ANGELES CITY or Ciudad Ning Angeles is a 1st class urban city of Pampanga, Philippines. The city is composed of the Clark International Airport and Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ) on the northwestern side.
In 1796, the first inhabitants were the Negrito Tribesman, and the settlement was named “Culiat” derived from a woody vine that is abundant in the area at that time. The settlement was led by Captain Mayor of San Fernando, Don Angel Pantaleon de Miranda.
Barrio Culiat remained a part of San Fernando for 33 years, a chapel and primary school were then built and some new industries were established such as sugar mill and wine distillery. The barrio only became a separate town after 135 years later on December 8, 1829. Don Angel paid the complete amount required by law for the political separation of Culiat from San Fernando. Culiat was renamed “El Pueblos de los Angeles” in honor of its patron saint Holy Guardian Angels and the name of its founder, Don Angel.
The first American government of Angeles was established by General Frederick D. Grant on January 1, 1900 and 64 years later to that day, Angeles received official Philippine recognition as a city.
The total land area of Angeles City is 6,216.16 hectares and the use of the land is based on Residential which is 34.25% of the total land area, agricultural with 39.43% of the total area, followed by commercial, industrial, institutional facilities, and parks.
The City has a total population of 297,767 people in 56,575 households. The growth rate is estimated at 2.32%. The language used is Kapampangan, but Tagalog and English language is also spoken and understood anywhere in the province.
COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY
The City’s economy accelerated due to various businesses, technologies and modern highways that have been established and constructed in the city, thus trade and transport has tremendously improved.
The latest figure of commercial establishments operating in the city is 15,375. Manufacturing and exporter industries topped the operation in the city with about 90.19% are of light and medium industries and nine and 80/100 percent (9.80%) are agro-industrial. Angeles also has a cottage industry that includes Rattan furniture production, production of coconuts, charcoal, and briquettes; a semiconductor industry involved in the manufacturing of electronics and computers.
Business investments in 2000 amounted to P3, 021,728,527.07. The Clark Special Economic zone, which is bound on the north of the city, has a total of 276 business establishments included in the Clark Development Corporation. In 2001, the city was also featured as one of the "Hot Cities for Business". With the vast resources and increase in the labor force, Angeles is surely a hot spot for investment .
Angeles City has two distinct weather seasons which is the dry and rainy season.
ARTS & CULTURE
Kapangpangan people have a very rich culture even before the Spanish colonial period. One can find a large number of Kapampangan craftsmen engaged in various fields such as woodcarving, tinsmiths, painting, scripture, and other visual arts. Tourists can also watch a Kapangpangan poetry or Teatrong Kapangpangan play of local poets, writers and artists at Culture shack.
Other festivities and local events which the city celebrates annually are the following:
Apu Fiesta – This is held every last Friday of October wherein all devotees flock to the Holy Rosary Parish Church to venerate the miraculous image of Jesus Christ lying in the sepulcher.
Bagius Festival – This is part of the Kuliat Festival which showcases a parade participated by various sector of the City.
Feast of the Guardian Angels – Celebration of the Foundation Day commemorating 1829 when Angeles was inaugurated as a new town.
Kuliat Fiesta – This is a month long celebration in October together with La Naval and Apu Fiesta.
La Naval Fiesta – Held in commemoration of the Virgin of the Holy Rosary every second Sunday of October, various programs are presented.
The Hot-Air Balloon Festival –This is held during February inside Clarkfield, Angeles City featuring balloonist from various countries.
Tigtigan Terakan keng Dalan – This is celebrated every last Friday and Saturday night of October in lieu of Kuliat Fiesta which features street singing and dancing up to the wee hours of the following day. This is the local version of Mardi Gras.
Angeles specializes in the production of woodcraft, furniture and fixtures; textile and garments; leather and footwears. Rice and sugarcane are also the major crops. Others are banana, mango, and eggplant. The rivers and fishponds produce fish, shrimps, and crabs.
