EtymologyThe name Ángeles is derived from the ''El Pueblo de los Ángeles'' ("The Town of the Angels") in honour of its s, ''Los Santos Ángeles Custodios'' (), and the name of its founder, ' Ángel Pantaleón de Miranda.
Spanish periodIn 1796, the ''gobernadorcillo'' or town head of , ''Don'' Ángel Pantaleón de Miranda, and his wife, ''Doña'' Rosalía de Jesús, along with some followers, staked out a new settlement, which they named ''Culiát'' because of the abundance of vines of that name in the area. The new settlers cleared the woodland and cultivated the area for rice and sugar farming. Don Ángel built his first house with light materials at the northwest corner of the intersection of Sapang Balen and the road going towards the town of . It was later donated to the and became a cemetery called "Campo Santong Matua" (today the site of Nepomuceno Coliseum). On 12 May 1812, the new settlers tried to make Culiat a self-governing town but the friars resisted the move, led by Fray José Pometa. Ten years later, on 11 February 1822, Don Ángel filed a petition for the township of Culiat to secede from San Fernando, but it was denied. This was followed by another petition within the same year, jointly signed by Don Ángel, his son-in-law, Mariano Henson, and the latter's father, Severino Henson. He donated 35 hectares for the construction of the first Catholic church, a convent and a primary school while Doña Agustina Henson de Nepomuceno, the niece of who would become the first ' of Angeles in 1830, Don Ciriaco de Miranda, gave land for the new public market. Don Ángel paid the complete amount required by law just for the secession of Culiat from San Fernando. There were only 160 taxpayers then but the law required that it should have at least 500 taxpayers. Located some north of Pampanga's capital, Culiat became a barrio of San Fernando for 33 years and on 8 December 1829, became a separate municipality. The newly-autonomous town was renamed "" in honor of its patron saints, the Holy Angels, and the name of its founder, Don Ángel, coinciding with the rise of new ''s'' such as Santo Cristo (as the ' or town proper), Cutcut, Pampang and Pulong Anunas. The progressive barrios developed some new industries like a sugar mill and a wine distillery. The transition of Angeles from a jungle clearing to a barrio, to a town and finally to a city took 168 years and in all that time, it survived locusts' infestations, wars, epidemics, volcanic eruptions and typhoons to become one of the fast rising towns in the country. When it received its first official municipal charter, the town contained some 661 people, 151 houses and an area of 38.65 km². On 17 March 1899, General transferred the seat of the to Angeles. It then became the site of celebrations for the first anniversary of Philippine independence, which was proclaimed a year earlier in , . Events included a parade, led by the youngest ever Filipino generals, and , with General Aguinaldo viewing the proceedings from the Pamintuan Residence, which was the Presidential Palace from May to July 1899 (and later was the office in Central Luzon, before its ownership passed to the ). Aguinaldo's sojourn was short, however, for in July of this same year he transferred his government to the province of following Angeles' occupation by the American forces.
American periodOn 10 August 1899, U.S. forces began the attack on Angeles confident in capturing it in a few days. However, the Filipino Army defending the town refused to give in so easily and fiercely fought back and for three months, they battled the Americans in and around the town. It was only after the battle on 5 November 1899 that the town finally fell into American hands. The Battle of Angeles was considered to be the longest in the history of the in Pampanga. This led to the establishment of an American camp in Barrio Talimundoc (in what is now Lourdes Sur), located next to the railroad station, in order to establish control over the central plains of Luzon. In January 1900, General organized the first U.S. Civil Government in Angeles by appointing an ''alcalde'' or municipal mayor, beginning American rule over Angeles. In 1902, the studied relocating their post from Barrio Talimundoc to a fertile plain in Barrio , which supposedly had better grass for their horses. A year after that, U.S. President signed an executive order on 1 September, establishing of land in Sapang Bato as (which later would expand to in 1908 to become ). It was centered on what would in later years become Clark Air Base's parade ground. The Americans quickly commandeered Holy Rosary Parish Church and converted it into an army hospital, with the choir loft served as a dental clinic. The ', which now houses Holy Family Academy, was the barracks for medical officers and enlisted men. The was the only portion where Angeleños could hear . When the Americans finally vacated the church in 1904 and relocated to Fort Stotsenburg, Rev. Vicente Lapus listed a total of 638 for portions of the church destroyed, looted church items and treasures, and arrears on rentals.
