Clark Travel Guide, Tourists and Tourism Guide
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Clark Freeport (Clark Air Base), Pampanga Philippines

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Clark Philippines Stotsenberg Parade Grounds

ONE OF COUNTRY’S TOP TOURIST ATTRACTIONS & FACILITIES

Against a backdrop of greenery, clean air, incredible foliage(including 100 year-old Acacia trees), majestic hills and warm people, the Clark Freeport Zone has emerged as one of the country’s top tourist attractions.

Managers of the Clark Freeport, (upgraded from its previous “Special Economic Zone” status by virtue of a Congressional act passed last year) had branded it as “Asia’s Most
Affordable Gateway”.

BUDGET, DOMESTIC AND INTERNATIONAL AIRLINES AT CLARK ZONE

This affordability can be attributed to the proliferation of low cost carriers that have mounted budget flights to and from the Clark airport – Otherwise known as Diosdado Macapagal International Airport (DMIA). Regional carriers such as Tiger Airways – a subsidiary of Singapore Airlines, Air Asia, Asiana, Hongkong Express have been successful in their operations at the prized jewel of Clark.

Not to be left out are the domestic flights to key destination such as Laoag in thenorthern Philippines, Cebu, queen city of the south and Boracay island, a paradise for white sand beach lovers. Flights by domestic carriers are very affordable. As an example, Cebu Pacific flight to the fabled city can be as low as
P299.00

On the other hand, flights to Singapore, Macau, Hongkong, Kula Lumpur can cost as low as $50.00. Recently, China Southern Airlines announced it would start flights to Guangazhon, China from Clark DMIA. Clark indeed is making good more than its moniker and slogan, “Asia’s Most Affordable Gateway.” Such a catch phrase has made a-catching – of not only passengers, but also a growing interest on the booming tourist, aviation and economic enclave the Clark Freeport has become.

HOW CLARK FIELD WAS NAMED

Originally called Fort Stotsenberg, renamed Clark Field, in honor of Harold M. Clark, U.S. Army Signal Corps. Born in Minnesota and reared in Manila, Clark was commissioned a second lieutenant of Cavalry in 1913. He was a pioneering aviator. He later died in an aircraft accident in Panama.

A WALK THROUGH HISTORY

Once in Clark, there abound limitless possibilities as to what can be enjoyed in and around the Freeport. To start your day in Clark, begin with a leisurely walk on the lush green grass and tree-layered old Fort Stotsenberg Parade Grounds with its many markers and monuments. With a visit to the nearby Clark Museum, located on the Eastern edge of the historic Parade Grounds, this stroll can serve as a kick-off to understanding Clark’s rich heritage from the Aetas indigenous people beginnings, with heavy-focus on its military past to its current status as a business and leisure hub.

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CLARK MUSEUM AND POINTS OF HISTORIC INTEREST

Clark Philippines MuseumClark Museum is a repository of artifacts and other materials that serve as testimonies to the evolution of Clark from a mere grazing area for horses of the US Cavalry men into today’s bustling leisure spot. History and culture lovers would appreciate this museum and other areas of interests in Clark. Also, stop by the Gallery of Kapampangan Crafts which Displays various crafts made in by native Pampangan artisans.

 

NAYONG PILIPINO-CLARK - FILIPINO HISTORY, CULTURE AND HERITAGE

Nayong Pilipino-Clark, a theme park environment, is a showcase of Philippine heritage where scale-replicas of various Philippine historic and cultural locations are all featured together in one facility.

For a few examples of the Nayong Filipino exhibits:

  • See a replica of the Banaue Rice Terraces.
  • The Kalinga Houses allows us to take a look at the rich Kalingan way of life.
  • There is a replica of a Barasoain Church, while remnants of the Spanish settlement can be found here also.
  • A Kapampangan village is shown in great detail.
  • The Philippine myth and stories of how the world was first populated by humans is also depicted within the walls of these informative exhibits.

The Nayong Pilipino Park is ever-growing in scope and functionality. With it’s outdooramphitheater, indoor theater, museum, lodging cottages, meditation garden and function room, eventually Nayong Pilipino will become a full-scale cultural center for the arts, both performing and non-performing.

