Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Where to stay in Balibago, Angeles City


ABC Hotel is gaining world fame for its one-of-a-kind amenities and accommodations that has given it the reputation as one of the finest and most unique luxury hotels in the Philippines.
No other hotel has a better combination of luxury, comfort, and a cheerful, kinetic atmosphere that has earned its reputation for being “The Party Hotel.” This unique luxury boutique hotel provides all the ingredients for the best and wildest kinds of parties any pleasure-seeker could ask for. Each room is decorated fit for royalty, with in-room amenities including among others: saunas, steam baths, party Jacuzzi, and party-size beds. Complimentary wifi internet access in all rooms assure guests that they can stay in touch with the real World. You won't have to chase down some quality R&R time when it's already in the building: with ABC Hotel's wellness spa, top-notch Angeles Beach CafĂ© international restaurant, open-air tiki gym, artificial beach pool oasis, and the best bar under the heavens: the SkyBar. The complimentary 24/7 private shuttle service can take you to the hottest sizzling nightlife scenes around town. And if you’re after that one-of-a-kind fantastical experience, ABC Hotel guarantees you the best seat in the house: a cushy chair on board its own helicopter as you are picked up from the airport.

Although all rooms are suites, nowhere else will you find accommodations at such a value.

We recommend booking well in advance to make sure that you get to experience living in the grandest, most luxurious rooms in all of Angeles City. In the entire country, there's no better hotel where you can live up to the motto, "You only live once."

Tel (63)(45) 892-2222.
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The Fields Plaza Suites is the premier condo-hotel of Angeles City offering the finest 21 serviced rooms for individual guests, couples and even large groups. In addition to the comforts of a luxury hotel room, each suite is outfitted with spacious living and dining areas, fully-equipped modern kitchens and beautiful balconies. Some suites also have indoor or outdoor party Jacuzzis, or spacious gardens with gazebos and outdoor dining furniture—all the better to appreciate the perfect view of the Angeles cityscape that can only be seen from the condo-hotel.

For Room Reservations, call (63)(45) 892-2222
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53 rooms off A. Santos Street priced from $80 to $100.
This popular resort has been open since July 1, 2005.
Tel (63)(45) 625-6335.
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This is the nation's only Holiday Inn Resort. Deluxe rooms from about $60/night on up. This is by far the largest hotel in the Angeles area, having over 300 rooms, suites and villas. It is located on the Mimosa Leisure Estate, which has the best golf course in the region. This is a business-class convention hotel for Clark. It is unlikely you would spot any Balibago tourists in the lobby. No problem bringing in a guest (or two). Rooms are small and beds are double size. Smoking and non-smoking rooms. Government rate is generally the lowest available. This location within the Clark Special Economic Zone (CSEZ) is miles away from the entertainment district. They are situated far from the entertainment zone of angeles city and the rooms are showing wear and tear. Taxi service available 24/7 P150 to the bar area. Tel (63)(2) 845-1888 or (63)(45) 599-8000. e-mail: or

648 Field Ave. One of the newest hotels in town. Built from the ground up.
Room rates range from $20 to $150. Reserve online at the hotel web site.
Tel (63)(45) 892-3392.
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24 spacious rooms located on A. Santos Street at the site of the former Lollipop bar. This is a new hotel built from the ground up. Rooms are priced from P1480 to P2950. Best value in town. No swimming pool. Excellent restaurant. Proprietor: Hans Hoffman. You should reserve well in advance if you want to stay here. Tel (63)(45) 888-2618. e-mail:

93 rooms located at 620 Don Juico Avenue in Clarkview, Malabanias. This is a German-managed hotel. Large suites are available on the 3rd floor. Excellent restaurant and 24-hour room service. Large, clean pool. The pool area is a popular gathering place. On-site go-go bar. 24-hour Checkmark business center. High-security safe deposit boxes for your valuables. Telephones in rooms. The hotel has a generator and hot and cold running water. Friendly staff. See their business card. Reserve online at the hotel web site. Single deluxe room P1650. A suite is P2500 or P2800. From the U.S.A. call toll-free: (866) 978-4962. Tel (63)(45) 322-3424. e-mail:

Another new hotel on lower Field Avenue.
The daily rates for a room are $90, $100 and $110.
Tel (63)(45) 892-2720. e-mail:

Another new hotel on lower Field Avenue.
A room is $40.
Tel (63)(45) 892-0998. e-mail:

Offers the most complete set of services and one of the better facilities in Angeles. With the completion of the Oahu Wing, they have also added a large conference rooms that may be rented for meetings, parties or other social functions. If you need something, please let the receptionist know and they will do our best to get it for you and/or to add it for your next visit. A warm, friendly face is always on hand to assist. Here is a brief list of some of the amenities that await you.
- 56 Guest Room Main Building with Elevator Access to the Roof Top
- 50 Guest Room Oahu Wing Annex
- Large Rooftop Conference Room for Meetings or other Social Functions

