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1. Posted by hayanna (Full Member, 46 posts) 20 Apr '06 00:20

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Hi All,

I was looking around few websites and managed to find some info about Boracay but there are none for Clark.

i'll be flying to Philipines on 19th of May till 23rd of May.

The problem is, due to some flight changes, I'll be able to spend only 2 nights in Boracay.. (how sad!!!!) and 3 nights in Clark.

Could you guys please recommend me what to do in Clark?
Seems that there're not many info about Clark. Perhaps there are really nothing to do in Clark?!

And some and any tips "what to do or what not to do" or "what-to-eat" or just anything and everything about your real first hand experience in Boracay would be much great help to me!

2. Posted by karazyal (Travel Guru, 1299 posts) 20 Apr '06 13:14

Quoting hayanna

Hi All,

I was looking around few websites and managed to find some info about Boracay but there are none for Clark.

i'll be flying to Philipines on 19th of May till 23rd of May.

The problem is, due to some flight changes, I'll be able to spend only 2 nights in Boracay.. (how sad!!!!) and 3 nights in Clark.

Could you guys please recommend me what to do in Clark?
Seems that there're not many info about Clark. Perhaps there are really nothing to do in Clark?!

And some and any tips "what to do or what not to do" or "what-to-eat" or just anything and everything about your real first hand experience in Boracay would be much great help to me!

What to do in Clark? Clark Airport is a former U.S. Air Force base. Now a regional airport. like most military bases in the world there are lots bars nearby. There are quite a few U.S. military retirees living in this area and other foreignors such as Brits, Aussies and Germans either living, working, or partying in this area.

Well if you are a guy you might like all of the go-go bars on Fields Ave and the side streets. Clark airport is on the borderline between Angeles City and the town of Dau. There is a Jeepney ride that can take you to the main gate area at the front gate, or to "Center Point" where you can walk over to Fields Ave. From the main gate to the bus station in Dau takes around 10 minutes to walk. There are some "sidecar" motorcycle taxis that can take you around if you like, they may or may not rip you off. Most of the time I have paid from 20 pesos to 50 pesos for most rides after bargaining.

Dau is sort of more "left" as you LEAVE the base and Angeles City is sort of right, if I remember correctly, that main road is MacArthur Road or Blvd?? As you leave the airfield, on the right side is Fields Ave. Fields avenue runs along one side of the airfield. On Fields and the side streets connecting it are hotels, bars, go-go bars, and restaurants. There are some travel agents too!

Some of the things you can do. For one thing you can hop on a bus for just over 100 pesos and within 4 hours you are in Manila. The Victory Liner bus company used to make runs into Manila. The bus has a good air conditioner and no toilet on board. Hit the toilet before you ride the bus, most passengers seem to take all of their stuff on board the bus and not trust the underneath storage.

If you want to head into Angeles City you have to take a Jeepney for that. Probably only around 5 to 10 pesos for that ride, ask a "Cano" foreignor how much to pay. Foreignors are referred to as "Canos" a carryover from when the U.S. were around "Ameri-CANOS!" In Angeles there is another bus station, usually that same bus stops at the Dau bus station too!

Where to stay. The Swagman hotel is one choice that is not close to Fields Avenue and has fewer bars around - but you have to put up with bargaining with the "side car" taxi cabs. On Fields Avenue you can stay at the America Hotel on Fields Ave. When you look out the front door of this hotel you can see the airfield. Eight minutes walk down the road you can eat at the Margarita bar and restaurant. This place has good food, lots of specials and not a go-go bar! This place also has an internet shop, money change, laundry service and lots of foreignors to give you advice.

You can negotiate with a travel agency for a tour of Mt. Pinatubo and some treks around that volcano. You can go to Subic Bay too for one night if you want. Subic Bay is a former U.S. Navy staging area. The water is nice and blue, that base is now used for civilian passenger ships.

Read up on this area in the Lonely Planet TG or equivalent guide. Other hotels in the Clark area are the Orchid Hotel and the Marble Inn Hotel. Hotels are cheaper in Thailand and beer is cheaper in the P.I.

The Swagman Hotel used to run a transportation service called "Fly the Bus" that would pick you up at your hotel and bring you into Manila. You pay a little more for this service, but it is safer and it makes a stop to use the toilet half way there. Not sure if this service is still operating but it was working last year. Any hotel you stay at can sign you up for this ride if you want. This "Fly the Bus" ride drops you off at the main Swagman Hotel in Manila, in the Ermita area.