Angeles is famous for its Kapampangan cuisines such as sisig, kamaru, pindang babi or damulag, which is sweet cured pork or carabeef, burung talangka made out of the fat of salt-preserved little crabs; buro or fermented rice with small shrimps; and betute, or stuffed frog.
Roman Catholic is the main religion in Angeles City; the city’s main church is St. Joseph Cathedral.
LIST OF “BARANGAYS” (or communities)
The City is subdivided into 33 communities:
Agapito del Rosario
Claro M. Recto
Lourdes North West
Lourdes Sur East
Santo Rosario (Pob.)
Virgen Delos Remedios
Ninoy Aquino (Marisol)
ANGELES CITY 4 WHEELERS CLUB
This is ideal for trekking and be able to see the Lahar Canyons, Gate of Heaven and other sites in Mount Pinatubo.
ANGELES CITY AERIAL SPORTS
Angeles has long been the principal aviation center of the Philippines as it is the former Clark Air Force Base and was also opened for personal flights of fancy. The Clark Special Economic Zone hosts one of the largest annual hot-air balloon festivals in Asia. Tourists can also try the ultralights which is a tiny, fragile-looking aircraft made of steel tubing, covered with Dacron, and held together with wire. Ultralights have a commendable safety record. One can really experience the sensation of flight through this.
This is the shrine of the Our Lord of the Holy Sepulchre (Apung Mamacalulu). Devotees pay their homage to the shrine every Friday.
This was built in 1860 and is situated in Lakandula and Sto. Rosario Streets.
This was built in 1840 by Don Ciriaco de Miranda, the first Gobernadorcillo of Angeles and was used as a grain storehouse along Sto. Rosario Street.
CLARK SPECIAL ECONOMIC ZONE (CSEZ)
Popular Fontana and Mimosa Leisure Park, Mimosa Casino, duty free shops, and world-class golf courses can be found here. Tourists can also join Clark-Arayat Eco tour with a nature trip to Arayat National Park and Gardens of the World.
This was built in 1800 that served as a silver-gilt floats depository to be used for religious processions.
This is where the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence on June 12, 1898 was held. Today, its 35,000-seat capacity amphitheater is a favorite venue for concerts, ecumenical services and political rallies.
The house was built in 1824 by Don Angel and is the oldest structure and best-preserved ancestral house in the city.
HOLY ROSARY CATHEDRAL
This is situated in intersection of Sto. Rosario and Sto. Entierro Streets. This Church was constructed from 1877 to 1896 and the backyard was used as execution grounds of Filipino rebels and suspects during the Spanish regime. Later on, from 1899 to 1900 the church was used by the US Army as a military hospital.
JUAN D. NEPOMUCENO CENTER
The center houses a research center, museum gallery, and theatre that provide access to materials on Kapampangan culture and history.
Have a most memorable trip to the once deadly Mount Pinatubo, which is recommended for trek or hiking enthusiast. Upon arrival to Capas, Tarlac, you would have the experience to board a 4x4 which will head to lahar country passing some rough terrain, gray, barren mountains interspersed with green, lush mountains. You may also be able to see a family of Aetas. Upon reaching the summit of the mountain, you would surely well enjoy the clear blue, pristine waters surrounded by more mountains.
MUSEO NING ANGELES
This museum periodically features exhibits on the history, culture, and tradition of Angeles City and its people.
OLD PAMINTUAN RESIDENCE
This house served as the seat of the short-lived Philippine Republic and also became a venue of the first and only celebration of the First Anniversary of Philippine Independence.
Angeles is served by the Clark International Airport, approximately 12 kilometers from the city proper. It has adequate travel facilities; a duty free shopping center and souvenir shops; and a tourist information center, hotel and travel agency representatives, and car rental services.
Angeles is a mere 1-½ hour ride by car or bus from Manila through the North Luzon Expressway exiting via San Fernando, Angeles or Dau Toll Plaza.