84 rooms in the heart of the Balibago entertainment area. Very popular. The resort has three buildings: the 24-room original inn, a 27-room extension, and a third building, a 33-room annex completed in November 2001 called the Jasmine Wing. Most rooms are newer or fully refurbished. The family superior deluxe rooms (located in the extension) are huge. Each room in the extension and refurbished room in the old building has a remote controlled aircon, ceiling fan, large 7 cubic foot well stocked mini bar and remote control 20" television with all the cable channels. The only downside is that the aircon in the rooms is the type of unit which requires your room key to operate. You can't run the aircon while you're out. On a hot day (not rare in Angeles) when returning to your room you may feel like you're walking into a sauna. Also, these rooms see a lot of use and are already starting to show signs of wear. The telephone system gives all 84 rooms outside access. A large tropical garden of lawn and shrubs surrounds the new 50' x 25' swimming pool. 24-hour room service is available from the hotel restaurant. Safe deposit box access is available 24 hours. The safe deposit boxes are the normal hotel type, dual key with the guest getting one key and reception having a key. Reception cannot open the box without your key. In the event you lose your key Orchid has to get a locksmith to open the box. Like most hotels, there's a guard at the main door. Expatriate owned and managed. Reserve online at the hotel web site. Orchid rooms are priced from US $32 - $66. Tel (63)(45) 322-0370. e-mail:, or

48 rooms at 261 Real Street in the heart of Balibago nightlife. Central Park rooms were extensively renovated late 2003. All new aircon, TV, mini bar. Internet connection, in-room safe. Rooms are kept quiet by double-pane windows. The hotel's location can't be beat. If you're interested in taking a swim or sitting around a pool, it's a short walk to Kokomo's. A standard room is $25, standard plus $33 and premiere $35. This hotel used to be named Park Chicago. See their business card. Tel (63)(45) 892-0256. Contact Guy Breckenridge or his wife, Roselle. e-mail:

On Balibago go-go bar strip at 151 Field Ave., 16 rooms and 4 suites across the street from Blue Nile and Nero's bars. Extensive renovation in 2003. This was formerly the Tropicana. Rooms/suites have aircon and cable TV. The hotel has a large swimming pool with 24-hour pool-side bar. Rooms are $42 and suites are $63. Tel (63)(45) 332-1821. e-mail:

126 rooms off Don Juico Avenue in Clarkview. Once a favorite of visiting air force officers, this quiet, respectable hotel is located within a secure residential compound. The hotel has all the services you will need including 24-hour room service, 24-hour foreign currency exchange, 24-hour high security and dual-key safe deposit boxes, laundry service, business center with internet access, gift shop, etc. Beautiful swimming pool. The hotel restaurant, Maranao Grill, is open 24 hours and there is an English pub. Standard and deluxe rooms are offered, but if you're going to stay here, take a P2750 junior suite (ask for a discount). The suites are among the largest rooms in Angeles and a good option if you like to have two or more girls for the night. Each suite is available with one king or two queen-size beds and has a large, clean bathroom (in the Philippines called a "CR"). This is a place where you can bring your wife and kids if you aren't able to leave them at home. Tel (63)(45) 322-3301. e-mail: or

100 rooms located on MacArthur Highway near Field Avenue. There is a casino across the street. Written hotel policy is no guests in the rooms after 10 PM, but what this means is they don't want you to bring your bar hopping buddies up to your room after 10 PM for drinking and playing cards. Bringing a girl or two up to your room for the night is okay. Tel (63)(45) 322-2730. e-mail: or

35 renovated rooms in Malabanias with cable TV and, in the deluxe rooms, a mini bar. There are three classes of rooms: standard is P995, deluxe is P1295 and family is P2300. 24-hour aircon restaurant and swimming pool. The hotel offers airport pick-up and drop-off service with new vans for P1800. Business center with Internet access. Japanese owner. Contact Mayette. Tel (63)(45) 892-6666. e-mail:

10 rooms on Santos Street over the pool. All rooms have: queen size bed, hot water shower, marble floors, refrigerator, cable TV, and an Internet connection to the Kokomo's 512/512 non-shared network complete with a computer in case you don't want to haul your notebook. Rooms facing Santos Street have been insulated to reduce noise. Introductory rate is P1,250/night including an American breakfast which is 3 eggs, your choice of bacon, sausage or ham, toast, potato and coffee or tea. Tel (63)(45) 892-0511. e-mail:

10 rooms at 464 Don Juico Avenue in Clarkview. Open in 2005. King size bed in all rooms.
Standard room P1050. Deluxe P1250. Jacuzzi P2600.
Tel (63)(45) 892-3010. e-mail:

