ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT & PERIMETER ROAD
In late November, Ivy,
a well known bar fly who had recently
returned to Angeles was shot two times on
his first day back in Angeles.
He was on the way home late at night when
thieves grabbed a belt/butt pack he was
wearing. He resisted and he was shot
2-3 times and then they took the belt bag.
This incident occurred late at night near
the Tiger Hotel on Narcisso Street.
I was shot in an attempted
robbery in the same area on Nov 1,
2008. Entering the gate to my
apartment near Tiger Hotel. Filipino
attempted to force his way into the
gate as I was closing it. While we
struggled at the gate he shot me
once through the bars. I was still
able to close and lock the gate.
Rushed to hospital by neighbor and
landlord. Bullet entered my upper
right chest and exited right side of
back, luckily only soft tissue and
the next day I was home. Back bar
hopping in 2 days.
Police arrested 8 Filipino suspects
on Nov 18. My shooter was positively
identified by a female witness that
came forward after hearing about the
second shooting. Police told me it
was a gang living in Clarkview and
targeting Filipinos and foreigners
in the Narciso Street area. I don't
know if the guy who shot Ivy was
identified. All 8 are in Angeles
JCC NOTE: Although violence has been on the rise, these
incidents are the first of this type (armed
robbery/shooting directed at a foreign
"tourist"/bar hopper) in a long time. Sadly,
I believe it does mean a significant change in
the peace & order situation. We have had
several street shootings of foreigners in
the last year, but those seemed to be more
on the line of paid hits on EXPATS that
resided here. Do not walk down dark streets.
A lot has been
said in the last several years about police "set-ups" or
"stings." Now days there is a website
devoted to these setups. And, there are articles in the
newspapers every few weeks. Yet these "set-ups" have continued.
On 15 Dec 2008 I
was informed by a manager in one of the bigger hotels of
a setup conducted against one of their guests. I
reworded the message from the hotel and sent out this
warning to other Angeles businesses:
This week a tourist from
Hawaii was on his second night when he
stopped to buy a pack of cigarettes from a
vendor that was very near the 7-11 store.
He handed the vendor his money and the
vendor asked him if he wanted to buy
marijuana, showing him a small bag. He said
no, the vendor handed him his change and a
"undercover" cop put hand cuffs on him
saying he observed him trying to purchase
They took him to station 4 and charged him
with purchasing drugs. They told him for
P200,000 they could make the case go away.
They released him so he could return and get
his bank card. He went back to the hotel
and told the desk he needed to change rooms
because someone was after him. The hotel
moved him to a new room and 45 minutes later
the station 4 police arrived and told the
guards they were looking for the guest. The
manager went to his room and he agreed to
return to station four with one of the hotel
guards. The hotel manager asked the guard
who was handling the case and he said they
all had jackets on that covered their name
The police finally agreed to
tear up the report for P100,000 which he got
out of a bank machine.
He told the hotel night
manager that it was a set-up and he never
asked or has used drugs. The hotel guard
saw the bag of evidence and said it didn't
look like drugs. He was very scared and
The hotel manager called him
the following morning and asked if he would
talk to him and the guy said he was resting
and would see him in the afternoon. About 3
pm the guards told the manager he was at
reception. He was checking out and said he
had no time and had to see his friends and
would come talk to the manager the next
day. He never showed up.
I'm sure he’s back in Hawaii telling all his
friends to stay away from our "Friendly"
In the first two
weeks of December there were an estimated six new stings.
The last was about the 15th and I'll be surprised if
there are any more any time soon.
with some power has stepped up to the plate. After
a guest at the ABC was hit for a minor sting by the
local police, Gerard warned some of the individuals
believed to be involved that these operations must stop
now or there will be huge consequences. He has
influential friends in high places from his years of
doing businesses in the Philippines and he says he will
call them if there are any more scams.
If you or anyone
you know is involved in a setup, immediately contact the
management of your hotel, Margarita Station (892-6548 or
47), or Gerard at ABC.
This does not mean you can buy dope and sleep with
underaged girls and expect anyone here to help. But, if
you hear of anyone being set up, notify someone that can
get a message to an EXPAT Owner/manager that has been
here for year. If they get the word to ABC you can
expect the cavalry.
||Steven Soul has been fighting his setup now for
months. Most guys have just paid and left the
country. For more, also see the first news
clipping section below.
||These setups are constantly being attacked by an
unorganized website called Central Luzon Corruption.
