Clark and Angeles City
Here’s Part Two of the recent Philippines trip. To get to Boracay, you would need to get through Clark or Manila first, wherever there’s a connecting flight available to go to Kalibo to go to that island.
I flew in via AirAsia, they just launched the Singapore-Clark route recently. Since it’s the gateway to Boracay, exploring the city is one option you can have.
Clark Freeport Zone is a redevelopment of the former Clark Air Base, a former United States Air Force base in the Philippines. The Americans had a huge presence in the area back in the years and that explains why Clark feels very… American. Some parts look just like a typical American suburb. Also to note, if you have a soft spot for signboards and typography, you should be at the town area – even the dentist studio and gyms look cool and hippie in an unpretentious way. I regret not taking enough proper photos.
By the way, the Americans moved out because of a volcano eruption in 1991 from Mount Pinatubo, which destroyed the air base.
The most common form of transport there is the Jeepney, a retro looking long van made from US military jeeps left over from World War II. There are tons and tons of Jeeneys there in different ‘designs’ and decorations. Jeepneys are known for their crowded seating, each can house up to more than 10 people at the back, sometimes 15.
Food-wise, do try the Sisig, a popular Filipino dish originated from local residents who bought unused pig heads from the commissaries of Clark Air Base in Angeles City, Pampanga. The dish is made from parts of pig’s head and liver, usually seasoned with calamansi and chili peppers. Most restaurants in Clark or Angeles City have Sisig in their menu, it’s a must-try if you get there.
If you have any questions at all to ask about traveling to Philippines, Clark, Angeles City and Boracay especially, drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will try my best to answer your questions.
Enjoy the photos!
El Kabayo horse-back riding