PARADISE RANCH INDIGENOUS PRESERVE

Paradise Ranch is a unique, one-of-a-kind facility built to benefit and supply funding for the indigenous Aetas people found in and around Clark. This facility features an animal sanctuary with huge ostriches, beautiful peacocks, horses and a butterfly park. Paradise Ranch is located in the sub-zone of Clark, called the Secobia Valley, across the bridge, just outside the Clark Expo gate. Enjoy a picnic lunch and outdoor activities at this peaceful place.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

The Freeport has its own uniqueness in terms of Clark Picnic Grounds Parkofferings when it comes to sports activities. This is because of its rich luscious green parks. Families, officemates or schoolmates or group of friends can enjoy running, biking or play tug of war, Frisbee or any outdoor game that would surely gives you physical exercise as well. Aside from these activities, one can opt to play badminton, tennis or basketball at some of the beautiful parks and sporting areas in Clark. Some of the parks include, Bicentennial Park, along Jose Abad Santos Ave, Parade Grounds Park, close to CDC Offices and Clark Picnic Grounds, along Gil Puyat Ave. on the way to Mabalacat, which offers horseback riding.

 

A UNITED STATES STYLE WATER PARK

Located within the elegant and sprawling Fontana Leisure Park, amongst the popular casino, golf courses and Villas, you’ll find a U.S. style water park. This facility has all the wet and wild thrills you want in a water amusement park. The motif is one of a tropical/jungle with large prehistoric creatures integrated throughout. You’ll find rides for all ages from extreme wild rides to a kiddies’ play area. With life guards and attendants throughout, Fontana Water Park is the ultimate family-fun place to cool off from a hot and humid Philippine day. The Fontana Villas and related facilities is an ideal spot for your next group event.

HORSEBACK RIDING

At El Kabayo, you can rent horses by the hour and even take horseback riding lessons. Either way, the elegance of horseback riding will empower you and your family with feel of an equestrian.

ADVENTURE SPORT

For the more adventuresome sport fanatics, you can enjoy racing go-kart at the Swiss GoKart facility next to Oriental Duty Free Store. If you prefer, you can pump-up your adrenalin with a paint ball game at Holiday Sports, located in the Holiday Inn facility in Mimosa Leisure Park.

GUN SPORT

How about firing at the Clark Eagle Shooting Range. Here you can rent a gun for the entire day and shoot to your hearts desire, all in a controlled environment. Ammunition is paid for by the round, or you can bring your own. If you are not familiar with the art of shooting, you can take a lesson or two.

HIKING & TREKING

While at Clark, you are only a few kilometers from Mt. Pinatubo. This volcano entirely buried towns and killed hundreds of people. To truly experience this amazing power first-hand, a can’t-miss experience is the Mt. Pinatubo trekking experience is one that will leave you breathless and inspire wonder and amazement at the power of God.

AIR FORCE CITY PARK Air Force City Park in Clark Zone, Pampanga, Philippines

Air Force City Park is a unique recreational facility for kids young and old. If you have ever desired to be a air force fighter pilot, this is your opportunity. Bring the kids and climb aboard fighter jets, helicopters and anti-aircraft gunnery. Turn the propeller of a real WW-II fighter; the engine is still in place…you can actually feel the compression as you move the prop. Where else can you fulfill your Top Gun fantasies? When you are done with your tour of real war-time aircraft, the kids can play on a multitude of playground equipment while you relax at the small snack bar or read a book available at the library in the back of the concessions area. This place is guaranteed to satisfy the entire family.

ARIAL ACTIVITIES

For thrill-seeker, Omni Aviation offers skydiving, aerobatic fun flights or aerial trips to get a fantastic view of Mt. Pinatubo.

The open spaces of Clark offer you the opportunity to enjoy some of your own toys. For inexpensive fun, bring your big kites or remote control planes and helicopters along and have a day of fun in the sun.

WATER & CAMPING ACTIVITIES

The water theme-park at Fontana is a funtastic experience to cool-off you and your family on a hot day. This park is a true American-style water park with water slides, wave machines, lagoons, water-ways and swimming pools.

