Angeles City

Sin City

Girls at Edelwiess

Such is the reputation of Angeles city. The reason for this is that the United States in force occupied Clark Field otherwise known as Clark International airport for many years between World War II and the eruption of Mount Pinatubo in 1991. This was the largest United States military facility outside of the continental United States.

The US troops of course demanded sex from the women of local populations and gave rise to the sex industry which is widespread across Asia. I’m not saying that the local men didn’t like a little titillation on the side, but it was much more subtle and in keeping with local traditions.

For many

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San Fernando

A rural and industrial centre

Roadside furniture shop

In the heart of the Luzon plain, San Fernando is an agricultural region north of Manila that produces fish, rice and sugar. San Fernando city itself seems to be a place many drive by on the NLEX, but its an important town and off the wide main street are Toyota and Mitsubishi car dealers.

The older part of town has two public markets, but many flock to the aircon SM Mall to shop. Image below right. As with any Philippine city, there is always the roadside shops and craftsmen as in the image below left making furniture and car exhausts. The tourism industry of the city is fuelled by two

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Rice, sugar cane and tilapia

Looking across the tilapia farms from the NLEX near San Fernando, Pampanga

This flat area of the Luzon Plain within an hours drive north of Manila is an important rice growing region dissected by several expressways that run between Manila, San Fernando (the Pampanga capital), Angeles City, Subic Bay and Tarlac within the administrative region of Central Luzon or Region III, (Gitnang Luzon).

Tourism is becoming a significant industry as the former US air base Clark Field has now become the Diosdado Macapagal International Airport. This Luzon’s second International Airport and designated as the Philippines future premier gateway site and an entry point that avoids the chaos of arriving in Manila.

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