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
Clark Museum and Museo Kapampangan
+63 45 599-2832
Museo ning Angeles
+63 45 887-4703
For more things to do around Clark, the following is taken from a guide publish by the Visitors Bureau.
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.
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?
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
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.
+63 45 889-8245 to 46
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
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).
+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.
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.
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!
+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
||+63 45 625-6203
|Ties That Travel
||+63 45 625-5548
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.
||+63 45 888-1922
|Aling Lucing’s Sisig
||+63 45 875-2249
||+63 45 888-5163
||+63 45 887-2298
||+63 45 888-6181
||+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
||+63 45 888-8899/322-1127
||Nepo Mart Complex
||+63 45 888-0034/322-4775
||+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
||+63 45 893-2237 to 38
||+63 45 893-3301 to 04
|Margarita Station Bar & Restaurant
||+63 45 892-6548
|Nihon Ichiban Japanese Restaurant
||+63 45 625-6550
||+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
||+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
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.
+63 45 599-5524
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:
+63 45 892 6247
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
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
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!
+63 917 803 3099; +63 45 432 0014
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.
+63 2 851-2450
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.
Department of Tourism-Region III
+63 45 477 2499/479 6490/961 2612
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.
Angeles City Tourism Office
+63 45 625 2286/195
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.
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.