Despite the difficulty in finding your way around this
website, it is having an impact on some individuals as
you can see in the news article on the left. The
link for their update page is
March 2009 Limited Hotel Availability: I put
this notice up before and some people hinted that it was a
scam to get people to book rooms. Boy that would be a
stupid one, turning down our reservations so they could get
more bookings? Come on guys, that is just ignorant to
So, one more time. Three of the major major
hotels have told us they are already fully booked in March
According to our sources the reason for the mass bookings
for March 09 is the Hash House Harriers event, "Pan Asia
2009" on 6,7, and 8,March. About 2,500 are expected to
participate. Many from Malaysia have booked for the entire month. If
you are planning a visit to Angeles in March, I recommend
you book your rooms ASAP. So far we not had any of the
smaller hotels tell us they are fully booked, but it will
happen soon because the number of rooms already booked is
way above normal.
was raided on Monday 8 Dec 2008
during a "Monday Madness" show. Supposedly several people
around town caught word of an impending raid and warned someone
at the club. The warnings were not only ignored, but they
let a Filipino male into the club. He managed to shoot some
videos of an act he considered lewd with his cellular phone
before he called in the raiding team.
In Mid-December a girl applied for a job
Gentleman's Club. The manager asked if she had a city
license. She said it was at her previous employers so they
told her to wait downstairs until the mama-san arrived so
she could would walk her down and get the permit. Station 4
minor-rescue team showed up and asked someone who she was.
One employee said "maybe a new door-girl." Cost
Filipino Beauty Contest at ABC Hotel:
In mid-December I was asked to be a judge for a ongoing
beauty contest. Now, would any guy turn down a
opportunity to judge a beauty contest? Well,
neither did I.
ABC spared no expense in the elaborate stage set up for
the event. This was the second round of
competition where the winner will walk away with
P250,000 in cash. The contest involved 3-4 costume
changes. It ran a little long (about 4 hours) but, IMO
it was a great show. Not sure why the attendance wasn't
maxed out when a P1000 entry for guys included a free
buffet and free local drinks?
Gerard is already discussing some more changes in the
program which now may have only one more round of
competition on the night of March 12th. It is possible
the on-line voting may go away completely. And a push will be made
to get the absolute best looking girls around into the
final competition (as the 2nd round had some cute girls
but not much in the "10" category when compared to what
is really out there).
I've put up some of the better photos on a separate page
For on-line information, see:
||Very nice article on Zapata's Mexican Restaurant
the website Dessert Comes First.
PHOTO(s) OF THE MONTH
A SIGN OF THE TIMES: The face on the figure
on top of Las Vega Club looks as uninterested in being here as
many of the staff in some of the Fields Ave bars this holiday
OPENINGS - CHANGES - ETC
Chris back at C'Italian. After a short
absence (vacation) Chris is again cooking up
gastronomical delights at C'Italian between Fire and
Ice and Honey Ko's on Perimeter Road. There
are rumors of some an iminent expansion into another city.
Time will tell on this rumor, but I give it about a
95% chance of being true.
says they will add an additional 60 seats in their
new aircon dining area just before Christmas to keep
up with the demand. This will bring their total dining
capacity to close to 200.
Also, for planning purposes C'Italian will be
closed December 24 and 25 as well as on December
31 and January 1, 2009
Click on Chris's picture on the left and see a
nice write up from the in-flight magazine from Cebu
Pacific in November.
Construction continues on the new Tequila Reef
building on the corner of Santos & Real Streets.
The owners are shooting for a mid-February opening.
This month they have been testing their recipes with
a mixture of local ingredients and imported Mexican
dried chilies, pinto beans, etc. These samples have
been given away at various clubs. This month the
taste testings were done at Gecko's, Lollipop's and
La Bamba. They have already hired most of their
staff, but they are still looking for the right
female manager (with F&B experience) and a few more
kitchen staff and waitresses. Interested
individuals should apply daily between 2 and 6 pm at
Fred is back as a manager at Roadhouse!
Coyote Ugly was reported to
have been SOLD. No further details are available.
BYRD CAGE was also SOLD recently.
Bill was heard to mumble something about a "getting real job."
Bill has confirmed the "job" but not the sale. And as of
24 December Elsa was still running the place. May
be worth stopping in, having a drink and trying to get
the real story?
temporarily closed. Word on the street is it is a dispute
between two of the owners.
near the VFW now
has dancers. If you stop here, I recommend ordering food
from Willie Pig's next door.