Good luck.

3. Posted by hayanna (Full Member, 46 posts) 21 Apr '06 01:26

Hi karazyal,

Thanks for your useful info.
well, seems like it's heaven for MEN!
too bad i'm not but well, certainly will enjoy manila trip though it seems a bit far.

Thanks a lot again for your reply :)

4. Posted by zachary (Respected Member, 471 posts) 26 Apr '06 15:54

yea angels city is more for men from what i've seen, with go go bars EVERYWHERE. i stayed there at a hotel that was the best, my fav hotel for the price that i've ever stayed at, highspeed internet, AND wireless internet, 24/7 restaurant and room service, 24/7 bars forgot what it's called but i'll look it up for ya if you want?

5. Posted by Armi (Budding Member, 8 posts) 26 Apr '06 17:14

There is not much to do in Clark. there's golf in mimosa, JFK golf club. swimming in seashore resort, mimosa again. eating lang talaga ang magagawa sa Angeles. seafoods sa Seafood Village. Bar Hopping in "R&B", Clownz, KTV's, Resto's, Red Crab and sa Omni. Casino in Casino Filipino-Angeles and Mimosa.

Dun miss Pampanga's sisig (local dish) and halo-halo (local dessert).

If you are not interested in doing the above activities and there is no way you can extend your boracay trip, What I advice is to just go to Manila from Clark that is about 2 hours - 2 and a half hours drive. Then enjoy the city life, shopping, night life, etc.

You can send me a private message if you need more details.

Amy

6. Posted by hayanna (Full Member, 46 posts) 1 May '06 19:49

hey all,

thanks for the reply,
perhaps will try to go to Caticlan by road.

7. Posted by jenglish48 (First Time Poster, 1 posts) 25 Mar '08 13:09

you can look on http://www.balibago.com for hotels what is going on etc.

for historic sites etc look up on wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angeles_City

Historical sites
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.
Old Pamintuan Residence was served as the seat of government of the First Philippine Republic under General Emilio Aguinaldo from May to July 1899 and the Central Headquarter for Major General Arthur MacArthur, Jr., the father of General Douglas MacArthur. It now houses the Central Bank of the Philippines in Central Luzon.
Founders' Residence (Bale Matua), located at the heart of Santo Rosario, is the oldest building in the city. It was built in 1824 by the city founder, Don Ángel Pantaleón de Miranda, and his wife, Doña Rosalia de Jesus, and was inherited by their only daughter, Doña 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 Camalig Restaurant.
Post Office Building (Deposito) 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 headquarter 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 February 6, 1967, the Angeles City Post Office moved to this building. It is now the site of Angeles Physical Therapy Rehabilitation Center.
Holy Rosary Church (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 1942.
Bale Herencia, 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 now use it as a banquet hall.
Juan D. Nepomuceno's 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.
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 now home to a year-round mini-amusement park and it 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.
Salakot Arch is a landmark of Angeles City. From 1902 to 1979, Clark remained a U.S. territory, guaranteed by the Military Bases Agreement in 1947. In 1978, the Philippines 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 January 7, 1979. To commemorate this 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 new spirit in the long tradition of Philippine-American relations.

8. Posted by pau_p1 (Respected Member, 214 posts) 25 Mar '08 18:57

Quoting hayanna

hey all,

thanks for the reply,
perhaps will try to go to Caticlan by road.

ohhh.. you can't go to Caticlan by road from Clark... hehheh.. you need to fly to Kalibo Airport and take a ride to Caticlan.. or take a SEAir flight directly to Caticlan...

anyways.. since you're in Clark, you may choose to either visit Manila or Subic... Subic has the Zoobic Safari and the Ocean Adventure.. it's more nature adventure stuff there... or you can try to check on trekking Mt. Pinatubo which is very near Clark... the crater lake of Pinatubo is very scenic and you can opt to try their adventure packages there as well...

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10. Posted by pepperchip (Budding Member, 3 posts) 10 May '08 01:03

Hi, I live in Angeles City, where Clark is located.

If you love to shop, there is a big SM Mall in Clark. You can find great buys at the SM Department Store or at the specialty boutiques in the mall. There's also a currency exchange center at the SM Department Store or at the SM Hypermarket where it is best to have your money changed into pesos since they have no hidden charges plus it is safer there with all the security in the mall.

You could also hire a van through Swagman (www.balibago.com) and make a day trip to Manila for more shopping.

Hope you hae a great vacation!