The country is possibly one of the most dangerous, dirtiest, polluted, rat-infested, politically corrupt countries in the entire world. English is spoken widely (Tagalog is the main language), making it one of the easiest countries to travel to. Many of the local TV stations and newspapers are in English. Many of the girls you will meet, if not all, speak at least elementary English. Thus you will not have the same huge language gaps you find in Asian countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, and so on. While the Philippines has little to offer in the way of culture, food, entertainment, and safety, what it offers in the way of hospitality among the women make it nothing less than a sexual and romantic paradise for single men. Angeles is a two hour bus ride north of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. Angeles was the former home of the U.S. Clark Air Force Base. The military base was vacated in June 1991, due to the volcanic eruption of Mt. Pinatubo. Pinatubo practically wiped out the entire city, filling it with white volcanic ash. While the base was active (before June 1991), there were more than 200 bars and over 12,000 Filipina bar girls (LBFM or "Little Brown Fucking Machines" as the GI's called them) working as dancers, waitresses, entertainers, etc., making Angeles one of the world's largest and most active red light district. After the bases shut down (June 1991), the night life practically died, but not completely. But by 1995 it had already began to make it's come back. Currently, there are currently more than fifty-five active bars with anywhere from 20 to 40 girls per bar, enough to keep you well satisfied throughout your stay. Angeles City is without a doubt the hottest place in the Philippines to chase girls.
What to Expect
You should not find any difficultly getting laid every single night if you go to the main red light districts where tourists go. There you will find an abundance of very fun loving girls who range anywhere from 18 to 29 years of age. Most of the bar girls will be in their late teens or early to mid twenties, although by the way they act and look, you would think they are all twelve to fifteen years old. Although most Filipina girls can speak at least a little bit of English, do not expect to get much of an intelligent conversation. Of course, you are not coming here for that, you are here for the sex and romance, which this country has no shortage of. Indeed, the Philippines is still a sexual paradise.
It is safe to say the goal of a Filipina girl is to get an American man, get married and move to the US. Perhaps that explains why the vast majority of pen pal services set up for men in the US end up corresponding mostly with girls from the Philippines (the fact they can speak English also plays a major factor). Although extremely shy, at the same time Filipina's are incredibly friendly and open to meeting male travelers. It is not uncommon to meet a Filipina in the market, on the street, in a bar, at a disco, or anywhere else. You see her walking along and next thing you know she turns, smiles, giggles and blushes. When that happens, she has signaled she is interested. Go up to say hi and next thing you know she is inviting you to come to her home to meet her family. Visit her home, even on the first visit, and it's not uncommon to find yourself discussing the wedding plans with her family! As for bar girls, the same pretty much applies, except you add money and sex to the figure.
Believe it or not, you can get free sex, even with bar girls, in the Philippines. However, it is recommended, because of the high level of poverty among the girls, you always pay a tip of at least 200 pesos ($4) for a quick session of passion and romance and 300 pesos ($6) if the girl spends the entire night. As for taking girls out of the bars, the price varies from city to city. In Manila, the most expensive, girls can cost up to $100 or more. Cebu bar girls cost 2,000 to 3,000 pesos ($40 to $60) for all night sex. Angeles and Subic rates are very low, 1,000 pesos ($20) for all night or 200 pesos ($4) for a girl you might pick up on the street.
Although prostitution is technically illegal, the police are corrupt and bar owners pay off the cops to turn the other way. Tourists are rarely arrested for having sex with a prostitute unless their is complaint (i.e., rape, seduction, loss of virginity, etc.). Although the age of consent is 16, it is advised you stay clear of women in the bars under 18 years of age.
The age of consent is 18 years old.
to come to Angeles City in terms of chasing girls is anytime of the year. The bars are always packed out with girls. Of course, during the peak season (Christmas through New Years) you will see more tourists. But even then, the girls way outnumber the guys. Weather wise, December, January, and February are the best times to come as that is the cool season. June to September is when the rains hit hard. Actually, a great time as there are no tourists and you'll have all the girls to yourself.
There is only one weekend, namely Easter weekend, in which the bars close. Even on Christmas and New Year's, most bars stay open. Holidays in the Philippines can be very exciting and interesting. For example, on New Years Eve, you will have fireworks going off for about 24 hours all over the country. You don't want to be in Manila for this loud and festive occasion unless you like hearing bombs go off every minute and enjoy having firecrackers, cherry bombs and M-80's thrown at you while you walk down the street. For a Vietnam Vet, maybe but not me. Then there's Easter where in some of the provinces they nail people to a wooden cross with real nails through their real hands. Not to mention the people marching through town and whipping themselves until they bleed. I hope Christmas is a little nicer, yet I heard they eat the reindeer after it's all over.
Swagman Wet T-Shirt Contest is held once a year
Depending on time of year, from the West Coast, $299-$650. From the Midwest to east coast it can go as high as $1,200r/t. Check with your travel agent or call Eric Dexter for special deals on tickets to Asia.
Traveling to the Philippines from the U.S. will take anywhere from is 18 to 24 hours depending on stopovers and where you are flying from. Some of the stopovers will include countries such as Korea if flying on Korean airlines, Japan if flying on Thai Air, and Hawaii, all depending on the airlines you take and the hubs they use.
Airlines that flies to the Philippines are All Nippon, Philippines, Cathy Pacific, China Air (Taiwan), Korean Air, Singapore Airline, Northwest.
Courier Flights are flights where you are the Courier for baggage or a package for a courier company. You do not have the right to take check-in baggage. In exchange for the cheap ticket, ranging from free to$300. You give up the rights to your baggage allowance. These are round trip flights. You have the dates preset prior to leaving. You cannot change the return date!!! If you decide you need to stay just one day longer, you will lose your deposit of about $500.00 (depends on the company.) The length of your stay will be determined by the courier company. They have week, two week and month stays, depending on the company and time of the year.
