Angeles City History, Tourist Spots, Festivals

Angeles is a highly urbanized city (HUC) in Pampanga Province of Central Luzon Region, Philippines.

Angeles City Seal
Angeles City Seal

Profile of Angeles City (Geography)
Location –> Pampanga Province in Central Luzon (See map below)
*Distance from Manila –> 83.6 Kilometers
*Distance from Subic –> 60 kilometers
*Distance from Baguio –> 168 Kilometers
Neighboring Towns –> Mabalacat City, Mexico, San Fernando City and Porac
Area –> 60.27 km2 (23.27 sq mi)
Population –> 411,634 (2015 Census)
No. of Barangays –> 33
Terrain –> Flat with hills and mountains in the west
Industries –> Trading, Manufacturing, Tourism
Major Products –> Rice, Vegetables, Poultry, Furniture, Processed Food Items, Handicraft
People/Language –> Kapampangan, Tagalog, English
Mayor –> Carmelo G. Lazatin, Jr.
Vice Mayor –> Maria Vicenta Vega Cabigting
Representative (1st District) –> Carmelo B. Lazatin II

Angeles City History

The first settlers in what was then called Culiat arrived in 1796. The settlement was a territory of San Fernando. On December 8, 1829, Culiat became a new municipality with a new name: “El Pueblo de los Ángeles” in honor of its patron saint, the Holy Angels. Incidentally, its founder was Don Ángel Pantaleón de Miranda, formerly a gobernadorcillo of San Fernando. Other pioneers in the new municipality included Severino Henson and his son Mariano who married a daughter of Don Angel. The pioneers planted sugarcane and put up a sugar mill and a wine distillery.

On March 17, 1899, General Emilio Aguinaldo transferred the capital of the First Philippine Republic to Angeles. However, when the Americans captured the town, the seat of government was moved to Tarlac City.

The growth of Angeles became very rapid when the Americans developed Clark Air Base (formerly Fort Stotsenburg) in the village of Sapang Bato. The area covered only 31 square kilometers but was later expanded to 632.14 km2 and included areas outside Angeles. Like Olongapo City, Angeles became the rest and recreational area of the American soldiers and prostitution became prevalent.

On January 1, 1964, Angeles was converted into a city by virtue of Republic Act No. 3700 which was signed into law by no other than President Diosdado Macapagal, a native of Pampanga. On October 13, 1986, it was declared a Highly Urbanized City. There was much destruction of the city when Mt. Pinatubo erupted on June 15, 1991.

Famous People from Angeles
JC Santos – Actor

Economy, Business and Investment

Angeles today is a bustling city with several malls, hotels, hospitals and other modern facilities of city living. With the redevelopment of Clark Air Base into civilian use, specifically its transformation into a premier international airport and the establishment of an economic zone, the economic prospect of the city is shining even brighter.

Big time Manila-based companies have established branches in Angeles City and more are still coming.

Angeles is known for its rattan and wooden furniture which are exported to many countries. Other products coming from Angeles are toys, metal crafts, garments, coconut and charcoal briquettes.

Angeles City Tourist Spots

Holy Rosary Parish Church
Shrine of Our Lord of the Holy Sepulcher
Museo Ning Angeles (Old Municipal Hall)
Heritage Houses like the Pamintuan Mansion, Camalig, Bale Matua and Bale Herencia
Balibago entertainment district
Korean Town in Barangay Anunas
Bayanihan Park with its Salakot Arch
Reynaldo G. Alejandro Culinary Library
Lily Hill Observation Post (used by Japanese Forces during World War II)

Angeles City Festivals

Hot Air Balloon Festival
Sisig Festival

RELATED: Profile of Olongapo City, Balanga City
See also: List of Philippine Cities by Region and Province

Map of Angeles City


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