, but it is a strenuous 3-4 hour climb.
|Tennis: There are lots of tennis courts around Angeles City including some excellent clay courts for you pros. You can hire a Filipino player along with the courts and the guy will be as good or as bad as you want him to be. And the Angeles Sports Club has the only grass courts in the Philippines.|
|Clark Museum: If you are a military buff, the museum at Clark is worth a 1-2 hour visit. It has many artifacts and photos of the US occupation in the Philippines. It also spotlights the US Military presence after the Philippine Independence. Also referred to as the Kapampangan Museum, it displays Pampanga’s tragic experience with the eruption of Mount Pinatubo and its rise as one of the country’s main economic zones. Entrance fee is P30 per person. For guided tours of Clark Museum and other sites nearby, click here.|
DO SOMETHING HUMANITARIAN: Buy some
fruit or ice cream and take it to the residents of Bahay Pag-Ibig (home for the Aged). Contact Aida at Margarita Station and our cooks will prepare whatever you buy and we will provide you free transportation to Bahay Pag-Ibig so you can see the smiles a small gift brings. This will take about 1.5 hours from departure until return to Margarita Station (Depart 1:30 pm and return about 3 pm). Must be coordinated 1 day in advance. See page for more details.
|Paradise Ranch Rent a car & driver, pack a picnic lunch and visit the Paradise Ranch and the Zoocobia Zoo. This is a 100-acre nature and conservation park nestled in the hills of Clark Sacobia Valley overlooking the Clark Freeport Zone, Mt. Arayat and Mt. Pinatubo. A perfect destination for family and field trips, company outings and retreats, team buildings, parties and other occasions. The Zoocobia Fun Zoo is located inside Paradise Ranch. It a 1000 square meter butterfly garden, a garden maze, and an aviary. Learn about breeding of endangered species, growing organic vegetable and see the floral orchard. Paradise Ranch is the home of DENR Region 3 Wildlife Sanctuary for all the rescued and captured endangered animals. In addition, they have a man made lake for rafting and fish feeding and a swimming pool and natural (looking) water falls and lagoons. They also have a spa and salon where you can relax and release stress with our unique massage. For those who are seeking solitude to meditate, they have an isolated prayer hill. The website says it “is open to the public without any membership fee”, then it lists a P50 “conservation fee.|
|El Kabayo Riding Stables Go on Clark and ride a horse around the wooded trails and lush open meadows of Clark’s picnic grounds where hundreds of American stallions used to graze around. And it is possible to book an afternoon guided horse trail ride to the valleys and hills for an unforgettable experience or bonfire party (permit required). They also feature calesa rides, group or family camp-out, evening cook-out, horseback riding lessons. Prices start at P150 for a 20 minute ride around the arena to P700 for an all-day ride. A 45 minute trail ride is only P300. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.|
|Horseshoes: And if you find any lose horseshoes at the stables, there is a small group of avid horseshoe players around Angeles. If this is your thing, check with the management at Jimmy D’s La Casa. I’m sure Jimmy will get you a game or two if you bet a few beers on the outcome.|
|Massage: There are numerous places to get a good massage. Amazingly, the prices are a little higher than Thailand. Some of the bigger hotels have a in-house massage service. many people recommend the massage parlor in the Hana Hotel in Koreatown.|
BATAAN DEATH MARCH MEMORIAL There are two monuments to the Bataan Death march. The old one pictured on the right is on the highway between Angeles and Tarlac. It has been neglected and is in very poor condition. The BATTLING BASTARDS OF BATAAN have build a newer memorial near Camp O’Donnell. This memorial is on the site of the POW camp at the end of the march. Relatives of the survivors still make an annual pilgrimage to this site. A trip to this memorial with a stop at the Kamikaze airfield memorial will take about half a day. MORE
Kamikaze West Airfield The airfield was located on the right side of McArthur highway as you exit Mabalacat heading north. Look for the monument before the bridge over the Scobia river. There is little to see now days except the monument on the left. The actual airfiled is now a sugar cane field. See this in conjunction with other day trips such as the Bataan Death March memorial in Capas. This Kamikaze airfield was constructed by the Japanese in March 1944. By October 1944, it was operating as the West Kamikaze Airfield. It was here where the first Kamikaze pilots took-off on 21 October 1944 to attack US Naval forces east of the Philippines. This airfield was used by the kamikaze up to 10 January 1945 when they transferred to Taiwan. On 28 January 1945, American liberation forces captured this airfield as well as the whole of Clark Field.
|Drag Races: Several local and Manila Hot Rod Clubs have drag races at the Cope Thunder Drag Strip on Clark Air base at least every other weekend.|
|Cricket: Yes, there is cricket at least twice a week at Angeles Sports and Country Club. And there are occasional international tournaments on Clark Special Economic Zone.|
Other Attraction to include nationwide listed below:
List of Attractions
PAMPANGA AND CLARK
Nayong Pilipino sa Clark (outdoor living museum of Phil history)
Clark Freeport Zone, Clark, Pampanga
Welcome to Nayong Pilipino sa Clark. Take a glimpse of the Filipino culture. The Philippines is a country of varied and colorful cultures. Each of the 17 regions is unique with its own food, language, customs and traditions.
