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WELCOME TO CLARK!

Clark is a sprawling,cosmopolitan metropolis that offers many places of interests and a host of events and activities accessible to a wide spectrum of tourists and visitors.

Located in the heart of Philippine’s Central Luzon region, Clark is part of Pampanga province, bounded on the north by Tarlac and Nueva Ecija, Bulacan on the east, on the south by Bataan, and on the west by Zambales.

Almost the size of Singapore, Clark occupies over 33,000 hectares of prime land located in the culture-rich Central Luzon.  It is a natural entry point to the Asia Pacific Region, with only 3 ½ hours flying time away from Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Korea and other key points in Asia.

With a highly improved road network and increasing flights at CIAC, Clark is setting out to become the hub for business, aviation and tourism in the Philippines.

SECURITY & EMERGENCIES

Clark has a world-class standard in terms of security measures and during emergency cases, CCTV cameras have been installed in (most) of Clark’s entrances and exits to enhance CDC’s existing video surveillance systems.

IMPORTANT CONTACT NUMBERS

The country code for the Philippines is +63 and the country emergency phone number is 117.
PSD Police & Fire     +63 45- 599-2138
Paramedics             +63 45- 499-1160
School Clinic           +63 45- 499-1434 ext 239

BUSINESS HOURS

Bank Hours

9 am to 3 pm, Monday through Friday or until 5pm or 6pm on some banks inside the mall.

General Office Hours
Government: 8 am to 5 pm, Mon-Fri
Commercial: 9 am to 6 pm, Mon-Sat
Supermalls: 10 am to 10 pm, Mon-Sun

Shop Hours
Shopping mall hours are open 10 am to 9 pm on weekdays and 10 am to 10 pm on weekends.

BUREAU OF IMMIGRATION

The Bureau of Immigration is responsible for the control and regulation of the arrival and stay of foreigners including the admission, registration, exclusion, deportation and repatriation of aliens. It also supervises the immigration into and emigration from the Philippines of aliens. It can be gleaned from these functions that the office is a vital component of government and a potent factor in the development of the nation.

Bureau of Immigration-Clark
One Stop Shop
2nd Floor, Clark Development Corp. Building 2127
Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
+63 45 499 3125

There are many nice hotels within Clark Freeport Zone, furnished with the luxury of modern day living with upgraded facilities to accommodate your needs.

Quest Hotel & Conference Center Clark

Quest Hotel and Conference Center, Clark is a 4 star hotel with an affordable lifestyle. It aims to combine the value of premium budget hotels with unique and inspiring designs, creative hospitality concepts and state of the art technology for travellers seeking a stylish and unpretentious working environment. Nestling within the beautifully landscaped Mimosa Leisure Estate, the hotel offers everything expected from an international destination plus a 36 hole championship golf course, a casino, a hub for duty free shopping, nature walks & activities and a nightlife entertainment among others.

Contact Info:
(02) 845 1888
clarkinfo@quest-hotels.com
Mimosa Drive, Mimosa Leisure State, Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines 2023
Website

Widus Hotel

The youngest and most luxurious property in Clark to date, Widus Hotel & Casino redefines fun and leisure and brings entertainment to the ultimate level. Elegant, spacious rooms and suites of different categories.  An assortment of food and drink outlets to whet the appetite, satisfy one’s cravings. An expansive, world-class casino for all kinds of players, from slot machines enthusiasts to high stakes rollers.

Contact Info:
+63 45 499 1000
info@widus.com
Website

Stotsenberg Hotel

Down by the major hub for the Asian operations of various medium-sized and large companies, HOTEL STOTSENBERG stands grand and magnificent inside Clark Freeport Zone. Offering 239 well-appointed, spacious guest rooms that allow you to retire relaxed every night of your stay.

Contact Info:
+63 45 499 0777 / +63917 829 6663
reservation@hotelstotsenberg.net
Website

Xenia Hotel

When visiting Angeles City and Clark, you’ll feel right at home at Xenia Hotel Clark, which offers quality accommodation and great service. From here, guests can enjoy easy access to all that the lively city has to offer. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city’s must-see nature and business destinations.