68 rooms just west of the strip with telephone, new aircon, loaded frig, mirrors in the right places. Large VIP rooms are available if you like to party with several girls at once. Rooms facing the street are noisy. Room service. Swimming pool. Chinese owned. Tel (63)(45) 332-1023. Major credit cards. Rooms start at P1000. e-mail: or

Renovated former USAF officer housing in the Mimosa Leisure Estate. Good place for a long-term stay if you have a car. Tel (045) 599-3333 / (02) 845-2493; Fax (045) 599-2531; Manila Office: 6F, Mondragon House, 324 Sen. Gil Puyat Avenue, Makati City, Metro Manila; Tel (632) 893-9984 / 818-1506 to 09 loc 241 / 443; Fax (632) 893-9993; e-mail:

33 carpeted rooms in Malabanias with telephone (no charge for local calls), cable TV and mini-bar. There are three classes of rooms. Standard is US $30, deluxe is $35 and VIP is $40. 24-hour aircon restaurant (with bar and pool table) and swimming pool. The restaurant has decent food. You can reserve online. e-mail:

49 rooms located east of the strip area on S. L. Orosa Street, Diamond Subdivision, Balibago. The hotel operates a 24-hour bar and restaurant and offers Thursday night happy hour (with prizes that include free nights in the hotels, etc) and daily lunch specials. Alongside the bar and restaurant is the swimming pool. Swagman Travel (IATA accredited) is located within the hotel and offers airline reservations and ticketing, aircraft sightseeing tours, numerous overland sightseeing tours, yacht charters and visa services for visitors and expatriates alike. Rooms from P1300 to P2500. Tel (63)(45) 322-5133. e-mail:

12 rooms on Santos Street. Basic accommodation near the small specialty bars for P600.

Former Lord Hotel. 46 rooms in Malabanias. Steel safe deposit boxes. 24-hour room service. Cable TV. Swimming pool. All major credit cards accepted (8% surcharge). P750 - P1300. Tel (63)(45) 322-4714. e-mail:

130 rooms located on Texas Street just off Don Juico Avenue (Perimeter Road). Impressive lobby and pool area. "My favourite hotel is the Maharajah. This hotel has great rooms but a lousy location. It also has terrible food, non existent service, terrible TV reception, very average swimming pool and considering what you get compared to other hotels within the same price range, it is not value for the money. But I love it." M. J. Ibbo. VIP rooms are P1000 per day, regular rooms P800. Tel (63)(45) 322-2371. Contact Annabelle Sanchez. e-mail:

Located across the street from Marlim Mansions on MacArthur Highway. The Casino Filipino Angeles is here. Tel (63)(45) 322-7454. e-mail: or

60 rooms located at 6420 Lizares Street in Dau, Mabalacat, not too far from the Balibago go-go bars. All rooms have aircon, cable TV and telephone. The hotel has the largest swimming pool in the Angeles area. Rooms start at P850 during high season. Tel (63)(45) 892-1002. e-mail:

31 rooms on Malabanias Road. Telephones in rooms. 24-hour restaurant and bar. Swimming pool. P920. Tel (63)(45) 888-2755. e-mail:

42 rooms on Malabanias Road. Telephones in rooms. 24-hour restaurant and bar. Swimming pool. P920. Tel (63)(45) 888-2312. e-mail:

16 rooms and 6 apartments located at 4410 S. L. Orosa St., Diamond Subd., Balibago. One bedroom apartment fully furnished P20,000 per month. Tel (63)(45) 322-4272. e-mail: or

22 rooms located on S. L. Orosa St., Diamond Subd., Balibago. Rooms have mini-bar, 20" cable TV. The inn offers laundry service. Contact Henrik Degler. Tel (63)(45) 892-0901. e-mail:

65 rooms just off Malabanias Road in Clarkview, corner of Plaridel and Bonifacio (near the Petron Gas Station and Sunset Garden). Deluxe room P700. Tel (63)(45) 322-4522 or (63)(45) 892-7290.

40 rooms on Federico Street, just past Norma's (money changer) in Sta. Maria I, Balibago, priced at P900 - P1050. No security deposit boxes. They ask for payment in advance. Photos. Tel (63)(45) 323-6177 or 6178. email: or

Budget hotel located at 1734 San Pablo St., Mt. View, Balibago, on the other side of MacArthur Hwy. It's sort of down the street that would be the continuation of Field Ave if it went straight across. It's no further than the America Hotel, but a little harder to find. They have a great pool area and the food is better than average. The furnishings are fairly old and they need to add a modern phone system, but it's well run, clean, safe and VERY PRIVATE. Standard aircon room P680, deluxe P790, VIP P1200. e-mail: or or

