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This premier tourist destination works like a dream

This gem in Central Luzon is the perfect place to do anything under the sun, shade, and surf (yes, even to our surprise).

Read on to know why. 

Situated at a prime location just within reach from the bustling metro and just far enough to know you’ve left your stress in Manila, Clark is a city with limitless ambition, built for people so that “life is always well lived.” 

And we got the chance to experience the revamped Clark brand in one of its major investment districts: the Clark Freeport Zone. 

Goodness, I was already sold knowing it’ll take us only an hour and 45 minutes tops to reach Clark Freeport in Pampanga. That is practically the same amount of time spent traveling from Ayala in Makati to Ortigas when you are stuck in the gridlock of rush-hour traffic.

But there are more reasons to show why this former military facility and preferred area for business and career growth is also the next biggest go-to place for barkada getaways, family staycations, food crawls and premier MICE destination.

Thanks to our partners in the Clark Development Corporation, which manages the Freeport Zone, we got to experience what Clark has to offer, making it a place like no other in the Philippines. Here are the places you must visit while in Clark. 

Clark Museum and 4D Theater

The initial stop of our two-day trip is a fitting first experience for us in Clark as we were in for a heightened museum experience inside the Clark Museum, which showed the rich culture and history of Pampanga. We also garnered a unique perspective on how the former military base transformed following the 1991 Mt. Pinatubo disaster thanks to a 20-minute documentary film entitled “ Risen from the Ashes” inside a Clark Freeport’s 48-seater state-of-the-art 4D Theater.

This premier tourist destination works like a dream

Location: S. Osmeña St., Clark Freeport Zone  

Operational Days and Hours: Tues-Suns 9AM-4PM    

Salt & Crab

Our first meal in Clark was sumptuous, filling and definitely delicious. The delectable lunch buffet we partook in at Salt & Crab restaurant featured Asian favorites such as yang chow rice, sweet and sour pork, teriyaki chicken, succulent braised pork, and Korean bulgogi japchae. Their dessert section also featured Pinoy favorites such as bico among many other sweet delicacies. But their array of sea food specialties is to die for.

This premier tourist destination works like a dream

Location: M.A. Roxas Highway,Clark Freeport Zone  

Operational Days and Hours: Opens Daily 11:00AM-11:00PM  

Apha Aviation Group

Alpha Aviation Group is a leading provider of aviation training solutions, working with airlines across the globe and offering a wide range of services. And this is where we got the chance to be pilots for a day, well, at least virtually though. AAG specializes in cadet assessment and selection, type ratings and flagship ab-initio cadet programs. All these, they say, “are tailored and optimized to the operational needs of its partner airlines.” Home to state-of-the-art facilities for next-level aviation training, this school is literally, and figuratively, on the rise. 

This premier tourist destination works like a dream

Location: 1092 Jose Abad Santos Ave, Clark Freeport Zone

Operational Business Hours: 8:30AM - 5:30PM

Clark Sun Valley Country Club

We were glad that we went to the Clark Sun Valley golf course late in the afternoon as it was simply awe-inspiring to see the sun hide behind the mountain range in what could be the best sunset any golfer could see while on the fairways. You, too, could experience golfing at 300 ft. above sea level, with a majestic view of Zambales Mt. Ranges with the he highest peak in Clark as your backdrop.

This premier tourist destination works like a dream

Location: T-304 Jose Abad Santos Avenue, Clark Freeport Zone   

Operational Days and Hours: Monday - Sunday 9am–5pm   

Royce Hotel and Casino

We checked in at the beautiful Royce Hotel and enjoyed a scrumptious breakfast buffet the following day. Set in a property designed to exemplify modern elegance, Royce Hotel and Casino has everything for the perfect trip – whether for business or leisure. Constantly evolving, Royce strives to provide its guests novel experiences, while they are immersed in comfort. Not surprising that their slogan #AllWinsAtRoyce rings true. 

This premier tourist destination works like a dream

Location: Manuel A. Roxas Highway, Corner Ninoy Aquino Avenue, Zone, Clark Freeport Zone  

Operational Days and Hours: Always Open   

Wooden Table

If you’re looking for authentic Filipino cuisine in Clark then this restaurant has all the right fix for you. We downed classic Pinoy favorites like crispy pata, kare-kare, fried hito, and kapampangan staples like paco salad and other steamed vegetable treats. 

This premier tourist destination works like a dream

Location: M.A. Roxas Highway, Clark Freeport Zone 

Operational Days and Hours: Opens Daily 11:00AM-12:00AM   

Aqua Planet

For our itinerary on our second day at Clark, we went to one of the main attractions here, a truly world-class water adventure destination. A “watermazing” experience awaited us as we readied to slide, soak, drop and splash, in over 38 slides and attractions available in a vast area surrounded by lush greenery. We were in for a relaxing and satisfying experience. Boasting of two zones for the kids, young at heart, and the daring, this aqua park is open the whole month of December with exciting new promos to be announced. 

This premier tourist destination works like a dream

Location: Bounded by J.P Rizal Ave., J.P. Laurel Ave. and, Prince Balagtas Ave., Clark Freeport Zone   

Operational Days and Hours: Monday - Sunday 9am–5pm   

*Weekend rate at 1180php for adults and 980php for kids (4ft. and below). 

*Weekday rates at 950php for adults and 750php for kids (4ft and below). 

Salt Restaurant @Widus Hotel and Casino

After soaking up the sun and enjoying the attractions at Aqua Planet, it was time for some grub, and Widus Hotel and Casino’s Salt Restaurant was our next stop for the day. Offering International cuisine, Salt’s lunch buffet featured Asian delicacies such as Korean Samgyupsal, make-your-own Vietnamese Pho, among many others. 

This premier tourist destination works like a dream

Location: Widus Hotel, M.A. Roxas Highway, Clark Freeport Zone   

Operational Days and Hours: Open Daily 6PM-10PM  

Clark International Airport

This premier tourist destination works like a dream

We got the rare chance to have a sneak peek of the ongoing construction of the new terminal building as part of extensive Clark International Airport expansion project. The whole project spans 10 hectares, while the passenger terminal building extends one hectare. The project has four levels and we got to roam around the site that will see around 12 million annual passengers and will be operational by mid-2020. 

UET International

If you’re looking for comfortable and fashionable knitted wear, we can’t suggest anything better than UET International as we struck a cool bargain for their export-quality socks on our way back from CIA. Their facilities in Clark house over 200 new machines, making them the largest machine knitting company in the Philippines— the reason they can readily offer fully customized socks, beanies, scarves, and arm warmers. 

This premier tourist destination works like a dream

Location: Bldg. N7111 Panday Pira Ave, Clark Freeport Zone   

Clark Freeport Zone, managed by the CDC, has continued to fuel growth not just in Pampanga, but in the whole of Central Luzon as well. And with its overall brand of “Clark: It Works. Like A Dream,” indeed, staying here and experiencing all the unique things Clark can offer, is living the dream. 

Topics: Clark Development Corporation , MICE destination , Clark Museum and 4D Theater , Salt & Crab
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