Xenia Hotel Clark Philippines offers impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. For the comfort and convenience of guests, the hotel offers 24-hour front desk, room service, complimentary Wi-Fi, car park, airport transfer.

Contact Info:
+63 45 499 0000
Website

Kingsleys Hotel

Clark’s first gastro pub, situated in Clark Centre. It is designed to enjoy the benefits of a boutique hotel, with friendly service, good food and comfortable rooms.

Contact Info:
+63 917 969 8724
Website

Park Inn Hotel-Clark

As one of the only properties in the city managed by an international hotel chain, the Park Inn by Radisson Clark boasts a central location right beside the SM City Clark Mall Complex and the Clark Freeport Zone. Guests flying into Clark International Airport appreciate that we’re less than eight kilometers away and that we offer free parking and transportation service. Once here, travelers enjoy 154 rooms and suites with LED televisions, plush linens and hip interiors. When it’s time to dine, guests at our hotel in Pampanga can visit the on-site HUES restaurant before stopping by the bar. After utilizing the meeting rooms, relax in the adult pool and order room service.

Contact Info:
+63 2 857 0278
Website

Midori Clark Hotel and Casino

Located at the heart of Pampanga, Philippines, Midori Clark Hotel and Casino is a perfect five star venue for business travelers and discerning tourists to both enjoy the energy of  the bustling city and the nurture of nature. Built as the first five star – luxury hotel in Central Luzon and boasts its simplicity yet sophisticated state of the art amenities. Clark Freeport, Philippines has modern infrastructure and modern airfield structures inside Clark International Airport, making it to Asia’s best international airports. Clark is now a home of golf courses, business hubs, aviation, information technology, business process outsourcing, world-class casinos, landmarks, wellness centers, industrial and retail establishments.

Contact Info:
+63 45 308 8888
Website

AIRPORT

The Clark International Airport (CRK) is located at the heart of Central Luzon, making it the most viable and convenient airport of choice for travelers from North-Central Luzon and the northern Metro Manila area who wants to avoid the hustle and bustle of the city streets. It is easily accessible by shuttle bus from various points of Metro Manila and North Luzon.

The Clark International Airport (CRK) is one of the biggest aviation complexes in Asia with two (2) runways in parallel configuration that can easily be extended to 4 kilometers to accommodate new generation wide-bodied aircrafts.

Clark International Airport

+63 45 499 1464; +63 45 599 2888; +63 45 599 2896; +63 45 599 2854
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LAND TRANSPORT

Jeepney

To hop on a colorful jeepney 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.

Taxis

There are no metered taxis in Clark or Angeles. Though more convenient for tourists, taxis are less common 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.

Europcar

+63 45 845 1888 (Manila Access)
Reservation Team: +63 2 681 6138
Website

Limousine Services

Travellers arriving in the Clark International Airport can book in advance a limousine ride on-line with the help of their staff assistance who are available 24/7. Foreign tourist will be able to ride from the airport to their destination in luxury without the feeling of being “crammed” in an ordinary vehicle. Those who are travelling for business or corporate events can also avail pick-up and drop services which they can book at least four hours in advance. Their limousine services are not limited to special event charters like weddings and other special functions.

Philippines Chauffer Limousine Services Inc.
+63 45 499 3119/3122
Website

It is possible to live in the Philippines using your overseas cash cards and never have the need to open a Filipino bank account.

Automated Teller Machines/Credit & Debit Cards

  • A range of cash machines can be found anywhere inside and outside Clark perimeter.
  • Bank machines allow withdrawal of up to Php 50,000 a day depends on the bank.
  • Most shops will take Visa or Mastercard. Staff will want to see your ID and it is usual to sign two or three receipts. Receipts are often given when buying even the smallest item.