At Clear Water, a members and corporate leisure club, you can enjoy American-style camping, fishing and the white pristine beach of a man made lake. Also available here are boating, kayaking etc.

THE SKILL AND CHALLENGE OF GOLF

For a more serious variety of sport, Fontana and Mimosa offers some of the best golf courses in the Philippines with courses developed by world-class course designers. These are truly courses to be appreciated, most set amongst very old Acacia Rain Trees. Golf carts are available and you can always end your day at the 19th hole.

GAMES OF CHANCE-CASINOS

For those who appreciate the game of chance, they can visit the following three casinos: Casino Filipino inside Mimosa Leisure, Casino Fontana, in the Fontana Leisure Park, Casa Blanca Casino inside Hotel Stotsenberg.

BUDGET-MINDED LODGING

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Clark Hostel Budget  LodgingAffordable yet comfortable lodging in the Clark Freeport Zone is easy to find. Let us introduce you to a few places that won’t break your bank account, yet provides nice comfort and amenities. Blue Bianco and Clark Hostel can be booked for P2500/night and under, while the mid-level Oxford Hotel starts at P3000/night. You may be able to obtain even better rates during promotional periods at these hotels.

 

MORE ELEGANT AMMENITIES

For bigger and better amenities, swimming pools, nice restaurants and bars, along with casinos and night-life, hotels and resorts such as the Holiday Inn, Hotel Stotsenberg, Monte Vista Villas, Fontana Leisure Park and “The Clear Water member & corporate resort” are the choices.

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HEALTH SPAS AND SALONS

To look your best while sightseeing and enjoying the good-life in Clark, why not pamper yourself, with a spa treatment, message, manicure, pedicure or facial; or possibly try a new hair style? You will find several unique health spas located in the Freeport Zone:

  • New Well Being Spa is the newest and most state of the art spa with features like New Well Being Spa in Clark Zone, Philippinesa three-stage hot Bulgama, charcoal room, ice-room sauna treatment. The huge pool area is surrounded by new and stylish condo units and wonderfully landscaping, help add to the luxury experience of this spa. If you’d like have a nice meal in the restaurant or cafeteria.
  • Coco Spa in the Holiday in at the Mimosa Leisure Park encapsulates you in a Philippine tropical motif, situated alongside the Holiday Inn swimming pool.
  • The Grand Mimosa Spa is situated in the Lush Mimosa Leisure Resort, this spa can be found at the Stotsenberg Parade Grounds/Café Mesa side gate to Mimosa. Come in anytime to this spa for some pampering and relaxation. They are open extended hours for your convenience.
  • There is a third spa in the Mimosa Resort in the Korea Town area in the leisure park. This spa tends to cater to the rather large Korean community in the Freeport.

A PLETHORA OF EATING ESTABLISHMENTS IN CLARK

  • If you are looking for some quality Japanese food, then enjoy a meal in an authentic Japanese-style atmosphere then Zen Japanese Restaurant is your choice. Try the all you can eat buffet on selected lunch days. Zen is also located along restaurant row in the Mimosa Leisure Park.
  • Another restaurant row favorite is the Korean House Restaurant in the Korea Town district of Mimosa. This is your best bet for a flavorful dish of Kimchee or Korean barbeque.
  • Café Mesa offers siphon brewed coffee from UCC Japan. Situated on a beautiful corner property of Cardinal Santos Avenue across the street from the Parade Grounds, you can also enjoy a variety of Filipino and other dishes. At night, this relaxing restaurant turns into a bar.
  • For some international fusion food try the Mequeni Café in the Holiday Inn Hotel at Mimosa. Mequeni also features a daily American/Asian style buffet, including Japanese sushi with quality abounding throughout. Try there fine breads and pastries while dining.
  • The Rodizio is the place in Clark for a fantastically breathtaking view and great grilled food to boot. Specializing in Brazilian barbeque hot off the grill, great salads and deserts. Find this ultra-cool restaurant at the roof-level of the Holiday Inn Clark Resort/Hotel.
  • Coco’s Bar and Grill in the Holiday Inn Clark is a great place to sit-back and relax in a casual atmosphere. Enjoy basic American and Filipino menu items and a cold brew.
  • For a high-end dining experience, try the Yats Wine Club along restaurant row inMimosa. Besides the high-end meals Yats has the most extensive collection of high-end wines in Clark and quite possibly in the entire Philippines.
  • Situated in the front of the new Stotsenberg Hotel in Building-A toward the right side of the lobby, Twist Restaurant offers a daily, quality dinner buffet and other elegant dishes. This is the general choice for great food and fair prices. Make a trip to the buffet prior to hitting the card tables and you’ll think you are in Las Vegas.Stotsenberg Hotel Lobby
  • Also in the Stotsenberg Hotel, is the new Blue Bar Sports bar and grill. Here you can watch a big screen television with sporting events and enjoy a cold beer while munching on a more limited menu of appetizers and snacks. Blue Bar hosts fun dart, poker and other tournaments culminating in a weekly fun-prize for the overall winner.
  • If you’d like to sit and take-in the elegantly-appointed lobby of the Stotsenberg Hotel, there is a great little dessert, coffee and cocktail bar. Here you can connect your laptop to the paid Wi-Fi Internet service and sip on a cup of fresh espresso eating some pretty nice cakes and treats.

