Last updated on June 8th, 2019 at 01:59 pm
It’s quite tricky to write an article about things to do in Angeles City. Maybe this is the reason we’ve put the idea on hold for a while. Angeles City in Pampanga is not only a place we visited for a few days or weeks, it’s our home and it’s where I grew up, and where I met Ruben.
Maybe a simple things-todo-in-Angeles City will never do what we feel about this place justice. Nevertheless, here we are, writing this Angeles City travel guide, to introduce this place to all of you. To friends, to people who may be thinking of dropping by, and to tourists who wants to see another place in the Philippines – beautiful people, good food, and well, not spoiling the rest of the article.
Philippines has more than 7, 641 islands, which means there are lots of places to visit and discover. One of these is Angeles City, located in Central Luzon. In this article, we’ll mention things to do in Angeles City, what to eat, and the best places to visit and explore in Angeles City. Since we are based here in the Philippines, we will show you some of our favorite places!
Angeles City Travel Guide
Angeles City is one of the places where international influences once stayed and ultimately affected our local culture here and way of life, until today. Some of these foreign influences were the American Air Force, WWII Japanese invaders, and the Spanish conquistadors.
But apart from that, Angeles has preserved a lot of its local culture, like the dialect, a lot of our beliefs, religion, and culture. For this article, we’re sharing some of the most popular sights to see and things to do in Angeles City.
How to get to Angeles City
How to get to Angeles city by plane
There are flight companies going to Clark like Cebu Pacific and Air Asia. You can get cheap flights from Singapore and Hong Kong. Also inside the Philippines there are cheap flights going to Coron and Cebu from Clark International Airport.
How to get to Angeles City by bus
Angeles City is 90 kilometers far from Manila. There are buses leaving from Pasay and Cubao, the trip will take 2-4 hours depending on the traffic. Prices are starting $3 USD. The main buses companies going to Manila are Victory Liner and Five Stars getting to Dau and Marque Mall in Angeles City. There are buses coming from Baguio the summer capital in the Philippines. The trip last 7 hours and it costs around 350-400 pesos.
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How to get from Clark International Airport to Angeles City
There are taxis, jeepneys and even Grab. The cheapest way to get Angeles City is by Grab, especially if you choose to share with 2-3 passengers, the trip can cost 180-240 pesos and you will reach the city within 20-30 minutes. By public transportation, a shared jeepney from the airport costs 100 pesos each person until Main Gate. From Main Gate you have to get to another jeepney and it will cost only 8 pesos. You will reach the city in 40-50 minutes.You can choose the option that works better for your budget and comfort.
Best time to visit Angeles City
Since the Philippines is made up of many different islands, weather conditions may vary from one city to another. If you’re traveling to Angeles in Pampanga, you can expect considerably small variations to the city’s weather. Humidity is high in the Philippines and the warmest months here are April and May. You can hit the beaches near Angeles city during these months to cool off. Basically, January to March is the best time to visit Angeles City as this is the sunniest period of the year and is relatively cooler than other months.
Daily budget to visit Angeles City
Those visiting Angeles City are in for a treat. Many of the food and hotels in the city are inexpensive but more than satisfying. A full meal in the city can go for as low as 80 PHP per person while a bottle of beer can be bought for around 50-65 PHP. Restaurant food can be bought for around 500-800 PHP for two people. Pretty cheap, right? And if you only have 20 PHP in your pocket and you’re feeling pretty hungry, you can even buy plenty of street food with your cash.
Transportation is also pretty cheap with jeepneys going all over town at a flat rate of 9 PHP. If you want to travel to Manila from Angeles, the ride will also be convenient and cheap at around 150 PHP.
Those who are looking for budget hotels in Angeles and can find one on a promo for around 600-900 PHP. Three-star establishments go for around 1,000-2,000 PHP. That’s only $19-38 USD! For those who want a more luxurious stay, you can check in at very nice hotels at around $50-120 USD. You can also try AirBnB in Angeles City.