Banks available inside Clark Freeport Zone:

  • BANCO DE ORO (BDO)
  • METRO BANK
  • RIZAL COMMERCIAL BANKING CORPORATION (RCBC)
  • SECURITY BANK
  • MAY BANK
  • BANK OF PHILIPPINE ISLAND (BPI)
  • LAND BANK OF THE PHILIPPINES
  • UNITED COCONUT PLANTERS BANK (UCPB)
  • KOREAN EXCHANGE BANK (KEB)
  • UNITED ASIA BANK (UAB)
  • PHILIPPINE NATIONAL BANK (PNB)

The Medical City-Clark -A 150-bed world-class tertiary hospital complex established at the Global Gateway Logistics City (GGLC), a state- of the-art, master planned, mixed-use logistics and business centre in Clark Free Port Zone in Pampanga. TMC is accredited by the Joint Commission International (JCI), the world’s most prestigious accrediting body for international health care organizations.

The Medical City

100 Gatwick Gateway, Sabah Al Amad Global Gateway,
Logistic City, Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Tel No.:  +63 45 300 8888
Website

Ambulatory Surgical Center

Berthaphil Compound III, Jose Abad Santos Ave.,
Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Tel  No.: +63 45 499 1522
Fax No.: +63 45 499-1309

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Medical Center-Clark

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel – is a modern tertiary hospital with the most complete and latest medical equipment in Central Luzon or even outside Metro Manila
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
N5666, Lot 4, Ninoy Aquino Avenue,
Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga
Tel No. +63 45 499 0103

Clark has a historical core from the days of Ft. Stotsenberg and Clark Air Base.  You can also start your tour in Angeles City at the Center for Kapampangan Studies, Holy Angel University. Then visit the Museo ning Angeles, the Holy Rosary Parish Church, the Pamintuan Mansion, and the Founders’ House.  A guided package tour can be arranged at the Museo ning Angeles.

Take a heritage & historical tour:

Center for Kapampangan Studies

+63 45 888-8691 loc. 1312
Website

Clark Museum and Museo Kapampangan

+63 45 599-2832
Website

Museo ning Angeles

+63 45 887-4703
Website

For more things to do around Clark, the following is taken from a guide publish by the Visitors Bureau.

Nayong Pilipino

This park is essentially a representation in a miniature-version of the diverse Philippines and its culture, all in one place. This recreational/leisure/history-learning facility is divided into numerous geographically-sectionalized display areas.

Some of the Philippines famous hero’s and political figures residences are also featured in this very unique facility. Visiting these structures is like taking a trip in a time-machine to another perspective of place and time in Philippine history.

Nayong Pilipino
+6345 436-1718
Website

Shop ‘til you drop

There may just be a few duty free shops left.  But it’s still worth shopping around for the best important bargains.  Lest we forget, Clark was the PX center of the country before imported stuff found its way to our supermarkets and department stores.

Arjan Trading Corporation +63 45 599-2593 to 96
Clark Interiors Duty Free +63 45 599-3817 to 19
Oriental Duty Free +63 45 599-2114 to 15
Parkson Duty Free +63 45 599-2700
Puregold Duty Free +63 45 599-2185

You can also visit the numerous shopping malls from high-end to bargain items: SM City Clark located at the Clark Main Gate; Ayala Marquee Mall in PulungMaragul, Angeles City (adjacent to the Angeles City Hall Complex); and Robinson’s Place and Saver’s Mall in Balibago, Angeles City.  Nepo Mall and Jenra Mall are located in the city proper of Angeles.  For bargain clothes and other items, proceed to San Nicolas Public Market, 269 Shopping Center and 99.99 Boutique, all in the city proper.

There’s no better deal in Angeles!

Go horseback-riding along the Sacobia River

One of the activities in Clark is horseback riding at El Kabayo Riding Stables.  While you can take the horse around the area. If you are adventurous and up to the challenge, why not go for a ride down to the Sacobia River and enjoy the lahar canyons created by the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo?
Services Offered:
Horseback riding in the picnic ground or forest trail, calesa rides, group or family camp-out, evening cook-out, horseback riding lessons, and much more.

