Located just north of what used to be Clark Air Base, Angeles City’s economy was largely dependent on the air base. Until 1991, that is, when the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo forced the Americans to vacate the base. Angeles City was the place to go to for cheap imported goods—from furniture to apparel to canned food to chocolates. Another part of that economy consisted of brothels masquerading as bars and night clubs. After Pinatubo‘s eruption, Angeles City became a ghost town.
Then, the Philippine government decided to develop the area. It became the site of the scandal-ridden Expo Filipino project.
We spent a weekend at Fontana Resort in November, 2003.
Entrance to Fontana Resort
We had lunch at Lomi House, also inside Clark Air Base, before checking in. The food was great. And cheap too. Don’t look for 5-star amenities at Lomi House though. It looks like a school canteen but the food was really exceptional.
Entrance to our rented villa
Two- and three-bedroom villas are available. This was the front door to ours.
The kids and the daddies spent one whole morning at the clubhouse. The mommies went shopping. Above is the “big slide”. My husband took these photos.
One of the many kiddie pools equipped with slides; this one with an “old ship”.
Our daughter, Alex (in black swimsuit), and friends’ daughter, Erika (in the pink-and-orange two-piece swimsuit), playing in the children’s pool.
The “crocodile” ride
This was something the kids thoroughly enjoyed. Those are our daughters, Sam (looking down) and Alex, on a “crocodile” ride. The pool is equipped with an artificial current so that the crocociles glide on the water without need for paddles.
They were a common sight outside every shop at Clark Air Base. These girls were selling boiled kamote (sweet potatoes). The one at the foreground, right, said she did not go to school anymore. One of 11 children, her father had no permanent job but earned as an “extra” in various construction projects inside the old base.