MIDNIGHT RODEO & PATTAYALAND
have seen better days. Both places have been dead for
years, producing very little revenue for a prime
location. Hopefully whatever replaces them will have a
more universal interest to the tourists in Angeles.
opened it's doors
in December 2007 with several big name entertainers from
Manila in concert. Sadly, that was probably the
best week for this Korean carnival. The small
rollercoaster and the flying boat were just a little too
scary for the average Filipino and it never drew any
decent crowds. In Mid-December 2008 the cranes were
taking down the rides to be shipped to some place where
I'm sure they will get more customers.
I have now taken the Cebu Pacific flight from Clark to
Bangkok twice. For me it's great. Cuts out the trip to
Manila. Additionally there is no real reason to check in
2 hours prior to the flight. A little over one
hour is more than early enough. Airport tax is
P600 vs P750. The flights are not full and the
aircraft (A-320's) appear to be in good condition. At
just over $200 for a round trip it is excellent value.
On my first trip I had the misfortune
of trying to exit Thailand when demonstrators had closed
the airport. Very few travel agents had any information
about Cebu Pacific, but my agent, Noemi (see below)
managed to get me information on flights. And
surprisingly, Cebu Pacific came through with some
aircraft from U-tapao to Manila. However, I would
not have got out as early as I did if it was not for the
highly efficient Cebu Pacific Bangkok Airport Station
Tess Ruktapurana. She
was outstanding under pressure and was able to maximize
available seats while handling some real irate
travelers complain about little problems when they
travel. If you want to read
more about what it is
like to get out of a country when the main airport is
click here for a diary & photos
of the "evacuation"
Cebu Pacific Booking
Problems: With the advent of direct flights between
Clark (Angeles) and Bangkok many people including me have tried
to book flights through their website. People from most
countries report problems trying to use their credit cards on
the website. Unless you have a
Philippine VISA card with "verified by VISA," don't waste your
time trying to book through the Cebu Pacific website. The
website will not accept any credit cards from that don't have
"verified by Visa," which means virtually all non-Philippine
VISA cards will be denied. I've been trying to get a local
travel agent that can assist with booking these flights, but so
far I haven't found a good one in Angeles that understands the
problem. If you need one on the Bangkok end, you can try Noemi
@ Dinero Tours (email:
firstname.lastname@example.org ). She is a Filipino lady that I have
used for may years and I've never had a problem with a ticket I
bought through her agency.
|I have had several people tell me they haven't had
problems, but many more said all their credit cards were
also denied. I contacted Cebu Pacific and got the
response below. Seems pretty clear to me.
"We are temporarily not accepting VISA
credit cards issued from the United States. The site is
also unable to process certain US-issued Mastercard
cards and UK-issued Visa and Mastercard credit cards.
Please try using other credit cards or call (632)
70-20-888 if you encounter any problems during payment."
read in your recent newsletter on the Cebu
Pacific booking problems with the "Verified by
Visa" issue. This is also the case with PAL,
as we had recently tried to book online a flight
from Singapore to Manila with PAL using a
non-Philippine Visa card, and it was denied. We
were able to purchase over the counter the
following day using the same card. Both sites
may be using some of the same services.
Regards, Randy Deeds
I haven't had any problems (yet) with Cebu Pacific, but
I sure got some feedback on this airlines. Several
people commented on cancelled flights and no luck
getting rescheduled or refunded. Local Angeles
resident Bob Laing sent me this email which was typical of many I read. I guess
Still another suggestion
about buying tickets on PAL and
Cebu Pacific from a reader:
Tourists at home who wish to
buy tickets on PAL should give up on the online site, and
just call the PAL office in their home country to buy
e-tickets. For example, one tourist here bought tickets from
Manila to Beijing back in August by calling the PAL office
in Los Angeles. The tickets were emailed to him, and he was
able to board the PAL flight in Manila the day after his
arrival in the Philippines.
Tourists outside the
Philippines who wish to buy tickets on Cebu Pacific should
consider calling Beeline here in AC for reservations, and
then send the payment to directly to the Beeline
representative via Western Union. The Beeline employee will
then buy your ticket for you in the Philippines. You'll need
to send your payment in the name of the particular Beeline
representative you will pick up the cash at Western Union in
order to buy your tickets. "Ha?" you say. Yup, says, Panchai,
who posts on Go2Phil, "Those ladies have been buying me
tickets that way since 2004, and I've never had any
problems. In fact, when I've had problems with connections,
they've gone out of their way to adjust all my reservations
so my trip proceeds smoothly."