Not required for entry into The Philippines. Immunizations for tetanus, polio, rabies, typhoid, tuberculosis, Japanese encephalitis and hepatitis are advisable (but not essential) before travel to Southeast Asia. For more information on risks and precautions please read the advice section in the “Facts for Travelers” pages of Philippines Travel Websites. Personally, I never get shots when I go to The Philippines, but if you want to stay on the very safe side, check with your doctor and see about getting Hepatitis shots. Also you can check this website to see what other precautionary measures you can take while traveling to the The Philippines.
goes hand in hand with traveling, especially internationally and can be quite strenuous. Besides the long flight, sleeping in a strange bed in a foreign country can lead to insomnia. If you don't sleep well, you will get sick. Therefore, to help you adjust, you might ask your doctor to prescribe some valiums or other sleeping pills to help you sleep. My doctor gave me valiums for the long plane ride and they worked fantastic. I'd pop a 10 mg. just as the plane took off and within thirty minutes, I was sleeping like a baby. Four hours later I woke up and popped another valium and again woke up almost exactly four hours later. One more valium, and I was a confirmed drug addict ...just kidding. But the third valium did work to knock me out for another four hours and next thing you know, there I was landing in the Manila airport. Sleeping on the plane sure makes the trip so much more bearable. The valiums also came in handy the first few nights as I was so excited on my first few trips, I just couldn't fall asleep. Consult your doctor on insomnia during travel.
What to Bring
The Philippines is both, 110V and 220V.
Watch out! Because in the very same hotel room you stay in, on the very
same side of the wall, can be two sockets, one is 110V and the other 220V.
I learned my lesson the hard way (twice, now) when I blew out two video
lights; I thought I was plugging into a IIOV circuit. Watch out what you
are plugging into. TIP: Go to an electronic store and buy a voltage tester,
there a couple of dollars. You stick the tester into the socket and it
tells you if its 110v or 220v.
A Passport will be needed to enter and exit The Philippines . You don't need a visa if you will be staying in The Philippines for less than 21 days.
If you lose your passport
abroad it can be a nightmare. To avoid getting ruining your vacation make sure you make copies of the inside of your passport, the first page where all the info on you is printed. Make 3-4 copies and stick one in your fanny pack, one in your suitcase, etc. This way if you lose the passport, you can go to the American Embassy and show the copy to them to prove you are who you say are without going through a lot of red tape and waiting. If your passport will expire in 6 months or less, it is recommended you obtain a new passport before traveling. They may not let you into the country or grant you a visa if your passport will expire in less than 6 months.
If you're flying into the Philippines from another country, you must enter through the Manila international airport. To enter the Philippines, you must have a valid passport. If you're passport is due to expire in 6 months or less, you should apply for a new passport before booking your flight to the Philippines. The Philippine immigration will not grant you a visa and may not even permit you to enter the country if your passport will expire in less than 6 months. No visa is required to enter the Philippines. You may stay, without a visa, for a maximum of 21 days. If you wish to stay longer, you may obtain a visa, either before you arrive in the Philippines or after. If you visit your local Philippine Consulate in the U.S., you can obtain a visa (for about $25) which will allow you to stay in the Philippines for 59 days. If you're already entered the Philippines without a visa, you can obtain a visa for one or two months (or longer) at the Swagman Travel agency in Manila, Subic, La Union, or Angeles City. It will take about a week to process, so be prepared for the Swagman people to hold your passport for at least 7 working days (This may be a problem if you're cashing Travelers Checks as many banks require a passport as an ID. So be aware of that). To obtain a visa in Manila, take a taxi to the Swagman hotel in Ermita and at the hotel, upstairs they have their travel agency that will process your visa. As stated above, you will need to leave your passport with them, so be aware you will have no passport until the visa is processed. The price is about $20 (depending on the exchange rate at the time) for a one month stay; slightly higher for a two month stay.
Your Visa expires 21 days from the first day you entered the country. You may get an extension at the Swagman travel agency located on Fields Ave., next door to Margaritaville.
If you wish to reside in the Philippines for more than two months, you can obtain further visa extensions at the Swagman, ad infinitum. However, be aware after six months of stay, there will be taxes you have to pay at the airport.
Entering The Country
When you disembark from the plane, walk quickly down the long corridor. The reason for this is that there will be a line that you will have to wait on to show your passport to an immigration officer. The quicker you get on line, the quicker you will be able go through customs and then enter the country.
Safe Deposit Boxes
will be needed will depend on you personally and your budget of course. Figure on spending $100 a day. I doubt you'll actually spend that much, but better to have more money than run out, that is for sure. Some guys have their ATM cards and take money out as they need it. The first time I came to the Philippines, I brought $2,000. I was only planning on being here for a few weeks. I ended up staying two months and drained myself to the last cent. Believe me, you don't want to be in a situation where you are dead broke, especially if you are traveling alone. So budget yourself so you have at least $100 per day and simply bring back home any change you have leftover. Most likely you will spend about $70 a day. Unless you plan on screwing two to three girls a day out of the air conditioned bars. If that's on your mind, maybe $125 would be best as a precaution. Let's figure hypothetically a day in Angeles and we'll figure a little high as well. Room will cost you about $25 a night, food will cost ( 2 meals a day with snacks and drinks) $25 a day, jeepneys and trics about $2 a day, a girlfriend each night about $25. Total is about $80 a day.
Tipping is expected in the Philippines. Some of the better Hotels and restaurants include both service and tax, check your bill. Most of the places around Fields Ave. and McArthur Blvd. expect a tip, but don't specify. Angeles is a "Cheap Charlie" town, a throwback to its GI days. Probably 80% of guys do NOT tip, either in bars or restaurants. Depending on service, its cool to leave 5-10 % in restaurants, and leave coins or small notes in bars.
Your Hotel is a little different, you are going to need a little help sometimes, or a favor. Take some small gifts with you, chocolates, toys or small bottles of perfume. Give the receptionist a box of candy etc. on your arrival, and it greases the wheels for your stay. Similarly, handing out a few goodies in your favorite bars, puts you in their good books. If you run out, Johnnys on McArthur, or JJs at checkpoint, have plenty of stock of small treats.
If girls don't have much money; food, drink even cigarettes are top of the list. Give them sweets and chocolates, its a luxury or a treat for their children.