World War IIHours after the , Japan attacked the Philippines, targeting the American military presence, as well as the Philippine Army, and taking over the civilian government. During the Japanese occupation in the country, 57,000 Filipino and American passed the town of Angeles. They were forced to join the , going to in . Angeleños showed their sympathy by handing them food, milk, boiled eggs, rice cakes, cigarettes, and water. Angeleños followed them up to the train station in Dau railway station in to give moral and spiritual support, and even helped the escapees. War historians considered the bombing of Fort Stotsenburg on 8 December 1941 at 12:30 p.m. as one of the most destructive air raids in , because almost all the American war planes were wrecked on the ground. In thirty minutes, the air might of America in the Far East was completely destroyed. On the early morning of New Year's Day 1942, the first Japanese troops entered Angeles; they would occupy it until January 1945. During the Japanese invasion, another type of local government was set up on 22 January 1942. During the Japanese occupation, Clark Air Base then became a major center for staging Japanese air operations. Japanese aircraft flying out of Clark participated in the , considered to be the largest naval battle of the Second World War and possibly the largest naval battle in history. Clark Air Base was recaptured by the Americans in January 1945, after three months of fierce fighting in the Philippines. After three years of atrocities committed by Japanese forces, the town and the rest of the Philippines were finally liberated by the combined United States and Philippine Commonwealth troops in 1945. The building of the general headquarters of the and was situated in Angeles from January 1945 to June 1946, during and after World War II.
Independence and cityhoodAfter World War II, the Philippines gained independence from the United States on 4 July 1946, but then would be tied to a neo-colonial relationship. The "Treaty of General Relations" signed on independence day itself signified the Americans' withdrawal and surrender of possession, control and sovereignty over the Philippines, except the use of their bases. It was followed by the Philippine-American Military Bases Agreement on 14 March 1947, allowing the U.S. to maintain territorial integrity and sovereignty over Clark Air Base and for the next 44 years. Clark occupied 63,103 hectares and served as the tactical operational U.S. air force installation in the entire Southeast Asian region that had the capacity to accommodate the U.S. military transport planes, which served the entire Western Pacific. Through the years, although Fort Stotsenburg continued to expand to become what is now known as Clark Air Base, Angeles, despite its proximity to the American camp, did not progress fast and remained fairly small until the end of World War II. It was finally inaugurated on 1 January 1964 as a chartered city under Republic Act No. 3700 and then it entered a period of tremendous growth that has resulted in its present position as the "Premier City in Central Luzon." It was then Mayor Rafael del Rosario's brainchild that Angeles became a city. He gained the distinction of being the last municipal mayor of Angeles. He was assisted in the preparation of the City Chapter by Attorney Enrique Tayag, a prominent resident of the town. Congresswoman Juanita L. Nepomuceno of the first district of Pampanga sponsored the bill in Congress, which was approved by then President , the ninth Philippine president and a native of the province of Pampanga.