- Panchai@go 2 phil
MORE CHRISTMAS IDEAS: In addition to the Gecko's
calendar (which is still on sale in Margarita Station &
Gecko's), the La Pasha Group has a couple of great
stocking stuffers. They also have a calendar
(which was published before the Gecko's calendar) and a
DVD. Items are on sale in all La Pasha clubs (La
Pasha, Carousel, and Typhoon).
||An article on changes to Clark/Angeles with a little
about the reasons for the increasing Korean population.
||WILCON BUILDERS SUPPLY A few years ago we
finally got a WILCON Builders Supply in San Fernando.
They have great prices on a variety of building
materials. Now a huge one is going up behind Mc
Donald's in Dau. This store is going to have a
huge impact on some of the mom & pop hardware's in
Angeles that have been ripping people off for years.
And I predict it won't help Ace Hardware in the mall too
|Want to read more about Angeles City?
Check out the current issue of
City of Angeles
magazine. Click on the photo for a direct
||Another popular monthly magazine on Angeles City
Blue Book. Click on the magazine on
the left for a direct link to their website.
Clark workers now 57T
CLARK FREEPORT -- The number of employees inside
this Freeport has reached 57,000 as of October
2008, according to the Clark Development
Corporation (CDC). It stated that the number
of employees increased by about 5,000 from
October 2007 to October 2008.
The increment in the number of employees was
gleaned on the report submitted by 347 locators
over the past 12 months, CDC president Benigno
Ricafort said. As of February this year, the CDC has
recorded 54,748 employees inside the Freeport. CDC Public Relations Department manager
Angelo Lopez Jr. said the number of workers
exceeds almost thrice the number of employees
when the Freeport was still a US Air Force base. The US facility employed more than 21,000
before, Lopez added.
There are more than 640 registered locators
in Clark at present. But only 347 firms have
submitted their number of employees. The other
locators, Lopez said, have yet to submit their
employment report to the CDC. The Customer Service Department reported to Ricafort that sectors that hire many workers are
industrial electronics, garments, crafts,
furniture and other manufacturing sectors where
some 28,452 are presently employed. Information Technology and Telecommunications
on the other hand have 8,759 employees. A total of 6,835 workers have been hired for
tourism-related projects in Clark. The increase of employment opportunities
inside the Freeport may also be attributed to
the influx of investments here. There are 87 new lease agreements with over
P2 billion investment commitments for the next
Earlier, the Marketing Department of the
state-owned corporation reported to Ricafort
that 55 projects were signed in the last 10
months bringing to 781 the total number of
investments inside this Freeport. The new investment has an aggregate amount of
P14 billion. More than P2.18 billion worth of investments
will be put up inside the zone in the next five
years. These include 33 IT-related projects that
have signed lease and sub-lease agreements.
Clark interchange to open before Christmas
CLARK FREEPORT -- The nearing completion of Panday
Pira road that connects to Subic-Clark-Tarlac
Expressway (SCTEx) will be an early Christmas treat
for motorists. Officials of the Bases Conversion
and Development Authority (BCDA), builder of the
94-kilometer SCTEx, told a press conference Thursday
that the opening of the Panday Pira stretch would
pave the way for the full operation of the Clark
The 3.8-kilometer long road serves as the main access
to Clark for motorists coming from the towns of Tarlac
and Mabalacat. According to Gen. Robert Gervacio, BCDA
spokesperson, the road is already 66.10 percent
complete. "The Clark North Interchange could be accessed
through the Panday Pira Road just before Christmas day,"
Gervacio told reporters during the briefing.
Along with the Clark North Interchange, Gervacio said
construction and developments are also being done on the
Floridablanca and Porac Interchanges in the north of the
province. The three interchanges, reportedly
constructed at a cost of P1.1 billion, are expected to
spur enough vehicular volume for BCDA to recover the
principal cost of constructing SCTEx as well as
subsequent operation expenses.
Gervacio said that SCTEx currently makes around P1.3
million on normal days. "The most that we could raise is
P2.5 million during long weekends," Gervacio added.
Despite the encouraging income, Gervacio said it would
not be prudent to light the entire stretch of SCTEx as
this would entail a higher toll for motorists. "The
lighting of the entire stretch would cost us P2.2
billion for civil works alone," Gervacio said, adding
that P6 million would be the day-to-day cost to light
the SCTEx from 6:00 pm to 6:00 am. The BCDA said there
is enough lighting available along tollbooths and plazas
with added reflector paints to aid motorists traveling
at night. Gervacio also assured that security inside the
SCTex is tight and there is enough paramedic support in
case of accidents.
