Not only known as Food Capital of the Philippines, Angeles City unveils stories of the past, keeping cultural heritage and more must-see must-try must-go must-eat provided list!
Nyaman Na Pho
Well deserved of its name, Nyaman Na Pho (Nyaman, Kapampangan word for “delicious”) serves authentic Vietnamese specialties like Cha Gio (Vietnamese Fried Spring Rolls), Goi (Vietnamese Pork & Shrimp Salad), Pho (Beef Noodle Soup) and more Vietnamese Cuisines. Ingredients of every particular dish are hand picked right from Vietnam by the owner herself.
They also serve sweet Pinoy frozen treat, our very own halo-halo. But what stands out in this Vietnamese foodie experience is their Vietnamese Coffee. Mouthful bitter sweet taste with whiff of fairly distinct aroma of roasted coffee beans served perfectly on Vietnamese stainless steel single-cup coffee filter.
If you want to try Nyaman Na Pho Vietnamese Cuisines, visit them at Lourdes Sur East, Angeles City.
Patcharawan’s Thai Restaurant
A family feel ambiance as you approach the doorstep of this Thai restaurant along #26B Malabanias Road in Angeles City. Formerly known as the Thai Baht Restaurant, Patcharawan’s serves authentic Thai delish specialties like their Fried Noodles – Phad Thai, Fresh Spring Rolls, Papaya Salad and their very own Thai Iced Tea.
Final bite into this heavenly sweetened Thai dessert, Sticky Rice with Mango. Creamy goodness, distinctively fair sweet taste with a juicy Mango twist to relish!
Rob’s Gastropub + Sports
Take a seat, get yourself a tender slice of steak and simply grab a beer. If simply looking for a place to casually chill with friends and play poker after a long busy tiring day, then Rob’s Gastropub + Sports is the perfect hang out! This British themed pub is located along corner A. Santos St. & Vian St. in Angeles city. Definitely has a perfect pub appeal having pool table and dart area on the corner and a separate room for poker players.
JIRO Izakaya Sushi Ramen
Serving the best Japanese eats just along the corner of Friendship Highway is JIRO Izakaya Sushi Ramen! If you drop by, do not forget to try this appetizing subtle flavored and ever glorious Volcano Roll! Spicy, Shoyu, Salt based ramen soup, they all have it here in JIRO. They even have curry based broth ramen and miso based broth, lots to choose from!
Just along Zeppelin Street, Hensonville Subdivision in Angeles City, Paizano’s is definitely the best place to stop for hand-tossed baked pizza, sandwiches, pasta, salad, and more. In luck to experience this newly refurbished eating place as vast array of culinary delights were dished out.
Pizza galore day for everyone in the room, stretchy threads of hot melted cheese with every pizza slices we devoured, Hawaiian, Manhattan, White Pizza, Pepperoni and more exciting flavors to choose from. They even serve New York Style sandwiches, 6 and 12 inches bread with crispy crackling crust yet light and fluffy inside. All sub comes with Iceberg lettuce, Tomatoes, Onions, Black Olives and their very own secret sauce.
Another crowd-pleaser is their 4 layered baked lasagna, pasta with classic meat sauce and ooey-gooey melted cheese. Homemade garlic bread comes along with every Pasta dish that they serve.
Rasoi Indian Restaurant
Rasoi is a decent restaurant serving Indian cuisines just along the same street as Paizano’s. Believe me, you can barely taste the strong and bold spices of their wide variety of Indian dishes savory to the tongue, from the original Indian Naan bread, the creamy tomato sauce of this orange-colored Chicken Tikka Masala, flat bread Roti, and more dishes to delight your palate! One of my favorite is the samosa with this spicy bottle mint sauce. Not a fan of hot sauce but Samosa plus the dipping sauce was just fantastic!
Opens at 11:00 and closes at 23:00, the only Indian restaurant in town is open for the curry lovers 365 days in a year! Yes, definitely no break in the kitchen just to serve authentic Indian cuisines all year round!
Our first Angeles experience started with the relaunching event at Clark Museum. I consider this as one of my favorite part of the Angeles tour. Historical pieces, art exhibits, traditional and native hunting tools of the Aeta tribe, volcanic rocks from Pinatubo and more local relics.
There is this area in the museum with lanterns displayed, lighted Christmas lanterns! And they have this gigantic lantern which is powered by a machine that when you turn the steering wheel, it produces a sequence of switching on and off of the lights.
And from the museum, we headed to the intriguing 4D theater. We were brought back to the past, from the moment Angeles City became a permanent quarter of the American forces, to the catastrophe brought by the eruption of Pinatubo, up to what Angeles City has become today.
Museo ning Angeles
In 1999, Kuliat Foundation, a non-stock and non-profit organization started their first step on preserving city’s rich history, culture and tradition with full support from the local government and city tourism office. In order to further promote city tourism, they worked hand in hand with the ongoing development of the heritage district. Beginning to open doors to the public, making there mark as a Food Capital, particularly with their ever famous Sisig, and sharing preserved culture that the city has.
