Philippines, Pampanga, Clark Freeport Zone is located just 70km north of Metro Manila and is conveniently accessible via the newly refurbished NLEX highway which eliminates all city-driving between the two cities. Moreover, Clark Philippines has its own major international airport DMIA Clark International Airport which links Clark to all major cities in Asia and therefore, the world.
Recent events such as the tourist bus hostage crisis which took the lives of several Hong Kong tourists, caused Manila to lose a lot of its luster. Visitors eyeing the Philippines as a destination of leisure, vacation, business investment, career or retirement begin to shift their focus on to the heir-apparent, Clark Philippines.
Clark became a Freeport Zone after the Americans returned it to the Philippines government during the Pinatubo volcano eruption. Prior to that, it was Clark Airbase, the largest US military base outside of American soil. The US Air Force left behind not only a large airport with two long runways, larger than Manila’s NAIA airport, but also the infrastructure of a world-class suburban city. Today, several wings of the Philippines Air Force take up residence in Clark, further bolstering Clark’s already good security controls, making Clark Freeport Zone the safest city not only in the Philippines but among all major cities in Asia.
Safety and security is not the only reason tourist, retirees and investors eye Clark Philippines as a destination of choice for their respective agendas. Frequently being compared to its sibling Manila, Clark Freeport also shines in categories such as low air pollution levels, practically no traffic issues to speak of and an abundance of trees and green vegetation.
Tourism was slow to take off in the 90s in Clark Philippines mainly because of the lack of initiative and management competence of the governing body called Clark Development Corporation or CDC. However private investments and marketing efforts of stakeholders called Clark locators have put Clark on the tourism map when fine leisure, entertainment, wine and dine establishments are added to the features and attractions of Clark Freeport. Today, although Clark is still a lazy town filled with peace and tranquility, this city near Manila has lots more to offer. Here are some examples:
Clearwater Resort and Country Club
This resort hotel is developed and operated by a Hong Kong-based company to revive the suburban lifestyle left behind by the Americans during the times when Clark as a US Airbase. The 13-hectare resort has a 3-hectare lake surrounded by a beach and several large and small swim-spots, picnic gardens, campsites, venues for weddings and company picnics and outings of all sizes and a small number of hotel rooms of various styles, some right on the edge of the lake while others are among the many large Acacia trees that grace the grounds of this hotel in Clark Philippines. For more information check out http://www.ClearwaterPhilippines.com.
YATS Restaurant and Wine Lounge
Investors, tourists and local businessmen wine and dine at this world-class restaurant and wine lounge. The restaurant’s 3000-line wine list recently won wine Spectator’s Best of Awards of Excellence. Noted also for its French Mediterranean cuisine that befits the restaurant’s world-class wine offerings, many private dinners, social and corporate functions are also held here in one of the restaurant’s several private dining venues. For more information, visit http://www.YatsRestaurant.com
Clark Wine Center
Clark Freeport is well-known not only for casinos, golf courses, nice resorts and restaurants, but also for being a shopping destination for wine lovers throughout Asia. Clark Wine Center is the largest wine shop in the Philippines that offers wines from all major wine regions around the world, vintages spanning over 50 years and all price points. This 2-storey independent building located on Clark’s main road MA Roxas also hold public wine tastings. Its roof-deck lawn garden is rented out for small alfresco parties also.
The London Pub
Classic English-styled gastropub serves up great English pub food, offers a variety of local and imported beers and excellent selection of wine by the glass. The interior is classic English wood décor. This is regarded by local community as the premier family restaurant.
MAGNUM ROOM WINE BAR/LOUNGE
This is for small party of less than 30. The plush yet relaxing setting makes for an ideal corporate party for executives and VIP clients. Only the best is served at the Magnum Room and these can be vintage wine, imported beers, single malt, Cognac, Armagnac, vintage Port and Champagne. Hors d’Oeuvres can be ordered as part of the party but in general this is not a venue for dinner.
Investor, Retiree and Visitor Assistance
Yats International Leisure Philippines or YILP has been offering assistance at no charge to help visitors and investors navigate their way around Clark for leisure, entertainment and business. Clark Freeport Zone is an obvious destination for retirement also.
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Hotel Angeles City Philippines offer assistance to tourists, businesses and people on vacation to enjoy their stay in Angeles Clark Philippines region. http://www.yilp.com