Winston S. Cruz, program manager of SCTEx operational
support services, pointed out that BCDA strictly adheres
to a continuing road improvement program not only to
prolong the roadway's lifespan but also to ensure public
safety and comfort.
Safe driving at SCTEX, NLEX sought
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- The Tollways
Management Corp. (TMC) has asked motorists to
drive safely along Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway
(SCTEX) and North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) to
prevent loss of lives and injuries. "We are advising motorists to drive within
the allowable speed limits and be extra careful
when overtaking other vehicles," said Betty
Jose, spokesperson for the TMC, which operates
and maintains the two expressways. Jose made the call after four people died,
including a doctor and two soldiers, when a
sports utility vehicle (SUV) rammed into a 6x6
military vehicle along SCTEX last week.
She said that SCTEX was built for the safety
and comfort of motorists and follows
"international road safety standards." The road, she said, is equipped with
reflectorized lane markings and guardrails for
additional safety. The fatal accident took place along the dark
section of the expressway in Barangay Manuali,
Porac last November 25. Police said soldier Mayolito Calaquian died
on the spot while his colleagues Jayson Fajardo,
Lorenzo Gazzingan and Alex Franco were brought
to St. Raphael Hospital in Mabalacat town for
treatment. However, Fajardo died while
undergoing treatment. According to Gazzingan, their group came from
Porac town and was heading to Bataan Province
when they were suddenly hit by a Mitsubishi
Outlander from behind. He added that they were cruising in the right
speed when the accident happened. The SUV was being driven by Apolinario
Bernabe with her lone passenger identified as
Dr. Maria Teresita Bernabe of Bustos, Bulacan. Investigators believed that over-speeding had
caused the fatal road accident. Meanwhile, Major Segundo Mitran of the 3rd
Infantry Battalion said the relatives of the
dead soldiers will receive necessary benefits as
they died in the "line of duty."
Mitran observed that a long portion of the
expressway is still bereft of lights resulting
in difficulty traveling among most motorists. He said since other SCTEX interchanges have
not been completed, rescuers had to route
victims through the Dinalupihan Interchange
before they were brought to the hospital in
Carjackers strike anew
CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Less than a week after forcibly taking two
vehicles here and in nearby Angeles City, carjackers
struck again in this city in broad daylight last
Saturday. A couple who parked their Toyota van in front of
the City Central Terminal here to buy snacks and
bottled water found themselves at the mercy of two
armed men around 3 p.m. Senior Superintendent Keith Ernald Singian,
officer-in-charge of the Pampanga Provincial Police,
identified the victims as Albert Carino and his
wife, residents of Barangay Quebiawan here. Singian said the victims had just alighted from
the van when the armed men got off from a still
undetermined silver car and immediately poked a
caliber .45 pistol at Carino and asked him to turn
over the key of his vehicle. When the victim refused, he was pistol-whipped on
the head by one of the suspects who grabbed the key
and immediately fled on board the van, which was
followed by the suspects' car towards a still
Barely a week ago, a Hyundai Starex van was
carjacked by heavily armed men at Villa Victory
Subdivision in this city, while a pick-up truck was
also stolen in front of the Chevalier School in
Angeles City. Singian said a flash alarm was made to all
Community Police Assistance Center (Compac),
Kambilan and police stations in the province. The
information was also relayed to the Highway Patrol
Group-Region 3 (HPG-3) but the suspects were still
able to escape. Singian said he has directed the city police here
to form a "tracker team." He has also coordinated
with the HPG-3 for the establishment of 24/7
checkpoints along all major roads and strategic
locations in the province.
Authorities here are keeping their eyes open
against the "Dominguez Group" and other groups
allegedly involved in carnapping and carjacking
operations in Central Luzon. Residents and second-hand car dealers here are
asking the Congress to pass a law that will impose
stiffer penalties against carnappers and carjackers. A car buy-and-sell trader here said the P100,000
bail for carnapping suspects is just "chicken feed"
for car thieves compared to the millions of pesos
they earn in selling stolen cars.
Richard Short, age 43, former owner of Klub Klass
and long time resident in AC died December 10th in
England. Initial reports say cause of death was a
heart attack. He was also known for installing
many of the Fields Avenue sound systems. He leaves a
Wife and young baby.
||It is doubtful that Jim Adams ever though of
going to Angeles City. But, after reading his
story I think he would have fit in with the Angeles
crowd pretty good. RIP Jim.
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