Trikes are the mode of transportation for most tourists, or hired motorcycles. NEVER, EVER tip a trike driver. He is already charging you double the Filipino price. Trikes located outside Hotels or places like Margaritaville, usually carry a sticker, to say they are approved. Use them, and attempt to negotiate 'special rates'. To go from , say, Clarkton Hotel to the Bars on Fields is maybe 2 kms, offer 30 pesos, they will ask 60. It may seem petty, but if you pay big ,or tip big, you will unbalance the fragile, local economy. The next customers will be asked for what YOU just paid.
Once you fly into the Philippines, you will land in Manila. From the Manila airport, it will take about two hours (depending on traffic) to get to Angeles City. There are three ways to get to Angeles from the airport:
The best way to get to AC (Angeles City) is to take the authorized airport taxi located inside the airport terminal, right before you exit onto the street. The taxi booths look similar to car rental booths you would find in most major airports. While you can usually bargain for most items in the Philippines, the taxi booths usually are stubborn about offering discounts. Expect to pay as much as 1,500 pesos ($30) for a private taxi - expensive, but well worth it.
Take the authorized airport taxi to the Swagman hotel in Ermita, Manila. From there, take the Swagman Fly the Bus (departure time: 11:30 a.m., 3:30 p.m., 8 p.m.) to Angeles. The cost is about $6. The bus will drop you off at the Swagman hotel in Angeles. You will need to take a tric, a three-wheeled motorbike taxi, to get from there to the hotel of your choice. This is only a recommended way if you've been to AC several times and are on a budget.
If you like to live dangerously, you can take the authorized airport taxi to any bus station in Manila. From there, take either the Philippine Rabbit or Victory Liner bus to Dau, a small town next to Angeles. (The bus does not stop in Angeles). The ride will cost only a few dollars. From Dau, take a Tric (local motorbike taxi) to your hotel in Angeles. That will cost another $1 or $2. Make sure you bargain with the asshole tric drivers, as they are notorious for overcharging tourists. Also, be sure you check with the bus attendant to remind you to get off at Dau. If you miss that stop, you have our sympathies. God knows where you'll end up, only to make you wish you spent the extra cash and took a private airport taxi. Warning: Filipino locals will steal your valuables on the public bus while you are not looking. This makes the bus ride quite unpleasant knowing the minute you shut your eyes to relax, some asshole Filipino may be digging through your pockets or bags. You won't have that problem if you take a private taxi or ride the Swagman bus.
in Angeles City is pretty simple. If you stay at any of the hotels near the main strip, such as the Tropicana, the Orchid Inn, the Anchorage Inn, or the Park Chicago hotel, you will be within walking distance from all the main bars, the restaurants and all the shops. There will be no need to make use of any of the local transportation, just walk.
There are three modes of transportation within Angeles:
The Tric (short for motorized tricycle)
The most popular form of transportation, among the locals that is. It's also the most obnoxious, dangerous and expensive. Tric drivers are the scum of Angeles and if they lined them all up and shot them, I would only extend my arms to applaud. The Trics are extremely noisy and fill the air with their exhaust fumes. The drivers are the lowest humans on this planet and not to be trusted. They will scam you for every peso they can get out of you and then some. The Trics in Angeles charge tourists up to ten times the fare one would normally pay and they would charge even more if they could get away with it. So my suggestion is unless absolutely necessary, stay off of them.
run up and down Fields avenue (and all the other main streets) all day and night
long. They are basically oversized converted army jeeps that function as buses. Passengers ride in the back or front, getting on and off as the Jeepney paces up and down it's assigned path. The Jeepney is open air, meaning it has no windows on the sides. When the rains come, the driver will release a plastic curtain on the sides to protect the passengers from getting wet. The Jeepney costs 3 pesos (price just went up half a peso recently) or fifty pesos if you ask the driver for a special. A special ride means the driver will divert from his assigned path and take you directly to your hotel (or whenever you want to go). Since most hotels are on Fields (or a moments walk away) and the Jeepneys run up and down Fields, you most likely will never make use of the "special" ride.
To catch a Jeepney on the open street (they can stop anywhere), just wave one down as it comes at you. It will stop, you get in the back (or the front if unoccupied). When you get in, you must pay 3 pesos to the driver. Hand the money to him if he's close enough to you. If not, just pass the money to whoever is sitting next to you and they will pass it on to the driver. If you don't have change, the driver will give you your change back (if he doesn't, just as you are about to get off, ask him, "Where's my change?"). To get off the Jeepney, you can either knock on the ceiling or say in Tagalog, "Para" which means, "Stop". Or you can name the location, such as the name of the hotel you want off at and the driver will stop there.
The Jeepney begins it's route at the check point (see photo). From there it goes either up Fields avenue (heading towards the Oasis hotel) or in the opposite direction, down Fields to downtown. At first, it can be quite confusing finding the check point and loading onto the right Jeepney. So I suggest you have your Filipina girlfriend help you the first few times until you get used to it. Of course, if you stay at the hotels in the center of the main drag (i.e., Orchid Inn, Park Chicago, Anchorage or Tropicana), everything will be walking distance. You won't need to take a Jeepney.
3. Private meter taxis are few and far between. They are basically good for going on the former U.S. Military base if you want, for example, to check out the expensive Holiday Inn hotel (the swimming pool is fantastic, but the rooms are very costly). I've never used the private meter taxis and probably never will.
http://www.theville.com/images/fieldsweb.gif map of Angeles
There are a variety of midrange hotels to stay in during your vacation in Angeles You won't find any five star hotels, except the Holiday Inn which is very far from the bars (located inside the Clark Air Force Base). The closest you will get to four star is the Oasis, located next to the Clarkton hotel on Fields avenue. The hotel is really nice and has an excellent restaurant and huge swimming pool. The problem though is the location. You have to walk a ways just to get out of the hotel grounds (outside the hotel is a residential area where the US officers once resided; you have to walk through that to get to the street). Then you either have to take a Jeepney or Tric (see section on transportation), which is about six minutes away. This can get quite obnoxious as you usually end up going back and forth from your hotel to the bars during the day and night. However, many will put up with the distance because they like the hotel and restaurant.