SHOPPING IN THE CLARK FREEPORT

Shopping comes inseparable in a place like Clark and most definitely in the Philippines in general. Clark also hosts its very own Shoemart, otherwise known as SM Holdings Company Mall, the country’s leading mall chain. SM City Clark near the main gate is one of the latest in the chain and a personal extension of Clark exemplifying a a class-act mall. You’ll love SM Clark’s outdoor fountain-embellished dining area complete with a Duty-Free Stores in Clark Zone, Pampangastage showcasing local and national talent.

Clark is also home to a several duty-free stores all situated in one place along Claro M. Recto Highway in the Freeport. Find imported items from the U.S. and many other countries. Find deals on the imported goods from abroad you’re looking for. You’ll enjoy an entire days worth of shopping at stores like, Pure Gold, Value City, Arjan, Parksons amongst others.

CLARK RESTAURANTS AND FAST FOOD

ARMY NAVY BURGERS AND BURRITOS
Marquee Mall
Francisco G. Nepo Ave.,
Angeles City, Pampanga

ARMY NAVY BURGERS AND BURRITOS
SM Clark
Unit 140, G/F SM Clark
MA Roxas Highway
Angeles City, Pampanga

MCDONALDS
Fast Food - Delivery
Next to Pure Gold Duty Free
C.M Recto Highway
Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines
045-638-6236

CHOW KING
Fast Food/Asian Food - Delivery
Next to Pure Gold Duty Free
C.M. Recto Highway
Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines
045-499-2222

YELLOW CAB PIZZA
Pizza - Delivery
In SM-Clark Mall
At back entrance where outdoor eating food venues are located.
045-499-1111

ZEN JAPANESE RESTAURANT
Japanese and Asian Food
Building 2003 Mimosa Drive
Mimosa Leisure Estates
Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines
045-599-6625/55

C DELI & CAFE
Deli-Style and Indian Food -Delivery
Jose Abad Santos Avenue
Next to the Mini Stop
Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines
045-893-2233

THE UNICORN SALOON, GRILL
Western Style Steaks and BBQ
Next to Texas Instruments
Gil Puyat Avenue, Corner Panday Pita
Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines
045-499-0920

CAFE MESA
UCC Siphon Coffee Shop, Bar, Food
Overlooking Stotsenberg Park
Building 2078, Cardinal Santos
Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines
045-499-0694

RED CRAB
Seafood/Steaks/Grill/Bar
Across from Stotsenberg Park
Building 2078 Cardinal Santos
Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines
045-599-5345

XTREMELY XPRESSO
Coffee Shop/Restaurant/Pizza
SM City Clark Mall
The Meeting Place, Ground Floor,
Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines
045-499-0314

SAVORY CLASSIC CHICKEN
Chicken Seafood and Asian Food - Delivery
SM City Clark Mall
Ground Floor
Clark Freeport Zone, Philippines
Landline: 045-499-0344
Cell: 0905-360-6216

   

 
 

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