Mount Pinatubo eruption and Angeles todayOn 15 June 1991, Angeles was affected by the cataclysmic eruption of nearby , with up to 60,000 people being from the city. It was the second-largest volcanic eruption of the twentieth century and, by far, the largest eruption to affect a densely populated area. The province of , Clark specifically, were badly hit and the agricultural lands, as well as other businesses, were covered by tons of lahar. There were no casualties reported inside Clark two days from the initial eruption because the 18,000 personnel and their families were transported to and the in . The eruption of Mount Pinatubo forced the leadership of the U.S. to prematurely abandon its military installation at Clark Air Base. This is in addition to the voting by the Philippine Senate in 1991 to no longer extend the , which allowed the presence of U.S. military forces on Philippine territory, thus ending the long chapter of Filipino-American relations in the history of Angeles. The U.S. military never returned to Clark, turning over the damaged base to the Philippine government on 26 November 1991 In 1993, cleanup and removal of volcanic ash deposits began. The former base re-emerged as (CSEZ) approved by then President on 3 April of the same year. The airfield infrastructure was improved and destined to be the premiere airport in the country in the next five years and one of the most modern in Asia."Mr. Lucio Tan is very excited about the development of Clark as an international airport. Clark will become the premiere airport in the country in the next five years," PAL president Jaime Bautista said. The creation of CSEZ has helped to offset the loss of income and jobs previously generated by the presence of the U.S. base. Today, Angeles and Clark together form the hub for business, industry, aviation and tourism, as well as the entertainment and gaming center of . Among the draws for tourists is the local dish which according to the Center for Kapampangan Studies, originated in this Angeles and has been on the menu since the 1730s. Pampanga is well known as the culinary center of the Philippines. In 2018, Angeles applied to be a UNESCO Creative City, while it also applied ''sisig'' into the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage. The applications are currently being processed by UNESCO.
GeographyIt is bordered by to the north, to the east, to the southeast, to the south, and to the southwest and west. Though the city administers itself autonomously from , it is the province's commercial and financial hub. Angeles is served by the in . Angeles is from Manila and from the provincial capital, .
ClimateUnder the system, Angeles has a that borders on a ( Aw/Am). Angeles experiences two distinct seasons: a dry season from December through April, with a wet season from May through November. From 1953 to 1991, the mean daily low was 73.6 °F and the mean daily high was 88.1 °F, with June being warmest and January and February being the coolest. The average annual rainfall is 78.39 inches. Typhoons tend to approach from the east during the summer and fall. Many damaging storms struck the city, including on 28 November 1974 (generally considered to be the strongest one); on 27 October 1978; (the name was reused) on 24 November 1981; Typhoon Ruby on 25 October 1988; and on 15 June 1991 which coincided with the Mount Pinatubo blast. In July 1972, Central Luzon experienced a month of nearly continuous rain, resulting in 96 inches falling on the plain around Angeles.
BarangaysAngeles is divided into 33 s.
AnunasAnunas is the that houses the city's Korean Town, a chain of Korean establishments along the Fil-Am Friendship Highway. Anunas is also identified as one of the growth centers of the city, focusing on light industries such as woodcarving and rattan craft.
Balibago and Malabaniasis the main entertainment district of Angeles. It contains Angeles and the famous tourist belt. The city's biggest mall, , is also situated in Barangay Malabañas.
Pampang and San NicolasThese two barangays form the main public market district of the city. The Pampang Wet Market, San Nicolas Market, Friday Flea Market (locally referred to as Apu), Jumbo Jenra Angeles, Puregold Angeles, and the Angeles Slaughterhouse are found here. The Pampang Wet Market is the largest and most frequented wet market in the province of Pampanga. It also attracts people from nearby towns. Ospital Ning Angeles (ONA),City College of Angeles, Angeles City National High School are located in Pampang.
Pulung MaragulPulung Maragul is the that houses the city's government complex, which includes the Angeles City Hall, the Angeles City Hall of Justice, and other government buildings. It is also the location of the Angeles Exit of the and , Ayala's first mall in Central Luzon. Marquee Place and Marquee Residences later rose in Pulung Maragul as well, next to the mall.
Santo RosarioSanto Rosario is the . It is home to most of Angeles' heritage and historical structures such as the Church, Pamintuan Mansion which is privately owned by Maverick Pamintuan, Bale Herencia, and Museo ning Angeles (former City Hall building). , Central Luzon's largest university in terms of population, is also located here. Plans of declaring the or parts of it a heritage zone are ongoing.
SapangbatoSapangbato is the largest in Angeles in terms of territory, with a total land area of 104,694 sq. meters and a population of 11,262. Located northwest of Angeles near , it is identified as the barangay in Angeles with the highest elevation of 750 feet above sea level. It is home to , also known as the Parade Grounds of Clark. , member of the hip hop group , hails from Sapangbato. The famous Puning Hot Springs of Barangay Inararo in are accessed through Sitio Target in Sapangbato.
