Angeles tourist attractions
Fort Stotsenburg is an important military memorial
The city may be best known for its naughty nightlife and fine dining, but there are also some cultural and historical attractions in Angeles which are worth visiting as well. The town’s history as a US Airbase as rather eclipsed its former guide as Culiat, the 19th century town which was built under the influence of the then Spanish colonial powers.
Named in honour of a colonel who fought during the American occupation and was killed on April 23, 1899, in Quinga, Fort Stotsenburg acts as a remnant of the US military in the Philippines. Fort Stotsenburg was home to the American Cavalry, including some of General George Cluster, plus the all African-American unit which became famous for fighting the Battle of San Juan Hill of Cuba. Fort Stotsenburg shows itself to be extremely useful due to the fertile grass which was perfect for American cavalry horses.
Today, the memories of Fort Stotsenburg are manifested in the twin concrete pillars that served as gateposts during the camp’s existence. (Admission: free; Parade Grounds, Barrio Sapang Bato, Clark Air Field).
Nayong Pilipino Clark
This Angeles theme park was once based near NAIA in Metro Manila and boasts scale replicas of various Philippines historical places such as Jose Rizal’s house. There are also models of the Banaue Rice Terraces, Bohol’s Chocolate Hills and many more. Facilities include amphitheatre, museum, cottages, meditation garden and function room. (Open: 08:00-18:00; Admission: adults/Php30, children/Php20; Nayong Pilipino Historic Filipino History, Clark Expo, Clark Freeport Zone, tel: +63 45 599 7568, +63 45 499 1179, email: email@example.com).
Fields Avenue in Angeles
One of the most famous streets in the Philippines, Fields Avenue of Angeles is an adult entertainment playground on a par with Bangkok’s infamous Patpong red light district. One for guilty hedonists, there are neon lights galore as scantily clad girls draw punters into 24 hours strip clubs and go go bars built on a variety of bizarre themes. More on nightlife and bars.
Holy Rosary Parish Church
Holy Rosary Parish Church
This 19th century Byzantine-inspired Angeles church boasts twin tours and is widely considered by Filipinos to be the principle landmark of the ancient town of Culiat, which later became Angeles now known as Angeles city proper. (Admission: free; Santo Entierro Street, Angeles City, tel: +63 45 599 5949).
Also known as ‘Bale Matua’, this 1800s house was home to Don Angel Pantaleon de Miranda and his wife Doña Rosalia de Jesus who founded Culiat (the former incarnation of Angeles City). The ground floor of the houses is made from adobe stone with the upper floor constructed entirely from wood. There are huge sliding ‘bahay-na-bato’ louvered windows which are an innovative and quintessentially Filipino innovation during the Spanish colonial period. (Admission: free; Santo Entierro Street, Angeles City).
Also called the Kapampangan Museum, this Angeles attraction tells the history of US and Philippine military involvement in Clark Air Base plus an exhibit regarding the Mount Pinatubo eruption. Various historical memorabilia shows how Clark Air Base transformed into its present Clark Special Economic Zone, and the world-class airfield pushed the former air base into being a premier global zone for aeronautics. (Admission: Php30; Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Clark Fields, tel: +63 45 599 2854, fax: +63 45 599 6235).
Updated and correct: January 2013
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