Angeles City stands proudly among the cities of Pampanga—and it should, since it managed to surpass all the setbacks and changes it faced throughout its history: Japanese bombings, a highly-destructive volcanic eruption, the removal of an American military base, and many more. These events not only inspired and strengthened the locals, but also opened opportunities for growth and progress, which the city enjoys today.
Angeles is the gateway of the Philippines to some of the countries in Asia because of the Clark International Airport. The airport was built on an area that used to be the biggest American military base outside of the Unites States. Now known as the Clark Freeport Zone, the base was transferred to the Philippine government in the early 90s, and it was developed into a glitzy commercial area teeming with places for entertainment, shopping, dining, and many more.
In addition to the modern establishments, the Clark Freeport Zone has many historic areas and places of interest. The Salakot is a monument near the base's main gate that was designed after a Filipino native hat. It was built to commemorate the establishment of Filipino sovereignty over the military base and to symbolize the long history of Filipino-American alliance. There is also the US Memorial Cemetery, where 8,000 soldiers who died during the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars were buried.
Angeles also has a lot of hidden gems as well. One of them is Aling Lucing, a small and gritty eatery where sisig was born. Sisig is one of the most popular bar chows in the country, and Aling Lucing serves the best version of this dish.