The Oasis hotel
Clarkville Compound, Clark Perimeter Road, Balibago, Angeles City, Philippines 2009. PH: (63-45) 892-6275-8. FAX: (63-45) 322-3164 or 322-1309. E-mail: email@example.com. http://222.datelnet.net/-oasishtl. Room rates run around $40 to $50 per night.
The rooms are nice, but the prices are a bit high ($25 and up). However, you do get a decent breakfast buffet included with your room, so that may make it worth it. Also, the Clarkton does have a good swimming pool, the only gym in town with air conditioning (the air con is noisier than hell), and a very friendly and helpful staff. Like the Oasis, which is right next door, the main disadvantage of staying at the Clarkton is the distance. You will need to take a Jeepney or Tric to get to the bars (it's about a six minute ride to the main area where the bars are located). As stated above, this can get obnoxious as you go back and forth several times a day from your hotel to the bars or other parts of Angeles The Clarkton hotel is located at 620 Don Jico avenue (same street as Fields actually, but the name changes as you drive up the street - don't ask why!), Clarkview, Balibago, Angeles City 2009. pH: (63-45) 8926272-3. FAX: (63-45) 625-6887. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. It's advised you make reservations if you are coming in November to January.
Is the best hotel to stay in Angeles, in terms of location, comfort, and swimming pool.
Don't stay in the older rooms in the front of the hotel as they are worn out. The new rooms, completed as of October 1999, are really nice. The new swimming pool is also quite nice. It's huge. Best of all, the location can't be beat. You walk right outside your room and most of the bars and several restaurants are right there at your fingertip, within a moments walk. You can't really ask for more. Well, I guess you could ask for a lower price as 950 pesos, almost $25, is a bit steep for a third world country (the equivalent in Pattaya, Thailand would be almost half the price). But for the location, I would say it's worth it.
The Orchid Inn
is located right off of Fields avenue, on the corner of Real and Raymond street. If the price is too high for you, then you can stay in the older rooms at the same hotel. You can ask for the ground floor room for 610 pesos, the first floor rooms for 630, the deluxe for 650 and the VIP for 800 ($20). They're not that bad, but they are nowhere near as nice as the brand new rooms. Orchid Inn: 109 Raymond St., Balibago, Angeles City, PI 2009. E-mail: orchid@ datelnet.net. pH:(63-45)892-2403. Their FAX number is: 63-45-322-2790.
Another hotel in an excellent location is the very tiny
It's located on Real street, just a moments walk from the Orchid Inn. The problem with the Anchorage is the rooms suck. They are very tiny and you will feel almost like you are in a jail cell. However, there is one room, the super deluxe room (#15) which is quite nice. The rate is 545 pesos for the standard (a very small room), 575 pesos for the deluxe (not much bigger), and 675 pesos for the super deluxe (our favorite). They will give you about a 10% discount if you tell them you are staying more than 10 days or so. The hotel does not have a swimming pool. That is not so bad as you can swim at the Tropicana for free (provided you buy a drink at the outdoor bar) or at any other hotels for a fee (swim at the Orchid pool in the back for a small cover charge, about $2). By the way, the one thing I like about both the Anchorage and the older rooms at the Orchid is the large mirrors purposely placed right beside the bed. It's kind of like watching your own porno, you and your girl being the stars. A bit kinky, but fun.
Another hotel just a walk away from all the bars is the
(formerly the Chicago Park hotel) located on 261 Real St. Balibago, Angeles City, Philippines 2009. pH: (45) 8920249. FAX: (63-45) 892-0310. It's located right behind the Orchid Inn and also a moments walk from all the bars. The rooms are okay, but the swimming pool is very small, just enough for a quick dip. The rooms vary in price, like all the other hotels, according to the type of room you get. You have four options: The standard room, the deluxe room, the executive room, and the VIP room 1,040 pesos (ranging roughly in price from $25 to $40). What's the difference between all these rooms? Basically size. All the rooms include cable TV, air con, hot/cold water and a small refrigerator. However, if you want a larger room, you have to pay more.
is in a great location (located right on Fields avenue across the street from Valentines bar). It has a decent pool and excellent bar (check out Misty's). It also features a daily lunch and dinner buffet which use to be delicious, but has gone downhill, in my humble opinion. The rooms ...well, they suck. Some of them are okay, but overall they are in great need of being remodeled. The air conditioning barely cooled the room I stayed in (and it was the deluxe room which is supposed to be the better room) and the decor looked old and worn. If you get a poolside room, you'll do much better than a street side which will picks up all the noise and pollution from the noisy traffic (although you can get a room with double windows, so it's fairly quiet). All in all, my vote is you can do better than the Tropicana. It's a great place to swim on the weekend afternoons when tons of girls come to cool off in the heat, but spending the night there is a different story.
There is one more hotel which is not exactly close to the bars, but is not so far.
The America hotel
has great rooms and a decent pool. A standard room, which is very large and has a very comfortable bed will run you about $25. If you have the cash, go for the VIP or executive for up to $50. They are fantastic. The main disadvantage of the America is it takes about ten to twelve minutes to walk to the bars. You can grab a Jeepney or Tric and that will get you there a lot sooner. But, as is the case with the other hotels far removed from the main strip, it's starts to get to be a pain-in-the ass when you have to go back and forth from your hotel to the bars or restaurants. Be careful of bugs in this hotel. They do not spray as often as they should and you can get some pretty nasty bites that will stay with you for a long time.
The Phoenix hotel
well liked by many, is located on Fields avenue, up from the Petron gas station (about a five minute Jeepney ride from the main strip). I've never stayed there, but all the girls seem to rave about the hotel. It has a decent swimming pool and the rooms go for around $15 to $25, typical of what you will be paying in Angeles for a decent hotel. But still the location is a hassle. You have to take either a Jeepney or Tric to get back and forth from the bars.
There are several other hotel options in Angeles, such as the Vegas, the Premier, Captain Cook and several others. However, the hotels I named above are in the best location and should serve to provide a decent room. If you find yourself coming in high season (December to January) and can't find a room in the hotels that are walking distance to the bars, then you will have to resort to the other hotels.
