Angeles City Newsletter
|This newsletter is
written and published by members of Margarita Station, a restaurant located in Angeles City,
for the information of visitors to Angeles City and for former &
current residents of Angeles City Philippines. The information is obtained from personal observations, local newspapers and
inputs from our friends and customers. All individuals and
local businesses are welcome to submit items
This newsletter is different than most previous one in that I am putting more emphasis on the changes around Angeles in the past few years rather than reporting day to day events about the clubs along Fields Ave.
Airlines Flights Direct into Clark: In
one of my last newsletters I announced that Asiana Airlines now has
direct flights from Korea into Clark. I was then flooded with
email asking for details on flight times and questions about what other
airlines were flying directly into Clark. - - - - If and when other airlines
fly to Clark, I will list them in newsletters and elsewhere on our
Right now Asiana is the only airlines flying into Clark, but their success is obvious because they have more than doubled the number of flights since they started just a few months ago. Right now they have some great promo prices to Clark and other Asian Cities:
All flights go through Seoul and some have long layovers there. For example the flight from Clark to LA leaves Clark at 1:35 am and gets into Incheon (Seoul) at 6:35 am, but the connection to LA doesn't depart until 4:30 pm. Another draw back is that tickets must be purchased by March 12th and the departure from LA must be before 30 March. Return flight must be made within 90 days.
If you have more questions, I suggest you check http://us.flyasiana.com/promofebmar2004.asp or call 1-800-227-4262 and mention the Far East Promotion.
North Expressway between Manila & Angeles City: Travel times between Manila and Angeles City continue to improve as the construction/rehabilitation of the toll way nears completion. Right now it looks like it will be 95% completed before the rainy season, so hopefully the days of 6-12 hour trips experienced by some last year will be a thing of the past. On a run to Manila about a week ago I experienced several short delays, but we made up for these delays when we hit new areas of FOUR lanes of smooth freeway with little traffic.
Expressway between Tarlac, Clark & Subic: Holy Cow Batman! Could this really happen??? Sure Robin, remember the promise of the bullet train from Manila to Angeles in the mid-90's, or the thousands of guests that would visit the Expo every day? Time will tell if this is another great plan with slow or no execution, but a few weeks ago these new signs popped up on Clark:
|Around the Town:
New Swiss Chalet Hotel on Santos Street
|Friendship Area: In the days of Clark Air Base the Friendship area was one of the most popular areas for dependent wives to go shopping for home furnishings, baskets, etc. Since many of the subscribers to our newsletter are former Clark warriors I though this would be a good time to show how the area has transformed into a little Koreatown. Photos of Friendship Area|
The newly remodeled casino is quite a site for new visitors driving along Mac Arthur Highway.
And the new Robinson's Mall is hiring employees and will open in the near future.
Although it isn't new, many people that have been away from Angeles for years have not seen Savers Mall
|Hospital Controversy: Last
month I published a lengthy article about a foreigner that died in a
local hospital and complications/problems associated with one of the
hospitals where the individual had been admitted for treatment.
Several weeks later I received a rebuttal from the hospital administrator
to that article. But, before I could respond to that rebuttal or decide
if I should publish it here, a local bar owner took it upon himself to
publish a copy of the rebuttal on a local bulletin board. Then
recently Jimmy Dale, aka Harry the Horse, also decided to
publish the rebuttal in his newsletter with a side comment that he had sent me a
email that I mysteriously never received.
Obviously those two individuals know much more than I do about the situation. Since I obviously don't know as much about this situation as the two guys that had nothing to do with it and for several other reasons I've decided not to publish the rebuttal in my newsletter. First, in almost any event where controversy is possible, the customer is going to see things differently than the business. Secondly, from my point of view there were several inaccuracies in the rebuttal that I would feel compelled to further rebut. Furthermore, it I was going to fully explain my opinion on this medical facility I would also feel compelled to publish numerous first hand complaints sent to me by well respected expat residents after my last newsletter. Obviously there is no future in this type of exchange in this forum.
I believe that for Angeles City this hospital offers a good level of care for individuals with TRICARE, other insurance policies that would be accepted there, or an unlimited budget . However, average Filipino citizens and foreigners on a limited income will find they can get as good or better treatment for a fraction of the cost at other health care facilities in Angeles & neighboring San Fernando.
My final word on health care in Angeles is I still recommend that all foreigners living overseas have their personal desires for healthcare and handling of their finances spelled out as clear & concisely as possible in a legal format that will be accepted by their host country. Additionally, despite comments to the contrary, a "Living Will" will be honored by virtually all hospitals in the Philippines whether or not a individual has been put on life support.
is a section of my newsletters that I wish was always blank,
but sadly, in the last few months we have lost several foreigners and several
Long-term resident Don Jones passed away in his sleep on the 19th of Feb. Don was a great man that always had a smile and the time for a drink and a story. He worked on Clark for several years in the early to mid 90's supervising much of the construction on the Holiday Inn and the golf course for Mimosa.
Last month it was reported in the local papers that a Korean semi-pro golfer had died in a Korean restaurant near Friendship. The newspaper report said the golfer was having a heated argument/ fight with the Korean owner of the establishment when the security guard fired a warning shot to break up the fight. But, as sometimes happens in the PI, the warning shot hit & killed the golfer. Case closed until the Korean embassy demanded an autopsy. The results of the autopsy however showed that the individual had sustained multiple stab wounds, but no gunshots. According to the latest newspaper articles, the death is under investigation by the Korean Embassy (no mention if the PNP is also conducting an investigation).
In late January Bruce Hendrickson, a local resident for a number of years died from complications associated with cancer. Bruce was a quiet guy that worked as a computer programmer for a European company.
In the Philippines there is a phrase that is frequently heard in the clubs that says "Age doesn't matter." Unfortunately that was the case for two young ladies that worked in the Angeles Entertainment district that were way too young to loose their lives. A former dancer from the King of Diamonds know to many simply as "Lovely" died last month in Manila after a battle with meningitis. And on the 29th of January, a beautiful young girl nicknamed "Angel" that worked for Honeydoll's Chat room died from injuries suffered when the motorcycle she was riding on was hit by a car.