El Kabayo Riding Stables
+63 45 499-0920
Website

Visit Paradise Ranch

While in Clark, you can take a trip to Paradise Ranch Nature and Conservation Park.  It’s an environmental project designed to educate children and the general public on protecting the environment and saving wildlife.  It is located on the hills of Clark Freeport Zone, with fog and temperature comparable to Tagaytay, a million-dollar view of the Clark Zone, surrounding cities and towns, overlooking the Sacobia River, Mt. Pinatubo, Mt. Arayat and other mountains and majestic sceneries for everybody to enjoy.  It is the home of Zoocobia Fun Zoo and Vista Montana Pool.

Paradise Ranch
+63 45 889-8245 to 46
Website

Zoocobia Fun Zoo

Located inside the Paradise Ranch, Zoocobia is the only Zoo in Clark where one can be intimate with various animals. It also houses a variety of birds which you are allowed to feed.

Zoocobia Fun Zoo
+6345 889 8245
Website

Rise & Grind @ Gold’s Gym

Not as huge as some in the world, but top notch equipment and well air conditioned. They have an on-demand steam room, and run about 6 classes a day, everything from spinning to zumba (mostly early morning and evening, none mid-day).

Gold’s Gym
+63 45 875-3111

Try your luck at the casino

If you’re a high-roller or just looking for some fun, there are several casinos such as Casino Filipino Mimosa, Fontana Casino, Hotel Stotsenberg’s Casablanca Casino, and the recently opened Casino Widus.  You can also try your luck at Casino Filipino Angeles at MacArthur Highway, Balibago, Angeles City, just outside Clark.

Casablanca Casino, Hotel Stotsenberg    +63 45 499-0888
Casino Widus, Widus Hotel                          +63 45 499-4387/499-0979
PAGCOR-Mimosa                                            +63 45 599-6002/599-6001
Casino Filipino Angeles                                  +63 45 892-5014/892-5073

Ride a mountain bike around Clark and Sacobia at sunset

The zigzag, uphill and downhill roads of the Clark and Sacobia area make for a challenging fresh-air ride.  Join other bikes every evening in this healthy and environmentally sound trip.

Play golf at many golf courses

Take your pick! There are golf courses at Clark like Mimosa and Fontana to suit your golf passion.  Also, you can try the nine-hole golf course at Angeles Sports and Country at Hensonville or at Royal Gardens Golf & Country Club at Friendship Highway, Angeles City.

Angeles City Sports and Country Club     +63 45 892-6358
Mimosa Golf Club                                            +63 918 908 7035
FA Korea Country Club                                  +63 917 582 1119

Parks and Open Spaces

The PARADE GROUNDS, is ideal for photo/video shoots, sports activities, and bazaar. The BICENTENNIAL PARK, is perfect for social gatherings, picnic and Christmas parties. PICNIC GROUNDS, is ideal for picnic and camping. BAYANIHAN PARK, is a year round amusement park and sports venue located at the main entrance of Clark. AIRCRAFT PARK showcases a variety of aircrafts and other aviation equipment used by the Philippine Airforce (600th Air Base Wing).

4D Theatre-Clark Museum

For a heightened museum experience, The Clark Museum now features a 48-seater state-of-the- art 4D Theater featuring a 20- minute documentary film entitled ” Risen from the Ashes” which highlights Clark’s rich history past forward to the present. The 4D theater offers a one-of-a-kind experience which would allow visitors to view the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in 1991 with spectacular in-theater effects including wind, bubbles and mist to add a breathtaking fourth dimension.

OPERATING HOURS
The Clark Museum and 4D theatre is open Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. It is closed on Mondays for maintenance work and during public holidays except on special arrangements.
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Dinosaur Island

DINOSAURS ISLAND has been designed to understand better the dinosaurs and what transpired in the Mesozoic era. It’s time for us to go back in time and see the first inhabitants of our planet. Raptors, Rhinoceros, Iguanodon, and many more!