Transportation around Angeles City
Jeepneys are the most common form of transportation in the country and all over Angeles City. This may be an option not preferred by many tourists, but adventurous travelers will surely enjoy riding one as you get to interact with locals and experience the city from their point of view. As mentioned, a ride can cost as cheap as 9 PHP and increases depending on the distance of your destination.
A more convenient way of going from one place to another in Angeles is to ride a taxi. They’re actually not that common around the city, though, but can be used to go around Clark and Balibago.
Tricycles are also a safe and commonly used way to travel. This is perfect for going to nearby places or along low-speed roads.
Things to do in Angeles City
Historical Places in Angeles City, Pampanga
1. Visit Holy Rosary Parish Church
Holy Rosary Parish Church is one of the most iconic place here in Angeles City, the locals calls it “Pisambang Maragul”. Santo Rosario Church, or now known as the Holy Rosary Parish Church is a beautiful sight to visit having two tall towers and castle-like structures but more than its magnificent exterior, this house of worship carries a lot of controversial history that was held during the Spanish era. It’s a must in the things to do in Angeles City.
2. Nayong Pilipino Clark
Nayong Pilipino Clark is a walk through park where you’ll be able to pass by significant buildings such as old charges and house of national heroes. This park has it all from bits of Philippine culture to its history to nature. So, if you’re looking to spend an hour or two for enjoyably decade worth of Philippine culture and history, then visit Nayong Pilipino Clark. In addition to that, it’s also a great place for kids with plenty of action to keep them entertained and to keep them satiated, where there a lot of snacks available to buy.
3. Pamintuan Mansion
Pamintuan Mansion is also one of the historical landmarks in Angeles City. It was built in 1890 by Don Mariano Pamintuan and Valentina Torres as a wedding gift to their son and was later transformed into a museum.
4. Juan D. Nepomuceno Center
Juan D. Nepomuceno Center for Kapampangan Studies, serves as a museum, research center, gallery and more, since so many changes have occurred to Angeles City, from its history to the rules in the city. This comprehensive library archived important files that anyone can dive through Angeles city’s history and learn about the native Kapampangan people. It is located in the main building of Holy Angel University, Sto. Rosario, Angeles City.
More things to do in Angeles City
5. Walking Street
If you like to party, then go to Balibago or the famous place called “walking street”. You get a lot of choices to which you can enjoy and meet new friends. Walking street is full of foreigners, and there are many bars and restaurants. You can go from Walking street to Balibago which is a walking distance or just a short jeepney ride.
6. Zoocobia Fun Zoo
Zoocobia Fun Zoo can be anyone’s go-to place, whether you’re a family with kids, grown-ups or etc, this is one of the places you won’t forget! There are so many thrilling activities for fun-lovers of all ages will surely enjoy. Besides from the rides, they also serve affordable meals that provides a little bit of everything for you to try. Entrance fee is 300-400 PHP for adults and children under three feet has free entrance!
7. Fontana Water Park
If you’re not the party type and just wanna relax and swim you can go to places like Fontana Water Park in Clark where you can enjoy the slides and fun water facilities. You have two options spending the day in the water park costs around 500 PHP per person. And rates for sleeping in Fontana Hotel starts from 4000 PHP.
8. Puning Hot Spring
Puning Hot Spring in Angeles City is a full service hot spring that will surely pamper you to the max. It has natural hot springs that purify your skin and detox your system. Besides from its hot spring they also provide multiple spa services. Throughout, The view is beautiful and the entire experience ultra-relaxing. Prices are starting 3 500 PHP per person and minimum 3 people.
9. SM and Marquee Mall in Angeles City
Filipinos love going to the mall in their free time. Full of restaurants, coffee shops, entertainment for kids. Marquee Mall is another place with beautiful gardens to hang out in. And if you want to get visa extension in the Philippines you can do the process in Marquee Mall.