All the hotels, with the exception of the Holiday Inn, will let you bring as many female guests to your room as you like. If any hotel ever asks for a surcharge to bring a girl with you to spend the night, tell them you'll be checking out the next day and you will warn all your friends not to come there. The surcharge will suddenly disappear. Charging to bring a female guest is unheard of in Angeles and if any hotel tries to charge you extra for bringing a guest, tell them to fuck off. I've never had this happen to me. But if it does, don't let them get away with it.
There are several short time hotels or what the Filipinos call the "drive in" hotels in Angeles These hotels are designed so a person can drive his car right into the hotel and then walk to his room without being seen. The way it works is each room has it's own curtained or blocked off garage. When a car pulls up, the attendant leads the car to a vacant garage and then the car drives in. The attendant then closes the curtains (or garage doors) and the customer and his girl can walk directly into the hotel room without anyone seeing him. Obviously, the type of people that are coming to these type of hotel rooms are men with wives, steady girlfriends, political officials or anyone else who wants to fuck in secret. The room rates are usually set for a flat three hours (i.e., short time), then an additional fee is added for every hour after that. There is an all night rate, but from what I've seen, few customers come to spend the entire night. Most guests are married men coming just to fuck behind their wife's back and get out without getting caught. The most interesting short time hotel is the Rainbow which has a Jacuzzi in the deluxe rooms. The price is around $7 for three hours in the deluxe room. The Rainbow is off of Macarthur Highway, about a ten minute Tric ride from the main strip of bars along Fields avenue. To get there, you will need to take a Tric as the Jeepneys don't go there and it's way too far to walk. Any Tric driver will know where it is. The price for the Tric will be 30-40 pesos. Be sure to agree on the price before you get in the Tric.
Probably the most popular short time hotel is the Raj, just a block away from blow job alley. It's kind of a dive, so I really don't recommend going there, unless you don't mind fucking in a sleazy room. The rates are dirt cheap, around $5 for three hours. They also play American trash porno's on the barely viewable TV's. The air con's look like something you'd find in an old warehouse that has been vacated for twenty years. I've used the rooms a couple of times. Actually, go there one time with a girl. Then take this into consideration when you walk in the room. Compared to where most girls live, the hotel room is like a king's palace.
Most likely, unless you are bringing your wife or girlfriend with you to Angeles, you won't need to make use of the short time hotels. On the other hand, because it is so easy to get involved with a girl in Angeles, if you find yourself in a situation where your girl won't leave your hotel room, yet you want to fuck another girl, you now know how to go about it. I've used the short time hotel rooms several times and it's great knowing you've got your steady back in your first hotel and here you are secretly screwing another girl in the same town in another hotel. How many of you get to do that in your home in the states? I didn't think so. Come on out to Angeles It's truly a man's world.
After all that sex, you're bound to work up quite an appetite. Bad news. Finding a decent restaurant in Angeles (actually, the entire Philippines for that matter) is no easy task. The problem is both the service and the food quality in the Philippines is extremely poor. I think the problem is fourfold:
a) The Filipinos don't really import anything, so they are not bringing in any high quality food items,
b) Most of the restaurants hire Filipino cooks who, on the whole, don't have a clue on what they are doing. It's almost a sure guarantee if a Filipino is the cook, your food will turn out like shit.
c) The local produce and poultry is of extremely poor quality, so the restaurants are stuck with that. Just go to a local market in Angeles, such as Mr. JJ and when you gaze at the local produce, such as the carrots, the lettuce, the onions, etc., you will be in shock. Even the Robinson's in Manila, compared for example, to the Robinson's in Bangkok is night and day in food selection and quality.
d) The Filipinos have no sanitary laws and eat without second thought that the food is both low quality and dirty. That's their style and as a result, that's what we are stuck with here in Angeles City (and throughout most of the Philippines).
The two most popular restaurants in Angeles are Margaritaville and Kokomo's, both located on Fields avenue. Both restaurants are open 24 hours and offer a fairly decent menu selection. Neither restaurant is air conditioned, so when it's hot outside (which is almost all the time, especially the late afternoon), you can't get no relief from the heat.
By the way, before I forget, Kokomo's just put in a open air bar and swimming pool/Jacuzzi in the back of the restaurant which is really nice. So if you and your Filipina girlfriend are tired of playing in the the hotel room, take her to Kokomo's for a drink and a dip in the pool or Jacuzzi. Or come alone and flirt with the occasional girls that hang out in the late afternoon heat. Warning: Don't open your eyes under water when you swim in any pool as they harbor lots of bacteria. A lot of the girls pee in the pool; they still haven't figured out that you do those things in the toilet. Bless their hearts!
Oasis Hotel Restaurant, actually, their Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night buffets are excellent. They are expensive (for the Philippines), but in my eyes worth every penny. The Wednesday thru Friday buffet will run you about 374 pesos ($9.35) and the Saturday buffet, which features pretty good prime rib, will run you 524 pesos ($13.10). The dinner buffet includes a all-you-can-eat salad bar, soup of the day, scrumptious appetizers, a wide selection of main courses including chicken, beef and lots of pork (a Filipino favorite), fresh fruits and cakes for desert. No place to go on a diet, that is for sure. Pig out! The buffet begins at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. till 10 p.m. Try to get there early as possible if you go for dinner, to assure a table. If you are a vegetarian, it has the best salad bar in town. You can get the salad bar ala carte for, I believe, about $2.
Salvatore's, located on Fields, right next to Illusions bar, serves fairly decent Italian food. The price is inexpensive (110 pesos for a medium size pizza) and the quality is not bad. Try the garlic bread and Lasagna dish, as well as the meatballs and spaghetti, as it's really good. Best of all, the restaurant is air conditioned, so you can escape from the tropical heat while you eat. Open from 11 p.m. to 2 p.m. for lunch and 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. for dinner.