Dinosaur Island
+63 2 887-0803/887-0813

Clark Eagle Firing Range

The CLARK EAGLE SHOOTING RANGE AND CLUB is a multi-million peso state of the art firearms training facility located 80 kilometers north of Manila via the newly refurbished North Luzon Expressway, within the massive Clark Freeport (formerly Clark Air Base) situated adjacent to Angeles City in the province of Pampanga.

The CLARK EAGLE SHOOTING RANGE AND CLUB is a Philippine National Police Recognized and accredited range and gun club. The CLARK EAGLE SHOOTING RANGE has the most complete and modern weapons rental available in the country. Nearly all calibers of rifles, shot guns and pistols are available. We also have exotic and “Hollywood” style weapons for rent.

Clark Eagle Firing Range
+63 2 912-2851

Clark International Speedway

The Clark International Speedway (CIS) is an international-standard racing facility located in the heart of the emerging Clark Freeport Zone. CIS offers facilities for Drag Racing, Drifting, Karting, Touring Cars and Motorcycle Racing. The 3-kilometer circuit offers a unique feature where it can be divided into two sections to run simultaneous events. The speedway is home to National and International car and motorcycle races. This adrenalin pumping track is open to the public for practice.

From the ground to the air, experience the glorious nature and diverse terrains surrounding Angeles City. Wherever you go, drop by a local visitor information centre to help you get the most out of your stay.
Tourist information Centres:

GREATER CLARK VISITORS BUREAU +63 45 599-2381
Alliance of Travel & Tour Agencies of Pampanga +63 45 888-6998
Angeles City Tourism Office +63 45 322-0507
Angeles International Travel Center +63 45 625-6051
Castro Travel Solutions Agency +63 45 625-6608
Clark Tourism Promotions Office +63 45 599-2832
Department of Tourism +63 45 961-2612
Metro Angeles Travel +63 45 888-3027
Pampanga Agents Travel Society +63 45 861-2020
Pentravel Tours +63 45 625-6203
Ties That Travel +63 45 625-5548

Eat Kapampangan!

You have not been to Pampanga if you have not tried the food.  Since Angeles City is the birthplace of sisig, make sure you taste the original at Aling Lucing’s.  Authentic Kapampangan food is available at the following places: Cely’s Carinderia, Everybody’s Café, and 19 Copung-Copung.  If you want not just to taste but to experience the Kapampangan lifestyle, visit Claude Tayag’s Bale Dutung.  However, you need to make a reservation before visiting this house cum restaurant.  At Historic Camalig Restaurant try Doy’s Kapampangan pizza which is topped with lungganisa (Kapampangan sausage), ebunburu (salted duck eggs), onions, and pickle relish.  There is also a row of kambingans (eateries serving goat meat) at the Bayanihan Park area.  Also check out the barbeque at Junjun’s.

19Copung-Copung Grill +63 45 888-1922
Aling Lucing’s Sisig +63 45 875-2249
Bale Dutung +63 45 888-5163
Cely’s Carinderia +63 45 887-2298
Delyn’s Fastfood +63 45 888-6181
Everybody’s Café +63 45 887-0361
Historic Camalig Restaurant +63 45 322-5641/888-1077
Ikabud Pagkaing Pinoy +63 45 322-6333

For dessert, must try’s are Susie’s kakainins, Rosing’s candies, Carreon’s sweets, Nathaniel’s putopao and bukopandan, as well as the Kapampangan halo-halo.

Halo-Halo sa Corazon +63 45 888-2527/887-3499
Kabigting’s Halo-Halo Marquee Mall
Nathaniel’s Marquee Mall
Razon’s Halo-Halo +63 45 888-8899/322-1127
Rosing’s Candies Nepo Mart Complex
Susie’s Cuisine +63 45 888-0034/322-4775
RFW Halo-Halo +63 45 887-1342

Try the international cuisine

The Greater Clark area is a mecca for international cuisine and Don Juico and Fileds Avenues bring you around the world with their international restaurants.  Among the favourites are C’ Italian Dining, Zapata’s (Mexican), VFW (American), AC Rumpa (American), Cottage Kitchen (Cajun/Creole), Red Sea (Lebanese), Hana-Mi (Japanese)….the list is endless! There’s even a Korea Town with over 100 restaurants along Friendship Highway.