Camalig (ancient rice mill converted into restaurant)
#292 Sto. Rosario St., Angeles City, Pampanga
A restored grain storehouse, the Camalig (“shed” in the Kapampangan vernacular) was built in 1840 by Don Ciriaco de Miranda, Angeles’ first gobernadorcillo (mayor), as a farm shed of light materials (and later upgraded in the early 1900s to its present form by the town’s first post-colonial mayor, Capitan Juan Nepomuceno).
Clark Barn Houses (century old houses of American soldiers)
These barn houses were built from 1910 to 1913 at a cost of $1, 309.90 each and used then as officers quarters.Following a tropical style of architecture, these barns were built of Oregon pine shipped from the United States.
Located in Clark, this is the hallowed ground where the remains of close to 8,000 US military and civilian personnel who died during the Spanish- American War and Philippine-American War are interred.
Kamikaze East Airfield (Japanese human bombs)
In World War II, Mabalacat was known as the birthplace of the kamikaze, the dreaded Japanese suicide missions which claimed the lives of more than 1,200 Japanese pilots and an untold number of Allied soldiers.
Salakot Arch (landmark)
Angeles City, Pampanga
Located in front of the Clark main gate, and fashioned after a farmer’s hat, this cavernous welcome landmark was built in 1979 to commemorate the historic signing of the RP-US Military Bases Agreement, which conferred complete sovereignty over all US military bases on the Philippine government.
Abe’s Farm (Events Village Country Cuisine and Spa)
Magalang, Pampanga (at the foothills of Mt. Arayat)
Enjoy the culinary delights of Abe Restaurant right where it comes from – the gourmet province of Pampanga, in the town of Magalang where the famed writer and artist Abe Aguilar Cruz first saw the light of day and majestic beauty of Mt. Arayat.
Diosdado Macapagal Intl Airport
DMIA, a sprawling 2,500 hectare area, has two 3.2 km long runways which are capable of accommodating wide bodied aircraft like the Boeing 747s, Airbus 300 series and military cargo planes, including the C-5 galaxy, a wide ramp area, apron and taxiway facilities as required for world-class standards.
Everybody’s Cafe (authentic Capampangan cuisine)
Poblacion, City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Everybody’s Cafe is where Kapampangan food is available everyday in their turo-turo style display. Try out the pako salad, calderetang baka, morcon, chicharon bulaklak, tortang bangus, inihaw na hito or bulalo soup.
Sisig sa Pampanga
Angeles City, Pampanga
Contributed by: Robby Tantingco (Holy Angel University Center for kapampangan Studies)
THE SISIG STORY: The first time that sisig was ever recorded in history was in 1732, in a Kapampangan dictionary compiled by an Augustinian friar, Diego Bergaño. (The Spanish missionary served as parish priest of Mexico, Pampanga in 1725-1731, where he most likely encountered the dish.)
Hilaga Cultural Village (Christmas Village)
City of San Fernando, Pampanga
Located at the mouth of the San Fernando Toll Exit along the North Luzon Expressway, North Philippines Hilaga (formerly Paskuhan Village) was transformed into a cultural, historical, tourism, trade, and entertainment village by former Secretary Richard J. Gordon in 2003.
Clark Museum and Museong Kapampangan (history of Clark and Pampanga)
The museum showcases the rich historical past of Clark, as a former US military base and its dramatic metamorphosis into a special economic zone and eventually, as a world-class aerotropolis.
Puning Hot Spring and Restaurant
Sitio Puning, Porac, Pampanga (via Sapangbato, Angeles City)
Geothermal exploration following the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo eruption indicated that the volcano hosted a hydrothermal system which today manifests varying degrees of temperature (some even reach close to boiling point!).