ReligionThe majority of the population of Angeles is Catholic. At least two major festivals associated with the Catholic faith are held in October in the city. Commemorating the victory of the Spanish fleet over the Dutch Navy in 1646, the La Naval Fiesta is celebrated in honor of the with adherents believing that her intercession was instrumental to the Spaniards' naval victory. The Apu Fiesta involves devotees from all over Pampanga making a visit to the Apu shrine to venerate the image of Jesus Christ lying in the which is believed to be miraculous by believers.
Expatriate and immigrant communityOwing to the presence of the nearby U.S. base and consequent Freeport Zone, many Americans chose to permanently settle in the area, particularly in the Balibago district, and thus Angeles became home to a large colony of expatriates. During the American colonial period (1898–1946), more than 800,000 Americans were born in the Philippines, and a large concentration of s or were located in this city.
EconomyBeing home of the former (once the largest United States military facility outside the continental United States), it was significantly affected by the fallout from the eruption of in 1991. The economy of Angeles was heavily dependent on the American base at that time. In 1993, a full cleanup and removal of volcanic ash deposits began and the former U.S. base was transformed into the (CSEZ). The creation of CSEZ has helped to offset the loss of income and jobs previously generated by the presence of the U.S. base in the city. Today, Angeles and Clark form the hub for business, industry, aviation, and tourism in the Philippines as well as a leisure, fitness, entertainment and gaming center of . Angeles is home to an emerging technology industry. Its economy is based also on tourism and gambling. forms the hub of the night life industry focused in Angeles. With close proximity to an international airport in Clark Freeport, Angeles is visited by foreigners all year round. In the 2000s, the local government of Angeles rebranded the Fields Avenue tourist belt as a high-end destination with fine restaurants and luxury hotels and casinos The finishing of roads, such as the , has improved trade and transport. The project connects the industrial, transport and business hubs of Pampanga, Zambales, Bataan and Tarlac. The project is crucial to bolstering growth in Central Luzon. The city has producing furniture, s, and s. It also has many thriving export businesses in handicrafts, metal crafts, toys, houseware and garments. Apart from the Clark Freeport Zone, industrial areas include the Angeles Livelihood Village and the Angeles City Industrial Estate. Call centers present are e-Telecare, CyberCity, Sutherland and IRMC. Other American IT industries are major employers as well. The establishment of a number of shopping malls also fueled the city's economy, including , , Jenra Grand Mall, Nepo Mall, Saver's Mall and the , next to City Hall. Angeles City houses numerous restaurants that are usually located near the malls and mostly in Nepo Quad which was newly renovated to cater the heightened needs of the population.
CultureThe city hosts a street party called the Tigtigan Terakan keng Dalan () every October which features musical performances from both amateur and better-known bands. The Sisig Festival, locally known as the Sadsaran Qng Angeles, festivities dedicated to the Kapmpangan dish, , used to be held every December. It was halted in 2008 following the death of , who was known for promoting the dish. The festival was revived as a one-day fiesta in April 2017 in association with the .
TourismAngeles is promoted as a and is billed as the "culinary capital" of the Philippines. The city is known as a hub for Kampampangan cuisine as well as for its pork . The city also has numerous historically and culturally significant tourist destinations including the Pamintuan Mansion, a heritage house which hosts a history and social studies museum, and the Holy Rosary Church, which is recognized by the as a "". Angeles is also situated within the perimeter of the .
Sex tourismA consequence of the presence of U.S. bases in the country is the prostitution industry in the city. Since the early days of Clark Air Base, Fields Avenue in Balibago district is an area frequently visited by the U.S. servicemen, has been known as a center for prostitution and . A article characterized it as "the centre of the Philippines sex industry" and dubbed it "Sin City." Elsewhere and in later years, Philippine travel publications have described it as the "Entertainment Capital of Central Luzon", "The Filipino ", and "Entertainment City."
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