Angeles City: where exciting opportunities await
Angeles City in Pampanga is a landscape gem with its exciting blend of cultural heritage and world-class modern structures.
As a first-class and highly urbanized city in the province of Pampanga, Angeles City has a lot to offer for people who want to relocate to an area less dense than Metro Manila and are looking for economic opportunities. Growth is evident here, as evidenced by the city’s construction boom over the past decade, which has seen the boom in condominiums, hotels, resorts, casinos, international restaurants, resorts, shopping and recreational complexes.
Heritage and tourism
The city is full of heritage sites and ecological tourist sites. Some of the most notable sites include Filipino structures from the 19th and 20th centuries like the Pamintuan Mansion, located at the corner of Santo Entierro and Miranda streets.
A wedding gift from the former mayor of Angeles City Florentino Pamintuan, the house became the seat of the Katipunan during the US-Philippine War and the seat of the First Republic of the Philippines while in Pampanga. Today, the mansion is managed by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) and has been converted into a museum of social science and history of the Philippines.
Another must-see is the Museo Ning Angeles, or Angeles City Museum. Built in 1922, the building was once used as a town hall. It was converted into a museum in 1999 and was declared an ‘Important Cultural Property of the Philippines’ by the National Museum in 2012. Easily recognizable by its majestic entrance steps, the museum displays artefacts from the Philippine-American War, eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991. and works of local artisans. The museum also has a Culinarium, showcasing the best offerings from Pampanga, known as the ‘Culinary Capital of the Philippines’.
Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone
The Clark Freeport and Special Economic Zone, a former US military base touted as Asia’s next investment hub, is also accessible via Angeles City. As a Special Economic Zone, Clark was seen as providing employment and livelihood opportunities for residents, with the area becoming a civil aviation complex and a center of tourism, commerce and business in Luzon.
The government’s “Build, Build, Build” initiative has led to several infrastructure projects being aligned at Clark, including the new passenger terminal at Clark International Airport which is slated to begin operations this year. The Philippine National Railways (PNR) Clark Phase 2, also known as the Malolos-Clark Railway Project, is another exciting development for Angeles City. The 53.1 kilometer railway line will link Bulacan to the Clark Economic Zone. It is part of the planned 148 km north-south commuter rail system, a key infrastructure project that also includes Phase 1 of the Clark PNR which will run from Manila to Bulacan.
This project is supposed to be the first airport express rail service in the Philippines and is expected to have 35 stations, including one in Angeles City. When completed with the target year of 2025, rail service is expected to reduce the journey time from Manila to Clark to one hour.
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