The Maranao Grill at the Oasis Hotel has the RST Buffet every Friday.  RST stands for roast beef and lamb, sushi and sashimi, and tempura.  Inside Clark, Mequeni café at the Holiday Inn whips up one mean buffet.

Bretto’s Restaurant Deli and Meat Shop +63 45 892-2286
C’ Italian Dining +63 45 892-4059/892-6993
Café Mesa Coffee Shop +63 45 499-0694
Curry Steve’s Delicious Indian Foods +63 45 322-5754/888-2195
Edelweiss Restaurant and Bar +63 45 322-1368
Fortune Hong Kong Seafood Restaurant +63 45 323-5127/892-4709
Hana-Mi Restaurant +63 45 893-2237 to 38
Maranao Grill +63 45 893-3301 to 04
Margarita Station Bar & Restaurant +63 45 892-6548
Nihon Ichiban Japanese Restaurant +63 45 625-6550
Perfect Loaf +63 45 888-6629
Red Sea Bar & Restaurant +63 45 892-1689
Rodizio Restaurant/ Mequeni Café +63 45 599-8000/(02) 845-1888
Salvatore’s Italian Restaurant +63 45 892-0484
Siam House Thai Restaurant +63 45 892-1500
Thai Baht +63 45 892-8888
The Red Crab Seafood and Steaks +63 45 599-5345
Whiskey Bourbon Street Bar & Restaurant +63 45 892-5942
Yu-Fu-In Japanese Restaurant +63 45 624-0517/892-1655
Zapata’s Mexican Restaurant +63 45 892-0859
Zen Japanese Restaurant +63 45 599-6625/55

Take a dip at Puning Hot Springs

You can enjoy a visit to the Puning Hot Springs, complete with treatments.  Their price is reasonable and it includes a simple lunch, the 4×4 ride from Garden Restaurant to the hot spring and back, entrance fees to the hot spring and use of the facilities, sand steam (you will be covered up to your neck with volcanic sand), body mud pack, and a foot massage. One of the attractions of Puning Hot Springs is a steaming hot waterfall.  The water in the stream is close to 90 degrees Celsius.  And they divert some of the water into various pools with different temperatures ranging from 40 to 70 degrees Celsius.  There are eight hot pools and one cold pool.  So if one pool is too hot for you, you can take a dip in the next one.

Puning Hot Springs
+63 919-339-2795
www.facebook.com/PuningHotSpringAndRestaurant

Fly over Mt. Pinatubo

Have you ever wondered how Mount Pinatubo looks from the sky? Thanks to the Mount Pinatubo Sky Tour of Omni Aviation in Clark, for a reasonable price you can now see how it looks to the birds.

Omni Aviation
+63 45 599-5524
Website

Swim in Mount Pinatubo’s crater lake

Another must-do activity when staying in Clark is to trek to the crater lake of Mount Pinatubo to take a dip.  Also check out the Pinatubo Spa Town.

For booking reservation, contact the following:
Clark Office
+63 45 892 6247
Website

Watch a Cultural Dinner-Show at the Museo ning Angeles

The best of Kapampangan hospitality: a buffet spread consisting of the most delectable cuisine and the finest of music and dances.  Truly a feast for the mind, body, and soul.

Museo ning Angeles
+63 45 887-4703
For Reservation
Email

Movie Theatre (SM, ROBINSON’S, MARQUEE)

There are three movie theatre, one in SM, in Robinson Balibago and another in Marquee Mall. Movies start exactly on time, with the national anthem, previews and     commercials commencing about 15 mins before.

Deca Wakeboard Park

The site of the IWWF Cable Wakeboard Championships in 2012 which brought 200 riders and 32 nationalities. Deca Wakeboard Park features an assortment of rails, sliders and ramps, providing riders with an epic session on the water.

