A military base is often seen as a vital element of a country’s safety and protection and holds military equipment and personnel, as well as facilitates training and operations. The US established such a base, here, now known as the Clark Freeport Zone, that was in operation from 1903-1991. Located 3 miles (4.8 km) west of Angeles and about 40 miles (64 km) northwest of Metro Manila, it can be reached within an hour from Manila, via the North Expressway.
Formerly the largest overseas US airbase, by far, the area is easy to access. According to a certain write up about the Clark Freeport Zone, the Philippines has a lot of well-kept secrets. These are so-called special zones, referring to the industrial, economic and freeport zones that do not allow straight out purchasing of land. Instead, they encourage a 25 to 50-year lease of property, alongside special tax and investment incentives that the government offers, that are often less enticing to locals. Because of this, a lot of foreigners have taken over and invested in the place, making it look like an international area.
Relax and rejuvenate life with an indulgence in resorts and spas:
Caught up in the middle of life’s formidable encounters, we all need a little space for a downtime. If work has placed a lot of pressures on our shoulders or our families, Communication helps to readjust schedules and activities to help them be more doable and attainable. And making time and committing to it is a vital resolution to take.
1. Central Park Resort: Relaxing moments all in one place
This place, which will help you soothe your sore muscles, tired feet, and weary mind, might just be the perfect place to revitalize yourself. Central Park Resort is a 12-floor high-rise building, located 44 kilometers (27 miles) from the airport and is a good option to pick. Big, clean rooms with big bathrooms, accommodating staff, a gym and infinity pool on the rooftop, with a bar and restaurant are some of the features.
The restaurant serves good local and continental cuisine and features live music that you can enjoy, while overlooking the beautiful city of Angeles, Pampanga. A spa is also on site, for you to enjoy. Don’t miss Central Park Resort.
Central Park Resort
Address: 888 Lourdes St, Balibago, Angeles, 2009 Pampanga
Website: Central Park Resort
2. Penthouse Hotel: A home away from home
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A spacious hotel with modern rooms is always a plus, in any city. Free wifi and parking and good facilities, at a fair price, are also always welcome. The Penthouse Hotel features these amenities and more and includes an outdoor pool and pleasing ambiance that feels like home and allows you to forget, at least for a while, your daily constraints.
Located in the famous entertainment district of Fields Avenue and Walking Street, you are just a short distance away from local and western restaurants, golf courses, casinos and the airport. Get booking now!
Address: 4-3 A.Santos St., Balibago, Angeles City, Pampanga
Website: Penthouse Hotel
3. Citronnelle Spa: A world of pampering and relaxation
Leaving a place feeling rejuvenated, while looking and feeling good isn’t always possible with a lifestyle that is always on the go. But, life is meant to be enjoyed so we must spend our time wisely and choose our battles, each day. Making time for power naps or better yet, giving into wanderlust, is definitely one of the best decisions you can make.
Citronelle Spa gives you the time to saunter through a world of highly trained professional therapists, who will help you find a way to ease your mind, body and spirit and give you the opportunity for a different perspective on life, full of vitality. Take a Moroccan Bath, also known as the “hammam”, which features a humid, steam room environment, with dim lighting and a reviving touch that lasts about an hour. This service offers a soothing massage that facilitates good blood circulation and a scrub that will leave you feeling clean and refreshed. What better way to guarantee a great visit?
Citronnelle Spa and Cafe
Address: Unit A, 2nd Floor, Essel Complex, San Fernando, 2000 Pampanga
Facebook: Citronnelle Spa and Cafe
When you feed the mind, you also have to feed the body...
It is not always tangible locations that make up the highlights of a place, but the culture, that allows you to experience how great a country really is. Food brings the house down at all times, So visit Clark’s best food stops with these recommendations!
4. Fine dining or just a plain cup of coffee at Cafe Mesa
A European-inspired setting, amidst 100-year old acacia trees and luscious greenery, will surely afford you comfort and dining at its best. Cafe Mesa is a mix of a restaurant, bar and cafe and what makes it special is its coffee, brewed with advanced glass equipment that extracts all of the finest oils from the coffee bean, adding to its flavor and smell, that you can experience from the first sip. Come here to try the only cafe that serves the Japanese brand, UCC coffee, with their home-made cakes and other baked goodies. Call them and make a reservation.
Address: 2078 Cardinal Santos Avenue, Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines, Clark, Pampanga, Philippines 2009
Facebook: Cafe Mesa
5. Drink the best wine with friends or family
Pairing wine with food is not normally the cup of tea for most Filipinos. Nonetheless, Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar has enhanced wine appreciation, in the country. If you want gourmet Meditteranean cuisine, with good wine and food pairing options, this place is a must-try. With their more than 2500 choices of vintage wine, you can be sure to have a relaxing meal, with good food, great wine, substantial service and the best company.
Yats Restaurant Wine Bar and Lounge
Address: 1988 Mimosa Leisure Estate,Clark Freeport Pampanga 2009
Website: Yats Restaurant and Wine Bar
6. Get that souvenir
A journey, much like water in a river, never passes the same way, again. Every place you visit contains something that will be a memory, later, so take with you something that will allow you to reminisce about the journey that you once had. Clark celebrates the Apu Festival, usually held in October, in honor of Christ. But another type of festival happens every Friday in this area.
The Apu Street Market features cheap clothing, furniture and a display of handicrafts and home decor, which are a sight to feast on. The rule of the game is to bargain, with a smile! Shop around and find the average price of items and then grab your favorite item at a surprisingly cheap price, at the Apu Street Market.
Apu Street Market
Address: Kuliat, Lourdes,Angeles City
7. An array of choices on challenges and pleasures
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We can all take pleasure in finding new places that offer a certain level or challenge of things that we never expect to see. At Nayong Pilipino, you can visit the whole Philippines, in once place! Check out the various land and water forms of the three big islands and the characters who are present in the most famous folk tales of the country, including “Si Malakas at si Maganda.” Or perhaps you are more interested in the replicas of historical revolutions that took place in the country. It can all be seen here, in this 45 acre (18.2 hectare) amusement park.
As they say, you learn much from things if all senses are involved, so why not take a wild ride with ATV Petrohead Inc. and explore the Potrero River, by land on an All Terrain Vehicle! At about PHP 2500 (USD 50.28), this trip is a bit pricey but it is well worth the adventure. After you take a dirty and challenging ride, trek the steep road that leads right to Miyamit Falls. It is best to see Miyamit during rainy days, but it’s also a bit dangerous. You can enjoy the mini pools here and take a cold plunge into the 10-15 meter (33-50 feet) deep water. Whatever you choose to do, unleash the conqueror within you.
Address: Centennial Rd, Clark Field, Mabalacat, 2010 Pampanga
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ATV Petrohead Inc.
Address: Porac, Pampanga
Facebook: ATV Petrohead Inc.
Enjoy a little getaway to Clark Freeport Zone!
Taking the time for pleasure can be a rare opportunity, but we only have one life to live, so grab your chance and indulge in life’s little pleasures at the Clark Freeport Zone!
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