10. Resorts in Angeles City
Since the weather is really hot in Pampanga, the closest beach in the area is Subic, which is just an hour driving from Angeles City. It´s great for relaxing and going swimming during the day. They are open from 9am to 9pm, prices are start from $2 USD for adults.
11. Flights around Mount Pinatubo and Angeles City
Clark is a military air base and you can get a flight around Mount Pinatubo and Mount Arayat. Is it true that some places are best enjoyed from up above? We walk the streets of Angeles City many times a year, but looking down the city and the provincial parts of it (farm lands and non-city/residential ares) was very beautiful.
Riding a small aeroplane felt very different than your regular helicopter flight. This a very cool thing to do in Angeles City. The flight lasts 45 minutes and it costs $100 each person, perfect for planning a special activity to do with your friends.
Festival in Angeles City
12. Hot Air Baloon Festival
It´s celebrated in February around Clark area in Pampanga. It´s one of the biggest festivals celebrated in Angeles City for over 20 years already. If you are coming around this date, make sure you check this website to have full information about festival.
13. Holy Week
Religious and cultural activity! People are literally copying what Jesus went through before His death. You can see them in the streets around Angeles City participating in their Filipino traditions and practices from Wednesday to Friday in Holy week.
Where To Eat in Angeles City
There are many places where to eat in Angeles City; from Western brands, Filipino restaurants to coffee shops.
Korean town in Angeles City is located in Friendship Avenue. You can enjoy unli buffets and unli samgyupsal with your friends and family. There are a lot of Korean store and restaurants to choose from what and where you would like to buy or dine. Unlimited food and ice tea are included if stated. Even though prices are little bit expensive, the food is delicious.
Mila´s Tokwa Baboy
It is a must try food in Pampanga, and Kapampangan’s are known to be a good cooks. Sisig is the most popular dish in Angeles City. Ears and head of the pig mixed with fried onions and chili. It´s served with rice and calamansi. This restaurant is always full and maybe you need to book in advance.
We love this brand for local food. Our favorite one is palabok, empanada, halo-halo and ube. Where to eat in Angeles City? In Susie´s you will find many different Kampangan´s options. Prices are very affordable.
Our favorite local restaurant quality-price in Angeles City. The food is delicious, big portions and very affordable prices. Good for adults and also great menu if you are traveling with kids.
Shakeys and New York Pizza
Rachel´s favorite is pizza, and she always craves for pizza. These are our favorite places for pizza, service is good, portions are good and delicious! It´s little bit expensive comparing with the other locals restaurants.
It´s our favorite coffee shop in Balibago, there are different options for coffee and smoothies. And when our internet isn´t working, it’s the place that we choose to work in. Regular price and they open for 24 hours, which we love about. You can visit the place anytime!
We can´t forget our favorite street food; mami, lugaw, fish and chicken ball, hot dog and calamari are the most popular street food. If you dare you can try balut, a developing bird embryo that was boiled. It´s always a challenge for Filipinos to make foreigners try it. Prices are very affordable, and you can have it as dinner for $1-2 USD. Read our post of best restaurants in Cagayan de Oro.
If you’re looking for exotic meals and traditional cooking; Apag Marangle is right for you. This Kapampangan restaurant will certainly give you a fun dining experience.
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Where to Stay in Angeles City
Angeles City may not be big like Manila or Cebu, however there are a lot of foreigners traveling and even living here. It can be both for leisure, business and even studies. This is why there are many types of hotels (for different budgets) in the city.
Some of the most popular locations for booking hotels are in Balibago area and Clark area.
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And there you go! Some of the top things to do in Angeles, Pampanga. Let us know what you think in the comments below because we’d love to know if you want an even bigger followup of things to do here in Angeles. Or if you’re thinking of another place you want us to cover about the Philippines, we’d love to know about it. Will wait for you in the comments!