I frequently hear people saying there is nothing to do in
Angeles in the daytime. Yet, I find that there is plenty to do if you would like to
get out of your air-conditioned room and away from the swimming pool. Here is my
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
years. For more information, click on the photo for a direct link to their
They offer rides over the lahar fields for as low as P1650, or full flight
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
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.
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).
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
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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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, 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
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
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.
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.
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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