Max's Chicken is probably the most popular restaurant in the Philippines. It's a bit of a hassle to get to as you have to take a Jeepney to Dau, the next town over from Angeles Best you have your Filipina girlfriend accompany you on the first trip out (she'll love it!). Just tell her you want to go to Max's chicken in Dau. Make sure you take the Jeepney, not a Tric. What to order? Start with a green (sour) or ripe (sweet) mango shake (49 pesos or $1.22). Yum! Then order a bowl of soup, the Sotanghon Caldo, which is a noodle soup with ham and mild spices. I usually end up ordering the Fiesta Plate, which includes a small portion of fried chicken (not too greasy), rice and a Filipino styled burrito (filled with coconut) which I suggest you order fried, not fresh. If you like cooked vegetables, get the Pinabet (115 pesos or $2.87) which is very nice. If you're still thirsty, order the iced tea shake which is very good. The total bill for this meal will be 316 pesos or about $7.90. Most of the people coming to Max's are rich, family type Filipinos. So dress up a little (again, tennis shoes, shorts and a nice T-shirt will do fine). It's well air conditioned and probably, next to the Oasis, the nicest restaurant you'll find in town.
Jerusalem, right next to the Tropicana hotel serves authentic Middle Eastern food. They don't have many customers, so I wouldn't be surprised if they are out of business when you get there. It's a small and cozy air conditioned restaurant. Try the falafel sandwich (35 pesos or just under $1) which is quite good. Also, ask for the spiced pickles which are spicy and delicious (free!). They usually have daily specials. See 73 the menu or ask the waitress.
Tombo in Dau has a Tuesday night, all you can eat Japanese buffet for 299 pesos ($7.47). The food is pretty good and clean. The air conditioning units are old and worn, but better than fans. Get there right at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, as it gets crowded fast and the food disappears quick. To get there, take the Jeepney to Dau (take your Filipina girlfriend first trip out so she can help you get there) and tell the driver to let you off at Tombo. There's a big, well lit sign. It's on the right hand side. Across the street is BPI (Bank of the Philippines Islands). Right past it is McDonnell's if you change your mind and want junk food instead. There's also a McDonnell's at the Saver's Mall, on Macarthur Blvd., heading towards downtown Angeles Have your Filipina girl take you there in the afternoon for lunch. The food is American standard and the air conditioning is cold.
Molly Malones, inside The Tropicana hotel used to have a decent all you can eat buffet. Then the Australian chef left end of 1998, and when they hired a Filipino chef, as to be expected, he fucked it up. The food quality went way down hill. I haven't eaten there for months, possibly over a year. But you might like it, so check it out. Lunch starts at noon and dinner at 6 p.m. The price is around $5. The buffet is mostly Australian food, and usually includes mashed potatoes, roast beef, roast pork (which the Filipinos love), fried or sautéed chicken, a small salad and dessert bar and daily specials.
The Chinese Peking House restaurant is located on Macarthur Blvd., walking distance from the main bars. Just walk all way past the Tropicana on Fields avenue until it ends on Macarthur Blvd. Turn right and keep walking for about five minutes. You'll see it on the right hand side, same side you are walking on. The restaurant itself is nicely decorated and the air conditioning is good. The food is okay. Order the special meal and for about $5 you'll get a cup of egg drop soup, mixed vegetables (fried), fried rice and a small serving of fried chicken. The meal includes a soft drink, but oddly enough, they won't bring you one unless you ask for it. Even stranger is the fact the special meal is nowhere to be found on the menu. I'm still trying to remember how I found out there is such a thing. It's a nice restaurant to take your date to.
Dexter's Favorite Meal is the "Lechon Chicken" or barbecue chicken that is cooked on the outside barbecues, some along Fields Ave. and Macarthur Blvd. They set up their barbecues only at night. If you're eating with your girlfriend, order a whole chicken and take it back to the Orchid Inn air-conditioned restaurant. Order and bowl of rice and a couple of sodas. The chicken is out of this world and I've never gotten sick once from the food. All this will cost about $5.
Black Jack: Renovated in 2000. Karaoke. It attracts the German/Swiss crowd. Try the restaurant.
Drink only bottled water. Bottled water can be found at any of the grocery stores along Fields Ave. and in most hotels and restaurants.
The Language spoken in The Philippines is Tagalog (Filipino) The English language is taught in the Philippines from the first grade on. Of course, if the girl is from a poor family, which most are, schooling will be limited as well as their English vocabulary. Most of the girls speak passable English. Most of the people that work in the hotels and restaurants speak a great deal of English. There are more funny and interesting stories regarding the language barrier and what you'll encounter while you're over there in the "Panties Down Before Money Down" Philippine Guide book in the book section of this site. All in all the "language of love" is spoken EVERYWHERE!
Angeles is a pretty tame town. Provided you stay along Fields where all the bars are and you don't wonder down some dark alley after 2 a.m., you'll probably have no problems. I've walked the streets at all hours of the night and, knock on wood, have never had any problems. But I should qualify that by saying I dress dirt poor, carry very little money and I don't get drunk. A drunken tourist is target number one for robbers. Girls also walk the street (even children at times) after midnight and if they have no problem, neither should you. Here are some basic rules to follow while visiting Angeles:
Never wear any fancy jewelry, fake or not. In fact, don't wear any jewelry at all, except perhaps a plastic watch. Leave all your gold at home or in your hotel safe deposit box. In short, dress poor.
Don't carry more than $50 at any one time, unless you are planning on taking more than one girl back to your hotel at the same time. In that case, take up to $100 in pesos with you. Keep your large bills in your back pocket and the smaller bills in front. There are people who will pick pocket you on the Jeepney if you go downtown Angeles, so I would not carry any large bills with me on that trip at all. Actually, if you are going downtown to shop in the afternoon (don't go at night), you don't need to carry more than 1,000 pesos. There's not much to buy.