Museo ning Angles is divided into four gallery, Sukulan Gallery, Vicente Alvarez Dizon Gallery, Balikdan Gallery, Culinarium, and the newest, Cafe Museo. Cloudy day yet just perfect for a cup of Tsokolateng Batirol and Putong Babi at Cafe Museo. We even witnessed how Chef Richard personally prepares the Tsokolateng Batirol. This warm melted tablea (pure cacao beans) chocolate drink is stirred by a wooden Batirol which is the key to its perfection. Putong Babi on the other hand is Angeles’ local version of pork buns. Made of a half slice Pandesal, egg, mashed Camote and fried in lard which gives us the idea on where its name was derived as Babi in kapampangan means Pig. The sweetish creamy taste of Tsokolateng Batirol is definitely best with the fair salty taste of the Putong Babi on a perfect drip drop cold weather.
Culinary shocker frogs and crickets, dished out for a cooking demo at the Culinarium area of the Museo. As a big fan of bizarre food, both exotics definitely won my palate hands down. What makes Betuteng Tugak (stuffed frog) a favorite is the filling, the organic flavorsome spices that enhances the taste of the meat, taste even better than Chicken. Adobong Kamaru (cricket), simple yet embraced by serious flavors of great piquancy with these crunchy cricket legs tickling your tongue.
If you want to make connection with Angeles City, simply take a slow travel through stories of their rich culture and history. You may contact the Angeles City Tourism Office (ACTO) on future travel plans through the following:
TEL: (045) 625 – 2286
This mansion was built around the 80’s by Don Florentino Pamintuan in which ownership was later passed on to the Tablante family. Later on, the property was donated to the Central Bank of the Philippines, passed on to the national government, Department of Finance and to the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).
The first and only anniversary celebration of Philippine Independence Day (12th of June 1899) was held at the Pamintuan Mansion. It also served as the Malacañang of the North whereas the first Philippine president of the republic, Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, was said to moved the seat of government from Cavite to Angeles, making the mansion as the headquarter.
A tour inside the mansion, we were pointed to the main entrance where the Señora’s calesa goes in and the reception area where certain parts are said to be restricted from those who don’t belong to the “alta sa ciudad” or unwelcome visitors/relatives.
Mansion was being developed as they built public comfort rooms plus a class room type audio visual room for the kids to learn. Quite fine architecture can be seen inside the mansion, a mixture of Victorian and local influence. It’s a lucky day for us since the mansion is not yet opened to the public, but we were allowed to visit the place. Inauguration of the mansion as a museum was held last August 2015.
Center for Kapampangan Studies
Quick walk from Mueso ning Angeles, just crossing the streets and we finally entered the largest university outside Manila, the Holy Angel University. We were heading to the Center for Kapmapangan Studies, which is located inside the university. Few steps, as we reached our destination, trees welcomed us, trees with quite interesting names. Most of the town names in Pampanga were derived from these trees: Dau, Balacat (Mabalacat), Panipuan, & Betis.
The Center for Kapampangan Studies promotes culture preservation of the local Kapampangans, from local craftsmanship, paintings, and other historical pieces of the city itself.
The Kapampangan also has their own indigenous writing system, the Kulitan, in which most of its characters came from various Asian countries. They even have this computer where you can type words and it will translate these words to the Kulitan writing.
Bale-Balayan, the museum for the poor, was founded by an artist with the love for culture and arts preservation, Mr. Peter De Vera. A museum and music-and-dance training center, Bale-Balayan provides the less-fortunate members of the society the opportunity to develop and show their craft and artistry.
From Cordillera inspired library and reception area in the entrance, we moved to the Spanish influenced area of the museum. They have this prayer room area, where the “Our Lady of Montserrat” is placed. They also have there own interpretation of the station of the cross, influenced by social, political and environmental issues. These art pieces are made of real human blood stains which they collect from the flagellants who partake and scourge themselves in public every Semana Santa. They also have this Asian influenced meditation room with various wood and metal sculptures, crafted by the locals and some imported from other Asian countries.
We even witnessed a great performance from the children as they played native instruments and we had some snack and treats whilst watching them (I love the Tanglad tea that they served).
Bale-Balayan is located at 40-22 Araw Malansik Street, Barangay Sta. Teresita, Angeles City. You can contact them via email, [email protected] or thru mobile, (+63) 917 – 511 – 1904 or via facebook, www.facebook.com/sinukwan
Deca Wake Clark Park
I am a great fan of extreme sports and definitely excited when I knew that the itinerary includes a visit in Deca Wake Park in Angeles! It’s located in Margot, Angeles City. Deca Wake Clark is open everyday and offers two separate areas, one for beginners (4 ft deep) and another for the Pro’s (8 ft deep), which is quite bigger. Basic safety tips as shared by the owner, specially along the Pro’s Area, if out of control and heading for an obstacle that you wanna get away from, you just need to let go of the handle, and if you fall in the water, keep an eye all the time. Watch out for other wakeboarders and handles that travels at around 30 km/h. Of course, you don’t want to get hit by those handle in the head. Just pay attention. Lifevest and helmet will be provided by the staff upon registration. They also have shower rooms within the area. Planned to just try wakeboarding in the Beginner’s area but we don’t want to waste time with the long queue so we moved to the Pros area, assuming that we can go along with all those wakeboarding enthusiasts who can lift there boards and jump off the ramps! A real kickass experience, I’ll definitely comeback! (for more wipeout experience haha)
Overall, it was a pleasure to be part of this Angeles City ‘s Total Tourist Experience. There’s a lot to see and experience in the food capital of PH and their great efforts on preservation of history, culture and customs truly deserves a great commendation. See for yourself and visit Angeles City!