El Kabayo Riding Stables & Cowboy Western Town
Location Clark Freeport Zone
Address Gil Puyat Ave., cor. Panday Pira Ave., Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Description Horseback Riding (tour of western town and other areas), Adventure and Scenic Trail Rides, Carriage Tours, Riding Lessons, Wholesale Riding, Horse Board and Lodging, Photo Opportunities, The HorseShoe Bar & Saloon, General Store
Paradise Ranch (Leisure Park and Wildlife Sanctuary)
Location Sitio Monicayo, Brgy. Calumpang, Sacobia Valley, Clark, Pampanga
Description Perfect for field trips, get-away vacation, camping, retreats, rock climbing, trekking, rest and recreation, outdoor adventure and other occasions. Amenities include: Zoocobia Fun Park, Vista Montana Pool, Country Western Clark, villas, lake house, cafe/restaurant, man-made lake, aviary, playfield, butterfly garden, botanical garden, fishing lagoon, picnic huts, cottages, prayer hill, and more.
Marcos Village (Aeta Village)
An authentic Ayta village complete with their tribal rituals and customs.
Sto. Tomas Pottery Industry
Sto. Tomas, Pampanga
For many generations, Kapampangans are known to have fashioned pots and bowls of baked clay for their daily use. Here in Sto. Tomas, where clay remains abundantly available, this age-old art continues to thrive and find expression as one of the town’s primary source of commerce. Home to many traditional potters, Sto Tomas is the place to go for its decorative clay jars, classic earthenware, and assorted potteries.
FONTANA LEISURE ESTATE (WITH GOLF COURSE)
HOLIDAY INN CLARK (VILLAS)
MIMOSA GOLF COURSE
NEW WELLBEING SPA
CASINOS (FONTANA, HOTEL VIDA, OXFORD HOTEL, ANGELES CASINO)
CLARK EAGLE SHOOTING RANGE
Subic Bay Seaport
Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales
The Subic Port is located Southwest of Luzon Island, Philippines. It is 110 kilometers North of Manila, facing the South China Sea and surrounded by Olongapo City and the towns of Subic and Morong.
Olongapo City Museum
Olongapo City Convention Center , Old Hospital Rd., East Tapinac Olongapo City
The museum showcases the rich historical and cultural heritage of Olongapo City, chronicling its various stages of transformation over the years, from the city’s humble beginnings as a small fishing village inhabited by native Aetas, to a Navy town, to a successful military base conversion and economic independence after the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991, and its subsequent growth and development from an ordinary municipality into a vibrant city and a progressive community.
Subic Bay Freeport, Zambales
The former R & R center for most of the American Navy personnel stationed in Subic, now an island paradise of international standards under management by Grande Island Resort. Enjoy the fine beaches of the island amidst aquatic resources. Take a trek along the wilderness trail system.
Masinloc Oyon Bay
The combination of the sunset and cool breeze from the sea provides an excellent environment for nature lovers of all ages. You never get tired going there early in the morning to inhale the fresh sea breeze and in the afternoon to view the envigorating sight of the sunset. The Taclobo (Clam) Farm & Coral Reef Transplantation Project contributes to the improvement of the condition of Philippine coral reefs thru coral transplantation and resseding of giant clams.
Subic Bay Freeport Zone
Subic Bay, Zambales
Subic Bay has the country’s only remaining three-layered virgin canopy rainforest teeming with wildlife and foliage. The bay offers ocean-going vessels a natural, deep-water port facilities and sheltered harbor.
Special Interest :
1. Treetop Adventure
2. Jungle Survival training
3. Ocean Adventure
4. Meandering / Flying Bats
Capas National Shrine
The shrine was the first prison camp for the men who survived the “Death March” in the hands of the Japanese during the last world war in 1942. The Camp O’ Donnell Memorial Monument was built by the organization known as “The Battling Bastards of Bataan” to honor those American men who died at Camp O’Donnell, while prisoners of the Japanese.
Tarlac City, Tarlac
The Cojuangco-owned hacienda in Tarlac City houses the famous Tarlac Industrial Park where a growing lists of international export producing companies are located. It boasts of an 18-hole championship golf course, shopping malls, world-class restaurants, hotels, a Beverly Hill – type of residential estate and a vast sugar plantation. Also located in the complex is the Aquino Center and Museum.
Mt. Pinatubo Trek and Wellness Spa
Location Capas, Tarlac
Address Brgy. Sta. Juliana, Capas
DESCRIPTION A fascinating oasis amidst a picturesque pastoral environment framed by rolling hills and mountain ranges, this new product in health tourism offers a first-of-a-kind model in fitness therapy and wellbeing: from a relaxing body wrap on sulfur-laden hot volcanic sand, to a revitalizing dip in a thermal bath and foot spa, and finally to a soothing Shiatzu body work in a 100-pax capacity massage parlor – all made possible after a day’s sweltering trek to Mt. Pinatubo.
Tarlac City, Tarlac
The Aquino Museum, located within the Aquino Center, houses a collection of photographs and memorabilia from Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino’s early political career, his imprisonment during martial law, his death.