Don't walk the streets late at night too drunk (i.e., after 1 a.m., when the bars start shutting down). If you must get loaded, try to work your way towards, rather than away from, your hotel as the hour gets late. The closer you are to your hotel when drunk, the better. If you know you'll be drinking a lot, limit the amount of money you will be carrying in your pocket (if you're not going to bar fine, 1,000 pesos is more than enough for one night) . If you must carry more than 1,000 or 2,000 pesos, keep your large bills (500/1,000 note pesos) in your back pocket and small change in front. That way, when you reach into your pockets to pay your bill at the bars, you won't be pulling out what looks like large amounts of money. There is nothing worse than a drunk reaching into his pocket to pay his bill and a wad of 500 and 1,000 note peso bills spills out. Anyone who handles his money that way is bound to lose it and will certainly attract the wrong crowd.
Keep all valuables and documents, including your passport, plane ticket, and of course, money, in the hotel safe deposit box.
Never befriend any Filipino man on the streets, no matter how nice or courteous they are. Never make friends with any Filipino men, don't carry on a conversation with them, don't do business with them, don't go anywhere with them, and don't ever let any Filipino man into your hotel room (accept obviously an employee of the hotel), etc. Not to say all Filipino men are bad, but there are enough con artists and hustlers to make it worth avoiding everyone. Note: the common scam is for a Filipina man on the street to approach you saying, "Hey, remember me? I was..." He'll tell you he was your taxi driver, the brother of the girl you dated the other night, the security guard at the hotel, or any other bullshit line he can think of. He will then try to talk you into a card game (in which you will lose every dime you own) or invite you to his house (where you'll end up paying all his debts).
Obviously, you can say hello to the security guard or doorman at your hotel and wave good-bye to the driver who drops you off at your hotel from the airport. Most likely, the guy who works at your hotel will not mess with you because he knows you could lodge a complaint to his boss if need be, last thing he wants. Certainly you can chat with a Filipino man who works at the travel agency or the waiter at a restaurant. But if anyone, including those just mentioned, offers you any type of assistance or friendship during their time off (like a bus driver offering to show you the sites after work), say, "No." Period. The Filipino men are not to be trusted. Get that through your head.
Do not go to any Filipina's house during the evening, unless you know her very well. Yes, you can and should go visit at least one or two girl's homes in the afternoon, to see how they live. But if a girl asks you to go visit her home at night, well, I smell a rat. Don't go. After living here for two years, not one girl has invited me to her home at night. If she did, I would decline (unless it was my steady girlfriend, of course).
If and when you get back to your hotel with a girl, take all your money out of your pocket and hide it either in your suitcase (best if you have a small pad lock) or in a dirty sock, stuffed away in your bags. Do this while she is in the toilet or while her eyes are glued on the TV set. Most girls will not pick pocket in your room, but a few might, so best to be safe rather than sorry. Note: some girls have a habit of stealing small items, like a lighter, a walkman, a hairbrush, etc., so if you have any of those that are of real value (like an expensive watch), keep it under lock and key. (I always travel with a briefcase that has a combination lock and store my small valuables there).
This should be practiced at all times, and anywhere else you travel in the world. Condoms should be worn at all times, even when you're sleeping. I'm wearing one now as I type this report. Buy your condoms in the U.S.A. before you go to the Philippines. The ones made in Asia are made to fit Asian men and you know what that means. Bring enough condoms to screw two to three girls a day. Yes, sex is that readily available. Unfortunately, condoms are not requested by all of the girls in the Philippines due to their inner desire to father your children and their childish beliefs that getting the clap "could not happen to me". While it's true HIV remains almost nonexistent in the Philippines, STD's (sexually transmitted diseases such as herpes, genital warts, the clap, etc.) still run rampant. While condoms are certainly no guarantee of protection, they are better than nothing. If you find the latex uncomfortable, try the natural lambskin which are heat sensitive and extremely difficult to break. If you must go without condoms, use the withdrawal method to reduce the risk of pregnancy and passing of some STD's. Always wash and pee after sex.
There is always some tourist who falls for the line from a Filipino man, "Hey, remember me? I'm the guy who drove you home last night, when you were drunk. Hey! Can you now pay me for the ride..." Or "Hi, how you doing? You're staying at the Clarkton hotel right? I work there. I'm the cook. .. Say, why don't we go over to my place for a game of cards."
If any Filipino man approaches you on the street with any of these type of lines or with an extended hand to shake, ignore the guy as if he doesn't even exist. Don't shake his hand, don't say hello, don't even say, "No". Just keep walking and ignore him as if he doesn't exist. Why? Because he is most likely a hustler who will try to con you into a card game or some other situation in which you will lose the very shirt off your back, if it were possible. Stay away and ignore any Filipino man who comes up to you on the street.
Most of the hustlers will be found right on Fields avenue outside and around Margaritaville. They will also be hanging around Johnny's market on Macarthur Blvd., even during the daytime.
Be cautious of taking two girls to your room. Sometimes they work as a team and as one is making love to you, the other is searching through your pants and room for valuables. Also, when the maid comes to clean the room, do not have valuables lying around, like money, jewelry, cameras, etc. She may not take the stuff, but when she leaves the room to go down the hall to get something, someone passing by will go in your room real quick and take whatever is in clear view. Sound paranoia? Good. Better to be paranoid than empty handed.
Medical facilities in Ac are quite good. The University Hospital is possibly the best in the Philippines. Clean facilities, English speaking, well qualified Doctors and Surgeons etc. From Fields Ave. its only a 40 peso trike ride to the hospital, but for quick good treatment, a lot of tourists and girls use Dr De Guzman on Fields Ave., opposite Rick's Cafe. Well set up, all the necessities.
About 2 hours away, Makati Medical Center the best hospital in the country -- offers a complete regional medical center. Health insurance policies that include basic dental checkup, an annual physical, emergency medical treatment, private room, etc. are available starting at P 4,000 per year. (Yes, that's about $90 per year).
On McArthur HiWay, there are a number of Drug Stores (Chemists in UK),with a qualified Pharmacist in attendance. A few of these chemists also have a doctor in the rear of the premises. They can be seen without appointment, and will give both treatment and prescriptions, to be used at the front of the store. They are mostly located between the bottom of Fields and Savers Mall, approx. 300 metres covering about 10 of them. On the same strip ,there are X-ray centers,with resident radiologists, urologists and a whole host of dentists.