Grab your backpacks and set off to your ultimate fun-filled stop. Bring your family and friends and experience the adrenaline-pumping thrill of DECA WAKEBOARD PARK, the newest attraction and water sport destination.

Decawake Clark Cable Park
Margot, Angeles City, Pampanga
+63 (918) 459-8488 Smart; +63 (905) 330-1013 Globe
Website

Alviera SANDBOX

SandBox at Alviera is a unique getaway for families that redefines outdoor adventure and fun. It features a full stretch of exciting attractions that will surely make everyone appreciate the outdoors. Everyone in the family has something to do here from playground for the toddlers to Mini Golf for the grandparents! With a mountain range along the horizon and the surrounding wide plains, SandBox is definitely the place for family outdoor fun!

Contact Info:
+63 917 803 3099; +63 45 432 0014
Website

Philippine International Hot-Air Baloon Festival

The Philippine International Hot Air Balloon Fiesta (PIHABF), is also known as “A Weekend of Everything that Flies.” More than just a spectator event, PIHABF is a gathering of aviators from the Philippines and the world. What began as a passion project has now evolved into the longest-running sports aviation event in Asia. The fiesta’s longtime objective is to instill discipline in participating young pilots so they can develop into safe aviators, as well as to impart a spirit volunteerism and cooperation to the whole community. This year, it will be held on February 9-12.

Contact Info:
+63 2 851-2450
Website

North Philippines Tourism and Travel Expo

A long-running tourism expo in North Philippines has emerged as an international event that now stands to be swarmed by visitors from all over the country and the rest of the world for prime travel destinations and investment opportunities in this part of the archipelago. Held every November at SM City Clark, Pampanga. A showcases of multi-faceted tourism products and top destinations of each the four regions in the North Philippines: Ilocos (Region I), Cagayan Valley (Region II); Central Luzon (Region III) and Cordelleras (Region CAR). Activities include regional exhibits, cultural events, travel exchange and travel trade fair.

Contact Info:
Department of Tourism-Region III
+63 45 477 2499/479 6490/961 2612
Website
Visit Philippines website

Tigtigan Terakan Keng Dalan (OctoberFest)

Tigtigan Terakan Queng Dalan is one of the most popular celebration in Angeles City,

Pampanga held every last Friday and Saturday in October that features dancing and singing in the street. Many people even consider it as the local version of Mardi Gras.

With performances of local celebrity bands, and food stalls that serve various cuisine, there is so much activity to keep the many visitors entertained all night long! The Angeles City Tourism Office together with the Kuliat Foundation organize this yearly event that more than 60,000 people attend.

Contact Info:
Angeles City Tourism Office
+63 45 625 2286/195
Website

Holy Week Observance

One of the reasons that made Pampanga’s Holy Week traditions infamous to the world are the unusual practice of penitents like carrying a cross, flagellating one’s self (people who do this are called mandarame), and being crucified—which are usually practiced every Good Friday.   Although strongly discouraged by the Catholic Church, there are still plenty penitents who believe that doing these things will cleanse them from their sin.

Christmas

If you thought October was too early to start seeing decorations and hear carols in shops, then you will not be happy here – September is when it all starts.

Christmas Eve is a holiday and one of the traditions is to have children come around to your home with their parents and “bless” you.  This involves taking your right hand in their hand, bringing it to their forehead and bestowing a blessing.  You then give the child money and candy.

Christmas dinner is eaten on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day is the time to visit family and friends.

New Year’s Eve

Many Filipinos consider New Year’s Day as an important holiday in the Philippines. This sets the start of a new year in the Gregorian calendar, which is used in many countries including the Philippines.

Many Filipino people unite on New Year’s Eve, which is on December 31, to celebrate a midnight meal known as the Media Noche. It is also common to stay awake to greet the coming of the New Year. New Year’s Day is also characterized by Filipinos lighting fireworks and making a lot of noise to drive away evil spirits. This belief originated from the Chinese. It is common for many Filipinos to blend religion and superstition in celebrating New Year’s Day.