70 rooms on Don Juico Avenue near the America Hotel. Rates from P800. Major credit cards. Tel (63)(45) 322-2470. e-mail: or

8 rooms, located on Field Avenue behind Insomnia Bar. There's a party suite with the largest whirlpool bath in town. Under renovation. Deluxe room P990. e-mail:

6 rooms in Clarkview at 511 Tamarind Street. P510 Air-con. P350 Fan. Tel (63) 919-560-5472. e-mail: or

20 rooms at 280 Real Street across from Orchid Inn. The rooms are dreadful, but the location is great. Convenient if you need a room in a hurry. Rates: standard P545, deluxe P575, super deluxe P675. Telefax (63)(45) 322-4363. e-mail:

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Prostitution in the Philippines

Prostitution is  illegal. Women working in the bars have to be registered and are required to undergo frequent health checks. Recently, the government has announced measures to battle the country's child prostitution and sex tourist image.

Bar girls have to be at least 18, are issued ID tags as GRO’s (Guest Relations Officers – how creative!). They are required to have weekly health checkups for STDs and monthly be tested for HIV. Many of the bargirls/dancers wear their ID tags around their necks. A nice women cab driver in Manila, who used to live in Angeles, confirmed the health check requirements are both in Angeles and Manila.

Local cities enforce GRO laws differently and within a city payoffs may be common. One story claims Vixens in Pasay was closed after the 1998 elections when they refused to pay the new mayor P3million to stay open. They closed and a new owner reopened it as Axions. These political payoffs are just part of doing business as I later discuss based on newspaper articles I read while in Manila.

Barfines are technically illegal. Instead a bar may charge you 10 ladies drinks to compensate the bar for taking the girl for the evening. I was charged lady drink prices that ranged from about P125 ($US 3.29) to P265 ($US 6.99) depending on location. Often I had the company of an attractive young lady for an hour or more on one lady drink. The prices were the cheapest in Angeles with Makati being the most expensive.

The term barfine was used in the bars however when I was there in April 1999. In Angeles City I paid barfines of about P950 ($US25) and only bought one lady drink for the women I took out for the night. Some Angeles bars have much lower barfines.

The women in the bars can decide whether or not to be barfined by a customer. A barfine is a fine you pay to the bar for lost lady drink fees to allow the girl to leave the club early and spend the rest of the evening with you. Barfining a girl is for companionship and is not a payment for sex. Consenting adults certainly can share sexually, but that is not what the barfine is for.

Typically a small tip for her companionship the next morning is given to the girl as she leaves your room. The Angeles bargirl also gets about 50% of the barfine and 25-30% of lady drinks. In Manila the girl doesn’t get any of the barfine and you negotiate a separate companion fee, which typically ranges from about P1000 ($26) in Pasay to a high P3000 ($US 79) in Makati.

The popular Cotton Club in the EDSA Entertainment Complex in Pasay had a sign hung on the door "Closed by the mayor" From girls I talked to they said it was because they were caught charging barfines. But all the other clubs in the Complex do also. It was suggested perhaps Cotton Club didn’t pay off the officials enough.

In April 1997 there was a big crackdown by closing numerous nightclubs by the police. The crackdown was stimulated by numerous articles in the national newspapers about Internet Websites promoting Angeles City as a "Sex Capital" and some sites actually promoting "sex tours" to Angeles.

Local clubs in downtown Angeles that did not cater to foreign tourists were raided and closed in 1997. This was a maze of houses and brothels where young women, often under the required age 18, were often kept against their will.

As Kabayo in the asfo private E-mail list said: "This area is called 'The Area', and is only a bit cheaper than Santos Street, full of marginal girls of all ages, many young enough to put you away. They do not get health checkups, are unlicensed (so you cannot protest your arrest by saying that the gov't had approved their proof of age), and it is said to be unsafe for foreigners. I think it is all back to business as usual, except when the newspapers are on a crusade."

In the tourist area, such as along Fields Avenue, they shut down clubs found to be conducting lewd shows (nudity or sexual exposure), employing underage girls, or employing unlicensed Guest Relations Officers. The clubs now are careful not to expose those dirty sexy body parts that seems so offensive to certain people. Small bikinis were common.

The city Mayor, Edgardo Pamintuan, takes a realistic approach to cleaning up the image of Angeles City. He said the problem of sexual exploitation of women and children in Angeles City "must be taken within social and economic contexts, and to some degree, political. The lack of opportunities in other depressed areas in the country leads women to seek greener pastures in other urban areas such as Angeles." Pamintuan said. "Many of these opportunity seekers, for want of any other option, end up in the flesh trade."

As long as the nightclubs operate in compliance with the rules established by the Angeles City Mayor's Office and the ordinances of the Angeles City Council there has been no problem as far as I’ve been able to research.


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