The best of the Dentists is probably Narciso, a family of about 5 dentists. Dentistry is a fraction of the price one pays in the west. I had 13 caps for my wife completed for 7,800 pesos ($155.) It could have been done cheaper, or gone more up-market. Certainly, a LOT of guys combine a holiday with dentistry.
Blue Cross is not accepted. Credit Cards of most denominations are. Some guys have been known to claim on their holiday insurance, for "emergency" medical treatment.
Another lesser known item is Plastic Surgery, in RP. A boob job can be done for around $1,000. Occasionally cheaper ops are possible, but its better going to the top end of the market.
Rick's is located on Fields Ave. next door to La Bambas, down the street from Kokomo's. They have ten 56k pentium computers on line all the time. P60 per hour (no minimum charge), or you can purchase a $10, $25, $50, or $100 gift certificate with your credit card for your loved one, or you can buy a pre-activated cell phone for your sweet heart. They'll even deliver it with your special message. They'll then e-mail you the phone number. Their operator also now has her own computer to do your secretarial work if you don't have time, so stop by for all of your office needs. The office has all of the latest programs for your work. They can also download your pictures from your digital camera for you. (This is done in Rick's office not in the Internet office, so only 8 to 5 for picture downloading.)
Color printing at 1440 dpi available, scanning, photocopying, faxing, computer works, open 7am to 4am every day of the year. Overseas calls are about the cheapest in town, US, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, Korea: P79 a minute.
Ruskins on Lower Fields, just below Mistys and Tropicana. They charge 1 peso per minute, but have a surprisingly good menu as well, Norwegian Salmon Steaks with a lemon and garlic sauce for instance. Cable TV, air con, bar and a couple of cuties (not bar girls).
International country code: 
Selected city codes: Angeles, Pampanga (Evantelco) (455), Davao (82), Manila (2), San Pablo, Laguna (448), Subic Bay Usn Base (47)
Dialing Philippines from Overseas
To dial the Philippines from overseas, dial 011, then 63 (the country code for the Philippines), then the city code, and finally the number. If you were dialing Manila, for example, you would begin with 011, then 63, then 2 (the city code for Manila), and finally the number of the person or office you are trying to reach.
Tourist Assistance (2) 501-660, 501-728
Directory assistance 114
Direct dialing assistance 112
Operator-assisted domestic calls 109
Operator-assisted international 108
Calling locally may be more difficult than placing an international call, if that is conceivable. Expect bad connections, busy signals or disconnections if you are fortunate enough to have found a phone that works at all. A local call from a hotel will cost about P14.
Long Distance Calls
Calling long distance within the Philippines may prove no different than a local call in terms of connections and wait times. To make a long distance call, dial 0 + area code + number; you'll feel like you've won the lottery if connected successfully.
To make a direct call overseas, dial 00 + country code + area code + number. Keep in mind that operator-assisted calls may run 30 percent more than dialing direct. The Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT) office also provides international access if you prefer not to dial from the hotel, which most likely will implement the usual outrageous surcharge. If possible, try connecting directly to an overseas operator for calling card, collect, or credit card calls. If dialing from a public phone, you will have to insert a coin or card first.
AT&T USA Direct 105-11
Canada Direct 105-12
U.K. Direct 105-44
Local calls cost 75 centavos on a red public phone and are unlimited, but don't expect great service. In fact, don't even expect good service. If you're lucky, your message will barely get through. The newer silver phones will cost P2 for a local call. Most pay phones on the streets are not operational, but hotels and post offices also have pay phones that usually work. Most use coins as calling cards are just beginning their introductory period in the country.
PLDT phone cards (Fonkards) may be purchased for the card phones available.
Widespread, but the poor telephone system can delay some faxes. Most hotels have fax services, although the charge can be expensive. A one page fax to Europe costs P350 (US$14).
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The age of consent is 18 years old. Don't even think about having sex with a girl under the age of 18.
Blow Job Alley
Blow Job Bars
I Love You, Now Send Me Money. It never ceases to amaze me how many guys are stupid enough to believe after they have left the country, the bar girl they remain in touch and support financially will actually quit the bar and have stopped prostituting themselves. The fact remains that once a bar girl, always a bar girl, with little exception. What that means is once you leave the country, the bar girl of your dreams will continue to prostitute herself and sleep with other guys. I know, you're thinking, "But my girl is special and she would not do that." Bullshit! You're living in a dream world, pal. Having lived in Angeles for over two years, I say with complete confidence that the very girl you held in your hands the night before you left the country will either be dropping her panties for me or another horny tourist the following night, ad infinitum. While she may quit the bar (only to give the false appearance she is no longer working as a bar girl), the fact is she will eventually (out of boredom) return to the bar or another and continue her same lifestyle. Why? Because she likes it. This is the nature of the bar girl and if you think otherwise, you are living in a world of fantasy.
Some of the girls like it and some don't. It is highly recommended that you don't try to take hidden video of the girls while having sex with them. It pisses them off to no end. It may result in her having the police summoned to the room. The ones that agree will usually ask for more money on top of the original amount agreed for having sex with them. Some won't care and will do it because they like you. As long as you have copies of their id's showing that they are eighteen you will be fine taking them back into the U.S.
Johnny's Supermarket on McArthur Highway is good. You can shop on Clark Base at the PX. Duty Free shopping is available to all visitors during the first 2 days in the country (passport needed). You can also shop at Savers Mall and Genra Mall.
The four most popular beaches are: a) Boracay (the best!), b) Puerto Gallera (not too bad), c) La Union (almost worth it), and d) Subic Bay (are you sure you want to come here?). If you go to Boracay or Puerto Gallera, it is advised you bring a Filipina girl with you as the night life is pretty dead. La Union and Subic has enough bars with girls for you to survive alone. If you are traveling to the PI for the first time, it's best to go first to Angeles, get a girlfriend, and then she can accompany you as you explore the beaches. Most girls make great guides. For mountain coolness, many Filipinos vacation in Baguio where the weather is actually cool enough where you don't need to run your air conditioner at night. For more information, check out our member's section for details on all the sin cities.